Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dullards and Deadlines

It's just dawned on me that I can't wait till summer.
As it is now, I'm swimming in deadlines. There's my social studies fair project, which I still haven't finished. There's my year-end book report for English class. There's the yearbook, which we still haven't started working on. And there's my article on gymnastics tryouts for the newspaper. That's as big a problem as any. And making matters worse, Bridget, the captain of the team, is not making things any easier.
Bridget O'Shaughnessy used to be BFF with Hilary Lang, but they began growing apart this year. So that's what Hilary told me. Bridget's into gymnastics, dance, theater -- anything that involves performing in front of a crowd, that's where she'll be.

So, anyway, on the second day of tryouts, I asked Bridget if I could sit in and watch again, and she tried to cop a Meredith-like attitude.
"You can't close down tryouts!" I said. "Who do you think you are?"

She didn't want to, but she let me sit down anyway. A few moments later, who walked in but the paper's regular sports reporter, Alison McCann. And she had Kristy in tow. I had to admit the closeness of their relationship over the last few weeks made me just a little bit uncomfortable. They were always touching each other, holding hands and stuff.

"Alison," I shouted as Bridget did her stretches, "this is your baby. You haven't been pulling your weight. If Megan finds out --"
"Megan's not going to find out, is she?"
I shook my head. Alison could be such a basket case sometimes. "So who's going to write the article, Alison -- me or you?"
She looked at me and shrugged. "Haley, why are you so bossy? You're not the editor."
"Maybe not, but I've been covering gymnastics tryouts, and as sports editor that's your job."
I could see Kristy peering at us off to the side. She and Alison had gotten quite close over the last few weeks.
"Okay, Haley, I tell you what," Alison said. "Give me your notes from the tryouts and I'll take it from here."
Believe it or not, I had mixed feelings about this. I wanted to prove that I belonged on the newspaper staff. And on the other hand, covering the tryouts was Alison's job, not mine. I had other things to do.
On top of all this, I have to find something to wear to the open house coming up. As sixth grade class president, I have to be there and make a presentation to the incoming students. And all this at a time when I don't even know if I'll be at Adams this fall.


Katie said...

I hope Alison isn't...
Well I'm not going to go there since I like Kristy's personality. I'm not sure you know where I'm going with that, but whatever. Like the Dao of Pooh says "Life is Fun" so have some fun.

Haley said...

Hi Katie!
Well, so far I think the only thing Alison is guilty of is not doing her job as sports editor at the paper, and I'll leave it at that. :D

Katie said...

Yea, let's just keep things at that. Tomorrow I'm posting another blog entry. I'm getting that hamster from my science teacher and I found out about this cool camp. =]

Sophie said...

I don't know that you should hand your notes over to Alison, even if the sports section of the paper is her job. I mean, that article has your name on it. She doesn't deserve to slack off, in a sense, and write the article after you've done all of the research, all of the interviews, all the everything.

I hear ya on all of the work that needs to be done--I'm in the same boat!

Wendy said...

I agree with Sophie that Allison shouldn't get credit for your work. I'm not saying anything about anything else though... I try not to gossip, and it's hard because I'm gossipy by nature. So I won't say anything.