Archive - Aug 2007

August 14th


Aunt Olla is back at the Hilton recuperating from her heart attack. Last night, she called to remind me of her eye appointment which she thought was tomorrow, but which is in fact one week from now. After I told her that she was a week off, she said, "Uff, I must be slipping," only to add, "but that's to be expected!"

August 11th

Aunt Olla back at the Hilton

Aunt Olla (pronounced "allah") came back from intensive care to the Fertile Hilton today. She is recovering from her heart attack as if there never was one. The nurses in intensive care fell in love with her and all gave her hugs when she left. So, she spread more charm. She was chauffered back to Fertile by her nephew Rolly, and her nieces Lois and Beth. We're sort of having a mini-family reunion this weekend. Aunt Lois and Uncle Don showed up from Oregon as a surprise.

August 9th

Trip to Halstad

This evening, I met with four Halstad area residents at the phone company there. These were people with good memories of the 1952 team, about which I am writing a book. We had a great time. I know enough now so that I was able to trigger some memories.

Trip to Crookston

The phone rang early this morning. It was a nurse from the Fertile Hilton. Aunt Olla had to be taken to the hospital during the night.

I didn't know how bad it was. They said she had been unresponsive and very, very ill. They called the paramedics to revive her and once they had her strapped to the gurney, she was awake enough to insist that the nurse who had been trying to revive her for the previous half hour go get her eyebrow pencil and put some eyebrows on her for the ambulance trip.

August 8th

Twins roll

Finally, the offense broke loose. After days of anemia, the Twins have hit three home runs and barely missed two more. I have been discouraged lately by the Twins, but a good game every now and then keeps me interested. Of course, it is easy to beat up on a pitcher like Odalis Perez, who wouldn't be in the major leagues if he wasn't with the Kansas City Royals.

August 7th

They've got us by the....

Read this and be concerned. It is a matter of time before something like this happens. Owing bankers in China nearly $1 trillion is not a good thing. It is as good as owing their government the same amount, as far as I am concerned. The debt will be used against us.

Off to Ada

Aunt Olla's glasses got sat on at the Hilton and were broken, so it was time to take her to the eye doctor's office in Ada to get them fixed. I also had to stop at the Ada Library to fill in some gaps using the microfilm there.

The errands went well, and we decided at about three o'clock that both of us would like a broasted chicken dinner at the Wild Rice Dining Emporium in downtown Ada.

August 5th

Good baseball

Baker pitches eight solid innings, new second baseman Alexi Casilla gets the game winning hit, Joe Nathan gets the save, Twins move within 4.5 games of first place and are now in the hunt for the Central Division title. If their starting pitchers get hot, look out!

However, I remain glum about their offense.

More bridge stuff

As I was driving over the Sorlie Bridge in Grand Forks last night, there was a whole fleet of fire trucks and an ambulance there, as well as spectators looking down. I looked down and saw a gurney loaded with what looked like a grimly-wrapped package, so I assumed the worst.

However, the woman who was pulled from the river by the crews was alive and has only minor injuries. So, that's good news.

August 2nd

Whining millionaires

There's grumbling in the Twins clubhouse, according to two stories published today. At the forefront of the grumblers was, oddly, Johan Santana. Next in line, predictably, was Torii Hunter. Joe Nathan chipped in a little discontent. Only Michael Cuddyer spoke good sense: "Terry Ryan doesn't come down on me when I swing and miss on a 3-0 pitch, and I don't ask him questions about his job." Cuddyer, you're my hero.