Woodys Rock!

Rock win! Hello playoffs!
Rock win! Hello playoffs!

Not sure if I mentioned it before… but something was clearly wrong with the front left suspension in the Vibe. Last oil change they dismissed it as ‘ice build up’ but I thought that was BS. It was. My mechanic looked at it again this weekend (when there was clearly no longer any ice) and lo and behold, found the sway bar was rubbing against my break pads. It could have been dangerous. *sigh* Also the shocks are completely shot. Replacing the shocks is big money. So, the sway bar was fixed but the shocks were not. The car is on its last legs. We are trying to get as much time out of it as we can but…

Saturday evening was a get together with ‘The Boyz’; my oldest friends. The plan was to meet downtown then head to the Toronto Rock game. I went over to nivek’s early to attend his son’s ball hockey game. The game was pretty fun to watch, the ages and sizes of the boys seemed to vary dramatically… they were all under ten years old. I was pretty impressed with their grasp of hockey at such a young age. The game was tied up late. Nivek’s son made several key defensive plays. We eventually made our way South after the game. Traffic was ridiculous. The original plan was to park at Yorkdale and take the TTC down… but Yorkdale was a zoo. Quelle surprise! So we drove a little further (what a nightmare) and parked closer to the next stop at Wilson. Living well North of Toronto, I rarely ever take the TTC… So I always find it pretty interesting to watch how it bends and twists, and all the metal on metal ( \m/~ ) sounds you hear screeching from beneath the cars… I like it though. It is fairly clean and gets you downtown pretty quickly. Union station is a gong-show right now however as it undergoing a major renovation. But once we arrived, our meeting place the Loose Moose was only a very short walk away.

When KK and I arrived, Mike and Pat had already acquired a great table with a view of the TFC game. Immediately they tell us about their bus ride up to Toronto from Niagara. They said the ‘crazy white chick’ behind them on the bus was really loud and talking about how she just got released from jail. Well somehow she asked them if she could use one of their phones. Don’t know why, but MikeMike said yes. Well it sounds like her phone convos degraded into a series of wanna-be gangster f-the-police tirades. Oh joy… Now they have MikeMike’s number. *eyeroll* Eventually Ding joined us for lunch. It was lots of laughs and good times as we had lunch. Yes. We all ordered Woody’s. They are an awesome burger. The beer selection at Moose is impressive. Every time we are there I get to try new beers. I tried a Lake of Bays Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale which I eventually warmed to, and a Turtle Irish Red which I quite enjoyed. Unfortunately with Defoe and Bradley, TFC dropped a one nil game to Colorado. Ho-hum.

The 'legendary' Woody from the Loose Moose in Toronto
The ‘legendary’ Woody from the Loose Moose in Toronto

Ding was out for the game so the four of us walked down to the ACC to see the Rock. Admittedly I don’t follow the NLL. While I enjoy the game, I don’t have any real loyalty to the team. It was just something fun to do with the guys. It was an entertaining and close game. I loved that the goalie’s name was Miller. Miller stops ‘em cold! The Rock held on to win 10 – 9, the win getting them into the playoffs! Draft beer was $13 at the ACC. So we ordered zero beers. Instead, we went back to the Moose for another round. It was a great night. Lots of laughs and good times… we really need to get together more often.

While I was out, bdot was focused obsessed with finding a new knitting pattern. She uses a website called ravelry which is staggering. The vast volume of information on the site is beyond anything I’ve ever seen. The hunt is still on I believe.

I also finished a few Acts of Diablo 3 with my high heel wearing female Demon Hunter. I find it really silly that the graphic designers have the character running around killing monsters in sand (etc.) IN HIGH HEELS. Dupid. I’m however enjoying the class a lot and the game improvements have made it significantly more enjoyable to play…

Thank Gawd the Sabres season has mercifully come to an end. They were a bad team to start the season. Then they became a bad team decimated by injuries. I believe they dressed eight goalies this year. Their record was embarrassing, and their inability to score was record setting. I eventually just got behind the tank for last. Not doing so ensures only mediocrity, and I’m willing to suffer for awhile to achieve good results. We shall see… the next two drafts are crucial. The Sabres have acquired a ton of picks. This years draft they have potentially three first round picks! So as bad as the Sabres were, and they were really bad, I’m still optimistic with the current plan and the future.

Sabres suck. Final season stats.
Sabres suck. Final season stats.

The NHL playoffs start this week! I may be in two playoff pools. A lot has been made of the fact that there is only one Canadian team in the post-season. So… I guess it is all aboard S.S. Habs. There are Sabres all over the league as well… so pulling for Miller and Ott in St.Louis, and Pominville in Minnesota.

2014 NHL playoff breakdown
2014 NHL playoff breakdown

Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!

So wow… Does George R.R. Martin have wedding issues? What is now being called the Purple Wedding ended in a dramatic manner. The King being killed by pie? Or was it wine? And who? And why? Pretty much every character in the series would have a reason to kill the little douchebag. It will be curious to see how this hunt for the murderer unfolds. Judging by the jubilation on twitter it seems about time the King got his comeuppance. One character I won’t miss. Incredible job by the actor. I wonder if it was easy to play such a hated character.

Update:

Due to weather I opted out of driving down to St.Catharines for my Dad’s hockey pool. :/ Hopefully he got some good players! I did enter the pool with the ball hockey guys. I picked first for the first time ever. Which is both good and bad. Here is what I ended up with:

  • Krejci – BOS
  • Eriksson – BOS
  • Hossa – CHI
  • Subban – MONT
  • Williams – L.A.
  • Richards – L.A.
  • Gaborik – L.A.
  • Vatanan – ANA
  • Brassard – NYR
  • Voynov – L.A.
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Needle and the Damage Done

Ouch! Hey where are you sticking that thing?!
Ouch! Hey where are you sticking that thing?!

The issue with my left forearm doesn’t seem to be going away. Today I went to our local physiotherapy clinic (the one I’ve been going to for years for massage therapy…) for my first physiotherapy session. She was quickly able to locate the issue… the symptoms are similar to Tennis elbow. I have half my normal strength in my left grip, otherwise she said I should be in construction since my right grip is so strong. insert joke here…:P I received bad physiotherapy years ago for Bell’s Palsy (which has passed) so I won’t do anything with electricity. But she recommended acupuncture today so… I let her do it. It is certainly curious. Sticking needles in my right leg somehow helps my left arm… *head scratch* I guess it is all connected… I can’t say I understand what is going on… but acupuncture has been around for centuries and it is regulated in Ontario. So… I set aside my bias that it is hokum. I’m usually cool until they say words like Qi and Chakra then my inner eyes roll. It wasn’t magic, nor did I expect it to be… but the pain did feel like it subsided somewhat. That said, it could have also been the result of the ultrasound. I’ve been told to avoid repetitive activity with that arm. I have a few more sessions and I’ve been given exercises to try. Blah. Clearly doing nothing isn’t resolving this.

Thank gawd. The Leafs have finally been eliminated from the playoffs. So Toronto media can finally shut up and stop leading *barf* Leaf Nation on. With the Sabres in rebuild mode, the Leafs have been an interesting story to watch this year. From the oh we got this, in the playoffs no problem attitude to the meteoric fall toward the bottom of the standings that some stats gurus was saying was inevitable. The draft is the next big day for the Sabres… I’ve heard a lot of talk about the top five players. The Sabres could end up with two of them. The post-season should be interesting.

Update:
I had my second physiotherapy session this morning. There is clearly progress. She does resistance tests that gauge pain levels when pressure is applied to fingers, arms, wrists etc.. Anyway, there is less pain than the original test. Which is promising. I’ve been doing hand stretches at home, so hopefully the combination of all these things speeds the recovery. Wow… here I’m lying there with acupuncture pins in both legs and the dude beside me, who is getting worked on, starts moaning… no not THAT moan. The stifled I’m in pain moan. And it continued for several minutes. I don’t know what his issue was… but damn – he sure sounded unhappy.

Hold for 10 seconds...
Hold for 10 seconds…

Next week is looking busy. Monday night hockey draft in St.Catharines, Tuesday night hockey draft in Weston/401 area and Wednesday is a work event which will keep me out past midnight. It is awesome that the following weekend is a four day weekend.

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Melting away

Cobalt the Kitten
Cobalt the Kitten

It was a busy weekend. First and foremost, April 6th marked 11 years since I met bdot in Kleinberg. While walking outside yesterday we remarked to each other that we were glad neither of us turned out to be a serial killer. (That I’m aware of anyway….) Happy anniversary chou-san.

Saturday bdot was out most of the afternoon. She met up with her sister for an afternoon of crafting. The craft was knitting. It seems we may need an add-on to our add-on to house all the balls of yarn she has acquired. She also has my paypal info which she uses to buy more patterns. I’m wondering if this was a good idea…

After making all afternoon – I met up with bdot and we drove up to my sister’s for dinner. I was shocked to see how much snow they still have in Horseshoe Valley. I know it is a ‘micro-climate’ but I can see 80% of my lawn now… Just an hour north and their entire lawn is covered by at least 3 feet of snow…. the edges reaching close to 6 feet! Unreal. We ate as soon as we arrived since we got there fairly late. The brother-in-law cooked up an assortment of stuffed chicken breasts, meatballs, salmon and pirogi. Yum. My parents, who just got back from their southern vacation were already there. My parents said their vacation was a mixed bag for weather. A lot of days around 60F but a few dropping down to 30F. They met up my aunt and uncle a few times for dinners and cards… seemed like a largely relaxing time.

My Sister’s dog Wiley who had the strange sudden back-leg paralysis appeared to be doing okay. She was walking around being a dog although she did seem less interested in wrestling, like we have in the past. We also met their new cat named Cobalt. He is a quiet little ball of energy. I’ve never owned a ‘ragdoll’ cat… they have the ability to go limp like a dead fish. It is pretty odd. As you can see from the photo above, the cat has already figured out that humans are warm and a great place to sleep. It was a fun evening. I enjoyed watching Phanooof and the Leafs lose. Playoff chances now below 2%. Heh. It was good to see everyone.

Sabres continue to suck. It was really disheartening to see the non-response against the Flyers after a player was wiped-out AND the goalie run. Where are the leaders? Feels eerily similar to the post Lucic run on Miller. Sigh. This season can’t end soon enough. I do take solace in believing half of the mish-mash of players now on the team will be gone next year. At least TFC won and are now 3 and 1… They won even without Defoe… which is encouraging.

Friday night we blasted through the last few episodes of season three’s Game of Thrones. ‘You know nothing Jon Snow!’ I know season four has started. We’ll be watching episode one tonight… I’m curious to see how the empire strikes back… Season three was decimating for the good guys.

Yarrrrrr! 'Tis blotch the crab.
Yarrrrrr! ‘Tis blotch the crab.

I’ve been playing an indie RPG named Driftmoon on and off for awhile now. It is a pretty unique RPG. The focus is certainly on story and humour and the game has plenty of self-deprecating jokes and curious characters. I put in a few hours this weekend and completed the game. I have to say it was a ton of fun. It is only $15 bucks on Steam. Well worth a look for a refreshing take on the RPG genre. Hopefully the husband and wife duo release another game in this vein.

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