Cliff Gardner

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Camp 50 Update!

Camp 50 is 80% over and going really well. I've discovered that if you fill your camp with awesome people, it pretty much runs itself. I invited all my really good friends in Peace Corps to come and work as teachers or "team leaders" and the fact that I try and surround myself with smart, funny folks really has paid off. I'm really busy pretty much all day, and I can't be everywhere at once, but because all the PCV's are great, that hasn't mattered.

Today, for example, I had to run some people across town to the train-ticket office so they could get their tickets home from camp, and we got back about 20 minutes late, only to find that the kids had eaten their snack and were playing Ultimate Frisbee with 6 PCV's during their free time before their next lesson. Later, I was a little late getting back from buying materials for the relay-race activity, only to find Dana and Ravi (two team leaders) organizing a human-knot team-building activity. Needless you say, I love having such awesome friends.

Tomorrow is beach day when, after a day of lessons, we'll be going to the beach and building sand castles. BEST SUMMER CAMP EVER! I love and miss you all.

Monday, June 09, 2008

I like that guy who invented the stove, too.

I watched game one of the NBA finals the other night, and after Paul Pierce went down with a phantom injury, his coach Doc Rivers said this: "like the guy from South Africa said, 'adversity is something you can get over.' This is why we play all 12 guys" This is funny for a few reasons:

1) Doc Rivers, a black man, didn't know Nelson Mandela's name.

2) He mis-quoted him. What he was going for, I think, was, "The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail." So, not even close.

3) You should never play all 12 guys on your roster, much less in game one of the NBA finals. Most coaches just get a set 7-8 man rotation of their best players and just play them a lot so everyone knows what their roles are and what they need to do. Mixing minutes hurts the team in the worst way and kills everyone's confidence. So, he's a terrible coach.

4) Can you imagine Kevin Garnett deciding to assert himself even more for a rebound because of any inspirational quotation, even if it's perfectly delivered? The guy is so jacked on Adrenalin he can't see straight.

5) Doc Rivers was honestly serious when he said this. Wow.

High comedy. It was by far the funniest thing I've ever seen a coach do. If the Celtics win the NBA title, and they very easily could because they're up 2-0 on the Lakers, it will be the greatest achievement ever in professional basketball.