Saturday, 29th of January, 2000
It's still snowing. It's all light snow though, so it's not building up all too fast, but it's kinda cool. We had our concert this afternoon, it went really well. I ordered a CD. When it comes in, I need to rip it into MP3 and post it here. I also took some photos, I need to get them developed sooner or later. The weather was perfect for the trip in the Subaru home. The road conditions are horrible in St. Louis, they got some heavy snow showers all day today, with about 5 inches accumulated. Getting in and out of subdivisions, ramps, and driveways are sweet in that car. You turn, and push the gas, and it goes. All-Wheel-Drive rocks. The car got kinda dirty going down the highway at speed too. I ought take a picture of it tomorrow, it's actually kinda cool.
Friday, 28th of January, 2000
It snowed last night. There is accumulation. It snowed all day. Even more. This is great, the first real snow this year. I think I've played Lethal Enforcer at the arcade too much. I've beat the game, as well as memorized the first couple stages. I ordered my MO All-State shirt. I decided to shell out the extra $7 for a Tie-Dyed shirt. I saw it, and I really wanted one for some reason.
Thursday, 27th of January, 2000
We had seating auditions today for all the string sections. I didn't expect much, really, since everyone here is so good. So I'm content with 8th stand, at least I'm sharing it with someone I know well from my school, so this will be enjoyable. Our conductor, Dr. Robert Culver, is great. He treats us like professionals, which means he expects that kind of quality. But he's a really great guy, he's really funny, and makes rehearsals enjoyable. His attention span is just about as long as ours, and he likes to fool around a lot, and it's really fun. The music we're playing is pretty good too, I like most of them a lot. The Rienzi Overture by Wagner is totally awesome. So is the Komm Süsser Tod by J.S. Bach.
Our entire school orchestra came down today to play a concert. We were invited to represent Missouri High School string orchestras. We played a fairly good concert, considering how ambitious the repetoire was.
Wednesday, 26th of January, 2000
I left for the Missouri All-State Orchestra convention at the Tan-tar-a resort. We got a room at the Marina, practically on the lake. As a result, the floors are kinda cold. Owell, it's nice, we've got a deck out back and everything. We had our first rehearsal tonight, and wow. Everyone here is very very good. I've never played in an orchestra at this level before.
Tuesday, 25th of January, 2000
I'm going to be headed off to the All State orchestra convention tomorrow. I'll continue to write every single day like I have, but it won't be uploaded until I get back probably.
I led the school Computer Club today through an introduction on HTML. None of the teachers knew HTML, so I was recruited to teach people.
Woah, Nabil sent me this to this really cool site about Roundabouts.
Monday, 24th of January, 2000
We didn't have school today, because it's a "Staff Development" day. Tip: Don't leave a digital camera sitting overnight in a cold car. There are problems such as condensation, LCD screen freezing up (no kidding), batteries behaving wierdly, etc. Owell, a sit in the living room made it all better.
Movie - 11:49 - Our driveway is really steep. The radio controlled car had problems keeping traction there. RWD with no locking differential is not a good thing in this type of weather, it seems. Boy this is fun.
Movie - Alright, I got the car to move. Woah, it's ridiculous, this thing slides all over the place when I turn. Ack! I ran off the driveway and flipped over into a "ditch". Don't want to do that IRL.
Movie - 14:38 - I round a turn as I head off to CompUSA to get some CD-R media. Wow, nice video, you can see me in the rear view mirror.
Picture - 15:16 - I return home from CompUSA. I head south from Dorsett into I270. That highway is always busy.
Picture - Alright, I accidentaly had the indoor exposure setting on on the camera.
Picture - I head east on State highway D, or Page Blvd. It's a cloverleaf intersection.
Picture - Yeah, I can go now.
Picture - Me driving, still doing east on D. You can see a storage centre in the back of the picture beside the road out the window.
Picture - This part of the road gets a little hilly.
Picture - I turn right on Dielman road. Here's an abandoned shopping centre. I think it's being turned into a warehouse. The green building in the back is a Government Records centre.
Picture - 15:51 - I head east down Forest Park Parkway for the St. Louis Sympony Music School. I have rehearsal.
Picture - The road goes by downtown Clayton.
Picture - More of Clayton.
Picture - I continue to head east down Forest Park Parkway.
Picture - This is the building the St. Louis Symphony Music School is in. I snapped a shot as I pull in for the Young People's Symphonic Orchestra rehearsal.
Picture - I drive by the I170, I64, Brentwood Blvd. interchange. You can see the St. Louis Galleria on the left, and an office building to the right. The road underneath is Brentwood Blvd.
Sunday, 23rd of January, 2000
We had an orchestra rehearsal tonight. I snapped some shots with the Mavica. Night-Mode is a totally awesome feature. I used no flash on any of this.
Picture - I head for school. It's snowing pretty hard, the roads are starting to stick snow.
Picture - The school parking lot is coated with snow. It's so awesome. I really like snow.