<table border=0 align=center width=90%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/macri_headshot.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>A lot of you* have sent in letters asking me what being a blogger is like, so I thought I’d indulge your curiosities with a behind-the-scenes look into my life. Last Wednesday, I kept a diary as I went about my day. Some of it is pretty normal stuff, some of it will blow. your. mind. So enjoy the unabridged record of my life on Wednesday, October 10th.
4:30 am: It’s early, but I like to start my day off with squat thrusts and chopping wood. The burn in my thighs is deep, but I feel alive. Only fifteen hours until the Canucks take on the Flyers. It’s going to be a good day.
5:45 am: A light breakfast consisting of a grapefruit quarter and a dozen raw eggs.
6:00 am: I dictate my day’s schedule to Lupé, my personal assistant. We argue briefly about the socio-political vendetta of land reforms in Sri Lanka, but Lupé’s inability to speak English greatly impedes this conversation. Thirteen and one-half hours until puck drop.
6:30 am: I retire to my den to watch Saved By the Bell. Jesse Spano’s addiction to caffeine pills is especially troubling.<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/10/oct1007_canuckvsflyer04_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/10/oct1007_canuckvsflyer04_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=1 hspace=4></a>
3:30 pm: It seems I fell asleep while watching SBTB. Downside: the children at the orphanage went without Uncle Mikey’s Story Time and Vitamin Bonanza. Upside: Only four hours until game time.
4:00 pm: Preparation for tonight’s game has begun. I travel downtown to my bank branch and withdraw $12.95 (plus an allowance for applicable taxes) in order to purchase the game on pay-per-view. PPV games are always a little more exciting, because it feels like a small form of gambling. What if they play poorly? Oh, the waste of $12.95 plus applicable taxes! However, I’m pretty confident that this will be money well invested.
6:45 pm: More squat thrusts.
7:30 pm: Game time. The atmosphere in my den is electric. This should make up for the time last time the Flyers were in town, when my friend Andrew and I had box seats on New Year’s Eve, only to watch Simon Gagne score the game-winning goal with less than three seconds left on the clock. Yes, revenge will be my candy. Sweet, sweet revenge candy.
7:52 pm: Jeff Carter scores. All right boys, chins up! Let’s get it back quick!
7:53 pm: R.J. Umberger nets one. Why did it have to be Umberger? Okay, no big deal. A little quick for my liking, but we’re only down 2-0.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/10/oct1007_canuckvsflyer08_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/10/oct1007_canuckvsflyer08_t.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4></a>7:57 pm: Shannon! You know, I had a good feeling about this guy. Couple goals already...looks like we’ve solved our problems up front! This guy isn’t getting sent down any time soon. 2-1 Flyers. ‘Nucks are on the comeback trail.
8:04 pm: Damn.
8:07 pm: Oh God No!!!
8:16 pm: End of the first. Down 4-1. Uphill, but totally doable. Totally.
8:33 pm: Start of the second. Here we go, boys!
8:34 pm: Are you kidding me?!?!
8:35 pm: I make a frantic phone call to Shaw explaining that my PPV order didn’t go through properly. The gentleman on the other end calmly explains that he is aware that I am lying. He also persuades me to subscribe to Showcase Diva. I am fuming.
9:28 pm: Finish watching Desperate Housewives on Showcase Diva. That Edie is a maneater! Watch out guys, this cat’s got claws!
9:29 pm: Flip back to the game. Seems as though we’re on a 5 on 3 powerplay (wonder what happened?). Well, it’s 7-2, but maybe we can build a little confidence going forw...whoa, bad pass by Shann...damn. 8-2.
9:30 pm: Put on my sweats, get out a pint of chunky monkey, and relax with my new-found friends from Wisteria Lane. Oh Showcase Diva, such sweet comfort in times of despair. Hey, a Blossom marathon is coming up next! Things are looking up.
*Not that many.**