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Skyline trip, Part 3: Memorable mishaps

Skyline High School students have been blogging about their visit to Washington, D.C. Read more of their stories below. -Katy

Here is photo of my classmates totally exhausted from the day of the Inauguration.

Today we visited downtown Colonial Williamsburg and the Jamestown colony. Both were really awesome and at the end of the day we took a “Ghost tour” at night Williamsburg. A few people were unnerved by the ghost stories but all in all, it was a really cool experience. -Liam Barr, sophomore

Elaina Wi: Confused Child or International Hotel Threat??

We had just arrived at the Best Western Hotel in Williamsburg and I really had to use the loo. Unfortunately, my fellow traveler Elaina had to go too. Out of the goodness of my heart I let her go first. As I was anxiously waiting to relieve myself she came out and exclaimed, “I broke the toilet.” It was true. Within about two minutes of being in our hotel room she had somehow incapacitated the flushing mechanism. It was disastrous. Luckily, one of our chaperones, Ana, and I managed to fix it. I dread the thought of what might have happened if we didn’t.

But that wasn’t the end of our bad Elaina luck. After dinner we all crowded into the elevator to go up to our third floor rooms. Everything was fine until we realized that the elevator hadn’t moved and a good thirty seconds seconds had gone by. That’s when the panic broke out. There were cries of , “We’re going to die!” and “What if we run out of air?” Guess who was standing in the elevator next to me? That’s right, Elaina Wi. She broke the elevator too.

It’s a good thing we weren’t any closer to President Obama on inaguration day, or who knows what horrific events might have occured. I mean, Cheney was already in a wheelchair after throwing out his back, and Kennedy passed out at lunch. The very future of our country might have been in danger with Elaina in such close proximity to the momentous events that occured on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Well, now that I think of it, Obama did flub the oath… -Emi Ferreira-Yang

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.