Monday, 17 October 2011

start of a new life

Today has been a positive day for me, not only have things been going right, but I got to see my new born baby nephew today. I don't see myself as an emotional rock, but I don't turn into a blabbering mess watching a chick flick either, but today I felt like I was happy for the first time in a long time. Holding a baby less than 24 hours old had me thinking about the future this child would have, would he be a talented athlete? Would he be the most popular person in his class? Will he be humanitarian and give to people what they cannot reach? All these things were running through my mind, as I looked at his tiny face. His entire future ahead of him, and a lot of it could and would be decided by his family. If he is fortunate enough to have a family that is not torn apart by anything and has a support base. This is not to say people in split families have no choice but it is certainly easier for kids with just two parents.
We all have to admit none of us are perfect, and let's be honest none of us will ever be, is this because of our choices? Our family? Our friends? Is everything we do influenced by our first few days, weeks, months, years of our lives? Our family definitely has an influence on our life, every step of it in fact. You make friends with people who your parents generally approve of, and sometimes ones who they do not (depending on what phase you're going through) you date people based on the values your parents have brought you up on. Maybe, just maybe, he could be a good person, and exceed the stereotypes laid upon people.
This is only a short blog because I am in the middle of an organisational crisis, and have other priorities but I promise that they will continue to come out in a sporadic fashion.
My witty comment of the week:

To the optimist, the bag of chips is half full,

To the pessimist, the bag of chips is half empty,

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

2011 AUG Gold Coast and plenty of beers

Hi guys! Welcome back to my blog, it has been a while since my first post but that is because I have been competing in the Australian University Games in the Gold Coast. I was competing in ultimate frisbee, if you don't remember I mentioned that I played ultimate frisbee in my first blog, I will explain the game in this blog. I also went to the AFL grand final to watch Geelong win their 3rd premiership in 5 years which is a remarkable feat in itself.

The Australian university games are pretty much an event where a lot of Australian universities come together and compete in different sports, similar to the Olympic games. What is not similar is that almost as soon as the last game is played the competitors get drunk, very drunk, or at least I did with my team. I played for Ballarat university ultimate frisbee, our temporary name is Ballarat university frisbee friends due to an ordering malfunction. (BUUF was changed to BUFF.) It was an excellent week where BUFF came 5th in division 2 and  shared the spirit award with Flinders Fury in div 2 and overall.

The aim of ultimate frisbee is to score 15 points first, or after a time cap of any where between 80 and 120 minutes to have higher points. To score one must catch the disc in the opposition's end zone. An extra rule is you cannot move with the disc, and you have 10 seconds with it, which is counted by an opposition player who is on the mark. When a point is scored teams switch ends and whoever scored throws the disc to the opposition. That's just the jist of the game, I won't go into any other details about it.

I was thinking the other day, just how sports effect most people, I will use Australian rules football as an example. Australian rules has clubs all over Australia but the main 17 play in the Australian football league. These teams often provide stimulus in the local economy when they are winning and if the team you support wins you are generally happier during the week. I have no scientific evidence but, I'm sure that if the team you follow in whatever sport wins you will be a lot happier than if it lost. This comes after my team Geelong cats football club won the grand final of the Australian football league, and to say the least I'M VERY HAPPY! Maybe those of you who read this blog could leave a comment about what team you follow and how your team effects you, although I don't really want people spraying on other sports... :S

Anyway, thanks for reading! I'm happy to get this second one out of the way, and have some ideas on what to write about next. Maybe if you want my views on anything you could leave a comment?

My witty comment of the week
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.