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November 12, 2009

Splice

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I originally thought this blog space would have a bit of a sharper tone it than my more public blog.  Unfortuantely (?), I don’t really have snarky, negative things to say.  This is making it rather difficult to understand what material to put where.  Not to mention that combining two blogs and facebook means I better have a pretty interesting life, or I won’t have enough content…

For today, I have decided to go into greater depth here on my recent rugby experience.  It took several phone calls, and an odd taxi driver, but I was eventually able to meet up with the guy in charge of the team.  He took me to my first practice with them at their rugby ‘field’.  In Beirut, grass is in rather short supply, so I was curious to see what the field would like.  I’ve highlighted the area on this shot of google maps, which will illustrate the situation well:

field

The area in the red box is the field.  It is hardpacked clay with a strange top layer about 1-2 inches thick of very soft soil/dust.  I had a fun chat with on of the other players which went something like this:

Me:  Wow, did you have to pay extra for the dust?

Player:  No, we had to pay extra for the large rocks.  The small rocks and the dust are free.

Things went very well.  They are a fun group of guys.  I’m definitely the oldest, but not by an horrible amount.  Top quartile, but not top 10%.  I did fairly well, and was able to score quickly in the game.  This was a relief to me as I had managed to drop my water bottle twice in 10 minutes before we even started training.  There is a game coming up on the 21st, which I really hope to play in.  We’ll see if I can adapt to the new team quickly enough for that to be realistic.

In other news, Star is really enjoying her gym class.  I really liked their uniforms, so she consented to a picture:

uniform

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