With the change to fall and the start of October, it’s time to start looking at the upcoming election in November. Seeing as how this is a mid-term election, not to mention the non-stop controversies which seem to afflict every branch of the government right now, it is safe to say that this year’s election is very important. What is also important is making sure that I am an informed voter and not just voting a straight party ticket or making random selections on the ballot when I don’t know anything about the candidates. To that end, here are some of the tools I am using to research the candidates and issues on the ballot for Ohio and Medina County next month.
- Ohio Secretary of State Elections page – This resource provides information on statewide elections (results and calendar), Ohio election candidates, and important information for voters.
- Medina County Board of Elections website – This is where I go to check out what the ballot will be for the upcoming election. I can also verify my voting status and arrange to vote early or via absentee ballot from here. Your county elections board site will have similar resources for you.
- Ballotpedia – This is one of two sites dedicated to gathering information about what will be on the ballot across the country. Since the site is a wiki, information about who or what is on the ballot is updated as it is discovered and vetted. The site is non-partisan and non-profit, making it an excellent source of information for voters all over the country.
- Vote Smart – This site is very unique while also very resourceful. Another site which is non-profit, Vote Smart depends on many volunteers and workers who research each and every candidate gathering a comprehensive snapshot of the candidates based on their biographical data, voting record, finances, and public statements. The organization is as independent and balanced as possible, which you can read about on their About page.
What do you use to inform yourself about upcoming elections?
On Facebook, I recently posted an article from the Washington Post regarding the Women’s Singles US Open Final and the controversy which took place during that match. I won’t go into the details, which you can read in the article, but one of the points I’ve seen come up repeatedly is that Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted he was coaching during the match, which led to the first code violation assessed to Serena and the start of the controversy.
Patrick also pointed out, correctly, that EVERY coach does this, and the broadcast also pointed out that Serena wasn’t even looking up at the box when the coaching violation was called, so she didn’t even know what her coach was doing. Ramos had the option to give a verbal warning to Serena at that point or, what MOST umpires do in sports, assess the situation and determine if action is necessary, but he chose to try to make an example of her and her team, and doing so during the Final.
There have been reports that Osaka’s coach was verbally coaching her. I haven’t confirmed that yet, but, if so, why was she not also hit with a code violation?
Serena was rightfully called for a code violation for racket abuse. The problem is that she was assessed a point penalty since it was the second violation of the match. That’s what made her so angry at that point. She already felt like she was getting singled out from the “coaching” call. That’s why she was adamant about an apology from Ramos. Was calling Ramos a “thief” going too far? Maybe, but we have seen multiple players, ESPECIALLY on the men’s side, who have said far worse to umpires and see little to no punishment. That was Serena’s point to the tournament referee after the game penalty was called. Again, Ramos could have told Serena that he would have to assess a game penalty if she continued. He did not and simply penalized her again.
I don’t know if you saw the video of the MLB umpire with his mic’s audio from a game with the Mets when Terry Valentine was manager. You can see the umpire doing everything he can to defuse the situation and only ejected Valentine when he had no other recourse. It’s the umpire’s job to assess the situation and apply BOTH the spirit AND the letter of the law to what is occurring at that time. Ramos did not even attempt to do so.
Another example – How often do basketball fans bemoan the referees not “letting the players play” during the final minutes of a game, regardless of the infractions getting called? Ramos should have let the players play. Instead, he made this match about himself and marred both Serena’s and Naomi’s attempts to make history.
Naomi most likely would have won as she was playing the better game, but Ramos interjected himself too much into the match and overshadowed her accomplishment. She will win more majors, I’m sure, but this is not how you want your first Major victory to be remembered.
The annual Revere Marching Band Invitational, typically held the last Saturday in September, is a much anticipated tradition at Revere. Revere hosts a fun-filled evening with wonderful musical entertainment from marching bands from several local school districts, as well as the Revere Marching Minutemen. This is my alma mater and the group with which I had my first marching experience, so I am very excited to come home and see the Minutemen in action!
I back off big time during marching band season, considering how busy both drum corps and indoor season get for me. I still attend a few events, however, and this year is no exception. I currently have three events on my calendar:
There are also the Bands of America events which will stream live throughout the season. You can find the schedule on the FloMarching website.
The 2018 Gadget Drum Corps Tour goes into full swing as we begin the final weeks of the season. I return to Southwest Ohio for the 2018 Drum Corps International Soaring Sounds! It all takes place at the Centerville Elks Football Stadium on the campus of Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio, this Monday, July 30th! The fun begins at 7:00pm with Cincinnati Tradition performing at 7:10pm. I will be in the stands to provide my LIVE coverage of the show, featuring:
Cincinnati Tradition – Cincinnati, OH
Jubal – Dordrecht, Netherlands
Seattle Cascades – Seattle, WA
Music City – Nashville, TN
The Academy – Tempe, AZ
Spirit of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
Blue Knights – Denver, CO
The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL
Bluecoats – Canton, OH
I hope to see you at the show or online!
The 2018 indoor season is over, but there are plenty of memories all of the color guards, drum lines, and winds groups created throughout the first quarter of the year. I had the pleasure and honor of working social media for some of the Ohio Indoor Performance Assocation events this past season, including the opening Premier event in January and state championships in April. Continue reading 2018 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Photos
UPDATE: 6/22 INDIANS GAME REMOVED FROM SCHEDULE
There are two activities I love to follow in the summer – drum corps and baseball. I’m sure you’re already aware of my drum corps fixation, so let’s talk about baseball for a bit.
I am very fortunate to have a lot of baseball within a couple hours driving of my home. All but one of the Cleveland Indians’ minor league teams are in Ohio. Why they didn’t have their farm system set up this way in the past, I don’t know, but I can see so much of the Cleveland baseball organization so easily now, so I’m not complaining! Continue reading UPDATED 5/26 — Kevin’s 2018 Baseball Tour
It’s Christmas Eve, which is exciting unto itself, but it’s also just under a month away from the 2018 indoor season! Winter guards, drum lines, and winds groups are already hard at work designing and perfecting their shows, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us all.
Here are the shows I plan on attending:
WGI and FloMarching also announced their 2018 streaming schedule. If you’re a FloMarching subscriber, you have access to all of these events as part of your subscription.
Will you be at any of these events? If so, please let me know and/or try to find me. I’m always looking for the chance to connect with old friends and meet new ones.
Yesterday, I wrote what can best be described as a tirade about the customer support I received from FloMarching while experiencing multiple issues with their live stream of the DCI Southeastern premiere event. You can read that article here.
Since then, I have received incredible response from members of the FloMarching team. Specifically, I have heard back from Erik Kosman, an audio engineer consultant; Andy Schamma, content creator; and Wesley Sullivan, senior manager of rights acquisition. Because of their proactive response, I’ve come to understand that the people at FloMarching themselves are not the issue. They are passionate about what they are doing and are going above and beyond to make the live stream experience incredible. Customer service, however, is under the generic FloSports umbrella, and out of the control of the FloMarching group. This means that they are just as frustrated by my experience as I am, if not more so.
Erik and Andy make sure that I received a response from FloSports Support and I am now working with one of their support team members regarding last night’s experience. Wesley is also doing everything he can to make sure that my experience was the exception instead of the rule. All three members of the FloMarching team have demonstrated the type of customer support and service which I try to give to my clients. Because of this, I am now considering renewing my FloMarching subscription and am even watching tonight’s Wake Forest Tour of Champions show. So far, it’s been a clean streaming experience.
I took some photos of the various drum corps performing at last Saturday’s Legends Drum Corps Open. Please feel free to take a look at them. If you’d like to share any of the photos, please be sure to give me credit. Finally, if you’d like, you also have the option to join the Google Photos album for the show and add your own photos for everybody to see!
2017 Legends Drum Corps Google Photos Album