Baltimore, Volleyball, The Girl Next Door and Medieval Times

posted by Jeff | Monday, April 12, 2004, 2:44 PM | comments: 4
Wow... what a weekend. Now that I stop and think about it a bit, I sure did a lot.

Stephanie and I were in Baltimore for the Northeast Qualifier, a far-off shot at qualifying for nationals. 70 courts in two locations, thousands of square feet of volleyball. My hope was just to do "OK." I guess in the end, that's what we did, but it could've been better. We went 6-3 for the weekend, but lost two the first day which put us in the butt brackets. The continuing problem with these kids are that they can't believe what they're capable of, and curl up and die as soon as they get into a little bit of trouble.

We got the chance to check out the Baltimore area Medieval Times. We've been to the Orlando show the last two Novembers. I have to say that this one was better in some ways. It's a new facility, for one, and attached to the Arundel Hills mall. Can't market yourself any better than that! The show was a lot more clean, the sword fights a little more convincing, and overall it was just a blast. Yes, I had my share of beer, which of course makes it that much more fun!

We also went to see "The Girl Next Door" (at the same mall, in the fabulous Muvico Egyptian 24). I was expecting a stupid teen sex movie, and it kind of was. However, it was actually fairly clever for a story that you've seen in a hundred other movies. The show is really stolen by another actor who plays a porn producer. His dialogue is absolutely hilarious. Seeing Elisha Cuthbert in skimpy clothes the entire movie certainly doesn't hurt. Makes you realize there's a cutie under that awful haircut she has on Fox's 24.

It was a nice little escape for the weekend. Makes going back to work far worse.


Comments

freeze, April 12, 2004, 7:39 PM #

The Girl Next Door was better when it was Risky Business!!!

freeze, April 12, 2004, 7:43 PM #

Get those girls in the positive frame of mind. Have them practice some game time situations where they're down a few points. Make them run the bleachers, make'em drop and give you 20. You need to go Full Metal Jacket on them. BTW, Candy and I loved the volleyball tourney in Massilon.

Stephanie, April 12, 2004, 11:22 PM #

There are no "buts" about it - you wanted to do okay, and that's exactly what you did. You don't have to discount the "victory" just because you weren't the best. My thought is that even if you ranked 30th, you still wouldn't be happy because the team could have done better. I know you get frustrated because they are a fantastic team and are definitely capable of more, but the fact of the matter is that you can't control their mental prepardness the day of the matches. You do what you can, and you can't play for them. You're not the kind of coach who dwells on losses or yells at the team when they perform less-than-optimal.

Medieval Times rocks and I'm already making mental plans for our Chicago visit to the castle there.

Neuski, April 12, 2004, 11:31 PM #

Mental Plans... I am the king of mental plans. Maybe someday I'll get the cough to make real plans.

MT sounds like a Dixie Stampede... without the rednecks.


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