Monday, February 28, 2005

What's the buzz?

CRW_0054, originally uploaded by David Speer.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Real cereal

CRW_0016, originally uploaded by David Speer.

Last year, Robbie, a color guard member we picked up in the middle of the season from another corps, came to breakfast the first day with the Colts and was dumbstruck. He just stood there, looking at the boxes of cereal set out on a table in front of the cooktruck.

I was on cereal duty that morning.

"What's up, Robbie?'

"Real cereal."


"Real cereal. In boxes. Cheerios. Life. Fruit Loops."

"Yeah. So?"

"We never had anything like this in the (other corps)."

Nothin's too good for the Colts.......


Thursday, February 24, 2005

Caught in the act

CRW_0013, originally uploaded by David Speer.

A corps dad. Reading the instruction book. A rare picture indeed.


Wednesday, February 23, 2005

She's a rainbow

CRW_0023, originally uploaded by David Speer.

Some of you will get the Rolling Stones reference. Others of you are too young. Some of us don't remember the Sixties, even though we were there.


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Better get to work....

CRW_0112, originally uploaded by David Speer.

The head cook might catch me napping.

Lots of pictures up this morning at And don't miss Nic's new video from February. Ah, I love the sound of Dr. Beat in the morning.

The footage is great and so is the music.

And the Cooktruck has got a good cleaning now (Marlin's just coming along behind me to get the spots I missed) and we're ready to roll on to March.


Friday, February 18, 2005

Happy Birthday, Buttons!

DLS000496_RT8, originally uploaded by David Speer.

Great cake, too.

This photo and others should be online at soon. And then we'll resume putting up blog stuff until March 11.


Monday, February 14, 2005

What was your favorite meal?

Dana said I didn't ask, so I thought I would:

What was your favorite meal from February camp?

This can be answered as a cook or as an eater.

Also, anything you didn't particularly like?

Comment away......


Too early in the season to be this emotional about the music

But I'm really, really excited about the show after Sunday's performance. The Tender Land, The Red Pony, and then there's 'Til There Was You.

Oh my. To paraphrase "Yoda" from Saturday night's ensemble: We're gonna build the audience to an emotional peak, and then we're going to NICELY rip their faces off. Nicely, because we're those kids from the cornfields, from the HOTland. (Which, I guess, is the up-East way of saying Heartland.)

There were reports of goosebumps in the audience during Sunday's show. A heartfelt standing ovation at the end. And this kind of response from showgoers about 'Til There Was You: "I was not going to cry. They weren't going to make me cry this early in the season." This bunch of kids are going to make people cry. And laugh. And jump out of thier seats. And they're going to do it early in the season.

The guard was great. An entertaining winter-guard-type four-minute show that featured dance, flags, and sabres. All put together in just a day and a half. Wow and wow! Really interesting guardwork and design with some really subtle touches. Great job.

Great camp overall. Thanks to everyone. The drumline even got outside for a while on Saturday -- in February!

Oh yeah. Greg made announcements about drum major selection. But I'm not going to spill the beans here. Anyway, that would unofficial. Check for the official word.


Friday, February 11, 2005

Go cooks Go

My first contribution on the cooktruck.

Cooks go rattle those pots, pans, spoons and paintbrushes.
But most important of all, have some great funn this weekend.
I will be trying out some recepies in the meanwhile and there is a major paint job waiting for me the coming weeks. So in thoughts I will be with you guys.
Enjoy the music and performance on Sunday, you are considered to be lucky to see & hear the corps already.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Camp time again!

Whoo-hoo. Time to go to Dubuque again in the winter. I can't wait.

Have you RSVPed? Packed warm clothes? (Although I heard it may be warmer than usual for February.) Wonder what we'll have to eat. The kitchen crew seems to be shaping up nicely, so good food should be in the offing.

P.S. It's almost Valentine's Day. Don't forget your sweetie!


Think about it seriously

IMG_0077, originally uploaded by David Speer.

Are you coming?

IMG_0497, originally uploaded by David Speer.

This way

IMG_0107, originally uploaded by David Speer.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


IMG_0400, originally uploaded by David Speer.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Who are these guys...

IMG_0180, originally uploaded by David Speer.

...listening to?

IMG_0182, originally uploaded by David Speer.


IMG_0212, originally uploaded by David Speer.

Monday, February 07, 2005


IMG_0470, originally uploaded by David Speer.

This is the cooktruck. We need to see cooks......

Thanks to Rod for posting Sunday!

Sunday, February 06, 2005


Ben_drums, originally uploaded by RodR.

David - 'thought I would give a post a try on my own! Rod

Friday, February 04, 2005

Blue and yellow

P1000447, originally uploaded by mirandamom.

by Rod

Go guard

IMG_0051, originally uploaded by David Speer.

by David

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Movin' on up

IMG_0604, originally uploaded by David Speer.

By David

Rod's blog for today

P1000448, originally uploaded by mirandamom.

By Rod

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Horn work

P1000437, originally uploaded by mirandamom.

This is the Bonus Blog entry from Rod for today.

Long day

IMG_0524, originally uploaded by David Speer.

I guess this is good practice for sleeping on the bus.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


IMG_0053, originally uploaded by David Speer.

This is from David.

Bonus blog!

P1000446, originally uploaded by mirandamom.

Another one from Rod.
The rule is: measure twice; cut once.