Welcome back! Is it really Monday already?? I hope everyone had a blessed and relaxing Thanksgiving. I, for one, had a great holiday and weekend. Some of the highlights: visiting with old friends, celebrating a big win by the Irish, putting up the Christmas tree… and being the honorary ringmaster at the Circus!!! (This guy was the official ringmaster. I should have worn a rhinestone studded vest like him… what was I thinking?!?)
Ok, so anyway… I volunteered a few weeks ago to be an honorary ringmaster after an email went out at the station. It sounded like fun. Well, it WAS a lot of fun. However, it was also a little more involved than I expected! No one told me I'd have a speaking role!!! When I got there they told me I needed to do a little talking and then blow my special engraved whistle to kick things off. The speaking part went ok. The whistle blowing part… not so much. It came out sounding pretty weak, I'm afraid. That's a lot of pressure though!!!
Luckily, my friend Sarah came along to document things and enjoy the circus with her sister, nieces and nephew. Here they are having a great time!
I was really hoping that my "title" for the evening would earn me a ride on an elephant, but alas, I had to settle for taking a picture as they walked by:)
I did make some new friends, though, while I was there. And I was able to use this picture to scare my lovely college roommate who has a fear of clowns afterwards!
You know, a lot of people are scared of clowns, but I've never been. Perhaps it's because I went to the circus as a child and they were nice??? Also could help that I've never seen the movie "It". :)
All in all, it was a very good time. Before it was all over I even got to ride in the Funsters car that kind of goes up and down and round and round. I did not fall out like the clown in the back, so that was a plus!
As far as today, I spent a lot of it in Newburgh putting together my story about the awful fire there over the weekend. Before going out to the shopping center where the fire happened though, I stopped by the Don's Cleaners plant in Evansville near Garvin Park to find out about their barcode system that's really helping them out in the aftermath of the fire. It keeps tabs on every item so they can track who lost what. Anyway, they've got quite the set up over there. I kept worrying I was going to get hit in the head by a traveling shirt or jacket flying from one place to another! (I ended up unscathed though :) )
One good thing about today was that I had company! We have a new reporter who started today. Her name is Gina. If she shows up tomorrow I'm taking it as proof I did not scare her away! We did have to suffer through some cold rain for a little bit because neither of us was smart enough to bring an umbrella when we left the station this morning (mine was conveniently underneath my desk back at the station). Whoops!
Gina is an Ohio girl and IU grad, which makes her A-ok in my book. Expect to see her on the air in the next few days! Welcome aboard, Gina!
Well, that's enough for tonight. Stay warm, everyone!
Until next time,
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