Dirtfoot: Coming to CoMo

Off Track Events is bringing the gypsy punk country grumble boogie band Dirtfoot to town for the Pedaler’s Jamboree on May 26th and 27th.  The word on the street and the trail is that this is the one band not to miss.  They expect audience interaction, even handing out homemade bean cans to round out the band members’ guitar, banjo, bass, saxophone, drums and miscellaneous percussion instruments.

Dirtfoot is winning awards left and right.  They will be playing two shows at the Jamboree, and I plan to get there early to get my bean can.

Dirtfoot’s J Bratlie spoke with me from Shreveport, Lousiana:

Gypsy punk country grumble boogie? It sounds like all the odd people in my high school class got together and formed a cult.

Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie was coined by a local writer who did one of our first reviews. He managed to sum up our sound so well that it stuck, and we’ve been running with it ever since. It’s not an intentional sound; we don’t try to write for a certain genre.  It just comes out purely primal, from the gut. Everyone says we sound familiar, but not like any other band or any style. We’ve been called Alt Country, Swamp Rock…hell, Les Claypool said we sound like a Southern version of Gogol Bordello, but not so Eastern European.

The story goes that God brought the first two band members together with one of His acts on one of His special days. Do you feel like you would be letting Him down if you didn’t continue to make music?

We do feel that a tornado, which brought myself and Matt together, is a fitting backdrop for the beginnings of the band. We formed on the same front porch of the reconstructed house, with numerous musicians sitting in and playing. Cool thing was, we weren’t trying to form a band, we just liked jamming, and if we really liked what somebody brought, they became permanent.

Was the house rebuilt while the band was forming?

The house was rebuilt by Matt and his family. They came out from west TX, and in a few weekends the house was better than ever. This happened in April 2000. Matt and I met right after the storm and basically started jamming immediately. The banjo I ended up playing was actually sitting in the corner of his house, and I saw it for the first time while examining the damage.

What’s with the bean cans?

The bean cans were a happy accident. We had a junk percussion player before we had a drummer, and homemade shakers were part of the rig. It seems like every show we were passing out the percussion to the folks, and it just kinda stuck. Now it really does help the crowd become the 7th member of the band.

Speaking of unusual instruments, how does one play a rubber chicken?

Ah, the rubber chicken… It is but one of our many accents that our percussionist, Daniel Breithaupt, has at his disposal. It was heavily featured in our song “Break My Bones” until, unfortunately, the chicken lost its voice a year or so ago. We’ve also had squealing pigs, horns, sirens and other fun things to make the necessary noises.

Is Dirtfoot acoustic or plugged in?

We are mostly acoustic. Our bassist plays his upright through an amp and does alternate with an electric bass. Matt and I both run our instruments through pedals to “play” with the sounds. Matt has also added an electric guitar recently, so you never know how it will morph and change.

 

You shot your video for “Cast My Plans” at the Wade Correctional Facility in Homer, LA, and it is fantastic! How did that project come about?

Well, that actually started with a music video.  We were approached by Jonathan Rothell, a film editor from California who wanted to make a music video of our song “Cast My Plans.”  He had the whole basic concept of the video: we are all thugs and you see us committing our crimes and getting caught. At the end of the video, the band forms in prison and we play in front of the inmates.

It seemed easier to actually go to a prison for the filming rather than attempting to build sets, costumes, etc, so we contacted the local prisons for help. Wade Correctional was very interested. We quickly decided that if we are going to go to a real prison and shoot ourselves in front of real inmates, then we should actually play a show. And if we’re going to play a show and we have cameras available, we should record that.

Then we reached out to our friend William Sadler, who we met playing a wrap party for the movie The Mist, to play our warden. At this point the buzz began to build about the project, and we had a whole crew of people who actually work for the movie industry in Shreveport volunteering for our video.

We then had a documentary crew put together to film the whole process, making the video, recording the live performance and put it all together in a sweet documentary “Making of the Cast My Plans Video.”  Of course the project had ballooned out of our small budget quickly. We decided to use a 35mm film camera to shoot the video to give it that “look,” which of course meant the extra expense of film processing. We also had to get Mr Sadler from New York to Louisiana for the shooting. We decided we had to come up with a way to fund this project, so we set up a Kickstarter campaign.

We set out to raise $10,000 in 30 days and spread the word mainly online: facebook, website, etc.  Well, we were very surprised by the quick response and actually hit our goal in 20 days.  So, after a little prodding from some of our die hards, we decided to up our goal. If we hit $15,000, we would print a special run of vinyl as well. On day 30, we had raised $16,200 and were blown away by the response.  So, needless to say, we spent all the money on making the best album, DVD and vinyl that we could. We have at least 175 people to thank for that one!

 

I’ve read that your audiences should expect an “aerobic workout of their bodies and ears” at every show. You sound like the perfect band for bicyclists. Have you ever played a bicycling event?

The Pedaler’s Jamboree is our first bicycling event. We’ve played many shows with folks riding around on bikes, but never for a bike-specific event. We are really looking forward to the shows, and we have good friends in Columbia too. It’ll be like a mini vacation.

If Dirtfoot were a meal, what dish would each member be?

Hmm…not sure what meal we’d be.  Being from Louisiana, a lot of folks compare us to a gumbo: lots of different flavors blended together to make something new.

I guess individual members:
Daniel – Spice. He definitely gives the music some zing.
Scotty – The sauce.
Nathan – Mystery spice. He gives that flavor that can’t be identified but rides underneath everything else.
Lane – Vegetables, good and hearty.
J – Some type of meat, like crawfish and sausage.
Matt – Meat. With a little gristle.

**Photographs curtesy of Dirtfoot.

CoMo Tech: Kerry Mullin

Kerry Mullin is a contributor to The COMO Collective. You can read her posts here.

Who are you?

I am the middle-age mother of two high-energy toddlers. Our family was built both the traditional way and through adoption. We moved here when my husband took a job with MU in May, 2010. Although we both grew up in the mid-west, we spent almost 20 years in the Pacific Northwest.

What do you do for money?

I keep my kids alive and make sure my husband always has a clean undershirt.

What do you do for fun?

If I designed the ideal vacation it would include snowboarding, lots of reading, playing Ultimate Frisbee and game-nights with friends. As for real life, there is reading and Ladies Night Out with my Mommy friends. Things that make me happy – but aren’t neccessarily fun – a great, second-hand bargain, clean kitchen counters and hearing my kids play peacefully together or listening to them talk to their dad.

And participating in XCX!

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

Love-Hate. I appreciate all it has to offer but I often feel at war with my lack of knowledge and the devices in my life.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

I have an iPhone. I use it mostly for email/FaceBook, weather and the maps and GPS technology. I love to read with my iPhone in hand. It makes is super easy to look up words and other references I am unfamiliar with. And I particularly like to use the maps feature to better understand exactly where the characters in my book are located.

Mac or PC or Other?

In our house there is a Linux desktop, a PC desktop, a Mac laptop, a pc laptop and two iPhones. I stick with the pcs and iPhones.

I use Twitter for:

Guilt. I feel guilty because I don’t use Twitter and yet I am afraid to open that Pandora’s Box. I already ignore my kids more than I should.

I use Facebook for:

Facebook is strictly social for me. Having recently moved to Columbia, most of our friends are still on the west coast. Our family is all over the country. Facebook keeps me from feeling isolated.

Do you write a blog? What’s it about?

I do have a blog that is primarily about trans-racial adoption, adoption ethics and our family’s life. I write it under a pseudonym because I include pictures of my children and I also want to reserve the ability to be perfectly honest about the people in my life. I am still very unsure how to manage the fine line between privacy and weird secrecy. In my real-life I am an open book.

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

I read lots of blogs, but they are almost all of the mommy variety. In fact, pathetically, they are almost all about adoptive, trans-racial parenting. The internet is such a big world and I have successfully narrowed it down to one very small category. On the other hand, it is surprising what can be learned about the real state of racism, our insane judicial system and both love and loss through these blogs. My current favorites are:

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

With two young toddlers I rarely go out. But I recently tried Room 38 and loved every single thing I tried especially the Spicy Ahi Tuna Ceviche.

What is your favorite beverage?

Diet Coke – from a fountain, not a bottle and never, never a can – until 2 pm. Water from 2 until 7. Beer from 7 until bed. I like traditional Pale Ales, not too bitter, not too watery. I am also partial to a nice glass of zinfandel or a small taste of anejo tequila. I take my beverages very seriously.

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

Campus. I love living in college towns. The energy, multi-culturalism, and beautiful architecture of a large university is something special and should not be taken for granted.

My favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world (after CoMo, of course) is:

Since we still own a house in Corvallis, Oregon I should go with that. But the minute we have a little savings, I am going back to Ethiopia. Still, I really love Sayulita, Mexico and I love to be in the mountains.

Thanks Kerry!

CoMo Tech: Molly Wright

@mollywrites

Who are you?

Molly Wright, mother of four grown children, avid out-doorsey sort of gal who lives without cable and still manages to survive.

What do you do for money?

Freelance writer. [Molly is also a contributor to The COMO Collective. Her articles can be found here.]

What do you do for fun?

Hiking, walking the trails around town, reading (pretty much ALL the time), writing fiction, hanging out with friends and family, trying new things whenever I can!

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

It’s a love/hate relationship since I have to use technology on a daily basis. In fact, when my husband and I want to get away, we look for places to stay that don’t even have TV reception. 🙂

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

iPhone. I’m still trying to figure out which of us is smarter though…

Mac or PC or Other?

PC

I use Twitter for:

Business and personal stuff

I use Facebook for:

Keeping up with friends and family

Do you write a blog? What’s it about?

I have a “green” blog called greenupforlife; I also write a blog for my business site. (Both sites I have neglected during the holiday chaos – do I hear resolution?)

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

I normally read my son, Colin Wright’s: Exile Lifestyle. I don’t have any others that I read religiously, but I read any and all that interest me at the time.

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

I’m a big fan of Upper Crust‘s quiche of the day and salad – yum!! Also, pretty fond of the burgers at Billiards on Broadway (talk about two ends of the healthy food spectrum, right!)

What is your favorite beverage?

Water and milk (sigh-yes, I’m dull). As far as alcoholic – love Ménage ã Trois red wine!

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

Shakespeare’s – a favorite since my college days. 🙂

My favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world (after CoMo, of course) is:

Fairbanks, Alaska – did an internship there in college and loved the land and the people.

Wright Zip Lining

Thanks, Molly!

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CoMo Tech: Glenn Rice

@glennrice

Who are you?

I’m Glenn Rice. You might have seen me around. I’ve lived here since 1983 and have been involved in all sorts of shenanigans during those years. I’m married to Tracy Greever-Rice, the smartest person I know and my best friend. I currently have a long beard that made an appearance on the Beards From Below blog a few months ago.

What do you do for money?

My full-time job is developing websites, applications and other web-related stuff for the MU Division of IT. I do web and DB development on the side (cash, trade, or in-kind) for RagtagSycamoreTrue/False, and whoever else will hire me. I sometimes sell salvage on eBay, and have a couple other moneymaking schemes that I’d rather not talk about. Also, Tracy and I own several rental properties, but there’s not much cash flow in that business, let me tell you.

What do you do for fun?

I go out on the town with Tracy, hang out with friends, go to shows. In the warmer months I enjoy riding my motorcycle (Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Deluxe) on back roads, swimming at the Quarry. In the winter I like to cook, make schnapps/liqueurs, and tinker in my man-cave. I used to enjoy getting involved in local government, but that dog don’t hunt anymore. I’m trying to learn to play the ukulele. I’ll float any river, any time of the year. Tracy and I try to travel somewhere interesting every year.

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

“It’s complicated.” I’m immersed in technology at my job(s). I love to write code because it’s like solving puzzles and exercises my mind, but as any developer will tell you, it gets harder and harder to keep up, all the time. If you look at what I do for fun (above), none of it’s particularly tech-oriented. (I do enjoy messing with electronics and with old technology [like my motorcycle] and can fix almost anything.) To me, technology is tools. I appreciate a well-made, useful, beautiful tool, and may enjoy using it for its purpose and learning how to use it well — but that doesn’t mean I like all tools, or want to spend all my time using them.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S2.

Mac or PC or Other?

Like many web developers, I use both, but primarily Windows. I have Linux on a laptop in my man-cave, but it seems like I turn it on only to install the update packages.

I use Twitter for:

All kinds of stuff. Professionally, I use Twitter to stay in touch with my colleagues in the higher-ed web development community (who tend to be early adopters of this kind of thing) and also for news from the development world in general. Personally, my tweets are all over the map. Weird stuff, photos, short drunken rants, local politics & culture, design, men’s health, random thoughts. I complain a lot, especially about CoMo City government and politics (which is a big mess). I had a lot of fun on Twitter with the whole Sarah Palin – Glen Rice (basketball player) affair.

I use Facebook for:

Not nearly as much as I use Twitter. Facebook is just for fun. I recently did a little social experiment where I changed my birthday on Facebook. Some people knew right away; others sincerely wished me a happy birthday (which actually made me feel like a schmuck for fooling them), others got angry. Weird that you can change your name with impunity, but change your birthday and you’ve stepped way over the line.

Do you write a blog? What’s it about?

I recently wrote a piece for this blog, but otherwise no. I have lots of ideas, though I doubt I’d have time for it anyway.

Do you read any blogs? What are some of your favorites?

I read lots of blogs. Among my favorites are:

Sorry, that’s way more than three.

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

Courtyard sandwich, 9th St. Deli, or maybe the #16 on the Vietnamese menu at Chinese Wok Express.

What is your favorite beverage?

Water (although I also like beer and whiskey).

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

Shakespeare’s, but not usually by choice. Most of my out-of-town friends used to live here, and they always have to go to Shakespeare’s for old times’ sake when they visit. That’s fine, I like the place, but it’s annoying because it’s like they think absolutely nothing new of interest has come along since they left town all those years ago.

My favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world (after CoMo, of course) is:

Upper Jack’s Fork River, Missouri Ozarks.

Thanks, Glenn!

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CoMo Tech: Andrew Leland

@quailty

Who are you?

Andrew Leland.

What do you do for money?

I’m co-editor of the Believer magazine, an arts and culture monthly published by McSweeney’s in San Francisco. I’m also a freelance writer and editor — most recently I signed on to help revamp and run the True/False Film Festival’s blog

What do you do for fun?

I like to read fiction, and read about fiction, and maybe secretly write fiction. I click on people’s faces a lot. I love the radio — listening to and producing it. My wife and my dog are both really fun people. My dog is a person.

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

I love it — the mechanical pencil, the book, and the mountain bike are three favorite pieces of technology. I use computers and the internet heavily–the tech equivalent of two packs a day–and I get as much out of occasionally depriving myself as I do from my customary total immersion.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

When my wife and I decided to move to Columbia from San Francisco, I bought an iPhone for the drive. I have a degenerative retinal condition (called RP) that these days prevents me from driving (severe tunnel vision!), so I wanted to be a good co-pilot, which to me means being able to find good motels from the road, secret delis in rural Colorado, and so on.
My three favorite/most-used apps are probably all radio-related: I love the Public Radio PlayerWFMU, and KCRW‘s apps.

Mac or PC or Other?

I was raised on Macs — around 1987, I inherited my dad’s old 512k, and since then I’ve been a loyal user.

I use Twitter for:

Honing my confessiono-aphoristical chops.

I use Facebook for:

Self-aggrandizement.

Do you write a blog? What’s it about?

Good Jobbbbbbbbb. It’s about… the inside of my skull. I started it when I had an intense office job, and used it to blow off linguistic steam. That’s still what it’s for. I’m profoundly embarrassed by my blog, and I can’t let go of it. (That may be a common contemporary condition.)

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

1. Menthol Mountains, the blog of David Berman, poet and singer of the Silver Jews.
2. Disambiguation, the blog of editor/novelist/critic Ed Park.
3. Weird Vegetables, the blog of writer/grad student/kale daikon radish Katrina Dodson.
4. My Life and Thoughts, the blog of writer Elif Batuman.

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

I’m a recent transplant, so I haven’t eaten at many restaurants yet. But in these first few months, the closest thing I have to a go-to is probably…the Peggy Plate at the Main Squeeze. After so many coastal elitist snobs warned me about moving to the Midwest, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Columbia’s abundant 1970s juice-bar vibes.

What is your favorite beverage?

Intensely hoppy beer.

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

My backyard, then Uprise. Then, if it’s not freezing, back to the yard.

My favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world (after CoMo, of course) is:

There’s no interesting answer to this question. New York City? Narnia. New Mexico; Mexico.

Thanks, Andrew!

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CoMo Tech: Scott Wendling

@CommercialScott

Who are you?

Scott Wendling

What do you do for money?

I’m part owner of CoMoRealty.com as well as a social media and Internet marketing speaker.

What do you do for fun?

I have an adorable daughter, MJ, of whom I take many pictures and post them on instagr.am.

One little monkey jumping on the bed...

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

Intimate. I’ve had a computer since my first at age 5, a Commodore 64. I’ve owned every gaming console with the exception of 3DO, Jaguar, NeoGeo, and Virtual Boy. If you know what one or more of those are you’re most likely a geek like me.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

You’re interviewing me about technology. Smart phone of course. I’ve had an iPhone since they first came out but recently switched to an Android phone. I have the Galaxy S2 by Samsung. It has a dual core processor, a gig of ram, and a giant screen. I don’t disklike iPhones but I prefer the ability to manipulate every part of my phone.

Mac or PC or Other?

I have a PC at the office. I have an overclocked Intel i7 with water cooling along and 12 gigs of ram in tri channel. I have two video cards that run 3 monitors. At home I have an old laptop that runs a stripped down version of Linux so I can surf the web. I’m getting a Google Chromebook soon which will replace that.

I use Twitter for:

Twitter is my news source, a place to meet people, and a channel I can disseminate information through.

I use Facebook for:

It used to be primarily for friends and family. Lately it has become a great way to meet and network with cool people. I prefer learning about how Facebook works more than actually using it.

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

Dan Zarrella is the man. He is the “social media scientist.” He conducts studies on how people interact with social media and what works and doesn’t work for marketing.

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

Life’s too short to eat the same thing twice. But Mugs Up is an old favorite. Chilicheese zip and a rootbeer float.

Thanks, Scott!

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CoMo Tech: Gus Wagner

@RocketGroup

Who are you?

Gus Wagner

What do you do for money?

I am the President/Owner of The Rocket Group. We are a full service marketing & communications firm in Jefferson City and celebrating our 10th anniversary in business. We have also just launched a series of classroom-style conversations on Social Media for our clients and friends in the Jefferson City area. We create and manage communications tools across web and print for clients in business, politics, and government. I am also a triple-certified Social Media Strategist…which is what is says on the paperwork, I prefer to think of myself as an asset and educator helping folks and businesses navigate the new-to-them waters of Social Media.

What do you do for fun?

Spend time with my wife and our Welsh Corgi, Taffy. The usual guy sports. I also enjoy red dirt country music concerts.

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

Informed. I really dig learning about new things but I sadly don’t apply everything I learn about to my own world. I really need to make the commitment to Google apps but time, Microsoft and reluctance keep me from doing it.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

Smart. I am a Man of Blackberry…despite many frustrations. I stay connected to the world through UberSocial, manage client and personal accounts through HootSuite, and my fun app is Flixster for peer reviews and date night choices.

Mac or PC or Other?

I am a PC guy in a Mac world. Most of my staff and contractors are Mac but I’ve never made the jump. I guess I just like viruses.

I use Twitter for:

learning and sharing with a dash of promoting.

I use Facebook for:

keeping up with friends for personal use and sharing tips, articles, and achievements of my business on The Rocket Group page. There are a lot of Taffy pics on my profile too.

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

I read or scan 30+ a day but Mashable is every Social Media person’s go-to but there are more specialized ones I read as well, I also enjoy Logo of the day for graphic inspiration. My favorite fun time-suck blog is Warming Glow.

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

Steak Sandwich at Murry’s. Need to make a trip there now…this is the second time this week I have talked about it!

Complete this sentence: Archers of Loaf is:

something I had to Google. I feel old.

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

Paddy Malone’s in #JCMO. Eyes get big when they read about the Yogi burger. Also, beer.

My second-favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world is:

Austin, Texas. What a cool place for a guy who still wants to be a cowboy and has a background in government.

Thanks Gus!

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CoMo Tech: Michelle Linn


@FOX23Michelle

Who are you?

Michelle Linn

What do you do for money?

Anchor of FOX23 News Daybreak (Tulsa, OK), former longtime (14 years) anchor of ABC17 News This Morning (Columbia, MO)

What do you do for fun?

Spend time with my husband (the funniest man alive) and my four twerps. I really love dates with my husband. Those happen about twice a year. It’s a good thing he makes the monotony of daily life fun. He stays home with the kids. My workday ends by 12pm. Most days we enjoy lunch and dinner together (as much as you can enjoy a meal with three little ones at home). He makes the BEST chicken salad in the world, for lunch at least once-a-week. During the week we juggle drop-off and pick-up from: kindergarten, preschool, and Mothers’ Morning Out. On the weekends we chase our twerps and shuttle them to soccer and T-ball. We are also trying to squeeze in excursions around Tulsa, to learn more about our new hometown. We’re frequent visitors to the Oklahoma Aquarium and the Tulsa Zoo. We’ve also checked out the Philbrook Museum of Fine Art and Oxley Nature Center. There are still a TON of places to discover. We lived in Columbia for more than a decade, and were still discovering new “favorite” places. We loved Tiger football games, walks around the MU campus and trips to Rock Bridge State Park.

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

only slightly dysfunctional. I wish I had a better mastery of the tools that are available to me. I LOVE facebook and twitter. Personally, we’ve found that it’s a snap to live without cable television at home, but we could NEVER give up our high speed internet connection. It’s worth every penny. I keep a personal blog, to stay connected with family and friends.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

The phone is smart. The owner? Not so much. I have an HTC EVO. I think that’s what it’s called. I’m not crazy about touch screen, for texting. My husband swears by his Blackberry. I used to have a Palm pre. I hated that keyboard. The app I use the most is DEFINITELY Sprint Navigation! Living in a new city, I rely VERY heavily on GPS! Facebook and twitter are the other two apps that I use. Does Google calendar count as an app? I use that like crazy! I might be addicted to the calendar feature. It’s hard to believe that as little as two years ago, I used to lug around a dayplanner, and I’d handwrite all of my appointments! There’s no way I could do that now, with work commitments, personal appointments, AND all of my kids’ activities.

Mac or PC or Other?

We have a PC, actually two, laptops, at home.

I use Twitter for:

work, primarily. I typically tweet local (Tulsa) news headlines. Once in a while I throw in a story that’s a “talker”.

I use Facebook for:

work and fun. I have a work page and a personal page. I use my work page to engage viewers and promote special pieces. I use my personal page to keep in touch with all of my friends back in Columbia, and my family in St. Louis.

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

I read lots of “mommy” blogs. Many of them are written by my friends. Here are my three favorites:

  1. Skidmarks
  2. Pining for Nordstrom
  3. Misadventures in Mommyhood

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

I miss so many things!!! I love the pretzels and tomato bisque soup at Flat Branch. I can’t believe you’re making me pick ONE thing. I miss the sushi at Osaka. I miss the nachos at Addison’s. I miss the pepperjack cheese and tomato pizza at Shakespeare’s. I miss the entire menu at Chris McD’s- it’s the best kept secret in Columbia.

Complete this sentence: Archers of Loaf is/are:

something I’ve never heard of.

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

Hmm… I’m guessing you mean they’re visiting Columbia… I’m taking them to a Tiger football game, Shakespeare’s, McGinty’s Pub, Flat Branch, Rock Bridge State Park, and the MU Campus. If you mean friends are visiting us here… then we’re taking them to the Oklahoma Aquarium, the Tulsa Zoo, a Tulsa Drillers game, Joe Momma’s Pizza, Fat Guys Burger Bar, Webers Grill, and Wolfgang Puck.

My second-favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world is:

What? I have to pick Tulsa, as my FIRST favorite city, because I live here now. That’s a really tough call, though, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Columbia. I guess it’s my second favorite.

Thanks Michelle!

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CoMo Tech: Amy DeGraff-Swiney

@ephemerageek

Who are you?

Amy DeGraff-Swiney. Wife of Joe. Mother of Cameron, our 20-year-old son who is attending Conception Seminary College near Maryville, Missouri. Random fact: I named him after the character Cameron Frye from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Seriously. I have four dogs: Elvis and Trixie who are rat terriers, and Jake and Belle who are Great Pyrenees/Anatolian crosses. I’m a big St. Louis Cardinals fan and Mizzou Men’s Basketball fan. Also a devout orthodox Catholic and moderate Republican, but I don’t publicly discuss religion or politics. And oh yeah, I don’t actually live in Columbia. I live about 45 miles north, but work and play and spend my money in Columbia so I can be an honorary resident, right?

What do you do for money?

I am a legal assistant for Garrett Taylor at Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis, and Taylor, P.C. I’m also the resident web geek and am learning all about tweaking our website and improving SEO.

What do you do for fun?

I collect vintage paper items (hence the Twitter handle), including baseball cards. My husband Joe got me started and we have over 10,000 cards. We live on my family’s century farm where we raise chickens for food and eggs, bale hay, raise Katahdin sheep and generally lead a very peaceful, quiet life. We collect old CASE tractors. I craft and sew and quilt and cross-stitch and crochet. Honestly, I have more hobbies than I have time for.

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

Ever-evolving. Right now I am teaching myself WordPress and CSS so I can improve the firm’s website. I’ve never been one to “read the instruction manual” so I just kind of jump in and learn as I go along. So far it’s gone pretty well.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

Pretty dumb but web-enabled phone. It wishes it was more impressive. I use it for checking email, keeping up on Twitter and Facebook and Googling anything I want to know.

Mac or PC or Other?

Hello, I’m a PC.

I use Twitter:

…news, sports, meeting new and interesting people.

I use Facebook for:

…pretending I liked the people I went to high school with.

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

I am subscribed to around 50 or so blogs, but my three most favorite when they are updated are:

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

Meat master pizza from Kostaki’s Pizzeria.

Complete this sentence: Archers of Loaf is:

my son on summer vacation.

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

Avenue of the Columns at dusk. The Tiger Hotel is spectacular at that time.

My second-favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world is:

The Great State of Nevada. I grew up there and still remember it fondly.

Thanks, Me!

 

 

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CoMo Tech: Kerrie Bloss

@ KBinCOMO

Who are you?

To quote Liz Phair “I am just your ordinary – average every day sane psycho, supergoddess!” I am a social working, brand evangelizing, networking, connecting, leading, spunky and sassy woman!

What do you do for money?

I am the Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri. I’ve been with BBBS for 12.5 years and am doing what I love and loving what I do!

What do you do for fun?

I try to have as much as possible! I enjoy going to wineries, festivals, concerts, volunteering and being part of this awesome community we live in, reading, watching movies, traveling/taking road trips, spending time with my friends and family and tailgating and taking in Mizzou games when I can! Oh and my secret life of sweepstaking! I’m always up for a new adventure.

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

a great relationship, well rounded and perhaps too dependent at times!

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

Smart phone! I’m an iPhone girl. Top apps would be:

Mac or PC or Other?

PC

I use Twitter for:

I hadn’t used my personal account for awhile until we started our Columbia for Joplin campaign and knew that social media was the best way to spread the news about our endeavor. Now I use it for quick news updates, random chatter, spreading the news about events and activities I am involved in, etc.

I use Facebook for:

EVERYTHING! Connecting with friends and family, networking, spreading positivity, learning about businesses and events in the area, etc

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

If I had more hours in my days I would probably read some blogs, but currently nothing regular.

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

If I can only have one, today I’ll go with Thai Chicken Salad at Addison’s.

Complete this sentence: Archers of Loaf is:

a great band name!

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

any of my favorite locally owned restaurants, Trops, a winery, some great festival in town, a play at Columbia Entertainment Company, The District, wait, how long are they in town for?

My second-favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world is:

Venice, Italy – I’ve only been once but I’d go back in a heartbeat – the city is amazing!!

Thanks, Kerrie!

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