201707 The Grand Tour

Our time in Omaha was drawing to a close. Jacob and I took a trip. We took several trips, all at once.

1. Lewis and Clark. We followed the Missouri River all the way to the confluence with the Yellowstone River in Montana.
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2. We went to Glacier National Park
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3. Lewis and Clark to Lolo Pass, Utah.
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4. Yellowstone National Park – We did this over a couple of days. I think we used all the entry points.
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5. Grand Teton National Park
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6. Oregon Trail – We back tracked on the Oregon Trail and picked up some miles from our trip last year.20170722 _TheGrandTour_170_IMG_9887.JPG

7. Rocky Mountain National Park
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8. Home
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20170331 Crane Trust Overnight

It’s been a while. I did an over night with the Crane Trust (cranetrust.org). I got dropped off at 4:30 in the afternoon. The birds move in for the night at sunset. They actually landed on the North side of the river. Over the course of the evening, they spread out all the way across the river. I woke up to tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes outside the blind.

According to the Trust, there were around two hundred thousand (200K) Cranes on the Platte this night. Last week, it was 400,000. I slept pretty well considering it sounds like 400,000 middle school trumpet players on their first day. The cranes make an really amazing amount of sounds.

The weather was and has been overcast and gross. The sun finally made an appearance several days later.

The Crane Trust does a great work. The visitor center is really nice. Worth a stop if you are ever crossing Nebraska.

Absolut Greyhound Vodka Promotes DJ/Producer Cruelty

The Youtube music video promoting your new vodka Absolut Greyhound promotes DJ/Producer cruelty in the form of robot greyhound racing. While slick with a catchy soundtrack by Swedish House Mafia, DJ/Producers are once again perceived as futuristic exploited entertainment machines. The video is a deadly cross between Project Runway and Mad Max.

Let the cruelty begin!

Vapid fashionistas pose in an arid wasteland for the thrill of watching three starkly beautiful robotic greyhound creatures race for their lives. Once again the focus is on the sights and sounds, the DJ/Producers are muzzled in a dark room with no access to the dance floor, a la Mad Max style. It might have worked for Mel Gibson but it is no way justifiable for a DJ/Producers, even a CGI DJ/Producer.

And just like at the real DJ/Producers event, the lighting and clothes, food and drink take a front seat to the hard work of the entertainers. Sure a robotic, elegant, black beauty falls to the ground at 40 mph. While one model looks appalled, the other laughs. The robot gets up and continues to run. At real events, DJ/Producers are stuck in a dark corner and get no credit for a great event. DJ/Producers who usually take bad falls like that break their legs, break their backs, pull their butt muscles, or are paralyzed hauling heavy speakers and gear. Laugh models laugh.

Many are euthanized at the discretion of the caters and promoters, some with broken legs sub contract their events. Some even pretend to have broken legs to go to a better event.

Some promoters bill this as “pulse pounding action” but I bill it as DJ/Producer heartbreak.

In case you don’t know why Absolut would name a product Greyhound, there’s a cocktail called Greyhound. It’s a mix of vodka and grapefruit juice and if the bartender adds a rim of salt – the cocktail become a Salty Dog.

This ad is haunting…haunting in the way it promotes DJ/Producers Entertainment as subhuman depravity. Haunting in a way, I feel nauseous and want to vomit.

Portraying DJ/Producers as responsible, talent professionals responsible for the success of the event would have been more humane than the forgotten, unloved after thoughts that can be left in a dark corner while all the credit goes to the lighting, food, drink and chair covers. Absolut responsible, it is not.

PS- this is jest. I am Absolutly (see what I did there?) by the new Absolut Greyhound commercial.

Check it out yourself – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmlRK8Da6GE

Apologies to  http://tucsoncitizen.com/tucson-tails/2012/03/20/absolut-greyhound-vodka-promotes-animal-cruelty/ who inspired this parody. I am in favor of adopting greyhounds and working with your entertainer to create a great event.

best wedding ceremony….EVER!!!

Here is blog challenge to my friend and author, Peter Merry, author of “The Best Wedding Reception… Ever!” www.tbwre.com

I officiated and acted as master of ceremonies for Nick and Carrie’s wedding. One of the bridesmaids made the greatest Facebook post ever.

That makes her my favoritest bridesmaid EVAR…. Except for the bridesmaid I married.

20091003 Lindsay and Denny (Dennis)

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Not the picture I was hoping for.


This was an amazing wedding day.
It started on Friday night with the rehearsal, as the sun set and a chill fall breeze.

The wedding and reception was held at Eagle Pointe in Bloomington. A great venue. Lindsay and Denny got married on the 1st green and had their reception on the patio. The last time I was there I was in the clubhouse with the ceremony on the 9th green. I discovered on the Monday after the wedding that Jim Cerone was the DJ on the other green. (I don’t know what the Indianapolis metro area did without us for the weekend.).

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Much nicer.

Dennis paid me the nicest compliment at the end of the evening. He said… “when we were sitting down and planned this out, I had no idea how much stuff you would be doing…. Thanks”

That is the essence of what I do… Focused on the results. There are a million small things that add up to the difference in end result. It’s the difference between what I do and average.

20091010 Brendan and Stephanie

20091010_Agan_McNamara_060_IMG_7064_thisoneStephanie  is a professional event planner. There was a table or two of guests who are professional event planners. No pressure. None at all.

It was posh. It was fun. Bridgewater Country Club did a great job. There was a bagpiper for the cocktail hour on the deck. Emily Gage was in charge of photography. Debbie Graves who I haven’t worked with in ages, was in charge of video.

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This is Martha Ellen, a friend of Bride/Event Planner Stephanie and the P Diddy of day of coordination. She was great! She did a great job. I would hire her.

20090725 Daniel & Kelly

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This is part one of my Dentist’s of Monroe County travelogue.

Daniel and Kelly live in Bloomington. Bloomington is a destination for a lot of bride’s in search of an outdoor venue. Over all the places to have a wedding day in their neck of the woods, they choose Avon Gardens in Avon, Indiana. I have to agree on their thinking here.

It’s really an amazing place. The owners and staff are amazing. The location is amazing. The overall vibe is a perfect antidote for wedding day jitters and nerves.

Lois Talley was in charge of photography.

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