Saturday, December 15, 2012

December 16, 2012: Au Chocolat...

My compliments to the chef… The chef being the ladies who prepared the spaghetti and lasagna for our LCHS Band Banquet tonight. The meal was wonderful and several students who earned chairs in the District Concert Band were honored at the end of the meal. Again, one of the things I love about being from a small town is being able to be involved in so many activities and become friends with so many people. Tonight we had a long conversation with Dave Henson, who I attended LCHS with 34 years ago and Jessica Crittenden, my son’s band director, old friend and new friend (relatively speaking). In addition, I worked with Dave’s wife until she retired and I have taught both his children in 8th grade science, so the ties are deep and long.

On to the excuses…

On our band trips, we try to feed the kids on some of the longer trips each. One such trip was to Paris, KY for the Sectional Band Championships for Class AA. On the way we stopped at the Golden Corral in Winchester, KY, a restaurant that has always been good to our school kids, both band and middle school groups. While at Golden Corral, the kids love the chocolate fountain that they have at the dessert bar so today is the perfect time to reminisce about the wondrous explosion of sugary delights. Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. In case you didn’t know, there is no shortage of chocolate at Walt Disney World: Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars, Mickey Mouse Rice Crispie treats with the ears dipped in chocolate, chocolate crepes at the sidewalk stand in EPCOT, chocolate sundaes, and so on and so on. In fact, if you can’t find what you want covered in chocolate, buy what you want, buy some chocolate and eat them together. I’ve been eating microwave popcorn and a few M & M’s while writing this blog. Mmmmm…

On this date in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was born. By the time of his death, he was deaf and could only experience his music by pressing his ear against the floor and feeling the vibrations. Beethoven also had a reputation as an ill-tempered and cranky music teacher, so let’s celebrate him by attending Mickey’s Philharmagic where another cranky individual, Donald Duck, stirs up all kinds of mayhem when he decides to try his hand at conducting Maestro Mickey’s orchestra.

Vive Le France, in 1832, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel was born. Eiffel, of course, built his famous tower. The French, of course, hated it. Over time it grew on them, and now, it is symbolic of Paris and it is beyond conception that the two could be separated. So, when the French Pavilion at EPCOT was built, they had to include the Eiffel Tower and when you look at it from England or anywhere else around World Showcase, the forced perspective of the Pavilion’s design makes it look full sized. I wish that I had a little help from forced perspective to make me look taller.

With Belle and the Beast in France.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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