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Cool Story of the Day

DRD’s Valentine’s Day card exchange last night was really fun!  I have never participated in any of the card exchanges in previous years.  This year it was an official DRD event hosted by the board.  I decided to go ahead and do it because why not?  Spent the entire night Wednesday working on bracelets and cards.  Made one for every single person who signed up.

It was pretty fun.  I just watched nostalgia critic’s reviews of Avatar: The Last Airbender and listened to trance all night as I strung beads and wrote cards.  Ended up sleeping at 10 am.  We exchanged at the general meeting and I brought the bracelets, my cards, and my other cards.  The other cards were ripped pieces of binder paper that were intentionally as shitty as possible.  My plan was to give those to everyone at first and then give them the actual cards later on.  Heh heh..

The meeting was really fun!  There was shit ton of baked goods and donuts for everyone, I did not partake but I did appreciate.  There were a lot of people at the meeting, it was nice to see so many members come out to a general meeting for once.  Everyone exchanged cards, it was pretty hectic.  People seemed not to mind my shitty binder paper cards.  Many were like, “This is my favorite!”  I guess I’ve really set the bar that low.  When I handed out the actual cards people were pretty surprised.  Everyone seemed to really like my gift.  Yay!  I got a bunch of cards from everyone, except for Terence </3.  Why Terence?  WHY?  

But yeah, it was a good night.

College Cup: 2012

Wow. What a way to wrap up the season. Everyone on the team worked so damn hard, in the weight room, on the water, and it showed when race day arrived. I was hella nervous though. I didn’t want all that hard work everyone put in to just go unnoticed. Thankfully, it didn’t. First race, for both boats, was stupid. I’m fairly certain not many boats even tried all that hard for the seeding heats. In the semis, things got much more heated. Legend was flying, Dairy did well. We placed where we though we would place, being given the spots we were. Legend accelerated into A division, but then there was confusion for Dairy’s placement. Traditionally, when only 3 heats are given, top 2 go to A, middle 2 go to B and bottom 2 go to C. However, since there were only 16 crews that were racing, only A division got 6 crews. B and C division had 5 crews each. So, that meant that they would have to distinguish between the middle 2 placements in the semis. Dairy was put into C division because of that. Oh well. Dairy ended up medaling, claiming 3rd in C. A division though. Oh. My. God. That was one of the most intense races I have witnessed and I really wish I was on Legend. Fuck my broken back mangggg. Outta the start, they were ahead. They were actually ahead for most of the race. But UCLA and UCSD both had one hell of a kick at the finish and walked it up. If the race were only just 15-20m shorter, we’d be hoisting that Golden Dragon.. Only ~1 second differentiated 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. UCSD took 1st, UCLA took 2nd, and DRD took 3rd. But oh well, we definitely made it close and made them earn their spots. Coaches and captains of other teams were congratulating us on racing so epically. They didn’t expect us to do so well. But that just shows, if you put in a shitton of hard work and dedication, you can achieve a lot. That ended the racing of the day. And the season. Then came the tears and the farewells. We have 5 seniors that will be graduating at the end of this school year or just graduated in the spring that won’t be continuing to paddle. Also, this was the last race that Frederick would paddle as head coach. He had just started coaching right before I joined as a freshman. I kind of regret not staying with the team that summer, when most of our races are.. This past season was so much fun, and I really got to know most every paddler on the team atleast kinda well. Now old faces will be leaving and new ones joining, and the face of the team will change, as new Head Coach, Ryan Chiang put it. So as we move on to the offseason and begin “Fat Month,” I know I will still be hitting the gym to improve my fitness, because I want to improve upon this past season’s accomplishments. 

Photo Cred: Tomio

Who else dresses up in formal wear just to go to McDonald's?
  • Strutting through the front doors looking like we had just come from some failed formal dance.
  • Tried my first McGangbang courtesy of Kristin.
  • Discussion about condoms with DaleIT HURTS
  • A lot of pictures. Sorority crouch, boy band poses, more pictures, more pictures, more pictures, posing against the wall, posing on tables, etc.
  • Pinkberry!
  • SHUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH
  • FUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH
  • Black magic, picnic, car rides, WHATTHEFUCKISTHISWHATDOESITMEAN
  • We almost went to Jon’s apartment to watch “The Thing” BUT KRISTIN WAS TOO SCARED >:[ Don’t worry, we’ll watch plenty of scary movies later.
Spread Thin

Yay dual responsibilities?

I both steered and paddled with DRD and IDS today. I thought it was gonna be fun up until I overlooked a minor detail. In the end, it wasn’t such a big deal since I got all of what I came for

  • I got to see my frands :)
  • PFD tanline IN FRONT (I intentionally positioned the boat so the sun was hitting my chest most of the time haha)
  • Paddle time
  • Oar time

Best of luck at Sprints and Long Beach, guys!

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Quickwrite 33

I am excited for the summer for many reasons. Who wouldn’t be excited, especially for those who are graduating from school, traveling abroad or preparing to embark a new journey in their lives. I’m looking forward to being closer to my graduation in the fall and taking my GREs over the summer. Most importantly however, I’m excited to trying something new.

I told Gabe that I am going to try out paddling with him and the rest of the Davis Racing Dragons crew this summer. After all of the months of doubting myself that I wouldn’t work well or mesh with teammates on the boat, I think my doubts have changed after hanging out with a lot of the members of the team every day. I’m looking forward to this challenge for the betterment of myself and I want to do whatever I can to help us win some races over the summer.

Cool Story of the Day

Finally finished tagging and captioning my Long Beach 2014 album on facebook.  I wrote over 600 captions.  Most of the pics had some sort of humorous line or story written for them.  It took a long time.

Facebook is really shitty.  I had to redo my tags because it lost them all.  Then it started letting people see the pictures even though I had set it to ‘Only Me’ still.  And it kept trying to get me to allow all the folks I tagged to become contributors to my album.  Fuck that.  I ain’t lettin’ some random fools add/edit my photos.  Why do you make things so difficult?  Why can’t it work like it used to 3 years ago.  When things were simple and easy.  I remember why I stopped doing this sort of thing.

I do think this is my best one yet.  It beats out that one race at Lake Merced where I did a similar thing.  

May Race 2012

Finally steered my first race! With DRD. Was quite the day. I didn’t realize until about 3:30ish that I had been standing, running, walking all over the place all day long. Being the steers and a captain is pretty tiring. Doesn’t help that along with my back injury, that I’m starting to develop knee problems… Katie’s starting to influence my health… uh oh. loljk. But yeah, it was fun. Quite the experience. Lake Merced was exceptionally calm except for a few crossswinds, but I managed alright.

The first time I went out there, for DRD 1’s seeding race, I was so afraid I’d lose control b/c of the power of the boat and hit the boat next to us. Luckily I didn’t. But I did run into some complications in the clarity of messages between me and the drummer. Since it was my first ever race heat, I was concerned I wouldn’t steer straight and stay in my lane. I wasn’t too focused on the boats around us and calling out commands at the right time. But we managed to get the placement we wanted. Experimented with a longer finish that everyone delivered on. After that heat, we had the mens heat. If I was scared about the power on DRD 1, I was fucking frightened of the power on that men’s crew. Shit. Actually had a brief moment where I was gonna go ask JohnYu to steer haha. But I did it. It really helped having Lisa drum for me as well; I knew she had my back on those commands. Got third and made it to finals, where we got third again. Yeeyee. Too bad no ‘prizes’ for that lol. 

Had Kristin as my drummer for semi’s and that went well. We just barely got edged out of second (and A division finals) by 0.03 seconds. Aghhh. But we put our team in a position to do well, and they delivered. The powers were surging the boat, the timing was crisp, and when I called another long finish, everyone delivered. We were surging great, but boat 1 snuck up on us on the other side. Finals went amazingly as well, had Cilantro drum for that one. Our powers were strong and our finish was fucking amazing. Again. But fuckkkk, Dieselfish Blue had a great middle of the race where they pulled away just enough that our finish wasn’t enough. We raced our race and we know what we need to improve on. We will use that 2nd place finish in B (and that loss to DF…) to fuel ourselves to train harder. We’ll meet y'all again in a few weeks in Fremont. 

Even though we have this sorta mini rivalry with DF, created by the transition of high school to college by Tomio, Donny, Christine and I (and Sally’s transfer as well), all 5 of us are still well received by the team. I love how we can just go over there and we’ll get laden with food and receive hugs and hand shakes and “Hey how are you’’s from pretty much everyone there. I even steered for the Green boat in their semi heat since both Blue and Green were in the same heat. That was fun. I doubt that half the boat even knew who I was though haha. I kinda did push them on that one with too high of a rate, b/c I really didn’t wanna finish last and I’m sure they didn’t either. But it was a really fast heat and they kept their own as well. I know that when I graduate from here, and I’m not allowed on a college team anymore, I can always return to DF and help them succeed. 

Overall, great day of racing, proud of DRD 1 and 2. Let’s use this race experience to fuel our aspirations. Train hard, train often. Don’t bitch out. Races aren’t won out on the water on race day, races are won in the weight room and at practices. Try hard, give it your all. In the end, you’ll see it was well worth it.