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Wise Guy

Posted in portrait by kirbybjohnson on June 28, 2010

What does a young man of 15 years do on a hot summer day?

Probably X-Box stuff.

– – I’m afraid not.

Wii stuff?

– – Uh uh.

Work with his iPad?

– – Nope. I don’t think he has one.

Well, what does he do?

– – He tags along with two of his uncles to a local air show, listens to old guys talk about their experiences in the war, waits patiently in line at a concession stand and he says “Please” and “Thank you” when he buys a hot-dog. After the air show, he hitches a ride to a garage where another one of his uncles is putting some finishing touches on his beautifully restored 1969 Chevy Camaro; he’s very eager to assist his uncle bleed the brakes.

There are still things to which young people can avail themselves that enrich their lives and provide guiding experiences and aid their learning that aren’t shrink wrapped and high priced. My great-nephew Jack is wise to take advantage of those things. Maybe his folks or one of his other uncles can get him an iPad.

Sounds like he doesn’t need one.


sixty-seven days

Posted in minnesota state fair by kirbybjohnson on June 21, 2010

Tradition dictates that the objectives of my first two stops at the Minnesota State Fair be Swedish Egg Coffee from the Salem Covenant Church dining hall and a half sheet of Lefse, with Lingonberries, from Lynn’s Lefse booth in the Food Building. My good friends Tom and Sue Arndt enjoy their own Fair traditions equally important to them: “Cheese-On-A-Stick” and “Bunny Day” to name but two.

Traditions old and new will begin to be enjoyed at this year’s Fair for twelve days beginning August 26th. Gates open at 6:00 AM.