The last hurrah
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August 4th, 2007 – by: agarfrerick
Wednesday afternoon was the big game against UGA. I know what you're wondering.
I'm not one of the better 7 or 8 players on the team, but definitely expected to contribute as a sub. Fortunately, the way the positioning worked out, we had very few forwards, so I decided to step up in that role (even though I've been a defender my whole life). I ended up playing over half of the game! Our first goal came shortly after I entered, when me and Peter (a professor's son a year older than Aaron) made a run to the goal, and he slotted it in nicely. But I was there for backup if he needed it. Much to our delight, the crowd erupted with the "Ramblin Reck" song and much taunting and trash talking ensued.
UGA scored not too long into the second half after a mistake by our keeper. We got a little scared until Philip, our best player, converted a great unassisted goal to make it 3-1. I'll just let it be known that I was in on the action during that goal too. Another chorus of our fight song and "To HELL with Georgia" ensued, and we were feeling pretty good. The game soon ended, and our crowd began to sing the "Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye" song as their players walked away.
Finals on Friday sucked, but I got through them. Statics was harder than expected, and medieval history was 3 hours of continuous writing, but I did pretty good I think. My teachers really like me anyway. Professor Volovoi plays soccer with us every day, and I made sure he saw me at his wife's harp concert that was Wednesday night. After doing well on my first test, I think Professor Moore liked me too. She really liked my recorder playing on Thursday too. It's all about brownie points. Friday night's dinner in the Hall was good too. As it was our last one, the made us steak; although nothing compared to american beef, it was pretty good.
This morning (Saturday), a lot of people, including myself, decided to go "punting" on the river. Punting is basically just a boat that you push and steer with a long pole (much like a gondola). We had five people in our boat, and it was a beautiful daly out. It's harder than it looks! We faced some difficulties turning, and hit the sides a couple of times, but nobody fell in. I got a workout, as we got turned around coming up the home stretch upstream. Since I was basically using the pole from the front, it was double the work. But I had a good time, and it was great to just relax and see the city for one last time today. Tonight, me and a bunch of friends are going to eat out at the Trout, which is a cool place on the river.
This pretty much wraps up my European adventures from the summer. I loved it here in Oxford; it's definitely one of the coolest cities in the world. I think I've seen and experienced more this summer than most people do in a lifetime. Props to my parents and Randy McDow for funding it. Well, we've come to the end. It's both a sad and happy time. But good news! It looks like there's going to be a sequel next summer, with different and all new places and crazy escapades! Preliminary title is "Yellow Fever," but nothing's set in stone at this point. It's already in pre-production, so stay tuned for more details. Until next time friends, take care and safe travels!
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