swept into the vortex

Dear practical-half of myself,

I just signed up to compete in impromptu at the Abilene tournament. If I ever had any doubts as to my imprudence… they are floored. WHAT WAS I THINKING? 🙂

I didn’t sign up for debate, though. I almost did. But as it is, I’m only half insane.

Sincerely,

The impractical-half of myself (O.o)

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6 responses

  1. No debate? This is your *last* chance to ever be an LDer…ever… 😉

    What all events will you be doing there, btw?

    March 10, 2011 at 10:41 am

  2. Pardon me as I comment obsessively 😉

    You should do LD. Why?

    1. Because this is your last chance. You don’t want to look back and wish you had done it. You don’t want to look back and think “I wonder if I could have won that tournament….”

    2. Because we could study online together. Amen.

    3. Because it’s one tournament. If you flunk, who cares? If you win…..you’ll care a lot.

    4. Because it’s good for you. Everybody knows how much debate strengthens you.

    5. Because it’s LD. Rather than having to spend hours digging up evidence, you get to think on abstract principles. Driving to the grocery store, loading the dishwasher, flying a kite….the basis for any evidence you bring into a round originates from just using your time productively by thinking creatively. If you use time wisely, preparing won’t cost you too much of it.

    6. I want to debate you at nats 🙂 Not that I’ve qualified yet……hmmmm. 😀

    March 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

  3. You two have no idea how much my mind has been at war over this. =) I would love so much to do LD, but I greatly don’t want to make a fool of myself. (And I don’t care much at all for the resolution this year.) And I don’t want to do a ton of research since my life is kinda full already. I’d have to write cases and take down quotes and practice a TON. Of course, I could just get up there and more-or-less wing it, which would be way fun… but I’m really wired to always want to do everything with as much excellence as possible, so that would go against my entire personality. (I wish I could have a partner. That would be ideal.) And, and, and…. oh, this is an impossible decision. =P

    Owen, I’m signed up for HI, DI, TI, Apol, and Imp.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  4. –You wouldn’t necessarily have to practice a ton; for the hardest part in CX just come up with a list of basic questions that you use to could start off…
    –The resolution is only “respect for popular sovereignty” vs. “respect for individual rights”, that’s all…
    –All debaters have made fools out of themselves in at least one round before…and lived to tell about it…
    –You don’t have to back up every sentence with piles of ink-saturated evidence…
    –It’s just one tournament with six rounds, and you might hit some taciturn newbies in some of them…
    –It’s only 45 minutes a round…
    –You could even use my cases. 🙂 They’ll just be in my notebook collecting dust that weekend, anyway…
    –All great things are accomplished by “winging it”…
    –This is your last chance and you might regret not debating…

    General resolution: You should sign up and do LD, just to say you’ve officially debated. Because LD is cool.

    Oh, and no pressure, by the way. 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    • All good reasons. My adventurous self wins. I can’t believe I’m doing this. =D

      March 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm

  5. Two things:

    1. You are going to have a BLAST with impromptu. Seriously.

    2. No OO in Abilene? I guess pre-qualing makes it kinda obsolete… 😛

    March 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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