Thursday, August 28, 2008

The life of a soon-to-be teen dad

For those following my updates on the teen couple having a baby (less than 8 weeks to go!), here's another story -- this time, about the dad-to-be. He and his younger brother have spent most of their summer opening a new business. Today, the story about Carl's Coffee is in the local newspaper, The Mining Journal.

I was surprised when Hayley emailed the story (on the newspaper's website) to me. Nobody mentioned it to us that they were even interviewed -- not Carl, his girlfriend (mom-to-be, who is my friend's daughter -- and like a second daughter to me, and is Hayley's best friend) -- nor her mom (my friend). Goofballs.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

8-18 Media in Denver

Just found out the 8-18 Media team covering the Democratic National Convention has arrived in Denver, and are already at work. They are currently using TV6's flip-cam (Hayley's team will take it over next week), and have a story posted already on the TV6 website.
8-18 Media travels to DNC
8-18 Media's video blog
I believe the video blog -- hosted on TV6's website -- will be updated during both National Conventions. So keep checking that link for updates over the next couple of weeks.
Still haven't found anything on The Mining Journal's site.

Tues. Aug 26th:
8-18 Media (finally) has a story in The Mining Journal.
8-18 Media DNC Blog (TV6 Website)
There are now three stories on 8-18 Media's video blog (also TV6 website -- linked above)
Wed. Aug 27th: Another Mining Journal entry
New blog entry on TV6 website
Thurs. Aug 28th: 8-18 Media also has blog posts on MLive.Com
We finally hear from Ben, with a story covering -- not surprisingly -- a more technical point of view. So far, we've heard from Emily, Erin, and Ben. But there is still one more 8-18 Media member on the DNC team we've not heard from. (Where's Eric?) Correction: Eric does have at least one post on the MLive website. Oops. My bad!
Short video clip from inside the Pepsi Center added to the Convention Coverage page on the TV6 website...AND another story by Eric.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


See It Sunday: Fresh

Can't get any fresher than this.

Not as bad as it looks

You should've seen me two days ago. The scrapes on my legs and left palm are pretty much healed already. As you can see, my right arm wasn't so lucky. I won't even say how it happened, so don't bother asking. :^)

Lens Day: Self Portrait
(trying to do the "right thing" and NOT repost the same photo for another meme with a similar theme)

Convention Crunch Time

As I've mentioned in a previous post, 8-18 Media has selected two teams of four kids to attend the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. The team heading to Denver, Colorado for the Democratic National Convention (unfortunately, not the team for which Hayley was selected) left today. Hayley's team leaves for the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota next Sunday (August 31st).

Planning and briefing meetings were held -- the Republican team will only meet a couple more times next week.
In the meantime, other non-convention-related stories still needed to be completed.
And, as always, Hayley reminds everyone to have fun and not take things too seriously.
The Convention Teams, other members of 8-18 Media, and family members take time out to volunteer for the Seafood Festival. Each year, the Seafood Festival is hosted by the Marquette Rotary West, who donated $500 towards the Convention Teams' costs.
And, finally, press passes and business cards were handed out. (Side note: Although Hayley has reported some of the radio stories, she was actually trained in as an Editor for 8-18 Media. Editors sometimes also do reporting.)
All that's basically left is the packing. We still need to buy a few things for Hayley to pack, plus try to come up with some money -- not just for buying things for the trip, but also to cover costs for meals...and, hopefully, some for her to spend on souvenirs and such. Other than that, she's all set and excited to go. She even gets to miss the first week of school in order to attend the Convention.
She's also excited because she may be the one who gets to use the flip-cam, which was provided by TV6, a local television station. Hayley said both TV6 and The Mining Journal (local newspaper) will post the kids' stories during the conventions on their websites. When I find out what the links are, I will try to remember to post them on my blog. I will also try to post some of the photos and/or video I get from Hayley. She'll be bringing at least one of my cameras with her -- probably the old Nikon Coolpix 885 I picked up at the Flea Market, and the old (crappy) Aiptek IS-DV2. We're not sure if she'll be able to send them to me while in St. Paul, so those may have to wait to be posted until after she returns from her trip.
In the meantime, here is a convention-related story Hayley worked on with two other 8-18 Media members, Maggie and Erin, about a recent mock election (direct link to mp3 file) that was held at Marquette's City Hall.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Donckers: Not Just for Candy Anymore

Moody Monday: 2.0

There has been quite a lot of confusion surrounding Donckers this year. First, we thought they were closing. Then they showed up across the street in the Masonic Square building. The next thing we know, that space is replaced by another business, leaving us to wonder, "What happened to Doncker's Candy?"

Lo and behold, they are now reopened in the original building, which went through a total tranformation. Not only do they sell candy, but also have ice cream, a soda fountain, lunch items and more!

In this photo, the young man is making Hayley's Cherry Coke ice cream soda.

Friday, August 15, 2008

I always wondered...

what it'd be like to be tall and skinny.

My shadow sloping down the side of the Presque Isle breakwall.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Downtown Marquette Pirate Festival

Busy, busy weekend here in Marquette. A lot of events for the Pirate Festival. The Ore to Shore mountain bike races were today too. I had planned on trying to catch at least the end of the Ore to Shore, but that didn't happen. (Sorry, Ali!) So you'll have to check AliB.'s blog to see how her race went. I have also missed most of the Pirate Festival happenings. I'm fine. Just not feeling quite up to trekking all over Marquette, up and down hills, and having my back scream for me to stop torturing it.

Anyway, here are some shots I DID manage to get during the Pirate Festival. I may try to catch the Pirate Ball tonight and take some pics of dancing Pirates, but I'm not going to make promises.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Mushroom Mania

Spending more time on my belly. But it's worth it.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Roly-Poly Puppy

Introducing Dextar's new baby brother, Finn.