I feel like my life is all hockey and concerts

My last few weeks have been pretty busy and I’m still catching up from it.  So lets do this by date.
Tuesday 3/22/11 was hockey!

I took the night off from the camera so I could concentrate more on the game. The Houston Aeros are our big rivals this year and we not only beat them, we shut them down for a 3-0 victory. Even though I’m trying to ween myself off of the camera during the game… I really missed being able to see the game a second time while sorting through all the photos the next day.

Wednesday 3/23/11 was more hockey!

Our hockey buddy also works a few evenings a week as an on-ice official for our local hockey league.
Interestingly enough, the game I decided to attend to get photos of him working as a linesman was also the same game that my boss was playing in (he’s in the background of the next photo and going after the puck in the one after that).
New LinesmanBoss Hockey

Thursday 3/24/11 was our weekly Skate Night.
Steve's Skates
While I don’t skate, Steve loves it and even purchased his own pair of hockey skates. I tried it several times, but while physical therapy may keep my bilateral vestibular hypofunction in check, but it’s not enough to allow me to balance on two thin blades of metal without spending most of that time clinging to the rails or on my butt. So I sit and take advantage of the rink’s free wifi connection instead.

Friday 3/25/11 was Bernadette Peters in concert at the Paramount Theater.

No photos of that because I’m not completely camera-rude. She’s still incredible. Steve covered that show quite well on his site, so I won’t bother repeating it.

Saturday 3/26/11 was more hockey!

It was the Texas Stars vs the Grand Rapids Griffins, and we kicked some serious ass.  I even told Steve that we’d score our first goal within the first five minutes and sure enough, four minutes into the first period – Greg Rallo proved me right (I could have kissed him. Still willing to too).
Texas Stars vs Grand Rapids Griffins
(…that’s Francis Wathier.   I didn’t have a good photo of Rallo from this game.)
Steve spent the first intermission riding on the Zamboni.
Steve on a Zamboni
You can tell by the look on his face that he hated every moment of it.

Sunday 3/27/11 was Devo in concert!
Devo in concert (Austin)Devo in concert (Austin)Devo in concert (Austin)
Once again, Steve covered this concert thoroughly, so I’m not going to add much other than I finally learned how far I could be pushed before grabbing someone and tossing them back behind me (I don’t know if she sneaked off or if the crowd continued to move her back, but she wasn’t there when I turned back around).  While I did have several strangers come up after the show telling me how awesome that was, I’m still kind of embarrassed about losing my temper.  Other than that, the show was worth the hours of standing outside the venue, out on the terrace, and finally in front of the stage. 

Devo also has the best concert t-shirts – I picked up two of them.
Devo in concert in Austin, TX

Afterwards, we finally had a few days off that were spent catching up on work, chores around the house, another skate night, and getting lots of sleep (I’m getting too old for this). Then it was back to fun times.

Friday 4/1/11 was Texas Stars Hockey!

Texas was up against Chicago, who had recently moved up from a joke to being real competition. The best parts of the evening were the goals scored by two of my favorite defensemen (Fortunus and Larsen each got a goal).

There was also a horrible and then beautifully karmic moment with one of the on-ice officials for the game.

During the score-tying goal by Chicago, Deveaux jabbed Bachman (our goalie) in the face with a stick. After seeing several replays of the incident from different angles, there was no question about whether it was deliberate or not. There was no penalty called for high sticking, so the crowd starting chanting “Ref you suck!” over and over when suddenly the ref was knocked to his feet by a player. My first thought was “Oh shit, we’re gonna get called on it,” until I realized that we didn’t do it.
Stars vs Wolves - Hitting the Ref
Yep, it was Jaime Sifers from Chicago. Heh heh.

Saturday 4/2/11 was a SCOTS concert

I didn’t attend the Southern Culture on the Skids concert at the Continental Club with Steve this year. Normally I make a batch of homemade banana pudding for the go-go dancer to pass around during the song “Banana Puddin”.  Not this year.  With only a day notice, Steve had to throw something together with store-made nasty stuff.

This is the best copy of the song I could locate on YouTube.  There’s no go-go dancer with pudding, but at least you can hear what SCOTS is about (rockabilly surf music!).  I’ll have to make it up to them next year with a special batch for the band after the show.

Sunday 4/3/11 was a Scissor Sisters concert.

I brought a book to read while we waited for the show to start–someone else had a more productive idea.
Waiting for Scissor Sisters
It was a great show, but the combination of pain/nausea and heat forced me to leave the great spot Steve and I had carved out for ourselves. I ended up watching the rest of the show from the sidelines… along with some guys in hot pants (very nice legs).
Scissor Sisters in Austin
I can’t wait to catch them again when they come back to Austin.

There were finally a few more days off from with nothing other than work and chores before it was back to league hockey games, a skate night tonight, and the Wire concert tomorrow.  I really don’t know anything about Wire, so Steve’s going with his music buddy instead.  Me?  I have no idea what I’ll do other than sit with my feet up and snuggle with cats.

Texas Stars vs Manitoba Moose – 12/07/10

Four of our Texas Stars used to play for the Moose. Maxime Fortunus played 271 games, Greg Rallo played 66 games, Ray Sawada played 55 games, and Trevor Ludwig played 16 game. There was some discussion on how they’d do up against their old teammates; however, it turned out that only six players from last year came back to Manitoba for the 2010-2011 season. So it was practically a new team anyway.

It was also Francis Wathier’s 26th birthday.

Francis Wathier celebrated his 26th birthday with a goal and an assist in the game. The winger, who started the day with the Dallas Stars in Columbus, hoped to finish the day at home with his wife and “a little glass of wine and maybe some cake, hopefully.”

I’d have made him a nice cake if I had the chance…  as well as one for Philip Larsen, whom everyone seemed to forget about while he’s up playing for Dallas.  He turned 21 yesterday.  Tillykke med fødselsdagen!

Once again, for the best information about this game, visit the wrap up by Hundred Degree Hockey.  He even had it posted before we got home from the game last night.

Stars vs Moose - 12/7/10

Stars vs Moose - 12/7/10

Stars vs Moose - 12/7/10

Stars vs Moose - 12/7/10

This was the fourth Stars goal of the evening and it was scored by Sawada.

Stars vs Moose - 12/7/10

Mathieu Tousignant (#40) and Evan Oberg (#27)

Stars vs Moose - 12/7/10

Ondrej Roman (#20) and Kevin Connauton (#6)

Stars vs Moose - 12/7/10

Travis Morin (#23)

Stars vs Moose - 12/7/10

Stars vs Moose - 12/7/10

We won!

Texas Stars vs Houston Aeros – 11/24/10

We have three home games this week and another three next week, so other than a post with a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake, it’ll probably all be about hockey.  Sorry about that (but not sorry enough to stop).

Wednesday night was against the Houston Aeros.  We stomped them 5 to 3, and Spang collected two more assists.

Texas Stars - Dan Spang

Go Spang!!!

Texas Stars vs Houston Aeros - 11/24/10

Texas Stars vs Houston Aeros - 11/24/10

And because I started off with a Spang shot, here’s a Fortunus and two Larsens.

Texas Stars - Maxime Fortunus

Texas Stars - Philip Larsen

Texas Stars - Philip Larsen

This was also the first night that our friend’s Heroic Efforts Data Recovery sign was in place in the Cedar Park Center.  Got a shot of it with the owner, Jeremy Derr.

Heroic Effort's Sign in the Cedar Park Center

(And for those who are going to ask – yes, we’ve had to use Heroic Efforts ourselves, and they are good).

“On defense, you have to be thinking.”

It used to be that Maxime Fortunus was my only favorite player for the Texas Stars.

Texas Stars: Maxime Fortunus

While he’s still my favorite, there are two new players that I’ve been paying much more attention to recently.

Philip Larsen–who looks like my brother did at that age… all scrawny, yet surprisingly strong–is a 20 year-old player from Denmark.

Texas Stars: Philip Larsen

I made the mistake of saying that Larsen was “going to be very good one day” in front of my husband who interrupted me to say “He’s ALREADY good!” And he is. What I meant to say is that I’m looking forward to seeing how far he goes.

Dan Spang is another player I’m watching.

Texas Stars: Dan Spang

He’s already has six assists this year, three of which were all from the same game on 11/16/10 against the Chicago Wolves (best game of the season so far with six goals in the second period, and also the first night I really paid attention to Spang).

It was looking up Spang’s stats that made me realize most of my favorite hockey players are defensemen.

That may explain why I was so fascinated with Chris Chelios last year.  That, or it was because Chelios was a great player.  Even after all the Texas Stars fans boo’d him during the games, they wanted to meet him afterwards (the photos below are all from 10/31/09).

Texas Stars vs Chicago Wolves

Texas Stars vs Chicago Wolves

Texas Stars vs Chicago Wolves

Part of me wishes he hadn’t retired this year.

”It takes brains. It’s not like a forward, where you can get away with scoring and not play defense. On defense, you have to be thinking.” – Chris Chelios