How I Spent My Spring Vacation, Part III

by Tommy Obert, 5th Grade

[Groucho, Dick, and the supervisor enjoy Sarasota’s farmers’ market.]

Dateline: Sarasota, March 27, 2011:

Rosie volunteers to help older people do their taxes.  Yes, there are older people in Florida.  So, it was a good time for the supervisor and I to head off to the Sarasota Folk Festival at Oscar Scherer State Park.  We jokingly said six months ago the folk festival was the reason for this trip.  After their last performance at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale in Alex, Patchouli, i.e., Julie Patchouli and Bruce Hecksel, told us they planned to perform at the Sarasota Folk Festival at the end of March – so we, not really knowing at the time, said we’d see them there.  Yesterday was . . . “Surprise!”

Patchouli was the last of four performances we enjoyed – all acts doing a 40-minute set.  They had a full tent (the main stage) and received a standing ovation when they finished.  Their introducer noted that Julie is responsible for global warming because of the brightness and warmth of her perpetual smile.  And we’ll see them again before we know it – they’ll be back at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale on April 14!  (As native Midwesterners themselves (on the St. Croix, just north of LaCrosse), they said Florida was already getting too hot for them.)

[First act.  Chuck Brodsky, funny singer-songwriter from Asheville, NC.  Baseball fan.  Did a song about Dock Ellis pitching a no-hitter while high on LSD (true story!).]

[Second act.  Juniper, nostalgic to see hippies again – floor length granny (peasant?) dresses with hair length past their whatzits.]

[Third act.  Larry Mangum, singer-songwriter from Florida.  We liked his music – looks like Burke Kiger.]

[Ruthie strolls the site; purchases another Patchouli CD.]

[Before we went “home,” we went back to Nokomis for more orange ice cream.]

The panic of the morning is sunblock stain.  We washed the supervisor’s white shorts this morning – they came out with the bottom half orange!  She read the sunblock tube, which in the smallest of print read, “May stain some materials.”  They’re soaking in bleach before we head out this morning.

Tomorrow morning we’re off to D.C. – we hope to arrive there Tuesday evening.  Until then . . .

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to How I Spent My Spring Vacation, Part III

  1. Sue Elliott says:

    Gorgeous Photos!!!

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