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  • (Alarm clock)

    What’s up, Its Clay. It is Friday the 23rd of October, 2015. I just finished eating breakfast and getting ready for the day. It is now time for me to go to school and go through all of my classes. School gets out at 3:10 and I have football practice at 4:00. Football lasts about three hours including driving home and settling down. By the time I am home it is time for dinner and then I have to shower. My back hurts from carrying home all of my homework which is a big problem because I don’t have a study hall. With sports and lifting I need the maximum amount of time to rest so my body can recover. My legs ache from practice and all I want to do is rest. Ideally I will fall asleep at 9:30. My math isn’t great but I know that I won’t have enough time to do three hours worth of homework. This means that I have to work super hard before, during, and after school to make sure I am prepared for my tests. I also need to make sure I have all of my homework completed correctly. This problem goes on year round, and my only choice to stop it is to quit sports. I wouldn’t ever quit sports, because there are a lot of super important things I have learned through them. My character has improved and my perseverance has increased. I need to find a way around this problem. Dueces!

    CW: Why do you think I like sports?
    JMW: Uh, I think that you are competitive, so you enjoy the competition piece. It’s social as well, you know, some of your best friends have come from sports so it's a great-- you build great relationships, you know that probably sums it up pretty well.
    CW: Why do you think I like to watch tv?
    JMW: Um that I am not sure, um you know that’s kind of a broad statement. You find shows you like, and then you get fully engulfed in those shows whether it was Lost or you know, you’ll binge watch shows, because you found something that you really like to watch. It’s just good down time for you.
    CW: How did you meet my mom?
    JMW: Uh, we met at Currier Hall at the University of Iowa, and I believe it was one of my first weekends- it was right at the start of my sophomore year and her freshman year, and um we met right before labor day- I think I was heading home for the weekend and you know, it was right when school started, very early on in her freshman year.
    CW: How do you feel about me driving?
    JMW: Uh, you know, I’m okay with it. Uh, you know I think you have driven a lot whether it be in the permit period or in the last year driving to school with your school permit; so you have a lot of experience for someone who just started- who just got their license at the 16 year old stage, so you know, sure it makes us nervous, but also there’s benefits to it as well.
    CW: When you were my age what did you want to be when you grew up? [Paused because he didn’t remember].
    CW: At what age did you decide on your career?
    JMW: Well if I recall correctly, it was probably sometime around my sophomore year at Iowa. I took an accounting course, really liked the professor, and it was just something that I decided I wanted to do. So it would have probably been around 20, somewhere in that neighborhood. And, uh it ended up being a good choice.
    CW: How does my high school compare to your high school that you went to?
    JMW: Um, they’re similar in a lot of ways, yours is probably two times the size, yours is bigger, i think yours- I mean uh I think nowadays there’s just so much more opportunity, you can take the AP courses, there’s just so many more offerings than there was back when I was going through- I went to a good high school, but I mean it was a private school and yours is a public school and yours is a great school.
    CW: Alright, thank you.
    JMW: You’re welcome.

    What’s up? I’m back again. I did poorly on my last math test compared to how I would have liked to have done. My teacher would prefer that I come in after school so I can go through my test and make corrections. I have trouble understanding some of the more difficult concepts of Algebra 2. I have football practice after school, so I can’t go to them to review my test. I now have two choices: leave my math score alone and settle for a bad grade, or go in before school during valuable sleeping time. I honestly hate going in before school, because I am very tired in the morning and it takes my body a while to wake up. I usually fall back asleep for ten or so minutes after i get ready for school. I still ache from practice the other day and need to stretch to make it better. I got cleated in the shin and it is really tight. I just realized I don’t have gas in my car so I have to stop at the gas station on my way to school. All of these things mean that I have to wake up an hour earlier than usual. Also, my team is in the playoffs now, so our practices are extra focused and elongated. Also, we have games during the week now, so I will have even less time to do homework. I gotta go! See ya!

    CW: What are the advantages of being the younger sibling?
    JW: I think the number one advantage of being the younger sibling is the amount of attention-er- attention that you get from your parents. Like when you’re the younger sibling you are the newer one to the family, and they haven’t gotten sick of you yet, so they like you more. And the second thing is that i feel like they like you more, because they haven’t had to be around you as often.
    CW: What would it be like to be the older brother?
    JW: Being the older brother would be kinda cool, cuz you get to beat up on your younger brother, but you know, it would also be kind of bad because your parents don’t really like you and you don’t get as spoiled as the younger sibling. But also, it is said that the younger sibling is supposed to be dumber than the first sibling and also less sporty, so that also affects it.
    CW: Do you enjoy coming to my sports games?
    JW: Yeah, I like coming to your sports games, because I like hanging out with friends and i also like to see how the game develops, so that I can work on my sport by seeing what you do well, and it’s just a lot of fun to go to them.
    CW: What do you like to do outside of school?
    JW: Outside of school I pretty much go to the res, which is the Coralville Lake. I like to get on our jet ski which is super fast. I also like to go tubing behind a boat, and sports are a lot of fun also.
    CW: How are you entertained at home other than using your electronics?
    JW: I’m entertained at home other than using electronics because we have a basketball hoop in our storage room and I can play in that all year round. And I like to play a lot of sports at my home, and I like hanging out with my friends. And I like swimming in our pool and riding my moped around because it is loud. I like hanging around with my friends and having a lot of fun.
    CW: Alright, thank you.
    Howdy guys, Clay speaking. I have a haircut tonight, so I will have a very little amount of time to do my homework. My best option is to do homework during class if I have extra time in between teachings. I have to hope that I have a slow day in one of my classes! If I don’t have time to do my homework at school, It's going to be a late night. Luckily I got my problem with my math test resolved so I got ten points back on that test. I have a quiz now tomorrow and I feel pretty confident about taking it. The practice problems my teacher gives us are easy for me to do and I complete them without mistakes. My math grade is going up so I am a little less stressed out at this point in time. My football team won their first playoff game against Prairie so now we are playing Bettendorf. The practices are a little shorter since we are playing so well. Our practices run really smooth and we are really starting to play like a good team. This means that I can do more of my homework if I have less practice. I am really glad that everything is settling into place and my school and sports work is finally coexisting. Thanks for listening, See ya!

    CW: How does our neighborhood affect my personality?
    DAW: I think because there aren’t a lot of kids your age in our neighborhood that you um learn to fill your time more independently, and you might get more creative with the things you do than rely on others to entertain your or that you know, you would do something with someone else.
    CW: When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
    DAW: I wanted to be a veterinarian and take care of others animals, but I decided not to do that cuz I would have to go to Iowa State, and I found out that I’d have to take care of large animals which is really scary. And I just wanted to take care of things like cats and dogs.
    CW: How did you meet dad?
    DAW: I met him at Currier Hall, and at the University of Iowa, and we met through a mutual friend.
    CW: What are the advantages of me having a license?
    DAW: It frees up a little bit of my time so I don’t have to pick you up like after school or even take you somewhere really early in the morning, like stadium cleanup, you can um get there yourself. So it's nice for me.
    CW: What do you do when you’re not working?
    DAW: I like to exercise, I like to um swim and um run, I guess not run really but jog, and I like to work in the yard or take care of my home.
    CW: Why do you think I stopped playing video games?
    DAW: I’m not sure, I think it might be partly because you don’t have a lot of time and you play sports and you’re busy with that. And um I don’t know. Maybe somehow you grew out of them, but I don’t have a real answer other than I’d say you keep yourself busy doing other things.
    CW: Do you enjoy coming to my sports games?
    DAW: Yes, I love it! Because you, I mean it's just fun to watch you um develop as a player and um watch you change as a player, and your mentality, you know watch how you’ve changed. I’ve been watching you in sports since you were like 4, and now you’re 16 so its just really neat to see your development over time.
    CW: Alright, thank you.
    DAW: You’re Welcome
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