The Summer of ’04

August 2

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, and summer’s lease hath all too short a date.  ~  William Shakespeare

OK, control yourselves.  This is just another trip down memory lane, i.e., a family slide show.  In the year already blessed by the driving trip through the great American West, the summer was blessed by the Super being “hit on” at Carlos Creek Winery by Joey Dee of Joey Dee and the Starliters rock ‘n roll fame.  We’re thinking of making this into a move (title at the top).  Let us begin . . .

[Hard to believe Big Ole’s been in his current location for at least 16 years . . . ]

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[This was the summer Grandson Tommy’s (10 years old then) grandparents from Noblesville, Indiana, came for a visit.  That’s Tommy with Grandma Fran, above, and with Grandma Supervisor, below . . . ]

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[And Fran.  As you can tell by the attire, this was July!]

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[I know it was July because . . . ]

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[This is the Lake Carlos Independence Day boat parade.  Below is our neighbor Dangerous Dan’s extended family from the west coast . . . ]

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[And Tommy went tubing.  Scared at first, he soon realized that a 50 HP Yamaha pushing a pontoon didn’t give him enough speed . . . ]

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[With the Super driving, and Ed and Fran spotting . . . ]

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[The Ed joined in – the excitement was such that the camera jiggled . . . ]

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[And here’s Fran and Ed and . . . Joey Dee!]

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[You remember Joey Dee?  If you do, then you know that in 1962 Joey’s “Peppermint Twist” had a summer-long battle for No. 1 on the pop charts with Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl” . . . ]

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[Fran and Ed hit the dance floor.  The yellow-garbed Starliter is Frankie Valli’s brother, Bobby . . . ]

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[Then Ed gave the Super a twirl . . . ]

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[That’s Joey in the stylish purple suit.  Uff da . . . ]

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[And then back to the regular and routine activities of grandpas with their grandson.  Ed and I never wet a line.  As soon as we baited up Tommy, he’d catch something . . . ]

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[It’s a monster sunny!]

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[Ed enjoying what Minnesota is all about . . . ]

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[Checking up on the neighbors . . . ]

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[A toast – to Lake Darling!]

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[Ed is an avid golfer and was delighted to pose under the Tom Lehman sign . . . ]

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[A rare marine mammal – seldom seen in its native habitat any more . . . ]

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[Ahhh, the wonderful days spent on the Moby Obie . . . ]

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[Morning, all . . . ]

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Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.  ~  Nora Ephron

Up Next:  There’s at least one more ’04 . . .

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