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Saturday, October 22, 2011

HACH Big Picture contest

Forgot to add this! If you haven't seen our submission yet, please check it out, it is worth seeing! I am in the skit with my coworkers, and my ferrets also played a small role. Just go to hach.com/bigpicture. Click on VOTE. They are currently voting for a fan favorite. You don't have to vote for us since we already won the grand prize, but you can view our submission on this page. We are the last one on the list, Cranberry Township Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. You can search for us on YouTube too.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

I didn't have time to see all the stars on the Walk of Fame, or to go into any of the shops along the street (although I am sure they would have been way too expensive for me). However, I can say I was on the Walk of Fame, and I did see many stars, and also the Chinese Theater where stars had written in the cement and placed their shoe or hand prints. There were street performers too. I also saw the Hollywood sign in the distance on the way there, but I could not get a picture.

Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica

I was able to see the Pacific Ocean! It was very hazy, so you could not see far in any direction. I picked up some seashells on the beach. The pier was not very long, so I walked up that too. It was not a nice day for the beach, and I didn't have time to hang out there anyway, so I didn't stay here long. There were some people swimming though.

La Brea Tar Pits

Everyone thought I was crazy to want to see the tar pits, but I think they are an amazing natural wonder and as far as I know, exist no where else. I read about the amazing amount of fossils they have excavated from the tar pits, birds of prey, wolves, saber tooth cats, mammoths, camels, horses, and many others. They have a small museum there where you can see some of the fossils that were dug out of the tar.

Trip to California!

The place I work for, Cranberry Township, won the HACH Big Picture contest. We submitted a video, and told HACH how we could use their products to see the Big Picture at the wastewater treatment plant. We won the municipal grand prize of 50,000 dollars, and a trip to Los Angeles, CA for the award presentation at the WEFTEC conference! My supervisor and myself were able to go on the trip. I attended an awesome microbiology workshop, walked all around the three huge vendor halls talking with different vendors, saw some of the operator's challenge competition, and went out to dinners with our engineers and vendors. A VERY busy few days. I did not have very much time for sight-seeing and was only able to go to three places. Here are some pictures from my trip!