8/2/18: My school’s volleyball has a tradition that on the last day of tryouts, the new varsity players get picked up without warning by the people who’ve already been on the team for “initiation.” That’s a blurry picture I took of myself during it. I’m in the car with a blindfold on.
I guess them blindfolding us could seem a bit sketchy, but the whole night was as far as you can get from that. The closest they came to hazing was to sit us newbies down on trash bags and feed us random stuff (marshmallow fluff, tomato sauce, Lucky Charms) and have us guess what it was while we had bandanas tied around our heads.
Another thing we did was to check off another one of my school’s traditions- spray painting the rock. Basically, on campus we have this random big rock that people go decorate from time to time. There must be a million layers by now. Sidenote: Steve and Carlos are the names of the coaches.
8/5/18: A guy from church came back from visiting family in China and brought gifts for his friends. I highly doubt that he had actually planned on giving me anything, but I was standing by them while he was handing them out, so I think he felt bad and gave me this super fluffy (it’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!) bunny keychain.
For the other people, he got them these awesome hats, and I was like ‘AH those are so cool’ and borrowed one guy’s (aka Jonathan’s) hat to wear. In the end, he swapped with me because he could tell I was obsessed with the hat and because he’s just that nice of a person.
8/9/18: While I was packing my speaker for the volleyball tournament I had that weekend, I realized it had ran out of battery and I had no idea where the charger was. After realizing that different electronics need different usb cords, I searched for one online. I didn’t find one.
Finally, I emailed the company asking where I could buy a new charger. At first I was slightly disturbed that my address was a required blank, but when I received the email above saying that they were sending me a free cord, it all made sense. I was very excited about it.
8/10/18: On Friday, after we finished playing our games, we went to the boardwalk, which is where that picture of me looking through the telescope was taken.
There was also a RAINBOW. I hadn’t seen one in a while, and it reminded me of how cool they are.
A bunch of people on the team were excited about the rides on the boardwalk, but nobody ended up going because the ticket prices weren’t worth it. Instead, we went to pet and feed stingrays for seven dollars. It was so fun.
There’s me petting one. They were very gentle and soft. A tip for feeding stingrays: their mouths are not the two holes on the side. They’re actually on the bottom. I was a bit nervous about it at first, but it didn’t hurt at all. It was such a cool experience.
That’s me taking a nap on the way there. I find this picture to be hilarious. One, how did my hair get so messy when all I did was close my eyes, and two, I think it’s funny that people get the urge to take pictures of other people sleeping while traveling. I also have friends who take pictures of themselves whenever they cry or sneeze. In my opinion, that’s pretty weird.
8/11/18: We saw another rainbow on the drive back home!
We have to run if we leave any trash behind, and there were a bunch of these water bottles lying around after each game, but I didn’t want to not recycle them or throw them away while they still had water in them, so I stuffed the ones I picked up in my backpack and took them home. I don’t exactly remember, but I think only one of those was actually mine.
8/18/18: In Chinese, the number eight is pronounced “ba,” which was why my brother-in-law said “bababa” for 8/18/18, my dad’s birthday. Also, interestingly enough, “dad” is “baba.”
The week before, he had been disappointed in himself for being forgetful a few times, so I got him a two month gift subscription to Lumosity as a present. Lumosity is this company that has a website and app with brain games that you can play to improve your memory and stuff.
8/19/18: Ten days after I received the email, the charger cord came in the mail! I’ve never heard of HMDX audio before, but I’m pleased to announce that I am highly satisfied by the customer service I got from them. They sent me a new charger for free, and quickly too.
8/21/18: He took the baseline test and sent me this picture and this text: “My test score, pretty much good.” I looked at the photo he sent me and cracked up. First of all, under Your Fit Test results, it said “compared to the results of other people your age (25-29),” which is so wrong.
Second, he misunderstood the infographic. He thought he was in the top 10, 9, and 19 percent for Color Match, Train of Thought, and Memory Matrix, respectively. What it actually says is “you scored higher than __ ,” which means he’s in the top 90, 91, and 81 percent. compared to people thirty years younger than him. Oh my goodness, too funny.
When was the last time you saw a rainbow?
Have you ever taken a picture of someone sleeping on the car or a picture of yourself sneezing or crying?
What’s a present you’ve given your dad?
P.P.S. Photo credits to bujo.nik.