Archive - Nov 2003


November 30th

Stargazing on a winter night

Sister came up to visit this weekend and brought her friend Tiffany, an inner-city girl, out to the farm. One goal: To show Tiffany the stars, since you don't see them in the city.

We decided to go to Winger for supper last night. I brought the binoculars along in case the sky cleared enough for some star-viewing.

November 29th

Abduction attempt coverage

Several far-away relatives and friends called today. It is not often Fertile is in the national news, so they wondered what was up. Or, in the case of my friends in Jersey who originally hailed from here, they knew more than I did due to their connections in town.

Foiled abduction in Fertile

Heard this morning that a girl was abducted outside of Al and Laura's grocery store last night at 7:30 pm. It sounds like it is related to the disappearance of Dru Sjodin in Grand Forks, but nobody knows yet. The girl jumped out of the car on the Winger road and ran to a house near the nursing home. She was injured. They called 911.

Just got back from town. Everything appeared normal, although there was a WCCO cameraman in the gas station buying Mt. Dew. A crowd of cars at Al and Laura's, but no law enforcement vehicles.

November 27th

Turkey caper

I was originally supposed to go down to Twin Valley this morning to pick up Great Aunt Olla and bring her to Aunt Ede's for Thanksgiving dinner, but Olla had a bad cold so she backed out last night. However, she wondered if I wouldn't bring a little dinner down to her after we were done with festivities at Ede's.

Over the river and through the woods, to Ede's house we go

Its a pretty Thanksgiving morning! Upper teens. A little frost on the swamp willows. Am going to head over to Lee's for a dinner by Aunt Ede. No danger of going hungry there. Mom and Dad are in Arizona, sister isn't coming up until tomorrow, so brother and I will head over to Lee's, where the hospitality is always warm and the food delicious. A house full of cousins and their kids, always a good thing.

November 26th

Rewind to 1991

Pulled out the old video of the 7th game of the 1991 World Series between the Twins and the Atlanta Braves tonight and watched the last five innings.

The 1991 World Series was very dramatic--possibly the most dramatic seven game World Series ever played. Every game was tight. Game Seven went ten innings with no score. Yet, the Series has been largely forgotten now just 12 years later. When people talk about great World Series, 1975 is still the one they mention first.

Another missing person case

The disappearance of UND student Dru Sjodin is dominating local news. We always say things like that don't happen around here, but the fact is they often do. A girl in Hallock disappeared a few years ago. Her body was found in a gravel pit. Jacob Wetterling disappeared a few miles to the south. He was never found. A woman disappeared from Twin Valley two years ago. Her body was discovered north of Fertile. Her husband was finally convicted of killing her this fall. A little girl disappeared in Underwood, MN, not so far from here, about 15 years ago. Her father had killed her.

November 25th

Contemplating servitude

Went out skiing today. The big swamp behind the main building site at the nursery is unaccessible until it freezes over, so thick are the woods around it. So, today I skied on the swamp and found the perfect place to build a little house! I would make a little drive through the woods, clear a little spot next to an oak grove, and build with a view towards the open water where a couple of trumpeter swans have spent some time the past couple of springs. This would, of course, require me to abandon the philosophy I smugly outlined below of not hustling myself deeper into debt.

I wasn't going to talk about Michael Jackson!

But good grief. I turned on the tube tonight, and there it was, the Michael Jackson story splashed all over cable. Legal experts pontificating. The hosts of news shows, furs borrowed, digging into the minutia. The stream of text running on the bottom...Jackson was injected with a sedative to get him on the plane...Jackson demanded that the plane go to South America...Jackson was quoted as saying "It's not fair!"...Jackson was forced to his seat by his bodyguards...blah, blah, blah.

I make more money on this weblog than United Airlines made all last year

This weblog is just like having my own daily newspaper, but without the start-up costs! In fact, it is a break-even venture--no income, no expenses--making it more profitable than most daily newspapers. And yesterday, according to the statistics, which aren't entirely accurate, about 100 people visited the site. I am getting to old to say this, but I will anyway: Cool! Thanks.