State Oral Interp is done for another year. I some of South Dakota's smartest, gutsiest high school students perform William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" (Bryan knew trickle-down economics was bunk in 1896), Karel Čapek's R.U.R., and Jake Barton's "I Dreamed I Was a Video Game" (Asteroids as a metaphor for life—I totally get that). Fine work, kids.

I also had time to get down to the Meridian Bridge... twice! The first trip was a morning run at 6 a.m.—not the best time for pictures. I returned during lunch today, when it was a little brighter and warmer:

Meridian Bridge, Yankton South Dakota, December 1, 2012

A man walks back from Nebraska on the Meridian Bridge, Yankton, South Dakota, December 1, 2012.

A sunny Saturday, 60°F, looking east on the Missouri River from the Meridian Bridge, Yankton, South Dakota, December 1, 2012.

A sunny Saturday, 60°F, looking east on the Missouri River from the Meridian Bridge, Yankton, South Dakota, December 1, 2012.

And then this evening, I found Charlie's Pizza (tonight's pick: the Hepburn!) made just a bit more awesome by discovering that the Griswolds have moved in next door.

Ah, Yankton. Always a good time.