I should start playing volley-ball again

Volley-ball is one of my favorite leisure-time sports activities. I don’t neccissarily have the gratest skill, but its something that I really enjoyed playing during the summer or at company picnics and such. The only problem is that I get really competitive when it comes to playing.

I haven’t thought about playing volloey-ball for the longest time, but now I really want to. I wonder if it was the diving save I made in one of the labs as a piece of equipment that was being moved teeteered off the edge of the counter that did it…

I keep thinking to myself: “good dig!”

I think I may have found my reason to start playing JG regularly again…

I’ve basically been out of JG for the last few months. I’ve logged in a few times in the last couple of weeks, ran a couple of trannies, shot a couple of squids and then logged out. I haven’t seen anyone from my squad online with me since July or so.

Saturday afternoon I logged in to see what was going on, (right after browsing through the forums) and GM_Archon poped his head into help right as I was on my way from Tripoint to QC. He wanted to get some pilots together to try a game of dockball. (I had just read his post about it in the JG Forums)

BloodGod and I spoke up almost instantly, so we became team captians. Once I docked at QC, I hopped in the sim (and f5:dock) so we could figure out how things would work. We picked teams and ships and headed out into random asteroids. After a shakey start (RANGERS are fast, but ya need to be able to manouver as the docker) we participated in the offical game of DockBall.

It was a blast, even if I basically lost the game for my team. After the game, I decied I needed some practice, so I got hornet to come out into the sim and shoot at me as I tried to dock. I did about as well as in the game, but I’ve got a strategy I want to try out now.

I want to play again – but I’ll stick to being a Flanker/Striker untill I get some more practice docking in that sim.

Hell, I might even start up a Dockball Team Squad.

Rafting Photos

I got the first of my rafting photos back.

This set is from one of the professional photographers in the area. Basically, as you are going down the river, there are stations set up at some of the more popular rapids. A photographer snaps a few shots, and you can go look at proofs the next day. Order the ones you want, and they are mailed to you a few weeks later.

There are 3 companies that had photos of us. This one works digitally, so the turn-around time is much faster than the others — and you can view and order additional prints online.

This is from a series of 6 photos that were just delivered on CD-ROM. (I took the time to resize and upload them to my web server. If you want to see larger versions, let me know.) I’ll be creating an interface to view the others on my web site. However, I’ve re-named them in a logical fashion, so you can probably figure out the URIs for the others without too much work. 🙂

I’m in the back of the boat, on the side closest to the camera. The dude up in the air was the guide. He was toying with the idea of doing a back-flip into the river at the bottom of this rapid. He bailed at the last second.

Wet Bachelor Party

I was going to mention this Friday, but I forgot about it until after we were on our way and I had no access to a PC. I did try writing a post from a buddy’s Kyocera Palm-Pilot/Cell phone while on the road. Only problem was his web browser wouldn’t save cookies, so I couldn’t log in to post. (I could read the site, and it was rendered pretty well.)

Anyway, this past weekend was my bachelor party. I decided that I wanted to go white-water rafting. Since I hadn’t been rafting in 8 years, (unless you count the “drunken barging” one 4th of July 2 years ago – I don’t) and we had some people (like my step father) who had never been rafting, we decided to do the South Fork of the American River which is mostly Class 2 with some Class 3 rapids. Pretty mild, but still a lot of fun.

We left Friday evening and drove up to a camp site on the American River. (It was Camp Lotus in case anyone is interested.) We set up camp (in the dark) and went to bed. Saturday morning, our guide showed up and provided breakfast, and then we were driven up river to the launch location. We rafted back down to the campground, (about 9 miles,) and had lunch. Then we launched from the camp site and rafted down to the take-out site at lake Folsom. (Another 11-13 miles or so.) Then we were driven back up to the camp site, had dinner (the best food EVER – probably because we were wiped out) and camped again. Sunday morning we broke camp and headed home.

The guide (who went by “Gunner”) was great, and we had a blast. I will be posting some photos from the trip on my website when we get prints from the professional photo company, (2-6 weeks,) and when I get the film from the water-proof cameras developed (a few days.)

And no – there weren’t any strippers on the boat or at the campsite.