(You might want to skip this if you don’t like unorganized ramblings.)
After school on Tuesday nine debaters, two coaches, and I headed to a suburb of Wichita for a novice debate tournament. Why was I at a novice tournament? They wanted me to judge for some reason.
I personally am not a fan of watching novices debate, but it’s wonderful when you see ones with great potential. First round made me want to strangle a kitten… second round, there was one kid who really knew what he was doing. And in the third round, two freshmen won on their aff case for increasing incentives on solar-paneled satellites that beam energy back to earth. I told the last team — heck, both teams, for they did a great job and left me there deciding for fifteen minutes — that they should most definitely stay in the program.
The best part about judging: you don’t need to wear a suit.
The next day, I helped the local access station shoot a candidates forum for local political candidates — a county commission race where I didn’t trust anyone, a sheriff race against the incumbent and a former CEO of a company (guess who’ll win!) and not-really-contested senate and house races, for Congress and the state legislature.
I learned that the next Tuesday, Election Day, we would not be having a live results show as we normally do. The normal community producer for that was out of town, and the programming block was left with something that wouldn’t get a single view amongst the race-watchers of Salina.
An idea hit me — hey! I’ll do a live, one-hour mock debate between some other high schoolers acting as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. We’ll see how that goes, especially since the deadline for submitting live shows was two weeks ago, and I just made up this idea and have no guarantees of getting the actors or the crew necessary to do it. Then, I got organized… and the show will go on, Tuesday, live at 8:00 PM CST. I’ve even set up an Internet stream through the station (although I think it’s in WMV. eew). So that should be interesting!
Oh. And, this morning, I auditioned for district and state honor choir. That was annoying, as always. On the ride home, I discussed life and stuff at length with my ex-girlfriend, which for some reason always leaves me depressed for a few hours afterwards. Can’t help the heart sinking…
So that’s the summarized non-Fedora part of my week.