I bet you all thought I was never coming back.
I’m back in America, and damnit it feels good. Home is exactly how I remember it: cold and boring. As such I haven’t had much to say. Pretty much I’ve just settled into my same routine as last year when I was home. I just rent video games and watch tv all day. I’ve only started running again this week and I am once again in TERRIBLE shape. I didn’t run one step between the last game with Haka until this week. I don’t mind being out of shape at the moment though, since I have 6-10 weeks before I start preseason again.
The reason that the window between now and preseason is so large is that I have no idea where I’ll be playing next year. I have my main agent in America, but also an agent in both Sweden and Finland and I haven’t heard anything for next year yet. I’m not antsy or anything, I’m just saying that we haven’t spoken about 2013 yet. I’ve made it relatively clear to each of them where I want to play next year, but beyond that it’s up to them. I’m willing to play just about anywhere so hopefully they’ll have something for me sooner rather than later!
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they' to play next year, but beyond that it' Finland and I haven' rBaBack to regular life. For those that care, I’m moving into a condo this week and for the first time I will be living alone in Indianapolis. It’s actually a condo that my dad owns, but nobody’s living there so I’m claiming it. Maybe it’s a bit sad that I’ve lived the winters with my parents every winter since I graduated, but oh well that’s life. I can blame the economy, right? J Really though, the economy pretty much put the dagger in the heart of the newspaper industry which is where I would be most qualified to work with my degree in journalism. As a result, I’ve had to work a series of odd jobs over the past winters that make playing soccer for low pay not seem like such a bad profession. I’ve been a door-to-door cable salesman, a door-to-door window salesman, a “picker” in an Amazon.com warehouse and a substitute teacher which is what I’ll do again this winter. Those jobs don’t even include the summer of 2010 when I quit Crystal Palace Baltimore and moved home not knowing if I’d ever play professionally again. That summer I went to bartender school and then worked as a car salesman for two months. But that’s all in the past; The point is that I am moving to a place of my own and I’m happy about that. I love my family, but maybe it’s better to be a few miles away rather than under the same roof.
|Me with my niece and nephew, who clearly aren't as excited as I am.|
You might be interested to know that I’ve been recruited to be a ringer in my local indoor soccer league. My best friend invited me to play and I’ll be starting that sometime this week. Maybe I can win some silverware this winter! Jokes aside though, it’ll be good to actually touch a ball and play some competitive games, no matter the level. Last winter I didn’t even see a soccer ball for the entire three months I was in America. I might also join a basketball league just to get a different type of fitness. If I manage to save a bit of money from working as a sub teacher, then I’ll head down to Tampa to train with some people who I know down there. Right now, I don’t have the money to stay anywhere that costs money, but I know how important it is to get training in before I head back across the pond so I’ll find a way to make it happen.
That’s about it. My life in America is more fun for me, but far less interesting for you readers. I’ll try to be more consistent with my blog posts than I’ve been so far, but honestly if I don’t have anything to say then I’m not gonna post anything. See ya!