Cliff Gardner

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

NPDA Nationals roundup!

We just got back from debate nationals. The highlights include:

--I find out that tons of people read CliffGardner but never post because blogger won't let people who aren't registered comment. So, to all of you voyeurs reading this, HI! YOU ROCK!

--I finished The Da Vinci Code. I don’t want to give away the ending, but the Boxcar Children were taken in by a kind hearted elderly couple (in other words, this book read like it should have been nominated for one of those gold medal awards on elementary school “novels,” and let’s be honest—The Indian in the Cupboard is much more interesting).

--Pacific University attends NPDA for the first time, and our teams end up with a winning record overall! Josh and Kyle go 4-4 (as a freshman and sophomore, that’s really good) and Tyler and Jared (also a freshman and sophomore team) ADVANCE TO ELIMINATION ROUNDS with a 5-3 record before dropping in quad-octo-finals on a 2-1 decision. To my knowledge, this is the first ever break at any national tournament in the history of Pacific forensics, so needless to say, I am so proud that my head is about to fly off!

--I get horribly lost while trying to find food in Salem, THE CITY THAT I LIVED IN FOR FOUR YEARS, on the way back. AshAttack has one of her “fits,” laughing so hard she cries. But hey, we ate at Denny’s, so suck on that one, confusing highway systems of Oregon.

--Ashley films a documentary about Lilia Toson by following her around for the entire tournament. When you see someone as amazingly talented as Lilia debate, a lot of people tend to get a little star struck. Because of that, you sort of half expect her and Kevin (an equally great debater who earned the comment of the tournament after an elimination round from Tyler: “Kevin’s MO……, man, that was a good MO!”) to be self absorbed assholes, but in reality, they’re basically the coolest people in the debate community. When they got to semi-finals I was amazingly proud of them and I know they’ll have great senior years!

--Jess and Ash sitting alone next to each other knitting up a storm in a room full of debaters. They promise to knit me a Speedo and I promise to wear it.

--Willamette won both tournament sweepstakes and season sweepstakes. I think Megan knows exactly how I feel.

--Ian and I judge an important round together and I feel smarter because we agreed on the team that won.

Wow, that tournament was exhausting. I'm sure glad I have some time off now! OH WAIT! I leave in about six hours for ANOTHER national tournament in Florida. I'll be gone this time for two weeks because I'm staying with my brother and my friends David and Kristen for a week after the tournament is over, so posting on here will be sparse for a bit, but know that I love you all!


  • Our debaters couldn't hope for a better coach than you. You're great!!!

    And, I'm happy you got lost in Salem - you wouldn't want to discriminate against Salem, since you get lost in every other city. Wanna drive in Florida?

    By Blogger magic, and with love from Sam,, at 10:33 AM  

  • The Indian in the Cupboard is such a fantastic series. All those lurkers are lying to you - witness that I don't have a blogger blog and yet comment all the time, by checking "other" and putting in my name. Comment, lurkers!

    By Anonymous andrea, at 11:17 AM  

  • have a great time in FLA...give Kristen and David hugs for all of us stuck Pacific-side...

    By Anonymous zayne, at 11:20 AM  

  • man oh man was that fun!


    ...oh wait."

    By Blogger Ashley, at 11:56 AM  

  • So who won?

    By Blogger Your Friendly Neighborhood Clark Bar, at 12:04 PM  

  • Hey man, Make your own Bannana Hammock...were sold out of crazy here, so go buy somewhere else

    By Blogger The Assassin (burrr), at 3:44 PM  

  • Dude. Buy a Salem map. Seriously you have the worst head for direction of anyone I know!!!

    WE ROCK!!!!!!

    By Blogger truax, at 4:03 PM  

  • i am not registered and leave comments all the time... what kind of silly fools are you talking about?!

    By Anonymous amy, at 5:51 PM  

  • It took me a long time to figure out how to leave comments without registering but when I finally learned...well it was a wonderous day indeed! Congrats to all of your team and all my best to you all as you head off to Florida! Enjoy the 80 degree weather--you might need that speedo.

    By Anonymous Sharl, at 7:28 PM  

  • YEA!! I love it when new teams break at NPDA...

    We had a hybrid break in 2004, no breaks last year (they were really weak..) and the same record as y'all this year.

    I think I'd die if I had to do AFA... I admire your dedication. Your students are very lucky to have you.

    By Blogger Inside the Philosophy Factory, at 1:52 PM  

  • I just think the lurkers should get blogger blogs... I mean come on now, they are the best blogs... and I'm not bias at all ;)

    By Blogger Miss B, at 3:20 PM  

  • Congrats on your success at Nationals. And I know what you mean about the Da Vinci Code. When I hadn't yet adjusted to the time difference between China and Oregon, I started reading it around midnight and read until 6 am and finished it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:56 PM  

  • Oh, that last post was by me, Mandy :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:56 PM  

  • Give David a big hug for me!!!! And good job at NPDA Nationals! You're a rock star!

    By Blogger Megan, at 1:02 PM  

  • I am extremely flattered. It was amazing getting to see you, and I can't wait until next year!

    By Blogger JustLilia, at 1:14 PM  

  • Thanks for the compliments man, i appreciate all your support and for making the right decision in semis :) God bless and keep in touch!

    By Anonymous Kevin G., at 9:02 PM  

  • So, uh, I've been in the midst of post-nats detox all this week, which basically involves sleeping until noon and not doing anything productive, so I'm keeping on par with my "reading Thom's blog two days after he posts" routine. Anyways, I'm thrilled y'all had a solid showing at Pac's first NPDA, and good luck to your IErs in Gainesville.

    By Anonymous Eric, at 10:16 PM  

  • This posting drought is beyond sparse. Get to it, chief. ;o)

    By Blogger Your Friendly Neighborhood Clark Bar, at 3:59 PM  

  • New post! Mew post!

    By Anonymous Lucy, at 10:17 AM  

  • So I'm finally deciding to break my reading but not commenting trend :) Congrats to you guys at nationals, and let me know if your ever in P-town!

    By Anonymous Rosemary, at 12:15 AM  

  • Awesome site. Great links about Thanks for taking the time to build it for us free loaders.

    By Anonymous great ass picture, at 5:35 AM  

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