Archive for July, 2011

Fill ‘er up

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
AM jumps at an abandoned gas station.

Something new, somewhere old

What ever caused the demise of the full service gas station? Apparently, the oil crisis of the 1970s marked the beginning of the end of full service gas stations. Oil companies figured that people wanted to pump their own gas to save a few pennies. Soon the attendants, who would walk up to your rolled-down window and ask, “leaded or unleaded?” then wash your windows and check your oil while your gas was getting pumped, were no longer needed. Feeling nostalgic? It’s illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon or New Jersey so you can experience the luxury of full service in both of those states.

Flashback: When I was eight years old, I used to think the word “motor” meant addiction. I clearly recall sitting in a passenger seat when my dad drove to the gas station and seeing signs that read “No Smoking. Stop your motor.”

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Glamping

Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Elyssa holds Raleigh in a blankie
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Glamping = glamorous camping. Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, a comfortable bed, and (when you’re with me) an impromptu rockstar photo shoot.

Earlier this summer, over two dozen of my friends and I ventured out to Angels Camp in Frog County for the weekend. We stayed in cabins, had full electricity and wi-fi, took coin-free hot showers, and filled our bellies with some deliciously prepared meals.

Some of us went ziplining, one of us foraged for wild mushrooms, most of us enjoyed Starbucks in the morning and ice cream cones in the afternoon. Despite this, we totally roughed it: we got bitten by bugs, caught frogs, had a frightening encounter with a wild horse, let a toddler swallow (nearly) whole a bag of chewy bears, and went nose to nose with an emu. Oh yeah, we roughed it alright.

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Being caught up

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Nora floating on an abandoned rooftop and in an abandoned cathedral in Gary, Indiana

a.k.a. the rapture

Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right – right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. —R.E.M.

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Way to go, Elyssa!

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Junior Nationals volleyball star Elyssa

2011 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championship Top Ten Team Player

Elyssa jumps with guitar and volleyball

Elyssa, pre-teen jumping wonder

Elyssa and her volleyball team just placed 6th at the 2011 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships after 9 games in 4 days in Atlanta. What an amazing ride! Congratulations!!!

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