I am on the top/middle of page 8 of my rookie staff journal. There are 13 more days until we get home. Finals are in one week! 😀
August 2nd Valdosta, GA Saturday
When the school gym was opened for us and the lights were turned on, the entire lobby was COVERED with cockroaches 😀 TOUR! YES!!!! (be careful what you ask for) I stomped on at least a dozen 😀 The staff room has some awesome air conditioning. The gym has these huge fans that could fly a small plane. Kids went down and Charlie and I painted a grid, right before a torrential down pour! 😀 It’s cool, we are using oil based paint; most of it should last. I think I will take a nap now.
Tammy and Larry went to sleep in the band room; I don’t want to know.
We are all washed clothes today. Cat gave me her journal to read while she reads mine 😀 She says it hard to hear on the bus. Duh! It’s the drum bus and damn drummers gotta drum. It’s cool how the two snares behind me make it sound like 6 😀 Cat is listening to Fiona Apple, she’s a bad, bad girl! WooooHoooooo!!!!!! I ate at some chicken place, go figure, chicken restaurant in the South. I got a sammich and some fries, and PLENTY of cherry coke. There was a TV and watched a little college football too. I am already thinking about going to Blimpie’s later. Mmmmm. What a pig, I know. OINK!!! 😀
August 3rd Valdosta, GA Sunday
Damn!! Kids had a hell of a show! 😀 Prelims 85.9, finals 86.8, .4 from Revolution. Both of us are heading to FL now. Bhakti/Norma drama. I don’t think it will affect things much, if at all. I have been lucky and scoring the ICE!!! Ice, Ice baby!!! Ike says I could find ice in the desert 😀 Brrrrr. Its cold in here; there must be some cholo in the atmosphere. DCI had some hospitality thing at the show tonight. Food was decent. I stuffed my backpack with Gatorade 😀 Scooter took his shirt of and Sam want him to put it back on. Got ice at the stadium from concessions. Drum staff went to Hooters after Prelims. Whatever 😀 Woke the kids up about 10 minites late this morning. We got in at 1:15AM last night. I don’t think they minded the extra few minutes. Bad planning on my part. I went off and wandered around this morning and got back late.
The performance tonight and their execution was outstanding tonight. I got sarcastic with them when we were clearing out of the school and heading to the show; they were lagging on our scheduled departure time. I was saying the Romans and Egyptians built things quicker than they were moving. Aaron was sick after the show and blew chunks. Someone is playing Beach Boys Good Vibrations, very appropriate 😀 VK almost played that instead of California Girls 😀 oh no, no, no. Instead of Surfer Girl. Whatever. Got to thinking about Ramon (dad) 2nd time this tour. Other time was, well where ever the hell we were 😀 We got so wet yesterday and today. Humidity. SE USA. Duh Passing through ATL where a player can play! I brought extra everything, because its tour and that’s what you do if you can. Staff ticks are using my extra blankets. Don’t care how hot it gets, when the AC is running high on the bus it is FREEZING!!!!
August 4th Bartow, FL Monday
Raining!!! A MAJOR storm moved in after lunch. We could see it coming and were actually moving off the field when the cops came around telling everyone to go inside. Sectionals seemed to go well. I pulled Ski aside and picked his brain about this Impulse thing. Not sure if I want to do it again. It was a very interesting conversation in a copy room, I took notes 😀 Charlie tore Mike B a new one this morning when Mike came out to “help” line the field. Mike didn’t know what to do, hehehe. He’d never been out there before. Charlie told him to get the * off 😀 Classic! I got into a strange mood right before dinner and couldn’t eat. Damn. Interesting listening to others (members) about their perspective on this summer tour thing. Learned about lots of alumni marching Div 1 corps (world) I see a coo coo racha! I see a smooshed coo coo racha! 😀 AYE! It is funny; the more things change, the more they stay the same. I am a loss for words. Good night.
August 5th Bartow, FL Tuesday
Today is a good day to open up a fresh can of WHOOP ASS! Seems like the weather decided to open up a can of whoop ass on us too! We will be stomping some butts later today anyway. Staff and corps need to stay very focused these next few days. It would be tragic if we missed finals. This corps is more than capable. I don’t want to think about how I would feel if this corps didn’t make finals. It would on staff because these kids are ready!
August 6th Orlando, FL Wednesday
Sitting in Hooters right now. WooooHoooo!!! 😀 The waitresses here are over the top, literally. That really looks more like a bikini top than a t-shirt! Whatever 😀 I and E’s this morning. I wanted to watch, not so much after I walked in here 😀 Saw a table with two friendly looking and smiling girls so I sat with them. Turns out they are Patriot chicks (Jacey and Kathy) Had some drinks and some food with them 😀 That was more fun than I expected. Really?! I think it was an overshare when they showed the heat rashes 😀 Whatever, right now it is all about ME!!! Refill? Yes please! The girls left awhile ago, I should be heading out too.
Other than the brass ensemble I haven’t seen any of the kids working on their I&E gigs. Dan and Charlie are planning a rehearsal block after we get back. There are a few sets and chunks we could run, do a run and pack it in for the night. Charlie and I walked to the warm-up area from the stadium. IT WAS TOO LONG!!!!!! Had to be at least 15 miles, TOOK FOREVER. Stupid DCI 😀