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Humility, admixted with fear (and just a little excitement) or, [May. 12th, 2011|09:01 am]
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Edit, circa 2030 hours. Turns out the correction was an error and we are, in fact, starting on June 5th, as originally advertised. Which is just as well, considering how my gluteous maximi (or whatever those bum muscles are called) are feeling just at the moment.

Maybe Young Geoffrey ain't, quite, anymore

Have I mentioned that I've signed up with a rec league to play soccer this summer ("football" to the lesser folk non-North Americans among you Gentle Readers)?

Of course I haven't; my experiment at being a tell-all, personal blogger sort of came to a halt during my prolonged emotional slide during my final months in Toronto.

Well, I don't promise a return to the days of narcissistic self-examination, nor of reports on the counting of my chest hairs or sex life, but I do kind of miss the random, more or less, stream-of-conscious postings that once characterized a big part of my online activities.

So, maybe, this is a return to that world, at least in part.

I digress.

Yes, I've signed up for soccer. Thought it was going to start in early June and was determined to start doing a little bit of running to prepare for it.

Tuesday, I went out and, yes, ran a little. A very little.

Holy shit, dudes! I might be — I rather suspect I am — in better shape than most western men my age, but regular walking, occasional cycling and a couple of hundred reps a day on some kind exercise machine (did I mention that Raven and I found an exercise machine that someone had tossed last fall? Oh wait, of course I hadn't — anyway, we did, I dragged it home, I've actually been making use of it) do not an athlete make.

Gentle Readers, Tuesday's run — which was in fact an admixture of jogging, running and, er, well, walking left me in know doubt that I needed to work hard over the next three or so weeks if I was to acquit myself without utter humiliation on the football pitch.

Flash-forward to yesterday (that's right, Wednesday) and I get an email saying the season starts, er, on Sunday.

Colour me scared shitless.

Went for another, longer, jog/run/walk this morning and, this morning, still look forward with at least a bit of dread to Sunday's opening game.

But what the hell. I also look forward to it with a lot of anticipation. If I don't drop dead on the field, I'll tell you all about it.

Also, I'm really going to try to find something political or media-related that isn't a bucketful of negativity. I'm getting a little tired of my own, carping, ways.

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[User Picture]From: sooguy
2011-05-12 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hey you are older than me by a couple of years and in FAR better shape than me!

Good luck with the soccer, er I mean rec football.

Hey are you looking for anymore lj-friends? I had a recent add that was looking for new connections. I'd recommend him.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-05-13 12:43 am (UTC)

You're too kind, good sir!

As per my edit, I'm rather relieved to learn that the May 15 start date was an error after all. I can really use the extra time to get into better shape than I am, no matter how you flatter me!

New friends? Not actively looking, but definitely open. Feel free to recommend away; if you find him interesting there's a pretty good chance I will, too.
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[User Picture]From: wiseacre
2011-05-19 03:19 am (UTC)

Re: You're too kind, good sir!

I make no claims to being interesting, but I'm adding you because I like to hear your thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-05-19 04:26 pm (UTC)

Re: You're too kind, good sir!

Pleased that you've decided to stop in; I hope you decide it wasn't a mistake. (And if you decide it was, no hard feelings if you opt to leave.)
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[User Picture]From: wiseacre
2011-05-20 04:38 am (UTC)

Re: You're too kind, good sir!

Short of posting child pornography or fan fiction, it's pretty hard to get me to unfriend you.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-05-20 10:03 pm (UTC)

Re: You're too kind, good sir!

I can guarantee there won't be any of the former and can (almost; it's a long life and a big world) guarantee the same in regards to the latter.
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2011-05-13 08:34 pm (UTC)
This is an awesome undertaking and i wish you good luck. Go there and kick some ass! um... i mean balls... um, i mean GOALS! :D

Just dont forget: save your oxygen and distribute your powers for the whole duration of a game. Dont rush to run like crazy right from the start, and you'll last for the whole game. Then when the rest of them guys drop dead, you can score a few goals! I know, i'm tricky like that ;)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-05-14 12:54 pm (UTC)

I figured you'd take notice!

Fortunately, though it's been decades since I've played organized football (what the hell; I'll join the world), it's only been a bit less than a decade since I played (ice) hockey once a week, so I think I remember something about conserving energy.

Still, I'm going to take full advantage of the error and spend the next couple of weeks of mornings being one of those jogging idiots!
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2011-05-14 01:11 pm (UTC)
Proudly jogging idiot here reporting! :D

My everyday route (7.6 km).
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-05-18 09:21 pm (UTC)

Gorgeous!

Wow, that's a beautiful route; and a lot more hilly than mine (which isn't 7.6 km, I don't think, nor nearly so up-and-down — or even "everyday" yet, but I have intentions!).
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[User Picture]From: wiseacre
2011-05-19 03:15 am (UTC)
Huh? I thought you were in Toronto, but this entry suggests you have left Toronto. I'm baffled.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-05-19 04:37 pm (UTC)

Ottawa

I really need to update my info page, don't I? I've been in Ottawa since October of '09.
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[User Picture]From: wiseacre
2011-05-24 03:39 am (UTC)

Re: Ottawa

Too bad. Beers on patio while discussing finer points of Who is now not possible.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-05-28 03:07 am (UTC)

Re: Ottawa

Good grief! Things get lost in the inbox; I hope you'll forgive me for taking so long to reply to the above.

Truth is, I've been intending on making a trip back to Hogtown for quite some time; I'm coming up faster than I'd have believed possible on two years without setting foot there.

Which is a long way of saying, when I do make it back, I'd be delighted to talk Who on a patio. If you're anywhere near Parkdale, you'll know why I miss places like Rhino's and the Caddy (and even Mezzro's, for that matter).
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