My friends and I had a fantastic today at Thames Park here in London playing a game of pick-up ball hockey. Over the few hours we were out playing (in the near 30 degree heat), we were joined by family, friends, co-workers, and even complete strangers.
For me, I feel the best part of it was getting together with my brother shortly before we got together with everyone else; he dropped by after rolling out of bed, and I shared with him all of my pre-game traditions and rituals. There aren’t too many that apply to every single game, but there are a bunch that are important and were observed today.
Whenever I know I’m going to be playing for extended periods, like a tournament (or a come-what-may game in a park), I am very selective in the things I eat beforehand. Mikey joined in as I had a couple of hard-boiled eggs and yogourt for breakfast, after having downed a multigrain bagel.
I also taught him how to tape his stick up, this one way that I do for handling. It was nice to impart that custom, and nicer still to share it with some other friends at the park before we played.
In all, it was a fantastic day. We’re already talking about the next one, and planning on giving everyone lots of advance notice so as to have even more people out to participate. Stay tuned if you find you might be interested.