TacTracer #9 – Fuse Foundation
It has been an interesting two weeks from not doing an article and being on vacation. This week’s article will be short and it hits close to home as I am part of a fantastic group of people called the Fuse Foundation. They hold events every year for young adults, like myself, who have neuromuscular diseases like MDC1A. Once a year, they host a “retreat” or camp that is a 4 day weekend.
Each year there is a different theme and this year’s theme was retro. I did not have a costume this year but next year, my Tracer cosplay will be used so cheers love, the cavalry’s here(I had to). I have been going for the last 3 years now and each time is different. My first year going was odd but familiar faces were there which was great. Last year was better than the first as I knew everyone, new or returning. I have started 2 traditions when I am there every year, a guys only roast battle before the dance, and a lip sync battle during open mic night. Both are quite fun but the roast can be raunchy if you are not careful because that roast would make any woman run away from the things we say.
I did mention a dance because we like to party like it’s 1999. It happens during the 3rd night of camp and it is extremely fun because you busta move(Oh the song puns are real) and show off your outfits that you made for the dance. I improvised this year and went as Doc from Back to the Future(Great Scott) and it worked okay. Again, it was like cosplay and I had to tell people who I was which was no surprise at all when you have an improvised outfit.
Open mic night is just as entertaining because you see campers and counselors alike showing off their talents and some are quite funny while others are serious. This year’s lip sync did not happen as I had forgot to ask the contestants what song they wanted to lip sync. A friend of mine and I decided to sing(Yes sing, surprising right?) to “Wish I Knew You” by The Revivalists and it was more fun than the battle of lip syncing. My voice was tired because my body was tired from an incident I will not get into right now but I still sang.
Now some of us at camp have nicknames which can be just for fun or just because you look like a character. I have a nickname which is Mclovin because I look like the character and well he might be my long lost twin. Another friend of mine is called DBox because his name is Devin Box and he is extremely fun to hang out with. Now here are some pics from this year.