I am constantly amazed at the level of foolishness that tends to accompany travel teams. This past weekend was no exception.
Put a bunch of young kids in a room with a few cans of Axe Body Spray and stuff will hit the fan, or the fire alarm. A few players, who will remain nameless, decided to engage in an Axe Fight. They emptied cans of spray into the enclosed room, setting off the fire alarm. I am stunned they didn’t pass out before the alarm went off considering that one spray of Axe is potent enough to kill a flock of passing geese. Normally this would not be too much of a problem, but the night manager did not have the keys to turn off their room’s fire alarm. So our enterprising young players taped a pillow over the screeching alarm until the day manager could silence it.
Axe Fighting is not the stupidest thing I’ve encountered. We had to ban pixie stixs from camp many years ago because a few players thought it was a good idea to snort the pixie dust. Harmful? Not really. Stupid, childish, and expected? Absolutely.
This brings me to the cardinal rule about doing foolish things: Be Smart about Being Stupid. This translates into: don’t harm anyone else but yourselves and don’t get caught. Setting off the fire alarm means you were not smart about being stupid.
If I chaperone a camp or travel team I expect a certain amount of dumb behavior so long as it does not impact those that clean up after us. Remember players, you leave that room in the morning and someone comes in to clean up after your shenanigans. These housekeepers, janitors, and custodians should not have to zip themselves into a Hazmat suit to penetrate the Axe Spray Barrier and make the bed.
I am not trying to stop players from having fun while being silly, since that is the hallmark of childhood. A player wants to see who is brave enough to stick a fork in the electrical socket? Go for it! You will black out and I will laugh hysterically. You learn a valuable lesson about cause and effect, plus you are the only one effected by your behavior. However, decide to have a water balloon fight in your nice hotel room and everyone in the room will be running wind sprints because the janitor had to clean up after you.
On a personal note, if you use Axe Body Spray – get rid of it. It smells worse than a fish market on a hot day. The only girls it attracts are the ones who lost their sense of smell because the ones that can smell will keep a respectable 50-foot distance from you to avoid that overpowering aroma. Do yourself a favor and pick up some regular deodorant. Mix that with a little charm and you should do just fine.
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