Sunday, December 5, 2010

It Isn't X-Mas Until They Light the Liberty Pole

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In Rochestarian tradition, they lit the Liberty Pole for x-mas.  If you are like me, you ask "what does a pole have to do with liberty?"  Apparently, during the American Revolution cities that supported the cause would erect a wooden pole in their main squares.  Before this pole, there were two wooden ones at this site.  Here is a link to an overly exaggerated history: http://www.thelibertypole.org/history/history.htm

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Here comes the tuba!


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Festivities inside the warm Sibley Department Store Building


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COUNTDOWN TO LIGHTING THE LIBERTY POLE!


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TA-DA!


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Megan and I's first Liberty Pole lighting together


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The snow looks like stars


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The parade to Manhattan Square Park


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Rochester Mayor (Lieutenant Governor Elect of New York State) Bob Duffy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Duffy_(politician)) with Megan's friend Erica and her son Noah.  It's really nice to talk with a mayor of a city and he thanks you for moving to his town.  Well, you are welcome.  


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Western New York is a lot like western Michigan.  I forgot what it was like to never see the snow stop falling...


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Megan and I looking for the perfect Christmas Wreath for our little home at the Public Market


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MEGAN FOUND IT!


Other than a couple of job interviews and finding out Megan is directly related to William the Conqueror, that's about it.  Now to watch the Bills...

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