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Everything posted by Tenoris4Jazz

  1. Legally, you are correct. Practically... oh yeah it is. I went to high school with three women girls who initiated sexual relationships with teachers. They weren't groomed. Two were trading sex for grades and the other just dug older guys. I had a 15 year old classmate with a 24 year old Marine boyfriend... among the 14 guys she had been dating sleeping with. These girls weren't victims of grooming behavior... believe me, no one had a chance of taking advantage of them. They were just raised with too much money and too much freedom.
  2. Tell me about it! I was working for BlueLinx (biggest building materials wholesaler in the US) from 2005 to 2012. We starting feeling the effects of the housing crash in 2006. By 2008 were in the middle of a full fledged meltdown.
  3. https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/cobb-county/former-christian-school-band-teacher-sentenced-sexual-relationship-with-student/6554TDTO7FEGZCN7EG5V44XZJM/ This case highlights that rule. As I understand it, the girl was a 14 year old sophomore when the relationship started, and she was a willing participant, never cooperating with the investigation.
  4. It might not still be the case, but in the metro Atlanta area for about 10-15 years, all it took to buy a home was 1%-2% down. In some cases I read, they rolled the 2% downpayment into the loan and so all the buyers paid for were closing costs.
  5. Well, no. But you'd better believe my kids will know how to invest money!
  6. You mean like SCV in 2018? or 1992? Yeah, I'm there too. But then you also have SOA in '87. Those screamers were completely necessary and part of the appeal of the song. BD and Madison have always had screamers, but they were very deftly integrated into the chart, not added for effect. Besides, screaming on a Bb trumpet is NOT the same as screaming on a G bugle. 🤯
  7. That wouldn't be the immortal Sandra Opie, would it?
  8. My father-in-law's retirement portfolio has averaged better than 15% over the course of 40 years (closer to 20% actually.) It can be done with effort and the right analysis tools. 🤑
  9. Great observation about Cadets in '16. That show was a hot mess that got major changes every other week all through the season. They never had a chance to show what they could do. I understand your viewpoint on it being subjective. However, when I think of great BD horn lines, I start with the 1979-1981 units that never lost a brass SUBCAPTION in 3 years, and played some incredibly memorable music. I guess I lost track that the time interval mentioned was the 2010's.
  10. 18 year old invests $5k and gets a 15% annual return. That's a 5% downpayment on a $400k house at age 28. Now that I look at that, that's a lousy investment. Better to go to Vegas for a weekend!
  11. 🤨 *looks at recap sheets* 3rd in music GE, 3rd in brass, 2nd in ensemble Honestly, looking at the recaps, 2011-2013 were subpar years for BD from a brass perspective. From 1975 to 2014: 15 times the best horn line, 37 times in the top 3, finished outside the top 3 in brass only 3 times ('87, '95, '05). BD has the ultimate high standards when it comes to horns.
  12. If I had a kid considering marching, these two would make me have to say "No". That $5k would be a downpayment on a house by the time they were ready to buy, and... well, unless they're allowed to carry a taser with them the entire time they're with the corps, that's another reason they're not going.
  13. Just can't get into NY style pizza. 1/8" of crust, a tablespoon of sauce, 1/2 cup of cheese... and then the toppings fall off. I fall somewhere in-between deep dish and thin, but I want plenty of sauce, double cheese, and toppings buried in the cheese! 🍕🤗
  14. My HS band had a habit of sleepwalking through the first 6 weeks of the season, until the festival we hosted in early October. My freshman year our brand new, right out of JSU and the Blue Devils 22 year old assistant director lost his mind at our run through Saturday morning. He told us we were going to embarrass ourselves that night in front of 22 visiting bands. Our show that night was probably 8 points better than our run through. He couldn't understand. The seniors told him "It doesn't really matter until we march out under the lights in front of all those other bands. Now... it's on."
  15. My $0.02 worth... Given this is a restart situation for a lot of people (everyone except Boston maybe), I would say the most important thing for anyone trying to win this year would be a stable organization that is doing a minimum of scrambling for $$$, housing, food, etc... That would mean these are your contenders: Blue Devils Vanguard Bluecoats Boston Crown
  16. I meant we had essentially the same thought, expressed in the same words. I almost my pants at the idea I was in your head!
  17. Looking at the recap sheet I have in front of me, they beat Devils by .1 in Field brass and Vanguard by .1 in ensemble percussion, but they did tie Phantom for GE, Devils for Brass, Cavies and Vanguard in Percussion, and finished 3rd in Visual. Amazingly, since we all remember the moving crosses at the end, Star was only 4th in Field Visual in '91.
  18. As a professional accountant for 25 years... not likely. They would have to finish 2nd in every caption, with the 1st place corps finishing 3rd or worse in others to balance it out. The closest I remember to that happening was 2000. Cadets were 2nd in every GE subcaption, every visual subcaption, but still won Brass, Ensemble, and Music overall. There were years where Crown had the best visual and brass, but percussion was lagging in 5th or 6th. Devils usually still took GE to win. It's hard to lose GE and still win the title.
  19. I'll try to make this short. My sophomore year in HS we marched in a parade at the end of a spring competition in Bradenton FL. Turns out it was 1.5 miles from the stadium to the start of a 5 mile parade and we had to walk almost a mile to our buses. We had 5 kids taken to the hospital. Two years later we were in Myrtle Beach and did a 3 mile parade competition. We spent 6 weeks marching around the school parking lot for 30 minutes at a time. We finished that parade and while the other bands were laid out dying, we asked if we go around another time!
  20. Alright, alright... I guess since I have all this analytical data at my disposal, I should throw in here. Tier I - Title contenders Devils, Bluecoats, Vanguard, Crown All 4 have the organization, the finances, and the recruiting to win a title after 2 years off of competing Tier II - Guaranteed Finalists Cavies, Boston, Blue Knights, Cadets History says they won't fall lower than 12; I wouldn't have included Cadets here before seeing their '21 show Tier III - In contention for a Finals spot Blue Stars, Mandarins, Crossmen, Phantom, Spirit They each have at least one issue that could keep them from making Finals, but only one will come up short Tier IV - Outside looking in Everyone else Pacific Crest had a great shot at becoming a Finalist in 2020, but two years of damaged income will likely set them back a few years. The Academy has been there before, but the last few years have made me question their ability to repeat. Can the Colts jump 4 or 5 corps above them? Odds are they can't. Same with Madison. Now comes the surprise... darkhorse candidates to make Finals: Blue Devils B and Vanguard Cadets. If anyone has a rough summer, these two could climb over a lot of backs and take a spot on Saturday night. The support is there, could they pull it off?
  21. Okay, true statement: Denise lost in court, not once, but twice. That means her version of the truth was not believed by a judge and an appeals court panel.
  22. This was the best example IMO of the great performance of those King horns. Such incredible power. Here's a throw-in... Star's brass was dominant in 1990 and 1992, but not the year they won in 1991.
  23. 1989 Phantom's "New World" show... still pisses me off that show didn't win. '87 Cadets is a solid 2nd place in this category for me, followed closely by '94 BD with "My Spanish Heart" '88 SCV doing "Phantom of the Opera" ('89 was not a better show) '14 SCV doing Scheherazade
  24. I was only speaking conjecturally, as in "Why would this particular movie be struggling commercially?"
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