Monday, March 31, 2008

My aunt and I laughed about this article. So funny...

Cops bust teens' root-beer kegger
Dozens of high schoolers forced to take breath tests

updated 5:26 p.m. MT, Fri., March. 28, 2008

WAUSAU, Wis. - Cars lining the street. A house full of young people. A keg and drinking games inside. Police thought they had an underage boozing party on their hands.

But though they made dozens of teens take breath tests, none tested positive for alcohol. That's because the keg contained root beer.

The party was held by a high school student who wanted to show that teens don't always drink alcohol at their parties. It has gained fame on

Dustin Zebro, 18, said he staged the party after friends at D.C. Everest High School got suspended from sports because of pictures showing them drinking from red cups.

The root-beer kegger was "to kind of make fun of the school," he said. "They assumed there was beer in the cups. We just wanted to have some root beer in red cups and just make it look like a party, but there actually wasn't any alcohol."

Zebro purchased a quarter-barrel of 1919 Classic American Draft Root Beer, and by 10 p.m. Saturday, the scene outside his rural Wausau home had all the makings of a teen drinking party — cars, noise and kids.

Kronenwetter Police Chief Daniel Joling said an officer was dispatched to the home March 1 on a complaint of cars blocking the road.

Juveniles began coming out of the house after the officer used his squad car's loudspeaker to warn that cars would soon be towed, Officer Jason Rasmussen wrote in his report.

Nearly 90 breath tests were done, and officers even searched locked rooms for hiding teens.

"It was a tremendous waste of time and manpower, but we still had a job to do, and our officers did it," Joling said. "If one kid had come there, even hadn't drank there, but had come there and had been drinking and had left and crashed and burned, then what would the sentiment be? Why didn't the police check everybody out?"

School Superintendent Kris Gilmore did not immediately return a message Friday.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Drowning in Business Cards

8 minutes to 7:00pm, and I am just ready to head out the door, having given up on my final task for the day. Last week we had a convention in Salt Lake City called BrainShare. BrainShare attracted more than 5,000 people from 58 countries around the world. And I do believe every single one of those people stopped by the store and dropped their business card or a slip of paper with their contact information in order to try their hand at the raffle. It is now my job to sort through all of the names and to input them into some sort of database. So for the past hour in a half, I have been sorting. Pulling out the cards and separating them from those who were too cheap to put in their business card (in case you are wondering, it is more likely that you will be chosen with a business card than a slip of paper... we never pulled the paper, always a card. AND, it doesn't help if you bend or crinkle the card. That only facilitates in driving the person mad afterwards!). So I've made my way through 1/3 of the box full of cards and paper and have thrown away about 300 duplicates, leaving 1,000 business cards sitting on my desk. 1,000... do you know how many business cards that is? Do you know how long it would take me to input that into a database? Not to mention all the paper slips AND, I'm almost 1/3 of the way done!

Luckily, Holly suggested that I give the paper slips to the receptionist/security downstairs. I think I just might do that. They sit and read all day...surely they can squeeze in a little time to do some data entry. I've also convinced Mary and Holly that we needed a business card scanner. Man, I'd like to thank Weasel for introducing me to that mechanism! Who would have guessed that he would come in handy!?

Monday, March 24, 2008


One of my favorite things to do is to try new recipes. So here is my newest experiment:
*2 xícaras de manteiga* 2 c. butter
*4 xícaras de farinha de trigo* 4 c. Flour
*2 colheres de bicarbonato de sódio* 2 tsp baking soda
*2 xícaras de açúcar* 2 c. sugar

*5 xícaras de aveia liquidificada (meça a aveia e depois liquidifique
até convertê-la em pó)* 5 c. liquefied oatmeal (measure* the oatmeal and then liquefy until it’s powder
*24 onças (800 gramas) de raspas de chocolate* 24 oz of chocolate shavings (you could use chocolate chips since this is what you would use in Brazil since they don’t have chips)
*2 xícaras de açúcar mascavo* 2 c. brown sugar
*1 colher de sal* 1 tsp salt
*1 barra de chocolate Hershey de 8 onças (264 gramas) (ralada)* 1 8 oz. Hersey bar grated
*4 ovos* 4 eggs
*2 colheres de fermento em pó* 2 tsp baking powder
*2 colheres de baunilha* 2 tsp vanilla
*3 xícaras de nozes trituradas (se assim o desejar)* 3 c. chopped nuts
*Bata a manteiga com os dois açúcares até formar um creme.* Cream butter with two cups of sugar
*Adicione os ovos e a baunilha.* Add the eggs and vanilla
*Misture com a farinha, a aveia, o sal, o pó de fermento e o bicarbonato.* Mix, in separate bowl, flour oatmeal, salt, b. powder and soda. And then add to butter mixture.
*Agregue as raspas de chocolate, a barra ralada de chocolate e as nozes.* Add chocolates and nuts into mixture
*Faça pequenas bolinhas (do tamanho de uma moeda de 5O centavos Form small balls about the circumference of a quarter and they will melt into the size of cookies

ligeir! amente comprimida. Elas se expandirão no forno tomando a forma
de bolachas) e coloque numa forma separadas 5 cm umas das outras.* Keep them separated by 5 cm on the pan (You can figure out the inches right?)
*Mantenha no forno a 375 graus por 10 minutos.* (Dever ser ºF: ~ 175ºC) Keep the Oven at 375 degrees and Bake for 10 min
Esta receita rende 112 bolachas. Makes 112 cookies
Que as desfrute ! !!

Thank you Kent, for the recipe.
Thank you Ryan & Camille, for translating!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Crazy Busy

Things have been SO crazy lately that I do not even know where to begin!

Last week I attended my first BrainShare, a convention that Novell puts on every year for about 50,000 people from 58 different countries around the world. I worked in the store all week, starting as the "sales person" and then working my way to cashier. I've always known retail was not for me, but I had a lot of fun counting all the money at the end of the day. During the week I stayed in Salt Lake at the Marriott, which was really fun. To sum up the week:
1. I had my first networking experience. The guy gave me his business card and told me to call him when I graduate - that he'd help me get a PR/Marketing job. He was based in Pennsylvania himself, so that sounded like a winner to me!
2. I found a restaurant, the Blue Iguana, that served salsa NEARLY as good as El Sombrero's. This was incredibly exciting, as I have yet to find its equal, and yet here was something that came rather close. Even better, the company paid for the meal.
3. I attended my first "real" concert, Collective Soul. It wasn't bad.
4. Katy came and spent the night at the hotel with me one night, and we went swimming. It was really fun.
5. I was able to find my way from Farmington to Ogden (and the subsequent place in Ogden that I was looking for) without using I-15 or getting lost. It was a miracle!

Friday I went shopping and found a really cute shoe store: Head Over Heels. Loved it! Especially since they gave me a pair of shoes for free. Unfortunately, I have only ever seen the store in Ogden. I asked the girl at the counter if there was anything south of Ogden, and she mentioned there was one in Logan. (Which just so happens to be North...but what can I expect from a 17-year old Utah native?)

Saturday was spent baking banana bread then dying eggs with Emily. It was fabulous.

Today I attended church, which was less Easter-oriented than I would have preferred and then lucky enough to have awesome friends who invited me to their family dinner. The weather was beautiful, and I really am starting to believe that spring might be here.

Tomorrow I have a test, and a group project. And in order to be prepared for it, I have decided to cancel work... uh oh. That is never a good thing, especially when you've been out of the office for a week. What can I say?

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