If hockey is Canada, then i'm the recently added province of Nunavut. I'm two weeks into the developmental hockey program at RIM Park. This is the first year they're doing this program - the idea was to have an introductory hockey program for people who aren't at the skill level to join a regular league (this describes me perfectly). The program is great and suprisingly, I'm actually able to keep up with what's going on. It's full gear on ice too - so I finally get to wear my Hartford Whaler socks. No one can stop the Whale.
In other hockey related news - my company had it's annual Thanksgiving food donation road hockey tournament over the last two weeks. Thanksgiving is in October here. Anyway - you bring in $20 bucks worth of food in order to play. It's five on five in the parking lot. This year, we had three teams. I was on the same R&D team from last year (because we rock). We don't rock enough to win though - but we did get to the final game, so that's something to be proud of. At least, that's something my mom would say. That's me in the green hoodie. It was fucking cold out there. It actually started snowing as soon as we got outside. Snowing on October 12th - hopefully this means it will be a good winter and i'll have enough snow to build that half pipe in my backyard.
The last two weeks also had the amazingly fantastic Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest. Now, I didn't win the Molson Oktoberfest VIP contest this year - which was probably a good thing because the second time is never as good as the first. This year, we went to Ruedsheimer Haus at the Waterloo Rec Centre. It's typically the university crowd joint - but there were people of all ages there - good times. It also helped that we know all the security people - they're all from the same dojo where Lara goes. Knowing security is a damn good thing.
But getting back to not winning the same contest again this year. I'm happy I didn't becuase spontaneity is extremely important - and winning the contest again and then going to all the halls wouldn't have been the same as the first year. This is different than overhyping something. For instance, we're having a New Year's Eve Eve party again this year - and i'm not hyping it up - because I want it to be a good time. That party was spontaneous - it was planned and just ended up being a fun night. The impromptu after party that was thrown after the work Christmas party was spontaneous - therefore, if we plan one this year - it won't be as good. That sucks, because it was a good party. We'll just wait and see.