Thursday, February 18, 2016

Word Association for February 18th

Let's do this week's word association before the week slips away from me.

  1. Buff :: Muscles
  2. Spiderwebs :: Cave
  3. Hostile :: Environment
  4. Viewed :: Movie
  5. Cross :: to Bear
  6. Load :: Program
  7. Reboot :: Computer
  8. Smell :: Good
  9. Sniffle :: Sick
  10. Company :: Business

Monday, February 15, 2016

10 Years

I didn’t get the chance to write this post last week, so we are slightly past the 10 year mark at this point, but I still want to commemorate it.

10 years ago, I was recovering from what would turn out to be the first of three surgeries that year.  I never healed right after the first one, and it wasn’t until the third, late in September, that I actually recovered.  It was a long road and one that I am very glad to be looking at in the rear view mirror.  If you want to read about it, you can head back through the archives to 2006.

It is amazing to me just how much I have recovered.  A couple of years later, I spent six months doing Crossfit (and wish I could find an inexpensive way to go back to doing two or three days a week).  Obviously, in 2010, I started running and doing mud runs.  While I wouldn’t say I’m in the best shape of my life, I’m certainly in much better shape than I was that year.

And it was a long year.  When you are constantly sick and not really getting better, it is discouraging.  But God brought me through and now I’m on the other side marking an anniversary.

In some ways, it is very hard to believe it’s been 10 years.  So much of that year is so vivid in my mind.  In other ways, when I think about all that has happened in the previous decade, it’s easy to believe it was 10 years ago.

Here’s to another healthy decade.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Word Association for February 10th

Here's this week's word association.

  1. Pleasure :: Enjoyable
  2. Emoticon :: :)
  3. Race :: Fast
  4. Highlight :: Yellow
  5. 56 :: 57
  6. Error :: Frustration
  7. Taken :: Married
  8. Street food :: Delicious
  9. Common sense :: Lacking
  10. Grace :: Free gift of God

Monday, February 08, 2016

One More Game

So I played ultimate Winter League this last week.  It turns out that several of the guys who made the team got sick, so the call was sent out to us second stringers to come and play.  Of the ones I know he contacted, I was the only one who showed up since the others had things going on.  Or I have no life.  Or some such things.

I didn't play very many points at all.  It was way too awkward since I was out there on the field with those who are paying for the privilege.  But I did play a few points.  Only got scored on once, and the only time I got the disk, I successfully moved it up the field for a major gain.

However, I shouldn't have gone.  It just hurt too much.  I want to be out there on a weekly basis, not called in because of a crisis.  I think I will turn down any future cries for help, although there probably won't be that many more since I know several die hards were among the missing for that game.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Word Association for February 5th

Time to do this week's word association.

  1. Temper :: Tantrum
  2. Late! :: Again
  3. Status :: Update
  4. Breakfast :: Yummy
  5. Hopeless :: Situation
  6. 365 :: Year
  7. Lottery :: Winner
  8. Cancer :: Survivor
  9. Facebook :: Status
  10. Date :: Romance

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


Last week, we had our third Winter League game.  It was against one of the few teams coming back from two years ago and the only team coming back that we’d beaten.  And we lost.  We really aren’t doing too well this year, lots of newer players.  It just takes some time for people to develop confidence in their skills.

Of course, instead of “We” when it comes to Winter League, I should be saying “They.”  In order to cut down on the number of guys on the team this year, we were given a three game try out period and then the number of guys was cut down.  And I was one of those cut.

I’m not surprised.  In fact, I expected it.  I have no delusions of grandeur.  In fact, most days I recognize that I have delusions of adequacy.  From a logical standpoint, if I were cutting people from the team, I’d be the first person cut.  In fact, I’ve been saying that I’d be the first person cut ever since we started talking about doing things this way.

And yet, it hurts.  It hurts big time.  I’ve played Summer League since 1999, and I’ve been trying to get a team together for Winter League ever since.  I’ve only played on a team once before.  And the fact that this is with my friends, people I play with all the time, makes it that much worse.

I’m definitely taking the next 6 weeks or so off of pick up.  Listening to them talking about it will just hurt too much.  I know, I’ve seen that happen in years past.

And I’m debating whether I will pick up the game again after that.  I’ve been thinking for a couple of years that I’m just too slow.  I’m a liability for any team I am on instead of an asset, and maybe it’s time to take to heart the idea that I just can’t run fast enough to play and stop playing.

Or maybe it’s just the depressed me talking.  I need to shake this funk I’ve been under for the last couple of months.