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Bad Badminton Practice

Yosep sent me an sms this morning. He told me if I was going to the badminton practice. I replied him and told him that I’d be there. Then I continued sleeping. Some times later, my housemaid told me that somebody was on the phone looking for me. Who the heck was that disturbing my sleep? Ah, Sigit. He told me that his friends couldn’t join today’s badminton practice. He asked me if I wanna go to another place then. He said he would join his ex-teacher at the Petra highschool at Jemur Handayani. He also informed me that Yosep had agreed. I thought it didn’t matter so I agreed too. He told me to come to his house so we could leave together. It was a good idea since I didn’t know where the place was. He explained his house location. Surprisingly, it was very close to mine. Only several blocks away.

I went to Sigit’s house at about 1.30 PM. It was a building material shop called “UD Lancar”. An old man, maybe his father, asked me if I needed anything. He thought I was a customer te he. I told him that I wanted to see Sigit. He then called Sigit and permitted me to go inside. I decided to leave my motorcycle at Sigit’s house so we could go together by his car. We wait for Yosep near the security post. Yosep didn’t know the place either so he needed Sigit to show the way. About 5 minutes later, Yosep arrived and we rushed into the gym.

It was a three-floors building. The badminton gym was located at the top floor. Wow, it was a multi-function building. The top floor was being used for badminton practice by some adults. But I could see a couple of basket ball rings and indoor soccer goals there. The lines on the floor also showed me that the room was convertible for playing at least four games: badminton, indoor soccer, basket ball, and “sepak takraw”. It didn’t matter anyway. The room was big enough for three badminton fields.

Hey, where did the wind come from. Oh gosh, the ventilation holes near the roof were giving too much space for the wind to come through. Damn it, I knew it wasn’t good. The heck, we had arrived there so we’d better play some games. The first game, Yosep, Sigit, me, and an ex-teacher of Sigit play a tight game. Yosep and I was not used to the windy environment when playing badminton. So we didn’t play well. It ain’t an excuse you know. But how do you hit the cock if it changes each direction often because of the wind. You know that badminton shuttlecocks are very light. I really couldn’t enjoy today’s game.

The Badminton Practice Review

Yosep was on the phone this morning asking me if I was gonna to have a badminton practice. Definitely I would go. He called around 10.30 PM and told me he was just going to pick up Sudarwan and would be at the gym at around 11.30 PM. I was still on the bed so I got up quickly, bathed, and ate my breakfast. I arrived there at 11.30 PM more or less. Yosep had not arrived yet. It ain’t a surprise however, since Yosep is always late. The traffic he used to say. Fortunately Eddy, Sigit and his friend (I can’t remember the name, let’s just call him Al) was there already so we could start a double game. Al and I versus Edy and Sigit.

We beat Eddy and Sigit in a 30-points game easily. Eddy complained that his hand was injured so he couldn’t play well. Not more than an excuse to me since Eddy ain’t really good at double games. He is good in single games though as he has the speed and stamina. But power, self-positioning, teamwork, and ball placement talks much more in double games. In my opinion, Eddy considerably lacked those points. Sigit is powerful and a good finisher but he could hardly do anything in the game because he didn’t have enough assists from Eddy. Al is good at ball placement but he often overuses his abilities that leads to blunders. Yosep is pacey and he has almost unlimited stamina that he won most single games. In double games, he can use her pace very well to cover his partner’s holes. In this case he was almost always the MVP of double games. Sudarwan has a big fat body, much bigger than me so he doesn’t have Yosep’s or Eddy’s pace. But he has a considerable power and he is good at ball placement. This makes him a good double games player. The bad news is he is such an egoist that he always blames his partner when things get bad. He always makes an excuse if something is clearly his fault. Since Yosep is the most patient person among us, he partners with Sudarwan almost everytime.

What about me? In my humble opinion, I have the power, a pretty good ball placement, and self-positioning. I lack the aspect of speed and stamina. Therefore I like to finish every game as quickly as possible. I also lack the determination. Sometimes I played so damn well that I could devastate my opponents with a very big points difference. But some other times I played a very bad game that my opponents could see me as a joke.

Teamwork? I can do well with the pacey type such as Yosep. In such composition, Yosep do much as the defender and I act as the attacker. But we rotated the partners often, with the exception of Sudarwan and Yosep since Sudarwan can’t go along so well with the others. With Eddy, I can’t do much because I can’t expect a good assist from him. He always gives the perfect ball for the enemies to smash it at us. Usually, I gave everything I got like there’s no tomorrow. That way we could lead the points from the very first time. Then, if our opponents were nervous enough to catch up we could win the game. But if they could catch up, I usually ran out of stamina and they would easily beat us.

I can’t play well with Sigit since we are pretty much the same type. Two attackers without defenders means that we usually scored as much points as the opponents. The games usually tied but since there should always be a side that win a game, our probability of winning is about 50-50. I should be able to do well with Al as we play differently. I play explosively while he plays softly. But since both of us tend to make a lot of blunders, the result is very unpredictable.

Everytime I played with Sudarwan is a nightmare. We share the same type so it should be like me and Sigit. The bad news is that Sudarwan is so bossy. But I can’t just let him put all the blames on me. Never. So we can’t help each other in a game. We play as we like egoistically. In a game, both of Sudarwan and me fight against three enemies. In my case, I fight my two opponents plus Sudarwan. I think you can pretty well predict the result. We lost almost all the time. I can continue this review, but I think it will be very boring. By the way, put Yosep and Al together to create the most boring team since both of them tend to play defensively.

Friend or Foe

After the badminton practice, Eddy told me about his recent project. He was working on a Karaoke computer program. He needed to create a software equalizer and found a great difficulty programming the sound card. I then suggested him to use DirectSound. He didn’t really understand it so I explained a bit to him. He also didn’t have the DirectX SDK to create a DirectSound application so he followed me home to get a copy.

After his leaving, my grandma asked me about him and my other friends. She asked why my friends seem to come often only when they needed something from me. I didn’t say a word to her although I knew the answers. A friend in need is a friend indeed, isn’t it? Most of my friends are from the same kind of people. People who need my knowledge, my stuffs, or my money. People who are close to me when they need something from me and just disappear when they have got what they need. Of course, some are sincere but they ain’t that close to me :(.

Girls Interrupted

Yesterday, when I was playing badminton, Wiembardi, a former co-worker sent me a message. He said that he wanted to pay me a visit. He already told me so many months before but he couldn’t make it. Well yesterday he did make it. We talked much about everything. Looked like that he is successful. I’m glad to hear it definitely. He even called a pizza hut delivery and it made me even happier. Actually I was the one who called but he paid it tehehe. A large pan of Meatlover, yummy… 😀 He stayed at my place that night and went home in the morning. Hey what on earth are you thinking? We are guys, not gays so don’t you dare to even try to think about it.

Back to School

I promised to help a friend, H, do her final college project. Hani is not really my friend, but a friend of my friend, V hehehe. I promised to V so I’d better be there. The project is to create a Web-based information system in the Chinese language. I have created an online Chinese newspaper site when I was at the college so it didn’t give me any problem, fortunately. After doing some quick works for her, accidentally I saw that she got a good book related to the project. I asked her if she’d read the book. Not yet, she told me. What the !!! Was she serious? Okay, that was the first time I met her so I politely suggested her to read the book because everything she would ever need was already written in the damn book. Gosh, I really hate the kind of lazy people who always ask for help before even trying to do the damn things by themselves.

Halle Berry Is Catwoman

On Friday, or Thursday, can’t really remember, I asked if anybody in the office wanted to watch The Village, a thriller movie. Carla told me that she would so we made an appointment to watch it together. A few hours before the movie I sent her a message to remind her just in case that the clumsy girl forgot about it. Damn I was right. She just got up and couldn’t be there. Big deal, I definitely didn’t want to change the plan so I went with Wiembardi and Yosep.

Things don’t always happen like you want. It was proved today when I purchased the tickets for the movie. Guess what! The Village was not today’s show. Big deal, there were other movies anyway. Let’s see. Spartan, The Bourne Supremacy, Catwoman, a racing movie and an Indonesian movie, can’t remember the titles. I’d like to see The Bourne Supremacy but I couldn’t remember if I had seen the prequel, The Bourne Identity and neither my friends. So we agreed on Catwoman. Definitely not a great story if you asked me. I didn’t expect it anyway. Actings were adequate. But the special effects and the Catwoman’s moves were awesome. Cool soundtracks too. Halle Berry was hot and sexy and so was Sharon Stone, sure aging showed the difference. It was entertaining enough.

Girls’ Fight

On the way home I met little Shierly on the parking lot. She was with a boy that I didn’t know. No comment. I called a friend by the time I came home. She sent me a message earlier while I was watching Halle Berry in action and I told her that I would call her later.

The story we talked may be offensive to some persons (really I don’t mean it) so I’d rather not put real names here. Ann (not the real name) and me made a plan to do something (again I can’t tell specifically) together and I blogged it here.

One day Beth (not the real name) read my blog and complained to Ann why she wasn’t informed. Ann was so upset she asked me if I told anything to Beth about the plan. I told Ann that I didn’t tell Beth directly but I knew that she had read my blog. Beth did ask my confirmation about Ann’s participation. I told her the truth, like always.

At the moment I didn’t even think that it’s gonna be a problem since I knew that they were close friends. Okay that was only my assumption. Well at least they had been in the same college, the same major, and the same company for a considerable long time so I assumed they were close friends. The problem is Ann told me on the phone that they weren’t, anymore. Ann told me that she didn’t want to be associated to Beth all the time. She wanted to do something on her own, not always with Beth. Oh my, that was a surprise. Ann even thought that I told the things to Beth because I was close to Beth. Heck, why on earth did she ever think about that. I treated them the same as my other friends. In fact, I were closer to Ann than Beth, considering that I met and talked to Ann more than Beth. I told her so but she told me that she expected otherwise. For goodness sake, did she get me wrong?

I didn’t want to continue the thing anymore, it wasn’t even my business like Ann told me before, so I just told her that I was sorry and ended the conversation. Gosh, for the second time my blogs caused troubles to others who read. Well, should it cause one more problem, I may consider to quit blogging :-<. Arrgghh…