26 July 2004

I think I thought that you required something of me... Posted by Hello

Meeting the Children (18:3)

Had the pleasure to listen to the band Children 18:3 a few days a go. They were part of a band tournament connected with a large Christian music festival in Sioux Falls, SD (LifeLight). 18:3 impressed me with their stage presence. It was unfortunate that the sound engineering did not get a cleaner pick up of the vocals. Anyways they won the alternative division and now go on to another round at the festival itself.
It had been a while since I saw them play. In fact David Jr. the lead singer reminded me of that time- the Stevens County Fair 2001. Punk rock maracas made a guest appearance. Since then the group added sister Lee Marie on bass. It is all a family affair now.
By the way See You at the Party has set the list and 18:3 will be there.

25 July 2004

A 6th Victory Lap - Lance Armstrong wins record sixth Tour de France

USATODAY.com - Lance Armstrong wins record sixth Tour de France: "cancer have drawn new fans to a race that has been won five times by four other riders"
It seems that this year's Tour was more touted than previous ones and not without reason. Armstrong's sixth victory in bicycling's most grueling challenge appears to have resurrected cycling from its position as something Europeans only watch to must watch TV around the globe. I am impressed with the Armstrong story, although a bit disappointed with the Sheryl Crow relationship thing. I read all of Outside magazine's section on the Tour and even saw a short documentary on Armstrong on ESPN2.
I currently have a Lance Armstrong poster on my door. Am I just jumping on the bandwagon. Probably so.
With Nike marketing, Lance was and is everywhere this summer. Whenever we see a man on a road bicycling on TV, we all assume that is Lance. This is similar to the marketing of Michael Jordan's "jumpman" likeness.
So what will Lance do now? Disney? He has said he'll spend time with his kids and miss the Olympics. So what, he is Lance.

22 July 2004

All the rigors of selling fireworks expressed in this picture Posted by Hello

Breaking News - Bob Newhart statue to be erected in Ill.

USATODAY.com - Bob Newhart statue to be erected in Ill.
Incredible. I wonder why they didn't erect a statue of Bob Newhart as Papa Elf at the North Pole.
Way to go Bob! Love the dry stuff.

21 July 2004

Hiking the NCT in the Sheyenne Grasslands. Posted by Hello

Invasion of the inflatables at MSBS-Fargo

I had the priviledge to attend the Microsoft Business Solutions picnic in Fargo the other day. Man they really went all out this year. This is one fabulous wing-ding. They brought in something like twenty inflatable things. The food was incredible. A great selection of fruit even some green beans that where done just right. BBQ ribs, corn dogs, pork roast. I loved it all. I am so grateful to have friends on the inside. Now I just need to get on the inside.
It has been a very hot week in Fargo. So hot it is nearly impossible to sleep at night. We do not use our air conditioner much in the apartment. I think it is to keep the cost of living down and not overload the powergrid.
I am practically alone this week as my roommates are busy out of town. I finally got an assignment this week to work with ABC Seamless at the Ottertal County Fair. I did this last year with some success. Fairly simple job (a pun I know).
Children 18:3 are coming to Fargo on Saturday. They are playing at a church down the street from me. The wild punk band from West Central Minnesota is on the up and up. They got some shouts out from CM magazine this month.  They played at Lifest recently. I wonder if they met Chonda Pierce?


A tantalizing tale to twart the press coverage away from the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Is this Republican spin at a key time for the Democrats? FBI does not think this Sandy Berger "lost" documents from the National Archives thing in  "front burner." Bush says it is serious. Heck yah. But who is interested in the past besides history buffs and that 911 commission.
And just why is there such a push to keep Clinton looking good. Honestly he does look good. He's charisma, baby. Clinton can to do no wrong according to the American public. Should I be angry?
Clinton is likeable. Bush is too. Now this Kerry guy that is an entirely different can of beans. Too bad Bill Bradley seemed to disappear (thanks Gore).

Not dangeresque enough Posted by Hello

09 July 2004

Firework Completed

Now my firework has been completed I have been thinking what to do to celebrate the momentous completion of this seasonal job.
Have a Caveman Party!
For the past three weeks I have been employed to sell fireworks out of a tent in Alexandria, Minnesota. It was by far better than last year's experience in Bemidji. We actually outsold the Bemidji super tent this season. The one downside is that I lost some important mail during the sale.
I wonder sometimes how they name a firework. For instance, the caveman party (alluded to above), seems rather out there in the name game. It just spouts colored sparks. Why not call it Colorific Tremendo? No, these fireworks big wigs have spend millions of dollars in market research to determine the average fireworks consumer (in the safe and sane states, but more on that later.) would be compelled to buy a firework with the name party on the end if caveman were used before it. Viola! A stupendous sales technique. I think they must have learned something because there was a plain Caveman fountain a few seasons ago. You can know only purchase it in assortment packs or from the trunks of unlicensed vendors wearing animal skins.
In Minnesota safe and sane fireworks are the only ones allowed to be sold. These fireworks include fountains, sparklers, and novelties. I don't know how many times I had to explain that firecrackers, parachutes, Roman candles, rockets, artillary shells, and reporting fountain cannot be sold or bought in Minnesota. Despite the lack of supposed "good stuff" we do a great business in Minnesota. My tent was in the top 5 in sales going into July 4th weekend.
In closing here are a few more peculiar fireworks' names: Iguana Man, Monster Parade, Kahuna's Revenge (beware surfers!), Devil's Delight, Screaming Ghoul, The Heat (for those cold 4th of Julys), Towering Inferno (we sold this right after 9/11).