Featuring personal photos of the Lake Minnetonka Area and things of interest to the author.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
A Hippo Thermia encore.
A Blue Hippo repost.
The snow has melted slightly, leaving my roof rimmed with ice dams and foreboding. The icecicles of early December carry the weighty stalactites of late December and, God help me, January.
Slipping and sliding through February - It will become a forced March.
The is driveway already a narrow hallway to the garage door, and I have hit the garage door.
I need a Blue Hippo. And a shoulder ice pack.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Bell Ringer Willie
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Take the Lake Minnetonka Polar Plunge.
This a note to Minnetonkascenes readers. I will again be covering the Lake Minnetonka Polar plunge.
2009 day 1 file photo
Check The Bayview Center for details of the event. From their web:
"The annual Lake Minnetonka Polar Bear Plunge at Bayview Event Center (2011) is the place to be New Years Day (if you’re still drunk, or hung-over from the previous nights activities)…
The 2011 ALARC Ice Dive will be held on January 1, 2011 at the BayView Center, 687 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior, MN."
The event can be an exercise in virility or insanity according to the side of the couch you sit on... and of course the frigid weather. (One year, just watching, it was so cold I warmed myself with an icicle).
I will be the guy with the low rent digital camera, struggling to get between the Alphabet News cams as they present "The Laughing Morning News". I post pictures same day with my inimitable editing, for that internet immediacy.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Old Log Theater Scene Shop
I have walked by, run by, biked by...and even, as a youth attended performances at the "Old Log Theater". I believe the play I saw is one that is currently in revival around the area and around the country; "Once Upon A Mattress".
I borrowed this from wikipedia:
"The Old Log Theater is the oldest professional theater in the state of Minnesota. It is sometimes cited as the oldest continuously operating professional theater in the United States, although other much older theaters such as the 200-year-old Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia would seem to have a stronger claim to that title."
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Bret Favre will be unnavailable to direct Target Field snow removal efforts.
Due to recent shoulder surgery, Quarterback Bret Favre will not be able to assist in the snow removal efforts at Target Field. Also Backup quarterback - The "T Jack" will also not be unable to attend due to a contract issue. The third string quarterback, name undisclosed, will be on site to direct quality control(ie: you missed a spot) and emphasize the importance of a clean playing surface.
This taken from the Golden Gophers web site:
"University of Minnesota Athletics announced Wednesday afternoon that individuals interested in helping shovel snow and clear sections at TCF Bank Stadium will be paid for their work.
Temporary staffing agencies will be on site to sign up workers as long as they are needed to help clear the facility of snow in preparation for Monday night's Vikings-Bears game."
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Toonie, the Shetland Sheep Dog in her element.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Comfort in a storm
Among all the snowy photos, I offer this comfort shot. Lefsa.
Well, my other comfort food seems to be Advil. Low on calories, one bottle of Advil provides comfort of a sort. I will be posting my frigid shots later today. For those of you in warmer climates these photos will also provide you with a sadistic comfort.
I tried to take photos yesterday, only to find white-out conditions. So as the sun breaks out and the temperatures plunge, I will try again. Stay tuned.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Lake Minnetonka touches two counties. Hennepin County and Carver County. I discovered the Smithtown Bay, Carver County connection while researching Captain Jonathon Carver, a British explorer (born in Connecticut).
I noticed the sharp line Carver County cuts on it's Northern border. Not a natural line,but an arbitrary one decided by a politician or a surveyor.
I do not know... yet.
So how did Minnesota, a State of perhaps 5,000 people in 1850 come to be dividedinto so many counties? I have taken this from the Association of Minnesota Counties:
"When Minnesota became a territory in 1849 its territorial governor, Alexander
Ramsey, proclaimed that the same laws as those existing in Wisconsin would govern the new Minnesota Territory. This, combined with the fact that much of
the migration to Minnesota came through Wisconsin,caused the development of both strong county and town forms of government as had been the case in
Wisconsin, New York and Michigan. The first Minnesota counties were Benton, Isanti, Ramsey Wabasha, and Washington established on October 27, 1849. Three other counties, Mankahto, Pembina and Wahnata were created by Laws 1849 but there is no historical evidence to indicate that they were ever organized - or abolished. Fifty-seven of the present 87 counties were established during the territorial period which ended in 1857. Lake of the Woods County was the last one established in Minnesota. It was created by popular vote from territory that had been part of Beltrami County."
What was/is the thinking behind creating and maintaining 87 separate counties?
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
The Easybeats - Friday on my mind
Monday, I slipped into the past. And Ear worm. A song from an Austrlian band in the 60s began to run through my mind.
Monday morning feels so bad,
Ev'rybody seems to nag me
Coming tuesday I feel better,
Even my old man looks good,
Wednesday just don't go,
Thursday goes too slow,
I've got Friday on my mind
Gonna have fun in the city,
Be with my girl she's so pretty,
She looks fine tonight,
She is out of sight to me,
Tonight....I spend my bread,
Tonight...I lose my head,
Tonight...I got to get tonight
Monday I have Friday on my mind.
Do the five day drag once more,
Know of nothing else that bugs me
More than working for the rich man,
Hey I'll change that scene one day,
Today I might be mad,
Tomorrow I'll be glad,
I've got Friday on my mind,