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High School, the Eclipse, and a Haircut

High school has started for the twins. So far it has been an amusement park ride, full of ups and downs.

Starting at the top and headed down, Girl Twin did not make the softball team. This wasn't all that surprising. She is now competing with girls that make softball a major part of their lives. Girl Twin hasn't made that commitment.

Unfortunately, the situation with her not making the team did not endear me to the school or team. OK, I'm not that petty, listen to the story before you judge me.

The story begins with an eclipse. Seriously, I am going to tie the eclipse to softball.

I'm not a really a moon and stars kind of guy. I didn't want to walk on the moon. I don't check my horoscope. I've never seen one episode of Star Trek.

I haven't any idea why, but I was intrigued by the recent full eclipse. A few months ago when it became a popular news subject, I found I/we could travel a couple hours by car and see the darn thing. I decided I'm going.

Without checking anyones calendar, I asked the family to go with me. The entire family decided to go, even Elaine. Ivy ordered glasses.

After checking calendars, it was noticed that softball tryouts would take place during the two weeks before the eclipse. The final team roster would be decided and posted on the Friday before the eclipse.

Did I mention the day of the eclipse was also the first full day of high school. I started to wonder if the twins would really rather miss the first day of high school or go to the eclipse with me. They both picked going with me.

OK, let's get back to softball. On the Friday before the eclipse a sheet of paper was posted on the school's locker room wall with the names of the players that made the softball team. Girl Twin's name was not on that paper.

On the bottom of the paper was a note that stated "If you would like to speak with the coach about why or why not, please wait until the following Monday." Eclipse Day!

I convinced Girl Twin to text or email the coach, to explain she would not be in school on Monday due to a family trip. Girl Twin sent and email explaining the eclipse trip, ending the email with the words, "I will cancel my trip with my family if that's what I need to do to talk to you." The coach returned the email. She simply said, "That will be fine." It was time for Monner to get involved. I told Girl Twin, "That will be fine is not an answer, email her again. What will be fine, can you talk to the coach before the trip or is she asking you to cancel?"

Girl Twin sent another email. She waited for a return email. It didn't come. Girl Twin made the decision to go to school to talk to the coach, skipping the eclipse trip.

Boy Twin, Ivy, Elaine and I drove to see the eclipse. Girl Twin went to school to talk to the coach.

The (construction language) coach cancelled practice and didn't show up at school Monday. Eclipse Day! Once in 99 years Eclipse Day!

I won't be attending any softball games this year and that coach can (construction language)!


Boy Twin's amusement park ride is going up. He made it through the summer with only one "smart phone" girlfriend. He let his hair grow over the summer. "Smart phone" girlfriend told him it was time to get it cut. ("Smart phones" girlfriend's dad told Boy Twin he was going to cut it for him.) Do people still care about hair?

Being the great compromiser that I am, I suggested he dye his hair pink. He chose just to cut it. (On a related subject, have you seen those guys with the giant earrings? I ask you, have you ever got up in the morning and looked in the mirror and said to yourself, "My ear lobes are too small, I'm going to stretch them.) I'm not sure how that relates to this story, but it is just a question I felt I needed to ask.

"Smart phone" Girlfriend didn't like his hair after he cut it. Girl Twin went to work finding Boy Twin a new girlfriend. Girl Twin compiled a list of about six other girls. While I found it amusing, I told Girl Twin, she might want to stay out of it.

Our crazy lives!


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