This weekend I signed up to play in a beach volleyball tournament at East Beach, Santa Barbara. The tournament was through CBVA and was a men’s tournament. I played with a partner from another school who’s a pretty good friend. We showed up to the tournament at around 8:30 AM and started warming up for our first game at 9:15 ish. Unfortunately, we played in 5 team pool with only one other high school team. Our first game was against a team who were in their 30’s, and they were pretty decent. We lost the game 12-21 and it was pretty rough. Then we played against a high school team and beat them by about 6 points. We then went against a UCSB men’s doubles team and got beat badly as expected. I was actually impressed by how we played, and despite the 8-21 loss, we rallied most of the points and made a lot of good plays. After being eliminated from our pool, we went over to East Beach Grill and had burgers, fries, and shakes. After that we got back to the beach and played doubles for another hour or so; we jumped in the ocean to cool down before we left the beach.
We met up at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club later and enjoyed some Arnold Palmers and beach views. Finally, I met up with my friend Christian and we went to 1000 steps beach to take some pictures of the sunset. The picture above has no color correction and the one below is edited slightly. We messed around with the camera’s settings and upped the exposure to add a mist effect to the water. We stayed there until about 8 PM then headed over to Mesa Burger to have some chicken sandwiches. Then we headed over to his house and watched a movie and I spent the night. The next day was Sunday and we went back to the beach to play a bit more volleyball. About 8 people showed up so we had enough for 4 teams, but we only took up one court. I was surprised that there was parking at 10 in the morning with great weather conditions. Great Weekend!
Mother’s day weekend was this past one, and I think it went pretty well. Friday after school there was a massive dodge ball competition between youth groups from all over Santa Barbara and Goleta. Our team had a lot of good friends from multiple youth groups and we all got together to form the most op team out there. We won the entire championship and most of the games were pretty one sided. Fortunately, the final round was pretty close but I’d say it was a decisive victory. Saturday morning I met my friends at the East Beach volleyball courts and we were lucky to have an open court to play on. I got there a little after nine but most of my friends were there before 8. We played for about 4 hours until it got too hot and we were all wiped out. We then went to Habit for lunch, and as part of celebration for the end of the season, my friend Ethan’s parents bought us all Habit which was around $70 in total. Later that day I hung out with my friend Christian and we had a bit of a photo shoot for an hour and we went over to his house to edit the pictures. After we finished that we played video games for a while until it got late and I went home.
I woke up on Mother’s Day morning at about 9:30 because I needed a lot rest. My mom told me she was feeling sick and so my little brother and I were offered to go to the Bacara with some family friends. So we ended up getting there at 10 ish and ordered steak burritos, pancakes, loads of nachos, and pina coladas. We hung out around the pool all day for about 7 hours, going in and out and playing chicken fights in the water. Eventually, they were ready to leave, but because my friend let me know he was coming and could give me a ride home, I decided to stay and wait for him. He showed up and we went in the hot tub and had dinner and eventually went home. I’d say it was one of my favorite weekends of 2017.
After my AP Biology test, which took place two days ago on Tuesday (which by the way I thought went pretty well and hopefully I got a 4 or a 5 on it), I got home and took a nap for about an hour and realized I hadn’t taken my dog to the park in a few days. Since I didn’t have much to do for the time being, I thought I might relieve some post-test stress by bringing Finn to the park. By the way, the first picture is one not taken during my day at the park.
As soon as I started getting dressed to go my dogs eyes perked up at me. Before I was even finished with the phrase, “Do you want to go to the park?” he was up and running to the door. When I opened the front door he was already to the car. So I opened up the car door and he jumped in as I started the car. His eyes were big and I felt like his tail was going to bust through one of the doors it was wagging so fast. I rolled down the window and his head flew out to soak up the sun. I played music and headed up to Eling’s park, which is about a 7 minute drive from my house(depending on the route I choose to take). We got there at about 1:30 and I thought we should stay for about 45 minutes or so because I didn’t want to be there too long. He hopped out of the car door and headed up the street towards the baseball fields at full speed ahead. I followed after him but not quickly because I knew he would wait for me. As I headed up the hill his bleached white coat was finally visible.
We stayed at the park for about an hour while he was busy running around with all the other puppies-some of them usuals-and the occasional water break. He got tired out about 3 quarters of the way through and so it took a while for us to walk back to the car, but luckily he wasn’t reluctant to get in my whip. Overall, I’d say it was a good call!
This past week I went to the Santa Barbara Zoo with my cousin and my brother. We found free tickets and had about 20 bucks in total so we decided to scope the elephants and get some grub at the restaurant which is, by the way, quite overpriced. I think it was something like 12 bucks for a burger and fries without a drink. Anyway, I had not gone to the zoo for about 3 years or so before we went and I figured it was a good time to go. My cousin Austin and I had nothing to do on Sunday and the idea popped up.
When we got to the zoo our first stop was the Giraffe enclosure. I don’t think I’ve been to the zoo since the death of the crooked neck one so being able to see them was a pretty neat experience. Emily, a friend that works at the exhibit, told me about how their long necks help them reach food in high places. Obviously I already knew that. She continued to pick up the animal feces with her bare hands and constantly applying hand sanitizer. We then went to the elephant enclosure to see our personal favorite mammals. They were being fed at the time and Emily was cleaning up the massive amount of dung that the elephants excreted from their rear. She followed them around making sure there was none left and when there wasn’t she left to another exhibit. She then moved on to the tortoise enclosure to clean up after them as well. I just realized that this blog is pretty focused on Ineka and how she has to clean up after all the animals.
At the end of our adventure we went to the reptilian section and I watched Riley go through the aquariums and clean the enclosures. I guess the day I went was one of the days where they focus on cleaning the animals habitats because that’s basically all that seemed to go on during the day. JACQUELINE, my other friend, met up with us and she took us to her house and taught us how to cook Italian sausage. Overall, it was a pretty sick weekend.