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Our community is going to try a new festival this week. It's going to be called the Zany Zucchini Street Festival. It may be interesting. Small communities all over the country come up with odd ways to bring in an extra body. This is what we small communities have resorted to with the gravitational pull of huge, regional shopping centers. Well, we don't give up easily out here in the hinterlands, and even a small dog can put a big dog on the run by nipping at its ankles.
Ahhh ... what to do at this mid-point of July? The days are getting shorter. The Fourth of July fireworks are history. Some of the summer festivals have wrapped it up for another year and walks in the woods are accompanied by 10 million mosquitoes and, in this country, an equal amount of deer flies. Life gets less complicated at the midpoint of summer. Baseball and soccer camps are about over and I see ads on television hinting at "back-to-school." I hated to see those appear when I was still attending schools of higher learning.
I passed by an upland hay field last week and noticed the mowers were busily taking down that first cutting of high grass. It's that time of year in the country. The Fourth of July has passed and now it's time to get down to business. What this time of year meant to my Little League Pee Wee team was Watermelon Night at the ballpark.
To all who worked or visited Pine River during the 36th annual Pine River Summerfest, a hearty thank you from the Pine River Chamber of Commerce! What started out as a mere sidewalk sale in 1978 is now a time where multiple organizations, businesses and individuals do their part to make this a memorable time for so many, both resident and visitor!
The Fourth of July seems to have come early this year. For some reason my mental state is still stuck in a May 10 frame of mind. It seems as though we've missed the bus when it comes to normal weather cycles. What was dry is now wet; what was supposed to be green is yellow from lack of sunshine; and the loons have had to re-nest in some cases. It just doesn't seem time for sparklers and bottle rockets. But it is. This week will see more illegal fireworks cross the borders of Minnesota than any other time of year.
Ralph had never been asked to do this before. In a way he was excited, yet scared that he might screw up. After all, he was a farmer and only went to town to get supplies once in awhile and he never really mingled with that urban crowd much. But, he had joined a fraternal organization over the winter when boredom drove him from his farmhouse. Other than a short stint with the National Guard, Ralph had never really done much with groups.
I own a "smart phone." It doesn't necessarily make me any smarter, but it does give my ego a boost knowing that I have a smart phone in my shirt's pocket. When my coffee slurping friends come up with a question that no one at the cafe table can answer, it gives me loads of pleasure to pull out that little, flat, black, shiny piece of plastic and look up the answer. Maybe in their eyes that makes me smarter, but I don't think so. Like many folks in this country, I have become a bit attached to this piece of technology that did not exist even 10 years ago.
I took my wife fishing for our 39th wedding anniversary. It was only as it should have been. I think she enjoyed the trip. Nearly 40 years ago my wife and I began our journey together and it began with a fishing trip. Those early encounters are rather tentative at best for a young couple.
That was one, big, black bear! I came from a time and a place where wild animals were to be scorned, hated, destroyed and just plain done away with. It was a time not too distant from the days of the homesteaders, where everything wild was perceived as a threat. And, indeed, some of those threats were warranted.
A memorial fundraising 5K run/2K walk was just held in our community. Around 300 souls took part, young to not-so-young pulled on their running suits and sneakers and headed down the trail. From what I could see, it was rousing success and for a very worthy cause. These types of events seem to be in vogue around the country and draw an enormous amount of attention.