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12/22/09 Happy Holidays!
12/04/09 Close Call
Truly feel beyond lucky a couple of feet either way and my family would have gotten hurt. So thank God the worst of it is just money, time, and material things. First thought was to check on the boys and reassure them that everything is ok.
12/01/09 Matt's First Birthday!
Loves his Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and whenever I need him to sit still to get into a car seat or calm him down before a bottle my iPhone has two episodes at the ready. He just watches, mesmerized, his Mickey, so he should be insane when we take him to Disney in about two years.
My wife, Karen, said that he's not a baby anymore and that maybe we should just keep having babies. The incredulous look I shot at her was enough of an answer. Hope she was kidding. She better be kidding! Guess I'm next on the 28th. Happy Birthday Matt, love you.
11/25/09 "Hitting the Anvil"
Last time, I wrote about pushing myself harder. That continued last week against Don Odgers from the League. I wanted every shot that I can get a racquet on to put more and more pressure on him. He's just too fast and has too much endurance, so my only chance to level the field is blast everything with purpose and get him out of position or commiting early. Think it was working we had a margin of only a few points. My body is having trouble keeping up that pace...for now.
I believe, there's a conscious decision that caps our performance and I'm sick and tired of hitting that ceiling. So I've been making a few cracks and maybe even peeked on the other side. I like what I saw and I'm going to keep on hitting it! I actually love hitting it!!
11/07/09 "Speed Kills Peaches"
Anyway played Don last night and stepped it up a few notches. Until both Alex, who was watching, and Don said that I either lost weight or been training or something...I wish both were true, but it was more of a mental decision to go outside where I was comfortable. To really drive myself and see how long I can sustain it. Answer is not long, but the effort paid off in the short term.
Been comfortable with a lot of things in my life and the problem is I'm being comfortable with a lot of things that are uncomfortable like my job for starters, my limited racquetball time, and accepting what comes in for my business. So not looking to red-line and have problems. Just looking to get the Car out of park and make some progress in the important areas of my life.
10/13/09 OK. I'm blogging, I'm blogging (1/3)
Thankfully with soy based formula, some pedialyte, and rice cereal. Matt got over whatever bug he had and is back to his normal inquisitive not sleeping self. I'm doing so-so and thankfully not as bad as he was.
10/13/09 Jason and Indoor (2/3)
He napped on the way over to Hillsborough and we walked inside to find we only had about twenty minutes before the place closed. So we didn't bother changing or anything and just played the fifteen minutes. Jason was very mature when the employee said they were closing, but I really wanted to squeeze everything out of it. A couple of on-lookers said stop taking pictures and play which we already did. His concept of racquetball, thus far, is to hit the ball to the front wall which is good and then try to catch it before I do. He's throwing himself on his knees to get the ball and running full tilt. So probably not too long before he beats me.
Anyway mostly just tapped the ball to the front wall so Jason can try to get it, but I did do a "monster" shots as he called it. It brought me back to my own childhood when my Dad hit a baseball in a park that seemed to go on forever. Anyway took Jason to a toy store on the way home to get something. It was a very special day for both of us.
10/13/09 New Jersey State Doubles (3/3)
Before I get into what happened, I wanted to share what I heard from Ruben Gonzalez in the locker room on Sunday after he won the Open with Eric Mueller. Seen Ruben play with just about anyone and win and what he said is probably the reason. From what I remember, he's always watching his opponents and partner. If his partner isn't doing too well then he considers his partner as another opponent to worry about and has to either hit around, cover, or kick it up a notch to win. It was an interesting point and it hit a cord from what happened on Saturday.
First round in Men's Cs was like a brown out. I looked over at my partner, Tina, and she was not there against our opponents Justine and her partner. I really couldn't explain it and I couldn't get an answer about what was wrong from Tina. I took a lot of risks and really pushed the second game, but I ain't Ruben. Think we could have won that match if we showed up to play. I was ready to play, but had no consistency so it was a painful straight games.
To be continued. I'm out of time.
09/25/09 "Be Still."
It's taking me a lot longer to get to the point here. I wrote on my Facebook wall that I was pumped for State Doubles tomorrow, but during tonight's games I thought about Chris' Life Lesson and to "Be Still." As I've written in the past, anxiety normally takes a pretty firm grip and I start racing thoughts in my head and get rigid and tight and then lose. "Be Still." Seems like a great concept here. Much better than the stock market thing from a couple of weeks ago.
Dr. James Loehr author of "The New Mental Toughness Training for Sports" wrote that there's two parts to us. The performer self and the real self. The performer self reassures the real self that everything is ok that there's nothing to freak out about. Well...sounds very similar to Max telling all the monsters to "Be Still" doesn't it? Anyway a lot of things in my life can benefit from just that one life lesson alone. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. The goal is just to play my best and have fun in the pursuit of winning with my partner, Tina.
09/23/09 Friday's Racquetball Story
A lot of Matt's serves where giving One Lee trouble at first. Matt hits pretty hard and low and he can pretty much kill anything you leave up for him. So we took some damage early on with bad returns, think One Lee was adjusting his timing and trying to get a racquet on it. We lost the first game pretty decisively. Later, I joked with Matt on Facebook that it was just a warm up.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say both Don and Matt pulled back on their second game. It may not be true, but that's the feeling I got. Nothing like that feeling going through your head. I was pretty angry at being patronized, sad that I wasn't playing my best, and very scared that I was going to hurt my knee since I left my brace at home by accident.
Second game, we served a lot and I was serving to Don. Don doesn't have many weaknesses but his backhand is probably the most glaring one. So a lot of easy lobs and stuff that's waist high would add up. Sometimes he ripped one for a winner, but in the long run it was a winning strategy for us. At lot of One Lee's serves to Matt were gobbled up, but some that went to the middle of the court gave us some chances. We eventually won the second game, but I didn't feel like our opponents gave it their all.
09/23/09 Dollar Menu Class
I focused mostly on forehand/backhand mechanics, serve, return, and some strategy. I think they all got something useful out of it. One of them, Oliver, asked me about the Busch Ladder and he might show up on Friday to play. So it was good. My instruction on footwork was very poor and it's something I need to work on. There was three righties and one lefty, so became very hard to explain things to the right handers.
09/13/09 Buy Low. Sell High...In Racquetball???
So I started a different approach to the games I played Friday night based on that timeless stock wisdom of buying low and selling high. I bought low (low risk) on a lot of serves. I did mostly lobs, half lobs, and tried to paint the sidewall with the ball on almost every serve. It worked a majority of the time. I often had a great return on my investment. I can see why Jason Mannino almost always lobs. Even though I like drive serves (high risk) they usually get me in more trouble than they are worth.
Anyway also caught myself during the rallies thinking about the payoff of the shot I'm going to hit. Is it time to sell or do I wait for a better time? Sometimes I played it patiently and others the pay off was pretty obvious. So next time your on the court...think about what your getting for your serve, return, or rally shots. It might get you thinking in the right direction. It may not be hundreds or thousands of dollars, but it might give you a point and in racquetball that's a pretty good return on your investment.
09/03/09 The Light of Learned LaTell Clark
After the service, they had some his artifacts and pictures from when he was a baby to later in life. Racquetball took up one of the tables and he wrote an article back in 1994 for Racquetball magazine. It was a special evening and my only regret is I didn't take more time to get to know LaTell better and not waste those opportunties in pursuit of a $6.00 plastic trophy. Someone said he died with next to nothing, I would say he died and gave his family and friends everything.
08/26/09 Pushing More
Friday I can wear sneakers again and plan on taking short walks and then see what happens with Racquetball on next Friday. If things go well then slowly start to rev that up to normal. After almost a month of limited activity there's going to be a signifficant loss of endurance. Also will need to stretch all the time and ask my wife to break up any scar tissue when she thinks I'm ready.
08/24/09 Remembering Latell, Learned L. Clark
For years afterward I would see him at Tournaments and he would always say, "Hey Champ." or "Do you feel like a Champion today?" After a while, I joked around you know the answer to that. I remember him telling me how he lost part of his foot at a Club because of something they didn't resolve. I also remember playing against him at Hillsborough in Doubles--I think it was Hillsborough. Anyway Latell was a great guy and it's sad to read today he's just gone. He was always someone I made a point talking to at a tourney. Whenever he talked racquetball to someone...I would just listen. Always felt better before a match or losing lost some of its sting after our little banter. Rest in Peace Latell.
08/21/09 The End of Quick Improvements.
08/21/09 Foot's Better. Confirmed Two Weeks to Go! On track for State Doubles!
Need to get another Meanstreak as a backup. Think I'm going to skip stringing this time around, since I want them to be a little looser than normal. Off to play some Mario Kart over WiFi with my best friend, Otto.
08/20/09 Matt's First Introduction to Racquetball.
It's pretty amazing how different my boys are. Jason is a manaic, likes to be creative with words, is pretty strong and tall for his age, and can sleep through a bomb blast. Matt, only eight months, seems to be calmer, shorter for his age, more focused into what he's doing, pretty easy going, and wakes up from a pin drop.
Anyway I love my boys and it's awesome to see them grow up. Matt started crawling yesterday and just wanted to get the news out there.He's holding my new Head Meanstreak 175.
08/20/09 One...Damn...Two Weeks to Racquetball?
It'll be almost a month out before New Jersey State Doubles, so hopefully get all the stitches out tomorrow, can drive a car, and walk in regular shoes. Was out for a couple of weeks from work...which I didn't mind, but I do mind racquetball and hope I can play 100% soon. Anything less is unacceptable. Once I'm back on the courts it'll be drill, stretch, and get as much court time with Tina and solo as possible. I wrote on Mike Grab's wall if he wanted to play Men's with me. I remember I hurt myself the last time I played three divisions without training for it. So need to take it easy and prepare.
08/11/09 Foot Surgery Recovery.
It was funny to lay down on the operating room table and have the lights start moving. Then I was out and woke up to a bandaged foot. The nurse was right the worst part was the damn IV. Anyway brainstorming something to work on from bed. Not much on TV to watch.
08/07/09 Foot Surgery Today.
So wish my luck and hope I can hit the courts and be 100% by the time the season starts. Anyway tired, hungry, and thirsty and still have about four more hours.
08/04/09 One Down...ELOCalc Lite Shareware Application
Not really expecting the World to lead a path to my door with money in hand or anything. It's an ok application and as I wrote it's just to test a couple of things out and see how they work for people. Doesn't make much sense to go all in when you're just learning to play the game. So look forward to more shareware releases from my company.
07/27/09 A Familiar Death Trap
(Only going into the top three)
ELOCalc Lite is my first shareware application and it's at the highest point on my priority list. I invested a good deal of money into my company to purchase the software pieces I need to develop software. So each day that goes by is another day I'm not working on converting that investment into a good one. So the application is done and just need the support pages online.
Enchanted Quill Press, LLC Logo and Site. My company paid Whatshakin Advertising for a new company logo. Now I need a web site that rates up there with the logo. I wasted years on a very basic page, I recently stepped it up, but now it needs to go all the way. So it's hard to get a shareware app out the door when it's not totally cut out yet. Does the site drive sales or does the product? We'll find out soon enough. Gotta start small, gotta start now, and gotta start some where.
League...I would love to run another league, but running it as I've done in the past would mean dropping all the other plates including the ones I need to keep going for my family, etc. A couple of guys from Woodbridge offered to help me out, but there's a lot of stuff I wanted to automate for years. Still going to see how it goes need to get some interest going again.
07/17/09 Drilling is Great, but not Enough.
Most of the shots I hit on Friday were not going where I wanted them. My speed dropped off significantly and I was pretty much playing tired. So while I'm glad my shots have improved my overall cardio hasn't. I remember my old instructor saying to do "court suicides" and I never did them. Might be time to suck it up and do a couple after I'm warmed up.
07/14/09 Joe's New Jersey Tennis?
Let's not go nuts here. I'm still playing Racquetball tomorrow and Friday! Think there's a lot more tension built into Tennis scoring than Racquetball. Only the receiver in Racquetball has to worry about Game and Match points. In Tennis both people can be at risk. I'm not hanging up my goggles anytime soon, but I won't have a complete breakdown if my boys want to take Tennis seriously.
Anyway if Tennis games on a Wii can convert an old die hard like me then I'm sure a Racquetball game can help convert more people to play or try the Sport. I haven't started developing a lot of other stuff on my plate right now.
07/09/09 Drills and more Drills.
After I was sick, I couldn't hit anything and it took me a long time to do even twenty-five shots on each side. Today I finished two sets of 25 on each side and two sets of DTL ceiling returns in about half-an-hour. Some of my shots are still bouncing to center court and during an actual game that's fatal. The drill forces me to keep the ball between me and wall and out of reach of my opponent.
Got the new Head Meansreak 175 Racquet and it's really perfect. At first, I was concerned about the weight, but when I really ramp up my swing speed the result is pretty amazing. Can't wait to finish my drills and start playing some people. I still have a couple of more weeks of drilling and want to focus on cross-court shots next. Then pinches and losing a good deal of weight.
07/02/09 So are you Good?
Drilling has been going well and today I get to try out my new Head Meanstreak 175. Feels great and I can't wait to hit the ball at lunch. Have a great and safe Independence Day!
07/01/09 ELO Calc Lite Started!
Naturally would like to develop Standard and Professional editions of the ELO Calculator under a shareware license, but need to get my feet wet and develop a Windows application and see how it all works.
06/22/09 Joe's Racquet Stringing Site Slow-Go!
06/22/09 Back to Basics
I used to do a couple of hundred drills on each side and they were a lot crisper. Now the ball is on the wrong side of me, hits the sidewall, goes cross court, skips. It's just a good old mess. Also going to dig out my old Ab Works and see if it still works.
06/17/09 Other Racquetball Blogs
06/12/09 Feeling much Better
06/10/09 First Day Back
I did an Internet search and see some of the symptoms I had could be dehyrdation. Let's see Racquetball Friday, BBQ on Saturday, fever started on Sunday. Well it's better than the general bronchitis or virus answers I get from the Doctors I've seen. My Primary Doctor has yet to call me back after leaving him two messages yesterday before calling 911. Well he's so fired! I pretty much called in a state of panic at 105 and he didn't bother calling me back. I think I show more concern over my computers and racquets.
Going back to bed to rest. Just missed the computer pretty bad and wanted to update people here.
06/05/09 The Return of One Lee!
Don is going to put in the paper work for a Head Collegiate Sponsorship which I'm in definte approval of. Don's a pretty good and strong player who can pretty much get to everything. Good luck Don. Matt was a subject of some discussion since he played B's at Hillsborough. Alex and I played A's. We were thinking he should have won B, but maybe just maybe Alex and I don't belong in A's. Anyway can see the Wipeout results.
06/04/09 Racquet Service History Coming!
This kind of jumped in front of groups when a new stringing customer gave me a racquet with a stringer's sticker on it. Basically it had the tension, date, and string used. My first thought was I can make that better...Hell I can make that a lot better! I believe I did, so give me a few days to move everything else in place. I hope my customers find it very useful.
05/27/09 Four Away from First Place! Grrrrr. 3rd.
It was great to play with Tina, my partner, and do some damage. I didn't start loosening up until late in the matches, but Tina was right up front hitting her down the line kills and just taking a lot of easy points that I hope to have set her up on. She's a lot more comfortable up front and I like to use hard passes and ceiling shots to force weak returns for her to take advantage of.
Jacob and his Son won first place which I thought was cool. Of course, I reflect on playing with Jason and Matthew when they get older. Well...that time will probably be pretty brief. I hope they develop into good rivals and doubles partners. Think Jacob's son had to study for a Science exam and I told Jacob he had his priorities right. Racquetball should come before school. <jk>.
During one of the matches Sue told me that I'll be going on the court with three women. I answered kind of plainly, "I don't see sex on the court." I've lost my share of matches to Women, so I make it a point not to underestimate anyone. Something switches off when you think you can win. Also I don't want to be patronized on the court, so I make sure not to patronize anyone either.
Once the last game comes around everyone is usually pretty tired or hurt. One match against John and Mark kind of proved the last paragraph. Mark was obviously very hurt, but he didn't quit on his partner. John was doing a great job of moving to the ball, but my focus was to end it quick. A lot of my serves went to the middle or even on Mark's side by accident and we replayed them. I hit one shot where the ball made a cracking sound (been a while) it kind of just died. Would have loved to see the MPH on that one!
Anyway it was a great night of Doubles and just goes to show in robins every point is critical. Good job Tina thanks for being my partner.
05/19/09 What to Break Next?
05/18/09 Wipe Out. I'll shoot first Mike.
First my personal props to Wayne, the Weapon, Storch and his partner Mario for taking Open Doubles. Gloria should have saved us all the trouble and gave them the trophy. All kidding aside, but the robin needed a heavier team to take them on. Cory and Kevin from Hillsborough got 2nd. Congrats to them too. I don't have details for Open Singles, but A's was interesting.
My old friend, Alex Rtishchev, took 3rd in A's at his first tourney. He's been working up to this event for like two years. Glad he worked hard and it almost paid off. Sue from Hillsborough took 2nd place in A's. Before that she took 1st in B's. So congratulations. I was pretty much, as Gloria put it, a cellar dweller, but I played hard and my knee held up. So already working on losing thirty pounds and getting back into tournament shape.
B's had a great turn-out of fifteen players. With my Doubles Partner, Tina Davitt, in the mix along Mike Grab and Matt Pazos. I don't know for some reason I keep playing A's. I was way out of shape for A, maybe even B. But it was fun.
Now the point Mike has been waiting to read...we did ok for our first time out. By Sunday my arm was garbage and it seemed like every other time I hit the ball it would either go into the sidewall or just hit the floor. Mike was playing hurt, but had some good shots. Think as a team, we need to calm down, just play the game, and leave some shots for the other partner. A rushed shot up front is very different from a prepared shot from the back.
Thought Mike was Mr. Cool and Collected but he had his moments when missing a shot. Overall I would play with him again, but I'm never playing three divisions that's what helped me earn my knee brace last time. One mixed division with Tina and one with Mike.
There's a Doubles Only Recreational tournament shaping up for Tuesday 5/26 at Hillsborough. I signed up with Tina, should be fun. It was great to see everyone at Hillsborough and have a good time playing Racquetball. Joe Camiolo took some pictures on Sunday. I'll post the link when they are ready. Joe and Gloria saw me with my knee brace on and asked me if I was in the Club. I was like club? What club? The surgery club. I said, "Oh no, no way." That's one club I don't want to join.
Gloria had the best looking trophies I've ever seen. It was basically some airbrushed surf board mounted with the usual engraving. She said it took her almost a month to find. Anyway it was very cool. Sue also said she'll remember our match the most, she got me 15-14, but it took a very long time. She's a very tough player and limits her risks on a lot of shots. She came back from behind to win and whatever I tried to close out the match didn't work. It was a great game.
05/14/09 Daddy has a New Pair of Shoes!
A couple of friends of mine are attending Wipe-out. Alex Rtischev in A's and Mike Grab probably playing B's or A's and playing as my Open Doubles Partner. My goal for Saturday...survival and walk back to my car under my own power with my knee in one piece. Goal for Sunday, bring whatever is left and not to disappoint Mike. My Head Amp 185's are ready with new string, clothes are all set, but not going to be used to having a noon start time.
05/13/09 Jason Turns Four!
Want to hit the courts again with him soon. Maybe after I recover from the Wipeout Tourney this weekend. Still very stubborn sometimes and always trying to bend stuff to his will instead of seeing how another idea can work. He can eventually take correction and is always a very funny and compassionate boy.
He likes to win and he unfortunately likes to tell the other person (mostly his brother) that he lost. It'll be a wake up call when Matt can actually hold his own in the car seat race.
The funniest thing Jason does is tell me to work on my Cashflow. Wisdom truly comes from the mouths of babes. Happy Birthday Jason, I love you.
05/07/09 Committed to Racquetball Flash Game
For a long time, I was developing games on the Commodore 64, then under DOS, and even some Direct 3D Programming with Visual Basic. It wasn't anything great but it was a lot of fun. Now older and hopefully wiser, I can take a different approach and see what happens. Racquetball needs a Flash game even one that kinda sucks.
So step 1 is going to be develop the main loop of the game, look for keyboard input, and move and animate a simple rectangle. Step 2 is to see what kind of graphics I can use in the Flash file and from what sources. Probably be bitmaps that always face forward or something. Step 3, introduce the court and the ball. Step 4, move and scale all the assets around the court and establish boundaries so they can't leave. Step 5-100, get the ball bouncing and moving correctly. Step 101-??? would be collison detection which has always been my downfall.
I don't want to get distracted here and stop working on my member area, but it would be fun to actually use Flash for something cool.
05/06/09 Game Plan for Wipe Out Tourney
Mike Grab is going to be my Open Doubles Partner. He's been a good friend despite the fact we Instant message or use Facebook for a majority of our communication. It'll be interesting to see how we do and what we write about the experience. Of course my partner, Tina Davitt, still gets first dibs on all tournaments but she's not into Open Doubles. She came up with our nickname, D&D.
04/27/09 Almost Letting People Back In.
04/27/09 Friday Racquetball!
04/15/09 No Ball Playing in the House! Unless it's Racquetball!
04/12/09 Where's Panno?
04/12/09 Member Area Improvements
04/05/09 "I love it when a plan comes together!"
Next step, as I wrote on my main page, is to get some users making contributions and see what happens. I've been wanting to make some software to use EQP's code signing certificate for a while now. I also want to expand my stringing section and create a database for my stringing business that I can hopefully sell. Lastly want to expand the ELO Calculator so users can save data for up to ten people without retyping. With maybe small fees for additional features or more space.
04/04/09 Back to Normal!
I skipped State Singles because I need to put some serious training in to make sure my knee or other parts don't break down. Playing once a week is not going to get me a trophy in B's or C's. Not drilling, stretching, or training isn't going to help either. So by next year, I hope to have improved in those areas. Wii Fit has been great for Karen and me. Karen logs about thirty to sixty minutes a day on it. I've been working on balance, yoga, and strength training. Yeah it may not be as good as hitting the gym, but it's better than nothing and those minutes add up.
04/01/09 Almost Got It.
Of course, once it's in place. I need to notify a bunch of people that they can use their accounts for something useful. It's been a pretty good project and I can't wait to wrap it up and move on the next member area project. Happy four months Matt!
03/31/09 Catch Up.
One Lee and I often talk about work and I told him about my business plans, etc. He gave me some great advice, he told me I'm a little too cozy and I'd better trade sleep for work on my projects. Resting in the comfort zone is not going to get me to where I want to be either in Business or in Racquetball. I know one way to get real un-cozy, but I'm not looking for that much uncomfort right now. It would be interesting to see what happens. Would I curl up in the fetal position or do I attack the problem? Would love to say attack the problem, but my self-esteem is still a little too fragile. It's better but I really need to develop and believe in a plan to get some strong armor around it.
One example, Enchanted Quill Press LLC made over three hundred dollars this quarter, which doubles the previous quarter. I tell my wife and all she says she made close to two hundred in one evening at her job in a pretty sarcastic tone (she was pretty tired from Matt), but that one still smarts a bit. I don't see her doing anything else on top of her regular income. So there!
I'm really pushing to finish one of my projects before jumping into something else. Just don't have the time to really crush it. There's more projects in my head than I could even list, but I need to focus on the projects that develop this site, develop the member area, and build its infrastructure.
03/20/09 Racquets, Racquets, and More Racquets!
Working on the design of a Racquetball Stringing Database to help manage customers, inventory, work, and cashflow. It's going to be written in Access which I have over ten years of experience with. I thought about a PHP/MySQL version, but I don't want my customer data out there without making certain I'm doing all I can to protect it. Plus I've started most of my web projects in Access so I can go back and shape things without the major rework that happens in MySQL/PHP.
03/20/09 Blocked on Self-Esteem Article
03/12/09 Almost Done.
03/04/09 Brrrrr and back to the Drawing board.
03/02/09 Sharper, but not sharp enough.
I remember Alex being on the right side returning serve near the safety zone. I served it right to him, he couldn't really get a racquet on it and I finished the third shot off with a pinch to the right corner. It felt graceful like something I could watch on instant replay all day.
Did better vs. Alex in Singles, but not enough to win. My shots weren't sharp enough and he can still out hit and run me. So I'm still pretty far from my objective of getting back to Tournaments. I'm also on the second night of my CPAP (Constant Positive Airway Pressure) therapy and I think it's making a difference in my life already. Still not getting eight hours due to the boys and stuff around the house, but it's better quality sleep. I haven't been ripping it off my face, asleep, like I did the first time.
02/22/09 A New Lease on the Knee.
I laughed with my friends again and could really enjoy racquetball. I'm still fat and there's still a problem with my knee, but I'm glad I can support the knee, be near pain free, and really enjoy racquetball again. Thanks to my wife who really helped me get back on track when I first got hurt.
02/20/09 Nothing Left but Projects
One of my coding projects is to help another league get off the ground. I want to run another league, but don't have time for all the paperwork, so one of the goals for the system is to eliminate as much of it as possible. With an SSL certificate I can do a lot more securely. So since all the lights are green might as well get it out of park and go.
Looking forward to playing tonight with an old friend, Erik Lopez, and just hitting the ball around. Also have a student that I'm giving lessons to once a week (thanks Gloria), so hope to develop his skills. I know, I can't get him to Open level or anything, but I can give him the basics and some mechanics that have helped me. He's 21 and pretty fast so with the right skillset, he should be beating me soon.
02/10/09 Aimee Ruiz Blogs from the 2009 National Doubles
Anyway good luck Aimee and keep on writing. Just keep it all in one place, so your site rankings don't start over each time. Sorry...I'll be quiet.
02/01/09 Matthew Turns Two Months!
What does Matt like to do? Burp mostly, but he likes to ride in his swing and watch the birds and other animals spin around. He's starting to pack on the pounds. At Church, I saw another Dad holding his son while he slept. Just at that toddler stage and I thought back to when Jason was that age. Not exactly a baby and not exactly a little boy. Funny to see my relationship with Jason changing and how much he can do for himself. Don't get too old too fast Matt. Let Daddy enjoy you for a while.
01/31/09 Framework Almost Done
I thought on more than one occasion I was wasting my time on a framework that it'll be better and faster to do everything by hand, but I really enjoy object oriented programming and having those objects do all the work with very little code drove me forward. Once the framework is done and tested, I'll probably port it to ASP and ASP.NET, which are other web programming languages.
01/31/09 Catch Up
Out of the NJAR
Some good things did happen. I had my name mentioned on Ray Davis' Racquetball Roundtable and in Racquetball Magazine which was pretty cool. Hopefully not my fifteen minutes of Fame. It was also great to see New Jersey Racquetball get bigger and more organized than I ever remembered before. There's been some bad stuff of course. I felt creatively hand-cuffed and there was a limit to what I could write about the NJAR before causing problems. In short, I lost my edge and there was nothing left to write about.
I emailed my farewells to the group and to Jon. I do plan to keep playing tournaments, but I'm far too busy to be part of the State Organization at this time. I have a lot of things to do and fix. Another part, that kind of hurt, I really thought of some of them as good friends, but as my involvement started to wane so did their friendship and that's personally ok. Better to know now and not when I really needed to depend on them.
Another Sleep Study.
I go back in a couple of weeks to go over the results. Need to drop weight and use the CPAP. Dropping the weight can probably be handled by dropping soda from my diet.
Battle for the #1 Racquetball Blog on Google
01/13/09 "Run Forest! Run!!"
Lately I've been playing very tentative and not having much fun. Thinking one step is going to cause me pain or have my knee give out leads to some pretty boring racquetball. So in a way, I'm glad I pushed my limits and survived. Playing tonight with my brace and I hope I play near normal. If I can't get to 100% then I won't look forward to playing.
01/08/09 Harsh Welcome
I was hammering my head pretty good with a lot of negative self-talk, lack of confidence, etc. Pretty much on the ropes after each dumb shot. It wasn't until I yelled at myself to start seeing his weaknesses, to start getting a weak return, to take advantage of him being deep in the court that I started to get more points and eventually won a game. It also took a few games to get all the rust off and start hitting some better shots. My arm was also a little too rested and I was hitting the ball pretty reckless and hard. Bought some new sneakers for work and didn't have my orthodics and pounded the crap out of my feet.
So being out of practice, sleep-deprived, and loaded up on caffennie sure made me quite the mess out there. I'd better get my act together before the Racquetball class next month.
01/01/09 Happy New Year!
Back to the framework, one of the systems I want in place is the forms framework. I want to make easy to build new features on my site and make sure they are developed as secure as possible. Also with my programming I'd rather take more time and make sure everything is mapped out on paper, documents, and even flowcharts. In school, a long time ago, documentation was an after-thought. Nowadays developing the system before coding is key. Case and point, I'm still using the same 2.0 framework for this site and can still add new features as easily as day one. So definitely want to continue building upon this solid foundation.
The comments section framework actually provides something for members to use on my site. When logged in, people can comment on articles, blog postings, and other areas of the site. The idea is to develop another framework that I can use to develop new tools and increase the community and services I can offer. Yeah it's easy to call it another Facebook, but not planning on sharing pictures or having quotes about what I'm doing right now. The ultimate focus is to develop relationships for racquetball and have fun doing it.
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