16 September 2010


This semester I walked past the tennis courts one fine Tuesday morning and noticed what fun the tennis class looked like, so I signed up for it. (My cousins joke that there was a beautiful girl in the class and that's why I signed up.) Anyway, it's the second best class of my semester (the first being Coaching Baseball and Softball) and I look forward to it twice a week. So what do I love about my tennis class?
Well, for one, there's the tennis courts. They are a beautiful blue color, the lines are all straight like the letter 'S' if it were straightened out, and the nets only sag in the middle. The extreme ends of the nets are very taut.
And then there's the tennis lights. I haven't had to use them yet since my class is in the day, but just knowing that I still have the option to play even if there is a solar eclipse is a very comforting thought indeed.
The class is not treated with high gratis which I also appreciate. The teacher/coach/woman-who-has-the-biggest-racquet/woman-who-knows-the-combination-to-the-tennis-ball-basket-and-therefore-has-court-domination follows a very democratic approach and asks us what we want to do at the beginning of every lesson. Our general answer is "Work on our grunts." We may be a beginners class but we aren't stupid. We have collectively figured out that grunting to tennis is like butt-slapping to volleyball (I submitted that analogy to the SAT board for the 2012 test. We'll see if it makes it onto the exam). It's the key to the game. Without it, there would be no game. So now we spend the first hour of our class grunting. To avoid distractions we all close our eyes and just give the most guttural grunting noise we can. We are getting pretty good at it and everyone has seen their tennis skills go up in a correlated manner. Yea, tennis class is pretty sweet alright.

15 September 2010

An Appreciation for College Freshman

I just love Freshman. I loved them when I was a freshman, and now that I'm in my final semester in Provo I still love them. I love their dining plans and their ability to stress out about everything. This post is sponsored by an experience I had today in my Comms 101 class- a class filled with first semesterites. We were learning about huge corporations and the teacher showed  a brief clip of 30 Rock where Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) introduces a product idea to Jackie D (Alec Baldwin). When it was done our teacher told us 30 Rock was a really funny show and educational due to its many references to the media industry. The frosh in front of me- whose computer I could see very well and whose Facebook wall I enjoyed reading when the lecture was dry- wrote in her notes, in red mind you, "Watch 30 Rock." She acted like it was an assignment upon which her entire semester grade would be based; one in which failure was not an option. I just chuckled inside at the thought of her going home and watching 30 Rock with a pad of paper and pen on her lap.

02 September 2010


Yesterday I got kissed under some mistletoe. Now, it's one thing to have mistletoe at Christmas. It's another thing to have mistletoe in September. But it is a whole new thing entirely to have mistletoe in September and use it. That's pretty awesome. I take my hat off to you _______. You know who you are.