First Swim Meet…

Justin had his first swim meet last night. Boy were their a lot of kids there. He was both excited and nervous. When we got to the meet, he asked the coach if he could swim butterfly instead of breaststroke. Since there were no 7-8 boys swimming fly, the coach agreed to let him swim it. The scratched out his breaststroke card and wrote 25 Fly on it, and the event number. Butterfly was all he could talk about — he’s sure he can do 25 yards legal.

His first event was anchoring the 100 free relay. His stroke is looking better, but his turnover is non-existant. Question to the Collective of former or current swimteam coaches or wannabees (a.k.a. most of my brothers or sisters) – Should I continue to work on stroke efficiency or should I throw in some turn over drills? His relay took 3rd, and he split a 52.

His second event was 25 back. Usually he just sinks when he tries to swim backstroke, but his stroke actually looked pretty good this time. I think he added 5 yards to the race, bouncing from 1 rope to the other. He took 6th in his heet with a time of about a 53. We had some time before fly, so we hit the snack bar and chatted for a while. He was still very pumped about the chance to swim fly. He knew that all he had to do was keep it legal and he would get a ribbon. I told him that I would be proud as long as he tried.

After the snack, I sent him over to the bullpen for fly. As his event was behind the blocks, he came back to me and said – “They sent me back, they said it wasn’t time yet.” Begin Panic Mode. I rushed him to the block and ran his card to the other end. In all the confusion, I forget to remind him what event he was swimming. The race starts and he swims freestyle instead of fly. After the race, when he found out that it was suppose to be his fly event, he was crushed.

At that point we called it a night…


Submitted by MarsSoup at 6/24/2003 3:32:49 PM

    Oh, that is heartbreaking. I’m sure your son knows that you tried and that you love him no matter what.
Submitted by Diana at 7/21/2003 4:36:34 PM

    I can’t believe any of the wannabe coaches didn’t respond to your question. So now from the only real coach in the crowd. Technique, Technique, Technique. Speed comes, but if the stroke is inefficent, you’ll only get so fast. Do lots of catch-up freestyle, nothing bugs me more than a kid who’s turnover is unbelievably fast, but their hand enters right above the shoulder and leaves at the waist!

Conversation w/ Danielle

  • Danielle: Dad, why do you need that stupid alarm clock anyway?
  • Me:  So I can wake up on time so I can go to work and make money to pay all the bills.
  • Danielle: You should be able to sleep as late as you want and never have to go to work.
  • Me:  I don’t think they would like that very much
  • Danielle: You could just tell them that you were sick…


Submitted by frank at 6/24/2003 2:10:10 PM

    I like the way that girl thinks.
Submitted by jim at 6/24/2003 2:34:22 PM

    If her mind works like this at 5, I’m worried about the teen years and beyond…
Submitted by freddy at 6/24/2003 9:13:33 PM

    It could be a good thing though. Maybe she’ll do something that lets her work for herself and set her own hours. Then she’ll be the one throwing out the alarm clock. I know I liked doing that.

Driving Tips inspired by Saturday mornings events…


If you are an old man in the turning lane with a pickup truck in front of you and a 1994 Green Toyota Camry behind you AND the truck in front of you starts to go but then stops, DO NOT run into the truck.  If you decide to run into to truck, DO NOT back up.  If you decide to backup and hear a loud sound that might be a horn of the person in the 1994 Green Toyota Camry , STOP before you hit the 1994 Green Toyota Camry.  Don’t worry too much about this tip, as you will only damage the license plate of the 1994 Green Toyota Camry.

Tip 2:

If you are a 17 year old kid driving an old Shadow and you are not in either of the left hand turning lanes, DO NOT cut across the two left turning lanes into a parking lot because you missed your turn.  If you do want to do this, make sure that there is not a 1994 Green Toyota Camry in the left most of the two left turning lanes.  If you decide to cut in front of 1994 Green Toyota Camry it WILL attempt to not hit you, by slamming on the brakes and turning sharply, but despite its drivers best efforts, it will smash into your rear passenger side door.  You WILL get a ticket when the police come to fill out the accident report.  The driver of the 1994 Green Toyota Camry will not.

BTW: Tip 1 and 2 were less than 30 minutes apart…


Submitted by John at 6/23/2003 8:20:09 PM

    Saturday must have been a bad driving day. I was pulling into a parking spot at the taco bell in Booneville as gentleman was backing out of his spot next to me. I hit the horn as the other driver came within 5/8’s of an inch from Kathy’s door. The guy rolled down his window to apologise so I rolled down mine as Zachary just keep saying Beep Beep which got him a nod also. Later in the day there was another near miss and I made the comment about it being a bad driving day and I did not want to drive anymore. I guess my luck passed on to you.
Submitted by MarsSoup at 6/24/2003 3:41:26 PM

    Note to self: Steer clear of Jim and John, who obviously attract wreckless drivers.

The new neighbors…

First they took our office…and it was bad.Next they took our furniture and chairs…and it was worse.

Now they have taken our parking spots in the garage…


Submitted by ben at 6/23/2003 4:11:32 PM

    they’ve taken over our restrooms and i hate them for it.

Conversation I overheard while in my thinking spot:

Person at Urinal 1(From my company)[PU1]: So are you with XYZ?

Jim thinking in his thinking spot [JTIHTS]: He’s violating the “No talking at the urinal law, especially to a stranger”

Person at Urinal 2(From XYZ company) [PU2]: Yes

JTIHTS: Isn’t that obvious by the fact he’s in this restroom?

PU1: We sure are glad to see you…

JTIHTS: That’s not something you want someone to say to you at the urinal.

PU2: So how many guys…aahhhh…employees do you have?

PU1: 13 or 14.