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Hockey Morning In Toronto [Oct. 11th, 2004|01:10 pm]
Young Geoffrey
Naturally, there were last-minute snags - forgot to tape the stick to the bike before strapping the gear on back. Had to take it all off, slide the stick through a slot on the carrier, then repack. Couldn't find my keys. Long story short, I didn't get out of the apartment and on the road until the 8:30 news came on.

Somehow, though, I managed to make it to rink (from Queen and Roncesvalles to just-south of Bathurst and Dupont) in under a half-hour. I got on the ice at maybe 5 after 9, no time for a warm-up skate.

Christ. The first time on the ice in close to a year - and only 8 people showed up, so we were playing 4-on-4 for an hour.

I was the slowest player on the ice, had the least stamina and was also the rustiest. Already, I hurt; tomorrow will be agony. But - by gar! - it was worth it. Having skates on my feet, a stick in my hand and chasing after a little round rubber thing is one of the most "right" feelings I know.

After, I went out for coffee and breakfast to the lovely Grapefruit Moon cafe on Bathurst, whether the conversation ranged from how people played (consensus: most of us have had better games), to Iraq to Tom Green and whether Steve's toddler was running around the place too much.

Good times ... I'm so glad I'm doing this again.

Speaking of good times, I had a surprisingly pleasant evening at Laura's last night, having been invited for Thanksgiving dinner. Met a another half-dozen members of her family and was once again struck by the fact that no one made any snide remarks about my ancient self being involved young'n. The food was very good and the conversation much more interesting than Laura had led me to expect. After all the forewarning, I was surprised to find I liked them.

Still, I had one or two drinks more than I should have, so was pleased to get a ride downtown; that may have made the difference in allowing me to wake up and get out of the apartment in time to head to rink.

And that's about it. I trust my Gentle Readers will forgive me the lameness of this post.

[User Picture]From: sooguy
2004-10-11 01:26 pm (UTC)
I belong to a minority of Canadians who can't skate let alone play hockey. :::Hangs head in shame:::

When my son is old enough to strap on the skates I hope to give it a try for his sake.

I wish I had an oulet such as your pick up game for socializing and some physical activity.

Sounds like a fun weekend all around.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2004-10-12 04:25 pm (UTC)
I am (almost) shocked; I image that the Soo, like Sudbury, has any number of public rinks. And, god knows, there are plenty of cold days in ye olde northern Ontario.

If you can't skate, maybe you should look for basketball, or something like that. Certainly in my game, the regulars are pretty forgiving of newbies - either that, or I'm so oblivious I haven't noticed the groans in the dressing room when I show up.
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[User Picture]From: sooguy
2004-10-14 10:52 am (UTC)
Oh, don't get me wrong. I skated plenty on outdoor rinks when I was young. I was just never any good at it and was never shown how to get any better.

I also had ankle problems that required surgery when I was in my prime development stage around age 12. It killed what little athletic promise that I had for a lot of sports.

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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2009-09-02 01:46 pm (UTC)

being an American (without television)...

I have trouble concocting the image of grown men skating around together on the ice with sticks and without bright orange uniforms.

Despite all of my physical short-comings + lacking in sports, one of the few athletic skills that I posses is the ability to skate well.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-09-02 03:40 pm (UTC)

Re: being an American (without television)...

To give you a sense of the seriousness with which that game is taken, one time a few years back one, on the last game of the "season" at the end of a June, of the guys played the whole game in shorts. I don't think he was even wearing shin-pads (the idiot)!

If you skate well, you just might want to find yourself a pick-up game, then. It's actually surprisingly good exercise for the arms as well. And - by damn! - it can be fun!
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