Bittersweet Ending

Bittersweet Ending

Over the last nine years on the road we have worked with countless clients, taken exhibits to 48 states, and been exposed to a diversity of industries. While no two tours are the same, there are some national events that tend to draw in our customers each year. You can always count on at least one program visiting the Minnesota State Fair, one of the Maker Fairs, and the National FFA Convention. In those nine years we have been to them all, finally.

In my youth I was an active member of both 4-H and FFA. These organizations shaped who I am and gave me not just skills and experience but the confidence to reach for some large goals. I know that attending the National FFA Convention as a high school student broadened my view of the world and the opportunities in it. You see I’m from a very small town and it can be hard to leave that comfort for what adventures may be found. Sixteen year old me certainly didn’t envision a life where I get to help companies create a message and sell it.

So it is only fitting that the last show we do after nine years is at this same event. LAST SHOW, WHAT?? Yes, Josh and I have made the decision to set down some roots, in Portland Oregon. We are also making some moves in our careers that will take us off the road. This was the first time we have taken a program to any FFA event, not going to lie I brought my jacket. It was actually useful, one of the other event sponsors had a scavenger hunt challenging students to find poelpe who fit into a number of categories (Like a former FFA member). It is things like this that make FFA a great club, give members challenge to go interact with professionals and they will rise to the task.

There was one group of young leaders in particular that I was hoping to meet, the members of the Brown County FFA Chapter.  I happen to be a very proud Alumni and having these exceptional students come by my exhibit will forever remain a career highlight.  They were able to stay for a bit and talk to me about the chapter along with what they are each doing in the club.  I’m inspired.  The chapter is in the rebuilding process and as part of that alumni are coming together to support that organization. I was already excited to take part but now I can’t wait to be a help.  There are so many ways to give back to a community, I feel lucky to now have a way to repay a group that gave me a solid foundation for success.

Josh was able to find a group attending that were all former students of his mother, this was truly a special event.

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Coming This Week: August 23rd – 29th

It was fun while it lasted, we spent just two weeks out with this tour, now we are going back into the shop for a few modifications.  So it will be a few days in Indianapolis then some time in Madison Heights.  However next week has some excitement.  We will be heading to Chicago for some fun times; taking in the USA vs Australia Rugby match.  There are lots of friends joining us.  Maybe a Bears game in there too!!!!

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Week in Review: We had the opportunity to stay at a hotel on the Susquehanna River in New York.
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Coming This Week: February 8th – 14th

Another week with no moving, but lots of work getting done.

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Song of the week: This Land is Your Land – Marc Scibilia, Yes this was used in the Jeep Superbowl Commercial but I found it very striking.

Week in Review: I had the chance to go home last weekend to see my parents and help them out with a little home improvement, winning the “Daughter of the Year” award.  Josh had a nice week being barred in the Michigan snow.

 

Fun Photo of the Week:

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Coming This Week: February 1st – 7th

This travel map doesn’t change this week. Josh got called in to move a truck from Greensboro to Detroit.  I am still in Indianapolis.

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Song of the week: Timber – with Pitbull and Ke$ha

Week in Review: We had the fun of moving back into our tractor this week, always feels like we have too much stuff. It was another week for cinema going, this time it was Inherent Vice.  What can be said about this one.  It was weird, entertaining but weird.  I think it was supposed to be funny.  If either of us knew more about the drug culture we might have gotten the jokes and references.

 

Fun Photo of the Week:

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Mac Attack!!!!

 

 

Coming This Week: January 25th – 31st

We are now back to work, had a few days in Detroit to check in and then onto Indy to help out on a project.

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Song of the week: Sleepyhead by Passion Pit

Week in Review: We went to the movies this week, together but not to the same movie. We actually split up to see films that the other had been to while we were apart. Josh took the in The Hobbit and I went to Birdman. Birdman deserves every Oscar nomination for performance it’s getting but I think it should stop there. It’s a really unique film and a different way to look at mental health issues. However I personally don’t like the genre of movie and TV shows about lives of actors. I can’t stand 30 Rock, I don’t find wealthy and famous people getting to shenanigans that have no connection to the real world interesting. That is not exactly what Birdman is but that part was distracting. Someone who is struggling with where their life has gone after some bad choices is interesting.

We also went to Wild, I highly recommend this book. I liked the movie and the book but especially the book. Both Josh and I have read it and enjoyed. I would be curious to hear from anyone who has seen the movie but not read the book, I wonder how they felt about her at the end.

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My Deep Diver tea steeper having a dip.

My Deep Diver tea steeper having a dip.

Coming This Week: July 14 – 20

My frustration levels over trying to manage this blog and work and school have come to a head.  I love my job and I love this blog (I only like school).  Since I’m not willing to give up on any of these things a new balance must be found.  I am frustrated that at most I get two posts up a week.  So in an effort to share our travels and still find time to sleep and eat I will best posting shorts more photo based posts.

Coming this week:  We are spending the early part of this week in Indianapolis training to take out a very short but very important tour.  We will be bringing the Animal Connections to the Chicago area the last two weeks of July.  Animal connections is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medicine Association in partnership with the Smithsonian.  So yeah, my new client is the Smithsonian!!!!!  And the tour is about animals.  Yeah I know right!!  This just a short tour and we will return to our primary clients,  Rohde & Schwarz, in August.  I will be sharing more details as I’m able.

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Coming This Week: December 9 – 15

Definitely wrapping up our year quickly now.  We left Indy late last week and went back to Detroit.  This week we will finish up the preparations for taking the truck out again next year.  This coming weekend my family is getting together to celebrate the Holidays.  We are all meeting up at my uncle’s home in DeKalb.  Next week we will be in Dubuque sharing cheer and prepping for our big trip.

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