Impulse Tour 2003

Well lazy time again πŸ˜€ I didn’t look too hard for my other member journal but I found my rookie staff journal πŸ˜€ It is only 21 pages long. Here are the first three pages. Hope you enjoy

July 22 Cerritos, CA Tuesday
6:15AM. We should have left at 5:30 but we were waiting for a snare tick (Cat)
Milan, NM (Between Gallup and Albuquerque) 8:00AMish Drum Bus broke down (what is it with me and raggity ass buses!!!) Horn bus is pushing on. I am hanging at the Iron Skillet (truck stop) doing some food. Karla bought a rosary

July 23rd Albuquerque, NM Wednesday
1:00AMish. 800 miles to L.A. or El Paso πŸ˜€ Rehearsal 9-2 sectionals/ensemble, no visual
3:30 on the road. Ike was rave dancing (?)

8:30PM Dairy Queen stop!!!!! πŸ˜€ YAY!!!

9:30PMish trouble with the horn bus (WTH!!!!)
3 stops later horn bus broke down (sounds like ******** to me!)

July 24 I40 highway marker 26 (OK) Thursday
4:15AM Alexis/Gabe drama
4:30AM Drum bus rolls on
9:00AM Tulsa, OK
Approximately 1400 miles from L.A. or Dallas, TX πŸ˜€ St. Louis 1800 miles away Chicago 2000 miles away

DeKalb, IL
40 miles west of Chicago
11:30 Word on the street is the horns will get a new bus in 4 or 5 hours. They will meet us (drums, guard) here at about 5PM, hopefully πŸ˜€

Hahaha, Horns will be here at 8PM πŸ˜€ Stacey made awesome spaghetti. Charlie scored ice!!!

9PM about 100 people (us) crashed the local Mickey D’s πŸ˜€

July 25 Friday DeKalb, IL
2:30AM The Shangi-La, formerly the Tropicana, is now the Heartbreak Hotel
3AM Walked across the Mississippi River
10:30AM hit the local Dairy Queen YAY!!!! πŸ˜€
Crap! Rehearsed like a young inexperienced drum corps
Got bused to showers, none at the school we are at.
The horn kids left behind at OK/TX border got free Taco Bell, drinks, and showers at the truck stop!!! πŸ˜€ and they did a basics block in the Taco Bell parking lot πŸ˜€

Amed went to ER after run throughs, was sweating profusely and shaking.
Gabe and Alexis taken to bus station.
Hit the local Wendy’s (SW Caesar Salad)
Dan and Charlie rapped with the corps 10:30PM
Chad and Karla reworking one of the props
Terry still at ER 12AM

July 26 DeKalb, IL Saturday
Painted sets, oompah loompah!!! YAY!!!! Rehearsal went much better today. Amed is back, but we are keeping him on the sidelines for now. Performance level still a little behind, but much improvement. Kids are getting used to life on the road and all that crap. We got the kids Papa John’s for dinner πŸ˜€

On our way to Ottawa, IL first show. Chad and Stacey worked on the Oompah Loopah flags, Rebecca’s mom helped later. OMG!!!! Is there nothing but farmland between here and there???!!!! No that was not me passing gas IT IS A FIELD OF 1000 COWS are you kidding me?!!!

July 27 Ottawa, IL Sunday
Memphis 79.85 Impulse 79.8 Revolution 79.6 Hahahaha πŸ˜€ I hate scores. Talked to Nash. Made Chinese Chicken Salad for the kids tonight after the show. Lights out at 2AM!!! Parade later today, Up at 8AM, breakfast at 9AM buses need to be loaded by 11:30AM. So many fire flies last night is almost looked like fireworks! πŸ˜€ The school we are at is on the banks of the Illinois River. Found an awesome spot for the kids to do warm ups on a patch of grass next to the river πŸ˜€ Ride on highway 23 from DeKalb was 40 minutes. Cymbal line gave me a group hug last night! Aaaawwwww πŸ˜€

Took a walk with Charlie, planned out the next few days. Staff is sleeping late!!! Lazy butts should have just not brought them!!!!

The parade was awesome!!!! 150 years of Ottawa, IL!!! (1853) A Great Place to Be πŸ˜€ Civil War Monument, other war momuments, town square looked like it hasn’t changed since 1853. OMG at one point two kids ran off the parade route into a restaurant (The Bee Hive) and said they need a table for 80, and separate checks. The hostess was like, whaaaaaa????? and the parade started moving again and the kids were like, never mind, we gotta go!!!! MUUUAAAAHHHAHAHAHA!!!! Then we got hit with a crazy thunderstorm!!! What the heck Midwest!!! Our bus drivers rock!!!

Thank you readers and followers. I have stuff to do this afternoon so I am cutting it kinda short today. I should be good to get through 4 or 5 pages tomorrow πŸ˜€

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