Life (and death) as we know it
A DAUGHTER OF A GRAM WITH A THOUSAND RULES writes from Hawaii: “Theme: Pearl Harbor Day.
“On Tuesday December 7th, at the National Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary Ceremony, I had one of those incredible moments in my life when the very meaning of events is overwhelming and in awe.
“My husband and I moved to Oahu 17 years ago, raised our children here and always brought our Minnesota friends and family to the Pearl Harbor Memorial when they come to Hawaii. This is a must see. When GRAMM OF A THOUSAND RULES and my father came to visit in 2006, they were able to take a ferry across the harbor and climb the memorial that hovers above the sunken battleship. They saw the names of the soldiers etched into the white marble and the oil still oozing from the watery grave of the soldiers buried forever below on the USS Arizona.
“Every year my husband wishes that we could be on the grounds on December 7, to meet and thank the surviving heroes of that fateful day. Every year there are fewer and fewer of them. This year, on the 80th anniversary of this “date that will live in shame,” we were among the select few who won the lottery and received a pass to be here.
“It had rained monsoon the night before; in five hours we received over 9 inches of rain. I wondered if the ceremony would go on at all, as it was supposed to take place on the lawn and at the pier across from the memorial across the water.
“My very patriotic and anxious husband woke up at 3:30 am and we were at the gates of Pearl Harbor by 5:00 am. Heavy rains had subsided by sunrise, but the dark gray cloud cover and fog kept the crowd from expected. … When the Navy Band began playing in honor of the last few survivors, one of whom was 102, and these elderly heroes in wheelchairs greeted the group in return, no dry eyes were to be seen. The newest destroyer in the fleet, USS Daniel Inouye, popped into view with soldiers lined up on decks and reached for the memorial, raised the flag and saluted the fallen heroes and survivors as we observed a minute of silence at 7:55 am.
“I remembered 80 years ago when my mother, GRAHAM, was a terrified 9-year-old child listening to the horrific news of the Pearl Harbor bombing on the radio, marking the start of World War II. I thought with trepidation about the events of that day, about the people who gave their lives for their country, and about everything that happened after. I wondered what this little girl from Bloomington, Minnesota would think if she could foresee the future and know that her little daughter would one day live on that distant island that her sister Nora had pointed out to her on the globe. December 7. Who could have guessed that her daughter would be right there, in the place of all this, with the survivors about 80 years later?
“I will always remember Pearl Harbor.
“He waved for letting me share.”
Permanent record of son (in charge)
GAB: “Jesus, I had to laugh when I saw the post from JOHN IN HIGHLAND (Sunday, BB, 12/12/2021). Just this summer, while cleaning up our garage in South Dakota so we could sell the property (then we’ll be full-time Floridians), we stumbled upon not only our boy’s cars, trucks, etc., but our grandson’s cars as well. We had to take several pictures to see them all. We plan to sell them as no one is interested in getting them. I hope you enjoy this little collection. “
Or: Treats High in Falutin
FRIENDLY BOB Fridley: “Theme: Christmas Festival at St Olaf’s College.
“It was a very emotional day for the final (Sunday, December 5, 3:00 pm) Christmas Festival at St Olaf College this year – the first such personal performance in a long time, thanks to COVID-19. They were kind enough to provide streaming audio and video, so it was almost like being there.
“A little sad: they remembered Professor Emeritus of Music Robert Scholz, who died of Parkinson’s disease last February. It was also the last festival for Steven Amundson, longtime composer, arranger and conductor in college, as he retires after more than 40 years.
“As if we needed something else to remind us of this terrible pandemic, artistic director (and a great guy in charge of pretty much everything) Anton Armstrong tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before the festival and was unable to come. He did send a recorded message reassuring everyone that he is symptom free and does not expect any lasting effects. He usually conducted the final number (“Beautiful Savior”), but a suitable solution was easily found: Stephen Amundson conducted his last song at St. Olaf.
“I can’t imagine how all the singers managed to wear face masks (another brutal reminder of the pandemic) during their performances. I thought they would get very warm at some point and I noticed several problems with the masks slipping off.
“I actually attended one of these festivals right after school and it was a step back in time for me. I’m glad I took the time to be present at a distance. “
The thing of the vision (self-responsibility)
VACATION TEACHER Arden Hills writes: “Topic: Remembering – and looking forward to – the good times.
“It was December 10, 2021, and I was accidentally looking at some of the previous material posted on the bulletin board when I came across this one from December 20, 1999:
“Topic: New perspective.
“My stepson and his girlfriend recently came to visit from San Diego. This was her first visit to Minnesota and my wife and I explained how unusual it was to have such high temperatures and no snow at this time of year. However, we had glass in the storm door, and when she first noticed it, she said the following:
“” “Oh, you have a blank screen at your door.”
“Thank you Myra for giving us a fresh perspective on what we take for granted; You are always welcome here. “
“Well, John and Myra and their three children will return to Minnesota (they were in Minnesota in the meantime) on the 21st, and I hope the weather helps again.”
Where are you gone, Mrs Malaprop?
RUSTY of St. Paul reports: “Last week we bought a loaf of semolina bread – you know, Italian bread that has semolina (pasta) flour and is topped with sesame seeds.
“At lunch today, my wife was looking for bread for a turkey sandwich. The semolina bread was near the tail and may have become moldy, which I am sure subconsciously crossed my mind when I pointed my thumb at the bag and said, “There is salmonella bread on the counter.”
Maybe a verse!
Our Times Division and ‘Tis the Season Division (Pandemic Division)
From TIM TORKILDSON: (1) “I don’t need a credit card / I already have enough / still they come and they come in the mail / the glossy stream that doesn’t stop / I think bankers like me are broke / with debts accumulated on peaks / until my credit rating falls / and everything falls down. “
(2) “Rudolph, a COVID deer / had a very funny nose – / he didn’t smell a damn thing / and was hanging out in his bedding. / In a small veterinarian’s office / he was quarantined – / this was the last time Rudolph was / was seen at the North Pole. … … “
Today’s good advice
‘This is the seasonal division
KATY S. from St. Paul: Topic: An Offer for People This Year.
“This year I lost a friend due to constant health problems. She is left with two devoted daughters, who will have their first Christmas without her. Instead of a Christmas card, I send them a postcard that says I think about them at their loss because they need to know that they are not forgotten.
“It occurred to me that other people might want to do this, too.”
Verb of America
RED STREAM, North of St. Paul: “This appeared on page 2B of the sports section in Pioneer Press on Tuesday:
“Hayden became the first black woman to win the title”
Or: Ah, the smell!
DONALD: Topic: Advertising: Just by the smell.
“Why are so many people in TV commercials sniffing their underwear?
“I must be using the wrong detergent because I never felt like being in such ecstasy taking clothes out of the dryer.”
It just doesn’t add up!
KING MAMBO: “Subject: Count.
“Foodies among the BB’ers may have noticed the opening of a new à la carte restaurant in Apple Valley called Farmer and the Fishmonger. While browsing the online menu, I noticed an interesting price structure for Granny’s Lunch Rolls. The menu states that it is “2 FOR 4 | 4 FOR 9. ‘(The cheddar cookies are the same.)
“I’m wondering if this could just be a way to limit the consumption of sticky foods. But if I’m in the mood to eat a cookie, when I go there I’ll order two cookies and then two more! “
IN THE BULLETIN SAYS: Since KING MAMBO sent us this note, someone in the restaurant must have noticed the same little problem.
Granny’s lunch rolls are no longer on the menu and Cheddar cookies are now “2 FOR 5 | 4 FOR 9. “
Sounds like an interesting restaurant!
Name of the group of the day: Salmonella Bread