A Day in the life of a Lodge Chief - Monday

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A Day in the Life of the Lodge Chief – Monday

By:  John Bisbee, Pa-Hin Lodge Chief

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Lodge Chief in-between Lodge and Chapter Events!?   I’m starting a new blog series where I will walk you through each day of my week, when there are no events on the horizon.  I'll post them over the next few weeks on their respective days!  

On Monday’s, my morning begins at 5:25am, where I get ready for the day.  I’ll eat something like a bowl of oatmeal, or a bagel and cream cheese, then grab my backpack for the day.  I am usually in the Clairmont Center for Performing Arts by 6:00am, where I will do a morning warm-up and practice session on my Oboe.  I’m a Music Education Major at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.  As a Music Education Major, I practice, on average, three to four hours a day.  I normally try and end my first practice session at around 7:10am or 7:20am, so I can have a bit of time before class.  I normally will check my phone for emails at this time and respond, if necessary.  

My first class of the day is at 8:00am, Music Theory IV.  This is our highest level of Theory, where we look at contemporary music (Phillip Glass, Terry Riley, Steve Reich).  At 9:00am, I move to Music History I, where we study music from the medieval and Renaissance era.  I have an hour break at 10:00am, where you can find me back in the practice room, playing either oboe or English Horn.  At 11:00am, I sing in our University Concert Choir, where I am co-section leader for our Baritone section.  I try to take a lunch break at 12:00pm, if my homework load isn’t too high.  I am off of class until 3:00pm now, but you can normally find me in the practice room at 2:00pm, sometimes earlier.  I also may do a practicum experience during the 12:00pm to 3:00pm.  Some days, I also will just take some time to…relax!  I will check my email and text messages in-between each class, but I normally don’t have the time to respond. 

At 3:00pm, I participate in our University Concert Band, where I play principle oboe and principle English Horn.  We play until 4:15pm, sometimes going a bit longer, depending on how the rehearsal is going.  I then might do:  a two mile run, homework, practice, or grab my computer and reply to emails.  I will normally set aside about 30 minutes to take care of emails, both Scouting and University related, at this time. 

I attend troop meetings on Monday nights.  I am an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 2 in Bismarck, ND.  I help out with the running of the troop and share ideas on how to make the meetings that much better!  I will then make a pit stop at Target and grab some groceries for the week, then return to campus.  I’ll start practicing again at 9:15pm or so, and go until 10:15pm, sometimes later.  I’ll then work on some homework, especially for my Tuesday night class.  I’ll check my email one last time at around 11:30pm, then get ready for some sleep, usually falling asleep at around 12:00am.   

Stay tuned, Tuesday will be coming next week!

Best wishes,

John Bisbee

2015 Pa-Hin Lodge Chief