Homecoming 8: The Oboe, Really? If Greg ever thought Michelle WASN’T a huge dork, well there isn’t much doubt on the subject now. ALSO LOOK, I’m preselling gryphon stickers! Go get a few sheets! 73 Comments Young Michelle….my god….I will not sleep tonight…… Kory, you are horrible! Where’s the reaction? The screaming? The revelation!? THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME! WITH A RUSTY SPOON!! The fridge door; It tells you things about people, sometimes too much. that’s a low blow.. mine only has magnets with pokemon on them :O I think that tells us something about you… That you’re awesome. I consent defeat. Mine is covered in Scrabble tiles spelling nonsense. The Scrabble is an accurate comment on my mother, the nonsense represents the rest of the family. I love Michelle’s fluffy hair in that Band outfit :D the oboe is awesome!!!! you have made this more of my favorite comic because of that (I play oboe by the way and plan to major in it). Also sorry if the sentence above doesn’t make sense… lots of travel recently has made me very tired. I don’t play oboe but I’m using it even more than piano in the OST for LUX. It is awesome. The perfect instrument to build a murder-mystery game’s soundtrack around. Noooo another week or more before we see the rest of what’s happening in the living room?! You are too cruel. (I’m sure the story will flow better this way in print form but dude, I want to know NOW. D:) …and this is why I wish you updated more than once a week. :( (btw, loving the band look. :P) strangely enough…Michelle’s band uniform looks nearly identical to MY old band uniform. Same colors and everything!! *L* I am not subtle at all and I just used my own high school’s colors. Black and gold, baby! Go Eagles! high school… colours? you americans are funny I’m Canadian and my high school had colors D= Blue and Gold FTW! Mine was blue. And more blue. We were so boring. xD Like house colors in Harry Potter. Or sports teams’ colors. Even our elementary schools have school colors! (Black and gold sounds rather nice – my high school had goldenrod and burnt orange: thank you, the 70s.) Yeah, my elementary school has purple and turquoise as our school colours. And our school’s colours. The school itself is purple and turquoise. My high school’s colours are black and gold. Very original. Still, it’s better than the colours it had before I got there: brown and Vegas yellow. Bleh. …I’m canadian, too, and my school’s colours are red and white. How original, I know. However a school I went to in a neighbouring community was blue and gold :D GO PANDAS GO ZENITHS! (why they don’t just *combine* the two, I will never know. Pandas are the girls’ teams, zeniths are the guys’.) Black and Orange. (The Texas High Tigers.) I *hated* our band uniforms, though. They were made of wool (black, with orange highlights and white piping). They were not warm in the winter, not cool in the summer, and I’m convinced that the crossbelts were designed as a torture device for freshmen. The hats only seemed to come in two sizes: Too big and too small. And despite it all, I have fond memories of those years. It’s okay. Band dorks are awesome dorks (also, the perviest of the dork species). Ohmygosh, I can second that! hey i resembled that remark once Eheheh…. yes. Subtle sexual references are a common thing, especially in early-morning band xP Greg, Michelle may be a dork, but you’re a nerd for playing all those video games. (Said by a fellow nerd.) “One of us. One of us.” Sorry I just had to say that. :P lol our fridge looks like that but with art projects to, but wait I’ve never seen an oboe player in marching band! (have a couple of friends one that plays oboe and another that plays bassoon and they had to switch to clarinet to play or saxophone. didn’t think double reeds worked all that well for marching) by the way that is a sweet marching uniform, wish my high school had been cool enough to have uniforms like that. we had windbreakers and tux pants. I’d describe the potential of a marching oboe-player as “fun”, but only because I’m a flautist….and we were mildly infamous in one school symphonic band for singing along (falsetto) to the famous oboe solo in Swan Lake. We were better than the oboist, and that’s what counts, even if we weren’t exactly the most Manly Men of Music ever. Marching with an oboe sounds possibly very painful for all concerned…. I would have thought that too, but I saw a marching bassoon in the Rose Parade a few years back. It was wicked. I of course play bassoon now. I’d never march with it myself. Oboe would be a little easier due to the stability of the arm positioning and angle of the reed. If he doesn’t fall in love w/ her over the oboe photo, then I don’t understand what’s wrong with men today. That they’re half saytr, mayhaps? AAA I’ve been looking for a company that prints stickers like that, Kory! Who are you ordering from, if you don’t mind me asking? I am printing through Sticker Robot! This was evil! Eeeeevil! Michelle’s just too cute in that band photo. I wonder why they were in Ann Arbor? Hmm… I wonder where the Ann Arbor Avalon is. There is a big art fair in Ann Arbor! Or at least there was in the early ’90s. Are you talking about Art Prize or just the Ann Arbor art fair? Because both still happen. Scratch that reply. lol. Wrong Ann Arbor… X_X *facepalms* DUH. Why did I not think of that. It still happens – I go there every year… I’ll try and spot some strange folks next time! The Art Fair would be the perfect place to hide strange artifacts and whatnot. I always knew I liked Michelle. Woodwind band geeks represent! :P Bass Clarinet woodwind, marching band, ’90-’94. Talk about an adventure… and a workout. :) I do not envy you >.< Then you’d envy me even less. Alto sax, marching band, ’88-’92. And in a previous post, I mentioned the wool almost-completely-black uniforms. I think my favorite part is how Greg’s drinking from a cup with #1 MOM on the outside. Band geek outfit is a close second. You, ma’am, are the most evil thing I have ever seen. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?! Dx Also: Ooh, photos! The Ann Arbor Art Fair! My parents used to take me there every year. We’ve got pics like that too :) Interesting, both her parents needed glasses but Michelle didn’t. As part eagle I guess she won’t be needing them any time soon. Is it just me or does Michelles dad look like Lorne? Michelle’s mom liked humming birds as well…? Wait a second… *gasp* aw….. Now that I’m over the total unfairness of the cliffhanger (kinda… sorta… no, not-really), I can comment on the stickers. Reading through, I was gonna ask for a full-form reverse gryphon picture, but the one you have on there looks adorable! Very pouncy, like a cat leaping up out of tall grass after a rabbit, or something. I honestly don’t know why you’re the first to think up these different gryphon breeds, because they seem like common sense, but I’m glad it was you! Now all I need is Sam leaning against or sitting atop his full-form brother Dermot, and I can die happy. Tell me I’m the only one who wants this! SUSPENSE. WHY FOR YOU DO THIS KORY, WHY FOR!? And wow, Michelle really does take after Michael! The gryphon stickers are awesome XD. I’m still saddened by the lack of dragons and sphinxes… Why’d they have to do something silly like murdering each other anyway!? love the photos they ive the sense of a life lived before all theses shinanigans started up and i can just picture michelle’s mom wandering around the kitchen occasionaly glancing over them it’s one more detail that makes the house feel really lived in but one question occurs to me and (as far as i’m aware)it hasn’t been asked before, that is, how long do sphinxes live? we’ve established that mained griffin’s live twice as long as most other spieces but sphinxes from everything said about them they strike me as the galapagos tortoise of magical species anybody want to add thier thoughts? Why there no be any sea gryphon sticker? D: There are none sea gryphon. ._. What happened to Jim was because of the “Nixie Essence.” It’s not actually a species. No, I wasn’t referring to Jim getting a fish butt. Although that does sort or bring to mind what Kory’s style of sea gryphon might look like. I’ve been playing oboe for over 20 years. Oboes can’t march in marching bands or, at least, in the type that you’re picturing for the real Michelle. Among other things: 1) They have no way to hold the music, which most marching bands use; a clarinet has a ring that you can put between the first and second joints, but an oboe can’t do that. 2) There aren’t any oboe parts; usually, it’s flute-only in that register 3) It’s dangerous to march with an oboe: if you trip, you’ll drive your reed through your soft palette 4) They’re really hard to hear on a large scale I’ve seen them march in scatter bands, which will allow bagpipers and violins to march along with them, but oboes aren’t a marching instrument. I had to swap to sax. Hello! Kory’s sister here! I can totally understand your comment, but I think Kory is referring to our concert/marching band experience that we grew up with in Missouri. We, oddly enough, wore our marching uniforms for our concert band performances as well. I actually have a photo of me playing the oboe wearing my marching uniform, though I am heading off to a concert band performance :) all of your points are correct, however :) Our school was just a bit bizarre. Young Michelle: HER DUUUUUUUURRRRRRRR no banana stickers on the fridge? I can’t help but think she looks fluffy in that last picture. Ahh, the oboe…the most noble of all the woodwind instruments. I spent nine years in band through my years of school, and if there’s one thing I learned…it’s that to get two oboes to play in tune, you shoot one of them. There’s a reason that having the date and time that two oboes managed to play in tune stayed in a prominent place on the whiteboard for the rest of the school year. In short, I love it. :) An art fair, huh? Maybe trolling for old or lost medallions? Trolling? Do you mean trawling perchance? Oops. I’m from the Midwest. “Trolling” was running a lure out behind a slow-moving boat in hopes of getting a fish to strike. It was also a generic term for moving around looking for something. This was back when computers still had tape drives. Even now, I still use the word in that sense, long after the more common internet term has taken over. A common usage in my age group long ago was “trolling for girls” downtown. I think it’s one of those midwest things where the language has turned it into another word! I’m also familiar with “trolling” in the sense that you are using it, but I think it is supposed to be “trawling,” just turned into “trolling” with the local accent. It’s similar to how I thought the word “hollow” (as in a valley in the woods) was “holler” for years, because that is how it was pronounced where I was from. : ) tl;dr: in the midwest, trolling = trawling Not so. Trawling is done with a towed net (generally a huge industrial one), while trolling uses hooks and lines. Ah! Random page! Nooo! That fridge is so decorated compared to ours. We had magnets of the person who sold us our house on there for a while since she sent them to us, but then our cat decided Terry Goidson made a better hunting target than fridge magnet :/ The oboe picture is so fantastic. I marvel at the fact that you even got keys and things pretty close to where they should be O.O I’ll have you know, I have now played the oboe for six and a half years, and have my college future pretty much set. It’s a smart and super fun choice. ;) Ahh!! You can tell that her father was magical! Only people with magic can play the oboe! (I hope that the rest of oboe-kind won’t come after me for telling you all our secret…Oh god! There’s someone qt the door…) Omigoodness, she played marching oboe? That’s kind of wonderful, right there! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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