Wednesday, Aug. 27th, 2008

Our Big New Website

Howdy. So ... things are looking different around here at Just go ahead – stand back and take in all the webbie goodness. It may take a while, so hold your calls, grab some coffee, grab some friends, prepare a light (nutritional) snack (almonds?), and just dig in. If you’re not such a free sprit, and you’re unable to romp around the site pell-mell, allow us to point you in a few directions …

  • Blogs and Podcasts - These are from mostly non-V1 people we’ve partnered with to create special web-only content (and there’s more on the way).
  • V1 Dashboard – Check out the super-easy sign-up for a V1 Dashboard account which lets you (and only you) track your own comments, event reminders, restaurant reviews, photo/video uploads and more.
  • Dining Guide – Now our Eat Scene dining guide is online! You can search for restaurants, leave reviews and star ratings, peruse menus, and more.
  • Submit Event – If you host or promote events, checkout the turbo-charged event form.
  • Videos - We’ve already got a ton of Chippewa Valley videos up.
  • Community Pool blog – As if comments, restaurant reviews, and event reviews weren’t enough, now you can add your own blog posts about pretty much anything.

And that's just for starters. We’re still working out some last minute kinks, and we’ll be adding more content and features everyday, so keep poking around. We designed every part of this site with you guys in mind. Let us know what you think.

P.S. Perhaps you'd like an audio tour.

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Monday, Aug. 25th, 2008
Sunday, Aug. 24th, 2008

Fortune Telling Is A Luxury

Fortune Telling Is A Luxury
– Eau Claire Leader | August 24, 1907

A palmist, who is holding forth at a hotel in Chippewa Falls, yesterday came to Eau Claire for the purpose of opening a parlor for “readings” in the city. She visited police headquarters during the early morning to enquire about the license charged for such vocations in the city. The police officers were not sure what the license was, as few palmists have considered Eau Claire a fertile field for the reading of palms. Mayor Frawley was still dreaming at that early hour and city Clerk Fennessey was just eating his morning meal. The woman was disappointed. Later in the day she obtained the desired information. When informed that the license was only $10 a day, she nearly fainted. It is not known whether she will come down from Chippewa or not.


Chad's Take: Keep Out The Strange!

You might be thinking “What is the big deal about paying $10 a day for a license?” Well you have to remember that this was 1907 and the average family income was approximately $300 a year. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, paying $10 a day in 1907 would be like paying $250 a day in 2008. By making the license an extremely expensive $10 a day, the city insured that the palm reader could not afford to set up shop in Eau Claire.

I have to admit that I agree with the city on this one. What kind of upstanding citizen would have wanted a palm reader doing business in their great city? If the woman had picked a more respectable occupation she would have had no problem obtaining a job in Eau Claire. For instance if she wanted to be “lady of the night” she would have found plenty of bordellos filled with men that were hiring. If she wanted to be a gambler she would not have to look far to find an overcrowded card game in Eau Claire. Hell, for real financial security she could have been a server at one of the literally dozens of saloons that kept the Chippewa Valley from ever getting thirsty. Currently no license is needed to operate as a paranormal investigator in Eau Claire, which is fortunate for me because the outrageous price might certainly decrease my patronage at Eau Claire’s present day saloons.

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Wednesday, Aug. 20th, 2008


Taken at Saw Dust City Days, June 2007. I played with the color saturation a bit in Photoshop because the bright colors of the ducks was pretty eye catching.

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Unkel Boob

Unkel Boob sincerely scared me as a child. Looking at this image, I can't help but wonder what is going on in that big, silly head of his. He's certaintly the second most terrifying clown I've seen this summer.

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Copulating Butterflies

Taken at the Bever Creek Reserve Butterfly Garden, Summer 2007. I caught these two frisky butterflies in the act. I guess the Butterfly Garden is not as family friendly as I thought.

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Wilson Park Fountain

Wilson Park is home to a sweet fountain that is just asking to be frolicked in. At Chalkfest 2008, a handful of kids were able to fulfill my childhood dream while I just snapped away. I think this picture really captures a classic element of summer and childhood.

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Tuesday, Aug. 19th, 2008

Back-Alley Closed for the Season

Another season of the Back-Alley Summer Cinema Series drew to a close last week with Pee Wee's Big Adventure. This year saw strong attendance yet again, and increased visual funk brought in by the series' new sound company, Kadinger Event Production. They, along with community radio station WHYS 96.3fm, did most of the heavy lifting this year, making sure the series could keep pushing ahead. Volume One has been pleased to have such strong community partners involved, and look forward to another slate of classic and amazing films in 2009.

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