These are the first words I remember uttering – make that screaming – after “waking up”. Thankfully, my good friend Mike was there to calmly reply, “Clay, they are in the Philippines.” Apparently, he had to repeat himself about 15 times; once for every time I asked the question.
About 10 minutes earlier, I hit my head on the concrete floor while playing in a roller hockey playoff game. I remember skating hard towards the opposing player before falling with him on top of me. My head crashed against the ground and I groggily skated to the bench. Appropriately, the name of the other team was the Goon Squad.
According to Mike and my other teammates, I sat at the end of the bench “out of it” for about 10 minutes or so. I was babbling coherently and incoherently, alternating between being able to name the guys on our team to not knowing what day of the week it was.
Today (February 12) marks the 5th anniversary of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler. It was a magical 17 days filled with dramatic sporting moments and special encounters.
I did a daily video blog to chronicle my experience and it had a bit of everything. The footage ranged from events to medal ceremonies to scenes from our Catholic Hospitality Centre. My 23 videos have a total of just under 50,000 views.
Here are 5 of my favourite videos:
1. February 17: Learning the Lyrics to “I Believe” (Winter Olympics Theme Song)
On Ash Wednesday, I took a detailed look at the Winter Olympics theme song “I Believe” by Nikki Yanofsky.
As Roberto Luongo makes his much-anticipated return to Rogers Arena to face off against his former team, I want to share 3 songs that we’ve done in the last past couple of years for the likable goaltender.
1. End of the Road (We Thank You, Lu)
Marie Hui‘s emotional performance (moreso than my goofy spoken part in the middle) earned us a greeting from Luongo himself!
As I enter my 40th year, there are many areas of my life that I would like to improve including my spirituality, my health, my work, my relationships, and my important roles as husband and father. Thus, here are 40 things I will accomplish this year before my 40th birthday:
Go to bed earlier.
Get up earlier.
Be less lazy.
Pray more as a family.
Get Archbishop Michael to laugh at one of my jokes because it’s funny and not out of sympathy.
Be as much parent as I am playmate to my children.
Help Sean discern which high school he will go to for grade 8.
Spend more intentional one-on-one time with Jacob.
Spend more intentional one-on-one time with Kayla.