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>For Auld Lang Syne

1 January 2010


So, it’s almost 2010, and I’m sitting in my basement watching Where The Wild Things Are, thinking about what I could post. (Yes, that would seem very sad and pathetic, but not more than usual. I’m not interested in going out on amateur night.) RWD readers, the smartest blog readers on the Interwebs, know that the decade doesn’t end until next year, so there’s no need for a sweeping look back. I was going to do a mid-season report, but that just seems so dull. However, did you know that we only have two more conference points than we did at last season? I did not. I found out at work today while wasting time.

Still, it’s funny to think that ten years ago there were people wondering if the world as we know it was going to end. Hello, we still have two years left on that one. Ten years ago I spent New Year’s in my basement (of course!) watching Labyrinth with two people I’m not even friends with anymore, I was a junior in high school and I had a boyfriend who has the same name as a former NFL quarterback. Scott Sandelin was still at UND. Jon Francisco was a freshman. Brady freaking Hjelle was probably playing mite hockey, or squirts, I don’t know how these age groups work.

I watched the USA vs Canada World Juniors game tonight (in case you follow me on Twitter, you already know this) and though the Americans lost, it was still a heckuva game. It was fun to cheer for the talent of the WCHA, players who are normally Public Enemy #1 when they meet the Bulldogs. I watched about 30 seconds of the Wild game. Unnecessary to watch any more.

The kids in these tournaments (and really, they are kids) and in college hockey, as well as the adults in the NHL, give up their holidays and their time at home to play hockey. They’re not alone, or making some great sacrifice; there are a lot of us who have to work on Christmas Eve, or New Year’s Eve, or other holidays, who travel or move hundreds of miles away from our homes for our jobs. But we should all be so lucky to do so because we do what we love, not what we have to do to live.

I could do a cliched resolutions post. But really, there’s nothing to resolve. Hockey is gloriously, exhilaratingly, apocalyptically enjoyable. What’s better than that?

Safe travels to Vermont tomorrow!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 January 2010 7:21 am

    >Donna,Happy New Year to the best WCHA blogger on the big series of tubes. With all my heart I wish you the best in the coming year. I hope my team beats the snot out of your team though. Best of luck to you in the New Year.D

  2. 1 January 2010 5:06 pm

    >Figured a Scot would appreciate the song!


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