November 3, 2006
I'm ashamed to say that before last night I had never played ice hockey before. Yes I realize that every Canadian grows up playing on the pond, but that wasn't the case for this Island boy. Sure we skated on a lake in Chemainus a few times, and may have even taken hockey sticks with us, but nothing like last night. My buddy Ryan rented the West End Ice Rink, and 11 of us (8 guys, and 3 girls) had a good old fashioned pickup hockey game. There were various players in jersies (Canucks, Canadians, and Flames) and skill levels ranging from someone's second time skating, to guys who had played hockey for years. I haven't had that much fun in forever, and can't wait to do it again. The only real issue was that my skating sucks (I can't stop), but I'm sure that will get better over time. Dayna played as well, and ended up scoring a number of goals, including the game winner. Right now we're sitting at the Starbucks at YVR (there's a very weak free wireless network there called YVR_PUB for all the travellers who may read this) on our way to see my grandma in Phoenix.
Nice, I might have to give that a shot. Coincidently I was just talking to Dan (toasterman) about ice hockey last weekend, that I should get into it, and they were coaching me on how to stop. Coinicidently because it's the first time in like 25 years I"ve talked about ice hockey. He said it's much like stopping on a snowboard.. lighten up your weight a bit, pivot, then stomp it. Then you can slam the bastard into the boards until tears come out of his eyes.
my roomate damien plays every other friday night and has his full gear but still sucks ass. recently hes started taking power skating which involves one on one time with a young hottie, nothing to do with hockey but who doesn't want to learn to skate with a YOUNG HOTTIE. I've been seriously considering getting back into it myself, it's been years but we used to rent the ice quite a bit back in the nanaimo days.
I'm pretty sure there's a website around that tells you all the free wifi points in the various airports. Or you could just play dumb and hitup the first class lounge...