(28 Feb 2006 at 02:03)
| Tonight was the last session for the hockey class that Mike and I are taking at Schenley rink. Unfortunately there was a pretty big snowstorm in Pittsburgh this evening, so playing was a bit rough—after a few minutes the ice was covered with inches of snow. The Zamboni tried to come out to fix it but it got broken when it ran over a hockey puck that was hidden in some pile of snow somewhere. Skating wasn't so bad, but even the hardest slapshot passes would skid to a stop after a few feet—the only thing you could do to get it to go anywhere was to toss it way into the air like chipping from the sand trap. Thus, I'd describe tonight's "game" as a cross between golf, cross-country skiing, and farming. Afterwards, as is tradition, we drank pee pee beer courtesy of the coaches; I had "Jacob Best" which is a "premium" pilsner by the makers of Pabst Blue Ribbon. You know, though, pretty much anything tastes good after skiing for a few hours.
Mike had the bright idea to take his tiny camera and snap off some pics (above) and take some movies of us skating around. There are only a few of me, but you could watch me "handling the puck" (this was right at the beginning, but it was still pretty hard to control that piece of frozen deadweight) or skating through a snowbank that had developed on the ice. (I used the Xvid codec; I think this is pretty universal?) I hope Mike posts some more videos on his blog, because it was a pretty memorable evening.
|omg go Hartford Whalers!!!
|They tried to get the broken zamboni off the ice using a helicopter, but it snapped off the rope and crushed through the ice.
|Peering through the crushed ice, it was suddenly clear that the thin layer of frozen water covered a greenish sphere the size of an elephant. Prodding the sphere with an hockey stick resulted in nothing at all - but dropping an hockey puck on it unleashed (to be continued)
|a green spherical elephant!
|which is... an IMPOSSIBLE SHAPE
|It's the green that does it. Without that, it would have been possible.
|I'm reminded: Isn't the Whalers logo just excellent?