Morning Free Association: The Doldrums

We’ve reached it, the season of NHL inactivity. The doldrums.

We’re all restless and waiting. The winds of change were not as strong as we believed they should be;  a few signings, not much. Some of us have other sports (I for one am gearing up for football, even without Tom Brady) and that will take the edge off our boredom. Some of us are nerding out in other areas. We do what we must to get through.

So bored

Finding something to talk about Bruins-wise is difficult. Yesterdays transactions involved Sam Gagner signing with Columbus (yawn), Tyson Barrie signing with Colorado (meh), and Antoine Vermette getting bought out (snore). Then, I happened to see this article linked on Yahoo and it reminded me that we can speculate wildly about Jimmy Vesey. Since the money would be the same wherever he goes, does Vesey want to stay closer to home or play with young talents like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane? How does his friendship with Jack Eichel factor into his decision? Maybe he might want to play in Buffalo. Who knows?

Buffalo

The other side of this decision involves Don Sweeney and the Bruins. Is Sweeney waiting for the Vesey decision to make more moves? Are there more moves to make? I have a feeling that what we see is what we get and we’ll cross fingers, throw a pinch of salt over our left shoulder, and  hope for the best.


One small thing I want to point out about the article, because I am a pain in the ass who believes that you should absolutely know about a place you mention in an article: the only Pro League you will find on Route 1 in Foxboro is the New England Patriots. The Foxboro Pro League, which plays hockey, can be found at the Foxboro Sports Center off of I-95, closer to the actual town center.


Where do you think Jimmy Vesey will play next season?

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Rallye
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Rallye

And a Wacey Rabbit sighting!

Another questionable hair choice #Canes pic.twitter.com/N1QmHkaoKl— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) August 2, 2016

Satan81
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Rocking the Ragnar Lothbrok look!

Rallye
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Rallye

Here, take these Tweets to perk you up:

Another questionable hair choice #Canes pic.twitter.com/N1QmHkaoKl— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) August 2, 2016

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The only thing I love about Chicago is the series “Shameless”. Jo and I just finished season 5

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Totally off topic, but to drive from Asheville, NC, (largest city in NC’s mountains) to Wilmington, NC (largest city on the coast) is over a five hour drive. How far will five hours get you in New England?

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Worcester, MA to Bar Harbor, ME takes about 5 hours.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

From northwest CT I could be well into Maine or almost to Montreal, depending on direction. Maryland is also well within the 5 hour thing.
LA – you might get across town.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Honestly….PA is the worst state to drive through east-west…it just…is..i dont know why.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

You can get from Salt Lake City to Moose, WY in about 5 hours. This is, believe or not, an actually drive I will be doing in September.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Ha! Wyoming.

What conditions force you to make this trip?

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Wedding. If it wasn’t one of my closest friends (who was also in my wedding), I might have taken a pass on this one.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Also, both Asheville and Wilmington are freakin’ great.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I’ve only been to Wilmington once. I just don’t go to the beach much. Once you go past Raleigh on 40, NC becomes such a no mans land. It’s the part of the state NC forgot, and then you hit the beach.

Asheville is great. I remember going there before the brews took over. Back then it was nothing but smelly hippies!

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I find it exceptionally weird that New Belgium Brewery is setting up shop in Asheville. I mean, it makes sense in terms of the new market, but New Belgium is from Ft. Collins, CO.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Sierra Nevada has a brewery too.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

that is odd….i knew they were expanding their distro…but thats odd. I dont even find them any better than sam adams.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Not these days, no. Back in the early aughts, they were the thing to drink in CO.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

That’s not necessarily saying much, since you’re talking about the state that also inflicted Coors on the beer-drinking world.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

You can get to Phoenix from El Paso in 5 hours. If you want to stay in Texas, a five hour drive will get you roughly to a cactus and your death.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I like how people ease into the breakdown lane to let you pass in rural Texas.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Heh. Texas is pretty brutal. One time I was on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, and drove from Texarkana to Roswell, NM in a day. It was getting pretty stressful driving through smallish unmarked roads in completely empty, remote & largely unfamiliar desert as the day light faded. I would not do that again. (Besides, I could have totally detoured to Dallas/FtWorth and found something cool to do)

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I’ve done the Houston to El Paso drive a couple of times now. 11 hours. And there’s nothing after San Antonio. NOTHING. It’s brutal.

Now, would I drive the 9 hours to Austin? YES. Because Austin is freakin’ amazing.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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TEXAS IS BIG.

I feel like as the US grew, they just made way bigger states so they could still fit stars on the flag.

Satan 81's Sister
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You can get from Boston to Montreal in five hours.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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My God, it’s only Tuesday morning.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Crap! I was at Wednesday already!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

shhhhhhhhhhh….it might hear you

carvinbass18
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I’ve never been more happy to have a doctors appointment than today. Today has been super boring and awful

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Howzit, folks!

Some bullet points:

-My degree is supposed to confer today, so I should officially be all doctorfied!
-Two days left in my summer class
-I’m showing the movie “Glory” for class today. I’m also buying my students pizza (I have 12, so it’s not too bad)
-It’s going to be really hot again today. Whee, desert
-Is it October yet?

Satan 81's Sister
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Oh man, I love “Glory.”

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Prolly the best in-school movie they ever made me watch during class. Such a classic.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Three Academy Awards! I also watched it in high school – that’s at least half of the reason why I’m showing it today.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

That and Voyage of the Mimi will be forever engraved in my head of things we watched during school that were actually entertaining and educational.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Such a good movie. grin

Satan 81's Sister
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I cry every time.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning All!
Looks like we’re pretty much done with the rain here. Too bad. I love rainy days.
Double header tonight! Ditto for Wednesday and Thursday.
Is it possible to come up with a different spelling for Wednesday? How about Wensday? Much shorter and phonetically correct. Done!
Bullet points without bullets!
I stay so busy during the summer, the MFA is about the only time I think about hockey (that includes ref time!).
Vesey – I’d like to see him wind up a Bruin, but player’s careers only last so long. I’d put myself in the best position for me, if I were in his shoes (which would surely be unconfortable {size 12 here}). The “everybody wants me” syndrome is not headed my way in this lifetime.
I’ve strayed from the bulletless bullet point thing.
Not enough coffee, apparently. Will be switching to seltzer with lemon once the coffee quota has been reached.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I am a long winded mofo this morning!

carvinbass18
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morning

  • I wonder how much Vesey enjoys knowing everyone in the hockey world is waiting on his decision.
  • That’s a wonderful if terrifying shot of Buffalo though.
  • Started working out again last night. Going to shoot for working out every week day now (minus the days I have softball) as I really shouldn’t weigh 290 frigging pounds.
  • My motivation was seriously lacking early this morning, but now that i’ve bounced back & forth between printers 3 times (and likely a 4th when Service is done with it) I no longer give a shit
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  • More water on tap today as always.
  • Dr. Medievalist
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    Dr. Medievalist

    Started working out again last night.

    Good for you! Just remember to give your body a rest when it asks for one. Rest is just as important as working out itself!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Morning all. All I want to do is curl up under my desk and sleep.

    Dr. Medievalist
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    Dr. Medievalist

    Me too. Me too.

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