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Sunday, July 24, 2016

SIMC: Automania 2016

Automania is one of my favorite free local summer events. For a number of years it was held in Down Town Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Each year it got bigger with more autos, entertainment, concession stands and of course more people. By 2007 the show was spread out over a 20 block area and featured more than 600 cars, trucks and motorcycles.  By 2013 it had grown too large to be held in it's original location and was moved to the nearby town of Brandon. That first year in Brandon the event saw more than 70,000 people in attendance.

Having been away from the area for the last four years this was my time attending the car show at its' new location. At first it seemed smaller, then I was reminded that instead of being cramped into a 20 block radius the show now spanned over a mile long on a single road. I have sent a request to the organizers of the car show for an estimate of how many attended this year and how many vehicles were registered. I hope to get those numbers soon and update this post. For now here are some of my favorite photos from this year.











In addition to all the really awesome cars each year the show attracts at least a few famous cars and celebrities. Like this one you may recognize.
 Or maybe you will recognize this  95 Mitsubishi Eclipse. It is the car driven by Paul Walker in the 1st/3rd The Fast and The Furious movies.

 










In addition to cool cars, yummy food and live music there was even a gun booth.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my favorite cars from this years Automania. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing a few of the many fun events held in and around my city during the summer. This event is held toward the end of June every year so if you want to experience it for yourself June is the month to visit Sioux Falls,SD.

For more virtual travel check out Unknown Mami's Sunday In My City blog hop.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Inspirational Quoteography

I thought it would be nice to start the weekend off with some inspirational quoteography. These have been waiting patiently in my share folder since I created them in April.

Inspiration is all around us; in nature, in music and lyrics, in art, and in the wisdom shared by others. So today I share my art and the inspiration behind each quoteogrophy in the hopes that others will likewise be inspired. 



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The inspiration for this last quoteography came when I took this photo in April. I was inspired to go in search of a quote that fit the feelings that the scene evoked in me. It took a while but I finally came across this quote that perfectly captured how this scene in nature made me feel.

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 Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Healing Properties of BLT

Over the last year my health issues have been getting the best of me
UNTIL ….
I found the sweet healing properties of this ...
That's right, I owe my sudden recovery to this delicious Bacon, Lettuce and tomato sandwich.  It is not just any BLT but a bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and turkey sandwich from this fun dinner in downtown Sioux Falls, SD.
Although I suspect my recovery has more to do with my dining companion than with the actual sandwich.
After nearly a year of letting my physical limitations get the better of me, this wonderful woman and my dear friend suggested we go out for a brainstorming lunch. As a fellow writer and a single mother of two boys, one of whom has major health issues, she completely understands how dealing with the stressors of everyday life and health issues can throw off ones creative processes.

During our brainstorming lunch I voiced my frustration over having let my health limit my creativity to the point that for months I did not take even one photo and worse yet it had been four months since I posted to my blog. I told her, I really wanted to get back to blogging but I didn't feel right about just jumping back in with my usual type of posts without somehow acknowledging my long absence. She smiled and pointed at my sandwich and said "how about, I've been battling some health issues, but this sandwich cured me." 

That dear readers is how I was cured by a BLT!