Yes, I am... There were computer crashes, a little old cat that's about to die and, for a change, a lot of work to do and money to earn, yay) - thanks to Twig for your concerned mail!
Apart from that I honestly thought that you girls might not be that interested in reading my HCI-brabbling - after all, our Austrian hockey league must sound to you like a couple of stone-sculptures running after a coconut on the Easter islands...
Yeah, to me too, at least our guys play like that these days. What I feared before the season started is happening now, they had an amazing start because the other teams just had to find together - but now they did and they're getting better and better, and Innsbruck shows that they don't have anything more to add. They're a second league team playing in the first league, that's it.
Other teams behind us in the standings are changing players/coaches now, Graz bought an NHL-player, heaven knows who'll pay for him - Innsbruck is now about to kick forward Christian Sbrocca (the Canadian singer) - hell, why??? He scored, he assisted, he smashed another guys' head - what more do they want? Instead of him they'll be getting Dave Chyzowski who's been a player I liked for years because I know and like him as a person - but his hockey playing is/was - especially this year - just blah. He played for Linz, last in the season's standings, they dumped him, and Innsbruck buys him - hell, why???? Because he'll play for half of what Izzy or Siklenka would take. Yeah, great. Buy him and go to hell - he won't add anything to that team.
We're all frustrated here, it's tough trying to enjoy a hockey game when everything you want to do is go down to the bench and kick the manager's butts. But it's probably everywhere like that, ain't it?
Knitting stuff next time, okay? I'll be casting on for another chemo cap - I want to have a whole bunch of them to give away as long as it's cold. Cold? We had 83F here today, so I suppose I have a bit more time to knit hats ;)