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Free Hair Cut?
Recently Paula and I drove to the casino at Red Wing for their buffet and stayed to play. The machines were so tight that we could not even get any money out of the ATM.
If you are looking for a good time Saturday afternoon, May 11, I would suggest that you travel to Glenwood City and attend the annual May Fair Event at the County Fairgrounds. The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. and there is entertainment for all, food and fun and live and silent auctions, and something for everyone. There will be homemade goodies and homemade pies to be auctioned off. I think that if you would like a very nice pie you should be able to take one home for less than five hundred.
Money raised at this event has helped build new buildings and improvements at the fairground and has made the St. Croix County Fair one of the best in the state.
I heard a story that I thought should be passed on. There is a barbershop along Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. and one day the barber was giving a hair cut to the local florist and when the job was done the florist was going to pay and the barber, who told him that he was doing Community Service and the hair cut was free.
The next morning the barber found a dozen red roses at the front door and a thank you note. Later that same day the barber was cutting the hair of a baker and he also got the free cut because of the community service and in the morning there was a dozen sweet rolls at the barber’s door.
The third day a politician came in and received that free haircut and the next morning, there was a dozen more politicians at the front door.
The weather we have been having this past week is like the first of November and I am beginning to think about all the good times I had deer hunting, especially when I was a teenager.
My father, Ross, Joe Helmer, Ted Sempf and Fred Norenberg Sr. had constructed a camper on the back of an old Ford Truck and used it for a place to stay out in the woods during hunting season. During the summer months it found its way along side a nice trout stream up north.
After Mr. Norenberg passed away, Ole Jorgenson took his hunting spot and when Tom Sempf and myself were sixteen we were included in the party. The first season, Tom got the party deer early opening day and we had it registered and by the middle of the afternoon, Joe had cut the hind quarter off that deer and with a big cast iron frying pan cut up the venison and added sliced potatoes and onions, and that was one the best dinners I ever had.
Joe was a great storyteller of things he was aware off. He told about two local businessmen, Mike and Bob, that spent deer hunting doing what was called “Road Hunting”. By that I mean they would drive in their car around the north woods on logging roads and field driveways hoping to see a deer.
One time they were out of their normal area and could not find their way back to camp or to a place that they recognized. They finally came upon a young lad that was hunting near an open field and they quizzed him about where a certain road or town was so they could find their way out of the north woods. The young lad could not help them out and finally Mike said to the lad, “You don’t know much, do you.” The young lad answered, “But I’m not lost.”
If you are interested in classic cars I would suggest that you attend the 40th annual Red Cedar Classic Auto Club’s Car Show and Swap Meet at the Dunn County Rec Park in Menomonie on Sunday, May 19. Gates open at 8:00 a.m.
Next to Christmas time May is one of the busiest times of the year with graduation, and Memorial Day. This year we have three grandchildren who will be getting diplomas. Krisha at the UW in Madison and Austin in Mississippi, both working on Master Degrees and Emma is graduating from Little Rock Christian Academy, and she will be attending The University of Arkansas in the fall.
One last item of interest is that I have a copy of an issue of the Milwaukee Journal Magazine from October 1988. In it is a story about the Battle Ship Wisconsin. Back in 1988 the Navy put all four World War Two battleships back in service. They are big ships and each carried nine sixteen-inch guns that could send a 2700 pound shell some 23 miles.
Those four battleships of the Iowa class were the Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and the Wisconsin. They have all been retired now and the Missouri is on display at Pearl Harbor. We visited the Missouri a number of years ago and found out that it took a million dollars a day to keep it in action.
But reading the Journal article the battleship carried 2.5 million gallons of fuel and that would allow it to travel 14,000 miles. That folks is about 180 gallons per mile to move the 57,000 ton ship.
Thanks for reading! ~Carlton