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Going Car Gazing: Lehigh Valley Auto Show

Last weekend we took a short trip over to Lehigh University to check out the Lehigh Valley Auto Show! Every man’s dream! We were lucky enough to score comp tickets from Adam’s job. Obviously, we cannot turn down free (unless it was that Romeo and Juliet ballet several years ago on Valentine’s Day, but moving along). So Adam and I hopped in his car and took a short trip to the University to check it out.


The Auto Show was first created in 1998 to encourage customers to shop local and stimulate the economy. It’s a four day indoor event where you can actually test drive some of the cars (outdoors of course). We’re talking 250 BRAND NEW cars, packed into three buildings. Now, that’s a lot of looking. 

It was PACKED, which shouldn’t surprise me at all, but it did. There were lots of doors slamming, trunks opening, and testing out the back seats…and that’s just with us. Everyone was hopping in and out to see the interior, feel the seats, and look at the trunk space.
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Winter Carnival in Houghton, Michigan

 
This week’s Flashback Friday is the 2010 Winter Carnival in Houghton, Michigan from when we lived up there together in 2009/10. The Winter Carnival is a tradition held during…the winter (go figure?!) at Michigan Tech University that dates back to 1922. Students build ice sculptures for weeks on end, get judged, and placed. During this time there are a lot of festivities going on, but let’s be real: me and cold/snow don’t mix. I went outside long enough to take pictures and see them all and then was inside thawing out (a phrase my mother introduced me to as a child). This year’s theme was “Games We Know, Captured in Snow.”
 
I have always been very intrigued by the Winter Carnival and I really wish they had something like this near us. I would make it an annual tradition because they are so beautiful in person. It’s amazing how well these students build such detailed sculptures in a matter of weeks. Where do they find the patience? They should really bottle it up and sell it because I could use a jar….or 10.

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