PopTech 2013

Posted under: education, entertainment, philosophy, science.

I had the amazing opportunity to join the PopTech conference this past week. On PopTech’s “about” page, its mission is well stated: “PopTech brings together a global community of innovators from many fields to share insights and work together to create lasting change.” Health experts, technologists, designers, artists, etc. come together and present their great ideas and findings.

Last year I was signed up to volunteer, but at the time of the conference I was really sick, and had just gotten out the hospital and rehabilitation center. When I emailed volunteer coordinator Mary Alexander about my being too weak to help out, she responded by telling me that they’ve been following Brent’s blog. She said he has been so good to PopTech and so great to have, they’d like to offer me a ticket to attend the conference. Then this year when I’m 100% again, they can schedule me as a volunteer.

BK Booth set up a studio with props at the Friday night party.

BK Booth set up a studio with props at the Friday night party.

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Comments (0) Oct 28 2013

Redneck Festival

Posted under: entertainment, travel.
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I have never been attracted to the “redneck” lifestyle, but when my friend Nancy invited me to attend the Redneck “Blank” Pig Roast and Music Festival with her, I thought, why not? YOLO. It looked like fun. Three days of redneck events in the remote town of Hebron, Maine. It was previously known as the “Redneck Olympics,” but the U.S. Olympic committee challenged Brooks, the organizer, on the use of the name.

Courtesy of Redneck Maine

Courtesy of Redneck Maine

We had the pleasure of meeting Harold Brooks, a very nice laid-back man. This redneck event was covered by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” last year, and this year the History Channel filmed the event.

Nancy and I planned on camping out for the weekend. However, our amazing and generous friend offered to pay for a motel room instead. She didn’t think it was good for me to be camping with my medical conditions. What a sweetheart!

We arrived early on Friday, but there was really nothing on the itinerary. People were there to get settled camping and drive their four-wheelers around. A beer tent and concession tent were set up, as well as various other tents selling redneck souvenirs. We had a good laugh at some of the treasures we could have purchased. Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (3) Aug 05 2013

A Bit of Humor, In Song

Posted under: entertainment, poems & songs.

I enjoy writing poetry and songs, and occasionally I compose something less serious. The following songs I posted to add some comic relief to my blog.

To the tune of “Frosty the Snowman”
April 1996

Frosty the hit man
Was the most feared of his day.
He was paid to kill,
And he did it well;
So his neighbors stayed away.

Frosty the hit man
Was as sly as he could be.
His recipients
Never had the chance
To discreetly hide or flee.

There must have been a gun within
That overcoat he wore.
For every time he reached inside
There were victims on the floor.

Oh, Frosty the hit man
Wasn’t asked out much, it’s true.
Cause when he went out
With the gang, no doubt
He’d come back with one or two.

His friends would cry, “Why don’t you try
To learn a different trade?”
But he’d remark, “I love my work,
And admit that I’m well paid.”

Bangity bang bang,
Bangity bang bang.
Look at Frosty work.
Bangity bang bang,
Bangity bang—
He was more than just a jerk!

To the tune of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
Summer 1994

They asked me what was wrong
When I stopped my song.
Oh—singing in the shower
Gives you unknown power
In that relaxing hour.

I started out just fine;
Suddenly I’m blind.
Oh—so I rub my eyes.
Pain begins to rise—
Soap gets in my eyes!

So I fell, and then began to yell—
The pain was too much to bear.
Oh, that sting is worse than anything.
You wish you were not there.

Now, all my friends have said
That my eyes look red.
Oh—when your in the shower
Accidents may arise—
Soap gets in your eyes.

Soap gets in your eyes!

Comments (2) May 11 2013

Sound of Music Sing-Along

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Brent learned that the Merrill Auditorium in Portland was hosting a “Sound of Music” sing-along on Friday night, February 1. He asked me if I would like to take the girls and surprised me with tickets to the event. It was so sweet and thoughtful of him. I love the opportunities I have to spend quality time with the girls, especially now as my health and length of life are deteriorating.

Jenna seemed to be the most excited, especially when she learned that the audience was encouraged to participate and dress up in costumes. She immediately performed a “Google Search” to look at pictures of the characters from the musical and put together an outfit that looked similar to that of the Von Trapp girls. She decided she would be Brigitta. She loves the story and knows many of the songs by heart. She listened to the soundtrack in preparation, knowing she would get to sing along to the songs during the movie. Hayley was excited as well and enthusiastically searched for an appropriate costume to wear to the event, also one of the Von Trapp children. Skye didn’t seem thrilled about it, partly because she knew she’d have to wake early the next morning for a ski trip with her class from school. However, she liked the idea of going out and spending time together. She had no desire to wear a costume, but she did change her clothes to look like a teenager going out for a night on the town. Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (2) Feb 03 2013