It has been one of those very long days. We started off at 8pm on Tuesday in a torrential downpour, and drove through lots of fog and rain to arrive in St. Louis a mere 19 hours later.
The bus ride was full of card games, bus raves, and even a reading of Lord Of The Flies.
Once in St. Louis we stowed our massive quantity of luggage in the lobby and split up…the pit crew went to set up our area and have four hours of time to work on the robot, installing the new minibot deployment system and getting inspected for competition. We’re not quite passed yet, but will be tomorrow.
Some of us went to seminars about strategy or resume writing or how robots are used in medicine. We may have had a hot tamale eating contest in the back row…
Others stayed at the hotel and enjoyed showers, toothbrushes and a visit to the pool.
Tomorrow we’ll be up early. We’re playing on the pit fields so seating will be limited.
Everyone is happy and healthy and ready for a great few days of competition and fun. There are robotics teams everywhere…crazy hair, team shirts, and some have been spotted carrying their precious cargo of minibot deployment mechanisms under their arms. It’s a great place to be!