Merely Coincidental (Part 1)

September 11

As you know from reading Part 2, it’s merely coincidental that this happened on 9/11. Part 2 was the evening addition, this is the morning addition. It all began with a ride with the Super to St. Cloud to have her car serviced – I went along for the ride and an opportunity for a road trip . . .

[Upon arrival in the Granite City, I first noticed what to my eye seemed to be a bit of political commentary . . . ]

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ~ Albert Camus

[We have been to St. Cloud many, many times over the years, of course. But always with a specific destination in mind. We had never just wandered the city. So, we asked the desk guy at the Super’s dealership where we could go for an hour’s walk. I said I’d never been to the Lake George area – he said just down the road a bit on the other side of the street from the library. Well, on the other side of the street was also the old St. Cloud Tech high school, which I’d never seen before – they opened a new high school within the last year or so . . . ]

[Also at the old high school was this . . . ]

[A monument to James J. Hill . . . ]

[I do not know what his connection was to the city or the high school . . . ]

[Lake George . . . Yes, St. Cloud has its own lake! This urban lake is an oasis, just steps from the hustle and bustle of downtown St. Cloud. Surrounded by gorgeous walking paths, water features, bench and picnic areas, and even a beach, this is the ideal location in St. Cloud for a morning stroll, a bag lunch to go, or some scenic relaxation (visitstcloud.com).]

[The neighborhood has a population of about 1,800 . . . ]

All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening. ~ Alexander Woollcott

[Lake George in all its splendor . . . ]

[The Super, in all her splendor, in the Lake George Municipal Park . . . ]

[And the old high school is just across the street from the park . . . ]

[And here’s where they hold the outdoor concerts . . . ]

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin

[Nice park . . . ]

Biologically speaking, if something bites you it’s more likely to be female. ~ Desmond Morris

[The Super going to school . . . ]

I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer. ~ Douglas Adams

[HQ for the Lake George Municipal Complex . . . ]

[“Tiger Country” (oh, you can see that too) . . . ]

[And now the scary St. Cloud Tech Tigers and the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles team up in some sports in an attempt to beat up on our little Alexandria Cardinals . . . ]

[The old high school is kitty-corner from the old football stadium . . . ]

[The park from said kitty-corner . . . ]

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. ~ E. B. White

[Tech taught winemaking???]

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. ~ Elbert Hubbard

[The ‘neighborhood’ reminds me of my grandparents’ neighborhood in north Minneapolis . . . ]

You’re only as good as your last haircut. ~ Fran Lebowitz

[Would you buy CBD from these dummies?]

[On the way home, though we also passed it on the way in, is the town of St. Joseph, population 6,500, about 6 miles from St. Cloud . . . ]

[We wanted to check out what may be the hottest new restaurant in the state . . . ]

[But, despite the sign, it wasn’t (open, that is). I don’t know if its just a COVID schedule, but they’re only open at night from Wednesday – Saturday (as I recall) – reservations strongly suggested . . . ]

[A look inside, though they appeared to have plenty of outdoor tables . . . ]

[How you know you’re adjacent to a college campus . . . ]

[Though we have been through St. Joe’s hundreds (?) of times, we had never visited the St. Ben’s campus (though Ruthie later recalled our niece was once in a gymnastics meet here 12 years or so ago) . . . ]

[And here we are . . . ]

[A campus of 1,800 students on a lovely 300 acres . . . ]

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

[As I understand it St. Ben’s and St. John’s (5 miles away) basically share students and professors . . . ]

[Love those Bennies!]

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. ~ George Burns

[Lest you didn’t know, a campus building . . . ]

[Arts center and auditorium – the staff of life . . . ]

[Why Saint is in the college name . . . ]

The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets. ~ Al McGuire

[Birthdays on this day: Angie Annen, daughter of Vivian and Fat Boys Walking Club’s Weakie Annen. Angie works for the state health department and is personally responsible for tracking COVID19 statewide numbers . . . ]

[Louis Johnston, Economics Professor, St. Ben’s-St. John’s, born in 1960, thus now 60 years old. A longtime favorite of the local Senior College attendees, he gave the semester’s first virtual session last week . . . ]

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. ~George Bernard Shaw

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