Tuesday notes

- Now that I have started to use my rehab equipment things are a good deal more painful than yesterday, but the meds are helping to take some of the edge off.  The fun part will be sitting in bed for 4 hours every day, for the next 2 weeks, while my leg gets lifted up and down over and over again. 

One of the biggest challenges that I have found out about, post surgery, has to be the fact that I can’t carry anything while using my crutches.  Making a meal becomes a much more complicated task once you realize that you can’t easily carry food from a microwave to the table.

Oh, well.  I guess it is all part of the process to getting back to”normal” though.

- Out of the Park Baseball 15 released yesterday and Dan and I should be posting some thoughts on the game over the next few days. Also, we are efforting an interview with them to talk about this version of the game and all of the new features contained in it.  I hope to be able to bring that to you by the end of the week as well.

- Dan mentioned Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball for the 3DS over the weekend and I highly recommend all 3DS owners give it a look.  I have already bought 3 of the mini games and have enjoyed playing each of them quite a bit.  I highly suggest looking for some of the online guides into the haggling process in the game so that you don’t have to pay full price for any of the mini games though.  If you play it right, you can pay $16 instead of $40 for the whole collection of games by the time you finish it.  Plus, you get to enjoy more of the games story that way.

- OK.  Back to bed for me.  Have a good day.

Post surgery update

I am in the car and on the way home right now (wife is driving, so no danger there.)

According to the doctor, everything went as well as could be expected.  I will try and post some of the pictures, because who wouldn’t want to see the inside of another person’s hip.

I am in a decent amount of pain, but am ready to start rehab tomorrow to get on the road to recovery. 

Thanks to everyone for all of the kind words. 

Talk to you all soon.

Talk to you over the next few days. 

Sunday Funtime

Happy Easter everyone.

In sportsgaming news, there’s an under-rated gem that is a blast to play for the Nintendo 3DS and it’s called Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball. It comes under the guise of mini-games and it’s a whole lot of hitting but it’s a blast and has that “one more game” addiction.

Give it a shot!

 

Surgery

So, after months of pain and issues, I will be having surgery on my right hip next Monday.

Although no one seems to be able to determine what exactly caused the issues that I have been dealing with for the past 5 or 6 months, the conclusion is that the head of the right femur is causing an impingement, along with cartilage damage inside of the hip socket.  On Monday, I’ll be going in to have the cartilage damage repaired and then a resurfacing done on  my right femur in an attempt to remove the impingement issues.

While it is disappointing that I have to go the surgical route for resolving the issues, I’m ready at this point to start the process of being able to move, run, and play sports without pain again.  Running has become a near impossibility for me over the last few months as I deal with pain for 3 to 4 days after a run of any distance.  Hockey has been uncomfortable at best and painful at worst since the time of the injury as well.

From what the doctor thinks, a person, such as myself, who started running longer distances at a later age in life (hard to believe that 35 -39 is a later age, but I digress) is more at risk for issues such as these.  When combined with being a goalie when playing hockey, he thought that I’m probably putting more stress on my hip than your average person would.

So, to sum up, I’m basically getting old.

One of the best things about the upcoming surgery has to be the reactions that I hear from people when I tell them that I’m having hip surgery at 39.  Almost without fail the first words that are uttered are, “But you’re too young for hip surgery.”  I guess that’s true, but I think that I’m beating up my body, through the activities that I have chosen, a bit more than most people in my age bracket.

The rehab for the surgery is going to be rather unfortunate, as they are telling me that it will be 4 to 6 months before I can get back to playing hockey or running again.  Most of the activities that I will be focusing on over the next few months will be related to biking or swimming, as they are activities without a great impact on my hip.  This seems like a good trade for me, as I’ve been looking to get better at swimming for the last few years and this should give me a good chance to spend a considerable amount of my summer working on just that.

The silver lining that I take from this surgery (and my shoulder repair from a few years back) is that I hope to have quite a few good years of activity ahead of me.

Giving up hockey and running for half of a year is terrible, but my hope is that when I get back to them, the things that I have worked on for the rest of the year will keep me in good enough shape so that I won’t be a total turd when I start them again.  (Pretty sure that I’ll be a turd, just not a total one and that’s enough for me.)

Palace!!!!!!

Beating Everton on the road and collecting their 4th win in the last 4 games was an awesome thing to see on a Wednesday!

Seeing Jerome score his first goal in forever was awesome as well.

Can’t wait to see how the last 4 games play out now.  Liverpool and Man City can’t be thinking of getting an easy 3 when they come to Selhurst Park in a few weeks.

Go Eagles!

Monday notes

- Sports On Earth does a much better job of summing up what is going on with the Brewers right now than I ever could, as they detail what has been happening with the team during their 10-2 start (including winning their last 9 in a row.)

It’s hard to think about big series in April, but with 3 against Pittsburgh (already completed,) 3 against St. Louis, then another 4 at Pittsburgh, there is a lot of interesting games in the NL Central early.

Also, while it’s impossible for the Brewers can keep playing like they have, it’s been sure been fun to see how many interesting ways they can win games of late.

- Dan was giving me grief for not mentioning the Brewers lately, but I have been paying as much attention, if not more so, to Crystal Palace’s play over the last few weeks.  Getting 9 points over the last three weeks has pushed them from 17th place (and in serious danger of relegation) to 12th place and 7 points clear of 18th (with 1 game in hand) with 5 games to play.

While I still have so much to learn about the Premier League, and soccer in general, I just love the passion that the Palace fans show at every game, whether at home or on the road.  I’m glad that I picked the Eagles to support as this season has been a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

- The other thing that I’ve been watching was the end of yet another Islanders season.  That organization frustrates me to no end.  Maybe next year they’ll sell the team and fire Snow… maybe…

- FIFA World Cup 14 is due to release tomorrow for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and while I loved the previous game, I really couldn’t get into the game based on the demo.  The PS4 and Xbox One versions of FIFA play incredibly well and are very fluid, but the older version of the game engine just doesn’t seem to hold up very well after having experienced the new versions of the FIFA game engine.

- Konami has released their own World Challenge DLC for Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and while it doesn’t have the full presentation that the EA Sports game costs, you could get Pro Evolution and the DLC for just over half the price ($29.99 for the game at Amazon – $4.99 for the DLC) of picking up FIFA World Cup 2014.

Something to think about.

 

Sunday Sporting Thoughts

If you never appreciated soccer, today’s Liverpool/Manchester City game was just an amazing display. Wow. I’m exhausted from that.

And of course Chelsea wins. Dammit.

And for those who have no idea what I am talking about, we’ll move on to US Sports/Sports Entertainment.

I enjoyed watching WrestleMania 30 on the WWE Network. It was fun to watch. What wasn’t fun was realizing didn’t “stop” the feed and it doesn’t time out, meaning I just blew 1/3 of my data for the month on my Roku. Oh well.

So what does everyone think of RBI Baseball. It’s better than I expected but a tough call for $20. If it were $10, I think it would be good value. But for $20, you’re asking a b-tier price for a C level game. Yes, graphics are nice but on the PS3 the load times suck. In addition, the game still has the same issues it did 20 years ago – choppy field of play as it moves, graphics are fair, no player stats, and so forth.

The iOS version is $4.99, which isn’t bad — but I will continue to say that playing games like this on the iPad are very difficult.

 

Changes (part 2)

One of the best things that has come from being sober for the past seven months is that I feel like I’ve started to get a much better perspective on my life, and while it is debatable that I have gained a better insight into my life I do at least feel more in tune with myself.  It would also be fair to say that another part of this new look at my life has to do with entering the quote, unquote area of my life known as middle age.

Throughout the years, I thought that I was leading a life that would prevent me from having that large scale mid-life panic attack where I would want to buy an incredibly impractical car or leave my wife and family to start all over again with some 20-year old blonde.

A few things make the thought of such things laughable in my situation.  For one, I’m a guy that still plays video games nearly every day, which doesn’t exactly make me hot stud on the market material for most women.  Secondly, I bought a Prius when my station wagon got totaled last year because fuel economy was so much more important to me than having a car that looked stylish.  Lastly, blondes aren’t my kind of thing, maybe if I would have said redhead… um… but where was I?

It’s fair to say that some of the things that I have been realizing over the past few months have a lot to do with expectations, but not the ones that I have been, or would be, setting for myself.

When I gave up drinking, I had more than a few reasons for doing so, but what I could not have foreseen was how much my decision would seem to impact others.

Over the past few months, encounters with others, have varied from people accepting my decision and moving on, to the idiotic environments where people tried to make me wear a funny hat because I was the only person who was not drinking.

Recently, a few of my closer friends have stated to me that they don’t know what to make of our relationship now that I have quit drinking.  Each time this has come up it has been, more or less, a gut punch to my psyche.  Sadly, every time that someone says something like this to me it has made me think about having a drink.

It would be so easy to just pick up a beer (or glass of wine) and go right back to being that same person that they were so comfortable being around, but that’s not the person that I am or want to be any more.

Thankfully, each time that these ideas or feelings come up, I have been able to push them back down and realize that I like the person that I am more now because I’m not drinking and that I don’t need what alcohol was providing.  What has given me pause over the past few months is that some people seem to need me to be drinking in order for them to be comfortable around me and that is a difficult concept to wrap my head around.

A few weeks ago I was talking with my oldest daughter and some how or another the conversation ended with us talking about going to a bar.  She looked at me and said, “Dad, I’m glad that you don’t drink any more.”

I couldn’t have imagined a simpler statement from anyone that could have had the impact that was generated from those 9 words.

My daughter loves me and is happy with the change that I made, even though she doesn’t understand all of the reasons why I did it.  I can only hope that, eventually, my friends can reach that same conclusion as well.

RBI

RBI Baseball ’14 is now out for Xbox 360 and iOS devices. I guess it’s coming soon for Xbox One and PS4.

I grabbed the 360 demo and it is fun. $20? hmmmm…dunno about that — especially since iOS is the same game and $5…

But having a controller and achievements is nice…

Sunday thoughts

Well I decided to skip the PS Vita version of The Show and instead I bought the PS3 version. I just couldn’t wait for the PS4. So far I like it. I’m impressed with the touches, like shadows on the basepaths (even in the runner’s camera). I like the MLB Live or whatever they call it.

5GB HD install. Now that is so much better than the PS4. LOL.

I hadn’t turned on my PS3 in a while (it still shows standard time) so there was a ton of stuff to update as well. Good times!

Hmmm

Gamestop is offering a deal: if you buy MLB The Show ’14 for PS3 now, they will give you $40 trade in credit in May so you can buy MLB The Show ’14 for PS4 for $19.99.

Not as great of a deal as the upgrade for $9.99 from launch games, but not as bad as it could be if you didn’t get the deal (usually you’d get around $30 for a relatively new game for trade in).

Anyone going to do it? I haven’t seen any reviews yet so I’m finding it difficult.

I debated getting the Vita version…but I hear there’s not much upgraded. Grr.

To those that have PS4 & PS Plus

When you go to the PlayStation store on your PS4 does it make it look like you don’t have PS Plus? When I click the PS Plus item from the nav menu, it tells me to try PS Plus free for 14 days — but I have it!!

I mean I get the PS Plus pricing and the free games no problem, I just seem to have to hunt them down vs seeing them all in one location.

I was curious if that was just me.

Friday deep thoughts

Wow, spring training ends this weekend. I keep forgetting that it will be baseball season starting on Monday (if you don’t count Australia) because it’s still so damn cold and there’s snow on the ground here.

If you have a Kindle Fire HD/HDX, make sure you sign up for text alerts for their special gold box Kindle deals. They are huge. Yesterday you could get FIFA 14 for $14. These deals are only available to Kindle Fire w/Special Offers owners.

Speaking of baseball, looking forward to MLB The Show. And I am very curious about RBI Baseball 4.

Spring is coming….

Wednesday notes

- Hopefully you’re all able to get your brackets in.  I have mine completed, not that it will be any good (I’m pretty bad at them traditionally,) but it is done in time.

- Picked up a copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf and you should have seen how excited my daughter was to be able to visit the village I made in my game.  It really is the simple things that amaze them sometimes.  Of course, as soon as I got the game, I had plans for the next two evenings so she couldn’t come and visit my village again.  It’s tough being a parent (and having a life outside of home.)

- I have to admit that I’m a bit curious and jealous of the tech writers that are getting a chance to try out Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift at GDC, but the good thing is that it is going to be a few years before the headsets come out for the Playstation and PC.  Still, the tech looks cool and they could make for some interesting gaming experiences.

- Lastly, I’m very excited to start playing inFamous: Second Son over the weekend.  The first two games were two of my favorites in the previous generation and I look forward to being an truly evil bastard who will be destroying large parts of Seattle very soon.

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