Friday, January 30, 2009

Camp today (finally!)

Drop over to for details. And get excited. REALLY excited like the rest of us.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

And more DC video

And here is more video from KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids.

Parade video from British TV

Click here for the DC video from British TV. The Colts' segment starts about two minutes and twenty seconds into the video.

Cotls on DC-Eye

The Colts are featured today at in the DC-Eye area. Click here to see.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Photo albums

Lots of photo albums from the DC trip being posted. Click on the names below to see some of them. If you have an album to share (a Facebook album, or one on other sites such as Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, etc.) please send me a link to it at See the post below for downloadable instructions on sharing hi-res photos too.

Jim Johnson

Rachael Baethke
Leanna Rummes
Floyd Stegall
Beau Meyer
Amy Killey
Chelsey Veire
Emily Neuendorf Pawlak
Emily Ripley
B.J. Newcomb
Doug Hassell
Scott Lawson
Jess Dunkel
LeAnn Splitter

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A place for bigger photos

Ben Goheen, who runs the Colts alumni website, and Colts drum major Emily Neuendorf Pawlak have put together a site to upload hi-res photos. It's open for anyone to use for pictures they took in D.C. or while on the trip with the Colts.

Click here to download the letter with instructions for getting to and putting pictures on the site.

C-SPAN video

Also, you can order a DVD of C-SPAN's coverage of the entire Obama inaugural parade at this link.


(Yes, we're home and awake. And still amazed at the entire Colts adventure)

Parade video available

C-SPAN has posted a video of the full parade. The Colts start at 21:51 and end at 23:37. DCI also has a link to the parade.

Today is Thursday, Jan. 22; we ARE back in Dubuque

Welcome back Colts' members, volunteers and support staff. KWWL-TV7 has a recap video of our trip that aired last night.

Here is a repeat of Peter's gallery in case you missed it from last night.

Now we have an inconvenience - camp is only 8 days away. Somebody with a very large influence (obviously not me) needs to start directing the jet stream to avoid ANY bad weather starting Wednesday, for six days!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

First pictures from D.C. have arrived

Peter Hansen has completed a gallery of his pics here.

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 21; we are in Pennsylvania ... Ohio ... Indiana ... Illinois ... Iowa

Photo by USA Today

Yes, they are on their return trip. At this time, the weather looks like only spotty snow across Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

The video from KCRG-TV9 that contains the parade is here.

KWWL's reporter that is traveling with us, Lauren Squires, has a very insightful blog that she continues to update during the return trip.

Alf sent me the link for the above picture. It is available on Flickr.

Betty H. pointed out the following videos on YouTube: ABC feed; CBS feed and entering the parade.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Get your video here!!

The first video that I found is from KCRG-TV9 -
right here.

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 20; it's inauguration day

The corps is up. Breakfast was biscuits and gravy, cereal, fruit, and peanut butter and jelly. They're heading for the buses. More later if there's time.

Go Colts!

(Post comments to say where you saw them on TV, if you catch them in the parade.)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Today is Monday, Jan. 19; we are in Washington D.C.

Photo by David S

Wow! So much is happening, I can't even begin, let alone keep up.

It was a great trip, through rain and snow and dark of night. The housing is marvelous. We should all send letters of thanks to our hosts at Gallaudet University for the great way we're being treated.

This afternoon's outside vis block was cold but incredible. There was a British TV crew that stopped by to talk to the kids from Iowa. The corps did a mock parade route on the football field with staff serving as the turns in the Pennsylvania Ave. parade route. You had to be there to get the full effect. The description does not do it justice. There was a full ensemble of the parade music tonight in full uniform. Too much to go into now.

It's going to be an early morning for the corps as they set off for a full day, starting with multiple security checks and then the parade and then back to the housing site for a dinner hosted by the university cafeteria and then off for home. All on Tuesday.

Don't know when there'll be another chance to update. Thanks to the valiant virtual cooktruck crew who had to stay home for their blog updates from news outlets and publishing of comments, etc.

Today's birthday: cook Vicki Dunkel
Tomorrow's birthday: Beau Meyer, who since his birthday was not during tour never got his birthday posted on the cooktruck. Something we're proud to remedy now. Go get 'em tomorrow Beau -- and the rest of the Colts.

More articles

Here is an article in todays Dubuque Telegraph Herald from the reporters traveling with the Colts.

Here is a blog of a reporter from KWWL-TV that is traveling with us. KWWL-TV's homepage is here.

KCRG-TV is also traveling with us. Here is a link to their blog and to their homepage.

I'll just keep adding more.

Inaugural trip articles

DCI has posted multiple articles about our trip to D.C. and about some of the members. Click here to see the stories.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Notes from DC

Peter Hansen arrived in DC today and sent back these notes:

I spent two hours over at the Gallaudet campus today. We'll have one large gym and a few smaller rooms, so it will be cozy but manageable. The staff are all very friendly and doing as much as they can to accommodate our needs. We also owe a big thank you to Senator (Tom) Harkin (of Iowa) - he's been a long-term supporter of Gallaudet - a big factor in the University's willingness to host us.

The walk from Gallaudet to Union Station and the Capitol area is an easy one - I made it from the campus to Union Station in just under 20 minutes. In front of the Capital are the chairs for the 20,000 or so individuals that are lucky enough to have tickets. They were doing a sound check this afternoon - someone was reading a newspaper article about the Univ of Maryland basketball team over the PA system - not quite the same as the Inaugural Address.

The weather for Tuesday looks OK. Local forecasts say morning temps in the low 20s and afternoon highs in the low 30s. Hand warmers and toe warmers would be a good idea.

There might be souvenirs for sale in DC that do not have a picture of Barack Obama, but if there are, I haven't seen them.

Show of hands, please

How many of you have just realized you don't know how to pack for winter tour?

I'll admit that I don't. If it involves putting more than shorts, T-shirts, sandals, and a toothbrush in a bag, I'm lost. (Sandals. Crap. Forgot my shower shoes....) :(


Colts featured on Gallaudet website

News of the Colts' stay in DC is featured today on the Gallaudet university website. Click here to see the story.

Inaugural trip schedule

The schedule for the inaugural trip is posted on the Colts website. Click here to get the details.

Have a safe trip. I'm looking forward to hearing all about the trip at camp. Yes, camp is finally only two weeks away. I would guess that everybody would like about a month to recover from all of the planning, preparing and executing of the trip.

Red Team - you always make us proud.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Parade Prep Photos

Bruce Hallahan sent along photos from Saturday's pre-parade preparations in Dubuque. Thanks to everyone who showed up to help out!

Click here for the full gallery.

Sunday, January 04, 2009


Sorry. Just a bit of Colts withdrawal. I'll be OK.