Archive - Jun 2008

June 24th

Hawley, Detroit Lakes

Headed down to Hawley today to entertain at the Senior Living Center. When I got there, it was obvious that it was the nursing home.

What a lively bunch! I have never had more fun with a nursing home audience. They laughed and joked. I played and sang and then told some stories. They responded well.

First strawberries

Visited friends Bruce and Mary last night and...was treated to one of the best treats in the world: The first Ogallala strawberries from the strawberry patch, cooled in the fridge and coated in sugar.

Although it will be one week before the strawberries are in full swing, those first few berries are pretty precious. And what flavor!

June 23rd

Battle Road

June 21st

The Adams family

Yesterday, we toured the birthplaces of John Adams, the second president, and his son John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States.

The homes are in good shape. One was built in 1681. Another was built in the early 18th century, and the third, the fancy home that John and Abigail Adams purchased after they were more financially secure, was a fancy place built by a English gentleman who had to go back to England after the American Revolution made him uncomfortable in Quincy, MA.

June 20th

Plymouth

Yesterday was a busy day in Boston. We started out at 7:30 with a lecture on colonial religion, followed by a bus trip to Plymouth Plantation, or a replica thereof, where we heard two lectures, one from the perspective of the Native Americans, the other from the perspective of the colonists. Many myths were dispelled, including the myth of the first Thanksgiving, of which, in actuality, almost nothing is known. If it happened, it was likely not as amicable an affair as myth would have it. Fascinating.

June 19th

Celtic celebration



Pictured here is a teacher from Minnesota, one of many of us on the tour who posed as Celtic fans to take part in the fun. 



However, after giving this guy a high five, he asked, "you got a bottle?"

Celtic celebration



Pictured here is a teacher from Minnesota, one of many of us on the tour who posed as Celtic fans to take part in the fun.



However, after giving this guy a high five, he asked, "you got a bottle?"

"What?" we asked.

"I need an empty bottle to pee in! You gotta find me a bottle!"



The mindless fun continued when motorcycles started holding their brakes and grinding down their tires at full throttle.


June 18th

Revelers

I went to bed early last night, but was awakened by the honking of horns. Outside my hotel window here in downtown Beantown, the Celtics party was in full swing.

I got dressed and went down to watch. Crazy. People running through traffic, hanging out the windows of their cars, climbing the stoplights, hugging, high-fiving, removing their shirts.

June 17th

Boston, cont.

I am busy enjoying the city. We are kept quite busy and internet access is sporadic, so I will be posting more about the trip after it is concluded. The sun came out today, so I did get some pictures.

The town is excited about tonight's Celtics game. Although my travel-mates want to be where the action is, I want to be where it is quiet!

June 16th

Father's Day speech

Obama gets mad. Of course, all of his traditional values/personal responsibility stuff is just a cover so he can take over the country and turn it into a socialist state. Or maybe a Muslim one. Who knows.