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Saturday, November 1st, 2008
1:31 am
Random Project - Any Help Is Appreciated. :-)
First off, thank you mod for letting me post this... :-)

I'm making this traveling notebook for my son, and one for my brother. I'm pretty much trying to find, one or a few people from each of the 50 states for this notebook (well, both notebooks). They both travel together and will be passed on to someone else in the USA so postage costs shouldn't be much when posting out again. What I'm looking at doing is having everyone put a state map postcard, or a descriptive postcard from their state - so it has the silhouette of the state with the state bird, flower, something like that... write about your state, what you like about the state, what your life is like... add photos, and just plain be creative with the books... when you've put in your entry and your happy with it - I'll give you the next address which will probably be in a neighboring state and you send it onto the next "host". You can write the same in both of the books... that's not a problem at all... :-) I've been rounding up people for the books, but they've just been sent out today to Washington (from Australia)....

So yeah, if anyone would like to help that'd be great and contact me by commenting here, email at sara.ringham@gmail.com or just message me on here and we'll go from there... if you have any questions let me know as well - it's after midnight so I'm sure I've missed out on something... thanks for helping anyone that is interested in helping me out!

Current Mood: creative
Friday, August 15th, 2008
2:00 am
yeah i know this sounds stupid, just read it
we're trying to get more people to make an account and use this website....companies pay us to find people to fill out free surveys and offers, and we pay the people who fill them out. its totally free to set up an account, you don't have to give any credit card numbers or anything, only basic information like your address, name, etc... just do the surveys/offers and we'll send you checks for doing them.
this is not a scam i swear, we're just trying to get the word out...anyone can do them, you don't have to be 18 

link: http://cashcrate.com/732232
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
2:26 pm
Hello. I am looking for a 14-yr-old boy named Colton Young. He ran away to Rapid City last week and his family in North Dakota has asked me for my help in finding him. He is believed to have left ND to come to Rapid City to meet with a girl named Isabella.. goes by the name of "Izzy". Izzy is 12-yrs-old. From what Colton's family could tell me, Izzy attends West Middle School. Colton has medium length, straight black hair and has the letter "R" etched into his left or right arm.. I am not sure which arm.

I am a friend of the family and just happen to live in Rapid City, so I've been asked to help find him. Colton frequents internet communities, so I figured I could help here.

Colton, if you read this, you can call me any time and I'll come get you. I'm not going to rat you out, I just want to make sure you have some food and aren't sleeping in a ditch somewhere. Give me a call on my cell any time day or night. The number is 209-0326.

If anyone has any useful information, please feel free to call as well. Thank you very much.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
4:56 pm
Photographers in the Black Hills

I'm from SD (now living in Colorado), and I'm getting married in the Hills in August.  All of my photographers ended up busy, and I'm trying to find someone to take pictures for an hour or two.  I can't afford to go through a studio (I don't want my pictures to end up costing more than the wedding itself!).  Anybody know a semi professional or someone who takes awesome pictures?  One of my photographer friends has hook ups and can get me prints, so some nice digital stuff would be great. 

I'd appreciate any help!
Friday, December 7th, 2007
10:33 am
I'm thinking about some trips I might want to take next summer, and along the way may be passing through your state. 

So I figured I'd ask here... what would you recommend a visitor see or do while passing through South Dakota? Is there something unique or interesting that they should definitely stop for?

No restrictions on cities or types of sites/activities. Whatever comes to mind. I'd like to hear a wide range of suggestions. 
Thursday, July 12th, 2007
3:14 pm
Are there any cool summer concerts going on in SD? My friend and I would like to road trip there and listen to some live music. Out-of-doors, preferably. We're into a good variety of music -- mostly rock, alternative, etc. Pretty much anything but country. I've googled and searched and couldn't find anything really awesome. Thanks!
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
11:17 pm
St. Patrick's Mayhem
I'm an actor from Toronto, Canada, working a two-month touring gig all over the US. This Saturday, March 17th, I will be in Rapid City for the evening. Being of Irish descent, I like to celebrate in grand style. Can anyone recommend a bar in town where I'll find a)Guinness on tap and b)a kickass live band? Bonus points if it's safe drunken-stumbling distance (or failing that, cab ride) from the Comfort Inn at 915 East Fairmont Boulevard...
(x-posted to rapidcity)
Friday, November 3rd, 2006
9:50 pm
paranormal Investigators
Any Paranormal Investigators (ghost hunters) in the Rapid City area? Im trying to get a little team together and check a few places out...
Monday, August 28th, 2006
8:37 am
I was just wondering if there is anyone going to Killian Community College, please let me know... I'm not that grgeat at making friends and I would love to know if there is anyone here going to Killian.
Monday, July 3rd, 2006
11:40 am
On the Road
Tomorrow, with more than 10,000 miles behind us, Deb and I return home from our honeymoon. Along the way, we've traveled by air via jet and float plane, by water via cruise ship and catamaran, by road via bus and pickup, and, these last few days, Budget rent-a-truck. Most important and best of all, we traveled together.

Driving back to New York from Salt Lake City (where we rescued my remaining belongings from a storage unit), the second leg of our trip has thus far included our first visit to Mount Rushmore. Once there, however, the effect the man-made landmark had on us was not dissimilar to Chevy Chase's reaction to the Grand Canyon in Vacation: a nod of acknowledgment followed by the immediate desire to be back on our way.

Mount Rushmore looked exactly like every photo we'd ever seen of it. The expressions on the faces of the four presidents haven't changed a smidge since Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and Martin Landau scurried down them in Hitchcock's North By Northwest back in 1959. Even the surrounding forest looked the same as it did in that movie: unconvincing. (One of the film's few flaws, I'd always thought, was the set with the ponderosa pines spaced too far apart and, sprinkled among them, the papier-mache boulders. But that's how the nearby forest and its geology really look.)

The problem with Mount Rushmore is that it's like a good card trick or a flashy David Copperfield routine. Regardless how impressive, you're more taken with the desire to know how it was done than by any appreciation for the final result.

Much more satisfying was the "accidental" experience we encountered a mile or so down the road and around the bend from the monument. Deb pointed out some of the Black Hills' breathtaking natural rock formations; they looked as if they had risen from the surface of the planet in Alien. It wasn't until we pulled over to snap some photos of the stones that we noticed among them the single and solitary profile of George Washington -- sans Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. It was as if we'd captured our first president in a private moment, behind the scenes, where he'd retreated to gather his thoughts before returning to the world stage.

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Just as Rushmore disappointed because it left nothing to the imagination, almost everything we saw in Alaska the week before exceeded our expectations. Few things produced by the human hand can compete with nature's majesty. Witness the Hubbard Glacier, 76 miles long and over six miles wide, the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska. For two hours, we ignored the cold as we stood outside on our ship and watched icebergs several stories high calve off the face of the glacier and crash into the sea.

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Or how about the pod of ten (count 'em!) orca whales that swam past us a few days later near Bold Island on our way to the Misty Fjords?

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There's an inherent mystery in nature that is absent in most human handiwork. It's this inclusion of mystery (not the same kind of mystery necessarily, but some kind of mystery), I think, that renders us speechless (like Elaine's boyfriend on Seinfeld who demanded that attention be paid whenever the Eagles' "Desperado" came on the radio) in the face of true art. For me, it's there in Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," the Chrysler Building, Scorsese and Schrader's Taxi Driver, and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. All of them possess a mystery that never fails to challenge me and make me want to understand them better.

To the contrary, Rushmore requires no human interaction; it's just there.

Which brings me to our next day. Heading east along I-90 in Minnesota, a sign announcing the turnoff to Rochester reminded me of the first line to James Wright's "A Blessing," a poem I'd included a few weeks ago in "My Last Single Post": "Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota..." it begins.

A half hour later, when we took the exit for no reason beyond our need to take advantage of the rest area, the poem had fallen from memory, as had the fact that we were turning off at Rochester. Imagine my surprise, then, when we happened upon a plaque erected at the rest area to commemorate Wright and his marvelous poem.

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While I have no desire to ever see Mount Rushmore again, I stood before the plaque and reread "A Blessing" several times. And I'll undoubtedly read it again. Each time I do, I feel the poem more, understand it better.

It's this same mystery and power that blesses my life with Deborah. It invites me in and propels me forward. Like this photograph taken of our shadow as we sped through the Petrified Gardens in the Badlands of South Dakota, it's something that can't be contained, devoid of solid lines, fleeting yet attainable. But it's not a trick, it's truly magic.

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Current Mood: blessed
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
11:37 am

Is there anyone from Mitchell here that goes to DWU, I will be going there in the fall and I was wondering if someone could tell me a little about DWU.... also i am a senior at Beresford....

Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, April 8th, 2006
2:34 pm
South Dakotans Against Discrimination
For those of you who haven't heard, this November South Dakotans will be voting on Amendment C, which is the proposed anti marriage amendment that would permenantly ban civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriages, and "quasi-marital" relationships for gay and lesbian families.

This ban would severely impact gay, lesbian, and unmarried heterosexual couples and families in South Dakotans. It would affect their ability to gain access to health insurance, retirement benefits and pensions, as well as the right to make life-saving decisions for their own familiy members. It would also remove domestic violence protections currently in place for non-married couples.

Furthermore, South Dakotans take pride in being good neighbors to each other. Passing Amendment C is the most discriminatory, un-neighborly thing one can do to fellow South Dakotans.

In response to this proposed amendment, South Dakotans Against Discrimination has started a grassroots effort to stop this. I will be working in field offices in Vermillion and Yankton this summer, campaigning and talking to voters about the issues that this brings up. There will also be field offices Sioux Falls, Brookings, and in West River, among others. If you want more info, stop in and ask questions!

1) I urge you to vote NO on Amendment C. No matter what your feelings on gay marriage, good neighbors don't discriminate, and don't take rights away from other South Dakotans.

2) If this is an important issue to you, sign up at our website to donate money or volunteer your time.

WE NEED YOU to speak out against discrimination. Thanks so much!

-Angie Buhl
South Dakotans Against Discrimination, Yankton and Vermillion
Sunday, March 26th, 2006
4:15 pm
Aberdeen, SD
Hey, I have a questing that I'm hoping can be answered by any locals from Aberdeen. I'll be passing through the town on a road trip this summer and I heard about Storybook Land. I thought it sounded pretty cool and I decided perhaps I should stay at the Wylie Park Campground. Really all I want to know is, is this a good idea? I would assume that this is a safe and fairly clean campground considering it's near a children's park but I've never been through the area so I honestly don't know. Can anyone please give me a recommendation/warning?

Also, if anyone knows that there's something pretty exciting going on in Aberdeen sometime this summer, let me know and maybe I can pass through to see it. I tried to see if any concerts were going on but it didn't seem like it.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks so much!

Current Mood: curious
Monday, March 20th, 2006
10:36 pm
I just saw this community on here and was reading for awhile. I noticed that there hasn't been a post for a bit, but seeing as how people seem pretty knowledgeable, I decided to join and ask a question to start off. My boyfriend, kids and I are moving to Aberdeen this summer. We live in a house right now in Colorado, and I am not very willing to move from a house to an apartment (although I will if absolutely necessary). We're not looking to buy a house there, considering we don't want to be there permanently. Although that seems to be the only houses I can find...ones for sale. I have found apartments for rent and houses for sale, but no houses for rent. I was wondering if any of you could help me out with a website that would have that information. I've been to all the "popular" ones: rentclicks, forrent, rent, etc. and some of the non-"popular" ones as well. I am just not having very good luck on finding anything and any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, December 24th, 2005
1:26 pm
Terry Peak vs. Deer Mountain
Hey, guys. Gonna learn to snowboard after Christmas. Some relatives are coming Friday (30th), and I might go snowboarding with my cousins on Saturday (31st). Just want to get an opinion here, of which place is better. Post your vote, and why it's better.

Also -- I found all the price info for each, but does anyone know about snowboarding lessons @ Deer Mountain?? (Times, dates, price, etc.)

  • Terry Peak
  • Deer Mtn

    xp'd to rapidcity
  • Thursday, December 1st, 2005
    9:35 am
    Free HIV testing in South Dakota for World AIDS Day today
    Today, Thursday, Dec. 1: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota is commemorating World AIDS Day by offering an interactive clinic for people to come and learn about HIV/AIDS and how to protect themselves from the disease. Free confidential HIV testing will be offered 11am-2pm at the Sioux Falls Planned Parenthood and 3-7pm at the Rapid City Planned Parenthood. Anyone is welcome to walk-in.
    Sunday, November 6th, 2005
    6:32 pm
    we have family in belle fourche and we are planning on moving over there this spring...the prob i am having is finding a place to rent...i don want to buy for few yrs... but i hear it can be harder to find a place that will take kids than pets...does anyone know of any landlords that are good and will accept both ...i don care if it is house or manufactured (no single wide trailors) cost and deppsit aren't a prob. need sto be atleast 3 br...4 would be good...and perferrable in belle fourche.
    also any area info one can give for us ...bars ,entertainment, kids things to do ,things to see,weather
    thanks so much for your info ...
    Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
    9:15 pm
    Hey guys....I am a senior Medical Technology student in Delaware. I am married and we were hoping to get outta delaware and possibly move to somewhere in south dakota...here are my questions....do you guys like living in south dakota? if so, where is a good place to move to? also, how much to medical technologists get paid out there, like with one year of experience?? what is the cost of living out there?? like how much would a nice 3 bedroom house be?? are people generally accepting of outsiders moving in?? i have visited south dakota about 6 years ago and i absolutely loved it. it was so laid back and beautiful. not all polluted up and overflowing with people like here in delaware. also, what is there to do in south dakota, besides drinking that is??? theres not much to do here in delaware either so i wont be surprised with any replies on that one. oh yeah, my husband works for ritz camera...are there any out there??? anyways, i hope i get to know you guys better...since i may be moving out there in the next couple of years!!
    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
    1:34 pm
    Handmade Chainmaille
    For all of you who live in or around sioux falls go find Outlaw Tattoo on Benson Road and North 4th Ave and buy chainmaille.

    We just got back from putting more chainmaille in our display at Qutlaw. Now we have bracelets, hackie sacks, a teady bear with a chainmaill shirt, lighter covers, a belt, and tuns of key chains.. You should all go to Outlaw and buy our stuff!! I hope now that there are bracelets people will start buying some stuff.. the display has been out for a few months now and not one keychain has sold.. DAMNIT.. The employees at Outlaw say everyone walks up and freaks out about how cool the shit is but no one buys it.. So you all need to go there and spend money.. 8D

    A Lighter cover

    One style of braceletsWe have many

    Chainmaille bear

    One of many keychains

    Mr. Sheepy says!


    Current Mood: chipper
    Monday, July 11th, 2005
    10:13 am

    1975 Ford F-100 Custom. Color: Green.
    Runs, battery currently dead.
    Significant body rust.
    Brakes need work.
    302 V8 in great condition.
    $200.00 firm.

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