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February 17th to 27th, 2005 - At a Glance

I haven't written in a while, I know.  It's just that I've been busy with homework and speech and band.  Band especially, concert preparation really cuts into your time.  I now have to focus on speech preparation since I'm competing in two weeks and I don't want to procrastinate on my cases.  The last time I did debate, I wasn't all that gung-ho about but this time, I'm passionate.  I don't if its because it is a state-qualifying tournament or perhaps that it is the last competition of the year before states or that possibly is the opportunity to double qualify.  Or because I have a partner-in-crime to work on this with.  But I really want it.  I want to qualify for states.  I'm willing to do anything to qualify for states.  I plan to start focusing more time on it since the band concert is now out of the way and that I got to see some Lincoln-Douglas debate this weekend.  I'm fired up.  I can take some of those people I saw in novice.  The Nazi Poet has come with a knife.  Don't mess with me when the debate round starts.

Band is awesome.  Now, I'm not BG.  I'm speechie.  But there is one thing that band has provided me that speech does not.  That's long-lasting friends.  The people I have met this year will stay with me for a long time.  I can tell.  I've even got a few to cross over into the speech realm.  That's super cool.  I guess we bond so well because we end up spending so much time together.  We suffer together.  Not saying that a lot of time isn't spent at speech.  But the trials and tribulations are different for each member.  But in band it's equal.  It's all the same.  We all have to go through the long practices in the sun, the wrath of Mr. Riggle, the expenditure of our Saturdays, the boring football games and the ilk.  We don't like it but for some strange hypnotic reason, many of us return to it the following year.  Band is dorky, but it's in a category of its own.

We've done a few more freewrites for English.  I'll post them up in time.  I've already put on the describe myself one.  There's still the issue of concern, relationship, activity, offbeat/creative and one other one I think.  The parts of me will come together in time, but only in time.

That's all for now.  Maybe I'll write tomorrow... if I'm lucky.  Tomorrow is American Idol after all.

Posted: February 28, 2005 


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