On a cold and rainy night

The startI had the opportunity last night to witness history. The Tipton boys basketball team won a sectional for the first time since 2001. They not only won the title but they did so at game that I can only describe as absolutely amazing. Tipton versus Oak Hill on a cold rainy night that was miserable for everyone except the Blue Devil faithful.

The game started at 730, living in town but not living there long enough to understand the gravity of the game I arrived at 710. Not a great move. I think I parked farther away from the school than I live. After a long walk through the rain and cold wind I arrived, dropped my five bucks and proceeded to find a seat in the very small feeling gym. As you can see, the place was packed. Both teams were bringing all their fans with them.

The game started off great, the Tipton star, Elston was on fire at the on set. Both teams were truly playing their hearts out on that floor though and the game remained very close. It was like watching a tennis match, back and forth all through the first half. In fact the lead for either team never surpassed about 5. The refs were calling a lot of fouls, most of which were legit but it did create some interesting language to be used in the stands, it also made the coaches use their bench pretty early and really made it exciting to me.

I sat on the visitors side, balcony, across from the home cheer block (student section). Basically I sat with all the late comers and Oak Hill grandparents.

High school basketball didn’t seem this exciting when I was in school. My school didn’t really have a great team most of the time but even so, this was electrifying. The crowd was so loud during time outs and bad calls that you couldn’t hear the horns or what the refs were calling. At half time no one left their seats. I’m not sure if that’s because no one wanted to lose their seats in the packed house or because one side didn’t want to show weakness for a bathroom break or a water/popcorn run. Champions

The second half was even closer, never more than a point or two difference. Even the stars of each team couldn’t seem to break out and run up the score. This was going to have to be a team effort. As the clock wound down though, fatigue was setting in, at least on the court anyway, the fans were still loud as ever, if not more so.

In the end both teams played a great game, OHHS shouldn’t feel bad about the loss, they played with everything they had and Tipton just had a bit left at the end.

I was excited to be a part of the game, no matter how small my part was. It’s starting to feel more and more like home.

Frozen Pens don’t work well

It was cold out again today, like 25ish probably. The wind died down a bit I think, thank God! I got ot my evening classes tonight after my haircut to find that the pen that I had left in my bag as I rushed from the room during the tornado warning (the other day when it was still warm out) had frozen in my bag. It wouldn’t work and it was all I had. So while the professor is going on and on about supply chains, I’m sitting at my seat breathing on my pen and holding it tight in my hands so I can get the freakin ink to flow! Grr… it’s always something.
As much as I complain about the cold and junk I really do enjoy it actually. It was really cold after classes tonight, that kind of cold where when you breathe in, your nose hair freezes a bit. I love that feeling and I have no idea why. I’m not talking about the cold where you can’t breathe of course, just the kind of cold that happens righ at the first of winter, when suddenly everything is crisp and the world has a very…. well in my head the word is “sharp”… feeling about it. Maybe that doesn’t make sense to anyone else but me.
The other thing that I have to report tonight was the fact that at my first class there were only 5 people there. 5 out of 18! I realize that some people can’t come to class all the time but I just can’t imagine everyone not showing up on the same day. Of course class was pretty boring and pointless, but still with this guy you never know, he’s all over the place sometimes.
Lastly, I’m getting really excited about two IU things. First off, tomorrow night is the start of basketball season. I’m jealous of John and Audrey going to the game vs. Nicholls State. But my time will come, if I can ever get money anyways! It should be an interesting season to say the least. The other thing is the fact that I’m going to the IU/Purdue Bucket game on Saturday with Erin, John, Ben and Franki. It’s supposed to be cold as crap, but nonetheless we will still have fun. I’m looking forward to actually going to my first IU football game and then basically just hanging around B-town for a bit afterward maybe. It’s a nice town and for some reason, I just really like being down there.
Anyways this is a long one, I should hit the sack I haven’t slept well the last few nights.

A good night

Yes that’s John, yes he’s eating a burrito, it has 15 packets of “FIRE” sauce, that’s one of two that he ate. I’m not quite sure how he lived but he’s sitting here beside me now. We had a good night, some basketball, some T-bell and just fun overall. Colts game tonight, Damon’s should be fun.

I’ve neglected this thing too much in the past few days. It’s been like 5 days since I’ve posted anything of relevance. I apologize to those of you who read this. Most of you know why I probably haven’t been posting and I hope you all understand. I am not going into the details of what happened but last weekend wasn’t great for me overall. I’m getting over it majorly now. I have decided that now is the time for greatness, this is a defining moment for me. I’m moving on and starting anew. I should have done this long ago I realize but I just saw the candle burning and didn’t want to put it out.
So other things that have happened this weekend. Friday was kind of cool actually, it seemed like it might turn in to a bust but then once everyone realized that there were 10 of us instead of the usual 5, it was all good. We hung out, watched movies, played X-Box, and just chilled. Not necessarily all together at any one time but still it was good for all of us I think. Plus it was cheap! Then on Saturday we hung out again and did much of nothing. Watched the IU game, just chilled, ate, and then played some b-ball… Biggest group yet. Then we watched Super Troopers, dumb movie, but funny dumb. Sunday I spent most of the day trying to study for my philo test that I had today and think I might have actually done OK on, though we’ll find out next week when I get it back. Went and played ball again, and actually played again last night too. Yesterday we had a meeting at work, basically I need to get it in gear and make some progress on things that I haven’t been working on as hard as I should have been. It’ll be fine though, just needed some more motivation I guess. Today hasn’t been too eventful either really. I went to class, took a test, sat through 2 more classes and now I’m here typing this thing. I have Law still tonight, it’s the last class before our test that I’m totally freaking out over. Should be interesting next week, I know I’ll be ready to cry.
I wish I could say more to you all about what has happened, but those of you who need to know do and those that don’t feel free to ask although don’t expect too many details but I still respect this other person and their feelings. I’m moving on though… and honestly, it feels pretty good.
Saturday looks like we’re going to Purdue. Should be fun, I don’t’ know Adam to well but he’s cool enough. Plus I’m sure we’re going to meet some people down there 🙂 Next weekend hopefully the thing at BSU will turn out too. That one will probably be better that Purdue but only time will tell. I should get going to class now, didn’t’ do the reading as it is, maybe I can cram it all in real fast… later

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I had it planned perfect. The night was going to be one for the books. It’s gone now. The plans, the memories to be had, never gonna happen. I may have had the wrong idea, either way was fine though, just wanted to share the evening that we’ve always wished for. What do I do now? Wait until next time I suppose. Hopefully there will be a next time.
I’m sore from basketball last night, but I had fun and I’m looking forward to doin it again. I need to get in shape, maybe that will help things, not likely, but it cant’ hurt. Long day at school today, two tests. Did OK on both I think. I’m gonna go find somethin useful to do…