Factory Tours
Remember those factory tour segments on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood? I loved those. I was hypnotized by the creation of trumpets, records and taffy. Did you know that the factory tour capital of the world is just a short drive from D.C.? That's right. In little, old York County, Pennsylvania, you can witness the magic of Harley-Davidson bikes, Utz potato chips and Crayola crayons being made right before your eyes. And for a few days in June, you can experience more than 20 free factory tours during Manufacturers Days!
  I do Judge a Book by Its Cover

Yes. It's true. While I do have a master's degree in literature, I occasionaly judge books by their covers. If I am looking for simple entertainment and have nothing in my personal library that I want to read, I will wander through Kramerbooks or Borders or Olsson's and pick something up based on little more than the book's cover. I am especially attracted to covers with a matte finish. I love feeling the texture and hearing the barely audible sound that my fingertips make as they slide across these covers. I like covers with cartoon images or abstract art. The more that they look like advertisements for teen make-up, the better. When I find a cover that I like, I will make the effort to read the back of the book. If I'm still interested, I read the acknowledgements to make my final decision. If the writer makes some witty comment in that section or thanks a really random person, I will head straight to the cash register. Now this is certainly not the best way to go about choosing great writing. If I want writing that will inspire or challenge me I will seek our recommendations from trusted sources. But if I just want to read a simple story, I will trust my cover judging strategy.
  Bad blogger
Nope. I can't keep my promises. Oh well. Check out my new "To Do" feature to the right. I will at least make an effort to keep that list updated.
I will post a more substantive entry this weekend. Promise. Until then, take a look at these fun shopping sites.

Pictures of concerts, travels and daily life. All photos taken with a Canon PowerShot A75 unless noted otherwise.

That's me spinning at bluestate (photo credit: BV).



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MG'S Non-Blog Writing and Photos

The Girls, The Girls LP
Channels concert review
Les Savy Fav concert review
"Janes Island State Park" in September 2004 issue of Washington Woman
The Carlsonics, The Carlsonics LP
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa article in July 2004 issue of Hill Rag
Interview with The Stills
Washington Social Club, Catching Looks EP
Interview with Ashlee Simpson
The Rogers Sisters, Three Fingers maxi EP
Interview with The Killers
Badly Drawn Boy, One Plus One Is One LP
The Killers, Somebody Told Me EP
The Casual Dots, S/T LP


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