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At One Point In My Life I Played With Deez Nuts

May 22, 2014 in Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity

Deez Nuts in Action

This is a bit of a throwback post to our ultimate frisbee playing days in the VUL (Vancouver Ultimate League). Oh Ultimate, what a fantastic sport. We played league ultimate for nearly a decade and made a lot of great friends along the way. Compared to all the other sports that we’ve ever been exposed to the thing that made ‘ulti’ so awesome was this underlying principle that ultimate players have come to know as the ‘spirit of the game’. It’s not about the silly games played and songs sung after the games, although those have become tradition, but the respect and sportsmanship amongst players and teams is what supersedes everything else. This is a tip of the hat to all the fellow ulti players out there and a shout-out to all those we’ve ever played with and/or against (however you want to look at it); because at one point in your life you played with Deez Nuts.

Pooped. Deez Nuts - The Next Generation.

Pooped. Deez Nuts – The Next Generation.

We often had friends or players with their kids and newborns on the sidelines cheering us on. We’d always bring Malaya out to the games so she could get some exercise outdoors. Ultimate was a great way to keep in touch with old friends and make new ones too.

Little cheerleader.

Little Malaya crawling and drooling up and down the sideline cheering “Go mom and dad!”

Championship Disc back in the days. Pretty sweet despite it being only in Div.6.

Championship Disc from back in the day.

It was a hard fought championship. We didn’t know much but we worked hard and pulled off winning the division. It was pretty sweet to win a division championship despite it being only Div.6. We worked our way up to Div.2 but never made it far in the playoffs at that level. I am very proud to say that our team has been a past recipient of the team spirit award and it goes to show the kind of people we were lucky enough to play with.

Deez Nuts Summer 2005

Deez Nuts Summer 2005

Often at the end of every game, we’d play a silly game, sing a silly song or offer the other team a cold beverage as a thank you for the game and as a sign of respect for the spirit which the game is founded on. I wonder if the spirit still lives in the VUL today? Sure hope so.

For anyone who might be interested in learning more about the sport of Ultimate and how to play the game, visit the Vancouver Ultimate League website for an introduction. In fact, for those wanting to get into the game, the VUL is putting on a massive skills development clinic on May 31, 2014 for those new to the game.

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My little social experiment: Vancouver is not friendly.

February 8, 2013 in Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Running

As a runner, I consider myself a waver and after reading this article on runnersworld.com, I was interested in finding out just how wave-friendly Vancouver’s runners are. I decided to conduct my own little social experiment during one of my after-work, afternoon runs and was rather surprised by my findings.

Okay, so this isn’t scientific by any means and the sample size is rather small but just hear me out.

It’s three-thirty in the afternoon on a cool, sunny Vancouver day. I’m within the first kilometer of my 6km run along a very popular running route when I come across my first encounter with another runner coming towards me. It’s a pleasant day and happy I am to see a fellow runner, I decide to give a friendly runner’s wave as we cross paths. She was looking but looked away as soon as we made eye-contact. D-nied!, I thought to myself, a little hurt. Instead of wallowing in my sorrows, I thought I’d have a little fun with this and continue waving to other oncoming runners during the rest of my run to see how many friendly waves I’d get in return. And by waves, I would include nods, smiles, or any sign of acknowledging my presence by other runners.

Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Time: 3:30pm
Route: 6km along the south False Creek Seawall in Vancouver, B.C. (just west of Granville Island to just east of Science World)
Weather: Mainly sunny with some clouds.

my run route along the south false creek seawall

Total runners encountered: 25

Wavers: 4, or 16%
Non-wavers: 21 ,or 84%

Of the 4 that waved, 1 was female, 3 were males and of those 3 males, 2 were senior citizens.

The 21 non-wavers included 7 that were running in a group, 2 made direct eye-contact with me but diverted their gaze right away, 2 others made eye contact and just looked at me funny as I waved and ran past them, and the rest didn’t attempt to make eye contact of any sort and were either looking straight ahead, to the ground, or at the surrounding scenery.

In conclusion, I gather from this one time experiment that the vast majority of Vancouver runners are non-wavers.

I’m looking forward to my run in the suburbs this weekend where I usually find myself on the receiving end of a runner’s wave which I am more than happy to reciprocate!

Happy running 🙂