Minister's Study

Ministering, writing, and wrestling in a land flowing with sweet tea and deep-fried food

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Youth activity and wrestling clinic

November 14th, 2005

Wow, it's been a while since I posted anything here. I'm keeping quite busy, I'm afraid, between the church work, the second job, my novel writing, and such.

Speaking of church work, we had our "Build your own pizza night" last night. The church supplies the basic ingredients for pizza, and the kids bring their own extra toppings. We also played some Jenga (in keeping with the building theme), and Paul and I played some basketball with the guys afterwards. We were missing some of the regulars because of other events. (Several of the girls who usually attend our youth activities belong to a school marching band and color guard that won the New York State competition. They went to compete in PA for the Northeast regional competition Saturday night, placed third, and got home quite late. And another family was having a birthday party that we didn't find out about until after the youth activity was scheduled.) In spite of the missing regulars, we still had a solid turnout, due to several visitors. The activity was pretty low key, which was what I had in mind -- our last few have been very competitive, high energy contests, so we wanted something a little more laid back.

Saturday morning, the Farrell wrestling squad had a wrestling clinic put on by one of the coaches from the New York Athletic Club. Before coming to the United States, he was the Romanian national coach (coaching their olympic and world cup teams). I had seen him before at the Empire State Games, where he was coaching some of my competition, and some of my teammates as well. He specializes in Greco-Roman wrestling, my preferred style, so the clinic was really neat. I think I picked up some pretty cool stuff.

As for my NaNo novel, it's coming along slowly. Slowly isn't all that good. I don't have an exact wordcount at the moment, but I'm sure I'm at least a day or two behind. I'll have to post a wordcount later, once I add it all up (and maybe write a little more so that it's not so embarrassing.)


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