The View from the Guard Lisalisamomeesa Johnson, Guard
Hey cats and kittens:
I have absolutely no ability to fuse two sentences together. Don't choke on
your own tongue over that...I actually AM at a loss for words. After one
incredibly stressful week that included: job interview, job offer, job
acceptance, and then finishing it off with a FUN weekend of Renegades...my
brain is mush.
My mission is to sum up the first half of the season. In honor of the
coolest visual/musical moment I've seen in drum corps in a long time, I'm
going to enumerate my thoughts and call this article BULLET TIME:
* Funniest thing said at rehearsal thus far: "I like using my
wrist, but sometimes I just need more action." Mark Metzger - guard
instructor extraordinaire. (Hey, he was talking about guard work....
* Best show site thus far: Del Oro High School - Loomis, Ca.
Okay, despite the Africa heat that had me repeatedly asking, "Human beings
LIVE here?????" the school site was cool, the locker rooms were clean, and
the show was well put together. Let's hear it for the ONLY show (that I've
performed at this season) that had the incredible genius idea of having
yard markers on the front AND back sidelines. Imagine that!!!!
* Funnest person I met this season (outside of Renegades).
Happy, from So. Cal Dream's guard. Yes, her name is Happy. No, she's not a
hippie. Yes, she is a police officer. No, she doesn't think it's cute when
guys say "Hey baby, are you going to use your handcuffs on me?" Heh.
* Boyfriends that have a bath ran, sprinkled with rose petals,
candles lit and a glass of cabernet poured for you after Saturday night camp
are worth keeping around...for a lifetime.
* Thus far in the season, I've done a lot of growing as a
human being. I've learned a lot about people. I've learned to see people
for what they are, not what I wish them to be. That's been a good lesson,
but a tough one. (The best lessons usually are). I've also learned that
some of my best friends in the world march in the Renegades. I've learned
that nothing worthwhile comes without a lot of hard work and sweat. I've
learned: liquor on beer - never fear....beer on liquor - never sicker.
(Hey... it was enough with all the insipid sappiness..dont ya think?)
* When leaving Treasure Island, instead of going left to get
to the bridge, go right and drive around the island. There is a random park
bench that looks out at the Golden Gate Bridge. There, at about 7:45 pm when
the sun starts going down behind the bridge, is one of the most beautiful
places I've been in a long time. Thank you Stephen Proud for letting us
practice there. I'm willing to bet it was the most beautiful practice area
in all of drum corps.
* I'm having a hard time remembering the early season. I
think it's because our season lasts longer than some Hollywood marriages.
* LMS this season RULED. International incidents, Eddie the
Rat and Blue Devil C...but mostly Eddie the Rat...most specifically, the
audience's reaction to Eddie the Rat.
* Next year, I suggest we have a camp at Burning Man. (My
first Burn: 1998 ) Better yet....with Burning Man become such a VH-1 cliché
commercial, I vote the Renegades start a whole new Burning Man.
* Then next half of the season is underway. We now enter into
four weeks of extreme Barry Manilow. No, just kidding. We just finished the
"New Evil Ending". It really is Level 17. See you in Scranton.
* Better yet, if you're in the area, come on over to Foothill
College in Los Altos on Sunday, 24th August to see our Farewell Performance.
It is the final product that we will be taking to Scranton. Show starts at
4pm. It costs $2 to park at the college.