Tomorrow may be all about the gold, but tonight is about rest.
We stop by the snack shop on the way back to the room, but with the buffet stuff I just had I’m content with some Gatorade and a bag of chips.
Back in the room, I eat and then crash. For some time I debated whether to go to the AIC Show this evening. Also held at the Honda Center, this is the show put on by the Association of International Champions – the select group of men who have won the Quartet Gold Medal over the years. Several champion quartets perform – this year including Max Q, OC Times, and Fred – and a chorus made up of AIC members also performs.
Also on the program this year is Dick Van Dyke and his quartet, the Vantastiks. I know my parents and aunt & uncle are planning on going, and I’ve always wanted to go. I just knew I couldn’t guarantee if I’d be able to go, after a day and a half of rehearsals. Plus, the main one I wanted to see was Dick Van Dyke, and I got to see him up close and personal yesterday. Hey, we almost brushed sleeves – he and I are practically close personal friends now!
So, I pass. Surprisingly, so does my immediate family. The boys decide to go swim (and find Bob & Linda by the pool). I rest, and even fade off to sleep. I get up later, around 8:00, first to shower, and then I go out on the balcony and watch the sunset. I return to bed around 8:40, but I’m still awake when 9:30 rolls around so, I watch the fireworks out the window. That’s still so cool!
The Vocal Majority’s tradition is that you are a rookie until you win your own gold medal, so I’ve been a rookie since I joined the group in the Spring of 2007. I fade to sleep shortly after 10 p.m., with the thought on my mind that this is very likely my last night as a rookie.