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An Update…

My interest in using this blog as an outlet for spreading the world according to Ken has been more ebb than flow over the past couple of years. Is that about to change, I don’t know but I have things to say.

The past couple of weeks has been about asking for help in coping with a recurrence of serious back pain. Part of me wants to rail against our American pull your self up by the boot straps, do it yourself independent value and while another part says leave me alone, I have this taken care of. The truth is that so called value is a load of you know what. None of us arrived on the planet by ourselves and we don’t live on the planet by ourselves. There’s evidence of this independence in everything. Who made the computer I’m using to write this? Who grew the beans for this mornings coffee? Why is there so much relief when I confide my pain to a friend? I think you get the picture.

I think the Buddha was right when he encouraged his followers to take a middle path in life. What this means to me is taking responsibility for helping others where I can and asking for it when I need it myself, life is a 2 way street for those opting in.

An amazing amount of gratitude has come out of a brief update on this blog. Yes, I have serious back pain and I’m crossing my fingers that it’s not another pinched nerve but my vision has been broadened. My gratitude list starts with being able to breath in and out and extends to the coffee I drank this morning, family and friends that I’ll be connecting with later today, and a host of other things.

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End the Hockey Strike Now Rant

Well, have to say the lack of NHL hockey has me rather bummed and I’m not so sure the league lockout combatants have any idea what the real stakes in this fight are.  Watching millionaires fight over their fans, mine included, hard earned money got old quick and know every passing day rubs salt in the wound, they need to resolve their differences now.  The last time they did this in 2004-05 it took a full 2 years for me to attend another NHL game.  I picked up where I left off in years gone by and returned to college hockey rinks.  College level play is not only high quality but the players are on the ice, for the most part, out of love of the game and the thrill of competition.  This current state of affairs has this hockey enthusiast contemplating other plans…

The Renovation continues…

Costa Rica by ken.nickell
Costa Rica, a photo by ken.nickell on Flickr.

If your viewing a picture I took on the beach in Costa Rica last April than I’ve successfully linked my Flickr account with this blog, another small victory.

I Have Spare Change for the Renovation

I haven’t posted since last March and it’s time to renovate the site.  Please bear with me during construction and watch your step.  My expected completion date is the end of the weekend give or take a weekend or two.

In the mean time, I took this picture last week in California.  Redwoods are amazing.

Wonderful trail through a Redwood Grove

Caps Buzz Intensifying

I am soooooo looking forward to Caps hockey that anticipation for the opening game in Atlanta is palpable.

Rookies hoping for a chance to play on the main stage at Verizon Center have been showcasing their talent for the better part of a week at the Caps practice rink, bloggers from the Russian Machine Never Breaks to Japers Rink to On Frozen Blog have hit the ratchet up button on postings and twitter conversations reporting everything they hear, and think they hear, for the masses to ponder, and as of today, Ovie and the veterans are officially back on the ice. The Washington Capitals slow emergence from summer exile imposed by the not supposed to win Montreal Canadians is complete, Caps fans everywhere can now look forward

It won’t be game on until October 8th with the start  2010-11 NHL season but the air is thick with anticipation for what’s about to unfold with the Washington Capitals.  Most pundits on both sides of our northern border rank the Caps as contenders for the Cup but most do it with an asterisk that questions their ability to perform in the playoffs.  Unlike recent experience this team knows about the doubters and they have an edge. There’s no denial with this group, Caps defenseman Mike Green’s recent quote in Canada’s The Globe and Mail says it all – GO CAPS!

“We’re just going to have to deal with a little more criticism and pressure, but it’s nothing that we can’t handle,” Green said. “We need to be consistent in the season and be prepared for the playoffs, and we will be – this year.”