Tuesday, October 25, 2005

It's good to be home after an elongated weekend in the middle of the great plains. While the tournament went surprisingly well considering the judges didn't time any of us, it wasn't of the usual caliber our team encounters. There were good debaters and speakers, but overall, the prevalence of each was minimal with exception to our team. I know that sounds egotistical, but it's true. It was almost like most of the other teams weren't prepared and just showed up for the hell of it. As a result, we won first place by almost double the points of the second place team, and so on.

Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled by the tournament. Still, having Lacey there was a nice change from the last tournament where it was boring and everyone seemed to be feeling each other out. In terms of the social dynamic of the team, this tournament was significantly better.

Other than that, though, the weekend didn't hold much. We ate at the Cracker Barrel two times, which was good. We also ate at the Atlanta Bread Company twice and it was heavenly. I really wish Boise had one of those. The food was excellent, and the atmosphere of the bakery/restaurant was calming and classy. If I had the capital to bring one of them here, I most certainly would!

Yesterday, before we left Oklahoma City, we decided to see the Murrah Federal Building Memorial. It was a nice sight to see, but the museum was, in essence, the nadir of the trip. After winning and having a great time, we were exposed to the depressing footage from that horrible day. As such, most of the team left the museum in silence, thoroughly depressed.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I got a Superior in Impromptu and an Excellent in POI. Go me! Now, the question remains, will I be prepared for the next tournament that is coming up in 17 days?


rainydayinmay said...

ok, first of all: great job...
second: didn't sound egotistical at all... i used to travel in a drama team and understand exactly what you are talking about!
third: atlanta bread company is amazing and will continue to grow... its very similar (imo) to panera, and they are blossoming up everywhere too. i see boise getting one of those first....
fourth: where is your next tournament? seventeen days doesn't seem like a lot, but maybe.... is it enough time?

Thister said...

Heh! Thanks!

Panera. Hmm. Haven't heard of that. If it's like ABC, though, I'm totally for it!

Our next tournament is at Linfield College in Oregon. At least it's not too far to travel. It's going to be a little hectic, but I'll figure out how to pull through. I know what I need to do and how to sacrifice when I need to, so I'll be ok. It's just sooner than usual.

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