It's not BS, it's business. If you get out of your circle of influence, your friends that think this is overblown, your news channel of choice that thinks it's overblown... if you just talk to different people, like me. I'm a moderate, almost dead center (I voted for Obama once and against him once). I've never had a flu shot as an adult. I'm just not concerned about the idea that I might get the flu. I don't like people trying to control me and as a result, I treat the kids like people. I respect them and they respect me. None of this is important, I just really want you to know that I don't stress out about most things.
This is different. I used to eat out at least one meal per day, usually two. I'm not eating out, not seeing friends, not visiting family. I would normally buy groceries 1-2 days at a time (I live right by a grocery store). Now I've got 3-4 weeks of food at all times because I want to limit trips to the store.
Now you can say I'm living in fear, or hiding, or whatever, but the point is there are MILLIONS of people, MILLIONS of them who feel the same way. That's why it's business. TBA, TODA, TCDA could not make enough money this year because people like me were not going to risk it. I'll go into my school, I'll teach my same 150 kids and hope for the best, but I'm not going to gather with thousands of others. I'm still waiting for that summer heat to make it go away. Logic tells me that if Iran, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India can be having outbreaks, maybe we can't count on the heat to save us. Maybe we'll learn something from Russia. They've gone from 2000 to 240,000 cases in 6 weeks, and Putin's decided it's time to go back to work. So we can watch from afar and see how that goes.
Balls? It took balls to close the CSU system for the fall. It took balls (premature in my opinion) for Ohio to cancel their all-state concert for next year. It doesn't take balls to hope that everything will just work out.
I am SO PISSED OFF RIGHT NOW! I am sick of all this COVID-19 crap! I know of Band Camps that are happening the second week in June, but we can't have convention by the end of JULY?!?!?! Why can't we, as individuals, make the decision on whether we want to go or not?! Why can't vendors decide if they want to go or not?! Why can't everyone make their decision of which side they stand on this subject? I sincerely doubt I am the only person that planned to go to T.B.A. at this point!
I don't normally get on here and rant, but since I started teaching in 1990, I have not missed one T.B.A. convention. I was upset when they combined it with choir and orchestra, though I understood why; but this one just ends it all. This would have been my 30th T.B.A. convention to attend. I count on these to get me pumped up and ready to go every year. I remember when I used to pick my shows at T.B.A. Now I have my camp 1 week before it. I know things have changed, and I can roll with some changes. I need my T.B.A. fix!
Now, I've already paid my membership and registration, and I get NOTHING for it. I don't want more virtual stuff. I've had my fill of that the last 6 weeks. Maybe it's time for me to retire and get into a job where the upper people making decisions have some BALLS! I sincerely hope my message is pushing boundaries too far, but I just needed a place to relieve stress by ranting. I doubt I'm the only one that feels this way.