[Current music: Arcadia - So Red the Rose]

"So restless, so restless indeed ..."

Does anyone remember Arcadia? Well, actually it was Duran Duran for all practical purposes. I love this album. Even Sting makes an appearance.

I've been thinking about this for awhile, frustrated at the lack of time for updates. So much has happened, yet I remember little of the detail. It's a Saturday morning, and I'm restless. I used to like to veg in front of the TV and watch cooking shows until the prodding of motivation or necessity drove me from the couch. Believe it or not, I've learned quite a bit from these shows.

So, what has happened in the last two months? I rode the Zamboni at the Shark's game against Dallas on April 5th. It was between the second and third periods. I haven't scanned the pictures in yet, but one of these days I will. How did I score this? I was the high bidder on a Shark's package (signed jersey, signed hockey stick, and the Zamboni ride) for a charity auction for the Tracey Biletnikoff Foundation. Tracey was the daughter of Fred Biletnikoff, a Hall of Fame wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders and the Super Bowl XI MVP.

"Heaven hide your eyes, heaven's eyes will never dry"

A brief interlude: While handing David the latest Yo La Tengo album, he commented that the cover looked like a family waiting to be picked up by a UFO. At this moment, Adam was walking by and heard this. He responded, "Oh, I've done that. What's the big deal?" Stunned silence followed by laughter. He continued, "In fact, I'm going to do it again next Tuesday."

I went to the Shark's April 17th first round playoff game, Game #3 against the St. Louis Blues. That was quite an experience. The energy and noise level was quite amazing, as evidenced by my ringing ears and hoarse voice after we left. Nothing like a playoff game. And thanks to Bev, I had great seats.

[Current music: Moby - Play]

My sister called me at home yesterday (I happened to be working at home). She's a single mom and my niece is sick again with her fifth ear infection. Being a single mom isn't the easiest thing in the world, and having a sick kid makes it that much harder. She's taking her daughter for tests, so hopefully they can figure what keeps causing the ear infections. We're both worried about the impacts this might have on her hearing. My niece is a crack up, with a smile that will make you start laughing, even when you don't want to. I have her picture (she's got that smile on full display) here by the computer, and whenever I glance over at it, I giggle.

I told my sis that I hadn't gotten my first yellow card of my life until a soccer game the night before. I was completely infuriated at the referee. I have been playing soccer since first grade, and this dork decides to give me a yellow card because the other guy ran into me then fall down go boom on his own accord. I was spitting mad on the sidelines, telling anyone who would listen that I had never have gotten a yellow card in my life (several times.) Somebody told me "that's because you're a nice guy." That made it worse. I do not want to be know as a "nice guy" on the soccer field, even if it is a recreational co-ed league. Then someone else said "that means you're not aggressive." That didn't help either. I could go on about that one ... So I relayed all this to my sis, and she laughed at me. She had received plenty of yellow cards in her playing career, and thought I was plain silly. I told my love about the incident, and she simply replied "I can't relate." Right, I suppose I should become an aggressive bastard on the field now, and not feel all that bad about it. Har!

"ooh lordy, trouble so hard, don't nobody know my trouble with God"

And I got my green belt in Judo. Just three more years before I can get my black belt, and master the shadow kick. That's where you jump in the air and kick your opponent three (or more?) times, y'know, like in The Matrix. I'm joking, by the way. If you can do the shadow kick, you're a better person that I'll ever be.