October 26, 2009

Plays, picturizing and the Pit!

Well so what is new in my part of the world....well, lets see....

I actually went to a Shakespeare play a week ago. Yup, Shakespeare, can you believe it? It was called, "As You Like It", it was a COMEDY, ya right, Shakespeare wrote a comedy? Well, yes he did in like the 1599-1600s. The actors were really good but we were up in the nose bleed area so it was hard to hear since the actors didn't have microphones. The famous line from the play is, "All the world's a stage". I was so happy I knew what was going on and I didn't even read the synopsis of the play!

Last weekend we hit Yankton for more theater, semi-winterizing of the Clubhouse and meeting up with friends. Lewis and Clark Theater put on "Play it Again Sam" for their fall play. It was really good and not what I had expected at all. After the play we caught up with my Godparents and had a few beverages. Always good to get caught up but it is busy time of year for them with harvest coming on fast, that is if the fields ever dry out! Saturday while a lot of the biker friends were doing the 50/50 cyclcross in Sioux Falls, I met up with a couple other cycling friends (camera clicking cyclist) for some pho-togging! They picked me up in Yankton and we headed out for a fun afternoon. We hit the Sacred Heart Convent Cemetery, Lewis and Clark Lake, watched people snag for paddlefish, House of Mary Shrine and then on to Utica, SD (little burg north west of Yankton), Marindahl Lake (man made lake just east of Broom Tree Farm) and then country roads back to Wakonda. It is so great to get out and see what nature has in store around every corner but as my mom would say, "We were all over like horse S#$T!" I mean that is a GOOD WAY!

Once in Wakonda we had happy hour at Cycling Cathy's house along with other bikers/friends, Mr & Mrs Ride Vermillion, Kris, Charlie or Mr Cycling Cathy (haha), Ed & Pat and Sieversma. We showed the group our pictures from the day on the TV and then it was off to The Pit for supper, laughter and fellowship! It was an awesome day!

More theater in our future?------Heck yes! Church Basement Ladies tickets were purchased for this week so three theater productions in a week and a half.

I have been thoroughly culturized!

October 22, 2009

National award for our city!

Our city is now listed as a bike friendly city by the League of American Bicyclist!

Thank you to all who helped make this possible!
You can see pictures of the event and a recap over at the Hooterville Mayor's blog!

October 16, 2009

Week recap.........


Well, ok some things did happen.
1) Co-work in ICU AGAIN, about the same thing that she had a little over a year ago.
2) State architects show was in Sioux Falls, yesterday and today. Yup, I worked the Friday morning shift at our booth.
3) Insulation installed in the living room area of the basement.
4) It snowed.
5) Started Christmas shopping. (related to the snow?....maybe?)
6) We might as well move to Seattle with all the rain, it is still raining, and the skies are gray.
7) Abe has his new Halloween costume.
8) Travelocity / Delta changed our flight / times for the third time in four weeks.
9) Thought the air compressor, to run the stapler to put up insulation, was on the fritz but then Kris pointed out that I had plugged it into the socket that is controlled by a switch....DUH!
10) Reading a lot about Disney and Photography.



October 9, 2009

Friday afternoon funny......

A man in Topeka , Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco and started working east from there.

Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign which read "Calls: $10,000 a minute.." Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to GOD. The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way.

As he continued to visit churches in Seattle , Dallas , Oklahoma City, Chicago , Milwaukee, and many cities and towns all around the United States , he found more phones, with the same sign, and the same answer from each pastor.

Finally, he arrived in South Dakota , upon entering a church in the beautiful farm land region of SD , behold - he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read "Calls: 35 cents" Fascinated, he asked to talk to the pastor, "Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to GOD, but in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads only 35 cents a call. Why?"

The pastor, smiling broadly, replied, "Son, you're in South Dakota now ... You're in God's Country. It's a local call."

October 4, 2009

FAB, Tripod and a Party............

Fun filled weekend!

Friday night was VERY low key but Saturday was packed with fun.

Hit the Sertoma Butterfly House early. They open early on the first Saturday and first Monday of the month so that people wanting to use tripods to photograph the butterflies can do so without causing problems for other visitors. WOW! Let me just say that if you have never been there is is worth a stop! The butterflies are amazing. Thanks to Harolds Photo and Tamron for sending me a demo lens to use over the weekend until mine comes in this week!

Then off to USF for the FAB fall meeting. I skipped the ride in order to take pics, sorry! I am the member at large again for this next year. We had a great board before the election but with everything change is important to grow the organization. Thanks to all the previous board members - you are awesome! Welcome to the new board members! I am excited to meet you all and get on with growing cycling in our community!

This of course was followed by a trip to Harold's Photo to buy a new tripod! Oh dear, they must love me at Harold's right now! I started out thinking of what I wanted to spend on a tripod and was off about $100 from what I ended up with. Kris got me talked into buying up and so I did. With one of the coupons from the Tamron photo workshop I was able to get 10% off the tripod and head. I got the Bogen/Manfrotto 055xprob tripod base and the 488RC2 ball head. We then proceeded to the Outdoor Campus for some picture taking and Disney training, WALKING! We walked around the prairie loop and then around the other loop with that goes around a pond. We walked 1.3 miles on crushed gravel /asphalt and yes, the ankle was not happy. Had a great time and made it back just before it started to sprinkled!

Today was a lazy morning followed by lots of visiting. We celebrated Kris's aunt Esther and uncle Bill's 50th wedding anniversary. It was a fun time and great to see some people I had not seen in a while. Lots of stories, laughter and COFFEE! My God that family can drink the coffee!

The weekend was awesome!

Oh yes, since my Cubbies are out of contention, I will be cheering for the Twins....WooHoo!

October 2, 2009

Fall FAB ride and meeting

It is time for the fall FAB Apple Orchard Ride and meeting, October 3rd, TOMORROW!

Find out ALL the details here. See you at the meeting!

October 1, 2009

Kentucky to Alaska on a tandem built for 5!

WOW, check this out.......

To be able to be that free to do something like this is amazing.

I guess it is all a mater of choices.........