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Best Quote Ever!

Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:42 AM

Phillies celebrate the 2008 World Series win on Live.comFrom Microsoft's Live.com search portal celebrating the Phillies' World Series win this morning:

"There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball.  The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit." - Al Gallagher

On a side note, you will likely see a change in the style of posts on this blog.  I've added support for the MetaWeblog API to my blog, so I'm now using Windows Live Writer to post to the blog.  The biggest change you will notice is in the styling of the photos as I try some new stuff.  I will also be able to throw in the occasional video as well.

 
By: Shane
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Doubt

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:25 AM

Doubt

Last night, Margie and I went to see a preview of Doubt.  It was an early preview for the movie that is supposed to come out on December 12th.  The preview was only for people between the ages of 25 and 57, and we got in ahead of a number of people because the 25-34 year old age bracket must have been underrepresented in the line.  It was the first time that I'd ever seen a preview where they screened that heavily for demographics.

The movie is about a nun who is a headmistress of a Catholic school (Meryl Streep) who is convinced that the parish priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is abusing the first black student at the school.  One of the teachers, Sister James (Amy Adams), is the first to notice some of the signs, but is less convinced of the priest's guilt.  The movie is a powerful exploration of the crisis of faith for Sister Aloysius (Streep) and Sister James that results from the search for evidence to have the priest removed.

The movie was incredibly well acted, and will doubtless draw some Oscar buzz for all three of the main characters.  It was truly a deep and powerful exploration of the crisis of faith resulting from the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church in the late 1960's or early 1970's.  While definitely not an easy movie to watch, I also would definitely recommend it when it comes out.

 
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100,000 Strong for Obama in Denver

Monday, October 27, 2008 8:05 PM

100,000 Strong for Obama in Denver

Yesterday morning I drove down to Denver for the Obama rally.  I got downtown right at 11 am and the event was supposed to start at 11:30.  By the time I got there, Civic Center Park was already full of people.  After walking through the crowds around the park, I quickly discovered that there was going to be no way to actually see the stage from in the park.  I ended up going up onto the steps of the Colorado State Capitol, nearly a half mile from the stage.  According to the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Police estimated the crowd at over 100,000, the largest crowd in the history of Civic Center Park, topping Pope John Paul II in 1993.  Barack Obama led off his speech, asking "Do you ever have small crowds in Denver?" to which the crowd responded, "NO!"  It was an amazing event.

Additional coverage of the rally at the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post.

My photos from the rally are here.

 
By: Shane
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In her shoes...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 12:59 PM

'This is one of the boots he wore when he dug the hole for my body,' a note said next to a muddy boot. 'He didn't get to use the hole.'

I've been meaning to post this for a week, but last Tuesday, Andrea's art project got quoted in the Rocky Mountain News.  The project was for the "A Walk in Her Shoes" rally at the Colorado State Capitol last Monday, October 6.  The rally featured hundreds of decorated shoes representing lives touched by domestic violence.  Andrea's project used one of my old hiking boots and said:

"This is one of the boots he wore when he dug the hole for my body," a note said next to a muddy boot. "He didn't get to use the hole."

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Read the full article in the Rocky Mountain News.

 
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CU Homecoming 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008 2:11 PM

2008 University of Colorado "Silver Buffalo" Alumni Band

This past Saturday, Andrea and I went up to Boulder for CU Homecoming.  We got to CU right at 11 am for check in for the 2008 Alumni Band and were stunned by the line.  There ended up being 189 playing alumns this year, doubling the previous high. 

The reason for the big increase in attendance is that this year marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University of Colorado Marching Band.  To celebrate the anniversary, a number of former directors were back, including Gary Hill, Wayne Bailey, Tom Caneva (my first director), and Rob Carnahan (my 2nd director).  Each of these former directors also led the band during rehearsal and for one song during the pregame or halftime shows.  We also had appearances by the Voice of Folsom Field, Al Cass, and CU-Boulder Chancellor, Bud Peterson, during the course of the day. 

After rehearsals as an alumni band and then with the CU band, we had lunch in the band room.  Lunch was highlighted by a slideshow by CU Marching Band Historian, Walt Blankenship, of moments from the history of the CU Marching Band.  It was truly amazing seeing all of the photos that he had managed to collect from the entire 100 year history.

After lunch, we formed up with the CU Band for the parade to Folsom and the game against Texas.  The game was a disappointment as CU was quickly down 7-0 on a flukey play by Texas QB, Colt McCoy, and never recovered, losing 38-14.  The halftime show was a lot of fun though as the band played tunes from the 100 years of CU Marching Band, finishing with the 2008 Alumni Band joining them for "Celebration", the "CU Alma Mater," and the "CU Fight Song." 

It was a great time this year with the big turnout.  I was able to reconnect with a number friends that I hadn't seen in years.  Congratulations to the University of Colorado "Golden Buffalo" Marching Band on 100 years and here's to a great 2nd century.

Photos from CU Homecoming 2008

 
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