You’re out testing your robot and everything seems to be working fine. All of a sudden, someone on the team bends down, picks something up off the floor and say…
“I found a lock-nut. I don’t know where it came from”
•Your hands always smell like machine lubricant, you wash your hands multiple times but it will not go away. The metallic smell of the lube starts to smell like blood.
•Every team’s cheer is exactly the same. They all start with “what time is it?” You no longer remember how to read time.
•Your coach says they’ll be at meetings 4 days a week. 4 becomes 3 and 3 becomes 2. After a while you forget you have a coach.
•You walk into your team’s storage closet. All the equipment is in regular storage bins, you’re short a robot, Recycle Rush never happened.
•The mentors are working on replica game pieces. They’re currently working on the portcullis. As they add the final touch, a huge blade, you realize they were building a guillotine for those who don’t finish their prototypes in time.
•You’re at a competition with your team. Out of nowhere, a FIRST official gives you their business card. You turn it over, it’s bright red.