Thursday, March 21, 2019

Winter League Tournament

It’s been almost two weeks since the winter league tournament.  I should probably talk about it.

We did…okay.  We went 2-2 on the day, to finish a little lower than we were ranked going in.  And both of the games we won were very close.  I’m not sure why since we easily beat both teams when we played them in the regular season.

I could tell my teammates were very frustrated by how we did.  I think they really expected to finish the day better than that.  But it is where we are, and, honestly, I think a good reflection of where we are as a team.  And I say that as someone who knows my abilities or lack thereof.

It was a cool day.  While it didn’t rain (it had rained hard earlier in the week), it was definitely cloudy.  I only put sunscreen on once, which was a mistake.  I should have gone back for another round since I had a bit of sunburn.  It wasn’t too bad, but it was definitely noticeable.

Anyway, I did stick around through finals, and I was cold.  I’m so glad it is now spring.  Oh wait, it’s cold and rainy out again.  (Gorgeous this weekend, but it’s cold again now.)

And I went to the party afterwards.  Not too many from the team went, but I put in my appearance and talked to some of my friends from the greater LA Frisbee community as well.

Spring beach league starts up this coming weekend, so don’t worry, I’ll have more ultimate to talk about along with a few other things, hopefully.  I need to do some regular posts in the next week or two to catch up.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Final Two Games

We’ve played our final two regular season games of winter league over the last couple of weeks.  And the results were mixed.

The first game was our only rematch of the season.  It was a team we’d won against in the past, and we won again, but by an even bigger margin.  They had a sub the first time we played them, and she made a huge difference.  Even though we beat them horribly, they seemed to have fun.  We certainly did, but everyone was smiling as we walked to our cars afterwards.

Unfortunately, our game this week wasn’t quite so much fun.  Yes, there is the fact that we lost 13-15 after leading most of the game.  That is always frustrating.  But it got really chippy with some very questionable calls.  Some of the calls were legitimate, just not things that most of my teammates are used to being called on.  I was okay with those.  But some of the calls were definitely questionable.  And, as usually seems to happen, all the calls went to help the other team.  Yes, the fact that they won doesn’t surprise me, but I still put an asterisk next to their win because of how it happened.  I felt they took advantage of the calls.

The end of season tournament is tomorrow.  We are low enough that we won’t have a shot to win, which isn’t a surprise given the level of play the top teams have.  But hopefully it will be a lot of fun.  Overall, we are currently 5-3 for the regular season, much much higher than I’m used to for an ultimate Frisbee team these days. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

A Second Loss

We had our second loss of the season Monday night.  I wasn’t at all surprised when I saw who the other team was.  I’ve played with a couple of them in the past during summer league, and I know how fast they are.  Additionally, we were missing our three fastest/most athletic guys.

But we put on a good fight.  We were down 4-8 at half time, but we kept it competitive.  It was 10-15 at the end of the game, which means we stayed with them for the most part in the second half.  I’m rather proud of that.

For my part, I wasn’t really an active part of the game.  I went in on two defense points, and we were scored on both times.  My guy scored one of them, but I had chased him all around the end zone first.  The one offensive point I was in, we scored, but we did it quickly so I never had a chance to touch the disc.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

A Loss and Another Win

We’ve had two more ultimate Frisbee games for winter league.  We lost the first one, but it was a close game.  It was 15-12.  Or maybe 15-13.  I’ve played with some of the people on the team we lost to, and I know they can play well.  I was actually surprised we were able to hang on and make it as close as we did.  Their women played without any subs all game, but our ladies weren’t able to tire them out.

I actually missed our game this last Monday.  I was feeling like I was coming down with a cold, so I decided to stay home.  After all, we’ve been getting lots of rain, and it was supposed to be raining and in the 40’s.  Of course, by the time game time rolled around, I was feeling better.  Honestly, I’m still feeling just slightly off, so it is a very mild cold.  Anyway, we won that game.  And it wasn’t even close – 15-4.  I’d love to know how that happened since, at least on paper, they should be the much better team.  But I’m not complaining.

That brings our season record to 4-1.  And that is double the wins from my men’s beach and summer league teams in 2018 combined!  Not complaining about that either.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Winter League So Far

I’m back to playing ultimate Frisbee Winter League this year.  I’m playing with the friends I play pick up with here in town.  And here’s the shocker.  So far, after three games, we are 3-0!

Yes, you read that right.  The person who complains about losing all the team is on an undefeated team!  We are one of only two teams that are 3-0 right now.  Okay, so we’ve been playing teams that are filled with more inexperienced players, but that means they are about our level.  I expect, once we run through those teams, we’ll start playing harder teams and start to lose.  But we are currently 3-0.

To be put that perspective, that gives us more wins already this season than my spring beach and summer league teams had last year.  Combined.

I actually missed our first game because it was the night before my recent medical tests, and I had to be home doing some prep for them.  I’ve made the other two games, however.

The second game was in the middle of a week of heavy rain.  Since we play on turf these days, that didn’t cancel the games.  And, while I was prepared for it to pour, we got a break in the rain while we played, which was nice.  The team we played that night was very inexperienced.  We beat them handily, 15-4.  I played more than I normally would in this game, and I got the disc several times.  I did turn it over once, but I also caught the game winning score.

Our game last week was much closer.  It was 15-12.  While I played several points, I only was thrown the disc once.  Fortunately, I caught it and successfully passed it on, which gives me perfect stats for the week!

As I said, I suspect our games will start to get harder from here on out, but for now I am very happy.  It will be interesting to see if the team starts sniping at each other more as the losses pile up.  I sure hope not.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Health Update

It’s been a while since I gave you an update on my health.  There’s a good reason for that.

I’m still healthy!!!

I’ve been feeling fine, and earlier this month, I had my one year follow up tests.  Yes, it's been a year since I had the surgery for my colon cancer.  They found nothing to be concerned about at all.  My colon looks completely healthy.  Naturally, that was a huge relief for me.

I’m still playing ultimate Frisbee and running.  Did a 5K last weekend and am signed up for two mud runs with June, with hopefully more to come.

Naturally, I’m praising God for this.  It still seems surreal to me at times that this all happened.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Straight No Chaser in Concert

I have been a fan of Straight No Chaser for years, but I hadn't made it to a concert.  When I saw they were going to be down in Hollywood at the end of the month, I debated long and hard about going.  I tried to get some friends to go, but since it was the Friday after Christmas, they were all busy.  Finally, I decided heck with it and got a ticket.

I'm so glad I did.

Yes, I was up in the cheap seats, so I didn't have the best view, but I still had a ton of fun.  It's obvious they enjoy what they do, and they had us laughing much of the time.  And the songs were wonderful.  Then again, that's no surprise since I love their CD's so much.  Honestly, I could have sat there for twice as long.  And maybe they would have gotten to all the songs I wish they had done.

And yes, their version of "12 Days" was their first encore.  And they changed it up a little, which had the audience in stitches.

After the concert, I joined the line of people who wanted autographs.  I was surprised the line to get autographs wasn't longer, honestly.  It took a while for them to come out, but once they did, the line moved quickly.  It helped that no one was allowed to take pictures, of course.  Still, it was fun.  I was glad I had brought their most recently CD with me for them to sign.

The concert was in Hollywood, so I did something I rare do and spent a little time as a tourist beforehand.  After all, I was half a block from Groman's Chinese Theater, and across the street from the El Capitan.  I enjoyed that quite a bit, too.

The only downside was how cold it was that night, and I was spending time outside.  I suspect that might have been the final straw in coming down with a mild cold, too.

Monday, January 14, 2019

A Merry Christmas

Well, I have a few things to catch up on around here, don't I?

Yes, I went home for Christmas last month.  And I had a wonderful time, which is no surprise.  Unfortunately, my friends in Fresno were sick, so I didn't get to see them, but that was the only disappointment.

I drove up on Saturday and back on Wednesday.  I certainly wasn't lonely on either stretch of the trip, although traffic was pretty good.  It seems like the traffic south was worse both times, but it was horrible when I was going north.  I'm very thankful for that.

And I got time with my family.  I saw my parents the most since I stayed with them, but I did get time with my brother and his family.

The highlight for me was getting to give my niece almost all of the Trixie Belden books she didn't have yet.  He had books 1-6, and I was able to give her all but two of 7-34.  That was thanks to my Trixie friends, who really came through when I asked if anyone had extras.  I was overwhelmed with the response and so thankful.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Party! Party! Party!

I've been in the partying mood for the last week and a half.  Holiday parties that is.

I started off back on the 2nd with the Sisters in Crime/Mystery Writers of America party.  While I'm not a member of either group, an author asked if I wanted to go as her plus one since her husband wasn't interested.  I did this last year and had a great time, so I did it again this year.  There was a 15-word short story contest, and great food catered by Stonefire.  Just a chance to talk with several different authors, which was a lot of fun.

That Thursday was the official holiday party at my job.  It was in the evening near the office, so I hung out and read to kill time before attending.  I intended to stay about an hour and a half or so, but I wound up staying until they shut it down.  While I wasn't drinking, like most people were, I did eat lots of food.  They just had appetizers, but I had more than enough that I didn't need dinner.  They had some nice prizes.  I didn't win anything, but someone in my department did.  There were carolers, although the DJ was so loud, he drowned them out.  And there was karaoke in one room as well.  My record of not singing remains intact.  I got to talk to a couple of friends who work here as well as hang out from people in my department.

Speaking of my department, our holiday party was Tuesday this week.  Again, I got to have Stonefire.  (That's bragging, not complaining.)  It was during lunch time, so it wasn't anything elaborate, but it was still fun.  A little trivia contest and a few raffle prizes in addition to the great food.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Wonderful Thanksgiving

Wow!  It's been almost two months since I updated my blog.  Yes, that's pretty much an indication of how much exciting stuff has been going on in my life.

Until this weekend, that is.  I got to head up to Northern California to see my family.  I did my usual Thanksgiving trip, leaving here on Wednesday and coming back on Monday.  That was four full days up there, and I had a wonderful time.  Thanksgiving day, we were at my brother's rental home, and we hung out the other days as well.  Games were played.  Turkey was eaten.  And I even got to play some ultimate Frisbee one of the days.

The fires were a couple hundred miles away, but the air had been bad in town.  Fortunately, it rained on Wednesday as I was driving up, so the hair quality was much, much better.

And I got to stop and see my best friend and his family in Fresno on the way up Wednesday.  It's harder to connect then it used to be, and I haven't spent much time with his wife and kids recently, so it was great to see them.  I tried again on Monday, but it didn't work out.