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A day like today…

A day like today makes me think of KJAM Radio, my previous place of employment.  How I would love to be on the air during a blizzard warning.  My reasoning: lots of cancellations.

You see, KJAM is a local-area radio station, FM is country – AM is 70s-90s soft rock and news.  I typically was on the AM side.  In between every couple of songs, we were to make local announcements.  Some days were slow.  I’d be reading the Madison High School bake sale and Lutheran Bible study at every break.  It’s hard to fill in 60 seconds of talking when you have nothing to talk about.  Somehow, through genetics, I managed.

Days like this, however, when there are 25 event cancellations and one must announce the weather at every single break because it is so dangerous, it’s very exciting and the time goes by fast.  But instead, I am sitting in my dorm room…hoping I’m not stuck here for the next 10 days.  I even stocked up on food this afternoon in case I can’t leave at all.  Looking back on it…this is kind of a lame post.  I’ll have to remember this for next year’s eSIPs.

Best for last

Today has been a day of a few “lasts” for me.


…I will have a class period with Dr. Weinstein.

…I will buy an orange Powerade from the TC this semester.

…my residents could turn in forwarding address cards.

…I will do dishes this semester.

…I will play intramural softball with “I’m a bowling trophy”.

…I will work at KJAM.

Happy almost Cinco de Mayo!

Mile High Fizz Bessie

Heather comic My title is a Mad Gab I made up. Even at 4:15 AM I am a genius! But also, since it’s after 4:00AM, I probably will have lots of grammer mistakes in here. And I don’t want to fix them…it’s 4:00AM for goodness’s sake!

Saturday evening, after our play and going to Mass, Miles and I went out to Ben’s place. Lisa, Holly, and Bob were there as well. There we brought in horses. I didn’t because I’m pretty much terrified of them; I took pictures. We ate some delicious ribs and beans and chips and then played Roulette (American, not Russian) and Blackjack. We did this for many hours and then Miles and I came back to town and finished Harry Potter III (three).

Miles and I met up at noonish Sunday to eat at China Moon. Then we did homework all day long and he helped me understand Web Publishing II better, now I’ve nearly finished my work with that which otherwise would have taken me two weeks. Then we performed as Comedy Bytes at the KSI honors banquet. Miles and I are members, so we stayed for the meal and everything. Then we rented Harry Potter IV. After many problems, we started to watch it on my tablet. Then he got tired so he left. original I tried to sleep. Three times I tried. I’ve decided I won’t sleep and I will just nap from like 2:30-5:30, before we perform tomorrow at 7:00 and at 10:00.

The picture at the beginning is of my friend Heather when we were in Florida over Christmas break. The picture down here is the original. For Photography II, we were to take a picture and make it look like it came out of a comic book. I think I did pretty well. And it was fun to make. Yippee!

Tomorrow morning at 8:30 Miles and I go down to KJAM to have an on-air interview about the play. It should be a good time. We’ll see how “on” I am with little to no sleep! The Mad Gab for my title answer is: My Life Is Busy

Ecstatic Eight

Holli and Cici So the Lady T’s basketball season is officially over. What a run they had, though! They come out of regular season play in first place for the D-A-C, with a #18 rank in the nation. They got beat in conference tournament play, but still won the second-to-last bid to qualify for the national tournament in Sioux City, IA. I had made the decision that I was going to Sioux City if the girls made it. And one week later there I was in the Tyson Events Center at 8:30 AM, alongside Miles Rausch, Kendra Weisser, Jennifer Sixta, and Kim Sixta. We stayed at my parents’ house the night before so we didn’t have so far to drive in the morning. The girls won against Shawnee State and were a part of the Sweet Sixteen. What made it even better, was that Cici was there and she sat with me for the first half. She’d clap when I clapped. Sometimes when I get excited about a play, I point at the player. Cici would point when I pointed. I think the only thing she can’t do is control her bladder.

We high-tailed it back to Madison for people to get a 1/2 day of work in the afternoon and prepared to head back to my town the next night. We got there (without Kim this time) and Jen and Kendra were asleep by 7:00 PM or something crazy. Headed out the next morning to see the girls play the #4 ranked team in the nation, Tabor College from Kansas. It seemed as though every player for DSU was “on”. We really got our momentum when our 6-10 players were on the court, which is amazing. It truly shows that they’re just as important as our starters. It wore out Tabor, because we were the same team whether our starters were on the court or not, and they definately had different momentum without their starters. So we kept running hard and wearing them out and eventually won by what seems like a landslide (if you just look at the final score anyway). Turns out that the Lady T’s had two upsets for the tournament. Those girls were proving that they deserved to be there. They were in the Elite Eight.

Amber Melvin sinks free throw We drove back to Madison, and returned to Hawarden five hours later. We played Phase 10 with my parents and slept in a couple hours on Saturday. My parents came to watch that game with us. We weren’t the same team that afternoon. We were a little sloppy and just not ready for a team like Hastings from Nebraska. The momentum just wasn’t in our favor (neither were the referees). But they had a great season and played hard. And can hold their head up high as a team that was Elite. (I hate the term Elite Eight…I like Ecstatic Eight better.)

Angie Gottsleben sinks three’s with a horrible shot technique, but no one can criticize if she’s making them! Sara Nelson (my old RA) had a great game against Tabor and earned the honor of being named a Champion of Character. Laura Tewes is a quiet player, but excellent nonetheless. I was very impressed. My mom said Laura was her favorite player. Kendra said she could see Laura being named to the All-Tournament team. Jen and Kendra’s roommates Jill Hansen, Jessica VanLoy, and Stephanie Kaup were all great and made some excellent plays. I was especially excited for Steph because she didn’t get much playing time during the season, but proved she deserved to have gotten more when she was on the court at nationals.

I am at KJAM now and am a little irritated. The guy who was going to do it this morning called me last night at 9:00 to ask if I could work for him. Jim had told me that he might call….but I thought the DJ would have at least given me 12 hours notice. Anyway, I didn’t get much sleep and my voice hurts. So I’m not talking on-air much. Jim Hockett told me that he has turned in his resignation at KJAM. I’m very sad, because he’s great in a lot of ways. He even made sure I didn’t have to work this week so that I could go to the national tournament! I suppose it will make it easier to tell the station I won’t be returning after this semester if I decide I do not want to stay. Oh well, people need to move on I guess, so why can’t Jim? *sigh*

Spring break is over.

The best jokes in the world

New Comedy Bytes shirt It all started my first summer as a counselor at camp in Okoboji, the summer of 2004. It continued to the summer of 2005. We’d get massive amounts of laffy taffy pieces, the kind that have jokes written on them. Well some of us, mostly me, found it entertaining to read them…a lot. With my simple-mindedness, I often was able to guess the answers correctly or similarly. I thought I should go into joke writing. I guess it was a good career choice to not do that.

Most of these laffy taffy jokes are a bit on the ridiculous side, some even pushing the edge on appropriateness. I remember receiving bug-eyes from Heather when I read the following joke aloud: What do you call a crack in a window? –A pain in the glass. However, my all-time favorite laffy taffy joke in the world ever, is one I still tell people which is responded with minutes of hilariousness. Here it is: Why was the tomato blushing? –Because he saw the salad dressing. I’ll pause here for you to recoup from your laughter.


So Miles and I bought laffy taffy on Friday to consume while we watched Multiplicity. I thought maybe I had passed my laffy taffy enjoyment stage. Boy was I wrong. Back to my gigglesome-self, I laughed and laughed. Miles said he didn’t think any less of me because of this, but I think he was unpleasantly surprised at my horrible taste in jokes. I’ve decided to collect the wrappers and make some kind of art piece with them. I had to teach Miles how to open them without ripping it so that I can use them with my art. Turns out, I can’t open them without ripping it.

Marissa with new big screen tv Miles and I ate out with my parents and sister yesterday at Perkins in Sioux Falls. We’re broke now because among other large purchases, they bought a 57″ big screen TV. I think they just wanted to impress Miles when we travel to Iowa this coming weekend. Oh, the things my family will do for approval. ;)

I also got new shoes, thanks to Dad. They’re very comfortable, and it feels like I am walking on pillows. What a wonderful feeling.

When Miles and I came back from Sioux Falls, we rented the movies About a Boy and Raising Helen. We watched the first one last night, and will probably watch the second today sometime. We’ve been in a big movie renting frenzy since we finished all of the Arrested Development episodes. I’d imagine we’ll rewatch all of those sometime in the near future as well. I definitely am not opposed to that.

I’m at KJAM now, doing the DJ thing or something. I had Bible Basics, How well do you know your Bible? trivia this morning and received callers live on the air for the first time. It was exhilirating, which seems extremely lame now that I type it out. So…have a good one. Folks.