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Old 09-26-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default Turn-in day jitters? Anyone?

Hey there,
You all seem like pros at this but I've just been curious if y'all get turn-in day jitters? This summer marked my 3rd season competing and it seemed that no matter how I did the weekend before, I ALWAYS get a little nervous before I build my boxes... Am I crazy?
Once I've got the first box done and into the judges then I'm good to go

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Old 09-26-2010, 03:32 PM   #2
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Nope...you ain't crazy sister smoker...I get them every time! When I stop getting excited...I'll stop competing...
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:47 PM   #3
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I'm usually worried about getting boxes turned in on time. Seems we always cut it close.
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:22 PM   #4
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I don't know if I'd call them jitters. We get excited, I always want to start earlier than I need. Have to calm down and be patient. Nothing better when you finish putting that box together after a couple days of solid effort. Well, except for maybe a walk!
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:19 AM   #5
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Far from the "pro" insight you're lookin' for I'm sure. I get anxious as heck around turn in time!!

In Duvall we (this really means me...with Katie looking at her dad like he's crazy) built a box upside down!! Dropped another one!! The silver lining...got calls on both!!

We have a saying after our last turn in "it's all over but the crying." Kind of a sweet relief...equal parts good and bad feeling (I LOVE it!!).
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:07 AM   #6
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Jitters??? It's a week before the AR and I'm up at 3:00am because I can't farkin sleep.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:18 AM   #7
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I've only been competing a little over a year. I don't get too nervous when I'm filling my boxes, cause I got something to concentrate on. After the last turn-in is when it starts for me. I'm a nervous wreck then. Waiting for awards time is tough, especially when you think you cooked a good product.
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