Working the Fall '10 KHSU fundraising drive

Had a team of coworkers with me from NCIDC working the phones at KHSU this morning. I spent an hour on the air from 8-9am, following President Rollin Richmond's segment*.  I was worried that I would choke on the air, but it went pretty smoothly, the time flew by, and I think we reached our goals in both of the hours I worked! Did you hear my segment? Comments, good and bad, both accepted with grace, dignity, and a lot of beer after work. :) (the chocolate was a bribe for one particular coworker who is not pictured, except for the hand holding the gold foil-wrapped chocolate cigar, you have to guess who that is).

* Rollin gave me my first look at the new Android phone during a break.  He just switched from an iPhone and I was very interested to see how similar it was to the iPhone.  The big plus for him is he does not have to deal with AT&T reception any more, the Android works on Verizon!

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Last Speeder Run of the Year

Logan and I went to Samoa this morning to take a ride on the last day of Speeder runs for the year. It was a real blast. The views were great, the speeder was interesting, and the volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable. Dan Hauser was the tour guide narrating the trip. After the speeder run, we toured the Round House, the caboose, and all the other interesting exhibits the volunteers of the Timber Heritage Association have made available to the public. I hope that the THA is able to continue to work with the North Coast Rail Authority to open more sections of track around the bay. The crowds were thick, the speeder cars were full, and people were waiting in line for the next run. Obviously a popular activity for locals and tourists alike.

Vacation Day Two: 3:15 AM Coast Starlight Train

Day Two; We returned the Whale and got a room at the Redding Travel Lodge so we could get a few hours sleep (not bad for a budget motel, clean, good service, fine place if you are just staying for a night or two).  We got up at 1:30am, taxi at 2:15am, Amtrak Train scheduled to leave at 3:15am (actual train arrival time after delays, 4am).  The train station at Redding is unmanned, but at least there was indoor seating on wooden benches (as you can see from the photos) and a bathroom!  Quite the adventure with a 4 yr old, but Logan was a trooper!  The hotel gave us sack breakfasts at check-in when they heard how early we had to leave, with apple sauce, granola bars, juice, and yogurt, a nice touch.  It really helped keep Logan from melting down, he had never been up that early morning in the morning before.