Two things made today better.
The first thing was getting back out on the volleyball court. Volleyball has always been a weird fixation for me. I thoroughly enjoy women’s volleyball as a spectator… who can beat a group of girls in spandex? Men’s volleyball is awe-inspiring. The height those guys get up to, and the ability to slam the ball so quickly much less dig it so quickly is impressive to say the least. I’ve played volleyball non-competitively for about 8 years now and it’s probably my favorite sport to play now that my baseball days are over.
I’m fairly versatile when we play pickup games. I’m probably one of the better back row players out of my friends, including a pair of scholarship women’s volleyball players (in their defense, they are middle blockers/outside hitters–not DS’s– for their college teams). I even played about 3 months of competitive volleyball in a men’s league. It was weird, 85% of players were homosexual. I did alright as a right side hitter. It was fun if not really awkward to hear my teammates’ stories about their night life. Definitely awkward. They left me and the other straight kid on my team alone for the most part, and it was definitely welcome behavior.
The other thing that made today suck a bit less was booking a flight up to see the girlfriend. It’s been 2 months since we’ve seen each other and its been a whole lot of suck in that time. So Saturday I’m headed to New York state for some quality time with her. Just knowing I’m going relieves so much stress.
The one problem I already see coming up is me missing the NCAA regional in Rice if it were to happen. The way things fell apart for Rice last week, it may not. I may try to catch a Syracuse Chiefs game though. The Chiefs are the Triple A affiliate of the Nationals and has quite a few names I recognize on it. Mike McDougal, Jorge Sosa, Lastings Milledge, Ryan Langerhans, and Pete Orr all ring bells from major league seasons past. And can I say how awesome it is that their pitching coach is a backup catcher?