the return of my little slide-tacklin’ demon

April 24th, 2015

Viv had her first travel soccer practice last night and boy, she missed it. She’s got some catching up to do. Her team plays more of a possession game than what she was used to in rec league soccer, but she’s a smart kid and loves to compete – she’ll get this. Here she is riding home with me after practice, sporting a slightly scraped knee after throwing her first slide tackle…

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My Idol – you pretty much need this app. It’s weird and allows you to recreate yourself after taking a selfie into a cartoon… so you can do important stuff like this…

Movie Reviews…

Unbroken – this was good, but I had to look at other online reviews to figure out what bugged me about this film. I kept seeing the phrase “big and safe” in other reviews, and that really summed it up for me. The story is great, but a few things made it feel a little off.

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The Michigan

April 23rd, 2015

So I let my son talk me into taking him to open hockey yesterday evening. Thing was it was open hockey for 8-12 year olds – he’s 13. Ehh, no big deal… he normally skates by himself anyway. There were four kids out there, all Peewees and they ended up skating together. At one point, I looked up from my phone and caught this…

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It’s Van (in the green jersey) teaching one of the kids how to do The Michigan, which is a lacrosse style trick shot. I really appreciate seeing my kid teaching something (even if it is something that will probably only be useful as a way to impress a teammate during practice/annoy a coach during a game).

Movie Reviews…

Foxcatcher – very good, but it’s novel-like pacing will either make it a great watch for some and a great nap to others. I think this is another example of a comedic actor (Carrell) going outside of his comfort zone, and really excelling.

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something of the day

April 21st, 2015

Today is one of those days that if I seize it, it can potentially bring some good stuff. I mean… not really. There’s no big meeting or travel team/play tryout for one of my kids or an anniversary or a trip to Lake Placid or appointment with a hand specialist to see if a pinky bone is still broken or not. Actually, today doesn’t mean shit by recent measurements. Just like any other day. It’s up to me to change that.

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Last night, Van Jr had his first JV game, and he looked good out there. He looked like he belonged, and I think this could be a really great short season for him. The talent level at JVB is mixed, you’ve got some high level players out there and some guys that are non-travel too. So there is some time and space out there, but there are definitely some seriously talented players that keep you on your toes. The Renegades looked excellent, beating Blackhorse 5-1.

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Two years

April 20th, 2015

Our weekend in LBI was awesome. The folks at the Shell were awesome as usual and it was nice to hear the ocean again. I’ve got a busy Monday, so I’ll just leave you with our annual picture…

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Movie Reviews…

Pond Hockey – great documentary on the first US Pond Hockey Championship. Highly recommended if you love the game.

Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back – this is really good. Whether you are a Quiet Riot fan or not, there are plenty of funny Spinal Tap-esque moments in the film, and the friendship between Frankie Banali and Kevin DuBrow is really sweet.

St. Vincent – this movie was ridiculously good. It’s hilarious, touching, and brutal at times. Bill Murray is really, really good in this, but I think I came away most impressed by Melissa McCarthy. She pulls it back and really delivers a very great performance.

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time for another picture

April 17th, 2015

What a great week for our family. I got an unbelievable response from our town when I posted a request for speakers for the Invisible Disability Day presentation for our middle school. Vivienne got an unexpected invite to play for a travel soccer team. After three long nights of ice hockey tryouts, Van Jr made the Jags Bantam A team. And this evening, Abbe and I will be here…

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Actually, to be more accurate… we’ll be here…

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Yep, it’s two years and time for another picture…

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Movie Reviews…

A Most Violent Year – good, but slow-moving and it kind of leaves the viewer wondering if they actually watched a mob movie. I did like the 1980’s NYC setting a lot.

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