Blazer Blogs 2010 - Lucy Taylor

Sept. 22, 2010

Hey Blazer Fans!

This past weekend we traveled to Boone, N.C. for the Mountaineer Open and team camp. Instead of staying at the usual hotel, our wonderful coaches arranged for us to stay in three little houses in the mountains. The place we stayed was called Emerald Mountain and it was home to North Carolina's own Land of Oz. Coach Boldon and Coach Spain were assigned to stay in Dorothy's house (which was in fact an exact replica of Dorothy's house in The Wizard of Oz), and the girls were split between the other two houses.

Thursday night consisted of the coaches and Melissa cooking a delicious dinner and us spending about two hours trying to figure out how to get the Wi-Fi to work in the houses. All I have to say is thank God for Spanish schools producing the most intelligent students on the planet because our very own Spaniard, Clara Cid, was the one to crack the code to get the Wi-Fi to work. The best part about Thursday night was Rhi's musical presentation of her song entitled "The Books of Spain," which was written in honor of Clara.

For about two years now it has been Clara versus the entire team arguing her preposterous statements that all Spanish universities are better than American ones. The reason for this is because, simply stated, the books are just plain bigger in Spain. I find this to be a very bizarre argument coming from a girl who has never actually attended university in Spain, and who made the decision to travel half way around the world specifically to study in America, but maybe that's just me. Anyways, by the end of the song the entire team was in tears from laughing so hard, and the best part was Clara, who usually has a response to everything, had nothing to say. She told Rhi, "When I shut up and have nothing to say you know you're right." In the two years I have lived with Clara, I think I can count on one hand the amount of times she has admitted someone else is right, so this was a big triumph for all of us. Needless to say, I think we may have finally won this argument against Clara and can confidently say, "We are so over Spain."

Other notable things that happened over the weekend: the race on Friday evening, our tour of The Land of Oz, team-bonding activities, a picnic at Stephanie's grandparents' house and the commencement of the first annual Blazerpalooza. Blazerpalooza was created by Coach Spain as an activity that would make us step outside our comfort zones. We had to get in groups of two or three with someone we didn't live with, and make some sort of skit or song to perform for the team on Saturday night. I won't even try to explain the performances because it won't do them any justice, but I will say they were all hilarious and I feel bad for everyone who missed out. However, lucky for our loyal fans this weekend's performances are all recorded and I'm guessing that we'll probably be featured on SNL in the coming weeks (then we'll all become rich and famous and donate one millllllllionnn dollars to UAB - right guys?).

I would also like to quickly add that we are traveling to Memphis this weekend for the Memphis Twilight and say good luck to all my teammates!

Lucy Taylor