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So Long, Gigglebees

Entrance to GigglebeesAs kids, Dad would take us to Sioux Falls in August to go shopping for school supplies.  (He’s a teacher, so he had summers off too.) Then we’d get to eat out for supper and do something fun. It was called “Kids’ Day”, (since our parents each had their own parental day). More often than not, our Kids’ Day celebration was at Gigglebees. As my brother, Adam, and I got older, we ventured on to other things like Thunder Road or a movie, but since my sister, Marissa, was 5 years younger than me (8 years for my brother), we still went to Gigglebees every few years, and still enjoyed it. We all had birthdays in April, and we’d get a coupon in the mail from Wilbur, so many of our early birthdays were spent there as well.

I was fascinated by the robotic raccoon-like animal on the tricycle. I remember the day I figured out that the robot was controlled by the guy behind the mirror – and that was a sad day. I had grown up. I also remember all the useless trinkets I would get as prizes for games like skee ball. Like the chinese finger trap I accidentally broke many years after I forgot I had it.

Dad recalls memories of Gigglebees adventures: “I remember the tradition of going to Gigglebees on many birthdays. The video games and bumper cars were fun. And you kids either loved or were terrified of Wilbur!” Our feelings toward Wilbur are confusing for us too, Dad.

Adam remembers, fondly: “My Gigglebees memory is when dad was playing a racecar driving game and I needed money. So he gave me his wallet and I took out some money. Then I put his wallet on the floor next to him. Well, either he forgot this or he never knew I put it there, but anyway after we left Gigglebees he realized he didn’t have it, so we went back to that spot and the wallet was still there. Unfortunately, none of his cash was.” What a great place.

Marissa struggles: “I tried to think but I can’t remember any.” It’s OK, sister. Life’s tough.

I’m sure Mom would have something to share, but I’m too impatient for her to get home from work and reply to my email for memories. She’ll comment if she has any to share.

The last day Gigglebees is open is Thursday, July 3rd. According to local blogs I have been reading, the land is being redeveloped and so the building will be gone soon. They are looking for someone to purchase the entire business and those persons would need to find a new building to restart Gigglebees in. We ate there today for lunch. It wasn’t like I remembered it, and I probably shouldn’t have gone because of that.

I wonder what they’ll do with the games. And if they’ll be selling Wilbur.

Photo courtesy of Adam Bubolz.

Ahh, to be 21 again…

Photo of Megaphone and CampersHere’s a list of “firsts” that happened when I was 21.

  • Rented a House
  • Received 1st place in 2D for my photo in Beadlemania
  • Discovered I didn’t like alcohol, only the fruity stuff in mixed drinks
    • I found out I like juice
  • Became a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant
  • Worked at my favorite place of employment
  • Gained a sister-in-law
  • Later gained a brother-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and parents-in-law
  • Took a summer class – Zoology – and enjoyed it
  • Finished Harry Potter
  • Acted in a traveling children’s show
  • Posed for many more photos than I ever want to for the rest of my life
  • Visited Philly
  • Modeled and animated a 3D character
  • Wrote this letter to Andrew Wilson
  • Began creating monthly wallpapers
  • Was in the top two for a great job and didn’t get it, triggering the beginning of no graphic design openings in a 50 mile radius
  • Gave one of two student speeches at graduation
  • Graduated a semester early, summa cum laude
  • Fell in love with Albie
  • Started a “favorite songs” blog posting excursion and failed to complete it
  • Cheered on my fiance as he applied for and obtained employment with a company I’ve wanted to be a part of
  • Photo of Animal Crackers and Imaginary Friends Took a painting class and decided I mega-loathe it
  • Spent Christmas away from home
  • Got married
    • Died a little
      • I kid!
  • Acted dead
  • Began responding to a new last name
  • Vacationed to the happiest place on earth with the only man on earth that makes me happiest
  • Owned a TV bigger than 27″
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the company of an 18 month old
  • Gained a permanent roommate
  • Was unemployed for over 2 months
  • Detached from the blogs
  • Watched an entire Season (and then some) of LOST in less than 48 hours

Wow, I guess I had a lot going on in the past year…!

Happy Birthday, Husband!


The few…the proud

The Animation Show DVD The rumors are true. I turned 21 on April 15. On that same day, I had my first alcoholic drink. It was a glass of Riesling. Which was nasty. I stayed up until midnight (not an easy thing to do for an old timer like myself!) and had a glass (more like 6 sips) of wine. I should have gone to bed instead…! Though, I’ll try other wines and maybe find something a bit sweeter that I could enjoy on occasion.

I opened presents from Miles that morning before lunch. One being a wood figurine from the Willow Tree Angel collection, this particular figurine entitled “Birthday Girl”. I started collecting them in high school and I think Miles is trying to encourage my collection (not a bad thing!) He also got me a DVD collection of “The Animation Show”, the DVD version of an animation festival…pretty sweeeet! Lastly, I got The Animator’s Sketchbook, which is by the guy who directed Roger Rabbit and it has lots of tips for character animation pertaining to almost anything you could think of. (A guy using a pitch fork to throw hay…who would want to animate that?! SOMEONE!) So they were exciting gifts, I must say!

Then we went to Sioux Falls and watched Meet the Robinsons. It’s a 3D animation in 3D vision…sensory OVERLOAD! It was good modeling and animation; though I didn’t care to wear the 3D glasses the whole time. Hurt my head! Then we went to Johnny Carino’s…delish! I tried a Bellini (which I mistakingly made a joke; thinking it was Belushi) and Miles ordered an Italian margarita in case I didn’t like the Bellini. They were very fruity and that definitely helped with the taste. We drove back to Madison and David came over to Miles’s and they played Guitar Hero while I did homework or something. All in all, a good day. And I get to celebrate it again with dinner with my family this weekend!

Also, some interesting developments have occurred in the past week or so…how’s that for a teaser?! Check back soon.

Weekend, Homecoming, Homecoming, Weekend

What you’ve heard is true. A second Rausch has met the Greggs. We all knew it would happen, but who would be the first? The Honorable, on one of his business trips? Val AND Paula at a DSU play? No. It was none other than David. We picked up Miles and headed to Hawarden. We didn’t do a whole lot, but watched some football, watched Little Shop of Horrors, watched my senior video that Dad made, and celebrated Mom’s __th Birthday. David also experienced a United Methodist sermon. No big deal. I think David had a good time, and my family enjoyed having our company. I also got to see my cousins Corissa and Brody, whom I haven’t seen in a long time.

King and Queen DSU’s Homecoming is this week. Monday was coronation and Senior Tyler Ruhd and Sophomore Tawny Nordstrom were crowned King and Queen. I took pictures for the Student Activities Board website. Comedy Bytes performed Tuesday night. It was the last performance for Miles, Mike, and myself. I gave my camera to someone in the crowd to take pictures and I added them to my Comedy Bytes set. It went really well! We had some new games mixed in with some old favorites, and everyone enjoyed it. What a good way to end. I wish we had gotten it taped, however.

West Sioux’s Homecoming is also this week. Jared Kool, my sister’s boyfriend, was crowned King on Tuesday. Congratulations!

A marketing company was at campus this week. I was involved in a photo shoot with a cap and gown (very similar to what I did two years ago…) and then was interviewed for a video montage on the website.

Miles and I travel back to Hawarden this weekend. We’ll watch the Homecoming football game. Then on Saturday we’ll wake up way too early and head to the middle of the state and watch some football at the school my brother graduated from. And also hang out with the Leaders side of the family. Yippy skippy!