Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Each One, Invite One

Today's Tuesday Trivia has a bit different slant than those in the past ...

I'm asking for your help. At this point, our Reunion Registrations have stalled a bit. I know many of you check in here daily (or more often!) to see who will be joining us on July 19th. Truth is, no one new has registered since the last update to the June 3rd posting.

There are MANY people out there who just haven't gotten around to registering yet (Karen, are you listening???). We're planning on sending a reminder e-mail to our full mailing list very soon, so that will help a bit.

In the meantime, take a visit to the Contact page on www.saintsdrumcorps.com. Be a Saint - scroll through the 100+ e-mails that are posted, and pick one or two names to contact yourself. A simple e-mail will work - or choose your method if you know the person well.

Me? I'm calling Karen as soon as I'm done posting this, and sending some e-mails myself.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Weekend Wonderings: Blue and Gold Pages, and some other stuff

This is an idea that Rocky and I tossed around over a year ago ... for a couple of different reasons, it's popped up in my head again this morning.

How often have you struggled with finding the right person to do some work for you? From landscaping to a Chief Financial Officer, picking the best from many (sometimes hundreds) of possibilities can be daunting.

How often have you struggled in letting folks know you're looking for work? From landscaping to a CFO, getting the word out there that you're looking for a gig (or a full-time job) can be daunting.

That's where the Blue and Gold Pages would come in ...

Think of it as a two-way Yellow Pages for those of us who marched in the Saints: If you have something to offer (products, services, or yourself for a job), you list your business (or yourself!). If you're looking for a product, a service, or someone to hire, you post your need. In either case, you can check out what's available, or what people are looking for.

Look at it this way - there's little to hide since we all knew each other back when, umm ... well, you fill in the blank! We also know what we've become, and the great potential that comes from working together.

Sound like something you're interested in? Let us know at saintsdrumcorps@gmail.com.

And now for something completely different ... today marks the one year anniversary of us gathering at Menlo Park Mall for the first time in a long time. The meeting was SUPPOSED to be about planning a reunion, but to no one's surprise, was all about reconnecting with family (click here to read the Scribblings entry from that night).

So, have you signed up for the Reunion yet? It's easy - click on this link to get started!

Finally, to Babe and Bill (my father and father-in-law), to all you guys with kids, and to all my other friends and family members with daughters and sons, a Happy Father's Day to you!

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday Thinkings: What's In a Name?

First, reunion updates are included in the June 3rd posting - after a few quiet days, we've added a couple more folks.

Now, to today's entry ...

Craig "The Clav" Stephens has found us - welcome home Craig!

His e-mails to me, and postings out in the Guest Book (www.saintsdrumcorps.com) by him and others, reminded me yet again how more than a few of us have never lost those names we picked up back in the day.

Some have tried hard to let go of the names from our time marching with the Saints, only to have people say to you that they never knew what your name really was. I still get that, as well, or the reverse ("So, why do they call you JoAnne?").

For as strange as this might sound (or then again, maybe not), I really feel much more like a JoAnne than a Marilyn ... 'nuff said on that!

In the meantime, I hope to compile a list of ALL the nicknames from when we marched in time for the reunion. I'll need your help, though - send your lists to joparente.saintsdrumcorps@gmail.com. Thanks in advance!

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Time Flies, in More Ways than One

Just some quick thoughts on current events ...

I spent a couple of minutes earlier today, at my PC, watching an astronaut doing mechanical work on the outside of the International Space Station while whirling around the world at about a zillion miles an hour (OK, I finally admit it - even though I'm married to a retired science teacher, I never took Physics. The secret is out). Something about the moment brought me back to my teens, and I actually started to laugh out loud.

My mind had wandered back to the day in July 1969 when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. I can still remember sitting with my sibs (Karen among them) and my parents in the living room of the Big Yellow House in Fords, watching the black and white telecast of poorer quality than is available on most cell phones these days, and breaking out in hives over the excitement of the moment.

That was almost 39 years ago.

I had already been a Saint for two years at that point in my life.

So much has evolved since then from a technology perspective, a cultural perspective, a world perspective.

What hasn't changed is that I still haven't disconnected from that time in my life when I marched side-by-side with all of you.

Can't wait to see you all in July, and not to celebrate the Moon Walk, either.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Registrations by Sections

Here's the Saints Summer Reunion Registration Roster by sections ... the list is current and in order of sign-up through 6:30 am on June 12th.

Yes, I know some of you marched in more than one section ... if you want me to move you around, let me know.

Corps Support (board, instructors, parents, friends, etc.):
  • Ray and Joan Chmieleski (whole day)
  • Lillian Stratton (whole day)
  • Tom Swan (whole day)
  • George Lopez (whole day)
  • Alvina Chesnovitz (whole day)
  • Gary Sattur (whole day)
Color Guard:
  • JoAnne Parente (whole day)
  • Denise Normandia Dune (whole day)
  • Valerie Fair (whole day)
  • Allison Pehlert Knapp (dinner)
  • Kim Mega Trimblett (whole day)
  • Dawn Fair (whole day)
  • Denise Lopez (whole day)
  • Jill Fair Shelley (picnic)
  • Lorraine Fastuca Ravino (whole day)
  • Maureen Fastuca (whole day)
  • Priscilla French Lyons (whole day)
  • Janet Matelski (whole day)
  • Barbara Jackson Piccolo (whole day)
  • Terri Moon (whole day)
Drum Line:
  • Danny Dube (whole day)
  • Debbie Reybert Bartlett (whole day)
  • Bob Matelski (whole day)
  • Jack Bodzas (whole day)
Horn Line:
  • Mark (Rocky) Chiocchi (dinner)
  • Donna Stratton Ellis (whole day)
  • Mike Matelski (whole day)
  • Mike Fastuca (whole day)
  • Sue Brady (whole day)
  • Jim Trimblett (whole day)
  • Tom (Mouse) Noel (whole day)
  • Chris Karol-Miller (picnic)
  • Althea Mazar (whole day)
  • Rene Meyer DeLucia (dinner / possibly earlier)
  • Mickey Chez (whole day)
  • Pete Chez (whole day)
  • Wayne Fair (whole day)
  • Jimmy Piccolo (whole day)
  • Dave Brady (whole day)
  • Mike Wargo (whole day)
  • Alan (Goober) Chez

As mentioned last week, many of the folks above are bringing main squeezes, family, and / or friends to part of the day's events at Sewaren Park and Post 471, Iselin.

Gentle reminder: Have you registered yet? What are you waiting for? Is your name missing from above even though you think you registered?

To register, click here for the Survey Monkey link, or visit the Saints home page at www.saintsdrumcorps.com. Any Saints, family of Saints, and friends of Saints are welcome!

Questions about the reunion or willing to help out? Contact us at saintsreunion@gmail.com.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!