It has arrived!
If anyone is looking for a last-minute present for a football lover, you can buy a copy of this from me for $25. It retails for $40, so there are some advantages of knowing me!
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s a 420 page, A4 sized book with stats and profiles on every listed AFL player as well as some pretty kick-arse articles written by yours truly. I’m in Melbourne until December 19 so that’s your deadline if you want one before Christmas.
Two watermelons picked today - 26kg and 24.5kg.
The best thing about “holiday season” is that everyone goes on holidays so there’s less people to deal with.
When I used to go out, I’d know everyone I saw
Now I go out alone if I go out at all
The Walkmen - The Rat
(2004: Bows + Arrows)
Tonight I went to watch some of the national schools volleyball championships. Of the 10 players in the team six where boys I coached earlier this year. They played terribly. Most of them have played less than 10 competitive volleyball games in their life and they were playing in a very noisy hall where it would be easy to be overwhelmed. The disappointing thing about it wasn’t their performance, but the performance of the coaches.
I’ve made a very strong point of emphasising decision-making over outcomes - losing a point by trying to do something well is more beneficial in the long run than simply doing whatever it takes to win a point. These two seemed to be doing the opposite - chastising players (15-16 year olds) for making mistakes despite having good intentions. None of their feedback was instructional. It was more along the lines of “don’t do that” “why did you do that, you know better” rather than the “next time, trying doing this” approach that I prefer.
I should probably respect the methods of a guy who has been a coach at international level but after tonight’s performance I’m finding that very hard.
Baked some iPhone cookies to trick cops into pulling me over, then I just take a bite and ask if cookies are against the law.
I have spent a bit of time over the past week thinking about a trip to the USA next year. Voodoo Experience is all but locked in for the first weekend in November and I have a wedding I should be home for the following week so that puts a few restrictions on plans. The best I’ve come up with so far has been:
- Fly into Los Angeles (because most flights go through there anyway)
- Train/bus to San Fransisco for Treasure Island music festival (a Laneway-like festival)
- Hire a car and drive up the west coast (because every American/Californian who has driven the Great Ocean Road has been severely unimpressed. That has to have some basis.)
- End up in Seattle (because Pearl Jam, they have an airport and it’s a logical end-point for a trip up the west coast)
- Fly to New York (because it’s New York and my mum’s cousin is a bazillionaire who lives 30 minutes from the city and I can stay with him for free)
- Fly to New Orleans for Voodoo Experience (because I explained here)
- Fly home
Does anyone else have any suggestions for things that have to be done while I’m over there?
(Source: iambowman, via waxlions)