Posted by admin at March 2nd, 2008
The last few days have been a blur. Why, you may ask? Because…Mr. Teacher aka Spinnerdude procrastinated getting data entered into his grading program and stayed awake for nearly 24 hours getting grades done for the Friday, Feb. 29 deadline. It was horrid and (God bless him) LD was there to help (as always). Will I ever learn my lesson? I’ll let LD to field that one. Care to chime in counselor?
On the other hand, WGI is in town! WOOOOOHOOOOOO! OMG…it is still the best thing in the whole wide world. LD calls it my opiate. 26 performers spinning flags, sabers and rifles while executing carefully choreographed movement (e.g. I tossed my rifle into the air and made it rotate 8 times and while it was in the air and I did an assemble into a rond de jambe and THEN caught the rifle in second position plie….HOT), intricate staging design, coustumes and all under the broad tent of performance art.
And while it was all fun to watch, I also remember why I do such things. 2 of my former SRHS students were in the audience last night and 10 years later they still remember the good times we all shared in rehearsal, at competitions, the hours of travel and genuinely enjoying each other’s company. In many ways, WGI and winterguard have been my second family. I don’t coach any longer, but I still judge and it is personally rewarding for me to see “my kids” either performing or still coming out to watch shows. They are both very succesful (a surg nurse and an accountant) and attribute their success (a UC Davis grad and an SDSU grad) to the life skills they learned in colorguard. We did our kiss and cry thing when we saw each other last night. It was like being transformed back in time. I loved it.
One never knows the impact you have on a persons life. Sometimes, down the road, it comes back to you in the form of “OMG…Randy…!!!” screamed from the top of a high school gymnasium. I couldn’t ask for anything better.
I hope to drag LD to finals today.