Jake W.

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  1. ISSMA made the decision to pull the plug yesterday. Arguably the longest-running and highest caliber state marching band circuit in the country, so that decision isn't negligible for the rest of the high school marching band community across the country, not to mention coming from such a red state. UIL, the other top state circuit (Texas), is still in play as of now. BOA is also still in play as of now but I can't imagine it will be more than a few days before that hammer drops.
  2. Just wanted to share my little summer routine of the last few years, and God do I miss it. I work a summer restaurant job (teaching pays like #### in Colorado), and our getting-older Great Dane can't handle the intense mountain sun (day walks mostly amount to laying lazily in the grass). So, every summer night, for the past few years, I strictly avoid checking DrumScorps notifications on my phone at work; then I get home at 11:00ish or midnight, make myself a cocktail or pour myself a beer (and grab a few extra), take the pup on a much-cooler late night walk, and finally check the scores
  3. I believe your problem is more with current writing trends than the number of mallet instruments in the front ensemble. For better or for worse, the mallets in the front ensemble currently shoulder a majority of the weight of beginning and ending musical phrases, something I assume your long-listened ears were once used to hearing the brass do. Cutting the number of mallets won't change modern drum corps writing style, it'll only make it sound thinner. It is what it is, and I'm not saying it's good or bad, merely pointing out that gathering from your posts, your problems might be more with a c
  4. Oh no that's not what I meant at all! Of course all groups do; having marched drum corps in any capacity is to have laid the groundwork for competent adulthood. I just mean that those four corps I mentioned specifically place a higher emphasis on that throughout the season than competition results; listening to any interview with an Academy staff member for example reveals that their operation and ground game is different than those striving to achieve a consistent Finalist or Top X status. Neither approach to a season is superior to the other, I'm just reiterating that these more experience-d
  5. A friendly reminder as well to those donating a few bucks over the next year that lower-ranking & recently-founded corps will be just as in need of our support. By all accounts, groups like The Academy, Troopers, Seattle Cascades, & Colts work in a bit of a different arena each season in that they emphasize turning out excellent members of society over the placements of the season. These organizations are just as integral to our activity's health as the headliners that draw the giant crowds. Not to mention the help terrific younger groups Genesis, Music City, Guardians, & Legends w
  6. Your snark always makes me chuckle, skevinp : ) and maybe we'll get rpbobcat to stop posting in poetry.
  7. Absolutely not my opinion, and I did mean vastly considered as I typed it; i.e., by most metrics, Italy's healthcare system is considered superior to ours. The WHO ranks them at 2nd to our 37th, and the OECD has Italy ahead of us in population coverage, lower expenditure per person, higher nurses per capita, beds per capita, life expectancy, lower infant mortality rates, cancer incidence, number of adults with diabetes, obesity rates, and higher access to health care (we have a much higher rate of consultations skipped due to cost, prescribed medicines skipped due to cost, out of pocket medica
  8. ...because their healthcare is vastly considered superior to ours. So people live longer. But, yes, more older people skews the data for coronavirus. On the other hand, Americans are obese at a rate of about 4 times more than Italians, so there's that trade off of respiratory side effects vs. the elderly.
  9. The current situation in Italy is something every single American citizen should research intensely. It's where we'll be in a few weeks' time if we don't continue to curb this. Italy's hospitals are entirely and utterly overwhelmed; most ICUs aren't taking any patients over 70, and people are dying every day because they can't receive proper medical care; not because Italy's healthcare system is poor or inferior, but because doctors simply can't get to everyone and those who are sick can't get into hospitals. For those who think this can't or won't happen here, Italy's healthcare system is con
  10. As long as the hem on her skirt is low enough, we're safe.
  11. Per the death rates being significantly inflated over what we will eventually see, as discussed ad nauseam 15 pages back or so, that's the point! Yes, we will all be trying to prove a negative at that point, but the idea is that we DO take the precautions we're taking now so that this doesn't spread and that the death rate does remain lower than anticipated. Again, ###### if you do, ###### if you don't. We already have estimates of what it is in South Korea, China, Japan, & Italy, why not try every attempt to make that death rate much lower here, which will inevitably make it look like we
  12. That's what you're hinging everything on, your experience with hygiene in Italy? In the real world, people go by facts, and all medical sources put the average death rate for the coronavirus around 3%. No one should go off of anything else other than facts, and it makes perfect sense to use them as predictors and close all major events and schools out of precaution. To imply that this thing is a conspiracy against the president to make him look bad is nothing short of sheer barking lunacy. Back up your arguments or get off the pot. I just told you in two different replies that this is ei
  13. OF COURSE. 3% death rate means 97% survive, and most with benign symptoms. But if, again, it reaches the same number of 60 million that swine flu did, then almost TWO MILLION U.S. CITIZENS WILL DIE. That's a gigantic number. FIFTY TWO TIMES the number of people (34,200) that died in the last complete flu season in the US. Why would you not try your hardest to quarantine this?!
  14. And also, a .03% death rate (again, the virus is relatively new to our country), is still FIFTEEN TIMES HIGHER than swine flu! Why don't you understand why everyone is taking all the precautions necessary?
  15. I can't understand why you're burying your head in the sand so hard on this one. everyone is trying desperately not to let it get to 60 million infected, because then almost 2 million people will likely die. The current death rate estimation is at 3.4% from the aggregate of all countries infected, not the US, where the virus is relatively young. Look to Italy, South Korea, China, Japan to see how this virus most likely will progress. Why on earth would we assume it won't progress with the same death rate here and not take every precaution?!