Spring Break Chicago Style

Spring Break Chicago Style

Where’s Your Beach?

Crystal Lake Centennial

Thousands of people enjoyed the Crystal Lake centennial kick off festivities held at Three Oaks Recreation Area. It featured numerous bands, food and drink, a carnival and fireworks. Local music favorites Modern Day Romeos and Libido Funk Circus were headliner acts in the main stage tent. Attendees both young and old were able to meet and get their photograph taken with several entertainers. Wizzo and Cookie the clown, featured on the long-running local WGN TV Bozo Show, and Star Wars characters from the 501st Garrison were some of the crowd favorites.

Area youth attended events on the beach ranging from a Hip Hop dance class, magician, and musicians. A kite building workshop and kite flying demonstration was featured too.

The time lapse video contains 1328 images captured over eight days. It features setup of the carnival, the festival, all the way through take down of the tents. Even the kite flying demonstration can be seen in the sky.

Full Pull

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Pull That Sled

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Walworth County Fair – Truck & Tractor Pulls

I’ve been going to the Walworth County Fair for as long as I can remember. It’s what we do over Labor Day weekend. We meet up with family and friends, eat food on-a-stick, have a cinnamon roll, see the farm animals and look through the 4H buildings.

Over the years we’ve seen numerous bands in concert, demolition derby’s, harness races and truck & tractor pulls. I even remember as a kid going down the zip line that was setup by the Wisconsin National Guard.

The Truck & Tractor Pulls have become one of the “Guy” events we go to. These turbo-charged alcohol fueled tractors are quite fun to watch. They’re loud, powerful, and sometimes close to being out of control. The trucks are just as fun to watch, although the sound they produce is quite different from the tractors. The loud rumble shakes the grandstands! Over the next few days I’ll be posting some photographs from this event.

The fair grounds are located in Elkhorn, WI just north of Lake Geneva and this is their 164th year!

Genie from DirecTV Isn’t Ready For Prime Time!

We recently had a DirecTV Genie HDDVR and 3 client boxes installed at our home. It was replacing our longstanding trouble-free Comcast CATV.
We were rather excited to “upgrade” to satellite TV with a HDDVR. The install went smoothly and the system was working OK.
Several days later the problems started occurring…
Brutally slow navigation of the guide. Restart the Genie.
Client TV’s had white screens. Restart the Genie.
Client TV’s had white screens again, and again, and again. Restart the Genie…
Playback of recorded content, audio & video dropped out. Rewound, played again, same result. Restart the Genie!
Almost every time this occurred I contacted DirecTV customer service. We’re aware of the problems, engineering is working on it, a fix will be coming soon. Coming soon. Coming soon, in 48 Hrs.
Genie isn’t ready for prime time!
Since you can’t seem to solve these problems, we are hopping over to the other satellite TV company.

DirecTV Genie Worst HD DVR

Three Oaks Recreation Area – Time Lapse [HD]

I created this twelve hours time lapse video using Quicktime Pro and iMove.


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