Archive for August, 2010


Okay, so I wasn’t having a particularly good day to start with, but man, this racoon had one hella bad day in comparison.  Right, starting at the beginning…..

Woke up with a giant head ache, followed by an even more massive pain in my left hand and knee because yesterday after returning home from my last day of work at EQX I attempted to get some things done and ready for school – stupid idea of course.  Anywhoodles, I did some laundry, and other stuff on Thursday before trying (emphasis inserted here) adjust the handle bar height and seat on my crappy yard sale excuse of a bike that I want to use for getting to classes this fall.  Yes, I have a new bike, but therein lies the problem – I’m too paranoid that something will happen to it to use it at my school, so I thought I would try to improve upon my other awesome bike that only cost me $3 and a can of spray paint, plus some breaks pulled from a previously dismantled bicycle (yeah, I was one of those kids….except I could never figure out how to put it back together…hehe, yeah, that’s where things usually went wrong).  I even made a motorless go-kart with bicycle parts once…..never did figure out how to add steering, so it was only used for really straight hills – unfortunately, not many of those in Vermont. 

Annnndddd, off topic again.  Right, so I tried to adjust my handlebars, failed miserably (I think they are actually lower now….) and in the process tripped over the darn thing and used my left hand and knee to fall on….as you can probably tell, that didn’t go very well.  Nothing broken, but certainly bruised enough to cause lack of gripping capabilities in my left hand and a limp in my left leg for a while. 

In Our Backyard...

Right, so back to today.  I tried to do some more stuff around the house and pretty much

The Stream!

 failed, so I decided to take a little hike along the stream behind my house.  I think my timing is just……well, impeccable really.  I went at the hottest part of the afternoon, while all the mosquito’s had already come out, plus the brush was so high I couldn’t see anything in front of me anyways.  Still, I enjoyed while it lasted before high-tailing it out of there so I wouldn’t be eaten alive or die of heat stroke.  I managed to snap a few photos before that happened, but they aren’t anything too special.

The portrait of a walking stick....

Vermont's Ever-illusive (HA-HA-HA!) Boulder.

 

THEN, the high light of my day hit as I walked into the kitchen and looked through the window into the pen where our guinea hens are….well, supposed to be living.  They’ve pretty much taken to doing whatever they like and there isn’t much that will change their minds when they can fly really high and far….huh, catalog failed to mention that little charmer.  They still come back into the pen for food and water, so when I saw something move, I expected it to be one of the birds…..instead, I found myself staring at a very large raccoon.  

I then RAN to the front of the house where we have a 22. and a BB gun stored for chipmunks and cases similar to this.  Now, I’m by myself at home and someone is out front buying eggs with her 3 year old……yeah, moment of indecision there, but I wasn’t about to let a rabid raccoon take off with some of our dumb- I mean immensely adorable guinea hens. 

Long story short (not really anymore I guess, huh?) one shot to its butt as it ran away from me, which layed it up on it’s back and then two to the head finished the job.  It may sound nasty, but that thing was not in its right mind or ever in its life probably called cute.  Somewhere along the road it had gotten into a scuffle with a porcupine (and man, he must have pissed it off because his face was covered), as well as a skunk – blah. 

 I think it was probably a few stages into starvation from not being able to eat through the porcupine prickle pain, so I guess it could be looked at that I put it out of its misery.  Either way, my adrenaline was pumping and I’m sure I probably freaked out my neighbors as well.  Presently, he’s all bagged up in the barn awaiting a trip to the dump. 

I take this time to issue a statement of merit to this situation……don’t piss me off.  What’s the song?  “girls are made of gunpowder and lead”?  Close enough…. 🙂

My eventful evening was capped off by the battery in the lawn mower dying, following by me taking instructions over the phone on how to use a  battery charger.  Am I done now?  Because this is about all the excitement I can take for a Friday….

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Alas, it has finally arrived – my last day working for EQX.  It really is a sad day, but still a good one!   I had wanted to get them all something special as a thank you gift for providing me with such an amazing internship experience, but I wasn’t sure what to get them.  Luckily, a light bulb came on during my Wednesday afternoon and I picked up four Green Mountain College mugs from the college bookstore, filled them with chocolate, and wrote a personal thank you note to each of them.  I brought them in this morning and left them on everyone’s desk – they all loved them and I think they really appreciated the gesture.  It brought on a lot of hugging, thank-you’s “call if you need anything” ‘s and just some generally happy feelings.  It was a really nice way to start off the morning.  Unfortunately, it was actually a pretty slow Thursday.  I alphabetized some CD’s, then headed downstairs to finish working on an excel spreadsheet that I hadn’t finished.  I also took one last spin around the EQX website to check for expired pages and events.  It was kind of an ironic moment, beginning and ending this internship with my face glued to a fifteen inch glowing display looking for anomalies on a webpage…..ah, communications excitement 🙂  You callin’ me a geek?  Yeah, me too…..

The privileges of a last day working for EQX are pretty awesome though – they let me raid the prize closet one last time and attempted to find an EQX jacket that would fit me, but they didn’t have small enough sizes, so I’ve been promised one when smaller sizes come in.  That’s definitely worth a trip. 

I got some last-minute pictures in the air studio and a few photos with the crew as a final goodbye memory.  We all

EQX Air, here I am!!

exchanged heartfelt goodbyes and so concluded my internship at EQX.  I’m going to miss it, but I plan on keeping in touch.  No more Tuesday and

"Now, which button wasn't I supposed to push!?"

 Thursday trips to Manchester, being challenged with a difficult phone system and picking out awesome music.  No more all day events spent sweating along with awesome bands and getting autographs….well, there’s a chance I can still get in on those in the future, so maybe all isn’t lost.  Anyways, I’ll be spending a lot of time this semester talking to people about it and writing papers on it, so it definitely won’t be far from my mind. 

And for all the amazing memories I have to take away from it, I don’t see myself forgetting it for a very, very long time. 

Thanks EQX, you are the proverbial bomb of the century.

I'm really going to miss seeing these faces every week..... 😦

Brain’s On Fire!

I brought some donuts into work at EQX this morning as a “thank you for such an awesome internship” breakfast, but it doesn’t feel like enough.  They have given me such an amazing and positive experience here and I’m so sad that Thursday will be my last day!  Besides this fact though, today was pretty much normal.  We had our morning meeting and figured out the songs we wanted to drop and add.   Answering the phone still scares, as childish as that sounds.  I think it’s because I can’t see the person I’m talking to, so I can’t judge their reactions to what I say or read into what they are feeling.  Whatever the reason, it’s the one area where I myself feel I have let EQX down by not really improving at my phone communications skills. 

Now I’m thinking ahead to my final day and thinking of different ways in which I can make it the best of a thing that could not last as long as I would like it to.  Hhhmmmmmm….. 

Song of The Day:  “Crossfire” by Brandon Flowers

It’s no wonder that I love this song, seeing as Brandon Flowers is the lead vocalist for The Killers, one of my favorite bands.  The Killers were probably the first alternative style band that started listening too and among a very few of whom I have loved every single song they have put out.  Brandon Flowers solo career choice has not been in vain either – he has lost none of the magic he had with The Killers and I’m excited about his upcoming solo album.  Just as the lyrics and styles of The Killers rocked our world, so are the lyrics to Flowers new single Crossfire.  With the music video featuring Charlize Theron fighting ninjas, what could be more awesome?  I’m not saying I really understand the context of the video, but even so, I’m still impressed.

Yep, too much rain equals stuffing ourselves…..well, either that or watching way too much tv…or perhaps both.  Actually, I have to defend myself a little by saying that I was trying to get things done on Sunday.  I still have this independent study proposal that I am working on….it’s a bit of a slow process and certainly the LAST thing I want to be doing during my last week of freedom before school starts again.  Alas, it must be done. 

On the upswing though, Sunday evening was much more eventful.  It all started about a week or so ago………..

You see, we don’t eat out a lot, but sometimes it’s nice to try out new restaurants with friends, just as something enjoyable to do together.  We’ve eaten a few different places, but we were ready to try something new.  SO, while driving through Whitehall, NY to buy a few things at the  Green Mountain Marketplace.  Whitehall’s claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of the U.S Navy…..besides that…..it has a nice canal and a few good picnicking spots.  It’s actually quite a nice town, I think it just keeps missing its chance to get a fresh start – that is, until perhaps now.  I think more people are starting to see its potential and more businesses are moving in.  Among them, local food venues are getting a crack at success.  The owners of the Green Mountain Marketplace, a great place to buy bulk items at great prices, are branching out to try their hand at indulging the locals with their food as well.  They have converted the old bank in Whitehall into City, Steak, and Seafood, a restaurant that is supplied with the food from their wholesale market at great prices!  It’s quite new (they still didn’t have their liquor license yet), but it’s also pretty cheap and the food is excellent.  It was a great way to spend a rainy weekend evening.  Next, we might try the Sea Harbor Tavern and Grille….yum, my mouth is watering already. 

Eating is by far the greatest pinnacle of being human.  For all the advancements and novelties that go along with having a bigger brain and a more defined and moral compass towards our outlook on living, there is nothing in my book that beats out what can be done and experienced through our sense of taste and the passion that food commands of us.  The aroma’s, the atmosphere, the presentation, and of course the taste.  Using all of our senses to experience a palate of flavors is how we should define what it means to really live. 

If only we lived through the experiences we have through our stomachs. 

I honestly believe that wars could be ended and peace restored to a world in turmoil with a single bite of each other’s culture.  What better way to understand someone who grew up with a different perspective then to indulge in the foods that make up that culture? 

All our lives we (especially women) struggle to be obedient to our ideals of a perfect body, somehow believing that to achieve this is to truly be happy.  Have you ever stopped to think that losing those extra five pounds you think you have cannot possibly be compared to that feeling of eating the best meal you have ever had?  Where would the world’s culture and the human perspective of passion and love be if all of us never indulged?  Better yet, where would humanity be if we all gave in to our indulgences?  All I know is that eating is a way of bringing together the finer things in life:  friends and family, cultures, conversation, senses, and a passion that humans have only begun to realize exists through what we put on our plates and into our mouths.   

As you can probably tell, writing about food is a great passion of mine, just as eating is.  My family, my culture, even my professors have all instilled the joys of eating into my life and I believe that the key to making it a good one is to  let my stomach lead the way.

Saturday was the best day I could have asked for as my last internship event with EQX! Being indoors and on a more relaxed setting, it wasn’t nearly as stressful as some of the other events and provided me with ample opportunity to really enjoy my time there. 

Our EQX table with Frank Palangi onstage!

Held at the Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs (about an hour and a half away from where I

Me looking semi-productive at the EQX table!

 live), EQX Unplugged featured a band line up from 12 ‘til 6 pm that included (in order) Frank Palangi, The First Place, Suprkid, Vinnie Velez, Lunic, and Deluka!!! We had the stage and EQX tables set up in the food court.  I worked the EQX booth, handing out stickers and key chains, raffle tickets, and selling merchandise for the bands. 

Frank Palangi’s father bought us lunch because we had supported his son, which was really neat and a bunch of the local businesses brought us snacks for the bands and for us. Jason taught me everything he could about the sound equipment and I was able to help mike all the bands and their instruments up for the show. It felt good to be learning some important lessons on sound equipment while listening to great music! 

Me with Deluka!! Yay!

Jason also gave me a Deluka t-shirt he had brought with him so I looked like I worked there, plus all the bands gave me their CD’s and signed them! All of them were pretty new and incredibly nice, especially Deluka! 

Deluka is one of our more popular bands on the radio so it was a big deal that they were taking time out of their tour of the US to play for us (they are all from the UK!). They were all really nice and relaxed. Their manager was so excited I was wearing one of their t-shirts that he took a picture of me and put it on their FaceBook page

I got some great pictures with them and of them performing on stage. They

Deluka onstage!

 gave me one of their cds and they all signed it and talked to me about their home. It was so cool to just talk about normal things with such a big and awesome band! It was a great cap to my evening and to the end of my summer/internship at EQX!

 I helped Jason pack up all the equipment and said goodbye until Tuesday. I’m really going to miss EQX – hopefully I will still get a chance to help out on some of their events in the future so I don’t completely lose touch with these awesome people!

The UK’s Deluka

Unfortunately, there isn’t much to tell about this past Thursday at EQX – instead of working on a variety of smaller projects that all need to get done, I was commissioned to complete one larger project.  I was given a giant box filled with raffle stubs from a ticket give away we did for Lollapalooza a few weeks back.  All of the entry participants names, cities, and email addresses had to be imputed into an excel spreadsheet.  On top of that, most of the applicants’ handwriting was so bad that I was told to do the best I could and then when that failed, make it up.  After three hours sitting at the same desk entering data, I had over 260 entries and still had about another one hundred to go.  Oh well, it gives me plenty to do on Tuesday. 

This Saturday I am heading to the Wilton Mall in Saratoga for the EQX Unplugged show featuring Frank Palangi, The First Place, Suprkid, Vinnie Velez, Lunic, and Deluka.  It’s an all day event from 12-6 p.m.  I’m pretty excited because I really want to meet and hear Deluka, plus it will be an event that is in doors and air-conditioned – finally!.  It will be my last hoo-ra while working with EQX, so I plan on making the best of it! 

So, after a long day at work, I had the perfect finish to the day!  My sister, an old co-worker, my work-study boss at the college, and myself all went out to the movies – a regular girls night out to relax after a long week!  We bought tickets to see Eat, Pray, Love and here’s my verdict:

GO SEE THIS MOVIE.  It. Was. Amazing!!!  Best film I have seen since Slumdog Millionaire.  After watching Julia Roberts stunning performance of portraying the lead character in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, I can’t wait to read the novel and I am overcome with the desire to travel abroad again.  I kept poking my sister through all the Italy scenes, saying “we were there!!” and now I can’t wait to go back.  India…..I could wait on that.  Let’s just say there are A LOT of places on my list to see and India’s quite a ways from the top. 

In a way, this film was almost painfully good because all I can think of doing now is packing a duffel bag, my camera, and some petty cash and getting on the first flight I can get, ready to trapes across the globe in the intention of filling my stomach, my mind, and my heart.  This film also got me thinking about some human reactions to the need to find ourselves….maybe I’ll share them sometime, maybe not 🙂  For now, I’m going to dream of European getaways and an Italian pizza that’s been calling my name……        

I spent most of Wednesday catching up on demanding housework.  As usual, the fun begins after the sun goes down 🙂  I spent an awesome evening in Rutland (I know, scary) with one of my best friends whom I don’t get to see that often anymore.  It was fun to catch up and we finally got to do what we had been talking about all summer – bowling!!  I hadn’t gone bowling since my thirteenth birthday, so saying I was rusty was an understatement.  Plus, we had each bowled only one frame before it broke – what’s surprising is that neither one of us was surprised.

Even so, it was a blast and a great way to spend our evening.  Afterwords, we hit up the local McDonald’s for a late night snack and I got to see pictures of my friends awesome summer.  I also discovered a new was to spend the last days of my summer:  failblog.org!  I’m sure I’m like the last person in the world to realize this exists, but I am putting it here nonetheless.  If you haven’t heard of it yet, check it out, it’s incredibly hilarious!!

 I could not have asked for a better way to spend one of my last free Wednesday nights!

I definitely feel that I am fitting in even more at EQX, which is a shame because I will be leaving this position soon.  I can’t begin to explain how surprised I am at how much EQX has become a second home to me – and how much I will miss it when I’m gone. 

We all still feel that the Tuesday morning meetings  should be taped for an on air sitcom – our meetings are like when you get too punchy and have had too much caffeine to sit still for as long as we do.   I brought my camera today to try and capture some of the awesomeness before it’s gone.  I wanted to take some snapshots of the office and the people who make it what it is.  I’ve brought my camera to all the events I have helped out at, but I haven’t had a chance to photograph where the real action happens – hopefully I will have more time on Thursday.  

Once I got home, I realized that sitting at a desk and updating a website all day really takes its toll – I was pretty stir crazy, making me also come to the conclusion that when I try selling myself on the job market to a higher power for low pay, I’m going to really hate being at a desk.  However, that’s not for another year, so I spent the rest of the day focusing on all the things that had no basis whatsoever except being outdoors and getting in some stretch-those-legs time before school.  By then, the only stretching I’ll be doing is lugging 20 pounds worth of textbooks up and down flights of stairs and across campus – not quite the same thing. 

I decided that the best way to capture a few last days of summer was to literally capture them with my camera.  It’s been a while since I did some nature photos and experimented with the power of the lens.  I did the best thing I could think of – I took an hour and walked around my yard, up and down my dirt road a little ways, and wondered over to the pond, snapping pictures up close, far away, and using whatever settings I could think of on my camera to change things up a bit.  I’m pretty sucky when it comes to photography, which is why I thank the stars (and my dad and sister) for a camera that can compensate for my effortlessly and eternally flawed sense of beauty.  Don’t get me wrong, once in a while I actually managed to trap down something good between the shutters, but I guarantee it’s sheer luck. 

After that I still had some school work things to take care of and both my sister and dad were home in time for dinner, which is a rare occasion.  Unfortunately, our movie choice didn’t reflect the rest of my well-aimed day.  We watched The Informant, one of my birthday presents…….ech.  That’s all I can say really.  It was a good two hours of agonizing boredom – if you’ve already seen this film, you either have a lot more patience and understanding then me or you were unknowingly conned into watching it – either way, I’m sorry.  If you haven’t seen it – keep it that way.

Thankfully, we had something to make the evening better –  new episodes of Warehouse 13!!!!  This show took a while to get off the ground and I honestly believe that if Allison Scaglotti hadn’t joined the team as Claudia Donovan, this show might never have made it anywhere past a first season.  It’s still got its moments where I doubt, but for the most part I am entertained (again, mostly because of Scaglotti’s sense of humor).  We had missed last week’s episode and caught up, as well as seeing the newest episode.  I have to say, I didn’t like “Around The Bend” that much.  It was annoying how they tried to split up the team and I felt bad for Pete getting the wrong end of the artifact.  On a happier note though, I loved the music that they used while Pete was gearing up to take off on his own.  It fit really well and didn’t dissolve into the background too quickly.  It’s a little slow at the beginning, but I like the girl’s voice when it speeds up – check it out:

The latest episode, “For The Team,” was better because Claudia finally got her shot as a field agent (yay!  Waiting forever for that to happen!), but also disappointing because it looks like the character H.G Wells will be making a lot more appearances and possibly become a team member.  It bugs me because they have the perfect number right now – if they add another female lead character, I think it will significantly unbalance the show.  Oh well, I’m not getting paid the big bucks (or any bucks for that matter).  Alas, another week until the new episode – which looks really fun, so can’t wait!

Have you ever found yourself wondering how you could live in or near a place for so long and not know it nearly as well as you think?  For example, I have lived in a small town in Vermont all my life, with the closest city being Rutland, or as we locals like to call it, “Rut-Vegas.”  

Now, there isn’t a lot of mystery to Rutland, or for that matter, much of anything besides drug rings and plenty of sketchy bars.  HOWEVER, my father and I scored big time this past Monday.  See, we ran out of dog food and figured while we were away from the house we could do a little more last chance birthday shopping for my sister.  My sister is an amazing cook and the kitchen is one of her favorite places to be (scary I know, but it’s true).  She loves getting new equipment and fun stuff that she can use to cook and is thrilled whenever we get her anything to feed her inner chef.  Unfortunately, we had believed that the closest kitchen store was in Manchester and we weren’t really sure we wanted to take the drive – that is, until we discovered a gem! 

Long story short, we found a great little place (literally a warehouse in the back streets of Rutland) that mostly does wholesale kitchen items for big companies, but also functions as a store.  My dad and I went in there for a knife sharpening stone and came out with about ten things……and no knife sharpening stone 🙂  Oh well, that will have to be for another time.  Anyways,  after that my father and I got all the guinea hens moved into their new/temporary living space.  Okay, I know nothing is ever easy, especially when it comes to farming, but let me tell you – catching and transporting 14 extremely skittish and flighty birds was a lot harder than we had imagined.  We finally got them all moved after we lost two in the barn and then most of them flew over the fence anyways.  Now they actually seem to have become acclimated to their new spot and can eat all the bugs and clover they want.  It’s amazing how big they are now…. 

Our not-so-little-anymore guinea hens!

Clue Me In…..

Today my family and I took a drive just for the thrill of it.  Whitehall NY is not the, um, most picturesque of places nor can the people who live there be described under the same amount of lights, but Whitehall does have a few nice things to offer.  For one, it has a beautiful boating lock, a bridge theater, a nice little park where summer bands play, and some recent (and may I say ambitious) restauranteurs have started to bring a little hospitality back into the place. 

It was just nice to drive around and visit some old hot spots of ours for goofing off when we had more time on our hands.  Plus, it gave us cause to reminisce.  For instance, driving by a certain road outside Whitehall brought back memories of a particularly cold and icy evening driving back from a friend’s house with my mom at the wheel.  Now, you may call be a bit biased, but on the other hand, none of you were constantly subjected to seeing your life flash before your eyes every time my mom had power over a three thousand pound box on wheels.  Needless to say, driving was not one of her more….skillful activities.  On this particular evening, my mom hit a turn too fast on a patch of black ice – I had never (and nor hopefully will I ever  see it again) seen our family van do 360 degrees before, especially going so fast.  I was in the back seat (I think I was about ten, so I believe you can understand my enthusiasm at the time) screaming “again, do it again mom!”, while my sister turned a lovely shade of white.  My mom, however, was silent…..for once 🙂  Then, we just got it turned in the right direction again, and everything went back to normal.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s something I think my sister and I will remember for a long time.

Right now we are moving our guinea hens outside!  Their permanent home is not ready yet, but we have to get them outdoors, so my dad has constructed a more makeshift home that we are setting up as I type.  We will move them in a few minutes and cross our fingers that they take to the great outdoors instead of running from it…..we’ll find out. 

Tonight I am looking forward to some our own chicken grilled by my father and a repeat of Clue the movie.  My sister and I saw it on Thursday and could not stop laughing!  It’s just up our alley of humor and now we are making our father sit down to see it too.  Off to be a farmer again, I’ll write again soon!