Highlights from the Chino High School Band Review and Field Show Competition (which my sisters and I go to every year even though none of us were ever in band - we're just really big dorks and live for opportunities to cheer for people and eat snack bar food.)
1.) During the parade one of the bands shot off confetti guns, instantly making them The Greatest Band There. Those guns went off and every single person, young and old, shrieked in delight. I wonder if they have little personal use sized confetti guns. I think that would be fun to take into the bank.
2.) We ate multiple things covered in nacho cheese. WIN!
3.) We always sit right in front of where the flag girls line up just before marching for the Rose Parade judges. It is a joy to hear some of the things their coaches say to them, the best so far being, "Hands on hips, smiles on lips, ladies." Which, of course, is my personal motto. Also, we like to chat with the girls. Well, not so much chat as say things like, "You look super sparkly," or "I love your hair extensions," or "We want to see some big smiles out there," as they're waiting to step off. I like to believe it gives them that extra boost of confidence.
4.) As usual we became best friends with everyone around us. It's because we spread good cheer and crack jokes about flag girl costumes. And we're loud. We will not be ignored! Anyway, we made friends with everyone around us including Charlene the 53 year old flight attendant who came by herself even though she didn't know anyone in the competition (or have a deep rooted family tradition of going) and started off the conversation by saying, "You girls are so funny. I just came from a stand up class in Burbank and I've been listening to you and you're hilarious. I came here to meet men but you can never have too many girlfriends." She then spent the rest of the evening telling me about her glory days as a majorette and trying to convince us to come to another band competition in two weeks. I told her that if she brought her baton and stormed the field I'd consider it.