Sunday, October 31, 2010

The"F" word

Flurries.  That's right, cold weather will punch into the Valley later this week.  We could see a few showers on Thursday as the cold air arrives and by the end of the day, maybe mixing with a few flurries.  It is still a LONG way's out in terms of forecasting specifics because if the temperature raises up only 2 degrees (not a lot) then it could be all rain.  We will be right on the edge of the chance for some "white stuff."

With all of that said, the last four long term forecast computer models have been consistent in showing flurries Thursday night into Friday.  The ground still is VERY warm and the flurries would melt very quickly, but if it comes down in a decent clip, maybe a snow shower or two, the roads would get slick for a short time until it melted.  If you remember last year, it was a Monday morning I believe, when the commuters went into work around 7AM we had a few snow showers that made the roads MUCH slicker than what they were used to in the previous 6-8 months.

I guess it is time to start getting my fingers ready for some daily action (maybe twice a day action) on here to keep you, the reader, updated on any developments with approaching winter systems.  Enjoy the lower 50's while they are here and have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Preparing For Winter

Well after eating some AWESOME Chinese from Hunan House in Miamisburg today, Dawn and I started getting the house ready for the winter.  We bought some caulk and I went around the outside of the house, mainly the windows, and sealed up any open cracks where air could sneak in.  I then did the inside just to be safe.  We also got a few curtain rods for curtains in our exercise room.  Despite not wanting people to watch us work out, the windows are pretty big with no blinds or shades and would let a lot of the heat out and the cold air in.  (Don't worry, the large window only faces our neighbors garage wall, and they actually moved out and are trying to sell the house.)  But we are just gearing up for the cold temps, and that is exactly what the forecast has in store for us.  We hit 62 today, but all of the temps on the 7 day forecast are below that....brrrr.

I had a hard time trying to decide what to wear tonight if I meet up with Dawn and a few friends.  They are all going out for Halloween, but obviously I will be in the weather center until late into the night and will not have time to run home and change.  Either I just go as a business man (lame), or wear a skinny tie, take a soccer ball, and go as a hotter (heavier) David Beckham, hahahaha.  I am literally laughing out loud right now.  I better get off here before my jokes start getting bad and I stop hitting 1.000....wait, that is baseball, not soccer....have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, October 29, 2010

Storm Update & Frosty Forecast

Well the National Weather Service went out to survey the damage I saw and wrote about in my last blog entry, and they confirmed it as an EF1 tornado with winds around 90 miles per hour.  Crazy to think that a tornado came within half a mile of my parents and after talking to my dad, he expressed how much he wished he would have liked to have a video camera rolling at the time.  My brother has one he bought a long time ago that he left at home, but they would have better chances of it snowing right now than the battery being charged.  For those who experienced the damage, I would think that getting insurance to cooperate would be easier with "tornado damage" rather than "straight-line wind damage."  Just talking out loud with that comment, so hope I didn't offend any insurance adjusters.  It just seems that people do not take straight line winds as serious, when they actually do more damage here to the Miami Valley than tornadoes do on any given year.

Now that the storm and cold fronts have made their way though, the chilly air has arrived.  It is a little harder getting out of bed now that the house is sooo cold in the morning.  I do laundry just to warm up the house without having to run the furnace.  The house is normally set at about 66 or 67, but we may need to raise that up just a bit...  I also am going to look into a better way to insulate the windows because it isn't that cold outside yet, but I feel that the 50 year old windows on the back of the house will suck all the warmth out when it does actually get cold.  Anyway, we will see temps dip to the freezing mark to night with clear skies.  The warmest day for the next week is tomorrow with a high of 62, the rest of the highs are in the mid and lower 50's and even into the 40's.... so comfortable moped weather is quickly coming to end.  I can't decide when I want to rebuild my engines, whether to wait until it is snowy, or just get them done now.  Well grab the extra blanket for the bed, and sweatpants to wear around the house because it looks like the cold weather is moving in and unpacking its bags.  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday's Terrible T'Storms

Before I begin this, I must say, what a difference 24 hours makes, I can hardly read my monitor due to the sun glare, so if there are misspellings, I apologize. Well I am sure no matter where you were Tuesday, the severe storms somehow affected you.  Even if you were at work, you probably stole a glimpse of the ominous sky or experienced the lights flickering if not go all the way out during the onslaught of the leading line of thunderstorms. The storms were moving in Indiana at 80 miles per hour at times, so there is no outrunning them, legally. The only way to "chase" them was to hunker down in the spot you think would be hit the hardest and wait for it to arrive.  Actually, as a matter of fact, the Miami Valley saw the storm in its peak and full maturity.  If you watch the radar loop from the entire morning, it developed in Indiana and die out once it left and entered Eastern Ohio.  So we saw the storm during its strongest stages.  That being said, we really managed to escape with minimal damage. I know some locations did see extensive damage, but considering that EVERY county, at least part of it, had a Tornado Warning, the damage was really isolated.

I was filling in for Jeff Booth Monday night and knew that Tuesday was going to be a hands-on day. I woke up a little earlier than expected, and sure enough the line was going to arrive about two hours before the models were showing.  I got ready and grabbed my chasing equipment and got to the station quickly.  We called in extra crews to position themselves along the line of storms as they approached.  After looking at the radar I was torn between two locations, either head south towards Oxford or north towards Greenville.  To give myself more time I just went west to decide further down the road.   Once I hit Gratis, I knew I was at my crossroads, either head north to Darke County, or towards Oxford.  After discussing things with the station and taking a look at the latest radar data, Darke County looked to be the worst hit.

It is quite the experience listening to the Twister Soundtrack while watching the storm rolling in to your left as I drove north.  I stopped to do a couple hits before the storm hit with my chasing gear.  I attached a few screen captures so you can see. Driving through Greenville was eerie with the tornado sirens blasted driving through town to get onto its north side. I stayed in Greenville when the storm hit and it only lasted a few minutes, but those minutes were intense. You can see from the video still frame that you could barely see anything and as quick as the windshield wipers worked, they still couldn't keep up.  I noticed a few limbs on power lines and called to report them, and with power out, I had to make a quick stop at a friend's office, Jason Aslinger, to get my radar updated and back on track.  While there, my parents called several times to tell me damage was pretty bad in Southern Darke County.

South I went and had our morning sports anchor Jon Scott come up and meet me with a live truck.  He met me and we did several reports during out wall-to-wall coverage of the severe storms.  On my parents road there were trees uprooted and tossed across the property, and the metal barn walls peeled off.  The worse damage was on Otterbein-Ithica Road.  Several large trees knocked into a home a half a mile of high voltage electric poles snapped liketoothpicks. My father, an Agricultural Meteorologist from Purdue University, saw rotation aloft in the storm as it approached, but that does not mean that it was close to the ground.  Regardless it caused a path of damage that lasted about three miles long.

Luckily it has all passed and now all we can do is cleanup.  Today will be mild with plenty of sunshine before Jack Frost arrives later this week.  I you and yours are safe and managed to escape the storms without a scratch, but in the end, no one in the Miami Valley lost their lives.  Enjoy the warmth and sunshine today and have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Who are these Browns?

I haven't seen a team play like that in a LONG time.  I don't know if it is because they don't have a lot to lose, so they just came out and played for the fun of it, but MAN that was a great game.  Oh, and how about that fake punt!  The offensive line made a hole large enough for two semis to get through, let alone one punter....that was awesome, if you missed it look it up online.  I wish I could have watched more of it than just the first half, but I had to leave during halftime to head into work and had to watch the rest of the game with play by play online.

I kinda wish I would have spend the afternoon outside.... Partly Cloudy and 77 for the high for October 24?!?!  Beautiful!  There are a few showers approaching right now and that will slowly move through the area this evening.  A few early showers Monday and thunderstorms Tuesday evening before cooler temps settle in for the end of the week and next weekend.

So as many of you know, I got my truck back after hitting the deer in Pennsylvania.  Well it's been acting up the last few days and been very sluggish and almost acting like the transmission was slipping.  I knew the fluids were top notch before I went out to Pennsylvania, just an FYI. Well they had to replace the transmission cooler, radiator, and AC cooler.... BUT they did't refill the transmission fluid after putting on the new cooler.  I had to add 3.5 liters to get it back to the right level....not happy about that, especially if any damage was done to the transmission....

On a fun note, Dawn and I got a new dryer because the heating element went out on our previous dryer.  It turns out that the high voltage outlet was too far away, so we had to switch the washer and dryer spots.  It is always such a tight fit to get in there and hook up the dryer vent hose, but I did it in record time today, only about 20 minutes.  I should have got a neighborhood kid do it that could just crawl back there with ease.... maybe next time.

Enjoy the warm, wet weather before things turn much cooler later this week and have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, October 22, 2010

Winter Outlook: Farmer's Almanac vs. Climate Prediction Center

Who do you trust:
Farmer's Almanac or Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service?

Well La Nina is strengthening, but the Farmer's Almanac might be not taking it too seriously...

Farmer's Almanac is predicting a colder and drier winter compared to average.  Farmer's Almanac also boasts that they correct with their forecasts 85% of the time.  However, the Climate Prediction Center is predicting just the opposite, slightly warmer than average, but wetter, and at least they have a good reason....the Pacific Ocean is cooler than normal and is continuing to cool meaning that La Nina is setting in and strengthening.

The last time we have seen La Nina this strong was back in 1995, where the Midwest saw record snowfalls.  Another strong La Nina was in 1988, another bad winter..... So I would say if it was up to me, I am leaning towards an average temperature winter (cold because it is always cold here) with more snow than average.  I hope you have your shovels and sidewalk salt ready....have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Back from Cleveland, Christmas Lights Up

Well even though the Browns didn't beat the Steelers last weekend, at least I got to visit the stadium and get a sweet tour, well maybe that should be suite tour.  We also got to take a look at the Legends Club with all of the members in the Hall of Fame.  Pretty sweet stuff in there. I LOVED the old elf and wish they would bring back the angry running elf.  We also got to go on the field and run a few drills with alumni from the team.  Great times.

Back home now, I put up the Christmas lights on Tuesday outside.  Not a lot, just along the edge of the house with white and blue flashing mini bulbs and rope light to outline the sidewalk.

I will be doing weather in the mornings today and tomorrow.  Then back to nights for the weekend, and filling in for Jeff Booth in the evenings next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday so he can take some time off for his birthday.  Taking a look down the road.... Halloween looks to be COLD.  That's all I am going to say for now, but I would not plan on wearing anything for warm temps.  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Are you ready for some football???

Buckeyes aren't ready for any football, apparently. I had a feeling as soon as we got #1 status, someone would knock us off.  Everyone always loves to upset that #1 team.... Also, we need to work with our special teams because that has been our Achilles heel all season... but I don't want to dwell on the negative, so lets switch gears, to the Browns.

Keeping with tradition of QB rotation of the Browns, we will soon start our third starting QB of the season.  Colt McCoy will be the 16th starting QB since the Browns came back to the NFL in 1999.  Well maybe I can make the 17th spot, since I will be playing football on the field at Cleveland Browns Stadium tomorrow.  That's right. I believe it is called the Heinz Experience because it is always the week the Browns are playing in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.  Anyways, had tickets Dawn had the chance to go last year and she told me that I had to make sure I got the day off for this year because of the awesome experience.  From what I was told, here is what is on tap: run drills on the field at the stadium, play a game of flag football, get a behind the scenes tour of the stadium, then after all that fun, we get to watch the game on a projector in the stadium.  I am pretty stoked and I will be sure to post pictures when I get back.  I even told Nathan Baker about it and he will most likely have pics of me scoring a few touchdowns on the news Sunday night.  It may sound like a lot of fun, but apparently a friend of Dawn's father tore his ACL last year doing a "Lambeau Leap" into the stands, so stretching will be a must.  Well enjoy the beautiful weather on Sunday, root for the Browns, and have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Mornings = bittersweet

So as many of you know, I work crazy hours.  I am not complaining at all about that, but my body sometimes just gets tired of it all.  I work mornings during the week, then work Friday night for high school football, and Saturday and Sunday night.  So you can imagine getting off of work at midnight some nights and then waking up for work at 2AM some mornings....well yea, my body gets confused. 

This is why Friday morning is so awesome, but then again, it's the worst morning.  My body finally starts taking its toll and starts to drag itself.  When the cell phone alarm goes off, I want to toss it across the room, but I try to focus on the positive.  It is the last morning I have to get up that early for a few days since I work the following three nights.  I still have to get up by 9AM to send out the morning weather text, but what would you rather take, waking up at 9AM or 2AM.... pretty easy to choose that one.

I am very jealous of Dawn, she got a new Droid Incredible last night.  I have to wait until next Thursday to get a new phone.  Yesterday also marked our 4 months since we were engaged....weird how fast time flies.  The wedding will be here in about....ehh....three minutes.

I am also heading to the eye doctor before Friday Night Football.  I am down to one contact left and will also be looking for a new pair of glasses too.... Well I gotta get back to the forecast, but have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Got my truck back!!!

Dawn and I went to Washington, PA on Monday and we picked up my truck.  It looked better than when I originally bought it.  So happy to have my four wheels again... it is starting to get a little chilly for mopeds. 

I spent the day on Tuesday paying bills and changing the oil in Dawn's car and my truck.  I always love crawling under the hood and getting a little dirty.  I spend yesterday working a lot, which leaves me to today.  I am doing the weather currently, but I will be heading up to Arcanum for a school talk.  Then stop by my parents place to drop off my dad's drill press and then head home for a much-needed nap.  I will be back dark and early in the morning tomorrow for more weather action, so make sure to tune in!  The weekend is looking great with mild temperatures, so enjoy, and have a good one.

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Back in the Weather Center

Well Arroyo and Chapman couldn't get a win in Philly.  After a long drive back, I am here in the weather center for Sunday night.  Errors just killed Cincy, but hopefully being at home tonight will allow them to grab onto another rung and pull themselves up a little. It didn't take long for the stands to empty out after the game on Friday, and why not, after winning the first two on a best of five game series.... I would be out there celebrating as well.  A nice drive back through the fall foliage in Pennsylvania, but I am need to take a week and just sleep I feel though.  I got a little bit of a sore throat coming on, but hope its just the change of seasons.  Anyways, enjoy the warm weather before it cools down later this week.  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, October 8, 2010

Blogging from Game 2

Well after doing a Rocky reenactment last night, Nathan and I went out to get a little food and the chicken fingers hit the spot just right.  I wore my Arroyo jersey so show my support.  This morning we tried a local diner called, Oregon Diner, great food....and plenty of it.  Nice thick slices of bacon and plenty of home fries. 

We interviewed a few Philly fans and also a few Reds fans to get their take on game 1 and how they think game 2 will go.  Which is where I am now.  I am in the press box, and you can see the picture of the field as Philly is out there for batting practice before the game.  Everyone is talking about the no-hitter, but I have a sneaking feeling that today will not turn out like Wednesday.  Arroyo is a solid pitcher and has pitched in the playoffs before.  I am really hoping Chapman gets some time on the mound.  Watching all the flashes from cameras in Cincy was one thing, but this will be Phillies first chance to see the Cuban Missile.  We will see how things turn out, but I have a feeling Cincy could pull this one out.  Only time will tell.  Go Reds and have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, October 7, 2010

An "Off" day in Philly

We started off the day by heading over to the ballpark, as you can see in pic one, we got the press sound of that the players were expecting. We then headed outside to watch them practice a little.  Arroyo looked loose. I also managed to snag a homerun practice ball in pic three.  We then headed to the Museum of Art of Philadelphia.....

We shot a reenactment of Rocky, I hope you caught it.  If not, it will be on our website.  We then went to an Italian restaurant that a worker at the ballpark told us about.  It was the first time I has mussels.... not a huge fan, kinda weird.  Baker and I split a salad and pasta, but let me tell you, it was hands down the best pasta I have ever had. It was a small Italian restaurant in a village called, Tre Scalini.  The food was unbelievable.


Then I came back and edited the video for Nathan's Rocky reenactment and sent it to the station.  Now, I have the rest of the night off, so time to either see what Philly has to offer, or head to bed.... What will a Buck do?  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

No hitter against the Reds.

Well it happened, and I really wish I wasn't there to watch it, kinda.  Busy day yesterday......so let's start off with the non-sports related stuff...

Baker and I went up to the historic district and got to see some pretty amazing things.  Driving into downtown you saw the city square with a huge tower with Benjamin Franklin on top, which is the first image.  You just will not find that in any other city.  When we arrived to the historic district, we stopped at "The Signer" a statue trying to capture the signing of the Declaration of Independence and also the Constitution, which is the second picture.  We met one of the "interpreters" which is basically a historian and he was awesome.  His name was Frank, and he started our behind the scenes tour at the Liberty Bell, third picture. Mind you, we got video of all of these so be sure to keep watching through the next few days.  After the Bell he took us around and we ended up in Independence Hall, and in the fourth photo you can see the room where we signed the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  George Washington sat in the seat at the front of the room, pretty sweet to be in the same room as our very first president. The fifth photo is the seat that Benjamin Franklin sat in, and you may notice it is a bit larger than all of the other chairs in there....(maybe he didn't invent the treadmill yet)  Very cool to walk in the same footsteps as them.  Oh, and Katie Couric walked in the back door with Nathan and I as we went into Independence Hall.  She was doing a story with Independent voters.

We then to Geno's and Pat's steak sandwiches. I was in a food coma for the rest of the day, no joke at all.  I had to go with Geno's because there was more juice.

Then onto the game.  Very few Reds fans as you could imagine. We were outside for live shots via satellite for the 6 and 6:30 news, but I was able to watch the last two innings.  Craziness.  I am glad I got to see the no-hitter, but it was not the way I woulda liked to see it, against the Reds in the playoffs.  But you can see a few of the photos.  Hopefully we can win against them on Friday.  I am wearing my Arroyo jersey tomorrow all day.  Well we got to run over to the ballpark for practice.  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Late Night Philly

Well we all know that McD's and Taco Bell try to stay open late, but here in Philly, its the steak shops.  To be honest, I saw zero McD's, Taco Bell, or Burger Kings.  On the other hand I saw, literally, about twenty Philly steak joints.  After Nathan got in, we went over to the Ballpark and did some work, but once we were finished we were both pretty hungry.  We went up to South Street and got Phillies. It makes perfect sense why their baseball team is named the Phillies.... They are everywhere.  We went to Jim's Steaks and I got to admit, it was pretty good and much healthier than what I am used to.  Normally I get all the fixins with mayo and such, but I didn't dare ask to take it any other way than how they make it, and it was pretty simple: 9" bread, three slices of cheese with chopped steak on top and then finally topped with grilled onions.  Simple and delicious.  Today we are going back into the city to get some awesome stories that you will love.  More phillies, maybe some Rocky reenactment, take a look at the Liberty Bell, and also Independence Hall where the Constitution was hammered out.  We will get great video of each, so stay tuned.....

Wait I haven't even mentioned the Reds.... no worries, we will be live this evening from the ballpark so make sure to keep it locked onto us not only today, but the rest of the week.  Well time to get working, have a good one!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

In Philly for the Reds

If you like the Reds, you will LOVE our station the next few days.  Nathan Baker and I will be in Philly for the playoff games giving you awesome coverage you wont be able to find anywhere else.  I left this morning around 8AM and just finished unpacking stuff from the car, 6PM.  Nathan's plane lands in a few minutes, so I have to be brief and head out to pick him up.  We will be up here through the first two games until we head back to Cincy.  So make sure to watch ABC 22 and FOX 45 for all your Reds coverage.  Oh, also, Hal McCoy will be on the morning show every single day the rest of this week as well.  I attached a few photos from today. One from this morning leaving from Dayton and the second is a few from our hotel room.  We will be in the locker rooms and giving you guys an awesome view into their playoff run.  Send us some sunshine, Go Reds, and have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Moped rally & hitting a deer

Let's start off with the good first: moped rally.  My friend, KZ, and I went up to Pittsburgh for the moped rally.  I attached the first two pictures of us getting ready for the long ride on Saturday morning and then our first stop at Trax Farm outside of Pittsburgh in the afternoon.  We got there Friday night in time for a night ride around downtown and around the rest of the city.  Great ride, although my taillight blew out from to high of RPMs going down the hills in Pittsburgh.  We hung out and socialized with everyone later that night, but after anchoring Friday morning and being awake since 2AM, I called it an early night and went back to our host's house a few hours before the evening fun wrapped up.  I don't regret it a lot because I was completely refreshed for Saturday...

We had a GREAT vegan breakfast and left for the long ride a little after noon.  It was a fantastic 70 mile ride around Pennsylvania with rolling hills and one mountain I had to pedal up only realize someone went off the route.  Blew my taillight going back down that hill.  We finished up the night at Spak Brothers with delicious vegan pizza and subs.  Rather than staying and socializing with everyone Saturday night, we thought we would be proactive and head home that evening rather Sunday morning.... That is when the fun ended....

We got about 40 minutes out of Pittsburgh when a deer jumped the guard rail and ran into our path.  I slammed on the brakes, but there wasn't enough room between the buck and I.  We had slowed to about 30 or 40 miles per hour and surprisingly the air bags did not deploy.  There are a lot of other details of the accident and what happened afterwards, but I would rather not think about it...  Luckily both myself and KZ escaped with no injuries, but as for my truck..... not the case, take a look.  My radiator as well as transmission cooler and A/C cooler and pipes were busted.  Not to mention body damage to the hood and bumper.  I was hoping to try and fix it today and drive back, but there were too many missing parts to fix and some would need to be ordered.  Regardless, it is not runnable in its current state because it would blow up a few miles down the road.

The tow truck driver took us back to his shop, a gravel yard in the middle of the wilderness, and KZ and I slept in the lifeless truck for a couple hours until my brother, Clark, arrived.  He drove up his van and we loaded the three mopeds and ALL of the belongings into the van just in case the truck was totaled.  It was quite a scary ordeal, but hats off to KZ for his understanding and comedic spin on the situation and my brother Clark for coming up and getting us while he was sick.  I cannot forget to thank Dawn for trying to come up and get us and getting phone numbers for me from home; she is a great friend and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with her.  KZ, Clark, and I finally made it home, I cleaned up from the rally, and came in to work.  I will grab a couple of hours of sleep tonight and back in to anchor the morning news on Monday.  Now I will wait to see if it is totaled and hopefully it isn't and I get it back soon, but again at least KZ and I were uninjured. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sweatervests, Christmas, and Mopeds

As many of you know who read my blog, it was only a matter of time.  As long as the temperature stays below 60 degrees, I will throw on the sweatervest.  Even though we will get above 60 in the afternoon, this morning will be down right chilly, so I decided to start things off properly while I anchor the morning show.  So get used to it because as long as it stays chilly, it will be around until next spring.

ALSO!!!  Today is October 1st, meaning the start of Christmas.  My rule of thumb is that Christmas arrives too soon.  You have Halloween, Thanksgiving, then Christmas, bam, bam, BAM!  So its good to get in the holiday spirit early in order to not let it slip by.  Last year I had my Christmas tree up already, this year, I am letting Dawn decide when.... not because we are engaged and she makes all the calls, but because I wanna see when she thinks it is time... I always will have the Christmas spirit within me.  Honestly my favorite part of the holiday season is watching people shop.  Add in a few flurries with people running out of the stores with smiles on, great times.  I just enjoy the cheer that comes with the holiday season.

Well I am getting ready to head to the studio and anchor here in a few minutes, but afterward I will be leaving town.  It is time to head to Pittsburgh for the last Midwest moped rally of the year.  It will be fairly small with only about 50 or 60 people.  The Saturday ride should be a lot of fun, about 70 miles of riding around Pennsylvania with a few stops at local attractions.  I will take pictures and post them when I return.  We will be camping out and right now it is looking CHILLLLY!!  Good thing my pillow has a zip cord to tighten the opening around my head... I says it keeps you warm down to 25 degrees.... we will see.  Well keep warm this weekend and have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

UPDATE: one of our producers just asked what I was blogging about, so I read him the title, and he responded: "Essentially your life in a nutshell."  I laughed pretty hard and thought I would share.

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