07.12.11 - Explorin' the city... more-so rec centres
Ever since I moved here, I never really had the chance to see the neighbourhood outside of surrey central/king george area.
Recently I was able to sign up for a Leisure Access Pass thus giving me apparently unlimited drop-in, admission to any Recreation Centre in Surrey for a whole year. I could go swimming, drop-in any sport session in the gym, or work out in the weight room. Pretty sweet I must say ~
I’m not exactly in the best mood… especially after yesterday. I tried to get my mind off it by looking in almost every rec centre and looked for all their badminton sessions.
I went to Chuck Bailey today. It was exciting yenno? It’s nostalgic too, going into a new gymnasium. You’re the “mysterious stranger player” that no one knows. I was excited to finally go into a drop-in rather than managing one like I always do at Strath.
It’s not like the clear one giant gyms in richmond, just a regular one where you can actually meet/talk to people.
Its funny. The moment I walked in, no one really cared.
I nicely asked a middle-aged lady to “warm up” with me. And well, as we rallied we talked a bit and stuff - where I was from.
In the beginning I went “go easy on me xD, I’m not that strong of a player”.
After we rallied, she just basically went “omg, stop playing with me - go play with the pros!”
She wasn’t really good skill wise but for her age - aha, she was okay xD. I could be such a respectable player (hitting it high, clapping when she does a good hit, aiming for her only). I guess she noticed it…
When we sat down cuz she got tired, she got everyone’s attention in the gym and went “Hello everyone! This is Jason, he is new here from Vancouver! He needs a court and a buddy to play with!”
I was so red. Aha, she’s a nice lady but that was just embarassing~ I just thanked her but I did the “its okay” signs with my hands (waving it back in forth saying no).
I made some new friends? Maybe I dont know… they were all impressed at my skills… they thought I played club and what not.
After playing for 2 hours. I learned I was the youngest there. Everyone else was either college students or adults.
To be honest, even though I lost a few matches (we always played doubles) - I was… probably the most skilled player in the gym… and its totally easily recognizable, I mean like I was coaching the partner I was with x_x and totally dominating rallies…
To be able to walk into a new place as the “new guy” thinking you’re the worst in terms of skilland walk out as probably the best player, impressing everyone… its an interesting feeling.
… I thought I quit badminton. But I guess it really is who I am eh?
Guess I had fun letting out steam. Next Rec centre is Guildford!