My preferred sport is
volleyball. I'm playing in two coed leagues now, one's recreational (lots
of babes) and the other is competitive. Other than the leagues, I play
with friends up to four more times per week. I just can't seem to get enough
of the game. Just tonight I had the most awesome spike; and during the
side out, I overheard someone on the opposing team say "we're gunna have
to block him, he's good". That made my night!
My second sport is racquetball.
I've played a lot more racquetball than volleyball. However, I've found
volleyball to be a more social sport. I'm pretty good at racquetball, and
have played at the A level at the Los Gatos Athletic Club. I'd probably
be considered a high C or low B player in a larger club, or official tournament.
I've been scuba diving
for over 3 years. I find that the occasional dive is a lot of fun. When
I first got into it, I was going a couple of times a month, usually off
of Monterey. But over time, I've found that it's a lot of work, and everything
looks the same (I've seen it all, in Monterey anyway), and so I make a
dive only once in a while. My trip to Hawaii was
more of an adventure.
I've now been sky diving three times. Each time I went tandem, which means
I was strapped to a harness which was attached to a very experienced sky
diver called a tandem master. To be a tandem master, you have to have diven
over 500 times. So the first time I went sky diving, I figured, well if
this dude has diven over 500 times, and hasn't bounced, chances are real
good he won't bounce while I'm connected to him.
My first jump seemed
like a dream, or maybe a movie. It didn't seem real. My second jump was
cool. I was given control of the rip cord, and was trained to do a 360
in the air, clockwise, and counter-clockwise. It's not that hard. For my
third jump, we attempted to do a back flip in the air. Since the miniature
parachute called a droge (sp) can't be placed out to slow the tandem pair
down while attempting a back flip, we got up to 180 m.p.h. instead of the
usual 120. We ended up twisting during the flip and went out of control,
and bounced 20 feet in the air when we landed. Well, okay. We regained
control, and everything was cool. I recommend checking it out!
Over the past few years,
I've learned to play bridge. You say it's for old farts, well you're wrong
(I'm not an old fart, yet). A coworker and friend named Mojo teaches classes
on bridge, and has collected quite an audience varying in all ages. I typically
gather with other regulars and play once or twice a week. My first day
at the bridge center in San Jose earned me 1/3 master points, although
I always feel there is so much more to learn about bridge. Visit Mojo's
web page for more information on bridge.