Tonight we ran the puck into the opposite zone. I passed cleanly to someone, who took a shot. Deflected by the goalie. The opposing left winger got to the puck first and railed it behind the net. Henry and their right winger collided trying to get the puck; it bounced a few feet away from them. I snagged it, glanced around and found our right winger standing clear in the slot. I passed cleanly to him, he shot on goal. It rebounded off the goalie's pads towards me. It could have been my first goal, but Henry got to the puck quicker and tossed it in the net before the goalie could get over to our side.
Would have been nice to get the goal, but it was first assist AFAIK and also my first +1 game so I'm happy with this.
We won the game 3:1 which ain't bad either ;)
- Current Mood: pleased
So I did some testing and moving things around and got positive and negative results and was able to confirm that the silicon pad doesn't prevent the tongue from sliding down and doubling up there like we hoped, but the silicon pad falls inside the tongue and protects the nerve. As long as the pad stays in place, I can skate with little pain.
In fact, I've been able to stop tying my skates super tight once the pad is protecting the nerve, and let the skate move around a little more. This was guaranteed pain in the past, but it's fine as long as the pad stays in place. I'm skating better and more confidently now. It's been a huge relief to stop thinking about pain, and avoiding thereof, and just think about skating.
I still can't skate well without KT Tape to support me, although I did figure out that I can apply a long strip across the lower back nerves myself, and this provides enough support. So at least I'm self-sufficient now.
Finally, the Knights broke our losing streak Sunday by defeating the Piranhas, who beat us soundly back in November. Not only did we win, but it was my first game where I didn't go further negative on my +/-! Granted, a positive (being on the ice when a goal was scored) or scoring a goal myself would be even better, but it's my first game were I didn't go negative so I'm happy with it.
This is apparently a best season so far for the Knights, and we have secured a spot in the playoffs!
- Current Mood: pleased
Either the boot is too loose and moves around beneath my feet, or I'm in pain from the little bony knob just above the heel on the outside of my left foot.
I've tried lacing patterns. I've tried pads inside the boots. Sharks ice pro shop has no clue. I switched boots with Hockey Giant. Last thing we did was reheat and punch out the boot to give me more room there. After spending two months out due to the shoulder surgery, I came back and spent roughly 10 hours practicing skating. I went to the beginner hockey class this Saturday morning and I couldn't even finish the class I was in too much pain.
I guess after the shoulder surgery I'm just really tired of being in pain all the time, and I'm seriously considering hanging up my gloves and going back to just being a fan.
If someone has any good ideas about where to go, or any specialist (I'm happy to pay) who might be able to work this out... I'd really love to be able to focus on skating and hockey, rather than pain management.
Until or unless I find some useful direction to proceed, I guess I'm going to bow out and go back to sports I could enjoy sans pain.
I believe this is going to be not only a good job, but a good lifestyle match for me. I'm really excited about this change.
- Current Mood: pleased
I'm pretty sure this means that someone else took the photo and I assumed I'd get it from you, but forgot to. So Dave, Andy, et al... do you have a photo of Nova and I standing together at absolute zero?
Note that GA is sold out, so if want to be on the floor you've got to get them from me or someone else. $49/each.
I didn't notice being in pain that night, but when I woke up in the morning I couldn't move my arm two inches without almost screaming in pain. I got in to see my doctor ASAP worried I had broken the arm, but thankfully that wasn't the case. The impact has caused my shoulder to inflame tremendously, and it's pushing the rotator cuff muscles up against the bone spur really hard.
No hockey for me for at least a week, more likely two or three. In fact, no holding things with both hands, or even pointing my left arm. It hurts.
And now my doctor is saying that maybe we really should consider doing surgery to cut away some of the bone spur. We'll see how it looks after the inflammation dies down.
- Current Mood:hurting
I contributed two goals... for the Rusty Blades. One puck bounced off my foot and slid past our goalie. The second time I was dicing for puck control near the net, the guy feinted, pulled back, then bounced the puck off my blade into the net. I'm crushed. I'm sure my team wants to crush me too.
It little ways, I'm getting better. I'm catching the puck more often. I'm annoying the other side more often. But not consistently, and not enough. One time I was proud of myself for racing back in time enough to get between the opponent and the net... but I slowed down just a tiny bit as I got near the net, and he shot it millimeters past my stick into the net. Crushed again.
I got one chance to shoot at the far net during the game, and just hit an opponent in the chest who was able to knock it down and run it back to our territory.
I ended up 0:-3 for the game, which makes me 3:-6 or -3 for all three games. This is total suckage territory. I'm kindof surprised the Knights haven't told me to blow off yet.
And my blades are hurting me again. It never stops. I'm mad enough about the effing hockey blades and pain to want to throw all of this stuff out the window and never look at it again. Nobody else has any problems like this. Nobody. Everyone just looks at me weird when I talk about the pain in my feet. Auuuuuuuuuugh.
- Current Mood: disappointed
My favorite writing tool is Scrivener. I wrote the Learning MCollective book for O’Reilly Media entirely in Scrivener, exporting to AsciiDoc. I was afraid this wouldn’t work very well, but it ended up working just great. You can get my export settings and processing scripts from https://github.com/jorhett/scrivener-asc
O’Reilly Media promotes and utilizes a lot of web standards. They have switched over to using HTMLBook for new projects. HTMLBook is an XHTML5-based standard for the authoring and production of both print and digital books.
To support this in my upcoming book, I created a Scrivener compile format which outputs chapter headings in HTMLBook. Then I wrote some scripts to process the output from Scrivener compile to make valid HTMLBook, cut into parts and adjusted for the expectations of O’Reilly Atlas.
I have released my Scrivener compile settings and scripts so that others can use them. They are open source under an Apache license at https://github.com/jorhett/scrivener-htm
After last week where I had skated really poorly in brand new skates, I spent about 5 hours this week practicing. 90% of that was just accelerating up to a run, stopping, and transitioning forward to backward. I got to the point where I was doing it smoothly, left or right, forward or back, on the new skates.
So I'm super crazy disappointed when I came tonight and skated probably worse, not better, than the previous week. What's killing me is just how crap the ice is. Every time I went to take off I'd catch an edge in a deep rut. Nearly every time I went to turn around my skates would get stuck in a rut and I would be pulled off balance by my feet going different directions than my hips.
As I said to someone before game started, pointing at the deep cuts in the ice, "why do they bother pretending to cut it?" The ice was so bad that I'm not entirely certain it wouldn't be better if they didn't pour fresh water over it... because that appears to be the only thing they are doing. Does that zamboni have a blade in it?
So I'm not happy with the ice, I'm not happy with myself, and I want to beat the crap out of the other team's goalie. Twice that bastard swung his stick out beyond the crease and knocked me off my feet. My back is in a lot of pain right now, as is my shoulder.
I knew that hockey would involve some questionable play. And goodness knows we're all bad skaters, and we crash into each other. It didn't occur to me that it would involve deliberate violations intended to hurt someone bad enough they wouldn't be able to work the next day. That's a serious red flag for me. Right now I'm seriously considering whether or not I will return.
- Current Mood: pissed off