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Band Camp, The Sounds of Music

Sorry for a lack of updates lately, I’ve been so busy with band, work, etc. It’s crazy. Today was the first day of full band camp, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I’m very tired.

I think I might get to go to Six Flags and Nashville before school starts… can’t wait! However, Gimme 5‘s last show with Grace Mitchell on keys will be on the same day as when I leave for Nashville… too bad. She’s leaving for college and her last show will be this weekend at Booby’s. Sad to see her go. If you’ll be in town be sure to chek them out at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Booby’s. For more info, see the shows page on their website.

The Sounds of Music
I’ve been working on recovering… Steven’s old website which was launched in April of 2004. For awhile the site was very popular and got several posts, then it slowly crawled to a halt, the server was defaced, and it’s been sitting there in a crippled state since December. Well now it’s restored, and I suggest you go and check it out… espicially if you’re into music at all and live in Southern Illinois (but anyone is welcome). Not only are there discussion boards but there’s a nice picture gallery full of pictures from concerts and local bands. Anyone can add pictures too, so if you want to add to the collection, do it!

Spread the word! Steven and I hope you enjoy the new tSoM site… if you don’t, just give us some suggestions on how to make it better. We are open to (nearly) anything!

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I got the e815 yesterday. It’s a awesome phone. It plays MP3 music from my computer which I can use as ringtones and syncs phonebook and calendar info with my computer (native iSync support), all wirelessly with the help of a few software changes to enable Bluetooth OBEX (file transfer) and DUN (high-speed internet on my laptop anywhere). Also, I can now take full South Park episodes with me… 😀 I also now no longer have to pay 25 cents to send a picture… so I will be updating my new mobile gallery often. Expect to see photos and movies show up there soon… and comment on them!


Watch Live 8!

If you aren’t already, turn on your TV to MTV or go to and check out the Live 8 concerts. They are awesome and it’s for a great cause. (For the absolute latest and to watch any concert city you want see AOL’s site, MTV TV seems to be lagging 5 minutes or so and cuts some stuff out…)

Update: Pink Floyd delivered an unbelievable performance in London… I have always been a fan and watching them live (even on TV) was incredible.

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Back from Hilton Head Island

This week has been pretty good, I was at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. It took a day of driving to Atlanta, picked up my grandma’s brother and then another day to the island. The weather was not all that great, it was partly cloudy or pouring rain for most of the week except the first and last days. I did try to make the most out of the sunny days by going to the beach and we found enough to do while it weather wasn’t so good.

We stayed at a resort in a condo timeshare… the place wasn’t great, the shower was messed up, the faucets were clogged up. It was alright besides those things… we were very close to the beach and had bicycles to ride to the beach and around the island.

On Thursday we had a woman frantically knock on our door looking for her lost son. I found myself spending the next hour looking for him. My stepdad found him after about fifteen minutes, but we had to talk to the cops and wait for the lost kid’s dad, who went looking for him, to come back. It did feel good to help her out and it was a odd unexpected addition to the evening.

Today we left early in the morning and dropped off my grandma’s brother off at Atlanta again, then drove up toward home. We had hoped to reach Nashville or even further, but but we had setbacks from holiday traffic jams to burning semis. Yes, at the Souther Carolina-Georgia border a semi caught fire and we were stuck on the highway for a long time… people were playing football on the median to pass time. But anyway, we didn’t get far enough so we stopped in Chatoonaga for the night.

I took a few pictures while I was there and will post some when I get a chance to when I get home. We should get home tomorrow afternoon, but you never know.

I am tired and Jessie is crying in the hotel room now… so until next time…

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I have worked at SchoolCenter for 90 days now and I finally get a DSL discount! Whoo-hoo! Fast internet! 🙂

I go on vacation to Hilton Head Island later today at 7 a.m. According to forecast it’ll be raining there all week, but I hope that report is a bit inaccurate. I am bringing along a laptop and a PS one, so I should be entertained if I am forced to stay inside and on the car ride up. Don’t know if there is WiFi there so I may not post updates & pictures but I’ll be back July 1.

I’d better get to sleep, I have to be up at 5 a.m. 🙁

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In Loving Memory

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
and whispered “Come to Me”. With tearful
eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we love you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A Golden Heart stopped
Beating, hard working hands at rest,
God broke our Hearts
to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

In loving memory of my grandmother, Wilma Burke, who touched so many lives through her friendliness and devotion to spreading God’s love through motorcycling. She has been reunited with her husband in heaven on March 9, 2005. You will always be with us in your hearts, and we know that we will see you again someday.


Busy Weekend

On Friday I stayed after school and walked to the mall to eat before going back to school to help with the Bandomonium 2 concert. It was unbelievable, there were more than 300 people there and the performances were top notch. Before it started Steven’s family brought in all of these Gimme 5 band t-shirts with the design I made on them, but not only that, every one of them was wearing a personalized version of it. They sold alot of the t-shirts but many of people walked in with them already on. It was awesome and they made alot of money from it. Most of the show I was either selling tickets and shirts or upstairs recording the show. The control room upstairs was a great view, my friends came up there and we had a good time. I got paid some too which is always nice. I must have gotten home about 1:30 and went to bed at 3.

The next day I woke up at 5 for the MCCGA drumline contest. We had to be at school at 6:00 in the morning. I was never so tired in my life. I was completely out of it that morning but I managed to get our show down to the point were it was performance capable. After a long bus ride up to Eureka we had little time to do anything… we had to get dressed on the bus, immediately ran through the show once when we got there and a few minutes later we performed it. It wasn’t all that great of a performance, to be honest, and we only performed 3 of the 4 music pieces because we just didn’t learn all of them. If I remember correctly we received a 61.5, outscoring only one other band, which was a middle school. Although there were no awards and the contest was more of a means to tell how well your line is performing relative to its capability, it wasn’t all that great of a score. We could of done better but we expected to get a much lower score. I got back at 4 something and didn’t get home until 6:30 after running errands all over the place. I think I went to sleep at about 9 and didn’t wake up until 12:30 in the afternoon.

On Sunday my grandma’s best friend’s son Joe who lives in China came to my grandma’s house. I went over there and got a perspective on how live is like as a former person living in the U.S. living in China. It was actually interesting to listen to. I’ll probably see him later this week as he wanted me to fix his computer. Apparently, one of my grandma’s friends actually reads the legal classifieds and saw that I was in business and referred me to Joe. Strange, but I could always use the money.

Today I talked to my English teacher after realizing I still haven’t done a paper due last week. She was very nice about it and gave me a prompt and advice on how to complete the essay. Lucky for me she didn’t grade our papers yet so if I do it by tomorrow I’ll get a passing grade. When I rewrite it it’ll be boosted to a C or better, so I’m happy that I won’t get a F on it. Another thing Joe was talking about is how important it is for academics and everything and I decided that I should try to focus more and take school more seriously from now on. Starting with this paper.

Final words: my iPod ships today and there is only 9 days, 13 hours and 58 minutes until I’m 16. 😀

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