Sorry if the above makes you dizzy, I just thought it was fun. My final project crew and I braved inclement weather to road-trip up to St. Joseph, MO to cover their second annual Civil War reenactment this past weekend. It was an interesting experience, giving me flashbacks to my childhood in the capital of the Confederacy as well as my brother's college days at Gettysburg. Everyone was really nice to us, considering our non-period clothing and anachronistic camera equipment, but it was a shock to hear the frequency of the n-word coming out of the mouths of adult white men (as opposed to black teenage boys, which I've become grudgingly resigned to).
The attitudes towards women there were sometimes a bit alarming as well, but I found a nice crew of horsemen who 1. agreed to suspend the stream of race-based jokes 2. let me ride one of their horses and 3. suggested I ride into battle with them tucked into the back of their covered wagon and dressed as a boy.
I had mixed feelings towards a lot of the photographs I came away with, since I struggled to get workable light ratios (bright, white cloudy skies/dimly lit subjects in hats), but our three group members all took close to 2K photos each and we'll only need about fifty good ones for the final multimedia presentation, we should be okay.
All in all a soggy weekend, but a good learning experience and an overall success.
Meanwhile I'm up to comfortably running nine miles at well under nine minute pace. The swimming is coming along, well, swimmingly and the biking...well, like Meatloaf says, two out of three ain't bad.