Tuesday, 25 March 2003

National Champions

last tuesday i left for Colorado Springs, CO to support my teammates at the NCAA fencing championships. it was quite the trip. Those who drove were 4: Steve, Mad Dog, Matty, and myself. the first 18 hours of our drive out there were fine; until we arrived in Colorado amid the aftermath of one of their worst blizzards in years. I-70 was closed 12 miles into Colorado despite the fact that there was nary a snowflake on the ground. we detoured to CO-25 which was also closed. we detoured to CO-40, closed. we ended up going all the way to Pueblo and then drove north till we arrived in Colorado Springs. 8 miles south of Colorado Springs we finally saw some snow, by the next day most of it had melted.

we beat the team out there despite leaving after they did. they’re flight was laid over at St. Louis and the next day they had a connection in Houston before finally getting into Colorado. the tournament was supposed to start on Thursday and conclude on Sunday but since none of the teams could make it out on time they rescheduled and had a combined tournament lasting all day saturday and all day sunday. tough stuff with the altitude.

that left us with two full days to kill. since the Super 8 we were staying at was literally 30 feet from the Drury Inn where the rest of the team was, most of our time was spent over there goofing around, utilizing the hot tub, etc. Janusz was glad we were out there so we didn’t have to pay for our meals for most of the trip. we went to a bar one night, saw Chicago as a team and ate and ate and ate. the night before the tournament we had a team meeting and everyone got their goals.

the first day of competition was intense. our fencers dropped a few bouts here and there, and the directing was a bit trying at times, but by the end of the day we had a nice cushion in 1st place, although we still knew it was going to be quite close. the 2nd and final day was a rollercoaster of emotion the entire day. we were only up by one bout in the final round with Penn State right on our heels. we needed any combination of 3 ND wins or 3 PSU losses to secure the victory. we won. there was pandemonium. all of those clich s about winning and being a champion…are true when you really are one.

our AD Bernard took us to Carrabba’s an ber-nice Italian place in celebration. once we got back to the hotel a few folks went on an alcohol run and a bunch of us went to the bars. i like tequila shots. we played a few games of pool, just relaxed with our team and a few people from the other midwest teams. then we went back to the hotel, partied a bit more and hit the road home. (Mad Dog drove first, he hadn’t partaken because he is on antibiotics). 20 hours later we arrived in South Bend. exhausted but victorious.

i cannot speak, my voice is shot from yelling. i shot plenty of footage to make a sweetass video and took a ton of pictures. we are champions! i am a champion! w00t!

Tuesday, 18 March 2003

Politricks and Fencing Championships

at 6 this evening i’m driving out to Colorado Springs, CO and the USAFA for the NCAA fencing championships. It is about a 19 hour drive and at the end of it i still might not be able to watch my team compete for the championship. i had to submit my social security number, driver’s license number, etc. in order to get security clearance to get on the base. at all times i must have two forms of picture ID. but once the war starts not even that will get me on the base. i’m still going out dammit.

what a stupid ultimatum from Dubya. yeah like that is EVER going to happen. might as well require the impossible so we can start bombing on schedule. anything for the war. even if the ulty did work i’d still be creeped out because the US would be able to coerce a country into essentially giving up its sovereignty. jeebus.

what the internet needs is a bestiary of mythical beasts. and a good one at that. the only ones i’ve found have been crap. maybe i could start my own if i had some time. meagan will you draw the critters and creepy crawlies?

Trogdor the Arcade Game!

I’ll be back sometime next monday unless NORAD and the USAFA get nuked by Iraqis.

Monday, 17 March 2003

St. Patrick’s Day at Notre Dame

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! w00t! This is the only St. Patrick’s day that I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing at Notre Dame. For some unbeknownst reason, ND usually arranges it so that March 17 is during Spring Break. Hypocritical that the premier Irish-Catholic university avoids celebrating said day? of course, ’tis to be expected. We can’t have the students of the Fighting Irish drinking and carousing now can we. Yes, i know the Irish (i.e. people in Ireland) don’t actually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by covering themselves in green plaid and drinking green beer, but isn’t in keeping with American culture to bastardize other cultures to our own ends? Notre Dame was founded by the French but is now Irish… and we have even twisted the pronunciation of our Lady. whatever. its 65 outside, sunny, i ain’t got shit to do till next week and i’m a senior. things canna get much better. i’m gonna go find a bit o whiskey.

Sunday, 16 March 2003

Debt

i received a notice in the mail the other day explaining to me just how much money i owe the federal government for my Stafford loans. now i feel like a true adult, because i have something resembling adult size debt. discussing this with real adults has led me to conclude that debt only grows, and never really decreases. i will not let this happen to me. i’m the type of person who will live off of mac&cheese until i get it paid off. i do not like being beholden to anyone.

$17125 is a lot of debt for someone who only makes $80 bucks every two weeks.

Saturday, 15 March 2003

Dream Rules

if you ever find yourself in one of my dreams always remember this. anyone drinking tea has been or is about to lie to you. that includes you and me. if you are drinking tea, you have been lying to yourself about something. when i drink tea in my dreams it is always Earl Grey. and if people are drinking in my dreams, it is almost always tea. no one ever drinks coffee, because i don’t like coffee. sometimes someone will be drinking wine, but the wine tastes like a cran/grape combo even though it retains its alcoholic effects. these winedrinkers don’t lie any more than regular folks. Tea drinkers always lie. these tea drinkers sometimes use honey in their tea. when this happens they are about to tell an especially good lie. so beware. never go to Britain in one of my dreams.

Wednesday, 12 March 2003

Job Market III

back at ND after my 3 day spring break. i’ve written a generic cover letter and am primed to send it out amongst various production companies to see if they would like to hire me. do you know of anyplace to work? i’ll go anywhere. i’m serious. i have three more things to type today. a response paper for my film theory class, a study response for my Otherworldly Literature class and a paper proposal for the same class. i’m pretty sure i’m going to write my paper on the use of memory in Tolkien’s writings. Tentative title is: “Memory, Lore and Atavism: The Role of the Past in Tolkien’s Fa rie.”

Apparently the fencing championships are going to be closed to the general public. we’ll see if we can pull some strings. stupid coming war.