BigW

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  1. BigW

    Then vs Now

    Goodness gracious. I thought that was hard wired into people waaaay BITD for survival purposes. I guess we're all messed up.
  2. BigW

    Then vs Now

    Heh, I don't know if it was sucking it up or being macho...more that we were just very competitive and a bit goofy even by 1982 DCA standards. We knew what the game was, and we wanted to let them down. How? By winning the contest.
  3. BigW

    Then vs Now

    They announced us... and BOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! We looked around and laughed with an evil grin at each other in the bari section. I think it just pushed us to throw it in their faces that night. They would have been better off doing the chirping crickets trick. IIRC there was a post a few years ago where some corps members were reportedly hurt, shaken from a strong negative crowd reaction...jeez. They give you the boo. stand taller, bear down, and throw down. Hard. And it's not like I don't get it because I do. 3+k peeps in Giants Stadium, yeah I get that.
  4. BigW

    Then vs Now

    Oh they had champagne and glasses they brought out for retreat. They were unamused..
  5. BigW

    Then vs Now

    I've begged a friend to shoot me when a certain show was inflicted on me at the DCI simulcast, this I believe.... Some shows I've inwardly winced, heckled, once I begged the people around me not to stand because it would encourage the design team to continue down the road to heck they were on.......but I'm trying to think of a DCA or DCI show I booed. I can't. I've been booed, 1982 Grand Prix at the Meadowlands, which I actually relish and wear as a badge of pride. Can't think of any Westshoremen who have ever felt bad about it, we walked off with the 1st place trophy.
  6. BigW

    Then vs Now

    Well... the corps performances were one of those good things and the most important thing to be good. All in all, that outweighs my feelings about the parking pirates, Yo ho ho ... don't want to walk a mile and chance the snakes, 10 bucks please.... the snakes got some folks kerfluffled, to me as long as they're not copperheads or rattlers, I'm okay with them. though they DO need railing. The steps are pretty darned steep.
  7. What I find interesting is that I saw that show without reading the long show description, and I got it without the need to do so, though I am a freak for Dada.
  8. I remember the HS band kids on the audience heckling that show... a cringeworthy moment for me in the theater.
  9. 3-4 Bucks a gallon for Diesel depending on where....average 6 MPG, savings of how many thousands of miles, do the math, it's got to be some real money. Got to dig out, don't have time.
  10. BigW

    A440?

    Mistress Kelly?
  11. BigW

    A440?

    Equal tempering is a compromise in essence designed to enable there to be a more universal agreement on pitch. Also to be more exact on enharmonic notes. Without the tempering... for example, F # and G Flat would be different, however slightly. Evidently, string players will play both a skosh different anyway or tend to.
  12. BigW

    A440?

    Older brass instruments are evidently pitched differently. When I get the one restoration finished, I'll need to figure that stuff out. Maybe have a different set of valve crooks/tuning slide made eventually or something. I really don't want to take a saw to it, which I know some cats have to their horns. And yes, tuning to what can't be tuned is the smart way to go.
  13. I don't know if the panel really thought in that instance, I'm one of the last to criticize adjudicators, but it just felt mailed in on that night.
  14. Based on the Hussites and the Czech Jan Zizka, a rather interesting figure in history.
  15. Pennsylvania Dutch is 16th century German from the Palatinate/Pfalz region of Germany where the Amish came from. They can understand "Hochdeutsch"/modern German just fine. The trick is the goofy dialectal stuff, which to me sounds a lot like Bayerisch/Bavarian dialect which sounds like you have "stuff" in your mouth....
  16. I know people that saw that show live said it smoked, but I really think there was a serious overreaction to the second half of the program and there wasn't a real good thought put into the overall performance from start to finish, particularly the Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. A thoughtful, intellectual piece, but not particularly dynamic and not really a classic, and did it really connect with the second half? No. And the whole segue from that ballad into Malaguena… it was like a bad upshift in a race car, no real smoothness and true segue into that end segment. Granted, the end rocked, but the whole package... sorry, no. I'll say it again, and people will argue it yet again, I believe it to be no coincidence they stopped doing the random draw for the final five after that little experiment and the result.
  17. Except your good looks from creepy women.
  18. Another one, my GF at the time... known by many in the corps as Medusa…. 😋
  19. Especially the bus I was in that got the message.
  20. Yes- these organizations have become far too large and extensive now. I think the real wake-up call for me was when Tresona pretty much described them as multi-million dollar non-profits. These aren't SoundSport teams which can be run incredibly lean and mean.
  21. Well, there is one thing I should say so it never happens again... Don't press hard against bus windows, lean on them, exert pressure with any parts of your body. Seriously. They're designed to hinge out for escape purposes.