It’s kind of strange being on this side of the fourth wall when it comes to a high school award ceremony.
Which, I now realize sounds a bit dickish to lead off with, as if I’m trying to put more praise on myself for previous achievements?
But I swear that’s not at all the intent.
Because this is a blog post that’s all about my sister getting a sweet Academic Letter tonight!
Or, alternatively, if you prefer vague facial features:
Girl works her butt off with a heap of AP classes on top of doing Marching Band, Jazz Band… And probably like three other bands I’m forgetting off the top of my head.
Because she plays at least 300 instruments.
No exaggeration. I swear.
I’ve certainly talked about her performances and such enough that I’d hope you all would be pretty in-the-know by now. Just gotta update whichever new folks might be swinging around with this as their first post.
Aly actually gets to rub this one in my face, because her time in Marching Band has allowed her to get an Athletic Letter as well as an Academic Letter. Even though I’m not entirely sure what the point of having two identical letter “Rs” that you’re supposed to put on a single letterman jacket is.
I think that’s the first time I’ve ever mentioned a letterman jacket before.
Do I get to be honorary sports person because of it?
Probably not. But hey, I can fake my way through it.
While I could spend the next 300 words talking about how much I’m proud of my sister, that’d probably get old fast. So I figured I’d talk a bit about the experience of being at the ceremony.
Like I mentioned up top, it was a bit strange being on the audience side of the equation for a big academic event like this. Because I’m always 5ish years ahead of Aly, she usually has to suffer through long ceremonies and stuff for me.
I have to apologize to her now, because god was it boring.
Yeah it was exciting to cheer when Aly went up. But for everyone else? I pretty much just lingered on my phone, texting some peeps and playing my vidya games.
There were a few key points in the event that did keep my interest.
For instance, while waiting outside of the Redondo Union High School auditorium, an old lady walked into the glass panel wall thinking it was an open door.
Which I would laugh way harder at if I hadn’t done the exact same when I was much younger, costing my grandmother a housing complex here in California as a result.
True story. I’ll have to tell it another time.
Another fun thing at the event was watching the PTSA President make a blatantly political statement at the top of this otherwise completely unrelated school function.
It was a harmless point about how “the U.S. will be in better hands in the future,” but boy if it wasn’t jarring and distracting in the moment.
During the actual ceremony itself, there were a few goofs of note. Most notable was one of the announcers mispronouncing “McGonigle.” Compared to the many other last names that he got through just fine which had clear Indian origins (as well as some other nationalities but Indian was the one that stood out), it was hilarious how bad he screwed it up.
There was also one kid who collected his award and danced on-stage before exiting. He was a baller.
Also, I found out that “McCurry” is a last name and that led to me thinking about a McDonald’s signature dish in India. Because apparently I just had India on the mind tonight?
I don’t know, man. Don’t ask me.
I suppose that’s really all I had to mention of note, however.
Proud of Aly. Funny ceremony goofs. Obligatory post-ceremony ‘during dinner’ photo:
So I think I’ll leave you all on that note. Hope you guys have a great night!
Also, I hope you all return tomorrow for my Fire Emblem Heroes post. I thought the update was happening today, but turns out it’s happening tomorrow so my timing was really solid.
Also, also: There’s my talking about video games just to annoy Alyson in a post all about her moment of the day.
Take that, you.