Sunday, March 9, 2008
We don't need no sticky wickets
Yesterday my LP performed in her first ice skating show. Oh, how I rage at missing these special moments! She also just lost her first tooth:( I'm sure to pout over these things for the next week, no matter how hard I try not to. Fortunately, Mr Bud was kind enough to attend with his camera and sent me ton of pics, which I found when I arrived for shift tonight! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mr Bud!!!! I guess I better post one on here for her to see;)
I haven't yet seen the standings of our table tennis tournament, but I suspect that the Asians are dominating the standings from what I've seen so far. Yesterday, I felt pretty poor after shift and unfortunately, the flu is making rounds of the ship. Rather than stand in a screaming crowd of rabid, table tennis fans, I retired to watch part of the latest NZ/India cricket match. Since joining this vessel back in December, I've become somewhat of a fan. I've got all the rules down and am coming to appreciate the subtleties of the game, like the strategies employed by the 'spinners", as opposed to the bowlers that just bring the heat, and how the wicket breaks up as the match progresses throughout the day. I still can't tell which batsmen are the ones likely to hit 7 consecutive "sixes" in 2 overs, like the guy last year in the championship test, but I am coming to love the game and am the first guy to cry out when somebody gets "stumped". Anyway, who couldn't love a game where the fans can come and lay around in the grass, drinking beer all day? Its a rather sticky wicket since I can't get cricket on the telly at home, though (obligatory English/Aussie/Kiwi sentence inserted).
Hey! I even know what a sticky wicket is. It's a term from the days when a pitch (the field) wasn't covered when it rained. A sticky wicket is when the wicket (where the bowler bowls the ball) gets wet from the rain, then begins to dry out forming a crusty layer on top that allows the ball to bite more when it hits and also spin off, crazily some times, making it a tough wicket to bat on:) And i think I'll leave you all with that.