Saturday, January 5, 2008

I'm learning to play the guitar! Guitar Hero, that is. I told my kids I was not going to buy the game for them. I couldn't understand why they would want such an expensive game anyway. So, the kids sold some of their old games and put their money together and bought it themselves. I'm SO glad they did! Boy is it fun! At first I thought it was a real guitar, and that I would never be able to play the game. It's really not that hard. After just a couple tries I could play it, even on medium, I might ad! I never knew I had it in me. Now, The Scorpions were never my favorite, but after playing Rock You Like a Hurricane, I'm beginning to enjoy it! It's kind of like like the saying you just have to give something a try and be open minded. I wish we had two guitars so we could play two players at the same time. That's me playing the game at 11:30 last night. I was so tired that I even had a headache. I hope I can find time to play again today!


Well, today should be an interesting day. My 7 year old has his first basketball game, and it's been a long haul getting there. I signed both of my sons up at the same time, on one paper. I wrote one check. They went to tryouts and the coaches said they would call them and tell us when the first practice would be. Well we waited a long time. My husband said there were tons of kids in the 7 year old group trying out and that the coach said it would be a long time before he called us.

Well, after a long time we still didn't get a call. My older son got his call and already started practices and had a few games. My husband assured me, don't worry, he said it would be a while before they called. I figured they must be having two groups of teams playing since there were so many kids this year. I decided to ask my neighbor who's son is in my son's age group. I asked her if she heard from her basketball coach yet. She told me she had but they only had one practice and three games so far. ONLY?

Well, I started to make some calls. I called the basketball commissioner's cell phone. No answer. I left him a message to call me back. The weekend was coming up and I didn't want my son to miss another game! I called him again the next day, left another message. I called him back a few days later. He finally answered but it was very loud wherever he was. He told me he'd find out who the coach was and call me back. Now the weekend was over and my son had probably missed another game! I called him back, (you know the drill) no answer, left a message. A few days later, still no call back. Frustration is building. Steam would start to come out of my ears every time I thought about it!

OK, now I'm starting to act like a private investigator. I got on the website to see who else I could call. I called my neighbor, who's also a coach, and asked him who I could call. He said the commissioner. But he doesn't return calls! How many times do I have to call him! What if I call someone else who's name is listed on the website? My neighbor said they'll just tell me to call the commissioner. All right, I called the coach, again. (Same thing.)

Well, I decided to call some other names. I looked up everyone's name in the phone book. The first guy, not home. The second guy, BINGO! He had a listing of all the coaches and their phone numbers! He gave me our coaches name and number. I called the coach and he actually answered. He said he didn't have our phone number listed and our last name was spelled wrong. I know I wrote our number down at sign ups and I know I didn't spell our last name wrong! He said he called the commissioner and he told him he had no information about us, so the commissioner said they'll just have to wait for us to call them. Wait for us to call them! Didn't he tell him I called him SIX times! No. My husband coaches baseball in this organization, too. He told me they only had two practices and three games so far. ONLY?

So anyway, here's where we're at now. My son is going to his 1rst game today. He's never met the coach before. He doesn't know anyone on his team. He doesn't have the team shirt. He's never played basketball before so he doesn't know ANYTHING at all. He's played in our driveway, can dribble and shoot. He doesn't know positions, how to do a layup, how to play with two hoops, how to guard, where to stand, the rules, NOTHING! He's starting to panic. We're going to try to work with him a little today, but there's snow on the driveway, so we'll have to work in the garage or something. Should be an interesting game! I hope he's not too disappointed. At the very least, we ARE getting reimbursed our money.

17 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh, my goodness; this is like a carbon copy of our experience last summer with baseball! Those sporting Dads who usu run things are well meaning, but not very organized! I bet your son will catch on quickly and forget about the rough start in no time.

Dawn said...

Your poor son! Good for you for keeping on it and making sure he got to play in a game. I would be shooting steam out of my ears also.

MAGIRK said...

Sheesh!! What a genuine, high-fallutin' fiasco! I'm surprised you're as calm as you are - ha, ha!! I know I'd be spitting nails...

Hope it all works out and that he'll have a fun season.

LOL, so funny, about the Guitar Hero. Those things are so addicting, I don't care what anyone says. :-)

Bia said...

Everything will be fine...you'll see! Boys have a way of just jumping in and picking up things. We have both our oldest in a church league, and some coaches mean well, but are just not very organized. Now, if there were more women coaches...but not me, I was good in softball, even played volleyball in college, but I can NOT run and dribble at the same time!

Our sons have been begging us for Guitar Hero, and after your rousing endorsement maybe we'll consider it.

Have a great day. God bless!

Amy said...

oh my gosh, how frustrating. john't team won their first game today. this was the first time his team won in three years!!!

Leah said...

Guitar Hero seems to be THE THING lately. I haven't had the opportunity to play it, but my BIL loves it. Have fun!

UGH UGH UGH about the basketball stuff! What a pain in the butt!! Glad it all got worked out in the end!

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Hi!

I can relate to your experience, my two boys play basketball, also, and unfortunately, it doesn't always go so smoothly, as you're finding out. It's good that you were persistant and found out what was happening (and I don't believe for a minute that you forgot how to spell your name or write your phone number, that's just LAME!) C'mon, guys, somebody dropped the ball, fess up! :)
Hope your little guy ran rings around the others today and had fun! He has nothing to feel nervous about, all seven year olds are just beginning, I mean,..they're seven, right? BTW, loved the picture of you "playing" the guitar, isn't that a blast?! Okay, now you need "rock band"! My kids pooled their money together and went out and bought it a few days ago. If you think guitar hero is fun, you've got to try rock band! I've never laughed so hard as watching my two sons, one playing guitar, one playing the drums (not really drums, just flat circles that you tap with drumsticks, so not very noisy) and my husband (who was against them buying it initially) the singer with the microphone belting out tunes like "I'm a cowboy" by Bon Jovi. It's hysterical! (I've written a small novella here, sorry!) :)

Shellie said...

Sounds just like our experience with soccer except there wasn't any coach in the end at all so my husband got roped into being the coach at the last minute. It was fun, but exhausting.

Amy said...

Poor kid! that's awful, I hope it ends up working out ok...my boys got guitar hero for Christmas and I can't get past one song on easy, so Go You!!

Cindy Breninger said...

Do you know it is possible to get booed off the stage FOUR TIMES IN A ROW on that guitar game? Yep, I know very well that that can happen! ;) hehe
Cindy
www.adayinthelifeofcindy.blogspot.com

Lela said...

I really hate organizations with bad organization. It is so frustrating, you do everything they tell you and you still have to pick up the pieces and do their job for them!

Kitty said...

Awww, poor boy. Fingers crossed it all works out for him eventually. x

Karen said...

ARRGGGHHH!! Those things are so frustrating. Hopefully your son enjoys the rest of the season, and it's a good thing you're getting your money back.

And congrats on learning to play the guitar! They should totally have Guitar Hero reality shows.

GrandmaK said...

The best is yet to come...as a mother of a daughter who played basketball from the time she was in 5th grade, you will mature and wisdom and strength. And mother of two sons who wanted to play desperately. but didn't start their growth spurt until they were juniors in high school there will be a lot of frustration, consoling and just plain "biting the lip". But don't forget the upside. You can take pleasure in the talents and skills they will learn if they continue and they will love you even more for you support!! It appears you have already started in that direction. I always told them...and I meant it then as I do now. "If you are not having fun while you play then you do not have to continue."

Before I forget why I really came here. I would like to add you to my Blarney Corner and I have tagged you for the Book MEME...if you have already done it then just pass it on...HAVE A GRAND day and enjoy the guitar. Cathy

denise said...

That is terrible! The poor kid is going to have a complex. You should find out who to talk to about the comissioner. There must be soemone above him.

I am dying to see you play the guitar!!! Maybe you can learn some B52s or INXS.

Have a nice Christams, by the way.

Becky said...

Go you, learning to play guitar hero! LOL!

My husband knows he doesn't dare get me that. When our first son (now 11) was born, I was addicted to Dr. Mario and Tetris on the old Nintendo system.

I would park my can on the sofa and not move until bedtime. Of course, I was exhuasted after work (I worked up until a week before my son's birth). Still, we both know my limitations.

I have heard of people losing weight with Dance Dance Revolution, however...

Zoe said...

I love guitar hero...but the kids make fun of me when i play. we went through the same thing with ayso soccer which we paid way too much for. completely unorganized. no communication. ugg.