Kelly Olynyk's Digital Diary: It all begins for real

Kelly Olynyk's Digital Diary: It all begins for real
October 30, 2013, 4:30 pm
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TORONTO - Hey everyone!

A lot has happened since I last wrote in my digital diary.

Preseason is over, so now I'm getting ready for my first NBA game here in Toronto which is great for me because I know lots of family and friends will be here to see a good game.

The NBA is different from college obviously, but I'm starting to get used to the lifestyle, the travel, practice, how to take care of my body, how to get enough sleep, eating the right foods and all that stuff.

And on the court, I'm definitely getting more comfortable everyday with the NBA game and the NBA style.

Things are coming together off the court as well. I had a chance to attend a Celtics kickoff party this month. It was good to see so many Celtics fans as excited about this season as I am.

As I wrote about in my first diary entry, my apartment is a work in progress.

It has a lot of stuff you would expect to find, like a Canadian flag, tables and chairs. But there are a few things that might surprise people, like my chopsticks.

Yes, there's a story behind my chopsticks.

One of my uncle's, my mom's brother, used to eat everything with chopsticks. He used to only use chopsticks like when he went to restaurants. When he would come over to visit, he had his own chopsticks. I don't remember the reason why. When I was younger, I wanted to do that so he got me a pair of chopsticks and from there, when I was younger I started eating everything with chopsticks as well.

And yes, for a year or two I used to carry around chopsticks and yes, some people looked at me funny. I had a little carrying case that looks like it has reading glasses in it. I would open it and pull out chopsticks.

Pretty funny, eh?

It took a while before I finally got cable installed at my apartment. That left a lot of time for me to read and do some things around the apartment like put together a new canopy bed frame.

I don't consider myself a handyman, but when I was a kid I did help my dad build a lot of stuff.

He built a shed and it was probably 30 feet by 10 feet. He cut it and made it two-thirds for storage and one-third into a play area with a loft, a ladder, all that kind of stuff.

When I was younger, me and my older sister used to go up on the roof and try to re-shingle the house. And my dad and mom would come out, and say,"what are you guys doing?" We were trying to hammer these things and things were sliding. It was funny to us, but our parents didn't think so at the time.

Fortunately there weren't any accidents, like us falling off the roof. But there was one time me and my sister were trying to build something. I was probably like six and she was seven or eight. We had a hammer and of course when you're little you have to have two hands on it and it's like a huge swing. I swung it back and hit her right in the lip as she walked behind. There were some other accidents, but nothing too serious.

Thanks for checking out my latest digital diary entry. And if you haven't seen it yet, you can see more of my new place as I take you on a behind-the-scenes tour that can be seen only on