Friday, September 30, 2016

Three more things I found in Jay Cooke State Park

A section of the Superior Hiking Trail

A sign by the swinging bridge

An unusual appearing plant by the employee garage

The swinging suspension bridge spanning the fast and powerful St. Louis River

I just followed the signs to the bridge

It took some planning and legwork to get this image

What a beautiful bridge that has been rebuilt several times in the past one hundred years

On the bridge, looking south

Only the brave and experienced white water kayak on those swift waters

What I found in Cooke State Park

An official state park anthill

Our parked bus that took us to the park

There are many educational and fun activities that take place in this park

The park’s public meeting room, interpretive displays, bathrooms, and vending machines.

My apartment’s excursion to Jay Cooke State Park, September 29, 2016

The half-hour bus ride to the state park

An attractive appearing cloud near Interstate 35

The park’s gateway sign

Our destination within the park

A map of Jay Cooke State Park

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Rainbow Center ice cream sundae on Monday

     As someone who is ecologically minded, I bring my own banana split bowl that I bought at a nearby Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Duluth surplus sale.

     However, as only five ice cream treats were bought today, there will be no ice cream served at the Rainbow Center until spring of 2017!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

First Presbyterian Church of Duluth

The parking lot where block party was held

A welcoming sign

Who’s your hero?

Resetting the dunk tank

Two children happy to be attending the block party

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A casual conversation between two Koski Construction workers upgrading King Manor windows

The first Taiyaki cakes for Anime aXcess for the 2016 to 2017 UMD school year

First batch

Duncan Hines Red Velvet Dream mix
Ghirardelli Classic White Chips for cake filling
Land O'Lakes European Style Super Premium Butter
Super One Foods, Vitamin D Milk instead of water

Second batch

Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix
Ghirardelli Classic White Chips for cake filling
Baker’s Premium White Baking Chocolate Bar

The wet wall and the ashtray

For some reason, the door to the laundry room wet wall was left open this morning.

Next to the wet wall is an inexpensive metal ashtray, without any visible reason as to why it is there.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Why I’m proud I earned my Eagle Scout award!

     A relative that I respect has given me advice for rewriting my resume.  I have taken this person’s advice with the exception of taking out my reference to my Eagle Scout award.

     First, this is an award that is the equivalent to a two-year college degree.  Youthful boys learn many worthwhile skills, learn to deal with many people, and partake in many scouting events on their way to earning this award.

     Second, one out of one hundred boys that enter scouting earn the Eagle Scout award or a graduation rate of one percent.  In contrast to this, the United States Army Ranger School has a graduation rate of around fifty percent.

     Third, while the Eagle Scout is both an award and an achievement; it is a testament to my character as a person.  That is why earning an Eagle Scout award is such a major asset to my resume.

     Eagle Scout and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates had this to say about scouting.

     And those are the reasons why I’m proud to keep my Eagle Scout award on my resume until the day that I retire from my working life.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Downtown Duluth’s 2nd annual Super Big Block Party, sponsored by the Red Herring Lounge and Chaperone Records.

Unable to purchase a thirty dollar event ticket, here is the best photo I could get of the music stage.

The Super Big Block Party’s food trucks

Excellent event security provided by the Duluth Police Department