2004 Was Better Than 2020

August 13

This time, I think, I’m finally wrapping up the magical year of 2004.  I’d forgotten all this stuff . . . 

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.  ~   Carl Sagan                                   (Editor’s note:  So, here it is . . . )

[Visiting friends Tom and Anne Kiehne in Austin, Texas, overlooking Lake Travis at some obviously fine dining establishment . . . ]

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[And another view of the lake (a/k/a the Colorado River) in the other direction . . . ]

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[Downtown Austin as seen from where I’m taking the picture from . . . ]

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[Self-explanatory.  Did I mention Tom was a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Texas?]

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[Waiting for more fine dining with the Kiehne family at . . . the Oasis?]

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[And now we’re in San Antonio (same state as Austin) with Dick and Sandy Dush.  Sandy and the Super were long time office mates in the Pentagon.  Dick, as I recall, a retired Air Force colonel . . . ]

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[Their backyard . . . ]

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[Their frontyard . . . ]

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[Downtown San Antonio as seen from the place from which I took this shot . . . ]

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[Whoa, something tells me we’re not in Texas anymore . . . ]

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[OK, this is another clue . . . ]

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[Yup, Gooseberry Falls  (not in Texas) . . . ]

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[Gooseberry Falls State Park is a state park of Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior . . . on scenic Minnesota Highway 61.  The park surrounds the mouth of the Gooseberry River and includes Upper, Middle and Lower Gooseberry Falls (Wikipedia).]

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[The Minnesota Legislature authorized preservation of the area around Gooseberry Falls in 1933, and the area was officially designated Gooseberry Falls State Park in 1937. The rustic style resources in Gooseberry Falls State Park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1941 (Wikipedia) .]

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[An ‘island’ or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water (Wikipedia).]

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[The Super is on the land and, thus, is not an island . . . ]

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[Split Rock Lighthouse . . . ]

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[Split Rock Lighthouse is a lighthouse located southwest of Silver Bay, Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The structure was designed by lighthouse engineer Ralph Russell Tinkham and was completed in 1910 by the United States Lighthouse Service at a cost of $75,000, including the buildings and the land. It is considered one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the United States (Wikipedia).]

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[Noted as among the most picturesque delegates at the Duluth DFL state convention . . . ]

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[The Real Deal . . . ]

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[The timing of this post is such that it’s occurring in the same week we lost Adrian Ledermann at age 83 (second from the left sitting next to Shelly Karnis).  Adrian was a long time chair of the Douglas County DFL in addition to being just an all-around good guy.  We will miss him . . . ]

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[Duluth as seen from (well, you know the drill) . . . ]

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[The North Shore is one of the Super’s all-time favorite places . . . ]

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TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher.   (Sorry, I thought it was funny . . . )

Up Next:  2006 . . .

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