Our Gennies retreat began with a “scenic tour of Lexington” as Coach likes to call it. In reality, we drove 15 minutes in the wrong direction and Rachael demonstrated her van-driving skills with a poorly executed 3-point turn. But give her a break, she just got her license last week.
Eventually we reached our destination. Attempting to describe it is nearly impossible; but it was awesome. Highlights included Ski Ball, a movie theater, Pinball machines, and a collection of guitars signed by every band or singer you’ve ever heard of. While the younger Gennies ran around exploring all the games, us old grandmas, aka the Seniors, posted up in the movie theater demanding snacks. And so the eating ensued.
First Course: Chips and salsa
Second Course: Pronto
Third Course: A cookie-dough, oreo, brownie concoction created by the junior class
Fourth Course: Sour Patch Kids
Fifth Course: Repeat courses 1-4 until you can no longer move
Once we finished eating, we moved on to the Gennies second favorite activity: games (pronounced james). Wardy, Kelsey Jervis (Kelso), Addie, Meaghan, Erin Duffy (Duff Masta), and others spent 20 minutes setting up Clue, but only 20 seconds actually playing. Kelso managed to guess who committed the crime in the second turn of the game. Noted: freshmen are cheaters.
Another gaggle of Gennies did their best Coach impersonations (multiple times) in a game of Charades. Apparently in Germany there is one universal dance to act out every Charades word; KJ did the same wiggle for “Teletubbies”, “candle”, and “Veggie Tales”. Eventually, Charades transitioned into Fishbowl, made possible by Kate Sourfoot’s hundreds of pre-cut paper squares. Who would’ve thought, Kate came prepared?
Meanwhile, the lazier Gennies pretended they knew what was going on in an English Premier League game between Arsenal and we’re not sure because we slept through most of it. For more information, ask Wardy. After realizing no one had seen Kathryn Riley for a good 8 hours, Abe directed us to a bench outside where Riley introduced us to her new pet cat, Miley. To be determined if Riley will ever forgive Coach for not letting Miley inside during the torrential rainstorm.
Next, the Gennies broke into groups to determine the team goals for the upcoming 2014 season. It appeared that great minds think alike when we reconvened with basically identical goals, including the desire to have the highest team GPA not just at W&L, but in the entire world. Winning ODACs may have made the list as well. Discussing our plans to make the ODAC our “stomping ground” pumped us up so much that it was time to refuel. We set out for our sixth course at the Baja Bean in downtown Staunton.
Thoughts from Rachael on the Baja Bean: “All of our food looks the same. It’s just in different shapes” “Why aren’t my fajitas sizzling? That’s the only reason I ordered these” “I hate Uncle Jamie” (in the highest voice we’ve ever heard from Rachael).
The delicious Mexican food was made better by the entertainment happening right outside the window as countless cars struggled to parallel park. The seniors, coaches, and Hollis “the Baron” Tardy harshly critiqued everyone who attempted to squeeze their car into the spot.
The last stop of the day was Staunton’s finest bowling alley. After listening to Rachael brag all day about bowling being her best sport, the Gennies were anxious to put her in her place. Good thing we had Shelbi to show her up because it turns out the rest of us should stick to sports where you aren’t allowed to use your hands. Bowling Awards:
Becca Morris- most gutterballs in a single game, and smiling the whole time
Kathryn Riley- most enthusiastic
Lauren Abraham- comeback kid
Camille LeJeune- most creative technique
Alexa Dreyer aka Dreyer Machine- best name
Shelbi Hendricks- MVP
Katie Rossi- N/A
Thanks to the coaches for organizing this awesome trip. It made for a fun day of team bonding and a great start to our championship-winning season.