Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I was exhausted and it was a pony-tail kinda day... but did my best to pay attention to the explanation of chin lighting... we actually have a chin light. The explanation could've been summed up simply with "don't touch this."
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The best day trip we made when my grandparents were in town was by far the drive to New Ulm. They got to see farmland and crops ready to be harvested. We visited Hermann the German, which overlooks the Minnesota River Valley.
We checked out Schell's brewery, apple orchards, and gift shops. And then headed home, where I served up a Minnesota-themed meal: Hot Dish which consisted of wild rice and chicken, sweet corn, fresh tomatoes, homemade pickles, raspberry cupcakes, and a few other items.
All in all, it was a very good visit with my grandparents. I am so lucky to be 30 and still have my grandparents be able to travel to visit. Not many of my friends have that luxury, and I hit the grandparent lottery anyway because they are two of the best.
I think it's worthwhile to note I took Grandmother to the 1880s temperance rally at the Landing and she actually saddled up with the town drunk and took a swig. It caused quite a commotion and was a hit with the crowd, but I don't have any pictures of this because my camera wasn't working. I never saw my grandmother drink in my life until I took her to a Temperance Rally... she's getting fiesty in her old age.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
As you can see from the above picture, Minnesotans love, love, love their State Fair. The Minnesota State Fair claims to be the largest 12-day event in North America that attracts nearly 2 million visitors every year. This year, the Fair broke attendance records nearly every day. It also claims to be the second largest State Fair in the country. I've been to State Fairs in Arkansas, Louisiana, and New York and I wholeheartedly admit, this one takes the cake.
One of the reasons why is the food. More than 450 foods are available at 300 food concessions, and a majority of them are served up on a stick. I know people who go to the fair to eat and just keep walking around. With so many people there, there's nowhere to sit, so I guess it makes sense. Still, the range of things on a stick can be quite baffling. Above, you'll see bacon on a stick. Here's several of the pictures I took of items on a stick. Trust me, I could've come up with dozens more.
If something on a stick wasn't your speed, there are french fry shacks, cookie shacks, cheese curds galore, and even pot roast sundae. You can get a malt at the dairy barn, all-you-can-drink milk at another dairy barn.... and then, there are church kitchens that serve up meatloaf and Sunday suppers. One girl I know did a blog entry on nothing but the food she ate at the Fair.
Besides the food, everyone who is anyone is there. Of course, there are dairy cows, beef cows, horses, goats, pigs, cowboys, cotton candy, carnies, and normal fair stuff. But then, there's much more on the 300 plus acre campus that has its own water tower. The Dept of Natural Resources has a large fish exhibit. There's Robotics compeitions. Art Galleries. Heritage Square with log cabins. Princess Kay of the Milky Way (State Fair queens) have their pictures carved in butter. Cheese competitions. Wineries. All the TV Stations have permanent areas with studios that people pack to see at news time. Politicans have front porches to sit out and listen to their public. All the radio stations are there. Trust me, when it's State Fair time in Minnesota, you know because everyone is talking about it.
Several people wondered how in the world I existed in this State for two plus years without visiting the State Fair. This year, I couldn't let the third State Fair pass without a visit. Since my grandparents were visiting, they tagged along too.
Shuttles transport people from as far as 50 miles away to the Fair, but we decided to go early to beat the rush. We caught the shuttle at the University of Minnesota and arrived in record time--why? Because there's a straight road with bus-only access and no red lights.
We started shortly after 9 am. By 1pm and the time we were looking for food, the place had gotten so crowded that it became too uncomfortable. We'd hardly seen half of the place. But I knew it was time to go when we went through the Horticulture building and Pop said, "those vegetables look good. I wish we could eat some."
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Brianne and I became friends while at Syracuse. She later was a bridesmaid at my wedding.... where she met my brother.
And the rest is history.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Check out this article from the New Yorker. A man was executed in Texas in 2004 for setting a fire that resulted in the deaths of his three young daughters in Corsicana. At first, it seems like an open and shut case. New evidence has surfaced, leading many to believe an innocent man was put to death. Check out this article. It's fascinating stuff.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
For the past several weeks, my workplace has been in transition. A major studio overhaul is underway.
A new set was definitely needed, and we are excited to see the finished product in October. But until then, we've had construction noise, paint smells, hallways cluttered with equipment, and a few creative endeavors to get the news on the air.
Our production crew created a makeshift set in the lobby, and it looks pretty good. However, this setup means more work everyday to make the show happen. The crew has to run cables, run mics, draw curtains, and put up signs to keep people out of the lobby. We can't make copies, page people, or even use the restroom between 4:00-4:30.
Then everyday, the crew has to take it all back down and lock it up before they go home. They will certainly be glad when things get back to normal.... only it'll be a shinier, more glitzy kind of normal.