Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tournament Part 2

"The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware." - Henry Miller

First, just because you've been hanging around teenage boys all day doesn't meant you have the right to act like one.

Second, just because you're a teenage boy doesn't mean you have the right to be a sexist, objectifying, and completely inappropriate jerk. I should not be able to phrase the "first" like I did just now and still have all of you know exactly what I mean. /end rant

Third, a tournament anecdote:

I was up against first-timers for my first three rounds of debate, all of whom had written their cases the day before. Person 2 told me right before we walked in that her favorite show was Doctor Who, which made me immensely guilty about beating her.

The fourth guy, however, I knew absolutely nothing about.

I walked into the room, and my opponent stood up and asked, "Are you Olivia Wood?"
"I heard your constructives are terrifying."

The judge just laughed and said "Your reputation precedes you."

We got started, and he actually knew what he was doing, which made it lots of fun. Afterwards, we shook hands and he said "You know, your constructive really was terrifying. I was just going 'oh God, I'm about to get my ass handed to me.'" So that was exciting.

End results: a beautiful 1st place trophy for me, 5th place in the same event to someone else on the team, 3rd and 6th in two of the speech events, and a ton of honorable mentions (3/4 wins, but not enough points to place) for various different debaters.

Then my car got confused on the way to Panera Bread for dinner, so we ended up eating at a different Panera than everyone else, which was sad. :(


  1. I am amused that one could conclude that you probably believe that no one has the right to act like a teenage boy. But I am also sad that it could be phrased in such a manner.

    Anyway, congratulations on being intellectually intimidating!

  2. I can at least put up with it when it comes from teenage boys- I expect it from them. But yes, it would be better if all of them skipped to being mature human beings. xD

  3. Indeed!
    In other news, I just started reading your blog and you are my new favorite person of all time. Just wanted to let you know. Also, I cannot express my love for the christmas carols. And because my true identity is not immediately evident, we recently discovered the fact that we have a certain short-haired mutual friend with a british accent and a wonderful personality- who, by the way, I met at a birthday party. Anyway, just know that you are an amazing human being.

  4. Haha, that's amazing! And thank you so much! :)


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