Wow, what a ride!
We took our Jeep in to a local auto repair shop for diagnosis of the grinding noise issuing forth from the rear end. Long story short, some bad “expert advice”, 2 days, and $350 later we were out of money to fix the truck, and the problem still remained!
After spending a few panicked days wondering how we’d recover from having wasted our truck-repair budget, and wondering if we would be able to go to the Junior Olympics at all, someone stepped in out of the blue and offered us some help that will make this trip possible again.
A good friend loaned us his car!
That’s right. A very nice late-model Solara.
Not only is the truck repair crisis solved, but we have a vehicle that will cut our gas budget in half!
How the heck do you pay -that- forward?
I just found that I can look at all of Connor’s fencing results online. Neat!
Well, not ‘all’ – it doesn’t have the results of the Junior Olympic Championships, or the Summer Nationals, but it has all of the big Ark-La-Miss Division fencing tournaments in Shreveport and Bossier.
View Connor’s Results on AskFred.net
This is a quick summary:
|Dec 12, 2009||ARK-LA-MIS JO Qualifiers||Cadet (U17)
|1st of 14|
|Dec 12, 2009||ARK-LA-MIS JO Qualifiers||Junior (U20)
|5th of 19|
|Sep 26, 2009||Rose Condon Memorial – 2009 ROC||Senior
|15th of 30|
|May 2, 2009||2008-2009 A-L-M Division Qualifier||Y14
|2nd of 8|
|May 2, 2009||2008-2009 A-L-M Division Qualifier||Cadet (U16)
|1st of 8|
|Dec 6, 2008||ALM 2008-2009 JO Qualifier||Cadet (U17)
|7th of 16|
|Dec 6, 2008||ALM 2008-2009 JO Qualifier||Junior (U20)
|6th of 21|
|Dec 1, 2007||ALM 2007-2008 JO Qualifier||Cadet (U17)
|10th of 18|
|Dec 1, 2007||ALM 2007-2008 JO Qualifier||Junior (U20)
|23rd of 25|
Connor fences for Caddo Magnet High Fencing Team, Shreveport Louisiana
Practicing lunges with Andy Shaw
Connor had another really good experience at the US Fencing National Championships. They let in far fewer fencers than the Junior Olympics – I didn’t realize this was more er… “elite” or whatever. He won a bout and scored FAR More touches in each bout than he did at the JO’s, a definite improvement. There were some bad calls, and a really terrible ref but that is how it goes.
We were too tired to do anything touristy. After the first competition, we went back to our hotel room to eat and watch Zorro the Gay Blade. After today’s competition we just headed home. See?
We’re off – headed to the Fencing Nationals. My paycheck came through, D’s back is a little better, and it turns out Connor doesn’t need new fencing shoes or a glove afterall. WOO HOO!
Y 16 Men’s Saber Champs:
Left to Right: Wesley Davis 3rd place, Coach Andy Shaw, Joseph Yates 2nd place (Silver), and….. Connor Bass 1st place (Gold)
This competition was a little tougher than yesterday. 🙂 🙂
Next Stop July 3rd and 4th, Grapevine, TX for the 2009 US Fencing Summer National Championships
Connor entered the qualifier competition for the Summer National Championships in July, and took second place! This is his first fencing medal. He fenced ten bouts, and won each one up until the gold medal bout. He was defeated 15 to 12. It was CLOSE and a very exciting bout to watch.
Left to right: Daniel Yates (first place), Coach Andy Shaw, Henry Lin (third place), Connor Bass (second place)
Today’s event “14 and under”, tomorrow is “16 and under”, which brings in a few more tough fencers.
Connor was amazing today. I’m hyperventilating and I can barely type. He qualified for the Junior Olympics in the TOUGHER competition. I think it was because he “knew” how it would go and put NO pressure on himself.
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!
I have to sell my car (sokay I have my motorcycle) and a WHOLE LOT OF CANDY to raise the money to make this trip. What a wonderful problem to have, eh? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂