Monday, February 05, 2007

Time for sports

Work is running quite smoothly now days. Been having an office all to myself for more then one month now as buildings are being changed and people move around. Next week, unfortunately I'll end up in a cubicle instead as the old building is running out of space, and the new one doesn't really have any offices. A more active and creative environment or a step towards the impression you get from the movie Office Space? I will soon find out.
This weekend has been a good relaxing one. Hanging out with friends, watching the Super bowl on Sunday and going surfing on Saturday.

Super bowl

Not everyone who reads this blog may even know what The Super bowl is. In Sweden we generally never hear anything about it. It's the final showdown in the National Football League (NFL). This American football thing is a craze. 100 000 million dollars in wages during the game (0,7 billion SEK). The final game of the NFL season, between The Chicago Bears and The Indianapolis Colts, was played today, in pouring rain. Prince had been dusted of to make an appearance in mid game break. It's not a bad pastime, watching football and drinking beer. Hockey makes more sense to me though. Me and the Bergman’s went to HP Pavilion in San Jose and watched the Sharks play at one time. It's pretty neat to be at this huge stadium and just chill out and sit back as home team scores and the crowd goes wild. Next year maybe I’ll go to see the local football team, The San Francisco Giants play. I’ve been at a football game in the college league when the two big universities in the area, Stanford and UC Berkeley played.


So me and a friend of mine went surfing on Saturday at the beach in Pacifica. The weather was nice. Air temperature around 70 degrees (21 C). Not bad for February ;) And the conditions were pretty rookie-friendly with waves of around 4-5 feet (~ 1,25 m).
The water is cold though, even in the summer. Right now temperatures are in the low 50's (~12 C). For the comfort and protection of nuts and other important body functions, a wetsuit is therefore required. And after spending a couple of hours in the water, my toes were pretty numb. I never got more then knee-standing on the board on any of the waves, but it was a great feeling. Paddling out on the board, turning as a new wave approaches, hearing it break behind you and holding on as it grabs you and sweeps you towards the shore. Good to have a Volvo Wagon to throw your board in and go out there. It’s fun and great exercise. To bad we don’t have that good waves in Sweden.


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