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Monday, October 31, 2011

A Sigh of Relief

For a better part of my life, I have spent my Summers working for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. I started when I was 14 in 1994. A long time. So for all of those years, I have worked 7 days a week from the beginning of April till November 1st. I work 40 hours a week at my normal job, and then 30 hours on the weekends. fest ended the 1st weekend in october, but they also have a Halloween show that I bartend at. That is Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October (and tonight, Halloween). So that makes normal work a little harder! I am extremely exhausted and tired right now, but I have a giant stack of frivolous spending money and I am staring at the end of the season.

Tonight will be the end for the year. All that prep, all those hours, all of it is coming to an end. Starting tomorrow, my life is going from 110 mph to about 35. It's a nice change of pace after the hectic Summer, but almost gives me panic or anxiety attacks when I find myself with nothing to do on the weekends. I think I will spend this time deciding where to go on vacation this Winter with all my newly earned cash!

Friday, October 28, 2011


I have come to the conclusion that it takes a special kind of person to drink Guinness. I'm not talking someone who handle drinking a strong dark beer, I am talking about that kind of person who thinks they are better than you because they drink or have something that a lot of people don't. Example.

Part time aside from my regular job, I work behind the scenes at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and I bartend at the Trail of Terror (MN Ren Fest's Halloween Attraction). We just serve beer, a couple malt beverages and wine. The 3 beers we have on tap are Grainbelt Premium, Schells Firebrick, and Guinness. I had a guy budge in line last night when we had a long line of people just to critique my tap pour of his Guinness. "You need to pour it slower", "Your Doing It All Wrong", "What's wrong with you", "Haven't you ever pored a beer before" and my favorite that I have heard multiple times "When your in Dublin, they know how to pour". Usually when I hear people drop that one, I follow up with "I am sorry, but you are in a large parking lot in the Minnesota River Bottoms at a Halloween show where beer is poured in mass quantity. Not Ireland". I try to pride myself on my positive customer service, but sometimes people just push a person to far.

So, I implore you, if you drink Guinness, don't be one of those people. Your better than that!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My 1st Attempt

This is really so I can just get something put down on here. I don't want just a blank page with nothing to show for it! Who wants to see that! Soon I will add more!

Halloween 2011

Halloween 2011
Pumpkin Carving