This was one of the longest days of my life.
7:15 AM: Alarm clock
wakes me up after about 2 hours of sleep.
7:45 AM: Start to scrape the ice and snow off my car, which has been outdoors all night during the snowstorm
7:55 AM: Start driving to Brentwood High School
. I am referee
ing at an invitational fencing
8:20 AM: Arrive at Brentwood High School. I check in with the Head of the Bout Committee
and sign my name to the directors' sign in sheet, then schmooze with some coaches and parents I haven't seen in a long while.
8:40 AM: My friend Mike arrives, who is also refereeing the competition. We talk about old times
for a while.
9 AM: Competition begins. My first refereeing assignment is a women's foil pool round
. Shouldn't be that hard.
9:15 AM: At the beginning of the second bout of the pool, we notice an irregularity
in the electronic equipment and are forced to replace one of the floor cord
s. The rest of the pool runs through pretty quickly. I make a few minor mistake
s in my calls, but no one notices.
10:30 AM: I'm given a men's foil pool round to preside over exactly thirty seconds after I finish the girls pool. I am less than enthused
12:00 PM: I finish the men's foil pool and turn in my scoresheet. I go take a lunch break
, gorging myself on free cold cuts
and bottled water
, the lone perks of being a referee.
12:30 PM: I start work directing some direct elimination
bouts--a mix of men's foil, women's foil, and men's epee
. I hate directing epee and make some mistakes during those bouts, but I could care less because I specifically requested not to direct epee. One coach
complains about a mistake I made, but I deftly tell him where to shove it
because it's an individual competition and no coaching is allowed.
2:30 PM: I finish directing a marathon
SIX direct elimination bouts in a row. My voice has cracked from all the shouting I have to do and my legs are starting to seriously hurt. I hand in my sixth DE scoresheet and run away before anyone from the Bout Committee
notices me and assigns me another bout to preside over.
3:00 PM: Bruce (head of the Bout Committee) finally notices I'm persona non grata
and pages me to the command center
. I get handed a semifinal
bout of the women's foil tournament to direct, which is a pretty sweet assignment.
3:30 PM: The semi-final match FINALLY finishes, after going to the three period time limit with the score of 13-5. It was actually a great match until the final period, and I was proud of myself for not making any mistakes during the bout.
4:00 PM: I bum around for another half an hour, watching the Bronze Medal
women's foil match and a few others. Then I say my goodbyes and head for home.
4:30 PM: After getting lost on the way out of Brentwood, I get back home and quickly stop by Gold's Gym
to correct a mistake they made in calculating when my membership would expire
(they were off by four months).
4:40 PM: I arrive home and lie down
before my legs fall off.
5:30 PM: Dinner with my parents at Boulder Creek Steakhouse and Saloon
7 PM: Quick hop online to check my email
. I call some friends up to decide on the plan of action
for the evening.
8 PM: Sit down to watch a little of Mr. Holland's Opus
, one of my favorite movies.
8:30 PM: Shower
9 PM: Get picked up by friends to go see Cast Away
. It was pretty good.
12 AM: Arrive back at home.