Page 18 of 18 FirstFirst ... 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Results 256 to 263 of 263

Thread: 2018 US nats Experiences & Practice Reports

  1. #256
    GS Supporter CoyoteChris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    3,427
    Country: United States of America

    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    One more thing, I want to officially ban Cake by the Ocean and Havana from the USFS warm-up playlist FOR LIFE.

    (Although the music videos for both are kinda funny. No, don't resist, Mrs. P. BAN FOR LIFE!!!)
    The folks at home dont know how we suffer between performances...."Romeo" plays hip/hop or rap during warmups or between performances and the jumbotron shows cuts of little kids dancing in their seat to it.....or we get commercials.

  2. #257
    Uno, Dos, twizzle! Mrs. P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    20,780

    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteChris View Post
    The folks at home dont know how we suffer between performances...."Romeo" plays hip/hop or rap during warmups or between performances and the jumbotron shows cuts of little kids dancing in their seat to it.....or we get commercials.
    I like hip hop and edm. But he couldn't come up with a more varied playlist?!

  3. #258
    Outdated Old Dinosaur
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    3,164
    Country: United States of America

    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteChris View Post
    The folks at home dont know how we suffer between performances...."Romeo" plays hip/hop or rap during warmups or between performances and the jumbotron shows cuts of little kids dancing in their seat to it.....or we get commercials.
    Oh my. That sounds awful. Do they do that just between groups? Or is it when skaters are awaiting marks?

    If it's between groups, at least you can get up and wander about. But if you're captive while waiting for scores... this might be a Geneva Convention situation.

  4. #259
    GS Supporter CoyoteChris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    3,427
    Country: United States of America

    1 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    So a bit delayed, but a few thoughts from me.

    * Bad news first: I have caught the #USChamps18 crud. I tried my hardest -- washed my hands a lot, used sanitizer, etc. I don't think it's as severe as it was for some, but it still bites. The good news is that I'm on vacation and at home, so at least I don't have to do anything crazy.

    * I agree with others that the Arena's lax policy on foods was tops -- cause the arena food, at least what I had the first night, was not that great. Whole Foods must've been thrilled with the extra business -- I loved their cold brew and the beer was good too.

    * After returning to the hotel (I was at the Fairmont) Friday night after meeting some skating fans for dinner, it was hopping. There was a live band at the bar, so I went to check it out. I bought a glass of wine and saw there were a few skaters at the hotel bar. I think some of them were at the Hall of Fame reception nearby while others were just hanging out. I ended up talking to Angela Wang, who was starstruck after talking to Michelle Kwan . It turned out that both Michelle and Meryl had texted her, so she kept saying "I'm dying! I'm dying!" It was really cute to see her fangirl. I also talked to Ben Agosto for a while and complimented him on his commentary. He said he wanted to work on educating the audience as much as possible. He also talked about trying to figure out his post-Tanith career -- with Tanith having a baby and going the NBC commentator route, it seems they're not going to perform as a duo much longer. He talked about moving to Coloraldo Springs so he could collaborate more with Christopher Dean. It was fascinating and cool to hear about this new phase of his career he was trying to figure out.

    * The Friends of Figure Skating breakfast was super fun. I am super thankful to CoyoteChris for giving me his ticket (though feel bad it's cause he got the #USChamps18 crud). At first, I wasn't sure how it was going to go because the room was kind of broken up and it wasn't obvious, but Ryan Bradley did a good job getting all the skaters to introduce themselves. One super cute story: When Ryan was introducing the skaters and got to Alexa Scimeca Knierim, he talked about how she lived with him when she first moved to Colorado. Then many of the junior skaters who introduced themselves noted that they lived with the Knierims at some point when they first moved to the area. It was super sweet and goes to show how tight knit the skating community is.
    The skaters also were encouraged to mingle. It was a bit crowded at first, but I kinda laid back and just talked to whoever was the closest to me. So that meant Courtney Hicks (told her I loved her coffee posts since I was also a coffee addict) and Camden Pulkinen and Jacob Simon (who I complemented on their fun music video that was going around the Twitter).
    I loved meeting all the men -- Jimmy Ma was super nice, Timothy Dolensky was thrilled to hear I was also Catholic (and it sounds like he's going to keep that fantastic FS for another season), Grant Hochstein was super gracious (and I got a photo with him and Caroline) and sweet and Sean Rabbitt was outgoing and fun to talk to. Alexander Johnson had a fan posse -- but I managed to tell him how much I loved his free skate and he talked to us (me and apgold, who was tag teaming skaters with me) why he made the switch. Jason was friendly as always, but I really enjoyed talking to his dad, which I talked about on his fan fest thread, here. Also I didn't mention in that report, that my questioning regarding their dancing videos prompted Jason's dad to do the Cabbage Patch move, LOL.
    I also enjoyed talking to Ashley Cain (who was wearing her mom's blazer from The Limited from the 1990s -- man I feel old, I LOVED that store) and Timothy LeDuc. And Max Settlege! He was sooo adorable -- he was wearing black rimmed glasses, a gingham shirt and red suspenders -- very artiste like! He showed me his sketch of Mirai from her FS. I also had a chance to talk to Brian Johnson and Chelsea Liu. Karen Chen stopped by at the end of the breakfast and I got to talk to her for a few minutes -- she is super sweet. I asked her how she tried to compete through her sickness and it was interesting to hear how careful she had to be with treating the sickness because of drug testing. We talked about our respective Bay Area fandoms (me with the Golden State Warriors and her with the San Jose Sharks -- she was wearing a team scarf!) I was telling her that her skate and grit made me tear up and Jason heard me and said "Me too!" -- he truly admires and adores her!
    The breakfast for me was fun because it was just a chance just to chat with skaters in a very casual environment. I definitely will join FOFS so I can get a ticket for the breakfast at Skate America this fall!

    * I kept bumping into Alexander Johnson several times that day, after meeting him at the breakfast. By the third time, I said, "I swear I'm not stalking you!" and he grinned and said, "It must be the Minnesota thing." I had mentioned at the breakfast that I lived in Minneapolis for a summer internship and not far from where he was going to school now.

    * I ended up bumping into Brian Johnson at the airport Monday morning and he recognized me from the breakfast and said hello. I asked if he was awake yet and he said, yes, but that he was ready to take a nap later. There were a few U.S. pair skaters who were flying out that morning.

    * Finally, it was SOOOOO fun hanging out with the GS-ers as always. I got to sit with many of them during the competition and it was nice to watch together. And of course Din Tai Fung after the men's free skate -- AWESOME! The GS dinner after the men's free skate was also nice -- I was pretty emotionally spent from seeing my favorites both do amazing and struggle, so it was nice to have people around. Thanks to all of you who I met/re-met it was amazing! (OMG, I sound like Jason, LOL)

    * One more random observation. I sat near Matt Blackmer during the short dance and he cheered loudly for Alexandria Aldridge, who he skated with last season. It was really sweet to hear him cheer for his former partner! I also love seeing all the fan factions -- Vincent Zhou had a pretty big contingent and I swear after his performances that section was raining plushies. Ellie and Alex (Ice Dance) had a good sized cheer section that were all waving pink flags and Jason's Team Brown crew all sported the brown T-Shirts.
    I am so glad you got a chance to go. I was just too sick...I suspect that at my donation level, I could even at the event buy more $25 tickets other than my free one just as I can pre- event. I could be wrong but I am not sure there is a breakfast at 4 Conts. The ones at SA are very intimate, smaller affairs. Some at nats are huge. I have lots of pics from over the years.....such good memories....
    http://s1217.photobucket.com/user/Co...tml?sort=3&o=3
    http://s1217.photobucket.com/user/Co...tml?sort=3&o=1
    http://s1217.photobucket.com/user/Co...ml?sort=3&o=26
    http://s1217.photobucket.com/user/Co...tml?sort=3&o=9

  5. #260
    Uno, Dos, twizzle! Mrs. P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    20,780

    2 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by TontoK View Post
    Oh my. That sounds awful. Do they do that just between groups? Or is it when skaters are awaiting marks?

    If it's between groups, at least you can get up and wander about. But if you're captive while waiting for scores... this might be a Geneva Convention situation.
    It's definitely while waiting for marks. I'm all about the upbeat music. But THE SAME SONG OVER AGAIN. HOW MANY TIMES MUST I HEAR CAKE BY THE OCEAN KILL ME NOW!

  6. #261
    GS Supporter CoyoteChris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    3,427
    Country: United States of America

    2 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by TontoK View Post
    Oh my. That sounds awful. Do they do that just between groups? Or is it when skaters are awaiting marks?

    If it's between groups, at least you can get up and wander about. But if you're captive while waiting for scores... this might be a Geneva Convention situation.
    Yes, stop the torture!
    A little history. At one time, USFS saw no need for a Rusty and Romeo. Between events or skates, one would hear music like “Five for Fighting”’s “Only 100 years to live”. This music would probably be considered elevator music by many of the younger folks here. When Rusty and later “Romeo” were brought on the scene, Rusty was really obnoxious and Romeo played what I, who know nothing about most types of modern music, would call rap/hip-hop/Motown. My friends and I who came to each event hated them both. And let our feelings be known that we weren’t paying the big bucks to come to skating and listen to hyped up loud rap and watch Corny Rusty.
    Rusty has toned down his act, although there is still much debate as to his function and need. Romeo has been toned down a bit, although most of us geezers still find his single brand of music offensive. They are sadly misreading the demographic that spends the big bucks to go to these events. And its not the little kids dancing in their seats. If people no longer have the attention span to watch for facts and figures on the Jumbotron, we would be happy with old MK skates. Or skates from the coaches present from their skating lives. Note that the TV audience is not subjected to much Rusty and Romeo.
    With the death of attention span may well come the death of skating, but before then those of us who still have some attention span seem to be paying the bills. No worries. My friends and I will be going to our reward soon enough, and everyone who likes Rusty and Romeo may enjoy them, and whatever modern music the future skaters will chose.
    Chris who doesn’t check his phone during performances. Skating is not boring.

  7. #262
    GS Supporter CoyoteChris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    3,427
    Country: United States of America

    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    It's definitely while waiting for marks. I'm all about the upbeat music. But THE SAME SONG OVER AGAIN. HOW MANY TIMES MUST I HEAR CAKE BY THE OCEAN KILL ME NOW!
    In the world of marketing it is called "hype". Hype has permeated much of media...even TV news...as well as much of sporting events.....hopefully, it hasnt reached opera and concerts...yet.....

  8. #263
    avatar credit: @miyan5605 ice coverage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    13,129
    Country: United States of America

    0 Not allowed!
    Just wanna mention that "DJ Romeo" is a gentleman and a kind human being.

    I will stay out of the music discussion, but I will say that his friendliness in Lake Placid is one of my positive memories of Skate America.
    He asked my name (and remembered it on subsequent days), and gave me his real name. Made me feel welcome even though I am way too old to be in his natural demographic.

    All week in San Jose, I had good intentions of going over to say Hello to him again.
    I regret to say that I never got around to it.
    Bothers me as much as missing my chance to say Hello to Danny O'Shea at the FOFS breakfast, for example.

Page 18 of 18 FirstFirst ... 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •