Rotgut

I am not a drinker. Oh, I’ve kind of fantasized about it, thought about how cool it would be if I drank more and fit in better with whatever crowd I’m chasing at that moment. Or how totally sophisticated I’d be if I mixed a drink when I got home from work. But the...

The tower

Like I said, Patrick and I were at the Twins game Monday night. It was his first game of the season, so we were really looking forward to it. And after the cool and rainy night that John and I had, last night was an absolutely gorgeous night for baseball. So for those who...

Short

This says it all for why there isn’t much of an entry tonight: Well, that and the fact that we lost 15-0… See you tomorrow....

There are certain rules

Valleyfair was fun, even though it rained for the first five hours we were there. It wasn’t a hard rain, it was just heavy enough to make you need to wipe off your glasses every few minutes. Most of the rides kept going through it, so it really wasn’t that bad. We had walked...

Upside down

Today’s one of two Medtronic days at Valleyfair. And the Lathropworld clan is heading out to partake of the potentially stomach-churning fun. I may or may not end up upside down. We’ll see. Details later. See you tomorrow....

Praying

In two years of living out in North Dakota, I probably drove through Minot a hundred times. These days, I’m riveted to the pictures of the unbelievable flooding of places I’ve been. The Souris River in Minot is a kind of dividing line: to the north is the airport, Minot State University, the huge...

Sheltering

Fortunately, I wasn’t on a call when the tornado warning was called at work today. Though I did discover that I’ve got a speaker right over my cube. The pre-recorded voice telling me that there was a tornado warning issued for our area was just a little loud. But the problem with working in...

On my toes

Something I’m gradually learning…No, wait…Something I’m gradually coming to grips with–I’ve learned this a long time ago–is that in this family, things move and shift pretty quickly. I can try to lean one way or the other and hope the sled goes that way, but really, my family has five drivers, and I’m pretty...

Little things

I think all of the dads in attendance today can agree that it was a fun Father’s Day. At least, I think my grandfather agrees: Yeah…Hat courtesy of Patrick. But that’s a genuine smile from the old man, and I haven’t seen one of those out of him in a while. That helps make...

Wisdom of the ages

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and my crew and I will head off to a big family gathering to spend Father’s Day with my Grandfather, and, coincidentally, my own dad will be there, too. I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll keep saying it, but growing up and growing older really does give...

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