Friday was a day of driving, driving, driving for the Bee Family. Sprittibee reports, “I thought I was going to get to take a bunch of photos – but we got in after 1am and lost an hour to time change… got to bed at 3 and had to get up at 6 to be at the competition at 7:30…”
Highway hypnosis is a mental state in which the person can drive an automobile great distances, responding to external events in the expected manner, with no recollection of having consciously done so. In this state the driver’s conscious mind is apparently fully focused elsewhere, with seemingly direct processing of the masses of information needed to drive safely… In some parts of the Southern United States, the phenomenon is called white-line fever, in reference to the white lines painted on asphalt.
[I’m wondering if it’s possible to live your life in a state of “white-line fever,” aren’t you?]
The robotics competition is taking place today, with awards at around 4:30 – 5 p.m. Although Kaden’s team has done well, they aren’t winning. It sounds like a team from South Korea is whooping up on everybody. It hasn’t been smooth sailing for many teams today, and it’s no wonder considering there are probably a lot of sleep deprived kids competing. Sprittibee said, “I stopped counting times that robots flung themselves off the table early in the day! ” What’s a kid to do when the robots have minds of their own?