Monthly Archives: February 2011

Meditations on a fire station

Here are a few pictures of Stillwater Firestation No. 2 that I took for my Electronic Communications class. The firefighters at this station were so friendly, welcoming us to to pictures of whatever we wanted. It was my first time to be able to explore a firestation so I found this experience very interesting.

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The following podcast contains an interview of two members of the OSU Malaysian 24 Seasons Drum Troupe. It ties in with last week’s post about exploring and learning about cultures. Enjoy!


Experience the world unknown

I was reading a thread about what some people thought everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. I wasn’t too impressed with the usual answers of skydiving, trying drugs or polar ice swimming. After reading for a few minutes, I did become very interested in the number of times living in another country came up. I’m so glad that I live in a time where people value learning about the world outside their backyard.

Photo credit: Katerah

The rave reviews I hear about learning about a culture different from my own make me so hopeful and estatic about my future travels around the world. I love to read about the experiences people have in their home away from home and this particular post on Reddit.com shows what unusual, wonderful things one might encounter in life.

The world unknown can also be right here in the United States. It amazes me how much we take for granted the melting pot that our country is. Often times people are intimated by someone who looks, acts differently than them, but I feel like it’s one of the coolest things to be able to talk to someone who is different from myself.

My point to get across is that I think everyone should take the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone. Yes, I want to travel the world, but I also want to know about the person who sits next to me in my American Studies class. Everyone  has a story and each story is exquisite to that individual. Envelop yourself in the cultures of  those that live 3, 300 and 3,000 miles away. I hope that someday I can say that I let my unmapped life take me to  places where I have the opportunity to experience a world different from my own.

Photo credit: Latin America for Less


45 years in the making

For the ultimate football fan it would be a dream come true to win tickets to the Super Bowl. Sadly, the luck of 400 people changed this Super Bowl XLV when they were told that their seats were deemed unsafe by the fire marshal.  A total of 1,250 seats were unsafe, but around 850 fans were found seating elsewhere in the stadium. For some, this was probably a once in a lifetime chance and the NFL can not put a price on it, or maybe they can. Those who ”were not able to be accommodated with seats inside the stadium” will be refunded three times the face value of their ticket, which is $2,400.

I don’t know if you remember this commercial that Visa ran, but I thought it was amazing how there was a Super Bowl club of four guys that had actually been to every single Super Bowl game- that’s 44 years! I can’t even imagine how much time and planning goes into going to every Super Bowl game. Their record for not one missed game remained spotless until this year. Robert Cook, one of the guys in the “Never Missed a Super Bowl” club, was hospitalized.

Football isn’t really an area of interest for me, but I do know how important it is to cherish the events and people around you. Those who were unable to attend today’s Super Bowl missed an experience that  to them seems priceless. It is precious friendships like the “Never Missed a Super Bowl” club that make you think about how human bonds can last a lifetime. Next year we will hopefully see the return of Robert Cook to his very exclusive club and I have high hopes that he will be able to make Super Bowl memories for many years to come.