Couldn’t drill the speech most of  today since I took Meaghan to her 1st home school group of the year today.  And fyi, there were more kids in this group than there are in the nearest elementary school.  Pretty interesting eh?

Meg had voice lessons after that so I had half an hour on my own.  I was in downtown Gibsons and the idea passed through my mind and hovered for a millisecond until I grabbed it.

What Ryan Avery, this year’s champ did to drill his speech really intrigued me and I think it’s brilliant.  I knew it would be something beneficial to me, if I had the guts to do it, as I feel very self-conscious sometimes.  Avery drilled his speech EVERYWHERE.  In malls, in prison, underwater, you name it.  He said if he could do the speech in uncomfortable, distracting places, doing it at the World’s shouldn’t be a problem.

So, I thought, well, I need to go find a place to drill this speech.  I drove down the street and found a nice sized patch of grass beside the sidewalk across the street from the library.  So, I did my speech right there.

And people walked by, and yes, it was distracting.  I felt TOTALLY self conscious and felt pretty sure I looked like a crazy person talking to myself.  It was hard concentrating and I forgot where I was in my speech several times.

I finished though and I thought “it’s not busy enough here.  It’s not HARD enough.  It’s not scary enough.  How bad do you want it Paula?” 

So I crossed the road and went up on the bloody hill for all the world to see (didn’t Harrison write a song called “The Fool on the Hill“? )  found a nice patch of goose poo-less grass, took a deep breath and did it.  Without reservations.

It was bleeping AMAZING.  It was a rush unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  It was, in a word, thrilling.  People looked at me strangely; I kept going.  They stopped and watched.  I kept going.  Even when some guy walked by with his dog and asked me “Hey, are you ok?”  I was OK!  I laughed like a maniac, but I was OK!

I have to tell you, I can’t WAIT to do this again.  I can’t wait to see how truly foolish I am willing to look.  (Insert incredibly easy joke here.)

I am coining the term now.  Let it be known that I did so.  Avery developed the technique, therefore I am naming it after him.  This kind of scary Kamakaze speech drilling shall heretofore be known as “Avery Drilling“.

It’s past midnight so the club contest is TONIGHT.

 

 

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