Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How Many Cephalopods Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?

Wow! I can't believe how long it's been since I've updated my blog!  I'm so sorry about that you guys.  I didn't mean to leave you hanging. 

So here's the update.  I decided to finally stop messing with my book.  I've re-written it like three times and each time it's turned into something else.  Part of the problem is that I don't write linear.  I come up with an idea, write that, and then try to make it all stick together.  And well... it's not working.  So I decided instead of making a casserole with all the parts, to just serve them separately as a collection.  Yay progress! 

If you know me even a little bit, you know I'm weird and like weird things.  That being said, I found the best website: Roadside America Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions  You just type in a town and it'll show you the thing you gotta see.  That sounded so fun that I just had to share it with you guys.  But I didn't want a bunch of pictures of me at odd places - so I decided to send one of my top reporters.  Everyone, meet Oscar the Octopus.


Oscar is interning here at our little blog.  He's fresh from the Cephalopod School of Journalism and he's ready to see the world!  Just to get his feet wet, we sent him somewhere local. 

Here's Oscar and Mark Twain.  Ok, not the real Mark Twain, but an awesome bench in Monrovia where you can cozy up to Mr. Twain and enjoy the sunshine. 








The plaque reads “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”









The next stop for Oscar was Livermore, California.  This cute little town is home to picturesque vineyards and a yearly wine, beer and, art festival. 


 









It's also the proud home of the longest running light bulb! This bad boy was 110 years old as of June 2011. 

















The bulb currently lives at
Fire Station 6
4550 East Ave.,
Livermore, California

But Oscar must have lingered at a wine tasting room a little too long, because when he got to Station 6, it was closed. 

Field Reporter Tip: Always call ahead.






Luckily, there is a BulbCam on Centennialbulb.org where we can look in on the little guy.  The site also has facts on the bulb and pictures ranging from the historical to the recent parade in honor of the bulb's centennial birthday. 
 
If you want to see a map of Oscar's travels, click the tab at the top: Map of Oscar's Odd Adventures 
 
So what do you think of our new intern?  Should we keep him?  

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