High school is nearing its final semester and I need a P.E. credit. Actually I need two P.E. credits. If you've ever taken the time to admire my physique, it may surprise you to hear that my high school career is lacking in the Physical Education department. Suspend your disbelief for a moment.
I sign up for bowling by correspondence. It sounds easy and I like bowing. One down, one to go.
"Just take color guard!"
Kerry's an attractive friend of mine who is dating one of my best friends. I consider that to be unfortunate for me, although I don't exactly have the confidence yet to get a girl like that. More on topic, she is in color guard, and a big fan of it.
I'm not an expert, but I remember seeing color guard on the field during football games. They twirl flags and march. I could do that. It really only comes down to one statistic, though :
Thirty girls. One guy.
I agree to do color guard. I don't have much choice. My first warning that this may be a bad idea comes quickly. A mischeivious smile finds its way to Kerry's face and she giggles.
Color guard's first meeting is after school that day. Mr. Brownlee talks about our costumes for the show as well as our flags. Costumes. I hadn't thought of that.
By the end of the lecture I find myself emotionally invested in the color of the new flags.
We line up single file and are each handed a small package.
A small package of tights.
It's then explained to me that color guard in the winter isn't marching and flag twirling. It's DANCING and flag twirling. I'm in trouble.
Worse, my tights aren't even male tights... they're grl tights. For some reason they make my legs cold when I wear them. They look fabulous with my jazz shoes, though.
As the color guard season progresses, I get into it. The girls are great and I love the flag twirling, especially the tosses. Even the dramatic dance moves we perform sans flag are kinda fun. The song chosen for our routine is Jewel - Foolish Games.
We turn out to be a pretty good team and do very well. At the end of the season I wish there was more to it. I don't even mind waking up at 6am for practice anymore.
I was the first guy to ever join colorguard in the winter, but I'm told that since then there's been a guy in it every semester. I'm a trendsetter.
that is the exact situation i am in right now but i am doing summer guard i have already done wintergaurd once and it was alot of fun. as it stands i am the first boy to ever do marching band season and i hope that it will open doors for other guys to try out color guard/ winter guard.
Dude, YES!! Im the only boy in color guard its my second season and I totally love it, I hang out with the marching band guys and all the color guard girls are my closest friends. Im glad you decided to do it, I was also pressured into doing it by a friend and Im glad I sucked up my pride and did it. :D
that is amazing!
i wish we had more guys like you in my high school that would actually join the guard!
there is only one guy that wants to join, but we wont let him because he is TOO proud, and wont give our choreography a chance! he just thinks he can walk in and change the entire winterguard show only 4 weeks before the show date! how shallow is that?
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I think you've convinced me to join guard. I'm a guy whos been thinking about it. I march bass clarinet in the band and I saw the guard and was mezmarized! If I join I'll will be the first male guard member in my school's history. =)
Hey my name is Sean, I was also the first guy to join guard at my school. kinda got in the same way(was asked my a girl), but i made them promise me id never have to dance. now I love it, been dancing and spinning for 7 years now. mainly ryfle and sabre! im good on flag but its not as fun! I think its awsome you joined your team. it takes guts. it took my girls almost the entire year to convince me to join especially with me being on the football team and baseball team, it wasnt very accepted. but yeah i say you keep working hard and youd be surprised were guard can take you.
I get what you mean, I joined my guard (also the first male guard) at the request of my georgeous friend, Jessy. But after a month i forgot they were girls and they became my best friends. This year I'm going from newbie to Co-Captain in my guard. The problem is that i'm graduating next year, any suggestions for attracting more male guard?
When someone gets an idea, what determines whether that idea gets put into practice or not? There are a lot of factors, but one of the largest is whether or not he believes that the idea can actually be executed. The problem is that while our mental models for things we have experience with can be quite good, our mental models for the unknown are often poor.
A big part of the problem is that we give a lot of weight to the "other people factor". If someone else has done it, then obviously it's possible to do. The converse is not true, though-- just because no one has done it doesn't mean that it's impossible or even difficult. It just means that no one else has ever done it. We can know that logically, but our brains don't subconsciously think that way.
I fell into this trap recently. I've always wanted to be able to plug a microphone into my camera, but it doesn't have a microphone port. I did a few searches, but no one had figured out how to get a microphone jack on the Sony NEX. For about a year I did nothing, until one night as I was falling asleep, it occurred to me that it might not be that hard, and that the only reason I thought it was impossible was because no one else had done it. The next morning I figured it out.
When designing SETT, I really wanted it to be possible to log in without the page refreshing. To the best of my knowledge, no content-heavy sites have ever done anything like that. I almost gave up on the idea before even trying it, just because no one else had done it before. But then I realized that for SETT to be successful, I would have to do a LOT of things that no one else had done before. I took a crack at it, and again it turns out that it wasn't all that tough.
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Wednesday I shared that I've started running. I also explained that I don't like it much. To turn this around I've signed up for a race in Denver this June. I won't be competing in this race though, I'll be trying to eat the brains of the people who are.
This summer, my wife and I are participating as Zombie volunteers in the Run For Your Life Zombie 5k.
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