Both are very similar to each other. They’re both team-oriented, physically demanding, and requires dedication to get better.
I was thinking about this on race day…the rush and excitement that you get on a race day similar to that of a band review. Everyone has their chance to show off what they’ve been working on up to that point. Hours of practice all for the 2 minutes of glory, on the water or on the street. Hearing the coaches talk to the dragonboat team reminds me of how I and the other instructors taught our marching band…that no matter what place you get in competition, as long as you know you tried your best and gave everything you had, that is what matters the most.
The passion that I felt from the dragonboat members, the adrenaline rush I get when a race begins, the sense of family with everyone reminded me of the marching band days at both Vanden and instructing Golden West…sometimes I like to instruct GW or watch Vanden just to relive those moments in my head again.
And if I can’t make it to Vallejo Band Review, I’ll definitely be going to Encinal. =D
Helped out GW marching band on Tuesday and Thursday. They’re doing better than the last time I visited, but they still have plenty of catching up to do. Joey is doing alright now…I miss instructing. That sense of accomplishment when your band places first and even better, sweepstakes trophy.
Wednesday - Mission peaks hike, Old town Sushi, Tpumps, Shower xD. Great memories. I feel we all bonded and got closer. One and a half hour to make it to the peak. We all made it to the top and took pictures for a good hour. Almost died from a cow. My TOES were in pain at the end of the hike xD, gained all of our calories back afterwards. It was a great experience, beautiful weather, perfect outing.
Friday - Woke up at 2 PM. Ocean Beach with friends at 3 PM. It got cold and windy so we left for Chipotle. Then we chilled at my place til 8. Went to JTown to get Crepes. Pikapika pics for a good hour. Tpumps run at 10:30. Got home at 12. Raped kids on CoD til 3 AM. Wtf?
Saturday - Played video games in the morning until hangout at Song’s place and baked cookies and brownies, destroyed people at Just Dance. Left to go volunteer at Bindlestiff Studios, a Filipino American performing arts theatre. The people working there were very passionate about what they do at the theatre and I have a better understanding now about the mission of the theater and why they exist. I’m glad to be volunteering there. Went back to Song’s place afterwards…I was hyper and crazy. That is all.
Sunday - Volunteered again at Bindlestiff. I thought I was gonna be the only one, but three students from my Filipino class spontaneously decided to volunteer so at least I wasn’t alone. I watched the production that was about this woman who tossed her kids into the San Francisco Bay (true story) because God told her so. Even though I’m not an opera person, the production was well done and the actors and pianists were amazing. Two of the girls that volunteered asked me if I could escort them to their car because they were scared to walk alone xD (the area isn’t the ‘safest’ place to walk at night). Then she offered me a ride back to Daly City BART so I didn’t need to walk around the Mission area and take BART back home xD. And she was pretty cute too xD. Good way to end the night. Besides homework.
Not much details. but when i look back at this post later in the future, imma remember everything.