Ok, so I totally admit to the fact that last night was a complete and epic failure.
First round: Karrenbrock. AKA Philip Hayes groupie. In Jacob's words, she treats debate like theatre. Also, she knows nothing about philosophy, or Rawl's Veil of Ignorance1 for that matter, but whatever. The only reason I lost to her was time constraints. I ran out of time, and she was a better actor than I.
Second round: Hayes. This was not cool, seeing as how I went aff2 twice in a row, but whatever. BTW, Philip Hayes is the kid that unfairly won the $150,000 scholarship. However, on my ballot the judge said that I held my own against him, but due to time constraints, I lost. I still think Philip is a douche, albeit a very convincing and talkative douche. Again, I HATE TIME CONSTRAINTS.
Third round: Some kid I could care less about. I swear he knew absolutely nothing about economics. He kept on trying to use Keynesian Economics3 to get his way in the round, but he knew nothing. This round was easily won, but I could care less. I just hate the fact that I lost to the above two.
Not to mention, the killer cramp I had throughout most of the event. I've never had as bad of a cramp before... BAHHH......
Oh well, not much I can do, but I know that I will spend this weekend looking up new Debate techniques. Dylan Smith4 pop quizzed me and I failed, and it was because Jacob didn't teach me well. This means I have to take my learning process in my own hands. Stupid.
1. Rawl's veil of ignorance, an excerpt via Wikipedia:
"no one knows his place in society, his class position or social status, nor does anyone know his fortune in the distribution of natural assets and abilities, his intelligence, strength, and the like. I shall even assume that the parties do not know their conceptions of the good or their special psychological propensities. The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance."
2. Affirmative. Usually this doesn't happen, but there was a computer glitch.
3. Keynesian Economics is when you inject money into the economy to stimulate progress. This kid had no idea that you had to get the money from somewhere.
4. Dylan Smith is someone who has gone to Nationals before in Debate. He's really good.