Before Hockey Started . . .

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For the supervisor:

Roses are red, roses are puce,

I like lefse, and so do you yuce.,

Roses are pink, roses are yellow,

Now I’m really, one confused fellow.

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[When the trees went bare, neighbor Arnie came over and helped the supervisor double-team the leaves and make the final mow.]

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[The League of Women Voters co-sponsored three political forums this season. At this, for the sheriff’s race at city hall, my camera battery went dead after the first photo.  Not a well-prepared faux journalist!]

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[October 27 marked the unofficial beginning of the winter sports season with the first girls’ hockey practice.  I noted at the time we seemed to be deep and speedy.  🙂  ]

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[Octoberfest on Broadway . . .]

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[And at the Maritime Museum!]

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[Photo courtesy of Bill Engebretson, who was drumming at the museum that evening.  One of the better cell phone photos I’ve ever seen.  🙂  ]

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[November 1 brought on the social event of the season – the annual Turkeyfest at Basketball Dan’s in Woodbury.  Since we were going through St. Paul anyway, we planned a stop at the Science Museum to see “Flight of the Butterflies.”]

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[You wanna do what?]

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[Well, I’m not sure if you can do that here!]

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[Grandma, what big teeth you have?]

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[No really, it’s this BIG!]

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[It was at some point during my excursions through the museum that I walked through a door marked “stairway exit,” only to find I had locked myself in a stairwell!  I hadn’t noticed any signs about “emergency exit only,” but I schlepped both to the top and the bottom of the stairwell only to find all exit doors locked.  I had visions of future headlines reading, “old man discovered dead in museum stairwell.”  I really don’t remember how I got out?  Anyway, the movie was an interesting history.  I hadn’t realized it was a Toronto couple who wondered where Monarchs went in the winter – and it took them 25 years to ultimately discover it was a three generation (of butterflies) roundtrip north and south.  It was a Monarch tagged in Minnesota that gave them proof that these tiny creatures actually did migrate that far, to the mountains of southern Mexico.]

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[Arriving at Dan’s, Sid greets us at the door.  Once lost in the wild fields of eastern suburbia, Dan’s is now pretty much surrounded by malls.]

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[The Alexandria Cardinals have arrived, beverage of choice in hand.]

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[This long running affair features friends and colleagues from those glorious college days of yesteryear, long before there was even a Woodbury, who meet at Dan’s for a full Thanksgiving dinner (a few weeks before the actual holiday) to gorge on a 26-pounder and all the fixings, and to watch as many college football games as possible.  Most have assigned duties they repeat year after year . . . and a good time is had by all!  🙂  ]

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[We returned home for a Central Lakes Concert Association performance the very next day.  Mr. Desare was excellent.]

And then came election day.  Oy!

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And thanks again to all the candidates, their families, and the worker bees!  Good job by all!

When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, “Did you sleep good?” I said, “No, I made a few mistakes.  ~  Steven Wright

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