Karate may stop the bad guys but it doesn’t stop the nerves.

So, this week I went to lunch with my friend Eva Kershner. We got food from the student store, and it wasn’t that bad. We both attend Santa Barbara Senior High School and I hate the cafeteria food but the student store isn’t that bad.

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Eva and I were enjoying our lunches and we decided to talk about memories. Memories are a great topic. I enjoy talking about them. Eva was telling me about her funny stories and memories and then I asked her that if she had to pick a funnies memory what would it be? She said it was to hard to choose one but this would be at the top of the list.

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“So, I was in China taking a test for karate. I was really happy to be in China but I was nervous for my test. We stayed at this nice hotel and the night before the test I felt so nervous. Just after dinner we were in the lobby and I was so nervous I started to feel sick. Then I really started to feel sick and something happened and I threw up. I was just throwing up in the lobby and then I couldn’t stop. So my mom started yelling at me to stop and I felt really bad because I couldn’t stop and It was so awful. Everyone was looking at us and it was super awkward. So I started crying and I could not stop, and was just throwing up and crying in the lobby. So ya that day I was not very amused, but when I got home from the trip after passing my test I realized just how funny it was. My brother, mom, and whole family laughs about the story to this day, now I find it very amusing. I don’t mind telling the story now because I’m over it.”

Now, a message from Eva Kershner to y’all: Take karate it will protect you from things, if you feel sick evacuate public places, and if you are throwing up don’t cry, It makes things 100x worse.

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The look of disappointment on a security guards face.

This week I interviewed Nicole Figueroa. We sat outside the English building at SBHS. We talked about laughing and lunch, and eventually we did so, we laughed over lunch. It was fun and I liked hearing Nicole’s story about funny stuff that happened to her, all in all it was a successful week with a fun interview.

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I laugh whenever I think of this story and I find it very funny that this kind of stuff always happens to me. Since then I have done countless clumsy things. Just because I have gotten used to it doesn’t mean it isn’t any less funny to me or my friends when I fall.

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“It happened a few months ago and I had just taken a test in my math class. I hadn’t finished my test so I had to get a pass to go to my next class and the class was already 1/2 over. So I’m walking down and I was like thinking because I’m really clumsy that it was a good thing I hadn’t fallen yet. And then all the sudden I fell flat on the ground and my stuff was all over. No one was there besides the security guard. And we made eye contact and he like looked very disappointed in me and then he just walked away. I told all my friends and we had a good laugh. Even though practically no one saw it, it was still really embarrassing and funny. Also when I came into class that day I was all beat up with cuts everywhere and I looked really frazzled. Ya, it was a really funny day. I still laugh when I think about the look on the security guards face, it cracks me up. Whenever I see the security guard he gives me that exact same look. A look of sheer disappointment.”

Now, a message from Nicole Figueroa to ya’all: Never be the last one to finish your math test, always expect the unexpected, and always watch where you are going because you are probably clumsier than you think you are.

You pitch to fast a common misconception.

So this week I decided to do something different. Something really funny happened to me, well it didn’t exactly happen to me I kind of brought it on myself. Definitely one of my funniest most embarrassing moments. If you play baseball or softball this blog might make a little more sense to  you, but either way it’s worth a read. This story takes place at home, not my house, home plate.

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This story is definitely a catch. Ever since it happened every time I think about it I laugh and it is just really funny because it is so classic me. Softball games tend to make me laugh, and I like to laugh because it keeps me loose and I do better when i’m having fun. I’m really happy that I found something that makes me smile and that I can always count on to have fun when doing, everyone should have something like that.

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So it was the bottom of the fifth inning. After the first inning we were down 8-0. By this time the score was 8-12 us, we had made a very large comeback. So, there were 2 outs and I was nervous because I had just had the ball it back at me, that is how we got the second out. But anyways this really tall girl was up and the count was 2:2 and I pitched a strike but the ump wasn’t ready. I was confused because the catcher was ready and it is hard to see if the ump is ready with all that stuff he wears. Also the game was almost over and I was really excited so I was moving very fast because I was worried we would run out of time. Then the ump said that the pitch didn’t count because he wasn’t ready and I was so confused but I pitched another pitch that was high and outside and she swung and clean missed. That was strike three so we went in but I stayed around home plate hoping to get the chance to ask the ump why my pitch didn’t count. But before I could say anything the ump looked right at me and said, “You pitch to fast.” and I said, “Thank you.” I walked into the dugout so happy that the ump had just complimented me when I realized that I had made a mistake. He meant that I had pitched before he was ready and I needed to take my time on the mound instead of pitching to fast and not waiting for him. I was so ashamed I pulled my visor down over my face and started laughing really hard. I totally had embarrassed myself in front of the ump. I told one of my coaches who laughed a bit. I then walked over to the part of the dugout that the trainer and pitching coach were sitting in. I told my pitching coach what the ump told me and she said that I needed to slow down, “You don’t get it I responded with thank you,” I said. She looked at me like I was stupid but it was OK because I felt stupid. But the trainer, my pitching coach, and I all laughed for a good 5 minutes.

Now,  a message from me, Katie Firestone, to all of you: Always make sure the ump is looking when you pitch, umps usually don’t just straight up complement you so know that, and always think twice before assuming someone is saying something nice about you, because it might be a common misconception.

Don’t Horse Around.

This week I had  a team lunch with my softball team here a Santa Barbara High School. All of either brought lunch, didn’t eat, got school food, or went off campus. We sat in between the softball locker room and the softball field. The right fielder and I both stayed on campus with our lunches, so I decided to interview her.

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So, I was sitting with our right fielder Jazmin Heras and I decided to ask her about one of her funniest memories. She told me about a time she will never forget, one that always makes her laugh when she tells people, she laughed when she told me.

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“I went to Mexico with my sister to visit our Aunt and Uncle. They live in a small town called Oaxa. I woke up at like 6 in the morning because I couldn’t sleep, oh ya and I was like 10 years old. So my sister and I walked around outside the house to look at the animals. So we saw the pigs and the chickens and everything and then we came up to some horses. It was my uncles horse, he races. So I wanted to feed it and I reached down to pick up some grass and the horse bit me. I felt a really hard pinch on my back and I didn’t know what to do. I was standing there will a horse attached to my back. My sister didn’t know what to do either, so she just started laughing and couldn’t stop. Eventually I did a motion and the horse dropped me and I ran. I didn’t want to tell my aunt what had happened because I was afraid she wouldn’t let me play with the horses anymore. So I went into the house acting like nothing had happened but my aunt saw the bit mark on my shoulder and new right away what had happened. They were all just laughing at me and my aunt still let me play with the horses.”

Now, a message from Jazmin Heras to all of you: Don’t horse around a horse, always tell a adult when you get hurt because they will find out anyways, and sometimes things can be so funny they  almost hurt, or can hurt so much it’s almost funny.