Ready for my new career in sports journalism!

Last night I live tweeted a football game.

I think I did really well!

Someone start a letter writing campaign to ESPN, I’m totally ready for that journalism salary.

(Psst it’s a whole thread for those unfamiliar)

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Now & Forever ABCs (Daren)

Daren Keith Jones

14 December 1995
Baptist

Daren is a tall, handsome, and thoughtful young man.  He attended a different local elementary school from Lauren and many of her friends, but he met Sarah during fourth grade and became fast friends with her and during fifth grade he met and became friends with Lauren.

He has attended Immaculate Conception since sixth grade, and as a result has become friends — if not quite as close — with many of Sarah and Lauren’s other friends.

At IC he joined the baseball team as a pitcher, something he’s fair at, but not good enough to ever start with.  His batting average is atrocious.  His true sport is boxing, he takes lessons at the local Y and competes often, and he’s quite accomplished, bringing home more than a few trophies.  He hopes to get a college scholarship on his boxing, even possibly become pro for a short time.

He’d always had a bit of a crush on Lauren, having seen her even before he’d met her; at the end of seventh grade he finally worked up the nerve to ask her out, and the two seemed a perfect couple from there on.

The perfection was only on the surface, though.  The two grew to be less close friends while dating, until Lauren started to notice their lack of compatibility.  Both were determined to try to make it work out, partially out of a stubborn nature on both their parts, and because neither one had much stomach for casual dating — preferring to take all relationships quite seriously.

Despite his reaction when Lauren tells him she’s met someone else, he does care for her — as a valued friend, and as someone he really did have genuine feelings for — but he’s never been the most expressive young man where his feelings are concerned (something, he realises, might have helped him keep Lauren if he’d been better about) and as such takes a rather long time to renew his friendship with her.

Now & Forever ABCs (Allison)

Allison Zola Paradis

Born 26 November 1995
Zen Buddhist

Allsion is an artist.  It’s all she cares about, it’s all she wants to do.  She has little to no attention span for academia beyond artistic techniques and history.  Actually, Allison tends to have little to no attention span for much of anything except her friend and family, whom she loves deeply, and her adoration of horses and horse riding.  She’s a quirky girl with short chestnut hair and a propensity for dressing in whatever she pulls out of her dresser with barely a regard for how it matches.

Allison has been dating Jacob for awhile and, despite frequent arguments, the two actually get along famously.  She’s Zach’s cousin, the pair’s mothers are sisters, and growing up so close together has led to a deep friendship between them.

While Allison is the first person to explain that she isn’t too bright, it’s not really true.  She can be quite brilliant when she wants to be, but she does march to the beat of her own piccolo — her brain is quite off kilter from the reality those around her perceive.

Her artistic tastes vary widely, but her first great love is painting.  Any medium will do:  watercolours, oil, acrylic, airbrush, etc.  Her greatest loves are oil and watercolour.  Her style leans toward the photorealistic — and she has a profound admiration for many of the renaissance era painters — but she does them in rather fantastic and even surrealist scenarios.  For example, she might paint a pair of women in exquisite detail, even enhancing and refining their actual features, but they’re the centrepiece of a scene of some bizarre landscape out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Her works tend to make statements, especially if you take several of them together, but not always — some are merely inspired by some thought and are expressing it, these are often depictions of some aspect of Buddhist philosophy or mythology/legend.

She used to attend the same church as Lauren, and is one of Lauren’s oldest friends, but as the time to begin preparing for Confirmation drew close she began to question her Christian upbringing and faith.  She embarked on a spiritual quest for something that spoke more closely to her view of the world.  She tried Wicca for a few months, but eventually settled on Zen Buddhism where she finally found the spiritual peace she craved.

There is some suspicion among her friends that Allison might be bisexual; something to which she makes little to no effort to deny.  Though if she is, she has never acted upon it having only ever admitted to crushes on boys and having only ever dated boys — though, when in a teasing mood, her friends will often point to Jacob as proof since the boy is very effeminate in appearance and manner.