April 29, 2004
This last weekend had to have been the longest weekend ever in the history of playing at Cal. It is not like I have never made this trip before - a game at Washington on Friday and games at UCLA on Saturday and Sunday - but for some reason I was so tired.
To start off our weekend, Thursday morning (April 22), we woke up to be at weights at 8 in the morning. We worked out, went to class and then we headed to the airport. While we were running, our weightlifting coach predicted what the weather would be like in Washington. He said 52 degrees and raining … what a forecast! Well, guess what Coach K? It was like 65 and sunny.
When we got there, the Thorson's hosted a dinner for all of us, and it was some good grub: hamburgers, salmon, salad, lasagna, coffeecake (which is my favorite), homemade ice cream and more. Delicious!
So, I am sitting there watching Vicky Galindo and Haley Woods play these horseshoe things, and I am looking out into the wilderness. It reminded me of when I used to go and spend my spring breaks at my aunt's house in Woodland, Wash. I was about 10 and went for about four or five years in a row. My family is crazy, and they thought that it would be really funny to play this joke on me, so the put me into a Jeep and told me that we are going to look for deer 9 at night. Do people even look for deer this late at night? Anyway, I hear something walking and my aunt says, "Do you hear that? There they are."
I am so excited and she gives me the spotlight. I turn it on, and what I saw frightened me for the rest of my life. I saw Bigfoot! Or well I thought that I did. My family let me believe this and I would swear to anyone that I saw this creature till I was like 16 years old.
In the end, I found out the joke was on me, but I told this to our coach Kim Maher and she laughed at me like everyone else did when I said that I saw Bigfoot. It is OK though, I like to be the butt of everyone's joke!
We left a short time later to go back to our hotel. The next day the weather returned to 52 degrees and it was raining. We all had to help bring out the tarp for a rain delay, and us Californians have no idea how to take out a tarp and cover the fields. They tried to tell us what to do, but all we seemed to do was get in the way. I remember when I was a freshman; I was told a story when our alumni had a rain delay. Teresa Wilson and her Huskies had to bring out the tarp. While they were trying to get the tarp on the field, the wind picked up and it made the tarp fly up. Teresa Wilson, UW's old coach, was standing on the tarp and it knocked her right on her fanny.
The hardest part of this whole trip is flying all the way down to L.A. and passing over the Bay Area after playing one game in Seattle. We don't literally fly over the Bay, but knowing that we are flying over our home kinda hurts.
Oh well, UCLA was not that fun. We didn't win so I don't have much to say about that leg of the trip. This weekend coming up we are going to have to die in the Arizona heat. As long as we can come out of there with three Ws, it will all be worth it. I know that we can! Go Bears.