10 Regionals this year was hosted by Metroplex Gymnastics in Dallas. It really sucked ass that right after State – we had to drive BACK to the Dallas area. (I’ll always hate this area).
So instead of staying at my friend’s house, like we normally do – we decided to stay at a Hampton Inn – it was the same one that Aunt Jeane and Uncle Charlie stayed in when they visited us in Plano. We had the most awesome salad at TGI’s – pecan crusted chicken salad – it had all kinds of good things in it.
Pammy met up with us at the meet – and wanted to play with the d200 – so I was happy to turn over the photographing job to her and sit back and enjoy the meet. Which is what i do most of the time anyway – people have been known to prod me to let me know d’s going. So…when I got there, I went over and spoke to the people at Champions Images – who seemed really nice – they said they might be able to use another photographer at this very meet, since one of their didn’t show up. I said cool. We went about our business.
Then the wife of the owner (who was photographing from her “booth” area) came over to Pammy, who was on the floor – on HER side of the arena..and starts complaining to her – that she didn’t pay a booth fee to be there, and to stop photographing all the gymnasts. Now…between Pam and myself – we know TONS of these girls…like know them, know them. So she gets all huffy more than a few times. Finally Pam gave up and came and sat down – so i got up and went to talk to the bitchy woman. So the conversation goes like this:
Janet: hey – my friend is just using my camera – getting the feel for digital – it’s no big deal.
woman: well she sure handles it like a professional
janet: well – it’s a professional camera – anyone can look good using it.
woman: she’s photographing all the gymnasts – you didn’t pay a booth fee.
janet: well, they are all of our friends – we know almost everyone here. we did pay our entrance fee – and there are no restrictions on parental/friend use of cameras.
woman: well, if you guys are here during the next session – we are quitting! we are walking out!
janet: whatever – i’m leaving after this session – i have no desire to sit here and take pictures all day – as i told you – we are just photo-ing our friends – we aren’t selling them
so long story short – she was pissed…i was pissed..i’m going to put the pictures up one of these days and sell them anway – send the money to Pammy. What an ass she was.
DONT BUY IMAGES FROM CHAMPIONS IMAGES IN OKLAHOMA – THEIR PICTURES SUCK AND THEY ARE RUDE!
So – on to the meet details:
D had olympic rotation (i think) – first vault – eh…second vault – ok, but not stellar. on to bars – nice bar routine – same old form breaks – only did a double back dismount – trying to minimize deductions for the little kicky thing she was doing before the full-out dismount. Beam – well, beam has not been d’s best this year – she’s fallen at every meeet (unlike last year with no falls the whole season). It only makes me mad when it’s a dumb fall – and this was a dumb fall – (having a senior moment trying to remember). Floor – we all had a laugh moment…she almost lost it on that dang rudi-back tuck thing again – but you could hear the THUG as she like dug her feet in and saved it.
Surprise of all things – she won vault and floor – silvered on bars and silvered the aa! woohoo! she was not paying attention when they called her name – the girls were teasing her. it’s been so long since she actually got a first place on anything, she really wasn’t expecting it.
We had a good time – ate Mexican Food over at Park and 15th, took Alex home, took Pammy home, and went on our merry way back to Spring. D’s been driving part of the way these days – it’s a huge help compared to the old days.