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A few weekly ramblings

September 21, 2013
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

After several warm days the last couple of weeks, I was looking forward to going on the Why Knot boat cruise on Lake Shetek that Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (now Southwest Minnesota Arts Council) was having for its annual meeting.

Then Saturday came about, all gray, cold and rainy. Everyone was bundled up in jackets and long pants. There were comments about how it would've been nice if we had the event last weekend. But yeah, here we were huddled on the upper and lower level of the boat. But the ride was smooth, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

So where did my summer go? If I go by this past season, it seems to fluctuate. It was like 60 degrees on July 27 and 90 in September. And a rough winter is predicted again. Sigh.

But back to Saturday's event. The 18-county arts council voted on a slight name change and showed off a new logo. So now it's getting a new website, has to update its Facebook page a little and will continue doing what it does best - supporting the arts in the region. It was a fun and relaxing evening, with good food, good music and good art to look at.

On a totally unrelated note, I decided to sign up for Twitter. Yeah, I know it's a few years late, but I wanted to see what it's like. Going through the process was a little tedious (find five people to follow?), but I managed. Then I had to think of some of my interests - NPR, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, "Big Bang Theory." Should I follow them? Sureclick. I've only started following 30+ people and things and have five followers. Plus, I've only written a couple of tweets, with the first one being about the paper cut I sustained before washing dishes one night. Go me.

The book club I belong to met this past Wednesday, and only three of us were able to make it. I hadn't finished the book, which is "The Book Thief," but I plan to this weekend. Also on my reading docket is the second book in the "Call the Midwife" series. For those who have read "The Book Thief," the movie is coming out in mid-November. Several months ago, the book club read Adriana Trigiani's "The Shoemaker's Wife." That spurred me to read more of Trigiani's books, including her Big Stone Gap series. I just found out that there's going to be a movie, and it will be shot in the Big Stone Gap area, which is in Virginia. It's been in the works for years, and hopefully it will be able to come out soon.

Speaking of things coming out soon...earlier this year I?was glad to see that "China Beach" was finally coming out on DVD. But I wasn't glad to see the $199.95 price tag for the entire series. I had heard that the first season was going to be released separately, and according to Amazon, it will be for $14.96 (that's the pre-order price) on Sept. 30. I must have forgotten that it was a mid-season replacement or something as there's only seven episodes for the first season. But hey, I can finally see the show again!



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