Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Expect the Unexpected

Although we are still in the United States, we are still on tour... and whenever we're on tour... we can expect the unexpected. Random things always seem to happen, someway, somehow.

Seeing that we are staying in the dorms here at American University, we all realized that our meals would be in one of the dining halls on campus. As we walked into "The Tavern" on Tuesday night for dinner we were informed that we were only allowed to have one thing off the menu (which included burgers, quesadillas, chicken fingers, and pizza). Most of us were starving at this point and were wondering first, how we were going to get enough to eat and second, if we were going to get any healthy food. Fortunately we worked out a way to get some pasta, deli sandwiches, some salads and fruit. Challenge number one: check.

We did get a break from the cafeteria food on Saturday though. Since most of our parents (and a lot of other friends and family too!) made it to the games on Saturday and Sunday, they organized a tailgate for us after the game on Saturday which was not only delicious, but reminded us that not everything that is unexpected is not bad. Plus we got dessert! :) Thanks parents!

Now, jump to Sunday night. Although we didn't get the results we had hoped from the weekend, and many of our friends and family had to leave to go back to work on Monday, we went to sleep excited to have a day off to let our bodies recover, to review the game film, and sight see a little bit in our nation's capital.

Monday: 4am. FIRE ALARM!!!
That's right. We got a bit of a rude awakening when the fire alarm decided to go off at 4am. As Maren and I sleepily stumbled from our room, we saw our coach, Lee, looking extremely confused standing in his boxers struggling with the door to his room. Come to find out he had a dream about his computer setting off the alarm, and in his rush to turn try to turn it off, he accidentally locked himself out of the room. Although we were all exhausted, we got a little chuckle out of the situation.

Even with random wake up calls, questionable meals, and a whole lot of free time on our hands, our team has always found a way to make the best of every situation, and even make them fun. We have learned to adapt and adjust, to control to things we can, and laugh about the things we can't.

But finally, I can't forget to mention the challenges that come along with playing Argentina, the number 2 team in the world. The real reason we are here. Every game brings new, exciting opportunities and obstacles. As we adapt to what Argentina throws at us, they too adjust to our game plan. We love this challenge. We thrive on it. We live for it.

"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges." -Martin Luther King Jr.

"You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind" -Darwin P. Kingsley

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