Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Another 2007 moment

This one is a repost from August 1, 2007.

As originally posted the Babes and Cuppy had tickets to see Spamalot.  I am sure each of them has a story of why they wanted to see that particular presentation

I got a late start on my ride that day because I wanted to stay at home until after they left for the theater. I had been recruited as a pre-event photog.Don't they look spam-tastic?

While I was out riding a bridge fell down.

Monday, October 16, 2017

10 years ago in Michigan

We had a glitch in on demand viewing last evening. Today and this evening I have spent some time trying to figure out what happened.  Along the line I had to log in to my internet provider account.  While I was there I checked the seldom used e-mail account there.  I discovered these I think previously not published on the internet photos taken by my brother Jim.

Michigan 2007.

We were all 10 years younger than we are now. 
I think we all probably love this one, Santini's neighbors are moving around over there in the background.
Of the three, I am pretty sure this is the one Jim liked the most.
In the background I cannot help but notice that the current beach looks nothing at all like what this photo shows.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017


We took a short ride today.  The remnants of Irma are passing through here which caused a very threatening looking sky all day long.  It didn't actually rain but it did get quite gloomy and cool at a about the time when we would have made a commitment to be farther away from home base if we were going to do so.

We did not.

We did swing by our favorite blueberry vendor.
It was a very blue beary day at Bowerman's.

Monday, September 11, 2017

We venture off the mountain

Mrs. Smith prefers to  stay up on the dune but she can be coaxed off on a bicycle.  We headed out towards another of the iconic local landmarks.
Most will know that I approve of fuels with an attitude.

I am not so sure I approve of mid-September autumn leaves but they are here whether I approve or not.
We made it back in plenty of time for the reading festival to break out.
Very nice day here today, very much unlike sultry days in August.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Arrival at the mountain

Travel is always taxing but we have safely arrived.
And have successfully participated in one of the signature activities.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

In which a 1,400 pound pig lumbers to his feet

We have been coming to the Fair for many years.  One of our almost always stops is the Swine Barn to see the state's largest boar.  Usually he just lies there.  This year for the second time ever in our experience he stood up.
It was, as you may be able to guess, a fairly epic struggle.

This year the pig was nearly twice as large as the pumpkin, a restoration of the natural order of things.

I didn't realize that this was important to notice but apparently it is.  We are supposed to notice that it is not llama products.
We often pass this one up but it is iconic Minnesota State Fair, the sculpting in 40 pound blocks of butter of the various contestants for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
To be eligible to compete you have to be the daughter of a working dairy farmer and live on a farm.  The winner spends a year representing the Minnesota Dairy Association at parades and community festivals.  Princess Kay this year is from near Saint Peter.

This table is made from Morton Gneiss, some of the very oldest rock on the planet.  This rock is 3.6 billion years old.  The table is a state fair special as just under $3,000.
Eventually we made our way down to the Midway to allow both TCWUTH and her Mom to win stuffed animals at the horse race game.
I am pretty sure that elsewhere on the internet an interested party should be able to locate a photo of Moo and the Dragon with their new owner.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Second year at the Fair

We got an early start so that we could have her home in time for a nap.  The girls have to squint into the morning sun for a photo opportunity on one of the family lawn mowers.
Here she has escaped from her Mama and Grandma and is rushing along the sidewalk near the DNR building.
A group photo on her favorite new bench.  She was fascinated by the holes in the bench.
 The state's largest pumpkin isn't really that large this year and it doesn't look very much like a pumpkin.
We all had lots of fun.