I interrupt the regularly scheduled NHL Farewell Tour posts to bring you a preliminary update on how I’m coping being away from our beloved sport (AKA I’m too lazy to load the pictures for the next post).
Of course, I wasn’t REALLY away from hockey. I touched down in Korea while hockey land was still in the middle of the playoffs. And, I mean, it’s pretty much my duty as a fan to tune in regularly via live online streams. I was even able to get Coach’s Corner here! So, in terms of keeping abreast of what is going on in the NHL, I’m really not at a disadvantage here. I make it my business to frequent the websites for The Star and TSN, and, of course, NHL.com has always been my homepage.
However, now that the NHL is officially over, and the Hawks have won the Cup, I find myself having withdrawals. For my first month in Korea, I thought this year without hockey would be simple. I didn’t really miss anything, and was actually looking forward to not having to travel around the NHL and deal with certain vag-boy hockey players for one season at least. But then the Cup was hoisted and the excitement sent me spiraling into a relapse. Expedia was consulted and flights to the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa were priced.
Don’t worry, there’s no reason to alert the Anti Puck Whore, I’m sure it won’t happen. The only way I’m seeing NHL hockey next season is if something happens between now and May that sends me back to Canada earlier than expected. Here is a list of possible things that would send me back to North America prematurely:
1. Serious Illness.
2. A bigger financial contract.
3. A full blown war with North Korea.
Here’s hoping? Or not.
Korea was really great…at first, but as you know, part of the appeal of my Psycho adventures is the actual adventure part. I’m over a month into my one year stint in the mysterious East, and I’m starting to feel a little…umm…grounded. I would love nothing more than to be in LA and Vegas this week for the NHL Entry Draft and the Awards, and gorging myself on IN-N-OUT burgers and shakes like nobody’s business, but I can’t make the trip. And it’s the little things like that which make me feel like my wings have been clipped, and my theoretical balls diminished slightly. I think I need a stronger distraction…preferably a sexy one.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I am having a good time here. I’ve fallen into a nice routine (something I don’t think I’ve ever had), I’ve lost 17lbs since I’ve been here, and I know a lot of great people. And despite my love of movement and mobility, sometimes it’s just nice to spend your entire Sunday in bed, which I definitely did today. Anyway, that’s all I have to say about Korea right now. And please bear with me as I try to get myself back into the hockey inspired writing again. *Cue Breakfast Club Soundtrack*