Monday, October 31, 2005

Another Wonderful Halloween Weekend Has Passed

Happy Halloween!

This past weekend felt like one big day. After a full day of working at my current temp position, I headed out to the airport. My plane was a little late, but nothing to be upset about. I arrived to the baggage claim area with Roman waiting at the carrousels for me. I met his ultimate frisbee teammate, Alex.

We headed towards the rental car counter. We got a red sedan and hit the road. I had looked up the location of Winona, MN that morning and realized that I would be passing through Madison, WI. So I arranged to meet up with one of my friends from this past summer's bike trip. It worked out great!

The car pulled into the driveway around 1 am. Inside we were greeted with tea and snacks. maeve had even picked up cheese curds! I had been talking up cheese curds in the car and how over the summer I had some of the greatest curds and ice cream in Wisconsin. After we talked and ate for a couple of hours, we hit the sack. Less than four hours later, I woke up and realized we had slept through three alarm clocks. We were going to be late.

Up we got and I cooked a little breakfast before we got back to cruising down the highway. The drive between Madison and Winona was gorgeous. The fall colors were awesome and brilliant on the rolling hills. It often looked like a bunch of sno cones stacked closely together. By eleven we were in Winona.

We continued on to the ultimate frisbee fields, to take part in the 11th Annual HalloWinona Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. When we found our team, they were just finishing up there first game, which they won. I was introduced and the next game started. All the teams were in costume. This was a spectacle to see, however, I had a hard time learning who was on my team and who was just another angel, vampire, witch, or 80's prom queen gone bad.

After our second win, we had lunch and prepared for the next couple of games. We did not win these next two games, but we got some great bruises, twists, scrapes, and lots of dancing in. With our spirits and energy low, we went to eat some pasta and start getting ready for the towns big Halloween bash. Someone on the team went to school in Winona and hooked us up with lodging. So I got a great shower, some food, and met several of the locals...Betty Boop, Googs, 80's mom, Frog, and some others without any particular name.

The town of Winona is not big, so this was the only party. The town has a shuttle bus that runs a loop to all the hotels and several other stops. It picks you up and drops you off at the party. This was very convenient. The party had a local band that was playing great covers and a few originals. Everyone was in costume! About 500 people filled the bars floor, balcony, and deck. There was free beer to all. The party ended around 2 am, with lots of tired looking faces. Instead of waiting on the bus, we got a cab and mad it back to our house in no time.

After staying up a till light was coming through the windows and not getting much sleep again, I woke up to the thoughts of playing more frisbee. However, my body was in pain. I was so sore from all the running, sliding, and falling from the day before, plus I was a little hung over. So, with a little slowness I was ready and back on the field. We won our first and lost our second, which brought our record to 3-3. After sharing our thoughts on the weekend, we said our goobyes and were back on the road. I stopped by Maeve's and dropped off the sleeping bag we had borrowed. She was going off to work and we were running short on time, so we only stayed a few minutes. Next time I see Maeve will be at least two years from now, after she gets back from helping the Peace Corp in Thailand.

I arrived at the airport, returned the car, made it to my gate and fell asleep. I woke up as the last few people were boarding the plane. Luckily it was not full and I was able to find a aisle seat. After putting my bag under my seat I was asleep again. When the plane hit the ground in Baltimore, I woke up and proceeded to get to my car. I drove home and passed out again.

Now I am at work, wondering if I could do my Yoga class tonight in costume.

Friday, October 28, 2005

It Is Halloween Time!!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I already carved a pumpkin a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, they don't last that long. So, instead of putting it on top of my set of lincoln logs and trying to save it for next year (remember that one mom), I threw it out with intentions to carve another one. However, I don't have my carving tools...they are at a friends house. This works, since I will be in Chicago this weekend. I should clarify this. I have spent the last two Halloweens in Chicago. My friends there have made it always a wonderful experience. So, in trying to keep with tradition, I will venture there again. However, as soon as I arrive, I am being taken out of the city and into Minnesota. Winona, MN to be exact. Why has nobody ever heard of this place? Because it is in MN and it is really small. But they have an annual ultimate frisbee competition/Halloween party. MY friend Roman and I will be playing frisbee, while consuming beer and wearing our costumes. I am sure this will once again be a Halloween never to forget. Yes, I will take pictures.

I am dressing up as a "one night stand" this year. I made it the other day and it looked great. I use past tense, since I then had to tear it down, fold it, fold it again, andthen smash my foot on it to get it to fit into my suitcase. I have requested lots of duct tape, staples and scissors, so that the costume can be restored upon my arrival.

This past week has been eventful. I have been interviewing, submitting resumes, and hounding business to hire me. I will probably get this job at Aspen Systems that I applied for, but not sure how I will like it. Everything here is very corporate. Which only means that everyone dresses up, works in cubicles, and generally has an air of "Office Space" flowing through it. I have seen that movie a lot of times. I wrote a paper on it in college. But I have never experienced it to the degree that I find in DC. There is one place in particular that I temped at and really enjoyed myself. It is at TV One. They are an African American cable channel. I did some marketing work on a PowerPoint for them. It looked pretty good, but they should have asked me to do the whole thing. Anyway, they have an Operations position open and they encouraged me to apply. The marketing guy talked to the operations guy and things were set in motion, but they are not on my time-table. Hopefully I will be interviewing next week.

Other than that. Things are cooling off and the trees are turning. The colors are awesome. Fall our in CO, just can't compete with the forest in the east. This past weekend I got so relaxed on my cousins boat. I slept well, ate well, and got lots of peaceful time to myself. I didn't really want to leave, but I didn't want to miss the concert either. The show was good, the last of their tour. I think they were ready for it to be over with. There was no talk of sadness about going home and leaving the raod for a while. I don't blame them, it is hard traveling for months at a time and always sleeping and being somewhere new.

Friday I met up with the Pattersons for dinner. Ellen is a great cook! I had two big plate fulls of everything...roast, potatos, carrots, salad, green beans, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. I thought after biking, that I would be done talking about food, but I still love it just as much, even if I can't eat as much.

The last couple of days I was temping for the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS). They are a non-profit. The temp that was working there got hurt (off the job) and missed a couple of days. They were very pleased with my work and didn't really want me to leave, so I said hire me. It didn't work. Now I am at Eagle Design and Management, Inc. They are a gov't contractor for all sorts of things, but I have no idea what those things are. There website is to vague for me to figure it out. Maybe by the end of today or Monday I will figure it out.

I like getting to work in all these differnt places and environments. It is giving a good perspective...mainly of what I don't want. Which is good to know. I am also meeting people and making contacts. Some of them have given me good leads about other jobs and companies.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Ups and Downs

I have to play catch up once again. The holidays went by with some fun. I had a great time at breakfast. My friend Daniel's girlfriend hosted it. I made kugel for the first time. It was a hit!

My first job is over. Last friday was my last day. It felt really good knowing that I did not have to return on Monday. This week I did a temp job for a couple of days and I have an interview this afternoon. Wish me luck!

I have continued to bike and run. No matter what is going on with jobs and dating, getting outside and hitting the pavement always makes me feel better.

This weekend should be great. I am heading to my cousin's boat tonight. I will hang out there till Saturday night. It should be raining most of the weekend, so sailing is out. Saturday night I am going to see Yonder Mountain String Band. They are from Colorado and have a bluegrass/rock sound. The energy at there shows is awesome. Then after a long night of dancing, I will get up early on Sunday to do a 7-8 mile hike up to Old Rag. If the weather permits, I should see all the fall colors as we climb to over 3,000 ft. That height is pretty tall out here...they even call it a mountain:)

Monday, October 03, 2005

Happy New Year!

Tonight starts the Jewish New Year, called Rosh Hashana. This is a great holiday, because you get to eat sweet foods and take a day off of work. Some people might argue that they rather be working than in a synagouge, but I am not one of those people. I enjoy services and everything that goes with it.

This past Saturday I ran for the first time in months. From the way I feel, I think that I should have shortened my run a bit. Yesterday I went biking with a group from the local bike shop. They are incredible. We were going 25-30 mph non-stop. After running and drinking too much the day before, I could not keep up. So much for my easy 50 miler. Instead I ended up with 35 miles underneath me and called it a morning.

That afternoon I volunteered at a local soup kitchen. It was a lot of fun. Afterwards a friend and I had lunch and washed cars. He couldn't believe how much I ate. I told him that this summer, I would have eaten twice that much and been hungry again an hour later.

Last night I learned how to carve pumpkins...professionally. I have carved a few triangles and jagged teeth before, but nothing like this. My friend and I carved Willie E. Coyote and Nemo (from Finding Nemo the movie). They look great. I will put up a picture before Halloween.

I wish everyone a wonderful, sweet and happy new year.