Category: hockey

Monday in My Life…

– I spent the vast majority of the day doing Econ homework.  I read five chapters and took four chapter tests.  My goal this week was two per day, so I’m ahead.  Plus, tomorrow morning I can knock out test #5 because I already did the reading.  Fortunately, I pushed through a confusing (to me) section and I’m back on stuff I mostly already know (at least enough to answer the test questions).

– OK.  Now that I think about it, that was all my day not just the vast majority.

– I am now crossing #513 on the list of 1001 Albums.  Everyday I knock out a few more.

– Tonight my fall hockey season starts.  This season my wife is joining my team.  Should be a lot of fun.  Along those lines, my team (not including my wife) had enough interest that we signed up for the Pond Hockey Nationals in Eagle River in February.  In fact, we might have a few teams.  We’ve blocked off at least seven hotels in a place where other players we know are staying too.  Pretty much going to be hockey, beer, food, repeat.

Tomorrow I’ll sleep in (late game tonight), do another two or three chapters of Econ, go for a run and then ref at night.  I’m going to be as sad as the kids when school starts next week.  It’s been a great summer for all of us.

Dream Job – Unlocked!

Found it. Found my dream job.

I was supposed to ref an adult league game tonight at 9:15 but it got cancelled.  Because it got cancelled less than 24-hrs before game time, I still get paid.

Paid for not working.  That’s it.  My lifelong dream of the perfect job has finally come true.

Oh sure, I thought I had it made being a stay-at-home Dad for a few years there, but this is even better.  That was not working but not earning money.  That’s cliche.  Anybody can do that.  I don’t even think you need a college degree.  Heck, it’s probably easier if you don’t.

But now I’m not working AND earning money.  No responsibility, no co-workers, I can work from home, I don’t even have to get dressed.  It’s the best of both worlds.  Not working but also getting money.

It is great to be alive!


Effective Learning

This month I registered for another year as a hockey official.  Every year you have to re-take the open book exam (100 questions), watch online videos and take quizzes, attend a seminar and pass a closed book exam.  My seminar isn’t until the end of September but I like to get my open book exam and videos out of the way early.  I finished them within 3 days of signing up.

The test is mostly on rules and the videos cover rules but also calling penalties, off-side, icing, managing the game and positioning.  Big on positioning.

I watch all the videos and know about the Golden Rectangle, Golden Triangle and where to stand.

Sadly, for me, the best way to learn positioning is the way I learned it during last night’s game.

I was at the goal line when someone tried to clear the puck from their end with a slap shot around the net.  He was unable to clear the puck because it slammed into my thigh instead.  I came about 2 inches from an unplanned transition to Rosa.  I knew I couldn’t get out of the way, so at best, I covered myself with my hands.  I’d rather have a broken hand than two broken testicles. (yes, I was wearing a cup, but this was a more than decent slap shot.  It still would’ve hurt like hell)  Fortunately, it went a little ways away and I just have a big bruise on my inner thigh instead of an ice pack and suddenly higher voice.

Did I mention I hate on the job training.  Oh well, lesson learned:  don’t stand there.  I should’ve moved up the boards slightly.

Even so, it was a fine game.  I have a total attitude adjustment in the last month.  All good.  I ref tonight at my favorite rink (it’ll be fun) and tomorrow night back at my more-normal rink.  It’ll be fine too because it’s decent teams (i.e. not tools)

Today I’ll do a little Global Econ homework, go for a run, enjoy a little alone time while The Hammer, MIL, SIL and five kids at the house go mini golf.

It’s great to be alive!

Yeah, that sounds like something I’d do…

In last night’s hockey game I scored a hat trick!  Unfortunately, two of the goals were for the opponent.

First, the good.  I did score a goal in the first period to put us ahead 2-1.

Now the bad.  Later in the game one of their players took a slap shot from the blue line.  I tried to block it with my skate and it bounced off and into our net.  Sigh.

At the very end of the game I blocked another shot with my upper body and it ricocheted in the net.  Bigger sigh.

We lost 11-6.  Actually, I had 2 points (a nice assist on the last goal) and was only -1 for the game.

I ref single games tonight and Thursday and then have five in a row on Saturday (three charity games and two regular).  Lots of skating this week.  At least I won’t be able to score any more goals for the opposition.  🙂

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