Friday, September 18, 2020

Danielle Morse Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Danielle Morse is passionate about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a firefighter, and the current Miss Addison County. I was thrilled that she was willing to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more!

So, let's see what happens when Danielle Morse visits Section 36!


What made you want to participate in the Miss VT preliminary program as Miss Addison County?

When I was a freshman in high school I was in the hospital for over a month due to complications after an appendectomy. After that I was selected to be the 2014 Children's Hospital Champion for Vermont. With this new title I went around to different fundraisers, events and trips for the hospital where I met Jeanelle Achee, Miss Vermont 2013, the future Miss Vermont 2015, Alayna Westcom, and Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsez (Dixon). I thought they were the absolute coolest, and felt so lucky to meet them as my mom and I had watched Miss America together. I knew that I wanted to be Miss Vermont some day, because I wanted to make an impact on younger generations like they did to me. When the Miss Vermont organization came out with their preliminary program this year, I knew I had to jump on board right away. I have lived in Addison County my entire life, and have been apart of many organizations within, I have also experienced a tremendous amount of support from my community, so there was no other title I would rather represent. 


Do you have a specific goal you’d like to accomplish during your time as Miss Addison County?

Although I had already raised over $600 with my can drive for

the UVM Children's Hospital from March to July, (Which is when I got my title as Miss Addison County) my goal now as Miss Addison County is to raise over $1000. I knew that during this pandemic I wanted to make an impact, but I did not want to ask people directly for any money since I knew everyone was going through a hard time. I had thought of the idea of the can drive because I was able to go around picking up bags of returnables that people had collecting when they did not have the time to return them themselves, and I found it to be almost a relief for them because I got the bags out of their hair. 

 

What have you learned about yourself from past competitions that will help you whenever you compete for Miss Vermont?

From competing in Miss Vermont 2019 I learned simply that I was able to do so. I had always dreamed of competing in the Miss Vermont pageant growing up but did not think I had what it took. Like any challenge I put myself up to, I quickly became determined, and at this point I had less than four months to get ready for my first competition. I was so proud of myself that I simply got up on that stage and preformed with the best of my ability, excited for the years of competing to come. 


How did you select your social impact initiative, “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals”?

My freshman year of high school I had an appendectomy at a

smaller hospital near my town, after a week of complications they had made the decision to send me to the University of Vermonts Children's Hospital in the middle of the night. I remember being wheeled through the hallway and seeing the murals that were painted cheerfully for all the patients, right away I felt more comfortable and that I was at the place that was right for me. During my month there, I had met some amazing people, the nurses, the child life specialist, the volunteers. etc. A little while later I was surprised with the opportunity to be the 2014 Children's Miracle Network Hospital Champion for Vermont, along with a young heroes award from the Vermont National Guard. I was able to attend fundraisers, events, and even a trip to Washington D.C to meet Michelle Obama and Disney World to meet John Schneider, Marie Osmond, Nick Cannon, the band Lady A (who sang me Happy Birthday for my 16th birthday!!) and Miss America 2015! Along with all this excitement and amazing opportunities that I am forever grateful for, I also realized that I wanted to be a nurse. Just like those that saved me and made me feel so comfortable in the hospital, and now I can proudly say that I am a senior in Nursing School. I love having the opportunity to give back to Children Miracle Network Hospitals especially UVM's, and selecting this as my social impact initiative seemed perfect. 


You currently work as a firefighter. What got you interested in that field?

It all started in 8th grade when I became suddenly interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter through my two older cousins interests. They had both been cadets (junior firefighters) for two towns near me and they both seemed to love it. We had an opportunity in Middle School to do an independent study, and I chose to do mine on Volunteer Firefighting. I was only 13 at the time, and in the town I lived in you had to be at least 15, so I had two long years to wait until I could join. The next meeting they held after my 15th birthday I dragged my mom to a meeting and quickly signed up. After that I was able to go to fire calls, and trainings, attend a cadet academy, and go to county regional fire schools. I was hooked, and 6 years later I am still doing what I love with hours of experience, scholarships, a Fire 1 certification, and even an Addison County Junior Firefighter award under my belt. 


What is your personal fitness routine?

I have never been big on going to the gym, I much prefer doing home workouts, or utilizing Vermonts beauty and

acreage to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Im lucky to live in an area where I can go swimming in our lakes and rivers, hiking on our trails around town or up mountains with beautiful views . In high school I was a year around athlete with being a field hockey goalie, cheerleader, and playing lacrosse, and after graduating I have had to find other ways to workout by myself. 


If you could be a Disney Character for a week, who would you choose? Why?

I quickly became fascinated with Elsa after watching Frozen in theaters back in 2013. I have grown up loving the snow, and my three sisters. I love that she represented being an independent woman, brave, and of course being a snow queen. I think it would be so much fun being her for a week and being able to have powers that controlled the winter weather. 


If you had an extra ticket to a Red Sox game, who would you take with you? Why?

I would take my oldest sister, Heather! Whenever she wins tickets to a concert or event she always asks me to go with her, and we have had some really fun times together, so this would be an opportunity to give back to her. She also went to college down in Boston, so she would be able to navigate us around the city with much less stress. 


Is there a feature or activity at Fenway that you’d especially like to experience?

I would love to be at Fenway for Vermont Day! I think it is so

cool that Fenway has a day special for each state in New England and I would love to be there to represent a fan from the Green Mountain State. 


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Vermont Day would be so much fun!


As always, I want to thank Danielle for visiting with us, and for sending along the wonderful pictures to go with the interview.


As Danielle continues her time as Miss Addison County, I encourage you to check out her Instagram account. It’s a great way to keep track of everything she has going on!


I also definitely want to wish her the best of luck whenever she competes for the Miss Vermont title. It would be wonderful to have another Section 36 visitor wear that crown!


Thanks again Danielle, and good luck!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

2019 Topps Stadium Club Blaster!

You may remember that the Easter Bunny was good to me this year, bringing plenty of card packs for me to open. I'm still working my way through the boxes. I thought I'd continue to share them with you because, well, some of you might like it.

We'll continue with the next box, a box of 2019 Topps Stadium Club!

I'm sure you've all seen plenty of this set by now. But, you can always skip over this. Right?

So...here are the highlights...


That's right! Here we have the rare and elusive...unopened box!


OK. Here's an actual highlight. A beautiful shot of JD Martinez. Love how Stadium Club doesn't let the design interfere with the photo.


This is an absolutely gorgeous shot of Section 36. My one complaint? You'd think that in a set focused on photography, Topps would have done a better job of cropping that guy with a bat out of the shot. really takes it down a notch.

Not the world's best box. But, anytime you see Section 36 you've had a good day.

How did your box go?

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

1975 Topps Page by Page: Page 30 (262-270)

I'm sure that you all remember that I finally completed my 1975 Topps set. 

Now that it's done I thought it would be fun to look through the set and talk about it. Going page by page seemed like a good way to go about it. Hopefully you find it interesting to read what I have to say.

How about we continue with page 30?


Red Sox Cards on the Page:  0. Another page lacking in extreme awesomeness.

Cards that make the 1975 Topps set cool: Fathers of players are pretty cool. Alomar and McRae fit that category. Managers as players are also cool, Mr. McRae.

My favorite card on the page: After a few choices on the previous page, nothing is really calling to me on this one. The Jim Perry is pretty sweet. But, I'll have to go with the action photo of Dick Ruthven. When one of those action shots come along, it's hard to miss.

What would your answers to those last two categories be?

Friday, September 11, 2020

Landry Champlin Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Landry Champlin is passionate about living fearless, a talented singer, and the current Miss Plano. I was thrilled that she was willing to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more! I’m just as excited that she is the first visitor to Section 36 from the state of Texas!

So, let's see what happens when Landry Champlin visits Section 36!


How did you celebrate winning the Miss Plano crown?

I was so fortunate to have my best friends from Oklahoma City University in the audience the night of Miss Plano! Needless to say, after I was crowned, we enjoyed some much needed IHOP and took the iconic “sleeping crownshot!”


What did you learn about yourself at the Miss Plano competition that will help you whenever you compete for Miss Texas?

Authenticity, authenticity, authenticity! Oftentimes, it is so easy to look around the dressing room at the other candidates and begin to compare yourself and your qualifications for the job. However, at the Miss Plano competition, I remained authentic to my character while finding gratitude in the little successes throughout the day! As I continue my journey to the Miss Texas crown, I will always call upon my experiences staying true to myself. 


What surprised you about your time as Miss Plano?

As a longtime candidate in the Miss America Organization, I am constantly looking to better myself and redefine what it means to be the best public figure, leader, and titleholder I can be. This being said, I was surprised just how much I have grown as Miss Plano, despite having completed several years prior. The COVID-19 Pandemic brought on countless opportunities to grow in my online influence and my ability to communicate virtually! Additionally, I found an amazing support system in my board of directors and now have an even deeper understanding of what it means to intentionally create long lasting friendships!


How did you select your social impact initiative, “Live Fearless: Defining Life Without Limits”?

As a child, I was diagnosed with a rare speech impediment called “blocking.” For most of my life, I was not able to articulate simple sentences, introduce myself to new faces, order my own food at a restaurant, let alone succeed in an organization characterized by public speaking. When I began competing in the Miss America Org., I quickly realized the direct correlation between confidence and success in regards to my ability to speak in front of others! Needless to say, I faced my biggest fear of stuttering in public and developed a passion for articulate communication. I found tremendous growth stepping outside of my comfort zone and vowed to make the most of every opportunity I was given. I created my social impact initiative and school program with one focus: Living Fearlessly. I aim to inspire everyone to face their own adversity head on and find confidence in fearlessly pursuing their dreams, just as I did in the Miss America Organization.  


As a talented singer, what do you enjoy most about performing on stage?

As a longtime performer and vocalist, I have always aimed to create an emotional shared experience for each audience I perform for! I believe the most intangible, meaningful forms of communication come from the arts, specifically music. During my talent, I strive to evoke powerful emotion not only in the judges, but from every audience member in the auditorium. My favorite part of performing onstage is feeling the magic of the lights, crowd, and most importantly, the music. If one person is moved by my performance, I have done my job. 


What is your personal fitness routine?

I am a fitness JUNKIE! I begin my day with an early morning workout consisting of weight training and cardio! My FAVORITE workouts include cycle classes, deadlifts, squats, and climbing on the StairMaster! I have a passion for clean eating and partake in a low carb diet that is also rich in protein! I prioritize sleep, exercise, and proactive organization to ensure that my physical and mental health consistently remain the best that they can be. 


If you could be a Disney Character for a week, who would you choose? Why?

If I could be any Disney character for a week, I would choose Mary Poppins! I have always been inspired by her tenacity, genuine heart, and passion for achieving the impossible! Mary once said, “Anything can happen if you let it.” I believe in this wholeheartedly, especially when I am speaking to children about overcoming obstacles and achieving their goals! Overall, Mary inspires the best in all of us and sprinkles a little magic along the way!  


If you had an extra ticket to a Rangers game, who would you take with you? Why?

I would take my brother, Grayson! I was so fortunate to grow up going to Ranger games with my younger brother and parents! We had seats near home plate and I will never forget how much fun we had cheering on our favorite team and watching the fireworks! My brother and I especially had a great time eating all of the ballpark desserts, looking out for foul balls, and singing “Deep in the Heart of Texas” at the top of our lungs. Needless to say, I would love to recreate those experiences with my brother! 


Is there a feature or activity at a Rangers game that you’d especially like to experience?

Amidst the pandemic, the Texas Rangers opened their new ballpark, “Globe Life Field!” This brand new facility sits next to the old stadium and is complete with a retractable roof and upgraded seating and restaurants! As soon as it is safe to do so, I would love to attend a game in this space and learn more about their new home!  


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It’s always fun to get to explore a new ballpark!


As always, I want to thank Landry for visiting with us, and for sending along the wonderful picture to go with the interview.


As Landry continues her time as Miss Plano, I encourage you to check out her official Instagram account. It’s a great way to keep track of everything she has going on!


I also definitely want to wish her the best of luck whenever she competes for the Miss Texas title. It would be wonderful to have Section 36 visitor wear that crown!


Thanks again Landry, and good luck!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

2019 Topps Chrome Update!

You may remember that the Easter Bunny was good to me this year, bringing plenty of card packs for me to open. I'm still working my way through the boxes. I thought I'd continue to share them with you because, well, some of you might like it.

We'll continue with the next box, a second box of 2019 Topps Chrome Update!

I'm sure you've all seen plenty of this set by now. But, you can always skip over this. Right?

So...here are the highlights...


And, by "highlight" I mean "picture of unopened box".


Of course, the goal of opening any box of Chrome Update is to get an autograph of one of the stud rookies. The Blue Jays have a trio of phenoms making their way to the team. So, imagine how thrilled I was to get this autograph of...not one of them. On the other hhand, Luciano is still incredibly young. So, maybe...


The goal of opening a box is never, I imagine, to get a RC of Darwinzon Hernandez. But, I beat the odds.

And that's it for the box. Can't complain about a rookie auto. Especially since he's young enough to not be a bust. So, stay tuned to see just how good this break was in the long run.

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