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Posted in Belleville, Friends, Home, School, Sports, Tennis with tags , , , , on March 22, 2010 by Jeremy

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I had to serve detention today because I was “late” to school yesterday.  Technically, I was already in school when the bell for first period rang, but I wasn’t in class yet, so my teacher marked me late and sent me to the office, where a long line of students were already waiting.  The school just decided today to enforce the rules.  They never used to care that much.

Anyway, the point is, I had to go to school early today.  And listen to this, all the juniors and seniors were supposed to go to school later than usual today because all the underclassmen were taking some standardized test, but because I had detention, I still had to go to school forty-five minutes earlier than the normal time for school.  So, after detention, I had to leave the school and wait a couple of hours before coming back.

Instead of going home, however, I walked around.  Walked.  Walked.  Walked.  I don’t really know how to make walking sound like an awesome  activity, so I’m not even going to try.  But that’s how it felt.  It felt a bit invigorating to bask in the morning sun for once.

So my day started on a cheerful note.

Tennis after school practically grabbed that pleasant beginning of my day, slapped it a few dozen times, flung it around, drowned it, fried it, stuck a pike into it, and tossed it off the edge of the Earth.  Needless to say, the end of my day felt really depressing.

It took one best friend and Pokemon HeartGold, which I bought today, to retrieve that happiness from the abyss and to end my day on a satisfactory note.

It’s the Mic or the Ball

Posted in Belleville, Extracurriculars, School, Tennis, Theater with tags , , , on March 21, 2010 by Jeremy

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Another gloomy day.  No tennis practice today, allowing me to focus on Stage Tech, which has a crucial role in this year’s musical.  Although I don’t have the problem of Tennis vs. Spring Musical this year, I am troubled by the Tennis vs. Stage Tech battle.  It just so happens that the most important parts of both activities occur around the same time.

Anyway, today, I was able to catch up with some of my Stage Tech duties.  I’ve been missing a few rehearsals due to the beginning of tennis, so I needed to catch up with what’s been going on.  Several weeks ago, I was always present in Stage Tech meetings, trying to help out with organization and stuff like that.  Very slow.  Now that it’s hectic and full of jobs and tasks, I’m MIA. It’s difficult.

In tennis, we have matches to decide who’s going to be in Varsity. I’ve been screwing up with that too, just like with many things in my life right now.

I’m not choosing one over the other.  I’ll just have to use a Time-Turner or something.

It Can Only Take You So Far

Posted in Belleville, School, Sports, Tennis with tags , , on March 10, 2010 by Jeremy

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Either you got it, or you don’t.

The Dreaded Doctor’s Office

Posted in Out of Town, School, Sports, Tennis with tags , , , , on March 10, 2010 by Jeremy

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Something about physicians scare me.  When they examine you, they try to see if something’s wrong, and I always feel that there is.  Thus, I feel that physicians are bearer of bad news.  That’s why I sort of dread going to the doctor, fearing that I’ll leave the building with a new-found awareness of some disease I never knew I had.

Anyway, today, I asserted my maturity by going to a clinic to get my physical exam for a sport in school.  The tennis season starts tomorrow, and I need this in order to practice.  Before I was eighteen, I needed an adult with me to get my physical, but my friends recently told me that I can now go by myself.  And that I did.

School in Your Pants

Posted in Belleville, School, Tennis, Theater with tags , , , , on December 5, 2009 by Jeremy

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I initially had no recollection of what happened in this seemingly insignificant day.  So I looked into my planner and tried to remember.

Well, it seems like I worked on an application that was due December 1.  English homework.  Um, there was a Senior class meeting.

Oh, wait.  Just found the most important thing I wrote in my planner. So important I didn’t even do it.

Consider going to dance workshop for Fame 6:00 pm

It’s theater season!  The musical’s here!  We’re doing “Fame”! Auditions tomorrow!  So happy!

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I’ve been doing the play for three years now, beginning my freshman year.  When I got small roles, I’ve always dreamed about getting one of the lead roles my senior year.  I used to say to myself, “I’d get so much better by the time I’m a senior.  I’d have to be ready to take on that lead role!  I’ll be such a good singer and be a good actor and a good dancer!”

Well, that’s not how it seems right now.  I’m so unenthusiastic about it.   It feels like it’s just one big hassle.  (I’ve been using that word a lot lately.  “Hassle.”)  Being a part of the ensemble, I had had to give so much effort for having a small role.  The ensemble is practically in every scene, meaning we’re required to attend 90% of the rehearsals, which can extend up to late evenings.  Very, very time-consuming.

This actually created a problem last year when the tennis season started.  Since both seasons overlapped for a month, I faced a huge dilemma.   The beginning of tennis and the end of theater just happened to be the most important part for each season.  For tennis, there were ladder matches, a series of matches one had to play against people from the team to determine who would be playing in the varsity team.  For theater, it’s near the date of the show, so it’s crunch time.  When it came to make my decision about what to do, my director forced me to stay during rehearsals and miss not only the ladder matches but also the practices themselves.  Missing the practices led to a sucky start and entirely sucky ladder matches.  Needless to say, I was helpless.

And right now, if I had to choose, I’d pick tennis. I’d have a better chance of doing well (people who are going to audition for the play are talented!), and it’ll be more useful in the long run.  I can play tennis to exercise, but I can’t just burst into song and dance while walking on the street.  You know what I mean?

So, with this in mind, I didn’t go to the dance workshop for the musical that was scheduled for tonight.  I was so unmotivated, not caring about whether I’ll do well in the auditions or not. Because if I really wanted to do tennis over theater, why does it matter if I do well? If anything, I’d want to be rejected a role.

Still, there was that other half that kept saying, “You’ve been doing this for three years. You can’t quit now…”  And there were friends who kept telling me to audition…

We’ll see what happens.

You Call That a Nice Day?

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Sports with tags , , , , on November 16, 2009 by Jeremy
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I’m so ready for the winter cold that I didn’t truly appreciate the warm weather today.  Like, seriously, we were all playing tennis with one shirt on.

Much Ado About Nothing

Posted in Belleville, Friends with tags , , , on October 23, 2009 by Jeremy
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Joe, sort of a new friend, and I walked a long way to go to a tennis shop in the other side of town.  He wanted to get a racket for a friend and had previously asked me of the price range.  I apparently told him, “$60 to $90,” which encouraged him to buy it.  I was wrong.  After walking a long way, we realized that all the rackets were at least $100.  I’ve been at the store before, but I thought there were cheaper rackets.

This kid then complains to me about wasting our time.  Walked such a long way to get nothing.  This is the same kid who, right before we entered the store, said, “Oh, the place isn’t that far.”

So, we walked all the way there for nothing.