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Rain, rain, go away

Rain, rain, go away

by Eric Fox

Wednesday June 4 -- day 13 Well it just wasn't our lucky day. Today was the 13th day of the summer, and it was rained out. The sky seemed normal during the morning block before lunch. The pit even had a chance to work on our tans, since we never got around to finding a shaded area to practice under. Then about 35 minutes into the afternoon block, the sky just opened up on us, drenching everyone and everything. Nothing was damaged luckily, just required a bunch of towels to dry everything off.

Magic of Orlando members wait out the rain in a sea of air mattresses.
There was a pretty shallow trench over by where we rehearsed today, and after the rain shower, it was flooded by about 1 1/2 feet. Of course, the high waters didn't stop us. We took off our shoes and took a little run through it to cool off from the horrible humidity we had after it rained. Everyone in the pit was already drenched head to toe, so we didn't mind getting even wetter. I'm just glad that our pit shorts are made for the water. I was kinda disappointed in the fact that we didn't get to ensemble tonight due to the weather, but we spent a ton of time cleaning some of our exposed moments in the show and it would have been nice to apply it to the rest of the corps in the same day. I was amazed today when I finally looked around our sleeping area today during a break. Never have I ever seen such a large amount of air mattresses. You could pretty much jump and land on a mattress from any point in the room and not get hurt. The rush for electrical outlets every time we roll into a new school is gonna be absolutely ridiculous. I'm just glad my bed runs off of batteries and doesn't have to be plugged into the wall. Scherzo archives Fox, 19, is a junior at Florida State University. He played in the front ensemble of the Tampa Bay Thunder 2000 and 2001, and with the Phantom Regiment 2002, and will play with the Magic of Orlando in 2003. Fox will report back from each spring camp, and continue his reports through the summer. Send him e-mail at friceox@aol.com, or instant message him at friceox.

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