We'll head out shortly to do an hour or two of exploring before heading tot he school where DD2 is competing for choir. I've never been to Omaha, so know nothing of the sites. We met up with other parents for dinner, then I helped DD2 set her hair before we crashed in front of the TV. I'm doing basically that this morning. Our hotel is a Hampton Inn, very pleasant, with one of the hot cold breakfast buffet's so ample to get the day started. Her group, but she was on the prep group, won Grand Champion at this even, last yer. So far, their season has been good, but have not placed first in their first two events. This hasn't sat well with some of the kids and parents. I just listened to my daughter and friends talk. They are worried that some of the older kids just feel entitled-the "we always place first" mentality, and perhaps it might be showing in their overall performance as a group. They just decided they can't change that mid set, but they can try and work harder, be more uplifting, remember, and say it out loud, the other schools are also upping their game, their standards. Oh the things you hear when you try to just be a fly on the wall.
We'll most likely be there all day, into the finals in the evening. It would be a real blow if they didn't make the finals as only 4 of 10 schools do not. Their show is very good, vocals incredible, but it might be missing a certain "wow" factor, so depends what the judges critique harder. They also have this interesting but odd banner thing, that has given them issues. Clean, it looks wonderful. Any minor flaws though, look like flaws immediately. Oh well, I have yet to learn of any of these kids in the 25 years the school has had show choir, that any are making a living on Broadway. A few have gone on to study and are professiionally employed in the music industry, or like their new director, as show choir directors. Like sports, this has to be seen as fun, and for those of us that watch, a lot of great entertainment.
I apologize for the ramble. This is my life this weekend. I hope to maybe pound out a few words for my book on the drive home tomorrow, but we may switch off, and each try and get a bit of sleep. We'll probably have a beverage or two with the other parents before retiring for the evening. Then, back to see pup and get ready for the week.