It’s the 11th; what other day can I say is any more special than today? None.
Dang it’s freezing out there. Yeah yeah, I know it’s -2 degrees out there but it definitely feels much much colder than it is. Earlier, my toes were frozen solid just driving over to St. Paul. I woke up shivering today in bed. My layers of blankets have peeled away throughout the night it seems.
I shared some music with mom during my early lunch today at the dinner table. Found out that mom already knows the artists that I showed her; she already owns the CD’s to make matters worse for me.
Got gas and drove out to Washington Middle School, the former Arlington High. Dang, that school is humugo! It was too big I was intimidated. Debate judging was pretty fun as usual. It was a better experience this time around even because I definitely knew what I was doing. It only started to suck when my phone died for the third, last round. The classroom we were in also didn’t have any clock on the wall so I had to resort to using the time on on the homeroom phone; super tacky and NOT very fair for time judging. I definitely had some high caliber debaters which made it very hard for me to judge them. Some of these kids can be rappers if they wanted to. These few were reading their arguments so fast it was hard for me to even keep up, less, take notes and understand their unclear annunciation of their words. I had one young lady who debated by herself and she definitely put up a tough fight. It only got better when her competition entered the classroom and immediately walked out, asking for a forfeit. Lol! Super funny. Before they came in, I got to know the lone ranger and she’s had debate camp experience, and she carried herself quite well as a debater, greeting me with a firm handshake.
When I judge a debate, everything is taken into account. Constant engagement in the debate even when not delivering an argument. Keep yourself busy, take notes, strong eye contact, listen. When delivering, don’t present to the judge, present to your competition, stand up and not sit when you present your case, rely less on your notes, don’t forget to make intimidating eye contact with your competition(haha), be vocal and clear. Don’t talk to fast nor too slow. And of course, a strong understanding of your case and the side that you’re fighting for. I always feel good when I see my debaters get awarded at the end of the night, particularly the ones who I scored them high, definitely proud of them. I had two slices of pizza and helped Mai Yer supervise the pizza distribution. Clean up, clean the classrooms, and then I came home.
Hilarious I thought tonight while distributing the pizza after the debate. During the last debate at Como High, some kids wanted seconds; most of these were boys, this time around, they were all girls. They were starving it seemed, huddled around the table eyeing the pizza the entire time. I even offered them a slice that fell on the floor and a few contemplated but seemingly wanted it but also resisted the idea out of being embarrassed and lashed at by others for the “gross” act of accepting “soiled” pizza. I thought it was hilarious. I have nothing against food falling on the ground for a few seconds especially if the ground isn’t very dirty.
Gas is 2.84 earlier when I pumped; went up to 2.87 when I came home(Humbolt and Brookdale Dr.)(Everywhere else is still 2.97).
Home now. Interview tomorrow at 1PM at Fleet Farm. Still no mouse on the trapline. I need to jump on those projects tomorrow!! Sigh. So cold outside though! I also need my walk in. We’ll see. Hope you all had a great day and a great night following. Holla at yo boy like always, anywhere, anytime, all the time!
Oh yeah! I just got confirmation from a former classmate from college that: I’ve been to her house during my employment at MMCD, AND, she lives right behind Vikings Quarterback, Christian Ponder; this is in Tonka Bay, MN. I figured this out when I saw a picture of her petting her distinctive white lab. That dog startled me while I was at work one day.
Nighty, sweet dreams, don’t let the buggers bite and I double love you muchos! Muahx!<3 9:37PM