Dear Powder Puff

Dear Powder Puff,

I remember the first year I found out about you. I was in 7th grade and one of the aide’s daughters needed money to buy her shirt for the game. People from the Student Government put up signs around the High school to prompt it. It was only for the High school crowd. I thought it was cool that girls were being able to play football. I made a vow to myself during last year in middle school. When Powder Puff starts up, go to the game and watch it to see if you really want to do it. Well freshman year had come that fall, and I went to my first game and watched the whole game. Hardly talked to anyone (that’s actually likely) because I was so into it. I remember asking my mom later that night, if she’d let me do it next year. I don’t remember an answer coming from her.

My sophomore year was finally here. It was September and I had made my goal. Sadly though our Homecoming was on the same week as our big state test. The test was stupid, obviously the state finally caught up to the rest of us and agreed because everybody that graduates this Spring is the first class that didn’t have to worry about the damn ISTEP. Although that was part that sucked about that week, I went to almost all the practices and got my number. “14.”  The first practice was interesting. I pretty much sat around with one of the girls. She couldn’t play because she broke her leg or something. We practiced on top of the big hil behind the football feild because the band was practicing on the feild. I don’t do well with hills so thankfully the football players had no problem helping me up and down the hills. I watched the guys teach everybody else to do the moves and everything. That part was boring but they still made me feel part of the team. I came home from every practice with a smile on my face.

The night of our game, some of them played the year before. That was when both freshman and sophomore had to be together because there wasn’t enough girls to have seperate teams. Since I didn’t play that year this was all new for me, so my nerves were even more heightened. My mom ans sister came. I didn’t know if I’d be able to play since of my wheelchair. We never practiced it either. Mom brought her camera just in case, even though I thought I was just going to be on the sidelines the whole time. Well I was wrong. Two of the guys asked their coach if I could play, and he said yes. I didn’t realize what they were doing, but I wasn’t going to complain. It was cold and I took off both of my socks because I didn’t want my feet slipping off my controller. I guess we can say I was my team’s secret weapon. Me and one of the players hundled all of us together to explain what everybody would do. Everybody was surrounding me while I drove with the ball on my lap. I made my first touchdown! My mom got it on camera, and one of the girls yelled to tell me that my mom was crying. The announcer called my name and yelled out, “TOUCHDOWN!” That was a magical night since we also won the game too!

Junior year, I signed up again. Sad part I wasn’t much of a secret weapon this time. Yet, however, that year wasn’t so fun. I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to play. I got frustrated and pissed off, ended up crying during halftime because I was sad that I wasn’t playing when they said I was going to play. This time we were on the left side and my number was “24.” The sunshine was defintiely bright through the beginning of the games. We beat the sophomores, and we had to go up against the seniors. We kicked both teams asses and won again! Yes, during that game I did get to play. Actually I played twice. I was happy and yet I was mad at myself on how I acted because I wasn’t playing, but I was pissed. I got my way, didn’t I?

Senior year was here, it was a good year but yet it was sad too. Because I knew I wasn’t going to sign up for Powder Puff next year for another joyus year playing football. I lived for Powder Puff. It made me feel like I was apart of something. Everybody treated me like we didn’t hate each other. Which that was nice for a change for some of us. My number was “40” and I was more than ready to kick some ass this year. I didn’t want to cry to play, even though I was fine with doing it. After our last practice everything started to get a little bit clearer that I wasn’t going to be doing this next year. We were going our seperate ways. My last game. That night was sad but amazingly cool! I made four touchdowns, we won our third game, and I was the MVP. So I can say senior year was the best ever. The only time I cried was that night because I knew it was over.

So thank you Powder Puff. I had so much fun! Even though it’s been a year since I’ve graduated and I went to last year’s game was relieved I didn’t have to play because I didn’t have enough juice in my wheelchair to even catch up with my sister and cousin. I probably had about two bars that night, I had to be my speed on low that way I really didn’t waste it. I knew nobody wanted to push me everywhere and I definitely didn’t want that. This year, actually tomorrow is the Powder Puff game. My sister’s friend is in Homecoming so I know she’s doing Powder Puff. You have to if you’re in the Homecoming court. My parents are sick so I don’t see myself going to the game tomorrow or watching the parade either. I just wanted to relive the fun times of my high school days.

-Meghan

Create A Soundtrack That Captures The Essence Of Your 2011 So Far.

  1. Desperate – Fireflight
  2. Waiting For The End – Linkin Park
  3. Just A Dream – Nelly
  4. Courage – Oranthi featuring Lacey of Flyleaf
  5. How We Roll – Don Omar, Busta Rhymes
  6. Not Myself Tonight – Christina Aguilera
  7. Never Gonna Leave This Bed – Maroon 5
  8. Loud Music – Michelle Branch
  9. Gunpowder & Lead – Miranda Lambert
  10. Hello – Martin Solvig
  11. Price Tag – Jessie J
  12. Iridescent – Linkin Park
  13. I See You – Leona Lewis
  14. Hit Me Up – Gia Farrell
  15. Red Sam – Flyleaf
  16. Under And Over It – Five Finger Death Punch
  17. For Those Who Wait – Fireflight
  18. Monster – Paramore
  19. Doesn’t Mean Anything – Alicia Keys
  20. Mr. Know It All – Kelly Clarkson
  21. Fix A Heart – Demi Lovato

Dancing With The Stars, Week #2.

 

It’s Monday night again. Which means Dancing With The Stars is on and more dances were performed. Quick Step and the Jive were the two dances that were chosen this week. It’s Week 2 and everybody’s feeling the heat. Wonder whose getting voted off the Island, oh sorry! Wrong show! Wonder whose getting voted off the dance floor this week? Wait until tomorrow, during hour number two. Let’s get this started.

 

The night starts off the contestants coming down the stairs and Tom and Brooke introducing them. The band playing the them song. Everybody enjoying, waving, kissing, getting ready for the show to begin. The costumes look amazing (just saying!) and they seem very excited.

 

First of the night is Hope and Maksim. They have the Jive! Maks traveled to Canada to see her play soccer. Hope doesn’t understand the steps of the Jive. She has practice for soccer in the morning and dance practice in the afternoon. Their performance was very sporty… Hope kissed Len’s head at the end of the performance.. Len started off and he said it was quick and they lost their unison. First out, first class. Bruno thinks she lost her steps lots of times. She needs time and apply herself. Carrie-Ann loved it and she agreed with Bruno she did lose her steps. Scores were two 6’s and one 7.

 

Kristin and Mark are the second couple to go of the night. They have the Quick Step. Kristin needs to work on being a performer and show her confidence. Kristin looks like Marilyn Monroe, and they even played “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” by Ms. Monroe. Bruno loves the old Hollywood glamour and thought she was losing her fame. Len scooted over towards Carrie-Ann. Carrie-Ann thought she was elegant and thought it was gorgeous. Len thought she looked fantastic, but thought it wasn’t as good as it looked. However, it was a good improvement from last week. Their scores were an 8 and two 7’s.

 

David and Kym were third and they are dancing to the Jive. David thinks the Jive is like him, very energetic. He needs to relax during the dance. I actually liked this dance a lot. Carrie-Ann said Carson has competition. He let lose and maybe a little too lose. Len was almost speechless. The technique wasn’t there. He liked the enthusiasm, but it was a little too bit wild. Bruno lost the timing but saw the confidence. David’s daughter Coco caught his coat. Their scores were all 6’s.

 

Elisabetta and Val were forth and they were second to last place on the bottom. They are dancing to the Quick Step. Elisabetta is not getting the steps and Val is worried. They argued during the taping of the rehearsal. Len is first said it wasn’t great but it was better than last week. Bruno liked it and thought it was hot. Carrie-Ann said she came back and nailed the steps. Their scores were all 7’s.

 

Rob and Cheryl were sixth in line and they have the Jive. Rob feels uncomfortable doing the Jive. He doesn’t feel comfortable with himself and his looks. He even put a hole in the wall with his foot. He tried to jump. This dace is a beach theme and yet feels 50’s style too. He had a standing ovation. Bruno said he was starting to blossom. Great improvement. Carrie-Ann said Rob was better than his sister Kim. Len said it was a good improvement. Their scores were all 7’s.

 

Carson and Anna were seventh Carson thought he’d like the Jive but later found out he doesn’t. He doesn’t get the coordination. He is really serious and willing to put in the work. Carrie-Ann saw improvement but yet didn’t really see it. Was worried about their kicks. Len said the worst dancers on the show are the most funniest on the show. Bruno thinks he lots to work on his techniques. They got 6’s.

 

Ricki and Derek were eighth. Derek is challenging Ricki on this Jive. Had lots of lefts and spins to it. Very good actually. Len was disturbed a little bit, he liked the fun of it. Didn’t think it had Jive. Bruno said they did the kicks and flicks the best. Carrie-Ann said best Jive of the night so far. Their scores were two 8’s and a 7.

 

Chaz and Lacey were ninth. Chaz had knee problems with his knee. They are dancing to the Quick Step. He went to the doctor and got medicine to help stop the swelling. Bruno thought it was cute but thought it wasn’t fast. Carrie-Ann could see the pain in his face. Len admire his grit and he got through it, and also didn’t like it either. Their scores were two 6’s and a 5.

 

Chynna and Tony were tenth. They danced to the Jive. Tony loves teaching Chynna and thinks she’s feisty. Says she’s a little hard on herself. Carrie-Ann really enjoyed watching Chynna. Thought she played it safe. Len thought it was good but not great. Bruno thought there is a sexy siren under. The judges seem a bit disappointed. Their scores were all 7’s.

 

Nancy and Tristan were eleventh. They danced to the Quick Step. Nancy doesn’t feel comfortable with the dancing. Nancy shut down during practice. She wants to bring her confidence to the Quick Step. Len thought it was refreshing. It was proper Quick Step. Bruno thought it was top heavy, but thought it was good. Carrie-Ann saw improvement, loved the teamwork. Their scores were a 6, 8, and 7. Len was the one who gave them the 8.

 

J.R. and Karina were last to go. They are dancing to the Jive. Karina is really challenging J.R. and made it very hard for him. I loved it! It was very good! Bruno thought he had a feel from within you. Carrie-Ann loved it, but didn’t like the lift. Len thought it was good, but didn’t think it was a Jive. Too much lifting. Their scores were two 7’s and a 8.