I have no idea how to upstage the llama.

It’s finally becoming winter here in CA. That basically just means rain. Yes it gets cold but its never unbareable. There are always those one or two rehearsals when learning guard work in a downpour ends up building some crazy muscles and mostly just a lot of laughs as everyone realizes that we are insane for being outside in those conditions. Of course after DCA this past year. . . I guess we really are the “all weather drum corps.”

Camp in a little over a week now. The guard is already having sectionals to retain the loads of work that we learned last camp from Mark. At the end of the last rehearsal Mark encouraged all of us to start getting active and moving in between camps so that our bodies don’t hate us later. Hopefully we’re all doing that . . .we’re going to need it!!! :)

Chinese new year parade info is coming out and hopefully lots of people are going to be there from other corps. Last year was my first and it was alot of fun. There is something different about being on a dark street with a flood light in your eyes while tossing a flag. I think I’m mainly looking forward to the Chevy’s after parade Margarita myself.

So thats February in the bay area. Now back to your regularaly scheduled Llama break.

Excerpt: The Triumph of Evil

A one-point penalty that resulted in a drop of two places at the DCA World Championships would decimate most drum corps. But for the Renegades, it was a blessing in disguise, and it became a defining moment of the corps. Instead of the members engaging in a witch-hunt to find the culprit … a miracle.

One by one, members of the corps posted an admission of guilt on the Renegades’ Internet forum. Within a day, pretty much every corps member had taken credit for the penalty, including a few alumni who had not even gone to DCA. A catch phrase started to appear in the Renegade’s signatures on the Internet, “It was me in 2003!”

The penalty did not divide the Renegades, it only made the corps stronger. The reaction to the penalty became one of the proudest moments of my entire drum corps career. The Renegades were more than a drum corps—they were a family.

Breaking News:

Attention Group. The San Francisco Renegades are proud to announce the hiring of two new representatives for the next DCA Rules Congress. The rules proposals to be discussed by the Renegades new representatives shall be limited to the discussion of 1970s haircuts, the abolition of beadless maracas in DCA competition, and the use of the word “F***” on Drum corps Planet.

That is all.

Guess what two corps are staying at the same hotel for the 2007 DCA World Championships?

Let the Chaos begin. :)

A Tribute to Soviet Era Censorship.

Congratulations to Renegade Lisa-Lisa Momeesa, who has been temporarily “band” from Drum Corps Planet for one week, for typing the letter “F.”

Not a curse word, not a personal attack … but the letter “F” , followed by a few of these “*”.

This is GENIUS, especially since she did not even buy a vowel.

Thank you to all DCP Moderators for putting a smile on my face today. Keep up the good work. LOL.

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”

– Anatole France