Wednesday, June 18, 2008


NEWS FLASH. I think I have solved the mystery of the birthday obsession.

Birthdays 24, 23 and 22 were spent at work. 21 was in Auburn between camp sessions. 20 was in Etna, California. 19 was in Birmingham. 18 was at Camp War Eagle.

17, 16, 15 and 14 were spent at cheerleading camp. And I'm pretty sure that's where I got my birthday obsession.

Trust me, there are few situations that could out-do spending your birthday at a cheerleading camp. Talk about some birthday spirit and enthusiasm. 400 peppy cheerleaders telling you happy birthday all day? Your squad decorating your room/door on your special day? Getting called up on stage to be sung to each year? It was awesome. And, now I realize, spoiled me rotten.

Sidebar: cheerleading camp. Did you love it or hate it? I loved it. I got my first taste of college. Living in the dorms for a week with my best friends, staying up late and talking in each other's rooms? Playing pranks on each other like the time we hid Mary Lauren into a suitcase and took her up and down the elevator scaring people? Yes the days were long and hot, but it sure was fun.

Maybe I will write more about cheer camp memories another day (there are plenty) but for now I bring it up to mention this: one of the things cheerleaders always do when en masse is to circle up and start singing. No, I don't mean a calm rendition of "Kumbaya." Rather, something snappy and upbeat to which dancing, jumping or even stunting could commence.

Now I know there are plenty of new readers to this blog. And plenty of not new readers who are still anonymous. So because for four years, I would be at cheer camp during the days surrounding my birthday (which is in 3 days!), and because I want to know who I'm partying with, we're going to circle up and do this cheerleader style. Introduce yourself! Tell us about your blog or where you're from or something. Anything.

Help me out Sarah, Cierra, Little Liz, Candace, Laurie, Katie, Natalie... I know there are lots of former cheerleaders (and mascots) reading this. I'll start!

Jump IN! Jump OUT! And introduce yourself! Jump IN! Jump OUT! And introduce yourself!

My name is Lindsay... (YEAH?!)
I love my BlackBerry... (YEAH?!)
And I want a cat! (YEAH?! Alright, alright, alright.)

Jump IN! Jump OUT! And introduce yourself! I said, Jump IN! Jump OUT! And introduce yourself!

If this goes, next we'll do Little Sally Walker.


  1. My name is Liz (yeah?!)
    I was a cheerleader (yeah?!)
    Now I'm just small (yeah?! Alright, alright, alright)

    Only for you, this close to your birthday.

  2. My name is Jessica (yeah!)
    I love Auburn football (yeah!)
    And I live in Cali (yeah?! Alright, alright, alright.)

  3. My name is Evan (yeah!)
    I'm almost back-hairless (yeah!)
    And I can't believe I'm typing out this cheer (yeah!? alright, alright, alright.)

  4. Oh, the pressure!!
    My name is Shealy (yeah!)
    I teach school (yeah!)
    I feel real stupid (yeah!, alright, alright, alright!)

    Happy Early Birthday!

  5. bahaha!

    My name is Jennifer (yeah!)
    I have a husband (yeah!)
    He is no fun! (yeah! alright! alright! alright!)

  6. My name is Lindsey (yeah!)
    I never cheered (yeah!)
    Cause I couldn't come up with these things (yeah! alright! alright! alright!)

  7. My name is Candace (yeah!)
    I love to shop (yeah!)
    That's why I'm broke! (yeah! alright! alright! alright!)

  8. My name is RB (yeah!)
    I rock the Hotel (yeah!)
    And I came to get down! (yeah! alright! alright! alright!)


    PS Saw a shirt on a girl today that said Cambridge- Auburn???

    Do tell

  9. My name is Natalie (yeah!)
    When Im down at work... (yeah!)
    I read your blog (YEAH! alright! alright ! alright!)

    ( and instantly im cheered up! to boot!)
    Have a great birthday!!
    I'm goign to be in Nashville on September 27th! Ill be the little white girl dragging our a bunch of asain journalist who want to learn more about whiksey....YEAH alright alright alright

  10. love ya LJ, but i stick with wes. evan, i'm disappointed.

    happy early bday!

  11. My name is Sarah (yeah!)
    And I give hugs (yeah!)
    I'm not your friend (yeah!)
    If you do drugs (ooooh)

    Happy early. You're the best.

    P.S. I loved cheer camp. Losing your voice screaming, sweating out everything you ate/drank, winning the SPIRIT STICK. yesssss


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