The Crow's Nest - January 21, 2018

Here’s hoping everyone had a great beginning to 2018!  I am writing this edition from the sunny and warm climes of southern California – more precise – San Diego.  It may be a bit hard to concentrate on the laptop screen as I am also watching the Vikings/Eagles NFC Championship game.  I sure hope the Vikings can pull a win out.  I am very sure many Midwesterners are “glued” to a TV screen somewhere.

Christmas has come and gone but I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that beautiful time of the year.  I hope everyone enjoyed time with loved ones.  In our house gift opening was the night of the 23rd.  As grandchildren get married and move on, time among different homes is split even more.  To us it doesn’t matter what night we are together, what is important is they all still want to come “home”.  We had a beautiful Christmas Eve dinner after church at Ruth and Greg’s home.  It was just the 4 of us.

We left for San Diego on January 11th with a full-blown blizzard in progress.  It seemed like déjà vu all over again.  A couple of years ago we were flying out of Fargo to Palm Springs and because of blizzard conditions we were 9 hours late in leaving.  This time we were delayed only 1 hour, but they couldn’t get the plane engine started so they eventually pulled the plane out to a runway and turned it around, so it was facing another direction.  They got it going and then boarded us immediately.  I don’t know if I have ever had such a cold ride in my life.  It was wonderful finally landing in Denver.

We have rented a small Craftsman style cottage very close to Balboa Park.  It is great being able to go walking every morning in such nice surroundings.  Balboa Park has so much to offer as far as things to see and do.  The San Diego Zoo is a very small part of the park.

Our son Mike and his wife Lea flew out this past Friday to spend the weekend with us.  They come here 5-6 times a year for a weekend get-away, so they were great tour guides for things to see and places to eat.  We crammed a lot into less than 48 hours.  It was great having them here considering they had just been here 2 weeks ago.

While out here Chuck decided he needed an opener.  We stopped in a local retail place and Chuck asked a very nice young “twentysomething” in what aisle he could find a “church key”.  The look of utter bewilderment met him head on.  After a lengthy discussion they came to an understanding as to what he was looking for.  With that hurdle crossed you would think it would be smooth sailing.  But no, next he asked where to find a shoe horn.  That did the poor young lady in.  She had no idea what that was.  It was a very entertaining afternoon.

Sympathies go out to Bruce and Anne Vold and family on the passing of Anne’s mom Esther Doble.  I have so many memories of Anne’s mom and dad coming to Edinburg to visit when the Volds lived here.  Also, our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with Harold and Alida Flom on the sudden death of their grandson Eric Flom.  Harold and Alida spend their winters in Arkansas so we won’t be able to offer our face to face condolences until they return to Edinburg.

Congratulations to the NDSU Bison on winning their 6th football championship in Frisco, TX the first part of January.  I know their fan base is widespread and very loyal.  We happen to be UND fans, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t excited and very happy for the huge success the NDSU Bison have had these many years.

Thanks to Ina Spanier for keeping me informed about life in Edinburg via Facebook.  I enjoy checking on her posts every day.  It sounds like they have been experiencing a January Thaw.

Here is hoping all is well and let me apologize for making this “Crow’s Nest” mostly about what is going on in my life.  Once I return to Edinburg I promise to find much more interesting things to fill this column.  Have a great day and we will talk later.


























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1."BE STRONG": Instead of saying "be strong, you'll get through it", say "I can only imagine how you've coped".

2. "BE STRONG": Instead of saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger", say "How are you doing with all this?"

3. "GET OVER IT": Instead of saying "It's time to put this behind you", say "This might take time."

4. "GET OVER IT": Instead of saying "You have your whole life ahead of you", say "Allow some time for this."

5. "I UNDERSTAND": Instead of saying "I understand how you feel", say "I can only imagine how hard this must be".



I just love giraffes. This one lives at the San Diego Zoo.

lea, chuck

Daughter-in-law Lea, Chuck, myself and son Mike enjoying a day along the ocean front in San Diego.