Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ultimate season continues

It was a week ago, but I thought I would let you know anyways: We won Sectionals, advancing to the UPA Central Plains Regionals (Oct 11, 12 in Milwaukee, WI). That means we have at least a couple more weeks left in our Ultimate season. We are continuing to practice a couple times a week in South Bend. It's been a lot of fun. Hopefully we'll continue to get better.

The image on the right was taken by my friend Ryan Rittenhouse. He has been coming to our tournaments and shooting a ton of pictures. If you're interested in looking at more pictures of me and Kathy--and many others--playing Ultimate, you can click through the albums. Our team name is the Abusement Park, shortened to Park in the list. My number is 42 and Kathy is 14. You can also check out other tournaments if you're bored. Here's a strange one of Kathy...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Twitter limericks

(Orsini in a box!) -->

I've signed up for Twitter, an internet thing that lets you update your status using 140 characters (including spaces!) or less per post. It's kind of like a little mini-blog. Anyway, I've begun posting updates in the form of limericks, which is kind of fun - depending on word choices, they are generally about 140 characters, tho I often have to abbreviate some words.

Following are a few of the limericks. I've un-abbreviated some words to aid in clarity. =)

"last nite did u complete a task?"
some among u might ask
I did! (You're astute!)
& enjoyed it, to boot-
I watched Neil Gaimon’s Mirrormask

on Mon. I was in a daze
from a cheery, oft-repeated phrase
so thanks to y'all
who wrote on my wall
a plethora of "happy birthday"s

(this was directed at people who'd wished me a happy birthday on my Facebook "wall," the area of the site where you can leave comments)

This is a really bad poem
'bout how I wish I were home
so I would be free
to play my PS3
I'd play Eden, or else Echochrome

2day my mood was the saddest
b/c of somethng my vocab'd missed
on an invoice I read
& then scratchd my head
this guy's title was: Numismatist

to make science's knowledge base wider
they'll start the large hadron collider
some fear the slow birth
of black holes in the earth
but I’m much more scared of that spider

u no when ur whole body hurts
& ur breath comes in gasps & in spurts
ur quads r on fire
& ur heartrate is higher
uv successfully finished the Snertz

(The Snertz is a pretty intense workout designed for Ultimate (frisbee football) players. Lots of sprinting, some jumping, etc.)

Limericks r fun 2 write
when your authorship pwrs r lite
this medium's sweet
a short little tweet
this one's not great - just alright

(my first Twitter limerick!)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Golf tips

For all of you golf pros out there:

His follow through is hilarious!

David Foster Wallace

I saw this morning that David Foster Wallace, author of the novel Infinite Jest as well as many essays and short stories, is dead.

I met David briefly when he spoke at Goshen College while I was a student there. He was a family friend of someone in my class and was kind enough to come to our small school and do a presentation and a book signing. I had purchased a copy of Infinite Jest from the bookstore in preparation for his visit. When I handed it to him to sign he made a comment about it being a hardcover copy, and added that he'd never bought a hardcover book, seeming almost embarrassed that I'd bought a hardcover copy of the book he'd written.

He was apparently a very interesting, intelligent, kind man, in addition to being a very talented writer.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More sad news

This is the third post in a row with sad news about a death. Our friends Jessica Baldanzi and her husband Kyle Schlabach were expecting their first child. This weekend the child died during a c-section delivery. There's just no way to make sense of a tragedy like this. Our hearts go out to Jessica and Kyle and their families, and our prayers and thoughts will be with them in the times ahead.