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Minnesota River Rocks by Ann Treacy
September 22, 2008, 12:48 am
Filed under: St Paul

Last night I went to the River Rocks Festival with Anita. The weather was perfect. We got free tickets. The bands were super fun. We saw a crazy woman who tried to tell us that we were standing in her space. I’m not sure that she quite understood the nature of an outdoor concert – but mostly we were glad not to be her.

I took some video mostly of Mike Doughty and Semisonic. I would have taken more but my batteries were running low.

See the other Semisonic videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw9jiBxEJgI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KViD_-SGKGc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GmQjXJo_oQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk83MPuCFcg

More Mike Doughty:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD38veejZuQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiizzBdKCuM

And one of the McNally Smith bands:



Chemistry Experiments at Merriam Park Library by Ann Treacy
September 22, 2008, 12:29 am
Filed under: St Paul

Today we went to the Merriam Park Library for some chemistry experiments. They stuck a skewer through a balloon to demonstrate the elasticity of polymers. The heated a wire into a new shape because it is created with an alloy that was formed at a very high temperature. In a cooler temperature the atoms become flexible but once heated the atoms again become rigid and sort of snap back into shape.

So now I feel like we could all pass a high school chemistry test – well maybe not quite, but I’m hoping that when some of us take high school chemistry that these experiments will come back to them and help them pass some test or get some scholarship.

It was a fun day.



Nativity County Fair by Ann Treacy
September 20, 2008, 10:15 pm
Filed under: St Paul

Last weekend was the Nativity County Fair. It’s the big fundraiser for the girls’ school. Sadly it rained all weekend. But we were up there a lot. The last year we were in town we helped out a lot. But since all of our phone numbers changes while we were in Ireland we were not called upon to help with anything. We were just patrons.

We played a lot of bingo. Lily won a game. We did the Twinkie Walk; again I think Lily won once. Kate and Aine went on the Tilt-a-Whirl. They played a lot of kid games. We wanted the talent show in the rain.

I nearly forgot – we also did the fun run before the Fair. So we ran a mile around the Fair. Aine and I were the last people to finish. In fairness I think she was also the youngest runner. The big girls did a good job. I’m not sure they ran the whole mile – but they beat us.



Renaissance Festival by Ann Treacy
September 20, 2008, 10:10 pm
Filed under: St Paul

OK I’m way behind on the blog again – despite the fact that we’ve done some fun stuff. On a Saturday we went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. It was Irish weekend. So we visited our friends and neighbors who edit and publish the Minnesota Irish Gazette.

The weather was perfect! There were about a billion cars – but it’s way out there so there’s plenty of room and they do a great job with the traffic.

Our most fun thing – Kate, Aine and I rode an elephant! Aine also rode a llama. Lily was the official photographer.

We saw the jousting match, which is cool. No one gets killed but it looks pretty real. I just finished The Other Boleyn, where they joust and stuff so it was particularly fun for me.

We saw the snake farm. The girls were very brave about petting the snakes.



Aine’s hospital testing by Ann Treacy
September 20, 2008, 9:56 pm
Filed under: St Paul

Last week we went for some medical testing with Aine. She had renal reflux. Kate had it too until she outgrew it. I won’t go into great detail with the testing – Aine called it the potty experience, which is an apt name. She also said it was very, very, very painful but she did not cry and she didn’t.

Kate had to be sedated when she had this done a few years ago. I guess each kid is different. The good news is that we got the tests back and she’s in the clear. She’s also outgrown the condition and there will be no more potty experiences.

Outside the radiology department at Children’s Hospital is a Winnie the Pooh tree. It’s tradition for Patrick to try to crawl through the hole in the tree. He has yet to succeed.



Civic Fest at the RNC by Ann Treacy
September 8, 2008, 5:29 pm
Filed under: Minneapolis

In our effort to do everything related to the RNC except attend the RNC, the big girls and I went to Civic Fest on Thursday. Grandpa dropped us off downtown. I have to say the traffic was no worse than ever and the security was minimal. We saw some heavily armed cops – big night sticks but that was about it. And they must have been at the end of their shift as they were getting pictures taken by friends.

Civic Fest was dead. There were very, very few people there. I’m not sure if that was the case through the whole week, but I think it was. Originally I think the cost was about $15 per person although kids were free. By the time we got there (their last hours open) everyone was free.

We did get to see some cool things that the girls enjoyed. There was a huge replica of the White House. You could see into it and it was completely furnished. Aine would have loved it; we were sorry she wasn’t there. We got to walk through a replica of Air Force One. We got to see samples of various presidential china patterns. They also had sample dressed from all of the first ladies. We though Dollie Madison’s was a little risqué. Lily did a report on Zachary Taylor a few years ago, so she was excited to see a few things about him.

It was like a little taste of the Smithsonian and made me realize that we really need to go to Washington DC at some point. The kids would love it. The kids enjoyed the Civic Fest.

There was an area dedicated to Minnesota and the Sesquicentennial. I took a video of that area for the Sesqui Blog.



Ron Paul Rally for the Republic by Ann Treacy
September 4, 2008, 11:36 pm
Filed under: Minneapolis

On Tuesday I went with my brother to the Ron Paul convention. It was an all day affair. We arrived about 5 minutes before Ron Paul spoke. First – there were no storm troopers in Minneapolis. I don’t even think there were any extra cops. They seemed to have more wrist bands but that was it. You could walk down the streets. It wasn’t scary. It was normal. Well, it was as if they had a big conference in town.

So from the local merchant’s perspective Minneapolis is hopping and St Paul has become like a police state. Now maybe St Paul is more welcoming now – but if Monday was any indication no one is making any money – well no retailers anyways. I did see a Hummer Limo outside a neighborhood restaurant (The Heartland), I assume that was convention-related so the people outside downtown are doing well.

Back to Ron Paul… I think the event sold out. Jesse Ventura spoke during the afternoon. I saw a little press on that – in fact I think that’s the only local press I saw about the event.

I have nearly the whole thing on YouTube. Here’s a quick look from the end of his talk:

After the gig we went to Kieran’s with some of Billy’s friends. I think the no-cover policy was the draw. But eventually we headed to the After Party at the Lone Tree, where Jimmie Vaughan played. Actually we first walked into the wrong Lone Tree where we did get to talk to a few people – many had come quite a ways to see Ron Paul. But once we figured out that there were two Lone Trees – or maybe just two entrances we went to the right one and found ourselves front and center right next to the band.

Here’s a video from the Jimmie Vaughan gig:




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