Time rolls on: Another whirlwind look at all the stuff going on

posted by Jeff | Saturday, April 26, 2003, 10:49 PM | comments: 0

Finally today I've got nothing to do. Stephanie and I are bored out of our skulls, but shit, it's the first weekend I've had nothing to do in ages. Our practices were even cancelled last week due to a scheduling conflict.

So with volleyball, we had two straight weekends of tournament action. The first weekend we were in Columbus for the regional bid. We were down two girls (grrr...) and sucked ass. It was embarassing even. To make matters worse, some of the girls were more worried about what the others were doing than taking responsibility for their own performance. Not good. One even had the balls to ask what I was doing taking her out of the game. Yikes.

I let that go, and thought about it, and knowing more about her personality decided to put it behind me. Last weekend for Easter we were in Baltimore for the Northeast Qualifier. My goal wasn't so much to nail a bid to nationals, but do well overall. Our first day, we swept our pool. They really kicked ass (but of course had to go three games... they always need to make it interesting "for the fans," as one puts it).

That night, one of the girls, who was pretty upset about the way things went the weekend before, bought everybody T-shirts (with "word," one of our huddle cheers, written on the back) and wrote a poem for every girl, saying what she liked about them. Girly as hell, I know, but a very sweet gesture. The girls had good bonding time that night in the hotel. I've never had a team nearly get through the entire season and still like each other, so it's a refreshing change.

The second day we didn't do as well, but ended up in the silver bracket, finishing the third day 19 our of 56. I can live with that! All in all it was a good weekend for me. Not so good for Steph though, as she was sick and battling a double ear infection. She's still not totally well as of today!

Meanwhile I started to rewrite my forum software. For users it won't seem that different, but from a programmers standpoint it will be so much easier to interact with, and performance wise will bury anything else I've seen out there. I'm really happy with the way I code now; I feel like I'm reaching a new level. I bought a new book yesterday to help translate some of it to building desktop apps, which have a lot of different little things I'm not used to.

Thursday is media day at Cedar Point, and around 5:30 a.m. I'll get my first ride on Top Thrill Dragster, the insane 420-foot tall ride that launches you up to 120 mph. I'm really just now starting to get excited about it.

I find myself being less enthusiastic about being a coaster enthusiast lately. Not sure why. CoasterBuzz Club is doing pretty well, and we're doing three events this year. I'm pleased with the site as well, though this time of year sucks because there's always an influx of new people who don't like the way we moderate it and I'm a power-hungry jerk Nazi who doesn't have a life blah blah blah. Right on schedule! That usually simmers down by late June.

Oh, I finally got my new camera (Canon EOS 10D). Wouldn't you know it, I think I might have to send it to Canon for service. When it writes to memory it makes all kinds of noise, which the Canon support people say is not normal. The good news is the new model does indeed correct the key problem of the old one... it focuses in low light. When you're using the flash it'll strobe the subject if necessary too, and that makes a huge difference.


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