I really enjoy roadtrips. So does our friend Richard. Last night, around 11pm, he convinced Matt and I that tiredness was no excuse when we could go to Super WalMart! Since WalMart hasn't gotten around to destroying their current big box in the village of Lakewood and building a Superstore on that same site, we decided, "What the hell, may as well go." I quickly burned my Maritimes Trip 2003 cd mix, featuring music I heard while traveling through Canada this past May and June, and off we went. Matt slept most of the way to Bradford, PA. We weren't exactly sure where the Super WalMart was located. But Bradford, like many towns here in the Southern Tier, is so small that after driving around for 20 minutes, you're bound to find what you're looking for.
The Super WalMart was in a bunker-like area. You couldn't even see it from the road. The bright, secret facility-like lights glowing above were a tip off along with the WalMart sign at the entrance…
The sun finally came out and there's a slight breeze. Much better than the past two days, but we're expecting some thunderstorms towards evening. We'll see if those pan out.
I finally got my ice cream (see Tasted Like Ice Cream), so that was good. I've been in constant contact with Matt this afternoon concerning one of our friends. We may be making a trip out to Cleveland this weekend depending on several things.
Otherwise, I'm hoping someone can lobby the Fair folks to get our tent moved back up front for next year. It's a total affront to have us in the back with all the Midway Rides. No one is coming through the tent! And we even give money to the Fair each year. Grr. So if you're reading this and are in Chautauqua County, stop back and say hi to us. We're right as you enter Gate 5.
I was nearly struck by lightning today. As you know, we have a laptop set up, along with two televisions, in our tent at the County Fair. Since the computer is on dial-up, it's hooked into a phone jack that hangs from the roof of the tent (where the wall and roof meet). We had had various rumblings of thunder and lightning throughout the early afternoon and none of the Information Services staff said anything about unplugging equipment, so I didn't think to unplug the modem during the day. Sure enough, while I was writing in my journal, I caught a bright flash of light out of the corner of my eye and heard a popping sound. That was followed by a very loud, prolonged crashing of thunder. My co-workers thought I was still taking pictures until I walked from behind the table looking pretty shooken up. No one wanted to sit near the computer and television equipment after that even though I had unplugged everything. When the weather cleared for a bit later on, I turned stuf…
Ick. It's pouring and thundering and lightening. And it's all mud around the Fairgrounds. Triple Ick. *grins* But the tent looks good this year. We have some nice displays if you want to stop by. Will check in later tonight most likely or tomorrow. Chowder!
The first two, and maybe three, days of the County Fair could be a washout due to rain. I'll still have to be there, but it's going to be quite quiet if things don't let up. Friday and into the weekend look a little more promising. Another promising thing, I will have a laptop with dial-up at the Fair, so there's a possibility that I'll be posting updates to this during the day there. Otherwise, stop by the County Government tent and say hello.
This coming Monday through Saturday will find me sitting in the County Government tent for the Chautauqua County Fair again. I'm hoping for mild weather: not too hot and not too rainy.
I'm also looking forward to bad food. As in bad for you, not bad tasting. I actually do pretty well in watching my intake since I usually buy a lot of fruit and make fruit salad to munch on along with my yogurt. That's lunch. Dinner is usually whatever I buy to eat. I don't know if I could eat that pizza again that they always have. It's so doughy! Plus, the price of food is rediculous! Ah well. It's once a year and I supposedly get the following Monday off (as if I could take it off with being out of the office for a week!).
I took advantage of a meeting cancellation yesterday to go see TheyMightBeGiants perform a free concert as part of "Thursdays In the Square" in Buffalo.
A review appeared in today's Buffalo News, obviously written by someone who isn't a true fan or observer of the obvious (she said the song "John Lee Supertaster" was about a superhero with a heightened sense of smell!).
My account is somewhat different. I went by myself, because I can. I figured if I ran into people I knew, great. If not, that's fine too. To speak to the main act (in the interest of my time), I was very happy they performed songs off their most recent release, the kid's album "No!". I was concerned that it was going to be a "kids show" at first when they opened with "Clap Your Hands" but a few blue words thrown in along with the command "Everybody Swear!" by John Flansburg put my worries to rest.
I'm super-psyched about the fact that the Buffalo Sabres are playing a pre-season and regular season game at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. I was so excited that I ordered three 4-packs. This includes the two Rochester games and two Buffalo games. One pack is for my dad and the other two are for Matt and me. We'll miss the first Rochester game, so my dad will be able to take two of his buddies (one of them maybe being my mom). I'm really shooting to get to the November 12th game since the Sabres will be playing against the New Jersey Devils. The Buffalo games we're going to are against Anaheim and Toronto. Politically, I'm not a huge Golisano fan, but when it comes to the Buffalo Sabres, he rocks!
Wil Wheaton posted an interesting sound clip on his AudBlog on Monday. I'm not sure what it's all about but the premise was very cool.
I totally get what he's talking about and I love how technology allows us to not only preserve that exact moment but share it with the entire world as well. There are moments where everything is perfect in one's life and you wish you could bottle it to savor at a later date. Sometimes the song is just right.
I think my new favorite show is going to be Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on Bravo. It's a show where 5 Gay guys take a clueless Straight Guy and give him a makeover from himself to his house or whatever. I love the concept! I've always been into watching makeovers. The only part that sucks is that I like the fashion tips, but know they wouldn't really work well for me. You know, it's that whole being an almost straight woman thing. If I could chop off all my hair without fear and go butch, that would be cool. But I do have that girly girl streak in me. Ah well!
I attended and was in my best friend, Heidi's, wedding this weekend. It was a blast! I was surprised at how much fun I actually had. I also wore myself out completely. The run down:
Thursday: Matt and I get into Cleveland just before 9pm and head over to Heidi & Kevin's house to help set up. We decide that since the afterparty/reception will involve alcohol that we will set up the bar. We realize that Heidi's parents have bought enough liquor to open a small bar (envision at least 5 bottles of gin, at least 15 bottles of various whiskeys, 6 bottles of rum, 4 bottles of vermouth, and lots of other stuff). We stay up late just hanging out and listening to the cd's I made for Saturday. I get lots of thumbs up from Heidi, her brother Scott, Lauren (Heidi's sister Gretchen's best friend), Heidi's mom, and others.
Friday: We arrive at the house again at 9am in order to go on various errands like picking up the flowers for the church, buying food for the part…
The wedding was Awesome! The ceremony was so beautiful that there was nary a dry eye or sniffling nose in the church. I'm so happy for Heidi and Kevin! Plus, I was super happy to see people I knew from high school and college. Actually, the reception was kind of odd, but in a good way, for me in that respect. There's nothing like being at a friend's party and seeing so many people from various friend groups. Good times.
Threat rating: High. The Bush administration is concerned that it may not get a second term. Therefore, we are going to change the rules so that each Democrat vote only counts as 0.2 votes because Democrat is a shorter word than Republican
Matt and I are off to Cleveland tonight for Heidi and Kevin's Official Wedding (tm). The weather forecast looks stormy for the drive there but the rest of the weekend is hopeful. That's a good thing. I'm looking forward to seeing a few people I've either never met or haven't seen since my early college years, plus seeing my best friend get officially hitched. And hopefully my bridesmaids dress is in working order. My mom was a little worried that it wasn't long enough. I was more worried about getting the right earrings. We know where our priorities are!
I am beside myself in happiness. You may remember from previous entries how I generally snub all coffee except for that which comes from Java's in Rochester, NY (formerly known as Java Joe's). Well, you too can now enjoy this delightful coffee at Java Joe's Coffee Gifts website. Believe me.. once you taste this coffee you may never go back to that stuff you get in the grocery store.
I download music for free. I used to belong to EMusic.Com, but I cancelled my subscription as part of my spending cuts backs (due to my upcoming wedding) and due to the fact that there were very artists or songs on Emusic that I was interested in downloading. I don't really feel guilty about ripping music for free. I'm increasingly disgruntled with the radio and music industry, and the crap that's put out there as "music".
The times I feel a bit of guilt is when I think of my friends that are in bands, involved in radio, or in the music biz. They need paychecks. However, I don't like the idea that I'm being told by my friend's higher-ups (owners of the industries) that I'm the problem here. That the FCC will act in ways that limits our choices by further …
Matt and I are going to incorporate some traditions into our wedding like the oczepiny ceremony:
The removal of the bridal veil, known as the oczepiny ceremony, is another traditional element of a Polish wedding day. The bride's veil will be removed as she enters the reception hall, signifying the end of her maidenhood and her transition to a married woman. A funny hat will be placed on the groom's head, representing the wish that the marriage will be full of happiness and laughter.
My mom and dad have pictures from their wedding of this ceremony. My grandmother will be making the groom's hat and my mom commented, "She made your dad's hat when we got married. You'd be surprised what she can do with a banana and walnuts."
The Nation's Jobless Rate is the Highest it's been since 1994. Our appointed one will try to pin this on Clinton, but what most people don't take into consideration is that the job and economy slide began once businesses figured out that a Republican was going to be our country's next president. And seeing as how nothing Bush has done in terms of tax cuts, wars, and other distractions has seemed to fix the problem, you have to wonder how he can, and will, blame Clinton for our current muck.
We usually say July is a quiet month at work since a lot of people are on vacation, so it's also slow when it comes to media as well. Since the bulk of my job is doing media related stuff, this makes my life easier. However, my job responsibilities have shifted somewhat into a multitude of things including working on performance-based government initiatives and co-chairing committees related to that. I won't explain since it would take a whole other blog to work through the details. We won't get into the new political responsibilities I acquired after being named to the party's city committee and the fact that it's a major election year. I also won't discuss how my next free weekend isn't until the third weekend in August. Fortunately, some of the things taking up my time are most pleasurable like weddings or hanging out at family events. The downside is that I haven't had a lot of "me" time where I can get things done. I noticed this …
Our local baseball team, the Jamestown Jammers, hold a fireworks night every year on July 1st. Since we live just up the hill from the field, I coerced Matt into walking down to take in the event. I was pretty amazed by how many people were at the game and how many other families had set up blankets and chairs on the hill above the baseball park to see the fireworks. Matt and I joked about the first time we saw a fireworks show together and watched as kids ran by wearing glow-in-the-dark bracelets that one enterprising guy was selling for a dollar. We got there just before the seventh inning stretch and could see enough of the scoreboard to follow the game. The Jammers won for the third time this season. After the game, the announcer had the crowd countdown from ten and then the ballpark lights were turned off. The fireworks were awesome. The sky was so dark, and from our vantage point (on the hill above where the fireworks were being set off), the explosions filled the sky an…
Don't you hate when you realize that it's a most gorgeous day outside and you won't truly be able to enjoy it? Everytime I think I might have a moment, I remember some chore or duty that must get done. Even my Fourth of July is busy, but at least I'll be forced to just chill out. My so-called garden is a disaster with weeds happily taking up space. The house is quietly grumbling as another day passes where I haven't put away clean clothes or attacked the grime in the bathroom. Then there's the silly season duties (yes, it's that time again) with petitions singing to be signed. And my life isn't half as bad as poor Matt, who's up to his ears in silly season stuff. On a plus note, I have another wedding to look forward to next weekend *waves at Heidi*