I actually planned to work on my assignments of the county election campain this evening. But I feel very queasy since a couple of hours. It might just be a side effect of that time of the month :-) or maybe I ate something my stomach doesn’t like to process? I went to a Chinese buffet for lunch but I actually didn’t eat anything unusual. Maybe it was the fish? Or the garlic sauce it was broiled in? I have no idea, but right now I’m sitting here with a heating pad on my tummy and I’ll retreat to my comfy armchair and some DVD after finishing this post. Damn I really wanted to work on that assignments, but at the moment my brain is too busy asking if throwing up might make me feel better. :-( And I’m annoyed that this rather nice day has to end with me feeling sick! Because I had a great day.
During the last couple of days (at the Baltic Sea) we had great sunny weather. And so we did yesterday, which made watching a hockey game kind of weird, because it didn’t feel like icehockey weather. This morning I had to switch on the light in my apartement because it’s so freaking cloudy and almost gloomy outside and of course it’s raining. As could be expected Mid-September, but it still makes me a tiny bit depressed.
Which brings me back to hockey, because it’s been a really depressing start into the new season for the Cologne Sharks. The first three games took place while I was on vacation and even though I had internet I didn’t try to catch any live reports online, but just looked up the results later that day or relied on text messages from Hai-di. I tuned into the online sport ticker during the third game on my last night and I shouldn’t have because it almost wrecked the relaxed state of mind I was in.
Cologne lost these first three games while I was away. Against Berlin, which was no big deal, because Berlin is the current champion after all. They lost in Düsseldorf, which always sucks because Düsseldorf is Colognes most “hated” team due to of a long long history of rivalry between the two cities in general. The third game (which I catched parts of on the ticker) was in Cologne, against Düsseldorf once more. At one time Cologne was 2:6 behind and they lost 4:7.
Yesterday I went to see Cologne playing in Iserlohn and before the game my two brothers who are Iserlohn fans already teased me about four losses in a row. What can I say? Except for the first period Cologne just sucked at playing hockey. They were bad. Really really bad. And of course they didn’t win, they wouldn’t have deserved to win. They were 2:5 behind at a time, rightfully so, and only in the last few minutes seemed to remember their skills. The scored two times, but of course they pulled the goalie and of course Iserlohn scored an empty net goal. 4:6. Four losses in a row at the start of the season. They rank last but one at the moment and most of the teams have only two games yet. It’s soooo depressing.
Less depressing news: I’ve already assembled and edited 104 out of 132 pictures for my McDreamy live journal mood theme. Too bad that can’t be used on wordpress as well. I hope to find the remaining 28 during the next couple of days and I really hope to still get some work done on my term paper. Talking about priorities *sigh* I suck at that, especially when the weather keeps bringing me down as well.
I came home from our meeting earlier than usual so I’m able to write about the hockey season premiere events already tonight. There isn’t that much to write about, but I’ll try nonetheless. Last Sunday Hai_di, cologne_chick and I attended at premiere event of the Cologne Sharks in Cologne.
They used to have a stage outdoors with some bands and a tiny fashion (teamwear and stuff) show and a team presentation with really short talks with almost every player. After that usually the players spent some times signing autographs and such. It always is crowed, because the Sharks have a lot of supporters.
This year all these (or a lot of) fans were there as well, but the whole thing took place inside the arena and was combined with a test game. Which meant paying entrance fee, a presentation on the centre ice, which was just too far away from the crowd and just felt… not right. Definitely not like a season opening event should feel like. There once again was the most stupid competion called “Competition skills”, which is a perfect example for German officials (advertising, PR etc) trying to speak English and failing miserably. It was a competition OF skills. Or a skills competition or whatever a thing like this is called in English. Who has got the hardest shot? Who saves the most penalties? Who can skate the fastest? You have to have comeptitions skills to compete, but… Terms like this really, really annoy me, as you might have gathered. I know that my English is far from perfect and I make mistakes, but I hope my English language skills are not that bad. Continue reading
Playoffs can be soooooooo nervewrecking. Especially when the refs are not doing their job. I think I’ve never seen worse refs than the ones at the Cologne Sharks – Frankfurt Lions game last night. I totally would have understood if the Sharks had picked a fight with some Lions player, because the Lions played foul without getting any penalties so often and there is only so much a hockey player can take. One of our best defense players got his second misconduct and thus won’t be allowed to play in the next game. Too bad.
It was a really tight game, which ended 1:1, but thank god the Sharks won in OT. But it was nerve-wrecking, because the Lions goalkeeper was at his best. And he is a good even on a bad day, so… It was hard work, but they made it and might be only one game away from the final. It’s going to be a busy week again :-)
I caught myself quite a few times over the last couple of days thinking “you have to write about this” but then I always remembered the deal with this blog was supposed to be “substance”. And momentarily bitching about some stuff that currently has happenend on that day (in that one moment) is rather the opposite. It’s still something I have to get used to, but so far I’m doing ok with it and found some other outlet for these kind of thoughts which I just have to put down somewhere.
This week’s has been insanely busy, with hockey most of all. It’s playoff time! Besides work, a local green party meeting on Monday and a regional meeting on Saturday afternoon, I went to see the Cologne Sharks first semifinal in Tuesday, watched the second semifinal on TV on Thursday and attend the Iserlohn Roosters hockey season farewell party on Friday. And had a great night with some friends last night as well, so… it was busy. Really busy. I didn’t get as much stuff done for school as I wanted to. And the next week will probably be just as busy. Not to mention that I’ll leave my home in about an hour to meet some friends for coffee in Cologne before I’ll see the third semifinal tonight. Continue reading