Wow ! I made it, a game on the field at Castle Park High School. Been having a lot of fun with being apart of chronicling “Friday Night Lights” in Chula Vista as a part of Chula Vista Photo Studios‘ efforts to continue connecting with our community. Most certain if you have read any of the previous post you know that I went to CPH and will let you know that without an inquiry. No I am not a Fanatic but I did get there five hours early…… okay I might be a weeee bit nutty in this regard but it was mostly due to professional logistical needs.
Well, click happy me just could not walk away so I walked to align the logos.
Then I took an hour and walked about the immediate neighborhood remembering how I used to hate the daily stroll to school but now with head high and a smile on my face it just felt nice to waste some time.
Not sure why the J.V. game did not go off this day however the young Trojans and their fearless ASB adviser welcomed me with smiles and a genuine “Welcome home Alum” greetings.
Thank you Megan for the ID card I will use it next event. By the time the game started everybody knew the big black with the Cheshire Happy grin and camera is still a “Trojan”.
Having an opportunity to watch these young guys practice before show to be at heir best was a joy. Many memories flooded back of my friends spending countless hours getting a sequence of moves just right. You do not need me to tell just how good they were, Google them or just ask any CPH Trojan Band Alum. From Rose Bowl Parade appearances to countless awards, Band Reviews and State ceremonies the history of the Marching Trojan Band is a rich one.
Okay time to go to work the opponents are here I mean my clients, well Chula Vista Photo Studio has the Hilltop High account so my job is to make them look gooooood, they are from Chula Vista too and I got no problem with that. I never take sides with a camera in my hands, my job is to help not let my content be used to point out anything but a positive groove. The Lancers are the stronger team so the outcome is mostly expected to be in their favor.
Being honest is really important to me so to say I know what I am doing I would be wrong 37% of the time, my tactic is throw spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks. In truth the schools use a tiny percentage of my submissions my true goal is to provide to the students a worksheet of images and ideas.
Not really sure if anything I do will make the cut, Hilltop High School has a topnotch program with a dynamic multimedia coordinator who would make most college curriculum’s jealous. Never one to back down from a challenge they just gonna make me better hoping to one day smile knowing they got better too.
Here come the the TROJANS !!!!!! oooops not yet just warm ups. The squad looked light in numbers but what they lacked in numbers it was made clear to me that Trojan optimism, spirit and pride would take the field tonight. Shout out to G.C. Construction and all those who put time and resources in for our young peeps to show up heads held high knowing the community got their backs….. literally too.
I forgot how beautiful watching a sunset from the field on this mesa is, I did not forget how cold it quickly gets from the field on this mesa. Long thick pants, long sleeve tee shirt and thick top shirt I’ll be good through halftime. KUSI tv Prep Pigskin Report did an interview with former Castle Park Trojan, NFL player and a current coach on the Hilltop team just before the game.
Just a few touch ups on both sides a meditation moment or two, then the announcer introduced the band who marched in to the stadium as the sun was setting, to start another Chula Vista display of Friday night football under the lights.
Let there be no mistake about it, there is a whole lotta learnin going on Friday nights across America. From coaches to trainers, band directors and Principals too, all make great lengths and sacrifice to help future generations learn valuable life lessons through their spirited efforts on and around the field.
A writer I am not, definitely a weak reporter too so I will just say Castle Park scored. If you need to know Google the “Chula Vista Star Newspaper” for the facts. People I do not kn ow who do not know me, we had a great time this night under the lights. When my shutter sounds out I am in my happy space, tonight I was in a flashback of my Happy time in life. It felt good to say I went here it also felt good to see a future generation proud to say when asked “Once a Trojan” hearing them say clearly with volume say “Always a Trojan !!!!!!!”
Not sure if I can get to our Homecoming this year 2017, trying to stack the deck so I draw the assignment just because of how fun it will be to see my class of 79′ friends and families. But you know the best part will be being in a group of friends as we come back to be a Mighty Mighty group of happy old dudes repeating till we are hoarse from shouting …… How it’s Great to be a Mighty Mighty Trojan !!!!!!!!!