Howdy everyone! My name is Sally “Shot” Winderson and I am going to tell you the story about how I became a Gal of the East through the reasons why I love this place. Well if you ever read my tiny little background at the very beginning of this semester I said I was born in the heat of 1845… well that’s just not true! I was actually born in the heat of 1995 but the rest of me is true! I lived in Tombstone, Arizona my whole life, up until recently, and had a Mom, Dad, and 6 brothers. I was indeed made fun of when I was younger for acting too much like a boy and I do pour a pretty mean whiskey and worked at Tumbleweed Saloon pretty much all my life. I lived in a small cramped flat just above the saloon with my family until I was about 16 and could afford to rent a room across the street. My family thought that I was betraying them by moving out but living with 8 other people was just too much. When I turned 19 I bought a plane ticket east and set out on my journey. I remember the day I was leaving so clearly. It was 6am, the airport was an hour away and my entire family wanted to take me. Our car was too small at the time so my parents drove me and my brothers stayed home to work. I gave each of them a bear hug and told them that I’d send them a ticket once I hit the jackpot. They all laughed and said “Sure ya will Shot, eryone will love ya out there!” Before I got in the car I looked at myself in the mirror. Decked out in dirt covered jeans, worn in boots and a what-once-was-white-now-brown t-shirt. My hair was all frizzy and wild and my scar on my chin from falling when I was seven was as taught as ever. My freckles were coming out of hiding due to being in the sun too long and I was also a little sunburnt. My Mom called from the car and I knew it was time to go. Saying goodbye to my parents was the hardest. I thought moving into a room across the street was harder but this was worse. I was going to a place where I knew no one and had no knowledge of what would await me. I gave them both a hug and kiss and was on my way. That was a year ago today, with a stroke of fortunate events I now attend the University of Mary Washington and am getting my degree to be a school guidance counselor. Every morning when I wake up I see a glimpse of the old me, the freckles, the scar, the frizzy hair. But when I go to class or work I am a new more refined me. I am happy. My hair is sleek and straight, my freckles and scar in hiding and I wear a nice blazer and jeans sometimes if my t-shirt doesn’t cut it. I have never been happier and I want to show you all the reasons why thanks to Virginia and UMW!
Another reason I love where I live now is the weather! In Tombstone it was always hot and dry and was just not pleasant to go out in. Here, I get all four seasons!
The collage below is not just from UMW and VA but also from travels I have had while attending the school. New York City and Broadway were both where I traveled to during New Years. The black and white “gangster” photo was from spring break when I attended the Arnold Sports and Fitness Expo in Ohio. The picture with me and a friend in snow as well as the one with the time slightly showing, is showing how I have made new friendships on campus. The hiking picture was from a weekend I went up north to go hiking. Not only do I love the east but I have the ability to travel and make friends and that is something I am so happy about!
While also being able to travel all over I finally can call a room of my own home. The one I live in at school changes frequently but I finally have a place up in Northern Virginia that I can call my own! It’s much more spacious than the little flat I bought when I was 16!
Since growing up in a small western town was pretty boring, living out here is wonderful. I showed you all the reasons why through different forms of media I learned this year. And here is me, Sally Winderson, signing off on this wild rodeo called DS106.
Throughout this entire semester my character Sally has told you her stories of the West as well as of the East. For this final project I will be telling her story of why she is now officially a Gal of the East. She loves the West and will always have fond memories of it but she see’s the East coast as her home. I will be writing about her past in more detail and how she has changed overtime (her physical appearance as well as mental health). I will then use visual and combine a photo set of 5 photos as to why she left and 5 photos as to why she loves the East. I will make a collage of her new life as well as give everyone a tour of her home all combined in another photo set. Which will also lead into another reason she loves the east – the weather. She may just video how great it is. Then I will end it with the sounds of her day as well as a phone call with her family and their great news via audio. I based a majority of this off of assignments, but will add my own little flair here and there, and it added up to be 25+ stars of work as required. You’ve seen Sally talk about her new life but never like this.
For this assignment I had my character Sally voice a commercial for a cleaning product she uses. It was once her clean, pristine saloon’s well kept cleaning secret that is now out for sale at her saloon, Tumbleweed. Made with her secret cleaning ingredients, Sally claims that it cleans anything and everything! Listen below to hear more about Scrub-a-dub-bub! I chose this assignment one because we need a commercial for our radio show and two I thought a cleaner for a saloon owner would be the perfect product to sell. The audio you hear in the background is from freesound.org
For this assignment my character Sally “Shot” talks about her daily life and what she does. It’s nothing too fancy as she puts it. She talks about getting up and ready for work but not until the kids are in school since she works late into the night most nights. She talks about what she eats and what the jobs are when she heads to her saloon. She also seems pretty fun when the days are slow and if the weather is bad her and her staff get along well. She also talks about where she lives and briefly mentions her puppy dog. To get more information about Shot’s life give her day a listen down below!
For this assignment Sally narrated a radio bumper for her upcoming group show by The Gals of the West. The background music is from freesounds.org. This is hopefully to be used in the final radio show product with a commercial following this bumper. I really wish my laptop microphone wasn’t so bad because at the beginning Sally’s “voice” sounds like she is about to cry but it’s just because the quality is a little choppy.
This week is all about the creation of our very own ds106 radio show, however this first assignment has no connection to it whatsoever so I decided to get it out of the way. This was a snippet of me whistling a song that always gets stuck in my head and it’s sung by today’s pop “Queen”. Can you guess what I am “attempting” to whistle??
This post is just a recap of my first ever listen to ds106 radio and my thoughts on it and audio in general. This is the second half of my post for my audio reflection tag, my first was moon graffiti. Without the visual of the movie being played in front of me, sound was extremely important to lead me to what the mood was. Also showing me who was friends with who and what scene could have been going on at that time. I really had to pay close attention to understand what was going on and who was talking since I didn’t have a visual. Also the lack of music and use of sound effects really had an impact as to what was going on. The tweet a-long did help me understand who was doing what as well since I feel like a few of us were a little confused. In all honesty I really did enjoy listening in on the show, they even used my radio bumper! I can see why radio shows were so popular, they really require you to use your imagination and transport you to another world. I’m definitely going to be tuning in more even if it isn’t required!
For this assignment I was to stage a fast food order taking place. I edited my voice so that the two sound differently when I speak so you can distinguish between the worker and customer. The customer’s order was complicated and half the things she ordered aren’t even from the same place. She also was from some random foreign country so I’m sure the rest of the experience was interesting.
For this assignment we were to sing along to a song we used to get the lyrics wrong to. Taylor Swift’s Blank Space to the music world by storm and whenever it came on I would try my hardest to sing every correct word. However, one part where she says “got a long list of ex lovers” I never knew what the heck she was saying. I really thought she mumbled some gibberish and then said Starbucks lovers! I recorded this with audacity and simply played a cover of Blank Space while recording. Hope I’m not too tone deaf for you all and see if you can hear where I mumble and say it!
For this assignment we were required to tell a story of only sounds while using our character. This story is of Sally and her daily life, just without words. All the sounds used are from freesound.org. I started off this project by writing this here post you’re reading and thinking of how I am going to show Sally’s everyday life. I decided that I wanted to start off with how she wakes up, the school lunch bell, she yawns. Since she owns a bar she doesn’t have to wake up early so she generally wakes up around noon, since she has late nights. She rides her horse down to the saloon – which is normally a 30 minute walk but since she got her own horse it only takes 10 minutes. She opens up the saloon and begins setting up the chairs and tables and setting the bottles and glasses. Once the end of school bell chimes, which normally means work is over, the place starts to fill up and there’s all sorts of business going on. Glasses are clinking and good times are being had. Around 1 a.m. there’s a loud whistle, almost like a train, that signifies you need to get up and out of the bar because they’re closing. Once everyone’s out all you hear are the crickets in the night and Sally galloping on home to get some shut eye and do it all again the next day.