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Posts posted by JimF-LowBari

  1. 5 hours ago, Old Corps Guy said:

    Unfortunately, if someone is hell bent on doing damage, they will find a tool, and a way to make it happen.

    Have heard that in all the security training (from protecting personal info to active shooter and anti-terrorism) I’ve had over the years. Not going to be able to stop it but there are ways to make it harder and  ways to protect yourself.

    Sad part is number of people who think “can’t stop it, so why bother” 

  2. 25 minutes ago, Terri Schehr said:

    We stayed in a Hampton inn that was about 15 -20 minutes away.   I think it was west of Allentown. It was 2014 so my memory is foggy.  I was pretty uncomfortable on the bench seats and it rained on Friday.  But I knew it was the last time I was ever going there so it was fine.  It was my Allentown farewell trip.  Parking is a challenge.  

    Still remember the DCA Prelims trip my sister and I took. This was when Prelims and Finals were same day so early Sunday morning. Pull into a closed strip mall and guy asked with a smile on his face “you here for the show”. When I said yes it was “PRIVATE LOT MOVE IT OR GET TOWED”.

    So we parked on the street right in front of him. 😈 Leaving putting stuff in the car and happened to look up. Someone pulled out without looking and car coming up the street took all the chrome off the side of that car. Can still see the chrome strips flying up like little missles. I kept my head down, jumped in and said to sis “we didn’t see ####” as the drivers were getting out and 😡

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  3. 1 hour ago, Smug Trumpet Guy said:

    How far have we fallen to where we need to find a solution for cars plowing people over in a parade. Is it too much to ask to live in a high trust society?

    IMO it isn’t a question of trust but a matter of keeping eyes open and trying to think ahead of people who would do this.

    but…. I worked 40 years Department of Defense and got 8-10 different types of security training every year. So I’m biased as hades toward security measures. Even kicked in a few times while on vacation which freaked my wife out “how the …. did you notice that?” 😳

  4. 12 minutes ago, troopers1 said:

    I'm not surprised.  I wonder if there is anyone active in the unit who performed on G's at any time before joining.  

    Regardless, I saw them at 8th and I in 2019, on their old 2 valves.  They sounded fantastic.

    Never played Bb bugle but going from 2v to 3v was great. With the right arranger it really opens up what can be done musically.

  5. 3 hours ago, Swamptihs said:

    OP requested no politics. Couple of posts trying to get there. 

    If directed at me, just giving people warning there might be stuff going on behind the scenes. Done more parades than I can remember and know I’d appreciate a warning.

    Also lost an ancestor to murder so this hits in a special way. And would not want anyone else to go through it.

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  6. 2 hours ago, rpbobcat said:

    There in an article by Dennis Wagner of USA today about "weaponizing" vehicles to ram crowds is surging in the US.

    And some wacky packs out there are twisting this into yet another conspiracy to suit their sick purposes.

    Actually think this is on topic to drum corps considering how many corps do parades. Can’t even parade without watching your back

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  7. 12 minutes ago, Terri Schehr said:

    I buy tickets for plays, concerts, sporting events….never have I gotten an email like that.  For a music based organization, they’re amazingly tone deaf. She did me a favor. 

    With my blunt ways (getting worse as I get older 😬) I’d send a copy of the email to DCI with “remove me from all mailing lists INCLUDING DONATIONS, the enclosed email explains why”. 
    Friend felt an organization wasn’t doing what they were supposed to with a HC family member. She almost sent the yearly pledge card with $0 back but it got worked out (so far).

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  8. 1 hour ago, Terri Schehr said:

    I’m not interested anymore.  The email that we received from this Megan person was pretty offensive.  Very elitist.  Give us more money $500 to friends of DCI  and we’ll put you at the end of the list. You’ll take what what we give you.  Screw that.  I marched, my kid marched, volunteered, Jim taught, gave tens of thousands of dollars to individual drum corps through donations and sponsorship of members.  I’m not giving DCI any money.  Their Human Resources is terrible.  That’s not how you deal with people. I’ll probably buy the flomarching crap. I have my sofa, a big tv, I’m close to the bathroom, no one is going to steal my seat, but most importantly, I have the mute button. 

    Give us more $$$$ not that it will help eh? Sounds like when my one college started sending multiple donation requests each year. Told them “send me ONE a year or I’m done donating, your choice”. Yep days “of you owe us so fork out” is over.

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  9. On 11/8/2021 at 10:02 AM, Weaklefthand4ever said:

    I wish!! Lol. We are wanting to go to Machu Picchu if covid will just leave us alone. I KNOW we will go to Atlanta this year (I need to start stashing away cash for her favorite corps souvie booth run.) 


    Feel your pain, retired start of March 2020 with bunch of trips planned. 3 weeks later Crap hit the Covid fan. Then it was “ok in 2021”. Now it’s “ok in 2022” I start the trips.

    Just got Covid booster this morning (not quite 65 but young lady doc recommended). So as protected as I can be hope hope hope hope

  10. 26 minutes ago, leed17 said:

    Box 5 with a wired connection was outstanding all season for DCA, then BOA and UIL.  Picture was OUTSTANDING, and audio was excellent.  Using wifi for streaming with smaller companies like FLO and BOX5 is a risk…MLBTV, Netflix, etc are ok on WiFi, but not FLO or other streaming services for drum corps, wgi, band, etc.

    Had freeze up issues with Box5 at times and running WiFi might account for it. Thanks for the info.

  11. 1 hour ago, troopers1 said:

    There was a good DCI group on Compuserve in 1993, which is when I signed up for Compuserve.  Lots of big names there.

    I would suggest that anyone who doesn't know what Compuserve was, are dead to me.

    Lol didn’t get internet access at home until 1997. Kicker is I worked IT but that wasn’t network or PCs…. (Unix and databases)

  12. 33 minutes ago, Weaklefthand4ever said:

    So if they serve alcohol, do the local laws allow then for smoking? I know it's apples to oranges, but at least here in Tennessee, if you have a liquor license and meet all of the capacity requirements etc., then you can have a smoking section. We ran into that with pool halls. Many pool players smoke (myself included unfortunately.) We're also notorious for being complete cheap a^$es so we don't drink. I have a single shot of Sambuca when I go to practice or play now so I can support my local room (at least that's my excuse.)

    PA is really anal and out of date with the drinking laws. Don’t know of any bingo places that serve booze. Last I knew “private clubs” like American Legion Posts could have smoking. But ones I know only allow it in the bar area. And of course the big casino near me has booze and smoking “areas” in the main casino. Smoking “areas” as everything is open and smoke doesn’t stay in its area. 🙄

  13. So if a corps can have bingo, games of chance, etc…. Can they have smoking in the building? No smoking laws killed a lot around me as lot of smokers felt that was about the last place they could go to be social and still light up. No smoking so… why go.

    Having worked corps bingo in the “light em up” days. 🤮 Two degrees out and leave coat in the car so it wouldn’t smell like a cig. Then drive home with windows down cuz can’t stand yourself. 😫 And on some nights could barely see other end of building and it wasn’t that big

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