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Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
10Trip End Aug 22, 2012
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10th July We had to arrive a little later today I was given 6 of Johns kids today and had to get rid of two of my best players and another kid who was always distracted by another kid. I noticed John's 6 he sent me were either unable to play or were badly behaved.The kids were better behaved today though. I wasn't feeling that energetic during the full day program however it went fairly quickly. After finishing Beth and John picked me up - we had to wait for John to have a haircut but after that we headed off to Zuma Beach. We met Nick and Jack and some other local coaches at the beach - some of the coaches decided to go boogie boarding in the sea however I couldn't be bothered getting changed into my swim stuff and it was freezing on the beach. Whilst we waited for John to have his haircut we went in this 99 cents or more store and bought a frisbee and tennis racket - however they both were rubbish. We got back to the house at around 6 - we only spent 1 1/2 hours at the beach. For tea we had steak in a Jack Daniels sauce with chips - it was very good. Myself and Beth decided to have an early night as we were both tired and were struggling to stay awake.
11th July On the way to camp today we almost got lost (luckily we had a sat nav) as we were diverted from our normal route by some police - we ended up arriving at the park 10 minutes late
12th July Today I was running on low so in my full day I kept having to sit down on the balls - the full days do drag it out of you and they don't go by quick as we have around 6 children most of the time. After camp we all decided to head down Santa Monica where we went to a Mexican restaurant for some food and cocktails. Towards the end of the night this guy came out in bunny ears and started doing karaoke he even tried to get one of the coaches to sing and he was having none of it lol. After that we headed down to some english pub but we had to sit in the restaurant part as one of the coaches was 20 - we tried to get him into other places with no luck. We didn't leave till around 10pm - it was an interesting car journey back.
13th July Some of the other coaches weren't feeling as fresh as me - but I felt like I was running on low after the week - these kids keep me on my toes. When the full day arrived we started off with just 6 players however within the final hour 2 kids left and then for a while another kid sat out for a bit. The time absolutely dragged so I was glad when 3 oclock came round. When I got back I was greeted with an email telling me I was going to Rancho Santa Margarita in the OC however as the main driver - I quickly phoned up some of the guys in the office and explained that I was not driving so I had to switch with one of the other coaches who was going to Visalia a farming community just above Bakersfield. I then did my research to see what this place is about and found it is near Yosemite, has a water park and is 4 hours away from San Francisco.
We then decided to head down to the mall which is nearby our house - I didn't actually buy anything but grabbed some tea from Panda Express. We had to wait for Beth in this shop called Forever 21 for an age. We then got lost for a bit trying to find our car but once we found it we headed down to this bar called The Tipsy Goat. We sat in the outside part of the bar despite the warm weather they even had patio heaters - we all asked if they could get turned off as it was warm enough. We then met a couple of other coaches - one told me he was going to the San Jacinto/ Hemet camp the next week - it is only a 2 man camp now so my family aren't hosting this year. I don't think we got back to the house until about 12pm - I literally ran into bed as I was yawning away at the bar.
14th July Today I had a rest day from coaching - two of the other coaches had to do the striker and goalkeeper clinics but I had a rest day as I did the full day camps. I woke up early as I share a room with Beth and she was doing the striker clinic so I decided whilst I was up to go for a run around the block. I felt so hungry on my run as I passed a park where anyone could turn up and join in with this BBQ - I was so tempted to ditch my run. Once I arrived back I waited for John to wake up and hung out with him until Beth got back - once she did we headed on down to the grocery store to pick up some thankyou gifts for our host family. However once back we noticed Paul had gone - he had been in the rest of the morning and Keri had already left for work. We felt bad but we had arranged the night before to head down to Hollywood and let Paul know that morning we were leaving. Once Jack and Nick headed down to our house we left - we had to leave their present on the table.