2 days before Tour

Number 2 is from 2013. This was taken in Lynchburg, VA at 12:59 AM, after we finished playing solitaire with 600 pieces of uniforms. Part of being on the Promo team is that help out whenever we can with anything that is asked of us. From finding Post Offices to pick up letters from home, driving to airports to pick up staff and the always fun and exciting grocery run. But one task that we tackle 2-3 times (during my two weeks on the road) is washing the uniforms.
The process starts with locating a facility that can handle us rolling in and taking over 90% of the washers and dryers. Next we announce to the members to drop off the uniforms after a meal. We grab garbage bags and separate ourselves by uniforms parts…jackets, pants and rubbers (shirts worn underneath) and depending on the year any extra accessories for the uniform.
Once collected these bags smell horrible but as much as the uniforms stink, we feel so bad for the members having the perform in that smell, so we are always happy to give them back fresh uniforms. The bags are loaded into our Promo truck or bus and we’re off. Once at the laundry mat we kick into high gear, loading jackets into all the washers and staggering the start times so they don’t end all at once. As the washing cycle ends for the jackets we move them into dryers and start the process over with the pants. To ensure nothing wrinkles we only load around 10 per dryer and when the cycle ends we remove them and fold immediately. We have mastered the art of this and it takes around three hours for the washing and drying but we’re not done yet. We load up the bus and head back to the housing site where we start solitaire.
Rolled out paper on gym floors, down hallways or on the lawn to keep the uniforms clean and organized. We then start to match up each uniform part by their assigned numbers in numerical order starting with the pants. We usually always have an extra something with no number, but it always finds its owner in no time. Solitaire takes about an hour depending on who volunteers to help us. Cooks and drivers will often help out with this part which we are always thankful for.
Part of being in the The Blue Devils family is always being willing to help each other out. We are one family and we bleed blue.

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