Articles from April 2008


Discipline is what I’ve been applying to my rolling practice. Yes, I’m still showing up at the pool – perhaps not every week, but enough to keep some sort of moderate momentum going. Alan’s hurt his shoulder (we were warned), so he has been acting as my coach. We’ve been using a paddle float, minus paddle, to learn body movement/hip flick etc, and I made great inroads – on one side at least. Everyone has a good and a bad side, apparently. My bad side is my left side. It’s kind of weird, there’s just not the same “power” there at all. It almost feels like a blockage between my brain and my left hip/leg. So, I have been successfully doing complete rolls up on to my right side using a barely inflated float which, for me, is a big improvement from my early days of terror (see below). (more…)

Sharks hockey

San Jose SharksGoing off on a bit of a tangent here – in celebration of last night’s glorious play-off defeat of the Calgary Flames by the San Jose Sharks, I thought I would resurrect this essay I wrote back in April 2002 when I was a Sharks season ticket-holder. Allow me to wallow in a little nostalgia …