This past weekend was wildly amusing and at the same time crazy.
Saturday we started back up with volunteering with our Greyhound Adoption group Meet & Greet’s. This is the best way we are able to spread the word of Greyhound adoption, and a nice chance to socialize both the dogs and ourselves with others in the group we belong to.
We usually choose the 2 hour morning shift, so that we can have the rest of the day to get our weekend errands done and still have some time for ourselves. We had a good time catching up with the other volunteers we haven’t seen since our picnic in June. Since the weather was nice we had a pretty good day of people stopping by, and some nice donations collected from what I understand.
Sunday was an all day affair with the Drum Corps. September marks Volunteer Fireman’s Conventions around the tri-state area. The day started super early with the bus leaving at 9am for a roughly 2 hour ride across the great state of CT. With a Noon start time we had to allow enough time to get there and changed and the bus to the end to wait for us. Or so we thought….
Plans changed very quickly once we arrived and found we were in the 8th division, a far cry from last weeks 1st division start. Since we had some time to spare and food and drinks on the bus we decided to leave the bus at the beginning and it would follow the end of the parade behind us. The Noon start time for the parade was pretty damn close (it’s rare these things start on time), and surprisingly we stepped off at about 1:10 which is amazing for a convention parade.
I clocked the parade with my Runkeeper app on my phone at 2.28 miles average pace was a 28 minute mile and roughly 1 hour of marching. The pace was such a high number because this turned into a stop and go fiasco for the first mile and a half. We finally rounded the corner and there was the judging stand. This usually means the end is near. The Corps sounded well even with the smaller than normal number of members marching. Through the judges and down Main St the crowd became thicker and thicker.
The best part of the last stretch of the parade was marching through the Bikers who made a path of American Flags for the parade to march through, this was kinda surreal. The end was not soon there after and it was time for Hot Dogs and Water, I had a water but opted to get a Choco Taco from the Ice Cream Truck. It is very rare we stay long enough to see the Trophies presented to the winners, but since they were scheduled to be given away around the time we were getting ready to leave we stayed.
The first 2 trophies were the Musical ones, of which we didn’t win. My feelings on this are mixed, on the one hand had we had a stronger corps, a few more members might have made a difference. On the other hand the song the Fire Dept wanted us to play isn’t a winning song by any stretch of the imagination. I think had we been able to play the song we played for the last 2 Convention parades, in June and Last week’s, (where we took first and second respectively) we may have had a better chance. Others will say it’s not about us winning it’s about the Fire Dept, as they pay the bill to have us, So it was a rather good day for them as they won the Best Overall Trophy for the entire state and will hold the title for the next year. Not sure if this means we will get more parades from them or not but I was happy for them.
The long ride home made the day roughly 11 hours from the time we left the house to the time we got home. After a quick dinner, a bad movie, catching up on my blogs and email, and tired as hell we headed to bed. If only sleep came as easily as the being tired…..