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A Cautionary Tale

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The summer before 7th grade I went to an overnight lacrosse camp at Georgia Tech. This was four days and three nights of no parental supervision whatsoever! Sure there were mandatory practices, but whenever I was off the field I was a free man. My camp experience was pretty typical. I made new friends, stayed up too late, and learned some lacrosse along the way. Despite the fact that I was at lacrosse camp, the main lesson I learned was about nutrition.

It all started with a dare, a double-dog dare. So there was no way I could dismiss it and leave my honor intact. Some teammates and I were eating dinner before the third and final practice of the day. We were exhausted, but we were young and playing lacrosse so we couldn’t care less. Someone created a monumental pile of cafeteria french fries as the communal fry plate. Everyone knew how much I liked french fries, so a buddy of mine bet me to eat the entire serving of fries. Keep in mind that this “serving” could feed about five people.

I agreed on the spot, knowing I had about forty-five minutes to digest everything before practice. I amassed a large amount of ketchup and chowed down. Fifteen minutes later I was certain my parents would be proud of me for I cleaned the entire plate! With the iron stomach of a 7th grader I was out the cafeteria door towards my dorm to gear up. Completely unaware of the coming disaster.

The turf was scorching. My cleats were sticking to the ground as the soles melted onto the synthetic grass. With the sun beating down, everyone was suffering, but I still felt pretty good. We practiced for about thirty minutes before the coaches decided to scrimmage. I cleared the ball up and immediately felt something inside me lurch. I clamped my mouth shut and beelined for the sideline, wretched my helmet off and upchucked every single fry I ate at dinner. I barfed, heaved, puked, regurgitated, and retched everything in my stomach until I had created my own technicolor rainbow on the turf.

Like Milk - Fries were a bad choice

Like Milk - Fries were a bad choice

Remarkably, I cleaned myself up and finished the scrimmage without too much difficulty, and I learned two very valuable lessons. First, my mom would never had let me eat that much food before a lacrosse game. Not having parental supervision at camp gave me freedom to indulge my dietary whims to my detriment. Second, I learned this lesson entirely on my own because I paid for my mistake. The beauty of overnight camps is they give kids the opportunity to screw up and learn life lessons away from their parents.

So learn from my mistake if you are going to an overnight camp this summer, and avoid eating at least one hour before a lacrosse game. Oh, one more thing, I did win the bet!

Featured Image Credit – recipes.howstuffworks.com

Cheers,
Gordon

 

RefCam – Braveheart

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We finally had great weather for lacrosse games today, and what a great set of games to start us off!

The first two games of the day ended in a Braveheart, which is an overtime alternative. Two players from each team take the field, a goalkeeper and a midfielder. The two middies face off and go one-on-one, full field until one scores. Whoever scores first wins the game for their team.

The video below is a project I am really excited about unveiling: RefCam! RefCam allows players and fans to see the game from the official’s perspective. So today, you are right in the thick of the Braveheart action! To see the video at the highest quality, please select 720p from the video menu below.

Thanks to all of the players and coaches who fought hard. You guys made it an awesome day, bring it again next weekend!

Cheers,
Gordon

Why is the Penalty Flag Yellow?

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Why is the referee’s flag not red, blue, green, or orange? Why, oh why is it bright yellow? Surprisingly, there are a lot of reasons.

During your drive from work, do you ever crest a hill and see a tiny glint of yellow a few hundred yards away? If your first thought was a schoolbus you are probably correct. “As a highly visible colour from any distance, Yellow says, ‘pay attention, caution, look at me and remember’ all at the same time. The intensity of the message is determined by the intensity of Yellow used. For example, caution signs, taxi cabs, emergency service vehicles and heavy construction equipment are usually painted in a strong yellow colour because they need to be seen” (www.tunedin.com). The color yellow gets our attention so much better than other colors that it was mandated color for school buses starting in 1939.

Yellow Makes You Hungry

Yellow Makes You Hungry

Yellow is even used by fast-food chains because the color “increases appetite and respiration rate.” Also, “scientific studies have proven that babies cry more and people are more inclined to get angry in a room that is painted bright Yellow” (www.tunedin.com). Out of all the colors, Yellow is considered the most emotional shade.

“The yellow wavelength is relatively long and essentially stimulating. In this case the stimulus is emotional, therefore yellow is the strongest colour, psychologically. The right yellow will lift our spirits and our self-esteem; it is the colour of confidence and optimism. Too much of it, or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones in a colour scheme, can cause self-esteem to plummet, giving rise to fear and anxiety. Our “yellow streak” can surface” (www.colour-affect.co).

Ever wonder why the Yellow Pages are yellow? Well – “it has been scientifically proven that when we record and read something back from a pastel shade of Yellow paper” we actually retain the information better (www.tunedin.com)! This is why post-it notes and legal pads are all yellow!

So penalty flags are yellow because as soon as they are thrown into the air, everyone thinks: CAUTION! However, if the flags were red everyone would get aggressive. Blue flags would make everyone calm and serene. Green flags would do nothing since the color green indicates the presence of water, which puts our hunter-gatherer brains at ease. Purple would make everyone start meditating. Pink would make everyone think of their mothers, and grey would make everyone depressed (www.colour-affect.co).

Finally, since we are talking about school buses, I highly recommend parents read The Magic School Bus or watch the show with young kids. I probably read every Magic School Bus book at least five times apiece. That series taught me about friction, space, water treatment, and what to do if I ever get trapped in the desert. All before I went to middle school.

Featured Image Credit – www.nwamotherlode.com

Cheers,
Gordon