Well today I went to De Anza High School to get an introduction into the basics of the Ivy League Connection. Don Gosney rounded us up in a computer lab to practice a little of the responsibilities I had to carry out as a participant. It was nice to be there knowing what a wonderful opportunity I was going to take part in. I listened to all the rules that Don laid out for us, and the two that were imprinted in my skull were: "No cell phone, no tardiness". My greatest fear as a teenager. I do everything with my cellphone, answering e-mails texting friends for homework, and communicating with my parents for any last minute details.
One of my last minute details involved committing a misdemeanor crime. It was 8:20 AM and the meeting started at 8:30. Now lucky for me I live two blocks from De Anza and I could virtually walk there. The problem was that my mom was asleep, and there was no way I was going to wake her up and face the demon head on. So, I decided that I would wake her up slightly, and tell her while she's half-asleep that I was going to steal her car. Now bear with me, I have no license, no permit, and I've never driven by myself except for a parking lot. I could've walked there, but there was no way I was going to risk being late because from future lessons, I've learned early is always better. I'm usually on time when I do things with deadlines so I decided that that wasn't going to roll today. So I took the car, let go of the emergency brake, put it in reverse, and left. While I left all that was going though my head was, "Oh my what have I done, don't get caught don't get caught, hmm I wonder if she is still going to have lunch for me when I come back. I arrived not as a boy but a young man.