“He had to warm the guy up fast” by Julia on her bed

Tuesday March 12, 2019
8:53pm
5 minutes
The Obsidian Chamber
Preston & Child

So Ray is playing ball this year and he’s got one hell of an arm. I was warming him up in my backyard last night and that kid almost took my nose off. One hell of a pitcher. He looks like he’s having fun too and that’s in spite of Rory coming to every practice with his stupid lawn chair trying to get inside that poor kid’s head. Surprised he wasn’t on my porch hollering at me. Ray gets all of his attention. His other kid, well shoot, I don’t even know her name. She don’t play ball, that’s all I do know, or Rory would be splitting his rage between the two of them. Maybe she’s better off. I can’t tell, really. Ray seems to have his head on straight but at his age he could just be showing his shyness. He doesn’t want to be like his dad, so there could be some intentionality behind it as well. Either way, that kid’s arm. I’ll tell you, if I were hitting against him this year I’d be out at the batting cages every damn day.

“We’ll discuss some of the best” by Sasha on the grass in Mississauga


Saturday, July 23, 2016
3:11pm
5 minutes
vancouvertrails.com

Marika says that we’ll discuss the best scores and feedback over beers at the tent. I have no idea what she’s talking about but I nod and say, “Sure! Sounds good!” When I meet her there, she’s ordered a pitcher of something blonde and she’s eating pretzels and curly fries. “Hey!” She waves at me and I try not to cringe. “Hi.” I say.

I’ve known Marika since we were campers, since we competed just like these kids are. I never thought that she’d last. I never thought we’d be coaching together. I never thought I’d be stuck with her for four months of every year.

“I can’t believe that Amy actually got the highest score,” Marika says, picking a bit of pretzel out of her molar.

“PERFORMANCE” by Julia on her couch


Wednesday, August 14, 2013
10:33pm
5 minutes
from a business card

one of those top tier things you hear sporting coaches say.
they tell you
EXCELLENCE
they tell you
BELIEVE
they tell you
GOLD
you hear them better when it comes from them.
From the people who see your potential in the most appealing light.
they see you
SUCCEED
they see you
WIN
they see you
PERSEVERE
and it always feels right.
it always feels like they have some crystal ball and can gauge your true capabilities.
they make you
FIGHT
they make you
DREAM
they make you
PUSH
but you’re not playing a sport.
you’re not long jumping, 200m sprinting.
you’re not competing with nations, or for a title.
you’re simply just trying to get from one day to the next so you can be
PROUD
so you can be
POSITIVE
so you can be
ALIVE