Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Friendly Reunion

On Saturday, March 23, my friends Michala and Nichola came to visit from Canada. About 5 years ago, they moved to Canada. Since then, my friends Nicholas, Max, Jack, Samantha, and I never saw them again. The seven of us used to live in the same neighborhood and grew up together. That Saturday, they came to visit and we went to a party for them! We played with Nerf guns and played tag.

When we played with Nerf guns, we split into two teams. Nicholas, Max, Nichola, Jack, Michael, and I vs. the other team, Victor, David, Liam, Riley, Samantha, and Margo. During the game, if we got blasted by a bullet, we would have to lay on the floor and pretend to be dead for ten seconds. Then we would rise and put our hands up so we could return to our base to re-spawn. Nicholas had a Nerf assault rifle, Max, Jack and I had Nerf pistols and Nichola had the "LIVE" ball. The "LIVE" ball is a ball that can make you invulnerable to anything. It would also one-hit-kill some one if you chucked the ball at them. If you touch a teammate with the "LIVE" ball when they are on the ground,  they re-spawn without traveling back to their base. Michael was our spy. Even though he had no weapons, he sneaked into the enemy base and took all their weapons. That was the turning point in the game. They were defenseless and our team beat them. 

We also played two versions of tag. The first version of tag we played was hide-and-go-seek tag. If you were tagged, you would be out for the round. The first time around, the tagger thought everyone was tagged but then I shouted at him, "HEY! I am up here!" He looked up and saw me on the roof of the house. Everyone laughed and the tagger screamed back, "How did you get up there?" I replied with an answer that nobody expected; "I climbed". He couldn't get me, so to make it a fair game, I jumped down and ran around. The tagger couldn't reach me so I stopped. It was hilarious. He expected me to keep running so he ran right past me. Eventually, he tagged me. 

The other version of tag we played was banana tag. You had to tag someone in the back, and if both people tagged each other at the same time, they would "roshambo". I wasn't as good at this game, but I was still  quite decent. I didn't watch my back as often as I should have and would be tagged unexpectedly. Most of the times I was startled when someone sneaked up behind me and tagged me, then ran away.

I had a excellent time playing with my friends. I also made new friends and it was a very happy evening. However, I am sad because Nichola and Michala have to go back to Canada, but I hope I can see them again soon!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Skiing (Again!)

I went skiing with my dad again at Tahoe. I was extremely happy when I heard that we were skiing at North Star again because it is my favorite resort. We went on Friday night, March 8th, and skied on Saturday and Sunday. In skiing, the difficulty level of a slope is labeled by a color on a sign. We started out on a green run (easy) then moved on to blue runs (harder) and black runs(hardest). We did this pattern for both days because we did green runs to warm ourselves up, blue runs for the joy of skiing, and black runs to challenge ourselves. The green run we went on is named The Gulch. I thought it was strange that it was called The Gulch because the run didn't resemble a "V" shaped valley. Actually it looks like a savanna (the run was flat and had small bushes) that was coated with snow and ice. However, The Gulch also has lots of rocks in some places.

We skied mostly on blue runs. Many of the blue runs were easy for me. My dad and I had no trouble traveling down the mountain. The lifts to blue runs weren't as crowded or cold as the last time we were here. We got many blue runs in. There are hard blue runs that have many shrubs, but we skied on them anyway. The blue runs with shrubs were hard because sometimes if we weren't careful, we would hit a shrub and fall. I didn't like these runs because the shrubs often tangled your skis together when you tried to get up.

The black diamond runs are tough, brutal, and mean. If you fall, you will probably tumble another two meters before being able to sit up right. That happened to me once. However, if you don't fall, the black runs are pretty fun. The trick to not falling is to be relaxed and calm. When you go down a path and you know it is a black diamond, you are most likely scared. When you are scared, your adrenaline starts pumping through your body and making you more cautious. Caution can be good and bad. The good part is that when  you are cautious, you are aware of your surroundings. The bad part is you are not paying attention to your skis. Your ski tips might cross making you fall. This is all from experience.

We went on multiple black diamond runs and they all very fun because we didn't fall! This is the last time I will ski for the season. I hope I can go back to North Star or another challenging resort next season!