Day 59 – Hurry Up and Wait

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When I purchased Garbanzo his ticket to go see his 95-year-old Grandmother in San Diego, I did it knowing I would be left alone with the girls on a taekwondo tournament day. I knew that was a crazy thing to even attempt solo, but looking at the calendar, I knew it was either this weekend or sometime in May. And, we have other plans in May.

Here was this morning’s schedule, in case you are curious:

  • 6:30am – Get the kids up and going
  • 7:30am – Leave for the tourney, but not before DJ gets mad because she can’t find her TKD jacket and my super-mommy psychic powers were not working as she thought they should be working.
  • 7:45am – Argue with the registration lady. Even though we registered ahead, they had a problem with the credit card number Garbanzo had written down. Instead of calling to confirm that the number was correct, they set it aside. This meant we were technically a “late entrant” (even though her name badge and everything proving that we got it into the headquarters in time). Cost of “late entry”: $80.
  • 8:00am – Get a coffee in an attempt to start the morning anew. The lady beat around the bush to the point I was going to kill her, so I decided I needed to start over. Kids beg cocoas and “2nd breakfast”: $15
  • 8:30am – Buy tickets to get into the tourney. DJ doesn’t need them, but we do: $10
  • 9:00am – Leave arena because there is not enough seating. Oh, and learn that sparring, DJ’s event, isn’t until 1pm.
  • 9:05am – Intervene in the first sibling fight.
  • 9:12am – Tell Indigo to leave her sister alone.
  • 9:24am – Separate Indigo and DJ.
  • 9:30am – Send DJ off with two blackbelts her age warm up.
  • 10:00am – Discover that they have not closed registration as they said they were going to do, thus the necessity of us getting there so early.
  • 10:05am – Take girls away from all people so they can eat and fight without drawing attention to us.
  • 10:20am – Indigo is in time out.
  • 10:30am – Opening Ceremony begins.
  • 11:30am – Opening Ceremony ends.
  • 11:45am – Go find lunch. $15
  • 12:15pm – Go get DJ’s gear so she can start warming up.
  • 12:30pm – They announce they are breaking for lunch. Starting Sparring at 1:30pm now.
  • 12:35pm – Send DJ and her friend to go get geared up and warmed up.
  • 12:40pm – Tell Indigo for the 10th time that she does not need to warm up, so should go color.
  • 1:30pm – Sparring starts. But not before they announce that pads must be worn on the hands as well as forearms. This means, I have to find DJ gloves: $30
  • 2:00pm – DJ spars.
  • 2:01pm – DJ loses.
  • 2:15pm – DJ gets bronze medal for her her age and belt class.
  • 2:30pm – We leave. Parking: $8

Time spent for her 1 minute sparring: 7 hours.
Cost of bronze medal and loss of my sanity: $158

Here are a few shots of today:


This is DJ and her friend Brook, a boy she has been training with since the very beginning. Brook is 11 years old and has a crush on DJ. They have taken all but one belt test together. He got ahead of her, but she quickly caught back up. They are both blue belts and both spar. Since they are the same rank and almost the same height, they spar each other way too much. In fact, they usually can’t help but laugh at each other while they spar. The laughter usually continues until DJ gets the better of Brook, then the fight turns serious. They are kind of a ying-yang in terms of their sparring styles. DJ is fast, kicks hard, and has great endurance. Brook is accurate, but spars as though he is playing chess. His kicks are very calculated, and he spends too much time making the decisions about his next move.

Speaking of ying-yang, probably the most humorous part of their friendship – everyone thinks Brook is a girl, and DJ is a boy. When they correct the person, the person usually argues with them. Thankfully they both have a great sense of humor about it.


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