Sunday, March 27

Hello, Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law states that "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."

That seemed to be the moral of yesterday's events.

To start over though, I had my second winterguard competition yesterday and the judges were to see the entire, completed version of our 2011 show. We were no longer changing drill of writing new work, just cleaning.

Well, the competition was at CNU, which is a little more than half an hour away from campus. That gave us time to practice before we had to leave. When we arrived at our usual practice space in the morning, there were people occupying that room and our back-up room. So no practice beforehand; we could still do mock drill and mock work in another room, right? Ehh, kinda. Problem number 2: we were only able to acquire one car to drive the team (seven members), the floor, and all of the equipment to CNU. And being that we don't have a circus clown VW, that would not be possible. The solution: take two trips... We would drive two members and all of the equipment to CNU first and then return for the remaining members.

By the time that the entire team and our equipment was at CNU, I was pretty carsick and just frustrated in general. But do the problems end there? Of course not..that would be too easy. Because this was CNU's first time hosting a competition, no one knew what was going on.. and disorganized officials plus an already annoyed team does not lead to good vibes.

But while some other team members went to get food, I asked them to get me a Sprite and I would stay behind, trying to calm my carsick-ness. When they returned, the officials told them that food and drink wasn't allowed inside of the gym. I guess they missed the 15 or so people bringing in their food and soda..maybe they just hate us? I'll stick with that one. So we were eating outside, in the cold. Yay..

I would now describe the ridiculous layout of this competition, but it wouldn't translate well so I won't. I will say that body warm-up, equipment warm-up, and the actual performance space was in the same gym. Oh, and it was a silent warm-up as to not disrupt the performers. Hm, I guess I ended up describing the layout anyway..

Let me think of what else went wrong..oh yes, the actual performance. Essentially, I screwed up in places I shouldn't have and my top stopper came off right before I ended my solo and the show. Thank you, people who check the equipment. Urghhh. And lastly, one of the members' friends was coming to CNU to take her back to school. And while the original plan was for her to also take back a couple of us, she was not able we all got to stay for the entire competition. That wasn't too bad because I love being at guard competitions with a fiery passion, but I was in a horribly bad mood..and let people know.

A small glimmer of happiness did arise in me yesterday, at the strangest time. There was a tiny percussion division also attending the competition and I absolutely loveed them. So while I don't want to say this, watching an indoor drumline made my day..? Huh??

Whew, well that was my day. Sucks, didn't it? Doesn't it make you appreciate your Saturday so much more now? Haha.

Currently listening to:
"Whatdaya Want From Me" Petie Pizarro <-love this man

Sunday, March 20

Are We Human or Dancer?

Yesterday was essentially filled with dance. But I wasn't complaining.

William & Mary hosted the first ever Tribal Breaks yesterday. It was essentially a bboy competition, with crews from different states throughout the East Coast. One of my friends wanted me to go, so I did. When I first got there, I saw no one I knew, so it was a bit awkward. However, I think one of the best parts about yesterday was realizing that two seniors from Spotlight, the show choir I'm in, were also there. And with them, it's always a good time. Shameless plug for the awesomeness that is these two people, but I'm going to miss them so much next year.

The competition itself was so intense. Bboying is ridiculous, but so cool. I could try and describe it, but I would not do it justice. Aside from the bboying, some of the guys there were pretty attractive, so it made it that much easier for me to stay for the entire thing. So shout-out to Incredible Sushi Kings and 5 Crew Dynasty and congratulations to 5 Crew for winning the competition.

At around midnight, my friend and I went to a dance party at one of the frats on campus. We had gone at around 11:00 but the dance floor was dead. So after a refusal to pre-game with one of my other friends, we just went back to the dorm and went back later. It was a lot of fun though. Most amusing conversation last night went as follows: (Guy A is the person that danced with me, Guy B the person that danced with my friend)

Guy A (to Guy B): Hey.
B: I don't know you.
A: So I want to dance with this girl. Could you ask her friend to dance, because girls never like to be left alone.

And then he proceeded to ask me to dance. I mean, it worked, but I was so tempted to tell him "You know I heard all that right?" but I felt like that would've seen bitchy.. However, I recognized the guy as someone that I had danced with at a previous party, which made me wonder if he remembers who he's danced with, but I guess not. I'm not going to go into detail, but he was cool. I remember him as the guy that says "Thank you" after we finish dancing. That does not mean that he's a nice guy while dancing...

But my friend and I left the party at around 2 in the morning..when the cops broke it up? Another question I had was that if the cops essentially knew that there would be partying and thus underage drinking at some frat every weeknight, why don't they break it up earlier? And were they even there to break up the party because of drinking? Hm..questions.

Slightly unrelated, but one of my friends was talking to bboy group from NYC, because that's where she's from, and they asked about stuff happening after. And if I was there with her at the time, I would've definitely asked if they wanted to go the dance party too. It would've been cool.

So I'm glad the first weekend back was enjoyable. But now it is Sunday, and I have reading to do.

Currently listening to:
"Chariot (Stripped)" Gavin Degraw <-lovee his Stripped CD

We So Excited

While it is not in fact Friday anymore, this weekend has been "fun, fun, fun, fun." See what I did there? Haha. Don't worry, I will not give an extensive analysis or even commentary of "Friday" and all that is Rebecca Black.

On Friday night, my friends and I played Cranium. Yes, six college students spent two hours playing Cranium on a Friday night. Well, it is William & Mary, I'm just helping the stereotype. However, it was hilarious. Names will be left out, but the two team mascots (they were made out of extra Play-Doh) were Kung Fu Panda and...Godzilla-Penis. It really was a "you had to be there" moment, but so much fun. Ah, I just wish there was a Facebook picture of Godzilla-Penis. Just imagine the head of Godzilla..and the rest going against the oh-so-innocent Kung Fu Panda.

After our Cranium-fest, Team Kung Fu Panda watched the movie, "Once." It's this indie, foreign movie about two musicians and their lives. And I say foreign, but they were speaking in English, the movie was set in Ireland. However, I will say that I am not very good at understanding heavy accents..but that's a personal problem. So needless to say, the movie was fairly difficult to understand. I was trying my best and I looked over to one of my friends and she asked if I understood what was going on. I told her I did not, and soon realized that all three of us were sufficiently confused as to the plot thus far. So subtitles were added and the real movie-watching experience commenced.

"Once" got a thumbs-up in my book. The music is good, if you like that sort of acoustic, "Mumford & Sons" voice. I like to categorize the movie as having one of those "satisfying, but not" endings. Good nonetheless.

Saturday was even better. Looking at the events of both days, I sort of evolved from doing middle-school to real college weekend things. But that will go in the next post, because I feel this one is too long already.

Currently listening to:
"Waiting on the Light to Change" Matthew Perryman Jones

Thursday, March 17

Sweet Disposition

This girl, I love. Her name is Rachel-Marie and I think she looks like Zooey Deschanel, from "500 Days of Summer." Also, she's able to do the monochromatic and neutral color schemes so well, I'm jealous. But in this look especially, the photography is just so good.

However, no posts recently. I haven't really done much out of the regular school/internship/extra-curriculars routine. But speaking of photography, once I get some batteries in my camera, I might take some pictures and show off the beautiful campus that is William & Mary.