I didn’t write anything last night because I was chatting with my partner in podcast crime instead. Ryan Smythe and I podcast together pretty regularly anyway, so we decided to make it official. Check out the first episode of West Coast Bias here.
Scene: Argonauts Thursday Night Practice
MANAGER Barcelos, chatting with CHASER COACH Oelze, mentions the Year in Review that ROOKIE Ardin Lo wrote about his college squad, Cal Quidditch.
ROOKIE: Hey Liz, can you share it on Barcelos Knows?
MANAGER: Are you kidding? You wrote about me as a player. That’s never happened before. Of course I will.
ROOKIE: Yes! We finally made it.
I started to draft this on Tuesday morning, my body still aching from the weekend. I went from fourth string to second string and played seven games in two days. I finally played against my alma mater but I didn’t come away with the championship that I obviously, desperatly wanted because NorCal crowned a new champion.
There’s a lot to unpack. Let’s get into this.
A lot happened at US Quidditch Cup 10. Today, I’ll be covering what it was like to play again and be a part of NorCal quidditch on the national stage.
The crew over at Face Beat It seem to enjoy the sound of my voice and my takes on quidditch, so I got into the pool with them for their US Quidditch Cup 10 Pool Party. Instead of sitting through a long podcast breaking down the whole tournament, waiting for the damn hosts to get to your team already, you can pick and choose which pools you want to listen to. I joined host Ryan Smythe (who continues to take his life into his hands every time he calls my team the Shrewts) for Pools 2 and 7.
I have a problem. It’s a problem that took staying up until 1:30 am last night for me to begin to grasp it. No, it’s not procrastination (though I struggle with that too). It’s a dangerous blend of perfectionism and competitiveness.
Yes, I know that this is late and that I’ve been to regionals and back again. But considering how things went for the Spartans (woo for day 2!) and Skrewts (woo for not qualifying in the last spot!), it feels fitting that I finish this thing with this year’s regional fresh on my mind.