I really don’t know what week it is anymore. It could be 31, because my last reflection was week 30. It could be 32, because everyone else is making week 32 reflections. Or, it could be 33 because us discrete math people are unusually bad at doing reflections on time, and maybe it is actually week 33 now but nobody has bothered to write anything yet. I don’t think I skipped any reflections, but I might be wrong. Like I said, it’s all very confusing. I ALSO THINK THAT I MADE A LOT OF GRAMMAR MISTAKES IN THIS PARAGRAPH. Whoops. I also turned the caps lock on. I think I’m going insane because now I’m too lazy to go back and retype that.
I heard from Phillip that the final exam was hard, which makes me kind of nervous. I think I’m going to do some extra studying this weekend. I just got an email from my voice teacher saying that my voice lesson is going to be on Wednesday, so I can come take the final on Tuesday after student council, which ends at 4:15.
Anyway, last week was tech week, which is why I couldn’t go to talent show rehearsal, math class, or swimming. I think I just added 5 seconds on my 100 free, because today I kept on getting 1:13s and 1:14s instead of 1:09s, which is what I normally get during swim practice. (My best time is a 1:06, and yes, I know it’s slow. Don’t judge.) I could barely make a 1:25 during our set of 30 x 100s. My coach was mad that I suddenly got slower and will no doubt make dryland really hard next practice. Anyway, tech week was awesome, as it was my first show ever. Some people dropped out at the last minute, though, because they had personal/medical issues, so people were literally volunteering to take on parts and memorizing lines the day of the show. It was pretty hectic. Thursday and Friday were the shows. We messed up a bit because we forgot to put potatoes on the bench backstage, which, by the way, wasn’t my responsibility anyway, for when Kayla (Golde) says, “Shprintze, bring me more potatoes.” I had to run backstage and get it while Brenna (Shprintze) just walked back on stage without potatoes and went on with her line. And then, when Carolyn (Tevye) came around and hugged us one by one, saying “This is mine, this is mine…” Elaine (Motel) is supposed to just come on so Carolyn can almost hug her/him in sequence. However, Elaine just took about another 30 seconds to walk onstage, so Carolyn was just standing there awkwardly talking and rehugging us. It totally ruined the moment. And then there’s this scene in which Tommy (Perchik) is teaching us a lesson, and we are peeling potatoes. When Kayla sends us back into the house, I have to go and change into this horrendous purple shirt and flowery teal skirt for the village scene while there are only 7 or 8 lines left for the other characters to say. Right after the village scene, where I am a gossipy village woman (Woman #1), there is literally 30 seconds of “scene change” music and about 10 seconds of silence. Then, I have to be completely changed back into my Bielke dress with a different babushka, and I have to run backstage, get a candle, make sure it works, then run into the place behind the audience to where the wedding procession was already starting. Luckily, I made it on time for both shows. In the last scene, though, when Brenna and I are taking bundles over to the wagon, Tommy randomly took some of the bundles away (he wasn’t even in that scene?!), so we had nothing to carry. We had to take some tiny pieces of cloth. It was extremely awkward. Finally, of course, to top it all off, our bows were completely uncoordinated during the curtain call. Oh well. Everything else went smoothly. We didn’t mess up on any of the dances or the songs. Most of the audience members couldn’t even tell that we had messed up. The story got through, and the audience (mostly) laughed when they were supposed to. Friday was a bit better than Thursday, and that was the day the video taking people came. On Friday, I worked harder to look horrified when I sing “Up to this minute I misunderstood that I could get stuck for good!” Despite the things that went wrong, it was probably the best week of my life.
I hope you enjoyed my rant about tech week. In the fall I’m going to audition for JCo or TYA, but I might not get in to either one because I’m not good at dancing or singing notes below G (the one above middle C). Oh well. Hopefully they have a graduating soprano this year, and I can take her place. I think that Sarah (Hodel) is moving up from JCo to TYA, so maybe I can get in to JCo? As long as they don’t do a show with a ton of dancing in it, they won’t do dancing at auditions or callbacks, and then I can get into TYA.
Oh. Math. Well. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? We learned about Hamiltonian cycles and the traveling salesman problem. This is very very very related to spanning trees. I think the vertex greedy algorithm is best for many cases, but wouldn’t work if there were a lot of tiny walks with small weights and a few longer walks with large weights. Anyway, I think that looking at the map and estimating is better than any algorithm because algorithms can be drastically wrong anyway. Sometimes.
On Wednesday, while everybody else (all of my friends) was in New York watching the Lion King, I was at Toby’s watching the Wizard of Oz. It was okay, and the cast was amazing, but the people at my table (which we did not get to choose) were not very respectful of musical things (all musical people went to NY), and they kept talking throughout the whole thing. I fell into another obsession with Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which I first learned in 4th/5th grade. See recording below.