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From Bad To Good
Well, my big class didn't go well today. I was already feeling bummed that Cal's home game against ninth-ranked Washington wasn't going to be on television. I wasted thirty minutes trying to get an intramural sports pass. I had to rush over to Kim's work to get her laptop bag and convey it to her at Beyond Bread. I was late to my much-anticipated first intramural game and sure I wouldn't be able to play because I lacked said pass. But then the pendulum began to swing.

I did get to play after all. And, though we played poorly and got our asses kicked, I was gratified to realize that I could participate without bringing my team or my lungs down. I even made a basket, which is pretty remarkable considering how little I've been able to play since the summer, first because of my fall teaching schedule and then, once classes were over, because of the flu and its month-long aftermath. I'm looking forward to playing again in two weeks. The whole experience brought back memories of my grad-school days playing in Hearst Gym.

When I got home, Skylar was delighted to see me in my low-budget uniform and expressed interest in going to watch a game sometime. I made two of Trader Joe's new mascarpone, artichoke, and mushroom pizzas for me and Kim and was pleased to find them better than expected. Then I plopped my tired body down to watch the UCLA-Oregon game and monitor the Cal score on my laptop, anxiously waiting for the Bears to blow their single-digit lead. But guess what? They didn't. Now they have victories against both of the Pac-10's ranked teams on their resumé and all is briefly right in my world.
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commonalgebra From: commonalgebra Date: January 27th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

i sad for you

Yesterday was a nightmare at school for me. Ugh. I felt drained the whole day just because I had two periods of little terrorists posing as middle school students. yikes.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 28th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: i sad for you

Sorry to hear that. But I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!
tpratt From: tpratt Date: January 28th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

just barely related, but what the hell

It's been a surreal year for me as a football fan. Seeing a team that's given to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory manage to halt such behavior has been soul-warming.

Indianapolis (and their starters for almost one half) came and went. Washington came and went. Carolina came, was gifted a touchdown, and went. I'm bruised from self-inflicted pinching. Detroit awaits.


cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 28th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: just barely related, but what the hell

I've been thinking of you throughout the last five weeks of the season. I'm happy for you!
dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: January 28th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Is this U of A intramurals that you're playing? What types of players are you playing against?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 28th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Better ones. The team we played Thursday seemed to be made up mostly of grad-students, like our own.
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