Saying Goodbye to 2009 & More

5 Jan

I used to be really good at soccer. I wasn’t tall – but I was pretty wide, which made me a solid right fullback. I was a no nonsense player – no flash, no glitter – I got rid of the ball as soon as I could. Then ten years ago I partially tore my ACL. It wasn’t painful – just frustrating. Just over a year ago I started to play soccer again – and this time fully tore my ACL (while cracking both menisci … one so bad it flipped into the joint). Soon after I decided that I was not very happy with what I was doing, and started to make wholesale changes.

I’ve had very little to do with iBegin for the past 6 months, and as of this year pretty much down to zero. A few people already knew about this, but in general I’ve been pretty tight-lipped about it. I personally have spent the past few months catching up on reading, exercising, and just watching sports/movies/etc. I’ve gone from hyperlocal (neighborhood) to local (Toronto) to quasi-local (multiple cities) to stupid-local (full country). In retrospect I think the winning solution is to stick to “local” – even today, more than 25 months after iBegin Toronto was ‘turned off’ the site garners 10,000-15,000 pageviews a day.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Plato to read.

4 Responses to Saying Goodbye to 2009 & More


Dave Oremland

January 6th, 2010 at 10:43 am

Ahmed: Good luck on moving forward. So very sorry you had that injury. How frustrating. I love(d) sports and competition. In fact I loved soccer.

But the byatch was when I broke a wrist playing pick up basketball. I think I was in my early 30’s. It was the 3rd broken wrist from competitive sports.

Pretty much ended my competitive team sports/running around activity.

Hope you find a productive outlet.



January 8th, 2010 at 11:14 am

Looking forward to learning about your next ventures.



January 8th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I hear you on the wrist Dave – my wrists are hyper-extensible due to slightly modified bone placement. Fun times :)

JDA – you and I both!


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