so... needless to say, I'm kinda bitter about the fact that I was up until 2am or so the other night writing this long ass entry on here and my computer freezes... I always save the stuff and was about to, and irony kicked in on me. oh, makes me so happy. *smile*
so, y'all know the routine... it's not like I'm gonna jump right back in and write it all over again the next minute I can. nah... I just decided to put it down for a couple days and forget about it. whatever.
so, it's 11:43 or something here... I have to get up at 7. I rarely have been sleeping since I got here and it kinda feels good. It keeps me a little more on a track to pace what I do during the day, I'm always exhausted after the morning block, so I'm taking a mid-afternoon nap... and my job isn't as physically demanding as some would think. It's tough for those kids on the field, but for me to run around a bit, do what I do and make it through a day is taxing, but not a huge chore for George. (thank God).
so, this corps is doing rather well... I'm quite pleased with everything I'm seeing and hearing. to all those peeps that thought it wouldn't be a good idea for the corps to go yamaha... ...just wait. them's are makin' gooder sounds now. me likey!!!
well, i am partially biased, considering i play on a xeno B-flat myself. (and I love it)
man... everyone just got back. they went to see the Mothman statue. yeah, so.... you know that movie Mothman Prophecies?? yeah, we're about 30 minutes away from that city... Point Pleasant, WV. haha... kinda creepy, yo! I didn't go but I saw it last year when we were here.
I'm gonna be really sad to bail on these bloo-kids. but i have my other job to get done and I need most of the summer to do it. it would be so nice to make another trip to work with the corps on tour, but it looks like they've got things pretty wrapped up as far as the staff goes. we'll have to wait until next year I guess.
I have a crap load of stuff to do tomorrow and monday... ugh. send in my final rent payment for conroe apt., mail my energy bill (which is now a week late), mail my mom some checks, make a million phone calls, blah blah blah blah and blah. ...oh, and more blah.
life is a fun and intriguing game... I've been dealing with some interesting issues lately and it's gonna be nothing but a blast seeing what comes of the rest of the summer. I can only imagine how hellish a lot of it will be, but at the same time... ...so much to look forward to.
ignorance is bliss...
life is beautiful.
life, love, beauty....
hello from Rio Grande, OH... where the weeds are thick, allergies are killin' me and the temperature got up to a scorching 59 degrees today. horray for all the reasons I moved away from the midwest in the first place. booo!!
Some people can't stand the weather in TX... after what happened around April 24th and the 6-12 inches of snow they got here... ugh... screw that!
So, it's after midnight and I'm thankful I don't have to get up really early tomorrow... brass block starts the morning. But I think Erin and I will have to make a wal-mart run sometime before lunch to pic up some things for the corps and also other things I neglected to pack, like a pillow and a blanket. yeesh... I mean, c'mon yo, I packed the air mattress but forgot something to rest my head on and something to cover my shivering body in the 40 degrees on a/c they have cranked in the middle of the night. wtf? it's awarmer outside. Last night I litterally slept in my jeans, socks, long sleeve shirt and sweatshirt hoody with the hood covering my head... I was friggin' freezing.
well... luckily I was able to copy/paste this cuz I lost internet just now... and as fate would have it, lights are out and I can barely see a thing. haha. ah well... I'll have time tomorrow to write more.
take care all...
Okay - time for take two of this entry that I started last night.
Besides all the stuff I had to deal with as far as sleeping arrangements and my lack of packing the right stuff, I'm about to head down to wal-mart in a bit to get what I need. sweetness! last night, again, was cold. not as cold as the night before but that's because Monday afternoon is was pretty hot outside and they had the a/c in the building cranked. And the temp dropped below 50 outside in the middle of the night. They turned it off by the time the afternoon hit yesterday but it was still freezing in the room I'm in. It's like some wrestling room, but without all the mats and padded walls and stuff. Anyway, it's nice because there's no windows and no light coming in... but just cold.
Anyway, enough complaining. Things here are going well, as I said before. Funny how being away from it for about 9 months, and jumping right back in, I kinda missed it but I forgot how much fun I have while doing it. As of this moment, I'm still warming up into it as I get used to the new members, working with the alternates, absorbing the new marching style (which isn't hard to get) but once things get settled, hopefully by tonight or tomorrow, I'll feel back at home with this corps like I was most of last year. Last year's situation is more complex than anyone might know or understand. Just being away 8 of the 14 weeks the corps was on pre-tour/tour, there were a lot of things I missed and I missed getting to know certain staff members enough so we could all be on the same page regarding a number of issues that had to be dealt with. Or, maybe it had a lot to do with my inability to be more mature about certain situations. I don't know. I feel I handled a lot of the problems in an all right manner, except a couple in particular... Indianapolis for one. That was pretty stupid.
But with me only doing this for 2 weeks, it's almost predictable that I might not wanna leave at the end... but I have to. I have not been slammed with any scores/count sheets/numbers yet to even start a single page of drill yet, but once I do it'll be work work work work work!!!
I'm excited though to write this year... geez, it seems like I keep talking about that. yay for drill... yay for getting started... so pumped... arrgh! but really, it's gonna kick my ass! it always does. I think I just need to be a little overly excited about it so I go into it with a little more of an aggressive attitude. This way all the breaks I might have or the blocks I run into, I will at least have the momentum to plow through a little better and get things done with some good quality. Considering I lost so much time to write last year with being on tour and moving, I hope nothing crazy happens that screws up my schedule for this year. (meaning, nothing big like moving twice in 2 months and teaching corps at the same time).
I'm sitting here in one of the staff rooms now. It's actually the nicer one that I wish I were in. But I'm fine with my hole in the wall. Lunch is in... ummm... geez, an hour. Gosh I'm hungry. ugh! The vis staff got to sleep in today and I wanted to go to Bob Evans with Poehner, but that bastard is still sleeping. hahaha. Only if I had my car. But the place isn't even a mile away... I could just walk. But are you kidding? I'm lazy as hell right now. And there's a Subway up the road too... probably closer. But the hills?? meh... ...I'll just cry a river. Gosh, I'm actually sore after all the running around the field I did yesterday. Mitch's drill is great this year. Much better than last, in my opinion. But it still makes you have to run around to see everything and that makes it more fun as a tech. I watch the music guys and some of them park in the same spot. I know they'll be runnin' their asses off later on the pre-tour, but there's not as much they can do when we're putting music to drill for the first time. So, them being 'out of the way' makes it easier for me to move around. Plus, the guard has been learning work the past day and a half, so that's another element missing from the field. I remember Ride last yearm and with like 7 vis techs, 3 music and 3 drum on the field, it was just a nightmare getting around the field.
So, now I'm killing time as we're about to start a good 8 hours of visual this afternoon and this evening. I might as well be lazy until then. haha.
I'm actually diggin' that Facebook thing... mostly because it's a good procrastinating tool for me to use while I have a rehearsal block to waste. I've got a good number of people on there and found a few I haven't talked to in years. Funny though that I'm kinda older and most people I knew in HS graduated from college like 5 or 6 years ago. hahaha. anyway, enough about me being old, because I'm not. I'm only 24.
I need to get showered and changed and stuff. gonna get all the way up to 69 degrees today. woowoo... 69.... (Amanda? ) hahaha... gosh, I miss TX weather. Yeah, it's hot there... but I hate cold. Gonna be a low of 46 tonight too... yikes. ha. I'm such a wimp... I'm from Michigan for pete's sake.
Yo, party like crazy this summer!! it's gonna be a blast! countdown to Concord - 3 months!
A friend of mine put this together to advertise his recital... pretty sweet!
yo... I'm outta here... next stop - Rio!
I'll be in touch periodically, but drop me an e-mail or something if you get a chance.
So yeah... I gave in to the hype and did that facebook thing. look me up and add me if you wanna be my pal online. ha. I'd find you, but since I'll be getting on a plane in the next few hours, I might not have a lot of time to search around the next couple weeks... ssoooooo... as they say - Facebook me! .
It's the 21st. 21 is my favorite number!!! yay!
(...gosh I'm a loser).
Interesting turn of events to talk about here... Yesterday was a little bit of a wake up call to reitterate the fact that anything can happen on any given day. I'm not talking bad things... but I got a call from Dave G. over in bluecoats land, and he told me the corps was a little short handed staff wise and asked if I was able to come teach for the next couple weeks. haha. There was no way I could turn that down.
So, I'm flying up to Ohio tomorrow!! can you believe that?? I sure can't. I'm friggin' pumped about this chance to get up there and teach again for the next couple weeks. Lately, the work front has been gloomy for me... just sitting here... waiting for someone to get me numbers and scores.... still have to audition the drums... ugh! that's just the way it goes. And in a way, anticipating the start like this can be a little rough on my brain... because I'm really excited to write again.
Anyway, enough of that... I have to pack for the next two weeks... won't be a big deal. been there and done that last year. I know it's only 2 weeks, but I'm really gonna miss houston for the next 14 days. I've had a great time the last week or so, going to the beach, getting to know some people better... ahh good times.
Amanda still owes me a date. hahaha...
But seriously, it's gonna be a great 2 weeks because I'll totally stay in shape running around the field and such. I get meals provided for me... basically a LOT better than the eating out 3 meals a day I've been doing lately. yuck! cool staff to hang with. I can't wait to see Erin. She's the asst. tour coordinator or something... not exactly sure... but she'll be there and we'll get to hang. Last time I saw her was my birthday. I watched the Michigan band practice for a bit before they went off to the Rose Bowl. And the other staff and members that I haven't seen since friggin' finals last year. haha. I miss them a lot.
But for those of you that are here in Houston, no need to worry... your friendly neighborhood "George" will return soon. June 5th, to be exact. Even though it's only 2 weeks, I feel like I'm gonna miss a lot back home. Not sure why I think that, but just a hunch. But as soon as I get back, I'm hoping that anyone who's in town will be able to take some time out and meet me at Freebirds/Amy's for some burritos and ice cream. And, how about a nice run to the beach while we're at it. Not that I have all the time in the world... God knows, I'm gonna be swamped with drill to write. But there's always room for ice cream... and a run to the beach. ha.
Gosh, I wanted to write this nice long journal entry talking about all this cool stuff that happened over the weekend and this past week, but I'm being totally ADD right now. It's all gonna come back to me later and I'll stay up late (or probably at the airport tomorrow) and write something pretty good for my little xanga.
To all my friends... thanks for everything. This exprience has been wonderful for me...
Now, I have to check online for baggage check info and see if I can find a way to bring all the stuff I need to. (clothes, trumpets, laptop, camera, maxim!)
ahh... crap. I was writing a good long entry and my computer crashed. sucky!
So, all you guys get left with is this short little blurp that I'll ellaborate on more later.
life is good... something new just came up... I need a haircut... saw star wars again... slept in today... feels good. Now, I need to find a mall. thing I might go to Woodlands. longer drive from here, but ah well.
I need to save money, but I need to buy clothes... thrift store is callin' my name!
Steve called me at 5:45 this morning... I think we're gonna see it again tonight. word!!