...they don't always come to fruition. I was unable to make my game last Thursday due to having to pick up one of the kids who decided not to stay over at a friends and wanted to come home. However, as it turned out it may have been a good thing, because the goalie took a puck to the throat and EMS had to be called. Thankfully she is okay, but she is lucky. I cannot imagine a goalie not wearing a neck block, but she doesn't because it conflicts with her pads due to her size.I suggested to her boyfriend that perhaps she should consider customizing one that does fit, or at the very least wear a regular neck guard.
Our Thursday game gets a little rough at times, and collisions can take the breath out of you, but I've always felt pretty protected under the gear. Not to say I don't feel the pain the next day, but it's all good. It reminds me of field camp in a way- as after a day out hiking and mapping in the mountains you can certainly feel some pain! But the joy of being out among great rock formations makes it all worthwhile.
I am truly looking forward towards picking back up into a program again, as I have missed the whole dynamics of being in a Geology department and exchanging opinions with peers. I feel my brain has gone to rot of late and I'm craving fellow geologists to converse with (in person). Twitter is a great resource for such conversations, but there is also something said for speaking face to face.