Ahem. For those of you who haven’t heard from your children in over a day, we have yet to lose, maim, or kill anyone!
Today was a busy one! We started off early… the alarm went off at 4:55, and we were at the dome by 7:00. Our one practice match in the morning went quite well, and we even managed to recruit a safety captain! (Thanks, Joey.)
In the afternoon we had 3 qualification matches. Win-loss-win. We’ve been struggling with jamming the shooter. This may sound like a familiar problem, but this time it’s because of the flicker (we think) rather than because of the wheel slowing.
I am thrilled to say that our misfire problem has finally bit the dust (knock on wood), with the installation of a solenoid that blocks jerking shots. Flicker 4.0 also appears to be doing its job (though clearly it’s about to become Flicker 4.1, since we may have to tweak it a bit more to fix the jamming.)
The pits are a bustling little city–though there is probably more free stuff available than in your average city. There are buttons, Frisbees, pencils, candy, and knick-knacks of all varieties.
There are also a bunch of teams–to borrow the term–“from away,” and by that I mean far away. There are Israelis, Germans, Russians, Mexicans, Canadians, Chinese, Koreans, and more scattered throughout the FRC, FTC, FLL, and Jr FLL pits. As well as English, I’ve definitely heard German and Spanish spoken by various teams.
Tonight we’re headed off to the Bamboo Bistro Buffet (or something like that), along with the Frog Force, another team staying in our hotel. (Hi, Frog Force!)