If this gets Joe to the games, then I will be pleased.
Marissa is not natural soccer player. She works hard, but she is small and she does not have an instinct for the game. I believe in girls soccer. Soccer provides lessons for the real world: Teamwork, Rules, Authority, etc. So it is important that she understand that if you don't make the game that there are consequences whether you are the coach or the player.
Tomorrow, I plan to brew up another batch. Originally I was concerned that it was going to be a wet job due to Rita. However as Rita is heading east, it looks like I won't have to contend with the rain.
That reminds me, I need to turn on the irrigation system!
Two Touch is currently in second place with two wins and a tie. They
have played two of our opponents in League Play. As we did, they
played to a 1-1 draw against Texas Heat in their first game. Then
they came back and beat Spirit 1-0. This weekend they beat the
Longhorns 3-2 with the interesting note that these are the only goals
the horns have scored in league play.
Based on these results, I'd say it will be another close match. If we
can get the ball in the net first, we will win!
Well we didn't get the ball in first and we did not win. Apparently, it was close the first half. Of course soccer is a game of attrition.
Coach Joe had a conflict for today's game. He apparently told the girls that he would be at thier game. Sadly, he did not show. The girls were really pumped up that he had 'chosen' them. It really pisses me off that he built them up and then pulled the rug out from under them.
So for the fourth time, Dan coached the team. Dan is husband of Tamara, the manager, and father of Lauren, one of our defenders. After the game Dan ripped into the girls, which also hacks me off. He has no standing in my book to be anything other than nice to my daughter.
So, I have written the coaching directors about this. Hassan Nazari is the founder of the club and is one of the coaching directors. He has assured me that this is not how the club operates. He has promised to come to the team meeting which was called for Monday.
On Thursday the plan was to add brackets to my last molars, which heretofore had been spared. So with those four teeth, plus the problem tooth plus the other lost bracket - that was six brackets to install. And two new wires.
Once more I can say that my teeth are all very sore. So far I have not lost any brackets - that's a good sign and improvement from my previous experiences with new wires.
On my current project, I am dealing with a vendor that is using some sort of weird Novell based FTP Server which has some really bizarre navigation paths. IE fails. Firefox fails. And of course XP's command line FTP fails. Or more likely in the last case, I simply can't figure out what incantations are required to make it work. Frankly once I learned it was a Novell Server, I just resigned myself to the fact that Novell intentionally prevents connections to any normal Windows client.
Anyway, this sad state of affairs led me to the FileZilla FTP project on sourceforge. I am very impressed with this project. I have been hammering on it for a couple of weeks now and I can't find any weaknesses. The client works wonderfully in many surprising ways. Drag and drop works from other open Windows to the remote site and vice versa. One can pause and resume transfers. Etc., Etc. I give it four stars! Joe Bob Sez Check it out!!
Ya gotta love it!
Skins 14 - Pokes 13
On Wednesday Logan will be playing in a exhibition during the FC Dallas-LA Galaxy game. She will go out with the team on the field for pregame and stand with a player during the playing of the national anthem. Then she'll play in a 10 minute exhibition during halftime. She is very excited!
Then at 7:30 we made our way to the main stage. And at 8:00 Reagan went on the stage an performed with her team mates. They were doing cartwheels, push overs; and stunts on a horizontal bar. She had a blast and it was quite a performance.
The Heat attacked about 15 minutes into the game and were able to put one in the net on a very strange goal. Katie, our keeper, slowly came out of the goal while their forward dribbled the ball around her. It was a poor effort on our part.
About five minutes later the Texans went on the attack. Marissa got the ball to the right of the goal about twenty feet out and made a spectacular pass inside where Torri was waiting. Tie game.
At that point the coach, Joe, put in another defender and played for the tie. The girls had a couple of nice attacks, but were not successful in putting the ball in the net. The last two minutes we were on defense and they had several shots. I am glad we did not have a repeat of Monday.
Next up Two Touch!
The kids at school gave Linda a check for $1200 which they raised for Lance's Foundation. Very cool.
Sitting next to me was a reporter from the Plano Star Courier. After Linda's talk the reporter interviewed Marissa and me for the paper! I'll post a link if and when they publish something!
Anyway, Miss Reagan will be performing for the first time this weekend at the Plano Balloon Festival!
Marissa was loping around in the first half, but snapped into focus during the second half. She had a few nice touches on the ball.
The Texans are still bunching up too much and not passing crisply. The two problems are related. Once they spread out, their passing will become more effective.
This is the second loss in three games where they gave up the game winner in the last five minutes. Lets hope that they improve in this area!
Next up Texas Heat.
The Skins won! Yippee!
The Catamounts beat 14th Ranked USF to start the season 5-0-0!
Not a bad day in sports.
As promised, I also whipped up a batch of Big Ed's.
7 lbs Pale Malt Extract
2 lbs Ground Weyermann's Carafoam Crystal Malt
5.5 - 6.0 Gallons of Water
1.5 ounces of Challenger Hops (10.1%)
.5 ounce of Hallertau Hops (3.5%)
1.75 ounce package of Wyeast 1007 German Ale Yeast
Bring water to 160 degrees - shut off the heat and steep the ground Malt for 30 minutes. Remove grain, add fire, bring to a boil. Add the Malt Extract. Add the Challenger hops. Boil for 58 minutes. Add the Hallertau hops. Boil for 2 more minutes. Cool wort to 80 degrees. Drain 2 quarts and save in Fridge. Move the rest to 8 gal carboy. Add yeast. Ferment for one week, then rack wort to clean carboy. Ferment another week. Add back the 2 quarts unfermented wort and bottle. Ferment in bottle one more week. Enjoy!
Marissa played for this coach two years ago. He told me at the time that he did not want Marissa to play because he was afraid that she would get hurt. What a jerk. Needless to say I don't care for him much. There are also two very annoying parents on their side - neither was at today's match. A good thing.
Marissa did not demonstrate inspired play today. It was pretty hot though, so I can't fully blame her for that. She did clear the ball on an indirect kick from the top of the goal box. She had a few other nice touches - but that was about it.
Next up the Tejanos!
This fall they are playing in the PSA Second Grade Girls Division 1. However it looks like all of the better competition is in Division 2. Weird.
Anyway, today Logan played forward in the first quarter, keeper in the second, she sat out the third, and played Mid in the Fourth. She had a great game taking a couple of good shots and setting up some nice attacks on the field. As keeper she made one great save.
I should also note, that Logan is the youngest kid on her team and the only one player a year up!
Of course the downside in this is that on Monday I thought that the Mini was the coolest thing known to mankind. Then on Tuesday Apple discontinued the mini in favor of the way cooler Nano. Bummer!
Fran got me an Ipod Mini for my birthday. This is one of the coolest things I own.
At first I was having problems ripping my CD's. I tried all the tweaks that I could and still the results were poor. Later I was doing something with a data CD when I got some errors. I finally realized that my CD Drive had taken a turn for the worst. I replaced it and ever since I have been on a CD Ripping Frenzy!
I have ripped everything in site. I have like 30 hours of music on the dang mini and it is only two thirds filled up! Unreal. I love the fact that I have all of this music on this little device and I can plug it in anywhere and jam away.
I love riding my motorcycle with the mini.
I love working out with the mini.
It is freaking amazing.
So, then, I also have this library that is building up on my file server at home. I really need a way to play that music directly on my stereo. Finally it hit me. The TIVO!!
I have a series two Tivo which supports home networks. Once you hook the Tivo up to your network then it supposedly can play MP3s from the server. So it turns out that there are only two wireless adapters which work with my particular Tivo unit. I pulled the trigger on a the Linksys WUSB11. I had to find version 2.8 of this model for it work. Thank god for eBay!
I love technology.
The team entered their first tournament, The King Tut, shortly after signing. The results were not bad considering that this was a new team. They tied two teams and lost a 0-1 decision to Texas Spirit, a team coached by a guy Marissa played with a year ago. The worst part was losing 0-3 to Genesis, the team that cut Marissa after promising her a spot on the roster.
Next up for the Texan White 95 Girls Dallas team was the Lake Highlands Classic Qualifying tournament. This is the elite league and there are three divisions. The Texans were in a flight with three other teams. If they won their flight, then they would be in Division 1. If they finished second or third then they would play on to determine if they would be in Division 2 or Division 3. If they finished last, then they were out. They were seeded as the last team in the flight. They lost all three games and were out of the league. As a result they will play in the Plano Premier League which starts next weekend.
After the qualifying tournament, the girls played in the Andromeda Summer Classic tournament. Here they beat the Spirit team (2-1) that lost to in the in King Tut. Then they tied with another Texans Team (Dallas Texans Red 95 Girls West - to be exact). And they got hammered by Solar. Full results here.
This weekend the girls played in the Plano Labor Day tournament. They got beat badly by Solar. Then they played the Sting Team that they lost to in the Qualifying tournament (0-2). They played to a draw in the first half and gave up one goal with five minutes remaining in the game sadly losing 0-1 in a great effort. Their last game was against a team from Midland. This was a game where they controlled the ball the whole game, but their keeper stopped everything that came near her. We lost 0-2. Full results here.
So, in case you have not been keeping score that is 1 win, 9 loses, and 3 draws. Most of these games have been against teams that made the Lake Highlands league. The Spirit team that we split with, will be playing in our league, as will be the Everton team that we drew against. We have not played against any other teams in our league. The FC Texas team and the Dallas Texans team that we tied as well as the Sting team that we played closely all are in Lake Highlands Division 3.
Marissa has been playing very well in all of this and is enjoying the team. There are some photos here.
I am amazed at these two selections because they each characterize their owners perfectly. Logan loves puzzles. She likes to sit by herself building things or solving puzzles. Perfect. Reagan is high energy. She lives for the moment. I can't imagine anything that she would enjoy more than a rainbow. Perfect.
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