That’s the Grinnell Krokay Front. We’ve started playing regular games; we’ve had one a week for the last three weeks. So far they’ve all been in South Campus, playing over the tracks, but I hope to diversify soon. I just need to find a way to get everyone to Krumm Preserve, where there’s a pond. But it’s difficult, because none of us have cars. I still have yet to come up with a way to move us. Yesterday was our third and most successful game. Five of us showed up in all, most of us somewhat crazy, as we’d probably have to be: Nicole, Dan, Seth, James, and me. Last week the railroad was a big problem, because there wasn’t much snow, and if you got caught between the two rails, there was thus no way to get under the ball for a scoop shot. This week was better, because tere was plenty of snow, and no one got caught endlessly like that. Nicole and I took the lead position from the get-go, crossing the rails while the others entertainingly bogged down at the first right wicket (remember this handy diagram? It’s from June).
Dan got out first, and started coming after me and Nicole, but we were pretty far ahead. Meanwhile, Seth and James realized that they had no chance of winning and that they had picked inadequate winter gear to wear, so they forfeited and went inside to warm up. Now it was a three-person race, with Nicole and me both at the 2nd left wicket – Actually, I think “2nd outbound” is a better name for it – and Dan was somewhere around the first outbound. We decided about then that we were going to forgo the poison portion of the game, because, well, there were eight inches of snow, which would make it next to impossible to actually hit anyone else without astounding luck. We could still be playing now. The endgame came. I was still slightly behind Nicole: she was between the two exit wickets, and I was before the first one. I planned to go through, take extra shots from her, and win it. I hit her ball, and it went through the last wicket, giving her the win. Gaarh! We wasted no time cleaning up the set, and we warmed up in the lounge at her dorm. And then I carried the set back to my dorm. So much fun.
What else have I been doing? Eating ginger snaps. Learning the Dvorak keyboard layout. Writing a little. I need to write more. I’ll be writing a lot these next couple days, though, for various reasons. By the way, the Dvorak keyboard looks like this:
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It keeps the most common letters on the home row, and has other various benefits. It was slow learning at first, but I’m getting a lot better. You can see I still make wistakes, though.
I love the Iowa winter, by the way. There’s been snow on the ground since about November, as far as I can tell. In Ohio, there’ve been 50-degree days all over the place, and very little snowfall. Iowa’s pretty good, then. A trite little sentiment, but I don’t really have something deep to say about it – I just like the winter here, is all.
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