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Back From Vacation With a Lesson

        Sorry for the long wait, again! I was just recently on a detox vacation, (which was very much needed, by the way) and got back late Friday night, the same time that my HTC decided to die. I’ve tried to fix it, but there wasn’t much we could do for it. So, here, the night before the first day of my last band camp, I’m bringing you another late night blog.

        While on vacation, the place that we stayed was absolutely beautiful, but along with it came weak to no signal. This, of course was a bit of a hindrance to me in the first few hours. Here I was, a week before Band Camp 2014, with no way to stay in touch with my section leaders or my directors. While I did fret for a bit, once I got settled in and calmed down, things went better—I was finally getting a moment to not worry about college auditions, what art was due the next week, or what schedule I needed to follow.
    
        But, as the story goes, nothing good stays good for very long. While I am in high school band, my directors also have a contact with my mother, who miraculously had signal, which is good for updates that I wasn’t able to get. They left a voicemail notifying her about the upcoming events for both my younger sister and myself, as well as dropping a note that my conducting scores were availiable for pick-up during the week. This was wonderful news, I had wondered when the music would arrive. We didn’t worry about it much, of course I couldn’t pick up the scores while I was out of town, but I began to worry when I recieved a text from one of the upcoming section leaders, stating that the other section leader, (in the same section) had asked her to text me to tell me that they said my scores were ready.

        Unfortunately, the first thing through my mind was, “Why does this person know about my scores, and why are they asking someone else to text me when they have my number?” I always give my number out to my section leaders, so that they can contact me for any reason—comments, concerns, questions, anything. Lovelies, this is one thing to be leary of within your program. When you have issues that occurr when there is no way to physically reach that person, (phone call or in person) you need to take a breath, and think out a solution that doesn’t revolve around your ‘job security’. My main worry was how someone else could be affecting my personal business. It was selfish and stupid to think that my scores were personal business, they’re just pieces of paper with ink on them, I shouldn’t be worried that someone else can look at them. After I recieved this text, I picked the wrong choice, and instead of replying, “Okay, thanks!” I replied with, “Why does (insert name) know about my scores? If you could please send him my number again so that he can contact me directly next time, that’d be great, oh, and thanks.” BAD. DO NOT DO THIS.

        Shortly after I recieved a text from my director about my scores personally. I’d never felt so ashamed in my life. Next time, I’ll learn to keep my drum major ego in check, and be more careful about what I send to who and how I say it. Lovelies, it will do you good to always hold your tongue in an event like this, and make the best of every situation. The same goes for any other type of digital social media—Facebook, Twitter, etc. DO NOT POST ANYTHING YOU WOULDN’T SAY TO YOUR DIRECTOR PERSONALLY. You will find yourself in a lot less trouble this way, plus you look classy and no one will know about any problems you may be having behind the scenes.

        Wish me luck tomorrow, and keep up the downbeats, drum major lovelies!

                Neon out!

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The spread of the black death.

Poland

Poland, tell us your secret.

Poland is the old new Madagascar. 

If I remember correctly, Poland’s secret is that the jews where being blamed all over europe (as usual) as scapegoats for the black plague. Poland was the only place that accepted Jewish refugees, so pretty much all of them moved there. 
Now, one of the major causes of getting the plague was poor hygiene. This proved very effective for the plague because everyone threw their poop into the streets because there were no sewers, and literally no one bathed because it was against their religion. Unless they were jewish, who actually bathed relatively often. When all the jews moved to Poland, they brought bathing with them, and so the plague had little effect there.
Milan survived by quarantining its city and burning down the house of anyone showing early symptoms, with the entire family inside it. 

I reblogged this tons of times, but the Milan info is new.
Damn Italy, you scary.

Poland: “Hey, feeling a bit down? Have a quick wash! There, you see? All better”
Milan: “Aw, feeling a bit sick are we? BURN MOTHERFUCKER, BURN!!!!!”

Also, this might have something to do with it: from what I understand, O blood type is uncommonly… common in Poland. Something to do with large families in small villages and a LOT of intermarriage. The black plague was caused by a bacterium that produced, in its waste in the human body, wastes that very closely mimic the “B” marker sugars on red blood cells that keep the body from attacking its own immune system. Anyone who has a B blood type had an immune system that was naturally desensitized to the presence of the bacterium, and therefore was more prone to developing the disease. Anyone who had an O type was doubly lucky because the O blood type means the total absence of ANY markers, A or B, meaning that their bodys’ immune system would react quickly and violently against the invaders, while someone with an A may show symptoms and recover more slowly, while someone with B would have just died. Because O is a recessive blood type, it shows in higher numbers when more people who carry the recessive genes marry other people who also carry the recessive gene. Poland, which has a nearly 700 year history of being conquered by or partnering with every other nation in the surrounding area, was primarily an agricultural country, focused around smaller, farming communities where people were legally tied to, and required to work, “their” land, and so historically never “spread” their genes across a large area. The economy was, and had been, unstable for a very long period of time leading up to the plague, the government had been ineffective and had very little reach in comparison to the armies of the other countries around for a very very long time, and so its people largely remained in small communities where multiple generations of cross-familial inbreeding could have allowed for this more recessive gene to show up more frequently. Thus, there could be a higher percentage of O blood types in any region of the country, guaranteeing less spread of the illness and moving slower when it did manage to travel. Combine this with the fact that there were very few large, urban centers where the disease would thrive, and with the above facts, and you’ve got a lovely recipe for avoiding the plague.
Interestingly enough, as a result from the plague, the entirety of Europe now has a higher percentage of people with O blood type than any other region of the world. 

WHY IS THIS ALL SO COOL

When Tumblr teaches you more about the plague than 12 years of school ever did.

Just to throw a nod in, as a medieval historian, this is all credible, and is the leading theory as to the plagues effectiveness at this point. So. Enjoy your new knowledge!

how come we never learned this is school?

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The spread of the black death.

Poland

Poland, tell us your secret.

Poland is the old new Madagascar. 

If I remember correctly, Poland’s secret is that the jews where being blamed all over europe (as usual) as scapegoats for the black plague. Poland was the only place that accepted Jewish refugees, so pretty much all of them moved there. 

Now, one of the major causes of getting the plague was poor hygiene. This proved very effective for the plague because everyone threw their poop into the streets because there were no sewers, and literally no one bathed because it was against their religion. Unless they were jewish, who actually bathed relatively often. When all the jews moved to Poland, they brought bathing with them, and so the plague had little effect there.

Milan survived by quarantining its city and burning down the house of anyone showing early symptoms, with the entire family inside it. 

I reblogged this tons of times, but the Milan info is new.

Damn Italy, you scary.

Poland: “Hey, feeling a bit down? Have a quick wash! There, you see? All better”

Milan:Aw, feeling a bit sick are we? BURN MOTHERFUCKER, BURN!!!!!”

Also, this might have something to do with it: from what I understand, O blood type is uncommonly… common in Poland. Something to do with large families in small villages and a LOT of intermarriage. The black plague was caused by a bacterium that produced, in its waste in the human body, wastes that very closely mimic the “B” marker sugars on red blood cells that keep the body from attacking its own immune system. Anyone who has a B blood type had an immune system that was naturally desensitized to the presence of the bacterium, and therefore was more prone to developing the disease. Anyone who had an O type was doubly lucky because the O blood type means the total absence of ANY markers, A or B, meaning that their bodys’ immune system would react quickly and violently against the invaders, while someone with an A may show symptoms and recover more slowly, while someone with B would have just died. Because O is a recessive blood type, it shows in higher numbers when more people who carry the recessive genes marry other people who also carry the recessive gene. Poland, which has a nearly 700 year history of being conquered by or partnering with every other nation in the surrounding area, was primarily an agricultural country, focused around smaller, farming communities where people were legally tied to, and required to work, “their” land, and so historically never “spread” their genes across a large area. The economy was, and had been, unstable for a very long period of time leading up to the plague, the government had been ineffective and had very little reach in comparison to the armies of the other countries around for a very very long time, and so its people largely remained in small communities where multiple generations of cross-familial inbreeding could have allowed for this more recessive gene to show up more frequently. Thus, there could be a higher percentage of O blood types in any region of the country, guaranteeing less spread of the illness and moving slower when it did manage to travel. Combine this with the fact that there were very few large, urban centers where the disease would thrive, and with the above facts, and you’ve got a lovely recipe for avoiding the plague.

Interestingly enough, as a result from the plague, the entirety of Europe now has a higher percentage of people with O blood type than any other region of the world. 

WHY IS THIS ALL SO COOL

When Tumblr teaches you more about the plague than 12 years of school ever did.

Just to throw a nod in, as a medieval historian, this is all credible, and is the leading theory as to the plagues effectiveness at this point. So. Enjoy your new knowledge!

how come we never learned this is school?

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Relationships

   Sorry for the day’s delay—I was celebrating my birthday along with America’s. Now that I’m back on a regular schedule, I want to talk about something that may be a touchy subject for my readers. Relationships—they can make or break you when it comes to leadership positions. It’s just something about how you appear to other people when you’re in one that can change their opinion of you really fast. While I’ve had my share of relationships, (some very good, and some absolutely awful) I’m going to throw it out there that if you’re in a major leadership position, (this is for my drum majors, section leaders, and otherwise) that you are better off staying single. Why? When you’re not in a relationship, you’re more likely to stay focused on your group as a whole, stay less stressed, and have better relations with your members. I know it sucks some nights, but it’ll be in your favor in the end.

    Staying Focused—
        
        It’s hard to stay focused on the ultimate goal at hand, (leading the band) when you’ve got your honey making googly-eyes at you from the back hash during rehearsal. While it might be easy to pretend while you’re on the field, it’s what you do off the field that can hurt you. As a drum major, your responsibility is to be an actor at all times, for yourself and your program. The analogy that I was given when I talked about this with my drum major camp leader, was the one from Disneyland. She put it like this: when you’re at Disneyland, there is no trash anywhere, and if there is, it must disintergrate before it hits the ground. Literally, with hundreds of visitors a day, there is not a speck of trash anywhere in the park, as if that in itself gives the park it’s natural magical aura. Now, imagine in some freak event, you find yourself in the dumpster area—the park suddenly loses that magic that came from being so spotless! You realize it was almost unrealistic for there to be no trash, but that part of you that hoped that trash didn’t exist is shit on when you’re surrounded by dumpsters as large as the ones in “Wall-E.” Having a relationship is like trash in Disneyland. It only works if no one ever sees it, and it doesn’t take away your focus, or your band’s focus away from the real task at hand. They will be more focused on marching than looking to see if you’re swapping face with your honey in the band hall.

    No Stress—

        You already have more on your plate than necessarry. Just think of all the ‘other’ kids that don’t put themselves through the suffering you do. There’s the kids that go to school, do the work, spend time on homework, and carry on with their merry lives. You don’t have that choice already, simply because you’re in band. Between rehearsals and practice time, you have to do all the other normal person things too, and to throw another person into the mix… you’re wearing yourself a little thin. “Relationships aren’t that time consuming, they don’t have to be all the time…” said no one ever. Relationships do take effort. They do take time. They do take care. You have to care about the person for it to even be a relationship, so that in itself is half the effort.

        And look at me, lovelies, this is important. DO NOT PUT THAT PERSON THROUGH DATING YOU IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE BUSY ALL OF THE TIME, (as you should be). That person doesn’t deserve the worry of wondering if you even care about them. Nothing is worse than being in a relationship where the person you want to spend time with most is always taking care of someone else, (or about 50+ someone elses). It takes a toll on your mind, and your heart. I’ve been on both sides of that relationship, and it sucks. Please spare that person the potential hurt.

    Band Relations—

        This one is kinda like staying focused, but not exactly. When you’re in a public relationship, you’ve become automatically less approachable. Think about the freshman, scared and in need of assistance, not sure if you’re going to be pissed at them for interrupting your lunch with your honey. It’s awkward to ask someone for something that’s always in a conversation, or shoulder to shoulder with someone else. It makes you seem closed off and in your own world, in which your status is already intimidating, and this makes it more so.

    But, drum majors, please keep in mind that I am NOT telling you not to have feelings for anyone, or hang out with that one person often. This is just my personal experience with it, and the effects. Please, by all means, hang out, catch dinner and a movie… but remember, you are on a never-ending stage. You signed up for this, and you have to uphold that. Your goal is to be a servant to your band in which they feel comfortable around you, and you get the most efficient results from that. The easiest way to do that is to be passionate about your band, not a single person. Remember that this is high school! You have your whole life in front of you to find someone to spend your time with, (and more time to do so.)

    Keep up the downbeats, lovelies!

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