Jottings

My favorite part of Sid Hartman's sports column in the Minneapolis Tribune were the "jottings," little snippets of gossip separated by three dots...So, here are jottings of the trip to Minot...The windbreaks near Larimore are spectacular...I was in a picture-taking mood, so I snapped about 100...Highway 2 was so abandoned I could stop whenever I wanted...of course it would have helped if I had put the memory card in my camera first...

All the people I met in Minot were very friendly...Thanks to Irene for a good Norwegian breakfast this morning...much better than a restaurant...and thanks to her friends and mine, Gladys and Marian, for coming to the performance last night...speaking of good food, the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant on Gateway in Grand Forks has a pretty darn good buffet...Leo didn't understand that I wasn't returning last night, so he was wondering what happened to me..."you survived!" he said today...I found out that he only started learning English after he found out he was coming to work at the nursery, just months ago...his father lives in a state in Brazil which was recently settled and granted statehood only in 1994...Brazil is now almost completely on ethanol...we should examine how they did it...

The Twins are going to be fun to watch this year...I am not predicting their finish as that will just jinx them...last year I had a good feeling when they left spring training, a feeling which was not justified by subsequent events...slick-fielding Juan Castro is one of my favorite players and looks to have won the shortstop position...that will give the Twins a fantastic second base/shortstop combination...phenom Francisco Liriano made the team...if he bridles his fastball he'll be dangerous...almost as dangerous as if he doesn't bridle it, stop to think of it...he can nearly hit 100 mph. on the radar...