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Linda Schouten is the winner of posting a picture of her favorite bartender. (She posted a picture of Melby along with Barb Mrdutt.) Linda gets a free drink when we are able to open!!!
‘Twas the Night Before Quarantine
‘Twas the night before quarantine and all through the town
not a restaurant was open, not a school-bus was found.
Hand sanitizers were placed by all doorposts with care,
In hopes that Corona would never come there.
The children were swinging from the crystal chandeliers,
And the stir-crazy babies were almost in tears.
With everyone in health masks and live updates on their screens,
we hunkered down and waited for COVID-19.
For into our lives with a sneeze and a cough,
Came a global pandemic and a crash of the stocks.
Away to the grocery we all flew like a flash,
And bought all the toilet paper for our personal stash
As the moon slowly rose on our fates and our fears,
What to my wandering mind should appear?
In the absence of busyness A new life taking form.
In the stillness of solitude, In the silence of the storm,
In the magic of together and home-bound company,
Rediscovering connection in our family.
So, with the pup in her kennel and the children in their beds,
New visions of adventures now danced in my head!
The checklists could wait, and the bank accounts would be fine,
for we had been given the most sacred gift of TIME.
So, I gathered the markers and crayons and paints,
I collected the nerf guns and assembled board games.
With a wink and a smile, I moved on to schoolwork:
Math facts and science and vocabulary words.
I laughed as I thought it, in spite of myself,
“what if quarantine can heal our emotional health?”
If the birds are still singing and if the flowers still bloom,
Surely the sunshine can overcome our gloom.
If we set aside fear and choose kindness instead,
Maybe we’ll all begin to realize we have nothing to dread.
I tucked back into bed and smiled up at the moon,
For a peace had replaced the impending doom.
So, take heart and take hope through this curious plight,
And “happy quarantine to all” until we’re allowed to reunite.
THE ROCKPILE from April 5, 2006
We had a couple of gentlemen who bowled 300 games in the last couple of weeks. Mike Wink rolled his perfect game up in New Richmond at Gibby’s Lanes, and Dave Brandt chalked his 300 at Bol’s Lanes in Baldwin. Great bowling fellas!
The Senior Men’s league finished up last week as Al’s (Sandbaggers) Boondocks wound up taking both the first and second halves.
Al’s team is made up of Tony Ninneman, Larry Mousel, Dan Cassellius, Dean Richardson, and the “Kingpin,” Al Willert. Congrats guys!
The Wednesday Afternoon Ladies league also had a team that won both halves for the championship. The Fresh Start Garden Gals took honors for that league. Gail Quinn, Arlene Hill, Wendy Gravermoen, and their sponsor, Lu Jasperson, make up their team. Way to go ladies!!
Denny Lawson bowled at Chetek this past weekend in their 9-pin tap tournament. Denny threw 10 out of his first 11 strikes as natural strikes. I understand that his final toss was a gutter ball. Lawson ended up with a 290 game. Dan Delong has him beat as he had the same scenario here when he rolled a one pin count in the 12th frame for a 291 game.
Just a quick reminder that there is a meeting for the Thursday Afternoon Men’s golf league at Glen Hills this coming Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
Welcome to Chari and Pete Krizan, who opened up the new cafe across the street from the “Rockpile.” Good luck and welcome to our Main Street in downtown Glenwood City!
It’s a boy! Our son Brent and his wife, Sally, had an eight pound two ounce bouncing baby boy this past Sunday, April 2. Welcome William Philip Standaert! Congratulations kids!! Needless to say, grandpa and grandma are terrifically excited and happy.
Sunday night after we left the hospital we stopped for a sandwich at the new Stout Ale House in Menomonie. The bowling alley adjoins the Ale House, so we popped in there. We ran into Ron and Joyce Thomlex from Wheeler that we know from them bowling here a couple of weeks ago in our 9-pin tap. Anyway, Ron just finished up bowling on their mixed doubles league. Ron just threw a perfect “300” game and rolled an amazing 823 series. Nice game Ron!
A correction: I mistakenly said a couple of weeks ago that Cliff Delong was from Spring Valley. Cliff informed me he lives in Knapp. Sorry ’bout that Cliff.