Archive for July, 2005


Sunday, July 31st, 2005

Scouting has had a rough run lately. First there was the scout who was lost in Utah, for 4 days, in part because he would move off the trail and hide when rescuers got nearby. Then there was the scout in Yellowstone National Park who was swept into the river (never to be seen again) […]

Minnesota’s Somali Community

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

In today’s Star Tribune there was a substantial article on the expansion of Minneapolis shopping mall. The story contained a line that stopped me in my tracks: “… construction crews are putting the final touches on what will become the largest Somali shopping mall west of Mogadishu …” The article indicated that some people have […]

Can’t Coach Height

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

A truism among basketball coaches is that you can’t coach height. It would appear that the Minnesota Wild, local NHL team, took that advice to heart in yesterday’s draft. The height of the players they selected, in order, is: 6′ 3″ 6′ 3″ 6′ 1″ 6′ 2″ 6′ 2″ 6′ 1″ 6′ 8″

Spellin’ at Vikings Camp

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

A Star Tribune sports columnist, writing this morning about new Vikins owner Zygi Wilf, had the following quip: “… some of the Vikings coundn’t spell Zygi is you spotted them the consonants …” The spirit of Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson lives on!

Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

In this morning’s Star Tribune, Garrison Keillor offered his take on the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court. The most interesting line started with: “A boy grows up in Indiana, which is a disadvantage, …”

Elbonians and US bank

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

This afternoon I went to get money from the ATM at the bank, something I have done hundreds of times before. And, today I again saw the same message on the little display, the one I have been seeing for the last several years: TAKE CASH OR PURCHASED PRODUCT This is in the midst of […]

Summer High School Baseball

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

There was a recent article in the Pioneer Press sports section about the fact that Wisconsin high schools have the choice of participating in the spring baseball season or the summer baseball season. This year, 84 Wisconsin schools are competing in summer baseball, though more than 300 schools played baseball in the spring. Playing summer […]

Not Trying Hard Enough

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

President Bush rides a mountain bike. When he takes a tumble, he has a tendency to say something such as, “If you don’t fall from time to time, you aren’t trying hard enough.” He said this in response to inquiries about spills at his ranch in Texas, and he graciously used the same response when […]

Gas Prices and the Decline of the Appeal of Hammerin’

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

There was an article in the Pioneer Press this week about a local gas station clerk, Randall Yungerberg, who used a hammer to attack the car of a customer suspected of not paying for gas. Ellen DeGeneres has a comedy bit involving the classic folk song which revolves around the claim that if one had […]

Working v. Hobby

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

We were just out in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where there was the occasional mention of a working ranch. This would be in contrast to a hobby ranch, just like in the Midwest there is the distinction between a working farm and a hobby farm. This got me to thinking, does the concept of working versus […]