Eric's Daily Weblog

Company party

Last night was the annual Bergeson Nursery Christmas party. I decided we needed a little change of pace, so we went to Sander's restaurant in Grand Forks, my favorite. The Sander's crew did not disappoint. We had a grand time.

Started with calamari (squid) and goose pate as appetizers. Then they brought a copper container of clams to each table. We ran out, they brought some more. And some sauteed mushrooms. A Greek salad, then the main course. Prime rib was the big favorite. Some had salmon, others had chicken.

Turkey delivery completed, finally

The delivery of Aunt Ede's turkey to Great Aunt Olla went smoothly yesterday. She dug right in. Olla had some great-tasting custard pie she had made on hand (making the pie nearly killed her, she forgot the sugar, so mixed it in after the pie was hot in the oven), so I snarfed down a couple of pieces of that. A favorite. The trip to the Felton Cafe was canceled, as Olla's cold is proving to be quite stubborn. It it tougher when you are 92 yrs. old.

One more Twin hits the road

LaTroy Hawkins has signed with the Cubs. This is a loss. LaTroy has been with the Twins for 13 years. He turned his career around when pitching coach Rick Anderson changed his pitching motion. Suddenly he picked up a few miles-per-hour on his fastball and became nearly unhittable. I would rather they kept LaTroy and let Eddie Guardado go. I still don't trust Eddie, as much as I enjoy watching him.

No news news conference

Grand Forks officials called a news conference for 11 am to discuss the latest developments in the Dru Sjodin case. As far as I can tell, they had absolutely nothing to say. We cannot comment on that at this time. That is part of our ongoing investigation. We remain committed to finding Dru. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

They also refused comment about any possible relation between the case in Grand Forks and the case in Fertile. I really didn't detect anything new at all, which calls into question why they bothered to hold a news conference.

A good law that didn't work this time...

Alfonso Rodriguez, arrested last night in connection with the Dru Sjodin abduction, was a convicted sex offender who was labeled "Level 3," which means he was likely to reoffend. He had been in prison for well over a decade before his release last May. At that time, law enforcement held meetings in Crookston, where he was to reside, to warn the locals of his presence amongst them.

Orion

What a night for stargazing! Perfectly clear. The half-moon obscured some of the sky with its bright light, but the constellation Orion showed up clear half-way up the eastern sky when I went outside with the binoculars ten minutes ago.

Arrest in Crookston

Email correspondent BW alerted me just now that an Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., age 50, was arrested in Crookston tonight in connection with the Dru Sjodin case. He is a recently-released sex offender. Police had apparently been watching him for several days and were confident enough that they had their man to know that he had no connection to the case here in Fertile. Chuck Haga is on the case for the Star-Tribune.

Blaming the victim

In response to the two recent abduction attempts, one successful, the other not, I have heard more than a couple of mumblings about how young girl dress so skimpy these days, what do they expect? My response: Even if they walk around naked, that is no excuse for some neanderthal to club them over the head with a blunt object and haul them back to his cave.

Evidence found in turkey incident

The exchange of the replacement turkey went off without a hitch this morning. I parked behind Uncle Orv's van at the predetermined spot in town. He spotted me in the mirror and came back to my pickup to deliver a bag containing two Cool Whip containers. They are safely locked away until tomorrow's scheduled delivery to Aunt Olla.

Have you started packing yet?

No. I am planning to leave for Arizona at the end of the week, so I will start packing the morning of departure. I have not yet figured out how people can start packing for a trip a week, or even a day, in advance. Don't you need the things you are packing to function in the meantime?

Last year, I took too much stuff. Extra stuff. Stuff I didn't wear. Stuff I didn't use. Feels stupid to load all that stuff back into the pickup before you come home again. What was I thinking when I packed that?