Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The rain in spain falls

mainly on those who don't own umbrellas and insist on going out in it.

I did a quick radio thing on NearFM on Sunday last. I wouldn't rate it as one of my better performances, partially due to the nature of the topic and also my bery blocked nose. However last night I had one of my more satisfying games of indoor soccer. I felt pleased enough afterwards that I would rate it 7/10. 10 being me playing was well as I can without being inspired, when I'm fit enough to last the whole game and warmed up enough to move well from the get go. I could and should have scored more than the one I did, but it's a matter of playing regularly and getting into the flow I think. At the very least, my passing was more productive. Even when I passed to the opposition (due to mistaken identity), it was solid, crisp passes to feet! I still need to work on my momentum, when I'm running at people I'm quite concious of perhaps flooring them after I've laid the ball off. And you don't want to come down hard on that surface. Or have someone like me come down on top of you either.

We noticed with 5 or so minutes to go that there was some considerable noise coming from the roof and it turned out to be quite a heavy rain shower. I walked back to the IDC straight after as I had not brought a towel with me and I prefer to walk after the games and warm down a bit before showering. The walk back was very wet, but not cold so it was quite enjoyable. I really like that sort of warm shower. It's so invigorating, and for me the big pleasure is the anticipation of getting in somewhere warm and dry after and knowing that is part of our human triumph over our surroundings that we can provide such places for ourselves. One of those Our humanity is our strength moments, as opposed to Our humanity is our weakness.

Seems like the weather is suiting some others nicely too. I think summer in Ireland matches much more to spring in other locales. There is something cleansing and fresh about the atmosphere.

As for the remaining doings of the period since I last posted An Taisce Limerick organised a walk long the banks of the city canal which is being redeveloped as part of a series of Walk and Talks over the summer. The weather wasn't great but it wasn't terrible and who would plan anything expecting good weather in this country anyway. The redevelopment is to mainly planned to kick off in August and much if not all of it should be done by the end of the year. Another walk perhaps on the subject of pedestrianisation of part of the city centre. Or we could just call it a junior pub crawl!

I've introduced jim in the house to 'Clerks' so another devotee of Kevin Smith is born. I really enjoy his movies, though there could be a small beardy tonnes of fun identification thing in it too.

Landlord John is back and since we now have two johns in the house we may have to start calling Stifler, 'Stifler' to his face or john boy to avoid confusion.

I also installed the Irish MUI for Windows and now find I can't uninstall it! I'll just have to tosaigh to get used to it.

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amadán said...

Cool to hear footie is going well.

What about a bicycle outing? And more bicycle lanes? After been in Amsterdam where bicycles have right of way over pretty much everything and they tend to have the same weather as here.

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