getting out of woodstock.

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it took

3 cars

2 buses

1 plane

and

a gaggle of

very friendly people

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like

blogger friend/ sports/movie/ music/life stories writer

syracuse mark

of

https://markbialczak.com

and

his lovely wife, karen

who met me along the way

to

share a lively dinner

and

a leg of the journey with me

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and

of course

my final psychedelic trip back through the airport 

to find my way home again

after woodstock.

“so it’s been kind of a long road,

but it was a good journey altogether.”

-sidney poitier

image credit: life magazine, beatnik highway

“to love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” ~ david viscott ~

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the bride comes in with a song
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the littlest wedding crasher

handsome in his checked shirt

grabs a bouquet from the bar

and jumps into the celebration

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bride and groom

join as one

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as they become a family

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and the celebration begins

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“love is not just looking at each other,

it’s looking in the same direction.”

~ antoine de saint-exupery 

 kennedy wedding, woodstock, ny – august 2016


 

getting to woodstock.

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left my house

yesterday morning at 5:15am

flew out at 7:15am

headed to woodstock

for my brother’s upcoming wedding

very excited and happy for them

and then

in the blink of an eye

and

without a flash of lightning

all forms of travel changed

and

got a little more complicated

i’m just saying

that i now

may

need a passport

but

i will find my way

to the big show

on time

no worries

who would expect

anything less 

from woodstock

after all?

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Arlo Guthrie: It’s incredible.

I heard the New York Thruway’s closed.

News Reporter: Closed?

This morning we heard that they were

backed down Route 17 with an eight hour delay.

Arlo Guthrie: Right. Well, the New York Thruway’s closed.

Isn’t that far out?

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“want to really get somewhere in life? just don’t follow the crowd.”

 -jeremy limn 

image credits: vintage woodstock 1969 google images

where brains met brawn.

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librarians have an olympics, too
brains met brawn in a bookish competition for the ages

think the athletic action is all in rio this year? you’d be wrong—dead wrong. though you might not think so, librarians perform feats of near-olympian prowess every day as they lug books back and forth, tame tortuous piles of information and sustain long hours and complicated reference requests. and as librarian katy kelly writes, they proved it in the university of dayton’s first-ever library olympics last week.

the “olympic” event showcased the prowess of librarians by turning the mental into the physical. it’s an olympics year tradition in many libraries that aims to get people more engaged with their local library. some libraries invite the public into the library to compete in fun, bookish games, but in this case librarians themselves faced off in what may be the ultimate game of reference skill and cataloging competence.

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librarians competed in a vigorous game of “journal jenga” (stacking bound periodicals as high as possible and jumping out of the way when they collapsed. then they faced off in a circuit of different events, including balancing bound journals on their heads, running a book cart through a twisty course, and tossing journals toward a target. (all of those thrown journals were slated for recycling in a process librarians call “weeding.”)

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brains had a place next to all that brawn, too, as librarians participated in a tricky speed sorting event in which they had to put books in order by their library of congress call number. to top it all off, they ran around campus finding objects that corresponded to different lo  call numbers. the winning team made off with the medal by a single point.
all of these antics sound silly, but librarian m. schlangen, who participated in the event, found deeper meaning in the exercise. “as I raced to put a cart full of books in order by the library of congress call numbers on their spine labels,” she wrote, “the very genius of this system occurred to me: without orderly cataloging of the world’s knowledge, even in this age of search engines and high-speed networks, information could easily be rendered obscure in an ocean of data, accessed by mere chance rather than intention.”

 

there’s another purpose for the games: as the university of dayton’s m. scheffler and a. black note, these olympics-like competitions don’t just test librarians’ knowledge, but highlight areas in which they might need more training. and the best librarians know that, like the most competitive athletes in the world, it never hurts to brush up on the basics.

credits: smithsonianmag.com, erin blakemore, katy kelly