A Los Angeles Daily News story about the tournament includes a picture of the three "honors" students of Iris' school. Iris is the one with the long, wavy hair on the left.
She's home. She's exhausted. She came down with a cold and an excruciating ear ache coming over "the Grapevine" aka Tejon Pass, elevation 4144'. I'll be busy babying her tomorrow.
While she was competing, Bad Dad and I drove up to the SF Bay Area to help my mom with a move and her taxes. Finding a "moderate" rent apartment for a senior on a small fixed income in Silicon Valley is an experience. If you have a lot of time, I can tell you more about that journey.
Although our trip was mostly family work, we did take some time to hang out in Berkeley. I bought a linen shirt at the Bryn Walker boutique (made in Berkeley!) and a book of poetry at Black Oak Books.
Life will be extremely busy chez BMGM as I prepare our LA home to function without me, pack, and move 1000 miles away for a full-time job that is just too good to pass up. Life just gets more and more complicated.
I am glad I had time out of the paid labor force to help my mom and my daughter through challenging times and our local school district through severe budget cuts, to facilitate my husband's career as a field scientist, and to pursue self-study in statistics and modern programming languages (Perl, Python, R). But, I am also very grateful to have found a fantastic (and paying!) job that uses my very unique (odd?) skill set and past work experience.
The LA Times story adds:
The only other LAUSD school to place in the top 10 was Franklin High, which finished eighth. Beverly Hills, South Pasadena and Redondo Union, all representing Los Angeles County, also finished in the top 10.Academic Decathlon has its roots in Southern California and the region dominates. The competition is stiffer at the California championship than the National one.
California has won the last 11 national titles and 15 of the last 18. In the 32 years of national competition, the state has placed first or second every year but one.
The complete CA results