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Saturday, October 22, 2005

finding my center

I had just come from participating in a few hours of activity with my office colleagues at the Chelsea Piers Sports Complex when I came across these futbol players at the fields located between 11th Avenue and the West Side Highway off of 23rd Street.

After having rock climbed in my dark blue pin-striped suit, hit 90 mile-an-hour balls at the batting cages with my tie still on, and “finding my center” at the golfing range, I was both fired up on a Friday night, as well as ready to just go to sleep after a long day.

Swinging at the range was the highlight of the evening for me. The Company had hired pros to instruct us, after which I realized something that changed my game forever. For years I had long struggled with the fact that the head of the club is angled and not perpendicular to the ground, and so reflexibly I had always twisted my grip just slightly inward so as to correct the manufacturer’s mistake! Well, after asking the pro about this quirk of mine he confirmed my sudden realization that maybe, just maybe “It’s supposed to slope at a 45 degree angle in order to scoop up the ball…duh!” The epiphany and subsequent grip change allowed me to hit about 25 balls straight and to the 250 yard tee. The next morning I excitedly called my father in California, with whom I go golfing once every 2 years or so, about the experience. He likewise got excited and said, “Well son, maybe its time I got you that new set of clubs for Christmas that I had always wanted to get you!”

Anyway, although being both exhausted and all worked up, when I saw these soccer games going on in the distance and that awesome fluorescent stadium lighting illuminating the action, I knew I had to check it out.

At first, I tried to take a few shots from the fence, because I really just wanted to satisfy the urge with a few quick clicks and then go home. Alas, the chain link got in the way, and so I had to persuade myself to jump right in, “Damn it! Just go in there and take those damned photos of yours!”

Well, I did and I had a lot of fun doing so. Click HERE to see a slideshow of the results.

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