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Interview with Edward Brennan

Brennan, Edward
Waldron, Joan
Date of Interview: 
Childhood adventures
Edward Brennan talks about school and his plans for the future.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Joan Waldron interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
JW (Joan Waldron): OK. OK, you ready?
EB (Edward Brennan): Uh-huh.
JW: OK, um, what is your name?
EB: Edward Brennan.
JW: Edward Brennan. And, um, what is your birthday?
EB: Um, October 22nd.
JW: October 22nd? Mine is the 12th. We're October babies. Do you know what year you were born?
EB: Um, I think it was 1992.
JW: '92?
EB: Yeah.
JW: OK, and that would make you how old?
EB: Um, I'm 10 right now.
JW: You're 10? You're going to be 11 in October?
EB: Right.
JW: Wow. And do you know what country you were born in? // [Laughs] //
EB: // Yes. // Um, I was born in, um, America.
JW: In America? And, um, so you've been here all you life?
EB: Uh-huh.
JW: So you've been in this country. OK. Um, what languages do you speak?
EB: I speak, um, uh, American. I like know, like three words in Spanish and like three words in, um, German.
JW: Really?
EB: Uh-huh.
JW: Wow. Where did you learn those?
EB: Well, Spanish they teach at our school as our, as their foreign languages 'cause they have to have that as, um, in the Catholic school's 'cause they have to have a foreign language kind of // thing-. //
JW: // Uh-huh. //
EB: -And we went to Germany and so we had to learn a few words, and so the one that we used most often was probably just, "Sprechen sie Englisch?"
JW: Uh-huh, right. Well that would be, I guess, because if they did, // then-. //
EB: // [Laughs] //
JW: -You wouldn't have to struggle with German, right?
EB: And if they didn't we'd just walk away // ( ). //
JW: // Oh, no [laughs]. // You'd just walk away? [Laughs] Oh, man. So they must have said, "Those crazy Americans." [Laughs] "What's going on here?" Oh, that's funny. What kind of words in Spanish did they teach you?
EB: Um, well, I know more than three words, I know, um, letters from like one, one to 20. I forget the, and, and I know like a few, um, numbers, but I don't really, really, I don't really, um, know the, the numbers for like 20 and 30 and 40 and 50 and 60 // and so. //
JW: // Right. //
EB: I just know, uh, uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, sieses, ocho, nueve, diez and, and, and so they teach, and they also teach us like some other words like places and, um, transportation and sports and stuff like that.
JW: Wow, that's pretty good. So, does the teacher, when she teaches you in Spanish, does she, um, does she speak English and Spanish to you // or-? //
EB: // Well, // she, she speaks English like this, they don't teach you the transition words and so it's like, it's not really going to help you [laugh] when you go, if you go to, um, Mexico because you don't really know how to say, "the" and "and" so you can't really talk to them.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: You kind of sound like a caveman like-.
JW: That's [laugh] exactly what I'd call it, caveman, // yeah. //
EB: // Yeah, // and so, um, but she'll speak in English and so then you'll have to, no, then she'll ask you like a question like, um, "What is-?" She'll ask you like what the English name is or what the Spanish name is. So she'll say like, "What is the Spanish name for 'soccer'?" Or something like that.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: And, and, so, and then, or she'll ask you like, "What's the, what's the American name for 'futbol'?"
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: Which is soccer.
JW: Isn't that funny? // Yeah-. //
EB: // Uh-huh. //
JW: -Like we call it football to us-.
EB: And it is football.
JW: -Is soccer to them. Futbol-.
EB: Yeah.
JW: -Is what they call soccer.
EB: And what they call football is Futbol Americano.
JW: Right, right. Exactly. So we kind of stole their name-.
EB: [Laughs]
JW: -And we put it to a different game-.
EB: [Laugh]
JW: -But that's pretty cool. Well, that's, that's really neat that they're teaching you Spanish and // that-. //
EB: // Uh-huh. //
JW: -You know, and that you learned some German even if it's just, "Do you speak English?" [laughs] in German. I'm sure you know other words, though.
EB: Yeah. // Like-. //
JW: // And-. //
EB: // I know "please" and "thank you." //
JW: // I know Jack knew, // "bitte." Jack told me and "danke" and he knew "hut," he knew how to say "hat".
EB: [Laugh] He's also made up a few of them.
JW: Well, I know. That's OK // though. //
EB: // [Laugh] //
JW: But, that's great. Um, do you have any stories you want to tell me?
EB: Um, I want to tell you the story about, um, the, my last basketball game in the, in the season-.
JW: Um-hmm.
EB: -Um, that we were in. It was an awesome tournament, so but we got kicked out.
JW: // [Laughs] //
EB: // So // what happened was, we, it, it was kind of a regular game. We were like and we were tied because we were both playing the St. Gabe's teams-.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: -And so we ju-, kept on, um, just going up like equally to each other and so then when it was time, the game ended. It was a tie and it was really high tie, like 30 to 30.
JW: Wow.
EB: And so then we went into overtime and so and then it ended out 35 to 35 and so then we went into double overtime and it was just, it, we just kept on like they'd score one and then like right when it was like 10 seconds left, our, our, um, his name was Josh, our, um, point guard, he like run down, he'd either pass it to someone or he'd just like shoot it right over the heads of all the people and it would // go in. //
JW: // Wow. //
EB: And so then in the last overtime what they did was, um, they, they did a, they didn't, so they were, it was like 30, they'd gotten, um, fouled, and so they did a foul shot, and missed one and then they got another one, and so it was, um, 36 to 35 or something. And so then we, um, he started to drive it down the court and, um, and he stalled the ball because you're allowed to do that, and so then he went back up and shot and it didn't go in but it was still their ball, it went out of bounds and so then it was our ball and they only had like five seconds left and so he threw it down court and Josh tried to shoot [laugh], it lightly but it didn't go in.
JW: No // [laughs]. //
EB: // So // it was like, it like, hit the net of the thing-.
JW: // Uh-huh. //
EB: // -Like, // it was, like here's the basket and net, like it went right // under. //
JW: // Oh, // so it didn't, it was short kind of, it just kind of hit the net, but that was a good try // and-. //
EB: // Yeah, // and so my dad said [laughs], he didn't really care because once it goes into triple overtime [laugh]. It doesn't really matter who wins // and-. //
JW: // Right. //
EB: -And they lost the, the, the next game because the next game was against these people who had fifth graders on the team and it was only a fourth grade-.
JW: Wow.
EB: -League.
JW: So they had big guys-.
EB: Uh-huh.
JW: -On their team.
EB: Yeah.
JW: So, you like playing basketball?
EB: Yeah, it's my favorite sport.
JW: It's your favorite one?
EB: // Because-. //
JW: // ( ) //
EB: -We don't, it's not like contact. I play lacrosse right now and it's like I get knocked over a // lot. //
JW: // [Laugh] // In lacrosse?
EB: Yeah.
JW: Yeah well, basketball's a lot of fun.
EB: Uh-huh.
JW: // I know your dad-. //
EB: // And it's a fun // sport to watch, also.
JW: Your dad coaches?
EB: Uh-huh, sometimes, sometimes, he usually coaches for James because that's like the, he has done it, that was the last year of coaching, this, this year, so that's it's, it's, he coaches me next year, he's really good.
JW: Wow. Do you watch basketball on TV?
EB: Nah, not really. Sometimes I do, but, um, I don't really like the, um, I don't like, I sometimes watch the NBA games, but I don't watch any college basketball because it's too confusing and I don't even know who's playing each other.
JW: Oh, you like to know who the players // are. //
EB: // [Laugh] //
JW: And what their stats are.
EB: No, no. I don't really like that. I like to know who's actually playing. It's like who, who's it, um, like they have, it's so confusing because you have in the NBA, they'll on-, only have like 50 teams-.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: -Like, and they'll be from each state kind of-.
JW: // Uh-huh. //
EB: // -43 // or 45 or something and so then, the, um, and the, in the college basketball, they're like 500 teams-.
JW: // [Laugh] //
EB: // -Because // each state had like 10 of them so it's a lot harder to keep track of.
JW: Well probably what's going to happen is that when you get to college then you'll follow the team from where you go to school.
EB: Yeah.
JW: Like you pick one and then you just kind of watch how they do.
EB: Uh-huh. Yeah, all the kids at school, like, they like, they like, they turn into, they like get into fights because the other person doesn't like the team that they like, so they'll start yelling at each other // [laughs]. //
JW: // Really? //
EB: Yeah. Like they got into a yelling match because they, he didn't like, one liked NCAA and the other, or not NCAA, NC State and the other liked Duke-.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: -And so they got, they started yelling at each other.
JW: That's silly.
EB: Uh-huh.
JW: You know what I don't understand? Is, did you ever see on TV when a team wins how the other fans of that team like turns cars over? // [Laughs] //
EB: // You know, // I don't get that. Wouldn't they be happy?
JW: Yeah, and if they're happy, why are they destroying stuff? I don't und-, they set fires and do crazy things, I don't // under-. //
EB: // Because // then the police have to go in with like big water cannons and some people get hurt, like one time a policeman got shot because another team at a soccer game, a war started against one team that won.
JW: Soccer games get out of control, don't they? Overseas, you know, like in, in // Australia. //
EB: // Yeah. // It wasn't in Australia, it was over in Europe.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: It was like over in Turkey or something like that-.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: -Down in Europe, uh, Europe, uh, uh, Euro-Asia, this spot where it's like, they're not really part of what you think is Europe and they're not really part of what you think is Asia-.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: -And so they're like [laughs], their own little continent // and so-. //
JW: // [Laughs] //
EB: -They have all these tiny countries and so these two countries that, um, they had, um, really, really good soccer teams and so they were in a tournament, it was like the last game of the tournament so one team, they ended up tying it and so sh-, uh, one country wanted to, just to be a tie that year because it was the lower country and [laugh], they knew they couldn't win again like actually tie it again-.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: -And so the other team wanted them to do it the next day and so they got into a war over it.
JW: // Wow. //
EB: // Well, // they had other, they had other things going on like they didn't agree with trade prices and stuff but the soccer game was the last straw.
JW: So do you think the soccer game, um, was representing // like-. //
EB: // Hmm. //
JW: -All of the tension, is that what you're // saying? //
EB: // Yeah, // yeah.
JW: You're probably right-.
EB: Uh-huh.
JW: -Because you know, in a lot of, in a lot of these countries, um, sports are, are really, the, uh, it's not like this country where we enjoy them and, you know, we watch them on TV, there, it's almost a way of life over there, so, it's really, uh, they're passionate about playing, I guess. Well, that's cool. So do, do you still play soccer? I know you used to.
EB: Um, yeah. I still do. Um, la-, last season, uh, I was on a soccer team and, um, our school soccer team and it was fifth grade, fourth grade-.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: -And we, um, went undefeated the whole season.
JW: // Wow. //
EB: // I // never scored a goal, but I blocked a few.
JW: Wow. Do they give you, they still give trophies to kids when they play, what it, at the end of the year? Do // you get anything? //
EB: // They give you // a plaque.
JW: A little plaque?
EB: Yeah. You get a, the first time you play you get a huge, um, wooden thing.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: It goes down like that, and then each year, you get a different little golden thing that you can attach it on so that it like goes there and they give it out for // all of the-. //
JW: // Oh, oh. //
EB: -Um, like the max sports like they do for lacrosse, that's like, um, fourth grade lacrosse, and fifth grade lacrosse, they'll give it for, um, soccer and basketball and that's the only, um, sports that they, um, match in the Mecklenburg area Catholic schools do, but they give it to all the, they give all these little plaques out, and so you just add it on here at the end of the year. So when you're done, the most you'd probably get would be, um, [pause], um, probably eight or nine of the little golden things because you, you could only do it for like nine years-.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: -Or maybe you only do it for like 10 and then seventh grade do-, does it, too but-.
JW: And then when you go to the next school, you get another plaque to start on or-?
EB: No. The other schools, they might, they might give you trophies, but for the plaques, it's just for like the, um, all the Catholic schools in Meclen-, in the Mecklenburg area. Um, all the Catholic, like middle, they have like sixth grade and seventh grade and then all the elementary third, fourth, and fifth do it. And I don't know if eighth does it because like once you get in the eighth grade, you usually go on up the school team-.
JW: // Uh-huh. //
EB: // -Middle // school team for, um, basketball or football and stuff like that. You don't go back to like the cat-, the Catholic teams-.
JW: // Uh-huh. //
EB: // -You // might go onto like a real team. They're like drafted to them.
JW: So you get big trophies?
EB: // Yeah. //
JW: // Yeah, // I guess that would make sense. Some people, I like the plaque idea. I think that's great.
EB: And if your team, if your teams goes on to, um, like goes undefeated for the season, you'll get a trophy, like, you know, and if you go, if you're first on the tournament, then you'll get a trophy also.
JW: Uh.
EB: So we got a trophy this year. You only get one per team and they put in, and they have these little trophy holders in the schools.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: And so, they'll put it in, they'll put it in that.
JW: That's really cool, though. I mean, that, that's nice when you see your team in a, in a trophy case, or something and you can say, "Wow. I was part of that."
EB: // Yeah. //
JW: // Yeah. // That's neat. One time when I was your age I bowled on a bowling league.
EB: Uh-huh.
JW: I played softball, I played a lot of sports, but, um, I also bowled and we were the last place team and they gave us a trophy and the bowler that was on top of the trophy was throwing the ball backwards between their legs [laughs]. Just like a kid does to say that we were not very good bowlers // [laughs]. //
EB: // Yeah. // That's kind of mean.
JW: It was [laughs]. I thought it was kind of mean, but kind of funny, too. But, um, yeah, the last place bowler always got the, the funny bowler on top so, uh, I don't know.
EB: [Laugh]
JW: Well, that's really great. So, how's school going? Do you like school?
EB: Yeah.
JW: What's your favorite subject?
EB: Science.
JW: Science. Yeah?
EB: Uh-huh.
JW: What you want to do with, do you want to go into science when, uh, you // go to college? //
EB: // I want to, // yeah. My, the job I want to do is I want to be an inventor-.
JW: // Uh-huh. //
EB: // -Or, // or, I want, like maybe to be like a lawyer or something like my dad-.
JW: // Uh-huh. //
EB: // -And // then like, in like my free time I might invent stuff.
JW: Uh-huh.
EB: And if I really do something really good and then I might become like a, like start being an inventor for a huge company.
JW: Uh-huh, well, you know what's good about being a lawyer and an inventor is that you can patent your own-.
EB: Yeah.
JW: -Stuff [laughs-.
EB: Yeah.
JW: -And you won't have to pay somebody to, to do that for // you. //
EB: // Well, // you have to pay a little bit because you have to pay for the copyright. Because that's like the entire thing, that's why the US Patent Office gets money because you have to, you have to buy the patent and then you have like a patent lawyer who does all the paperwork for you so you have to pay them also.
JW: Have you invented anything yet? Do you have any ideas?
EB: Yeah, I have a few ideas for military planes and stuff.
JW: Planes?
EB: Yeah.
JW: Wow. // So-. //
EB: // ( ) //
JW: // -You're // inventing big stuff.
EB: Yeah.
JW: You're not inventing little // stuff. //
EB: // For // the Army.
JW: For the Army?
EB: Yeah.