Morning Free Association: Bruins’ Response

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Cam Neely took to Zoom yesterday to talk about the plan to reopen the season. The Bruins President and Alternate Governor is eager to get back to hockey and the ultimate goal: winning the Stanley Cup.

“Our goal all along is to win Stanley Cups. That goal is not gonna change. In talking to some of the guys, they’re anxious and excited. Obviously, they still have some questions and concerns about how this is all gonna play out, but everyone still wants to play hockey.”

The NHL is currently in Phase 2 hoping that they will be able to return players voluntarily to the ice in small groups. Cam Neely said that he hasn’t quite spoken to all the players yet but that it’s expected that those players that went home, assuming whether it was within North America or abroad, would not be expected to come back to Boston for that part of the slow reopening; all players would be expected to return by training camp in July. He does anticipate that those who stayed local will be more than willing to get back on the ice at Warrior Arena, once it is laid down again.

“We’re going through that list right now,” said Neely. “We’re connecting with the players, seeing what their plans are. Obviously, it’s voluntary [right now] so we want to see when we can get the ice down. I think most of the players are interested in getting on ice right now because a lot of them have been off the ice for the longest [period of] their careers, probably the longest since they’ve been playing serious hockey.

“Once we can figure out when to get the ice down, I think you’ll see more and more players trickle in. We still have a lot of guys that have stayed in the local areas, so getting back into the facility, getting back on the ice, I think our guys are itching to do that.”

The Bruins plan on many testing options including non-invasive temperature taking and more invasive forms of testing for the coronavirus. Players won’t have to endure that truly until training camp begins.

“Testing is really gonna ramp up when we have enough testing to do what we need to do at the training camp level and at the playoff or play-in or round-robin level,” said Neely. “We want to make sure that there’s enough testing but not taking it away from those who may need it. Right now, we’ve got to be checking temperature. If there’s any symptoms, then they can’t be around other people or players.

“Testing in this phase is not necessary. We’ve got to make sure we’re on top of how they feel and what their temperatures are.

One thing that Cam Neely was asked about was whether or not he thinks the Stanley Cup winner should have an asterisk denoting the unusual nature of the season and postseason. He said no.

It will be interesting to see who volunteers for the on-ice practices. With local boys Charlie Coyle, Chris Wagner, and Matt Grzelcyk already in the area and players like Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, and Jaroslav Halak having stayed in town during the pause, there are already at least 6 players here who could take the ice when the time comes, whenever that is.

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Hitting some summer doldrums here.
My project at work got cancelled on Fri, and most of my team got laid off.
I’m glad to still be employed, and my two closest work friends are still around, but I am not enthused about the project I’m getting reassigned to.
So I have to wind down the project over the next week or so, working with a bunch of folks who will not be here after a week, and are starting to tune out (because what’s the point, really?)

Struggling to acclimate the new dog – Boomer is easily overstimulated now, and the alternative seems to be to let him get bored. I know this should find some sort of equilibrium in about a week if we can get him not to freak out about nothing, but it is tough getting there. I remember this with Julio – at the beginning, it was like having a baby – you’re constantly worried about him, feel you can’t take your eyes off of him, he seems to have an ear infection, things upset him and you don’t understand why but he’s making enough noise to annoy everyone around, getting him to eat is a challenge, you need to keep up with his peeing & pooping, and clean up after him, and he hasn’t settled in to a schedule yet. At least he mostly sleeps through the night.

Most troubling is his tendency to be overprotective. Yesterday he lost his mind when a delivery person drove by. When we go to the park, he gets aggressive with strangers.

He’s adorable, but we need to deal with whatever’s going on with his ears, and take him to some sort of training to learn how to deal with random strangers.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Awww Boomer. Yeah, it can be hard to get everyone on the same page. And as much as you try to tell them “Everything is okay. You’re in a safe and loving home.” they don’t understand those words.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Why are printers so annoying? I just need to print one page!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh, you just need to complain in the MFA and then it will print!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Haha! Must be the lockdown equivalent of calling the IT bod over. Computer always behaves impeccably when you try to show an expert what’s wrong!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I really hate dealing with printers. Printer manufacturers don’t give a fuck about the consumer experience, they just care about selling toner.

But they do pretend to care, extra hard, so they create these installer wizards that connect to your WiFi in weird ways, resulting in your PC being unable to find the printer every other time you try to print something. Then they oh-so-authoritatively tell you that XYZ is wrong, when XYZ is not the problem, and then demand that you install new firmware which will surely fix the problem, even though it never has solved a problem since the dawn of the millennium.

And by the way, it won’t print anything because the teal ink well is low. You should buy more ink cartridges.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

And your ink well is low because instead of printing just the one page you asked for it decided you needed 879 copies.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

But you can get 8 months of free ink!! (as long as you sign up for some random account for $10.00 a month where you actually just get a $40 gift cards to spread over 8 months.)

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.
I don’t think there’s any need for an asterisk. Sure it’s an unusual situation but then the shortened season (2013 was it?) doesn’t have an asterisk and teams didn’t play the other conference until the SCF.

Another hot one here! Not a cloud in the sky! Leah wants to do some stargazing tonight, although I have a suspicion that’s because it will mean her staying up beyond her normal bedtime!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ha! She’s a smart one! How’s her stop animation project coming along?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Oh, she spent pretty much a whole day on it, then couldn’t get it to upload (or download, whatever) from the programme she used! D’oh! And then she lost all interest.

This seems to be her pattern lately – go absolutely nuts on something for a very short time then want nothing to do with it!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I can relate, I’m the same way! lol

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Yep, I get that.
I recently decided it was time to revisit my penmanship – I was excited, and ordered some instruction booklets, and they took so long to get here*, my enthusiasm is now muted, and I’ve not really started. I’ve been good about exercising daily, so maybe I can make this happen.

*shipping has gotten really weird lately. Every order I make now gets split into individual packages. I ordered 2 pairs of socks – they came in 2 different packages, by 2 different drivers. I had one order split into several, and the last-minute add-in item was – of course – a separate package. It went on a fascinating road trip, starting in Maryland and visiting every town in the upper midwest before coming to New England. Had another where we ordered just 1 thing. It took a while to start moving, with the delivery date slipping daily. Then for 3 days in a row, it said it was on a delivery truck and “arriving by 9pm”

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

It would have been hilarious if you ordered one pair of socks and they shipped each sock separately.

I’ve been pretty lucky with delivery times. Haven’t had to wait too long for stuff to get here. Fingers crossed it’s like that with my new coffee maker. Should be here tomorrow and I’m not sure how much longer my old one is going to cooperate with me.

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It happened again this week.
“I need some sweat-wicking shorts for my morning workout – I’ll order 3 – two in black, one in brown.”
“Ok, that’s 3 packages. One arriving Friday by 9pm, another arriving Friday by 8pm, and another on Saturday. And by the way, one’s been delivered.”
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Our delivery times don’t seem to have been much affected by corona, maybe a couple of days longer than usual. We are expecting a parcel from Slovakia, though – it’ll be interesting to see what route that takes!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

It’s late August excitement.in May!!!
Hi All!!
I, too was done with hockey for this season…. but when they play, I’ll watch.
Looks like another surf day.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Is it October, err, July yet?!
I can understand people wanting to end the season but cant help thinking this team deserve their shot at the Cup, in whatever format that happens to take. As long as they’re happy to play, of course.