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Thursday, August 17, 2006

VOL. V Issue 8H
The Ditty Bops' Big Adventure
Musical duo gets lost on bike tour

by Chris Azzopardi
of Between The Lines News)
It doesn't matter that Amanda Barrett and Abby DeWald of The Ditty Bops indulged in one vanilla-mint and three peanut butter-chocolate-soycream smoothies at a Salt Lake City, Utah, pit-stop.
"Ah! It was even better than it looked," Amanda says about the peanut butter concoction. Although scrumptious, the girls didn't suck 'em down in one day, Amanda says, laughing.
But the girls of The Ditty Bops could've easily chugged all four smoothies in one sitting and they would've burned off the calories within days as they toured the country on their Surly road bikes, riding for six hours a day.
"We do tend to eat a lot," Amanda says as she sits alongside the edge of a stream in Colorado with Abby, her partner of seven years. "When we get to a town for a little while we have a couple of days off. It's usually our binge time when we stock up on calories. You can't really eat enough when you're on your bike."
As they break from pedaling, The Ditty Bops will perform at an eclectic mix of venues: theaters, clubs, farms and bike shops.
"You get a more attentive audience when you don't play a club," she says.
Abby and Amanda, who met at a California playground eight years ago and don't label themselves as gay or straight, have also played Christian colleges. Amanda says, "Gay folks will be coming out of the woodworks, [saying] like, 'I saw you on Logo.'"
The Ditty Bops' current tour supports their new release "Moon Over the Freeway," which echoes the duo's signature live sound.
"We had been touring for a year and a half with a lot of the songs and picking out what arrangements we liked with the band and we went in (to the recording studio) and did it like that," she says.
In between concert stops, the Bops also make a little time for themselves. Hence, the deliberate booking of Colorado venues.
"We decided to book it 'cause this is a resort town," Amanda says, laughing. Earlier in the day, before basking in the sun near the stream, Amanda and Abby pampered themselves at a natural hot spring, where they bathed in a 102-degree mineral water spa.
"(There's) a lot of exertion, exhilaration and emotions," Amanda says about their trip. "All the 'E' things."
To their dismay, there wasn't a mud bath, but Amanda's been there, done that.
She laughs, "I've rolled around in the mud before."
Of course, the trip doesn't come minus flat tires (Amanda had three on the first day) and misguided detours. Not long into their trek, The Ditty Bops missed a Nevada highway sign and made the wrong turn.
"We ended up doing a 20-mile detour," Amanda says. "It was supposed to be a nice, easy 60-mile day, and it turned into an 83-mile day."
With this being the Bops' first time on a long-distance biking expedition, they made certain preparations, like lugging around spare tires in their tour van, which carries their equipment and serves as their refuge should they encounter a twister, or another natural disaster.
Riding on bikes, though, is less stuffy than a van and allows the girls to explore the country, Amanda says. "Seeing a town by car and by bike is very different. I really appreciate a lot of the cities, even ones that I thought I didn't like, I've seen a lot of the better sides of them."
Fire Could Have Been Worse
It has been reported that had last weeks fire in Hyde County gone unchecked, that the town of Highmore would have been evacuated. Several folks in the area say that, had it not been for a very timely rain, that same fire could well have taken Highmore out in no time. Instead of dreading what could have been, all of us here at the Holabird Advocate will rejoice in what was. It's said that drops of rain are pennies from Heaven, but we wouldn't have cashed any of those drops in for $20 Double Eagle Gold Coins.
Breadline Forms to the Right
Harold Hinkle has tried out his new bread making machine and is loving the results. This morning, Harold, and wife, Mary Hinkle, made a 1.5 lb loaf of bread in the unit. The bread came out so light that it is hard to believe it weighs that much. Better get a scale next time. No matter how much the loaf weighed, all who ate the bread agree that it was good. The only problem with the bread is that Jerry Hinkle has trouble with the slicing. Other than that, no complaints!
Mary was going to bake bread for the grandkids Tuesday night, but later decided that it was too late in the day for that kind of activity. They will get their chance later on.
Banking with ING is on the Level
The Orange Savings Account from ING sounds too good to be true. Yet it is true! For a minimum deposit of $250, they kick in another $25. The interest rate is so good that we know of one case where a depositor put in $3000 to grow and have in case of emergency. The best part is one doesn't need to switch banks. They work with any checking account.
When ING was presented to our Publisher, he was skeptical and suspicious. One month later, he's seen how great it is. If anything was not on the up and up, he'd be the first to expose them or any other bank who would pull something so shady. He likes the Orange Savings account so much, that he got one for himself.
Pollmaster General Offers Governor Assistance
A man named Elijah Page is a convicted murderer. He wants to be put to death. It is not that easy, however. There is a certain amount of pressure to stop the execution. As we see it, Governor Rounds has at least 3 choices. He can commute the death sentence to life, grant a stay of execution to buy time, or simply do nothing. Todd Epp may have some other ideas, but we'll stick with these. Dr. Jack Billion is welcome to share his views on this issue with us as well. In the meantime, show us what you think of this issue.

What would you advise the governor to do in the case of Elijah Page?
Commute his Death Sentence to Life in prison
Stay the Execution
Page wants to die, so let him die
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