2016 – 2017 Debate Season Review

The Experience Adventurer Jr. did LD debate again this year. He needed to participate in eight tournaments to letter, which was two more than last year and it meant that he could only miss three of the scheduled tournaments. He fulfilled the lettering requirement again and got his letter for the second year. After that a BQD opportunity presented itself, and he competed in State Novice BQD for the first time and placed 8th. He also participated in a BQD … Continue reading >>

2017 MathCON Regional and National Competitions

Adventurer Jr. and Adventurer Jr. II took 45 minutes online 45 multiple choice MathCON questions on Feb. 28th, 2017. They scored 296 and 306 out of 320, respectively and ranked 2nd and 7th in Midwest region out of 49,685 contestants nationwide in six regions. They qualified for MathCON Nationals again this year in Chicago. We were going back to Chicago again! The Nationals was scheduled on April 22nd, 2017. We ordered a huge pizza and some wings with coupon from Mr. G’s to … Continue reading >>

2016 – 2017 MathCounts Review

Adventurer Jr. II was on Varsity team again this year for MathCounts. He won the first place individual, second place countdown, and second place team at regional/chapter competition on first Saturday of February. He received three trophies and $20 cash for the first place individual. He represented his school and went to State MathCounts competition on the second Saturday in March to compete against 33 of the State’s best teams. He placed 17th individual, just one place shy of making the countdown round. He … Continue reading >>

2016 – 2017 Science Olympiad Review

The Experience: Adventurer Jr. II joined Science Olympiad again this year. This was his second year of doing Science Olympiad. He and his partner got seventh place for Ecology at their first invitationals. And they got fifth place for Ecology at their second invitationals. They also participated in Bottled Rockets and Wright stuff. The Science Olympiad regionals had a conflict with MathCounts state competitions. Both he and his partner made to State MathCounts. They decided that they’d go to MathCounts instead of Science … Continue reading >>

Adventurer Jr.’s Driving and Car Planning

Adventurer Jr. is going to be old enough to drive in a year. Where did all the time go? We’ll take him to Knowledge and Vision Screening this winter to get his temporary instruction permit identification card. We’ll teach him how to drive next Summer and complete a Driver Education class at a licensed driver training school. We also need to add his name to our insurance without a cost once he starts driving until he gets his real license. We are planning … Continue reading >>

2016 Summer Debate Camp Review

The Experience We signed Adventurer Jr. up for a weeklong LD debate camp. The drive was about 1 hour one way. That’s 20 hours of driving for the week. Quite a commitment. I got pulled over on Wednesday morning. I told the police that I was on my way to get Adventurer Jr. to a camp and wasn’t familiar with the speed limit in the neighborhood. He gave me a verbal warning after looking at my driver’s license. There was a tournament … Continue reading >>

2016 Summer Quizbowl Camp Review

The Experience We packed things up, had an early lunch and left home at 12:30 pm on Wednesday. The hosting school was about 2 hours of driving distance away. We were mostly on interstate 77 heading south. We had never been to that part of Ohio before and realized that the scenery was beautiful with lush green trees, farms, and little towns connected by little towns. After checking in and helping Adventurer Jr. set his dorm room up, we hugged, said goodbye … Continue reading >>

A Fun Day in June 2016

The Experience Today we went to see 3D “Independence Day: Resurgence” at the movie theater that we could lie down. Instead of afternoon showings, we opted to see the morning one at 11:15, that saved us $5 per person. To prepare for this sequel, we watched a free streaming of original “Independence Day” made in 1996 in our living room two weeks ago. I enjoyed the sequel as well as original, but Adventurer Jr. said we should have seen Disney’s “Finding … Continue reading >>

Ms. C

Ms. C was seventy-one year old, but she looked energetic and in good shape. She had blue eyes and fair skin. She moved to Las Vegas about twenty years ago from Washington because she didn’t like the rains there. That reminded me of the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”, that’s the first time Seattle was introduced to me. Then I recalled the Space Needle, and the Pike Place market, where I visited in year 2008 or so. When I was there, it didn’t rain though. … Continue reading >>