Whisk W00t

Aug. 20th, 2005 10:30 pm
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OH MY GOD WE ARE THE AWESOME.

I got kicked out of the Expo Dance (bah) - Eston got so confused about me not being there during rehearsal that he kicked himself out too, heh.

But YAY! We ROCK! They showed photos of us...I looked like such a dork...and they had statistics and rhythms and songs and dances and slideshows and all sorts of funky stuff. We rock man, we rock.

I actually cried when they were showing the Dare You To Move Global video. That's when it hit me; why we were here. Oh God. We finally did it.

I'm a bit emotional; 3 weeks of work and it went by so quickly! Oh man. but woo! We did it!

I became the Hug Committee and went around hugging the staff. I had Rie with me but she disappeared after a while. Oh well.

On Monday, we travel to Albuquerque. I need to pack, and get ready to be the bus team. And welcome Joyce.

Oh, what a great start.
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We had our first full (well, full-ish) rehearsal for the Whisks today. Went pretty ok...I'm going to be the first person on stage, for the Rhythm parts, so that'll be cool.

I kept crashing into Eston during the Expo Dance, since he won't move from his spot even though we all do...bah. Hopefully he'll move and I won't crash into him so much!

I'm going to be multitasking on Whisk Day:

- Greeter
- Setup for Admissions
- Training for vocals (and possible future mic groups)
- Rhythm Leader 1 for "Rhythm Of The World"
- Expo Dance
- African Dance
- Circle Dance
- First person in row for Work Dance
- Third person to go nuts for the Celebration
- Host Entertaining for the visitors
- and tons of other group songs and dances and such

I'm really excited but also a bit bleh because I'm just getting used to Denver and now we have to go. We'll be heading next to Albuquerque (and Santa Fe maybe) - a large part of the week will involve visiting Native American resevations and exploring their cultures, so that would be quite interesting.

Some links for you:

Gaby's Site
Yoga's Site

I just realized that Che-Ri and I never got around to talking to Anka about the bus groups. Will need to meet her on Saturday about that. Or maybe I can email her. But eep!

Just a reminder:

Saturday 20th August 2005
D.L. Parsons Theatre
Northglenn Community Centre
Doors open 7 pm
Free For All


So come! Or invite people to come. And support us!
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So we went to the Denver Children's Home today - a home for emotionally traumatized kids who went through the system (foster homes, jail, human services, whatever) and didn't quite fit in there. We were there to help fix up the library and the computer room - which involved testing tons of CPUs and monitors to see if they are working. Old computers too...Windows 95, 2000...some were even from the Department of Defence. Weird.

Andrew, the person facilitating the cleanup, was part of the Up With People alumni and worked with WorldSmart for a while. He was quite a nice guy, earnest and sincere. He even bought us drinks at the 7-11, though some of us felt a bit weird about that because we felt the money could have gone elsewhere. (I felt even weirder having lunch at the cafeteria...this was the kids' food, not ours...) We also got to talk about leadership back home, how emotionally traumatised children were treated back home, our plans and careers...interesting stuff.

Most of us felt pretty good about being there and seeing immediate results - we just wished we could do more, to see the faces on those kids' faces when they see the new cool rooms. One person, though, really disappointed me. She felt that because some of the kids there have perpetrated abuse, they should not be having these rooms, and that we were helping the wrong kind of people. They should know right from wrong, they keep coming back to the home, they should not be given priviledges. Some of us tried explaining to her that these people have different mindsets, that they have a very different sense of right and wrong, that there is a system im place so that they can only use it for good behaviour, that it's for educational purposes. But she won't listen.

She was the only one who didn't learn anything - her own admission. I don't want to be judgemental and intolerant, because that only makes me hypocritical. But at times like these...

The other groups worked in two places - The Spot, a center for homeless kids (they cooked, cleaned, and talked to the homeless people there) and back at the facility with the Niver Creek School, doing a curriculla on leadership. We saw the Niver Creek kids before we left for our stations; they looked a little bored. Hopefully they had a little more fun...

More meditation with Laurence. Yay!

We finally found out who's doing what for the Whisks! I'm doing two dances - the Expo Dance (a.k.a Crazy Hippo HipHop Dance) and the African Dance - and I'm one of the Rhythm Leaders, with my own lil shaker. Most surprising though was that I have also been thrown in the Mic Groups as one of the singers. And yet, no speaking role.

Huh. Well, OK then. At least I get to perform, yay!

Still need to practice though. Loads of rehearsals the next few days. And I need to pack!

(We still do not know who won the scavenger hunt though. Damn.)

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