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Better than the Turing Award

As some of you know, I've been trying to learn how to play ice hockey. Now in our second season of regular play, the Blast played its second game last night. It turned out I got my first goal (ever in a regular game) and it turned out to be "game winning" goal (a technicality, since one more goal was scored after mine).

Although this is a small achievement in the scheme of things, it marks a major event in my life, and something I've been working toward for the past 1.5 years. I can truthfully say that it meant as much to me as, say, winning the Turing Award. Perhaps its because I don't aspire to win the Turing award (nor am I particularly deserving, truth be told), but I think it's also because learning to play ice hockey has been such a great challenge.

How did it happen that I scored? It was because I was at the right place at the right time:

  • I was playing for the Blast, the finest group of players I could imagine to help me along. They have been amazingly patient, encouraging, and supportive and I only hope to bring the team honor from my endeavors.
  • I am at Wash U where I have been lucky to have Nick, John (don't blame me for his lame page; I taught him other stuff), and Jason to help me get better.
  • I am lucky to be taught/coached by Ryan Kane, who is incredible at teaching skating and hockey.

I am one lucky guy.


Congrats, Prof. Cytron!

Posted by: Nathan at October 29, 2003 9:37 PM

I've already placed a call to a friend who knows a guy who has seen the coach of the St. Louis Blues... according to him, you're already in.

Maybe this will be your chance to get a break from Wash U?

Posted by: Ed at October 30, 2003 3:04 AM

Bring it on!

Posted by: rkc at October 30, 2003 3:52 AM

Congratulations! Did you keep the puck?

Posted by: david at October 30, 2003 11:48 AM