Not so long ago I said that it would be nice to go back to high school. I guess I need to amend that and say that I wouldn’t mind, but it couldn’t be my high school. I’ve had the good fortune to cover a couple basketball games in the O’Donnell Gymnasium – even a couple good ones – but I’ve been disappointed again and again at the lack of students in the stands. I’d even venture to say that there are more middle school kids there than high school students.
The only person in the crowd worthy of a slap upside the head is the little brother of two kids on the team. I wish I was half as smart and half as bold as this kid is when I was his age. I find myself laughing not only when he yells out comments that I wish I had said, but even things that I wouldn’t have thought to say today . He’s a funny little kid.
The team isn’t great, but they certainly are not bad either. Last night I covered a game one town away, and the student fans there were loud in volume and large in number. The thing is, their team isn’t any better. The records are about the same, and I bet they would match up nicely against each other. I don’t know how we can fill our stands the way they do, but it’s discouraging anyway.
Also discouraging is the turn my finances took yesterday. I logged on to my bank account to make sure my paycheck had been deposited. It had, but the balance looked low. Turns out Sallie Mae increased my monthly payment by 65% without warning me. I’m sure they told me at some point the payment would be jumping, but it has been several years at least. I lucked out in that the change occured on a payday, but a heads up would have been appreciated regardless. On the bright side, now I’ll be in my 40s when I finish paying them off, not my 50s.