Well, my first year at NECYSC was rather lonesome. I didn't really know a lot of people there and everyone, counselors and CITs included, tended to form cliques, so I was in a bit of a need of a friend. Luckily, I met this tall skinny guy. Turned out he's from the Framingham Chinese church, which I had often heard of for their excellent basketball players. It was also Allen's first year, so we hung out a lot. We spent many afternoons shooting hoops, trying to do fancy dunks on a eight-foot rim, and other balling activities. I've tried to keep in touch with Allen every since. Allen is probably over six foot tall, and he always leads the smallest aged group of campers. It is quite a sight to see one of the biggest guys at camp looking after the smallest campers. But he is quite good at it. The camp committee really trusts him with the campers, and it has been his thing ever since. Allen now attends Brown University. He is an year older than me. We often like to chat over ICQ and just talk about how bad and lazy each other is. I don't know why, but it's become our thing. Pictured left are some pictures of Allen. I actually do not have any pictures of Al at camp, but I've met with him outide camp for these blasting shots. First you have Allen with his dog. This picture was taken at Allen's house when I visited. Next is a picture of Allen and I at Mary Chung's, which is just right on Massachusetts Avenue near MIT. Allen was working near Cambridge, so we met up and caught a quick bite.
Allen recently visited during his spring break 2000, but I forgot to take his picture. It's ok, you're not missing much. He's about the same goofy-looking guy. Sadly, Al will not be returning to NECYSC 2000. He is scared that I would whoop his rear end on the courts this year. He knows I've been watching the Jason Williams tape and storing some tricks up my sleeves. I'm going to miss the guy. He's a bunch of fun.
Next we have Steve. I first met Steve as the lifeguard guy. He's the only counselor who has a lifeguard license. He's not really needed as one, since the college provides them, but I just known him as that. Steve is a pretty macking guy. He has a way with the young women (female campers), and can be spotted wherever there's a large swarm of females. He used to have long hair, but he had it chopped by the second year I was there. Steve and I wrote the daily camp news one year. It was pretty darn fun, since we were the first people to actually lie about things that did not happen. Counselors previously had wrote false quotes, but nothing as clever as we did. We had the young campers (who are most gullible) believing that the photo shoot was shot without film and that it had to be retaken. If you've ever been through a photo shoot on a sunny and scorching day, waiting for all three hundred or so campers to line up, you would've understood their pain. It was a blast.
Next is a picture that Steve took of himself at 1 a.m. April 24, 2000. It was during our IM conversation, which was my first contact with Steve in nearly two years. I ask the goon what he's done with his hair now, and he says it's orange and short like asian mafia style. I ask for a pic, and that was what I got.
Next is a picture of Annie and I on stage as the emcees of the final NECYSC performance. On the last day of the week long camp, all parents are invited to the performance, where each group does a series of short performances showing the things they have learned. I happened to be the Chinese emcee during this particular year.
Next is a picture of Mike, Michelle, and Jonathan. Mike is a good friend from my high school. As you can see, he's not exactly Chinese. He's actually Italian, but he was hired as the kung fu teacher that year. Michelle is currently also at Andover High, but I first met her through Mike. She is also a kung fu fanatic. Her dream is to start a school or something of that type in some traditional temple. Jonathan is a family friend, and has some pretty slick moves. Next is Mike again flying through the stage during the last performance. And lastly is Jonathan giving us a taste of what he is capable of.
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