And: The highfalutin pleasures
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“I’m Birdwatcher in La Crescent, and I approve of my mute button!”
This ‘n’ that
Both from Al B of Hartland: “(1) I visited the South Congress Bridge, which crosses Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. It’s quite a sight seeing the 1.5 million bats emerge from the narrow crevices in the underside of the bridge. They start to come forth about 20 minutes before sundown.
“Every flying insect I encountered was nervous.
Continue reading “What does Birdwatcher in La Crescent approve of?”
Only a _____________ would notice
Or: Not exactly what (if anything) they had in mind
Twitty of Como writes: “There’s a commercial for Dodge Ram currently airing on TV that stirs my angst. I think it’s the intention of the commercial’s writers to emphasize the truck’s strength and power — which it has, I don’t doubt. But to me, they miss the mark.
Continue reading “How many logs could a Ram truck snake out of the woods? More than one, you think?”
Fast Food Division
Jim Fitzsimons of St. Paul writes: “What is one of the items that set McDonald’s apart from other fast-food restaurants? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s their French fries. I think they’re pretty good.
“I’ve noticed something lately. Perhaps you’ve noticed this, too. At some point, the Golden Arches’ higher-ups decided it would be a good idea — a cost-saving measure, no doubt — to not automatically include ketchup packets in drive-up orders that include French fries.
Continue reading “How much ketchup is not enough ketchup? How much hot sauce is too much hot sauce?”
Then & Now
The REF in White Bear Lake reports: “I recently got my hands on a Vikings game program from their 1963 season — mainly because it included an interview with my all-time-favorite player. (More on him in a later submission. A hint: He held the record of Most Tackles by a Rookie for 51 years until Harrison Smith topped him in 2012.) [Bulletin Board has a guess: Rip Hawkins?]
Continue reading “In the Vikings’ third season (55 years ago!), what did a reserved seat cost you?”
The Permanent Family Record
The Gram With a Thousand Rules: “When my sister Nora and I were the last two at home, we decided maybe it was time to get Mom some matching dishes. She had started collecting Betty Crocker silverware in the Queen Bess pattern, and she seemed quite smitten with it. That matching silverware really needed something better to accompany it than those few surviving Movie Dish Night dishes from the ’30s that she blended in with the dish premiums from Red Owl and the A&P — plus the dishes she had started collecting from inside her oatmeal boxes.
Continue reading “Do you think Mom is ready for matching dishes? Do you think she’ll stop eating oatmeal?”
The Permanent Sisterly Record
Writes DebK of Rosemount: “As one of her retirement projects, Texas Sis has taken up painting. Continue reading “Turns out Texas Sis has some heretofore-unknown talent! Is that a bad thing?”
. . . the best State Fair in our state!
Gregory J. of Dayton’s Bluff: “Even though there are new things to see, do and eat every year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, there are also those things that never change.
Continue reading “Our State Fair is the best state fair. Don’t miss it; don’t even be late! It’s dollars to doughnuts that our State Fair is . . .”