The Ultimate Saturday

Was thrilled to represent Team OneAmerica at the 2nd annual 2017 Indy Ultimate race!

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This event takes you all over downtown Indy to see what our community has to offer. First stop, IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium for a soccer kick.

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After that, we made our way past the Indianapolis Zoo to run the bases at the Victory Field.

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NL was ready!

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What’s up Rowdie!

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Let’s go to Lucas Oil Stadium to kick a football through the uprights!

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Very cool to enter through the tunnel like a real Pro.

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So, I didn’t make it through the goal posts, but I was pleased that my kick did get air born like a champ!

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Georgia street welcomed us some tire drills and a frisbee toss. And finally a water station. It was hot out!

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So I enjoyed getting into some air condition at Bankers Life Field house. Before the free throw, I need my pic with this guy while the band played!

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Didn’t get to shoot on the real court… would have been a fun stair climb!

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Next stop, the Circle to ride the HandleBarIndy.Com. But no beer?! Pass.

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We were treated to a trivia maze just south of the Indiana War Memorial Museum. As we arrived to the stairs, there were Soldiers yelling at us to climb to the top. “WHY ARE YOU SMILING?” Seriously yelling. It was awesome! After the stairs, you could see what was up next.

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Pack carry around the fountain.

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Slack line.

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Then the obstacles in the American Legion Mall.

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Let’s finish this thing! Down the canal, through the Indiana State Museum and back to Military Park to celebrate!

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Complimentary beer only quenched my thirst for a few sips. Creeper alert!

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#ConquerIndy – We did! Thanks to Indiana Sports Corporation for putting on a great event!

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What’s the best way to not be sore after a race? Stay on your feet!

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We were ready to party with the pretty people!

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And eat! Bring me my tacos Cluster Truck!

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Huge day of fun and memories! Can I rest now?

What The Duck?

What to do on a Sunday afternoon? Let’s ride bikes to Broad Ripple and watch some ducks swim down the canal. What???

BRVA sponsors the Canal Duck Race. I know this race was around last year, but not sure how long it’s history is. I remember seeing signs, and since we were in town this year, we hopped on our bikes and headed down the Monon. 30 minutes later, we run into this guy! They even have a mascot!

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So we sponsor some ducks and grabbed some seats at Flatwater to wait for the race to start. We hear the count down and then heeeeeeeeeeere they come!

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Did I mention they are rubber ducks?! Go ducks 1707, 1708, 1709, 1710, 1711, and 1712!!

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It was absolutely hilarious and adorable at the same time. All these families were out crowding the Canal and enjoying the great weather.

This guy may have had the best job. Chuckin’ ducks back into the canal that got caught on the rocks.

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Panorama shot of the madness. It was so hilarious. Must definitely take part again next year!

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After the race, you can pick up your ducks and take them home. We did. We wanted to show them what clean water looked like… Hello pool! I could hear the duckies going “Ahhhhhh blue water!”

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Let’s See-attle From the Needle (Day 3)

Take me to your leader.

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A Men In Black throw back was requested.

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Today brought us to the iconic Space Needle to see Seattle from the best view around. Plus, who doesn’t want mimosas at the 500 foot tall SkyCity restaurant for brunch?

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This gave you a great vantage point to take in a lot of the fun architecture Seattle has to offer.

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Plus parks!

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This isn’t from the Needle, but the creative art in this city puts them at the top of most art community lists. Turns out, it’s built into the city’s business model. You have to dedicated so much of your space to art installations. I loved the light up sidewalk!

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Of course we had to the historic Pike Place Fish Market to watch fish get chucked around the booths. It was not a smell I appreciated but it was fun to see.

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Next was the town of Fremont. We opted to miss the naked human painted bike parade. WTF? And just saw the painted cars.

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Rumor has it, Mt. Rainer is an icon in the Washington landscape. Sitting at 14,410 feet and is an active volcano, you’d think we’d see it over our 4 day trip. Nope, not once. Looks like I’ll have to go back and trade the city-scape for a nature trip to confirm Rainer exists.

Let’s See-attle Some Orcas (Day 2)

I’ve been waiting for this moment my WHOLE LIFE! Bring me my orcas!

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Our boat arrived for the last tour of Orcas in Puget Sound. Cool thing about this boat was it had a front open bow and stern.

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So the driver said “Hold on!” We are going to cruise out at 40 MPH to get us to the whales as quick as possible. Then you can get out in the open air. Good man, let’s go!

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When the first dorsal fin showed up, I cried. I’ve had a dream of seeing Orca whales in the wild since I was a little girl. It took all I had not to jump in and just let life take it’s course!

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These creatures are AMAZING!

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Ocean hair, don’t care!

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We were very fortunately to run into a super-pod of Orcas. About 20! AHHHHHHHHH! So that meant a few pods got together for some socialization and play. The boat crew lowered a mic down into the water and you could hear them communicating to each other. AHHHHHHHHHHH! This was an experience on a whole other level. Normally you only see 3-4 at a time. We got 20. Thank you Orca Gods for blessing us with this experience! I will never forget it.

I’ll work on some better video. For now, here’s a short clip. Look for the fins and water sprays from them breathing out the blowhole. Think white water misting.

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Let’s See-attle (Day 1)

More travel? Yes please! I asked K if we could sleep like this while in Seattle.

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While AM had to work, we took advantage of doing a few activities that she’d already done. Let’s see the Seattle Aquarium! We were greeted with the Window, a 120,000-gallon exhibit filled with more than 800 fish and spans 20 x 40 feet. That’s a tank.

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Lots of variety in fish and exhibits.

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Then some WTF is that tanks?!

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The Underwater Dome was pretty cool. Fish were swimming everywhere. Especially when the diver came in for the daily feeding frenzy.

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Except these guys.

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I had to ask the why these fish were settled, not moving, and even upside down. They are called rockfish and can control their buoyancy by deflating or inflating their swim bladder. They just looked so grumpy!

Estrella, Zoltars wife, read us our prophecies. We waited for Big to happen, but we didn’t switch bodies.

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Next stop was the Chihuly Garden and Glass experience. Oh man! THIS WAS AMAZING. I don’t have enough words to describe the beauty behind this man’s art creations. From the very 1st exhibit, my jaw was on the ground.

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2nd room was a massive collection of pieces, shapes, and colors.

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I couldn’t get enough of this room!

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

I learned Chihuly was inspired by Native American colors and patterns.

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Each room just dazzled us with color and brilliance.

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Me standing in front to show you how massive these pieces are.

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There were bowls…

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Boats full of imaginative pieces. We felt like we were in Willy Wonka’s garden!

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It keeps going….

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My favorite piece, this pointy orange chandilier. Just gorgeous!

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Glass house ceiling was covered in floral pieces.

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Even the gardens and outside walkways had pieces.

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The rain couldn’t stop us from having a great experience.

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This exhibit is right next to the Space Needle. This neon green thing, is glass!

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Mama commissioned me to purchase a piece for a several hundred dollars. Sorry Charlie. We aren’t even close!

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Wherever I May Roam

Previously.

Let’s roam over to St. Louis!

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Just as we finished up at the Arch, a storm rolled in. Seems like I’m cursed with rain on my first day of travels lately. San Diego, St. Louis, Seattle…  geez.

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We made it back to the room just as the rain hit.

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Once that burned off, we were ready to rock out at Busch Stadium with Volbeat and Metallica!

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What you can’t see in the pictures is the drizzling rain that came back. Everyone was getting wet. Thanks to our ticket snobbery, we were relaxed and dry.

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The stage was magnificent! 5 huge video screens played vibrant images of the band.

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And who doesn’t love it when they add fire! You could feel the heat from our seats. I can’t imagine what it felt like on the floor.

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The crowd loved every bit.

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“It’s unbelievable after 36 years we’re still up here making this noise,” Hetfield told the crowd. “I can’t believe you still like this.” Yes sir we do!

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As soon as we got home, Metallica Guitar Hero battle ensued.

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Set List
*Hardwired
*Atlas, Rise
*For Whom the Bell Tolls
*Fuel
*The Unforgiven
*Now That We’re Dead
*Moth Into Flame
*Wherever I May Roam
*Halo on Fire
*Whiplash
*Sad But True
*One
*Master of Puppets
*Fade to Black
*Seek & Destroy
Encore
*Battery
*Nothing Else Matters
*Enter Sandman

PhilHarmonious

Mom signed herself up for a new fundraiser to support the Fort Wayne Philharmonics. Which signs us up for work duty. Our first task 6 months ago was to come up with the event name. During our brainstorming lunch at The Merdian, CS took the prize and named the event PhilHarmonious. We all agreed it was a great name! Now it was time to celebrate.

Cold pea mint soup? Come on.

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Half a spoon was enough for me and the Herbs.

This evening’s special guest was a prior White House Chef, Mr. John Moeller.

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I believe he delivered a wonderful menu, I may just have one of the most bland palates on the planet who will never enjoy something like this. The steak came out looking amazing yet not to my bland palate. Now Mimi, would have loved the temperature of this dish. Hair dryer style. Dad and I, we want less pink.

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Our wonderful server was able to bring us some more well done steak and our table started trading like a swap meet so that everyone really enjoyed their meal. Dessert was a replica of our Chef’s cook book cover.

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I did try a bite and it was delicious! Throughout the evening, I was privileged to meet the people that keep this organization running like Andrew Constantine, their Music Director.

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Supporting my Mom and all the Foundations she supports, I tried my luck at the jewelry surprise…

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Waaah-whhhah. 21 was picked! Whatever. Nothing can ruin the fun I always have with these good looking people!

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