Now that everybody is moved in, and getting ready for school to start, I thought I would mention a cool activity that I started participating in that I think we should all do. It’s water frisbee. It’s ultimate frisbee, except in knee deep water.
I played my first game on Friday, and it was so much fun! By the end of the night, people were diving for discs, laying it out for every long pass. There were a few really cool dives, where the receiver leaps out head first, arms extended, reaching to grab the disc, and he snatches it right before he is submerged in the foot-and-a-half deep water. There were some passes where it seemed as if the receiver was about to catch the frisbee when, out of nowhere, an opposing player on defense flies and slaps the frisbee out of the air.
On a completely separate note, I totally loved the challenge course we all participated in yesterday. My two favorite challenges were (1) arranging each other in order of the last digits in our phone numbers and by our middle initials, and (2) the airport transit challenge.
For the arranging challenge, there were 12 participants and 12 stumps. Each participant stood on a stump. We had to arrange ourselves without stepping off the stumps. This required us to hold onto each other and help each other and most importantly trust each other. After we completed the arranging by numbers task, we had to arrange each other by middle initial. Except we couldn’t talk. We had to communicate with each other through body language. This was extremely difficult and required patience and creative thinking. We all worked together as a team and completed this exercise.
The airport transit challenge was another story. There were 5 different stumps and 3 long planks. The stumps were placed far apart, too far to jump. We had to get each member of our team from one “airport” (stump) to the last one. The most difficult restriction was that before the last person leaves the last airport, everyone else has to be in transit. We had to figure out the best way to get everyone across, and help each other balance and work together to complete our goal. I don’t want to give away our strategy, because some of you will probably do this again!
I just wanted to say how awesome our community is, from the open doors in the hallway, to riding the bus down to central together, to the challenges we all overcame yesterday at the course. Thank you to everyone for being so AWESOME! I look forward to a great year and this great community.