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Ella Fiztergerald croons, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy,” and Justin Moore promises, “If there’s a good time in this town, we’re gonna find it.”  As for me?  I think a combination of the two songs sums up summer in Minneapolis.  The City of Lakes fills with festivals, music, and revelry when the weather warms up.  If you’re looking for a good time, you will definitely find it here.
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We celebrated our first dry weekend of summer with trips to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and the Uptown Food Truck Festival. Both fun events, but just like the songs above, I wanted to combine the two things.  Why not have food trucks at the jazz festival?  We could dance as we eat and sing as we sip.  Sounds good, yes?
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Do y’all follow Humans of New York?  I love how the artist photographs and learns the stories of the people in his city.  I have a similar desire to learn about the people that pass me on the street: where are they going? what are they reading? are they in love?  I’m not one to ask questions, but I do snap sneaky pictures when I feel inspire (like that photo above… precious, right?)
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Maybe it has something to do with an overactive imagination and curious mind.  I do home interviews for Habitat for Humanity (interviewing people that apply for houses), and I get that same thrill when I learn a) why people moved here b) why they want a new home and c) what matters most about their new home (size, location, community, school, etc).  After the interviews, I recommend or deny the family, and then I spend forever and always wondering how they’re doing.
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Speaking of home: Jon spent the past week in Wisconsin, and he brought home my favorite yellow roses.  The flowers seem trivial compared to having him back, but I do love me some roses.  And the best kind of roses?  ‘Just Because’ roses.
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This post is a bit of a ramble, but I did make the two graphics into printable PDFs for you.  Like the images? Download them here: redwhiteyou and leavehome

How was your weekend?  Any plans for the Fourth?

20 thoughts on “seek adventure

  1. I often wonder about what is going through people’s minds as I see them on the street also. I don’t know how many times I have been sitting at a red light, waiting for it to change, and glance into my rear view mirror to see a smile, laughing face, or angry scowl. And I can’t help but wonder if the person is on the phone, listening to something on the radio, or maybe just reflecting on a moment earlier in the day, or upcoming plans.

    As for the weekend, I helped my son set up his own YouTube channel to record videos of trains traveling by. And then decided to drive an hour over to Orlando so that he could get some coveted shots of his favorite (and only) passenger service, Amtrak 😉

  2. I love the idea of interviewing strangers…if you decide to do it, I’d love to read it. I’m jealous that you got to the food truck fest. I so wanted to go!

  3. Ahhh, your pictures and graphics just say SUMMER to me! Love it! You should totally find a way to interview strangers and tell their stories. People would open up to you and you would communicate their words so beautifully.

    I love food trucks! And jazz festivals. They would be an epic combination.

  4. Seeking adventures, now that’s my style! I am extremely fascinated by the fact that every person I pass by has an entire life story, has a reason for being where they are at that moment–I love real life stories, for good or for bad. Too bad we can’t know all of them!

  5. Your job sounds like a lot of fun — but I’m sure it can be stressful with having to approve or deny people too. You should start a ‘Humans of Minneapolis’ project + start interviewing people around town 🙂

    PS – So sweet of your hubby to bring you ‘just because’ flowers. Best reason ever to get a little treat 🙂

  6. You know how fascinated I am by strangers, too! That job sounds so perfect for you, and I think you’d be SO perfect to start a Humans of Minneapolis project! 🙂

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