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January 22, 2004

Out among the Humans Vol. 3

It's official: We're through the morning sickness!

It's been so long since Fabulous Babe vomited randomly that I'm declaring an end to major stomach hostilities. Woo hoo! It's like a whole new day.

Tonight we went to Buca di Beppo for a work function. Fabulous Babe was once almost thrown out of one a couple of years ago for being part of a group that was too rowdy. (Which just goes to show it's always the quiet ones. CPA's are truly the worst.)

The best part of the night was watching FB hork back food at a pace I hadn't seen in a long time. When the Tiramisu arrived I thought she was in heaven.

Afterwards we journeyed over to that once a decade or so Minnesota event: The St. Paul Winter Carnival. Here's how the event got started:

"In 1885 a New York reporter wrote that Saint Paul was "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation" in winter. Offended by this attack on their Capital City, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce decided to not only prove that Saint Paul was habitable but that it"s citizens were very much alive during winter, the most dominant season. Thus was born the Saint Paul Winter Carnival."

That's right. We revel in weather that normal people with God given sense shun, fear and loathe. -30 with the wind? No problem. A frost in the air that causes your heart to seize? Pass me a beer. They don't even call kids off the playgrounds unless it's 15 below zero. Hearty but foolish descendents of pioneer stock are the norm in these parts.

We wandered around with some of my co-workers for about an hour gazing at the spectacle. The Ice Castle is really amazing. You can hear "27,000 200 lb. blocks of ice" but you do really have to see it to believe it. Have a look: http://www.winter-carnival.com/castles.html

The crowd was pretty light tonight but the place will be packed this weekend. FB and I are volunteering Sunday for a couple of hours so if you are going to be around I'll try to think of some way you can recognize us if you want to say "Hi!"

We got home and after a warm bath FB passed out in the bed. (Flanked by our cats, Aida and Tosca.) I'm finishing this up and then it's lights out for me.

A quick thanks to all you fine folks visiting from the kind recommendation of my friend "The Artist". I've added a link at the left to facilitate reading the site from the beginning. I'm still stumbling through figuring out MT so suggestions are always appreciated.

Posted by Jim at January 22, 2004 11:13 PM


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