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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Recovering from Shoulder Surgery

Last Wednesday, June 11, Dr. Michael Wall stuck a camera and a variety of instruments into my left shoulder, cleaning out several years’ worth of debris.  I’m now in a sling, and start physical therapy tomorrow (HOORAY!). 

Overall, I have to say that my shoulder is feeling pretty damn good.  My surgeon was kind enough (or twisted enough) to give me a CD with videos of what he did arthroscopically, which I watched yesterday like it was some kind of train wreck.  Fixing my shoulder looked like repairing a wall in an ancient house—had to scrape out all the garbage, coffee grounds, dirt and leftover wool from weaving in order to clean it out.  Serious ugly in there, but getting better now.

I was actually in less pain 2 days post-surgery than I’d been pre-op.  So it was the right thing to do, in spite of the fact that I have to lay off volleyball and softball for the summer.  The sling isn’t getting in the way of my keyboarding, so there won’t be any health-related hiccups in the Electronic Investor publishing schedule.

Posted by twcarey on 06/18 at 12:41 PM
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Electronic Investor Schedule Hiccups

An unfortunate side effect of the economic struggles of the last few years is that, on occasion, Barron’s ends up publishing fewer pages in an issue than the design calls for.  Even more unfortunately for fans of the Electronic Investor, columns written by freelancers (such as EI) are the first on the chopping block when the ad sales come up short. 

So next week, for the second time in the month of April, there will be no EI column.  This has happened a few times a year since about 2001, but seldom has it happened twice in the same month.  I think my work will run in the first May issue (the one that should have run in the 4/28/08 edition) but I don’t know for sure.

Freelancing is not for the faint of heart, especially these days.  What makes it especially tough for me right now is that quite a few of my recent columns had time value to them.  The one I was writing that got postponed 2 weeks ago is now past its expiration date in terms of news value, so it just won’t run in spite of the work I put into it. 

I sure hope the next one runs before it’s obsolete.  Wish me luck.  Or go buy some ad pages in Barron’s and insist that they run next to The Electronic Investor.  I’ve got a kid in college!! 

Posted by twcarey on 04/23 at 01:13 PM
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Theresa Wraps Up First Year of College Volleyball Coaching

The Stanford Men’s Club Volleyball team returned from the NIRSA (National Intercollegiate Recreational Sports Association) National Championships, which took place in Dallas, Texas April 10-13 after finishing 19th in the Division I tournament. (Please see the NIRSA site for complete results.) The Cardinal crew, coached by Peter Yee and Theresa Carey, was seeded to finish in the bottom third, but prevailed to beat their initial seeding and wind up in the Top 20 nationally.

Since few universities have official intercollegiate men’s volleyball teams—there are only 22 men’s Division I NCAA-sanctioned teams compared to over 300 women’s teams—the NIRSA tournament is the largest venue for men’s college volleyball in the country. 48 teams compete in Division I with another 36 in I-AA, 48 in Division II, and 24 in Division III. The three days of the tournament feature fierce competition, and there is a waiting list for teams that want to attend, but are turned away due to capacity.

The highlight of the weekend was the Cardinal’s win over defending champion University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh on Saturday afternoon. Stanford won the first set, 25-21, but Osh Kosh would not go away quietly. The second set turned into a 40-minute battle, featuring 6 Osh Kosh set points and 3 Stanford match points before Stanford put it away with a score of 35-33. This match attracted one of the larger crowds of the day, including the enthusiastic support of the Stanford women’s club volleyball team.

During their first match of the tournament, Stanford challenged the eventual Division I champions, Lakeland College (Wisconsin), in pool play. In addition to Osh Kosh and Lakeland, Stanford also competed with the University of Maryland, University of Missouri, Naval Academy, Cal Poly, University of Santa Clara, Northern Illinois and the University of Minnesota over the three days of tournament play.

Key players for the Cardinal were setter Matt Sahagun, libero Evan Huck, outside hitters Andy Price, Darren Moore, Guillermo Vargas and Danny Koelker, as well as middle hitters Greg Newman and Daniel Becker. Walter Foxworth stepped in to provide numerous defensive plays, as did Peter Kardassakis. Middle hitter Jayson Morgan and outside hitters Kevin Scott, Matt Hill and Kent Anderson generated points for the Cardinal as well. (club website: click here.)

The league in which Stanford plays, the Northern California Collegiate Volleyball League, was among the most successful at the tournament. Six teams finished in the Top 20 nationally (CSU Fresno, Cal Poly, Cal, University of Santa Clara and UC Davis). Chico State won the Division I-AA championship, and Sonoma State was the runner-up in Division II. The tough competition all season long gets every member of the NCCVL ready to play at nationals.

And so the men’s club team wraps up its third, and most successful year in club history. Stanford students with volleyball experience are encouraged to join the team when school resumes in the fall. In the meantime, there will be informal open gyms at Burnham Pavilion on Tuesday nights starting at 8:30PM. 

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