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2:22 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I braved the sleet and snow to head out for my weekly game of hockey last night. With about 10 minutes to go, I cut across the middle at full speed and got caught with my head down. I Didn't seem him coming. I got filled in pretty good. I managed to drive my front teeth through my lip and they are a little looser than I would like.

I managed to get the swelling of my lip down by keeping a cold beer pressed against it for a few hours after the game. I'm not concerned about my face being banged up(some could argue it's an improvement), and I'm not even worried about the bruised ego.(It was #7, Ill remember) What I am concerned about is that I think I have suffered a serious brain injury. Every post I have read this morning makes sense. Even Macguru's. ;)

2:36 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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pmac: "Every post I have read this morning makes sense. Even Macguru's."

yep...that'll be serious brain damage then...my advice is...it's probably too late...get a few beers in and relax in front of the TV while you have a good excuse

it should be noted that I am not a doctor and am in no way qualified to give medical advice

it should also be noted that I know a good beer when I drink one

3:15 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I think I have suffered a serious brain injury. Every post I have read this morning makes sense. Even Macguru's.

ROFL

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3:24 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>>I'm not concerned about my face being banged up

Taking note. ;)

3:27 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>> I got filled in pretty good.

Hah! I got you beat all ways up. 2.5 weeks ago I crashed my car, and dislocated and fractured my right shoulder (which is why I've been more scarce than usual recently). I now have a 2 inch surgical screw holding the ball together, and I'm in a sling for a few weeks yet :(

I also knocked my head (no real damage, fortunately), but since I've always been able to understand Macgurus posts, I assume I had pre-existing brain injury (probably alcohol related ;)) when I originally arrived here

I do have vague memories of playing some hockey at school though, grass version.... girls V boys usually.... they were savage at 14, I wouldn't play it against SERIOUS opposition, I tell you that for free.... brave man

3:55 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Wow. Careful about those head injuries - that squishy stuff in your noggin is about the only thing you have in this world that you can count on.

I always wanted to play hockey. When I was young and we lived in Minnesota, Mom and Dad made me take figure skating instead.

"You'll get hurt," they said.

I've still never forgiven them for not letting me play. And I'll NEVER show anyone the pictures of me all dolled up and skating to "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Ugh.

There's an adult hockey league here in Austin but since I've never actually played, I'm afraid I'd be too much of a newbie.

I am, however, going to go play broomball [usbabroomball.com] on Friday night.

4:09 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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keeping a cold beer pressed against it for a few hours after the game

For this technique to be effective, it is important to tilt the can toward the face so that the cold liquid is properly positioned. Also, replacing the can frequently with a fresh one as soon as the liquid contents are gone is essential. :)

C'mon, Hawkgirl, now that you've told us about your skating photos you have to post a link... ;)

4:27 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hawkgirl: "I always wanted to play hockey. When I was young and we lived in Minnesota, Mom and Dad made me take figure skating instead.

"You'll get hurt," they said.

I've still never forgiven them for not letting me play. And I'll NEVER show anyone the pictures of me all dolled up and skating to "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Ugh."

I'm afraid there are now two images enduringly stuck in my mind...I think I'm a little more comfortable with the one wearing the hockey gear :)

4:45 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hawkgirl - Don't worry about being a newbie. I picked it up a couple of years ago, and the last time I was on skates was well before the birthdate of the coach I had!

It's a great sport...the best I've ever played...and well worth the time, effort and pain to learn.

5:53 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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And I'll NEVER show anyone the pictures of me all dolled up and skating to "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Ugh.

Do you have any family members with access to this photo... maybe folks who might take a bribe?

I'm with you on the hockey thing, TallTroll. Severe pain really isn't something I look for in a hobby. ;)

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I'd rather take any number of dares than have that picture posted on the web for all to see.

Wow, now I'm inspired. I'm going to call the local league and find out some more info about the winter season. Hmm!

6:00 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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pmac, you should know better, how many times has Don Cherry said

"Now kids, don't put your head down when you're coming across the neutral zone, you'll get killed"

6:03 pm on Nov 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>that squishy stuff in your noggin is about the only thing you have in this world that you can count on.

Bit messy though, I prefer to use my fingers to count on. (toes too for big numbers)

And Hawkgirl,if you post the pics I promise that no-one will look at them......:)

Pmac - maybe it was the beer therapy that messed with the grey squishy stuff.....

3:19 pm on Nov 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Well, y'all gave me the kick I needed. I called my local women's league and said, "Sign me up!"

So I'll be a hockey player soon.

Yeah!

3:29 pm on Nov 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Don't forget the figure skates & ballerina outfit, Hawkgirl. They'll be really surprised when you slam 'em into the boards! ;)
3:35 pm on Nov 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hawkgirl - I can't believe that reading about pmac getting his teeth driven through his lips has motivated you to start playing hockey. Your parents' fears were obviously misplaced. ;)
3:41 pm on Nov 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I'm definitely going to wear a mouth guard. I just did $7K worth of braces! ;)
4:10 pm on Nov 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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That is so cool Hawkgirl!

I wouldn't worry about getting hurt. Pretty well all senior recreational leagues are non-contact and the play is pretty gentle. Forget the mouthguard. Get yourself a full cage, because sticks and pucks always sem to find the "unprotected" areas. You have half the battle won because you can skate! I thnk you are going to have a blast, please let us know how you make out!

I am feeling much better today, it seems the fog is lifting. I just read one of Mac's posts and had no clue what the hell he was talking about. ;)

4:18 pm on Nov 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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My friend's high school son plays on a team - hopefully I score some used gear off of him and his buddies. :)

I'm excited.

Glad you're feeling better, too.

12:10 am on Nov 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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rogerd: "Don't forget the figure skates & ballerina outfit, Hawkgirl. They'll be really surprised when you slam 'em into the boards!"

only if they don't know damcers...I spent ten years working with the "little darlings"...they are some of the toughest people I know...not to mention the fact that ballet training can lead to the sort of psychological scarring that turns people into serial killers

I wouldn't be in the slightest bit surprised to see somebody in a tutu charging at me intent on doing physical damage...in fact I might even go so far as to say I'm a tad more wary of anyone in a tutu than I am of somebody carrying a gun :)

I am now afflicted with the mental image of Hawkgirl in a tutu, figure skates and a hockey mask wielding a hockey stick with malicious intent...if this thread continues in this vein much longer I may need medication

12:42 am on Nov 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I have coached boys and girls soccer at various ages and levels. The boys are dirtier, the girls are tougher!

Go get'em Hawkgirl :}

^
See, nice smile.

6:13 am on Nov 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Just got back from broomball.

Sometime between now and the last time I played a team sport (must've been Ultimate Frisbee in '95) a weird thing happened.

I got old.

Ouch. No pads. That was the big mistake. Ice is HARD.

6:38 am on Nov 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Ice is HARD

Hehehe... so's water. I dropped out of my college diving class after I smacked the top of my head on the water off the high dive board, and had a headache for two days. ;)

Divers don't get to wear pads though... hit those teenage boys up for their hockey gear!

1:07 pm on Nov 23, 2002 (gmt 0)



And I'll NEVER show anyone the pictures of me all dolled up and skating to "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Ugh.

<A little off topic>
I understand completely how you feel. I have 2 recurring dreams that cause me to wake up in a cold sweat. One is that I am a cheerleader, the other is that I am the prom queen.
</A little off topic>

10:26 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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OK.

Practice starts in 2 weeks. Now I just have to pick up gear and I'm ready to go.

:)

I'm psyched.

11:30 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hawkgirl,
I haven't heard the words Ultimate Frisbee in a very long time... Is it still around? I played for two years in '82 and '83. I remember being beaten miserably by teams of mongo jumping football-basketball gazelle types. I mean these guys could throw a disk while inverted 3 ft. off the ground from behind their back accurately 50 yds. Hawkgirl, hope you had more fun than I.
6:35 am on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hawkgirl: "I got old."

yeah...it happens

I used to play football (soccer seeing as I'm in a sensible country) all the time...two full scale games a week and plenty of kick abouts in between...did so from age 12 through to around 21...then it sort of lapsed and became the odd kick about now and again, mostly with the family

back in '92 I was touring Italy with a show and we organised a game with some of the local kids we were doing workshops with...we'd got a recently retired ex-pro basketball player in the cast and a couple of other football nuts...and this was a chance to say we'd played in Italy :)

I lasted nigh on 90 minutes as a 36 year old playing mostly against 18 year olds...of which I am rather proud...my last kick of the game was scoring a goal...of which I am also proud...the fact that I spent most of the next two years on and off crutches after completely exploding my achilles tendon is something of which I am a little less proud

so, yeah, we get old...be careful out there

as of last year I'm now recovered enough that I can run in straight lines and kick a ball again...I was hoping to start playing again this year, but diabetes rather kicked that into touch...but next year definitely

4:27 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Jon: yeah, I never quite got the hang of Ultimate, myself. But enjoyed playing on the teams I did - just for the beer afterwards.

Eric: hopefully you'll be running around soon. I'm glad to get back to a team sport - it's been too long for me.

12:41 am on Dec 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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My first hockey practice is tomorrow!

I got all of my gear yesterday. Holy moly! Now *that* is what I call a high cost of entry for a sport.

With the exception of the helmet, skates, gloves and mouthguard, I bought bottom-of-the-line stuff. Another girl on the team gave me an old pair of skates (and they FIT, halleluia). But whew, the required gear is expensive!

I'm ready, though. Hopefully the *team* is ready for *me*! :)

12:53 am on Dec 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It's a good thing your not playing goalie! Now that's some bucks.
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