Written after 12:00 A.M. U.S.A. C.T. at the Ravenswood Metra Stop on 19 October 2010
Tonight I hung out with Pat, a former ice hockey teammate of mine and his roommate. While Pat was taking a call I ended up explaining to his roomie Pat and my’s high school hockey history. Sophmore year Pat and I made the JV team that won the state title held at the United Center. Junior year we made Blue, the second varisty team. That year Green, the top varsity team winner of the past 4 state titles, went independent (a la Notre Dame’s independence in college football), taking themselves out of Metro North, our local league. Green’s goal was to play better hockey than was available in its local league. Our Blue team won said league, then lost to Green in the state semi-finals, to my knowledge the best finish of any Blue team ever. Senior year we played for Green, and lost in the semi-finals, ending their 5-year championship streak.
Two out of three.
Following said discussion and Pat’s return, we watched the Hawks battle the St. Louis Blues. Down by two in the third period, Marian Hossa scored his seventh and seventh goals of the season to tie, and the Hawks won in OT on Sharpie’s goal. Afterwards Pat and I headed to Lincoln Station for a drink and unexpected birthday shot.
Amongst other topics we discussed golf. I have played the past three mondays at the club where I caddy. Playing three times in three weeks beats the one-off time I’ve golfed for the past three to four years. My game is progressing. I am now confident using Driver off the tee, something I have never been before. I shot 110 the first two times, and yesterday I played roughly twelve holes. Caddying the past seven years has definitely helped my game, in addition to a change in my playing attitude grown from college crew and Intramural hockey, judo in Japan, basketball in China and a general maturity.
Related to playing golf the past three Mondays I have been to the course for the past fifteen days straight. The longest streak of the year, and my life. Caddying (I did not work three times) the other days has been possible thanks to the amazing Indian summer (possibly Global Warming related) weather.