Because Inquiring Minds Want to Know . . .

OK, this is a little bit of inside baseball, but it’s the best way I have to disseminate the information.  Alice and Dave Anderson celebrated their 50th anniversary yesterday at Gathered Oaks before a cast of thousands.  The entertainment was a 4-piece jazz combo of obviously high school age kids, who were very good.  The guitar player attracted our attention because he looked familiar – the Super and I agreed  he looked like Adam Astrup. He was.  Adam was an original Alex wunderkind whose family moved to Cold Spring . . . well, we’d forgotten how many years ago.  So, I looked it up – and now we know the rest of the story.

[Adam with other wunderkinds – we always said Sami Steidl was our original.  This January 15, 2012.]

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[Adam standing with Spencer Christensen, another wunderkind, July 5, 2012.]

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[With Paul Meland on sax, Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale, October 17, 2012.]

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[With Paul and Kirby Karpan at SAWA, October 25, 2013.]

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[With Paul, Kirby, and others with the Alexandria Jazz Combo    ]

Which leads us to . . .  yesterday, July 23, 2017

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[Mr. Astrup, four years later . . . ]

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[Deb Trumm photos . . . she and Paul have a niece and nephew, who in some order are one year younger and one year older than Adam, who go to Rocori High School and are Facebook friends with him.]

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[Wish he could have stayed in Alex longer . . . ]

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Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.  ~  Frank Zappa

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Two Days With BAT and Brenda

July 19

Arrowwood

[Amazingly, with thunderstorms forecast almost daily, BAT was able to give us two outdoor performances this visit.  As a reminder, he will be back for Grape Stomp.]

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[The Super takes her “Missing u at” photo.  The deck was packed, fortunately we were able to fit in with Bonnie Schnell’s table of 20.]

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[Yup, going up to “put bread in his jar” during Piano Man.]

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[The drive home that evening . . .]

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July 21

Carlos Creek Winery

[Again, happy to be outside.  A little on the sticky side, but bearable.  There are five videos here for your dining and dancing pleasure – don’t be afraid to look at them, hardly takes 15 minutes.]

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[I think I’m getting the finger?]

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[Trina Wolfe, the director of retail for the winery, comes out to check on things.  Linda and Rick were table mates.]

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[Even Brenda videos BAT!]

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[Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.]

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[Brenda finds safe haven behind the winery pickup.]

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[Barb and Jewett Benson, local Renaissance people and dance instructors on the side, show us how it’s done.]

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[And here we all are!]

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[8 amongst a cast of thousands.]

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[Woo-woo!]

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[The man works hard.]

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[Brenda notes the Cub Reporter would like to hear Pancho and Lefty.]

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[I didn’t realize the Benson group behind us was also taking their group photo.  Doh!]

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[The wedding party comes through – at least it gave BAT a half hour break.]

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[Things really get cranked up the last hour . . . ]

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[And the patrons, now stoked with an afternoon of venue product, are ready to cut loose!]

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[Let’s booooooogie!!!]

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[Bon voyage, BAT and Brenda!]

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.  ~  Frank Zappa

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Oregon 1985 (Part 2)

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I was set to go to Oregon to play college baseball and football.  ~  Harmon Killebrew

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Oregon 1985 (Part 1)

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Eugene is located in western Oregon, approximately 278 billion miles from anything.  ~ Dave Barry

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Outer Banks 80’s & 90’s

80’s

A retrospective:  As a longtime resident of the Washington, D.C. area, I would join “the boys” for twice-a-year treks to that wisp of land in the Altantic Ocean. We would make the 6-hour trip every spring and fall always in hopes of hitting the bluefish run. In our later years, we succumbed to bringing along our missuses, or other significant others, in what would become more like eating and shopping expeditions. But always, we just enjoyed being there – and this gives me an opportunity to display some of the photos taken through the years.  (This set-up is a re-post from 2011)

October 1982

[A favorite – how could it not be?]

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[Early morning at the beach – the smell, the feel . . . ]

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[Weapons standing tall in their bumper rack as Jim’s 4-wheel drive Jeep Cherokee (in later years, a Ford Bronco) heads to the beach for fishing.]

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[And here we are.  It was always fun to see the size and types of vehicles that would make it onto the beach.]

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[Unload!]

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[Has fisherman written all over him.]

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[And looking stylish in his white tennis shorts!]

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[Man does not live by fishing alone . . . ]

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[As I recall, this was Sea Scape golf course with a nice view of the . . . Sea.]

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[And this is the sea.]

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[It must be early in the engagement because the boys are still standing, holding their rods.]

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November 1983

[Outer Banks Motor Lodge, Kill Devil Hills, a surf rod cast from Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse and the Buoy 9 – the eating hangouts!  We returned as regularly as the swallows to Capistrano.]

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[To next level, from standing with the rod, to standing with the rod in a sand spike. That’s Oregon Inlet Bridge in the background, once destroyed by a hurricane when we were there.]

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[There once was a time when the wind mussed his hair . . . ]

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[Now we’re getting there – rod in the sand spike, chairs up against the truck as a wind break, and soaking up the sun.]

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[The boys head into action!]

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[Surf rods were from 9 to 13 feet long, with several hundred yards of 50-pound test line on a reel, with 2 to 6 oz. of lead weight on the end, and cast out, as best you can, past the breakers, letting the bait bounce along the bottom, and hope nothing bites while you sit back in your lawn chair for a nap.]

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[Still early in the day, the guys are still in a vertical position.]

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[The trail in – you let a bunch of air out of your tires before you venture onto the beach so you don’t get stuck.]

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[One of my all time favorite photos.  I printed it in blow up and framed it, and it hangs on our bedroom wall to this day.  That’s John Smith . . . yes, John Smith.]

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Fall 1989

[Now we’re talking – never let fishing interrupt a nice nap!]

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[Ooops, better wake up and see if there’s any bait left on the hook.]

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[We timed it right this year!  A 10-pound blue out of the surf is quite the tussle!]

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[They have teeth like piranhas, so don’t get your hand too close . . . ]

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[Protect the rod before unhooking the fish.]

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April 1992

[We’re here – let the good times roll!]

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[Say, bluefish!]

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[Alex once hooked something that just took his line straight out, he couldn’t stop it or slow it down, until finally all the line was gone.  We figured it was either a big shark or . . . a submarine?]

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[Is a fish causing the pole to wiggle?]

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[The crowds have rolled in.]

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[Cape Hatteras lighthouse in the background.]

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[Where the coozie was invented?]

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[A different perspective – above the tide line?]

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October 1993

[Ready for action . . . ]

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[What’s not to like?]

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[The fish haven’t bothered us so far.]

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[Terry launches a high, hard one.]

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[Jim just hangin’.]

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[The brothers Brown]

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[In later years, we opted for comfort – renting a big house and having the ladies join us!]

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In general, there are obviously many more pictures, but I never got around to digitizing them.  That could take years.  And I would love to do the Outer Banks again sometime, but I just don’t think it’s likely unless some “old guy” pushes big time for a reunion.  Surf fishing did ruin freshwater fishing for me – I have never been able to get back into it.  🙂

[Here’s looking at you, kid!]

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How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.  ~  Arthur C. Clarke

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Chicago 1973

February

Editor’s note:  I have some time on my hands, meaning I’m all caught up on blogging current events (well, except for the music stuff).  So, I thought, why not some retrospectives?  The blog didn’t start until January 2011, certainly I must have done some interesting stuff prior to then?  The blog has served a useful purpose as a diary as well as a trip resource venue.  For example, if you type “Budapest” in the search block, you can find out all sorts of useful stuff  about that city – because we’ve there twice!  😉  But if you (or I) type in Muir Woods, you won’t find anything.  But in my photo files I believe I have some good stuff on Muir Woods – why not put it in here?  It’d be easier to find! 

[First up, I believe my first road adventure after returning to the ‘U’ on the GI Bill.  The world-renowned Basketball Dan would lead me on the first of our many adventures together (and later with the Super included) – a trip leader well before that Johnny-come-lately, Rick Steves.  Here he is in his Pontiac or Olds (I’ve forgotten) driving us to Chicago for a college basketball doubleheader.]

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[Through Wisconsin . . . ]

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[Approaching the Windy City . . . ]

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[Apparently a ball park of some repute.]

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[And here we are in Chicago Stadium, Indiana v. Notre Dame . . . ]

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[But we really came to see Bill Walton (jumping center) and UCLA v. Purdue (?).]

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[It was February – where’s the snow?]

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[But the mood lighting was great for photography!  This was way before digital, so these were shot with that marvelous Kodachrome 25 (They give us those nice bright colors).]

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[At the base of the John Hancock Building – more on the building in the second half of this post.]

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[And now the views from Hancock’s observation deck.]

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[Before Hef moved the operation to La-La Land.]

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[Our coterie of Dick Haas, Dan, and me (the photographer)]

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[The Sears Tower was still under construction.]

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[Likely Michigan Avenue . . . ]

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[Well, we wanted to join . . . ]

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[And this is near (or where?) we stayed . . . ]

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[Stock photo, unbelievably the place is still in operation!  In subsequent discussions (though I don’t know why?), we just referred to it as The Heart.

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May

[This was a field trip – an urban geography field trip from the University of Minnesota to Chicago.  The longest field trip in my extinguished student career.  It was led by the estimable John Borchert, an internationally-renowned urban geographer.  At least two other current Alexandrians also took classes from Professor Borchert.  He was going to show us what real urbanity [sic] was all about. For the DePauw alum in Camp Ballentine on the other side of beautiful Lake Darling, Professor Borchert was a 1941 DePauw graduate.]

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[Construction is now almost completed on the Sears Tower.]

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[The city needed big shoulders for the train yards.]

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[If you’ve been to the city, you know this sight.]

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[The John Hancock Center is a 100-story, 1,128-foot (343.7 m) supertall skyscraper at 875 North Michigan Avenue.  When the building topped out on May 6, 1968, it was the second tallest building in the world and the tallest outside of New York City. It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the eighth-tallest in the United States.  When measured to the top of its antenna masts, it stands at 1,500 feet (457 m).  The building is home to offices and restaurants, as well as about 700 condominiums, and contains the third highest residence in the world.  (Wikipedia)]

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[Museum of Science and Industry]

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[It was an urban geography class – you don’t just see the pretty stuff . . . ]

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[Maryum Mosque]

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[On the south side of Chicago . . . is where the industry is!]

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[Our tour bus – remember this was 44 years ago.]

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[Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana . . . where Knowledge is Good (wait, this was a while before Animal House).

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[Indiana Dunes National Seashore with the class . . . ]

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[The steel mills south Chicago and northern Indiana where metalurgical engineer Jami Gaither would ultimately be employed – but she was only a couple years old at this time.]

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[And we’re back at the dunes – this was likely after spending a night in the dorms at Valparaiso University.]

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[I do not know, nor do I remember, any of my classmates from the time.  They likely all went on to great fame and fortune.]

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I warn you, Jedediah, you’re not going to like it in Chicago. The wind comes howling in off the lake and gosh only knows if they ever heard of lobster Newburg.  ~  Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)

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Mini-University (Days 9 & 10)

June 17

Heading Home

[We’ve graduated, diplomas in hand.  You may have noticed back in the beginning that the Super and I had a gold star on our Mini-University name tags.  That meant that we were “freshman.”  Last year, Reetz won the “freshman of week” award by such a wide margin that decided to retire the “beanie” in her honor.]

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[Waving good-bye to Reetz, our hostess with the mostest.  And trying to not run her over.]

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[OK, the previous pictures were staged because we had to get this one . . . ]

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[The sisters say good-bye.  They will reunite at IU camp in Elkhart Lake in August.]

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[Bye to our BNB.]

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[We decided not to take this previously used room?]

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[The Super and her Black River Falls orange moose.  This is where we spent the night.]

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[Dinner was right next door.  The on-line reviews were good.]

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[And it was!]

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[The Super used her 17 years in Minnesota tracking skills to locate the orange moose and his white tail deer friend.]

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June 18

[Hi!  We’re home!  And we wanted to be home in time for . . . ]

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[The Cheese Bots drew from far and wide for Father’s Day at the winery – the Super and I from Black River Falls this morning, Tom Kiehne from Texas, and Jerry Kiehne from some golf course resort area in Florida. Oh yeah, and the Etniers made the occasionally hazardous journey from Ashby!]

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Sex Education 101: Sould dentures be removed before trying that? ~  Unknown

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