It’s Done

1968 Chrysler boatAfter a lengthy bit of trial and error, two price drops, a couple of attempted scams on Craigslist, and a “no call, no show” potential buyer – the END OF AN ERA (link to a post titled the same) has finally come to fruition. 

While I am saddened to see this little bit of our family’s history go, I am happy to report that the new owners are a truly WONDERFUL family, and I have NO DOUBTS that they and their children will soon be making memories of their own with the boat!!

Good bye boat.  Thanks for the memories!  May your enjoy many safe and enjoyable journeys with your new owners! 

Brownie Bake-Off

Boy Scout Brownie Bake-Off


Tonight was Boy Scout Troop 332’s second annual Brownie Bake-Off!

The boys split the troop up into three groups.  Each group was required to bake a batch of brownies and the troop (and some “adult volunteers” judged the batches for taste and presentation.





Boy Scout Brownie Bake-Off


Left to right:  Cheesecake Brownie, Carmel Brownie, and Double Fudge Brownie.

When the votes were tallied, the winners of the best tasting brownies were…

6 votes Double Fudge, 5 Votes Carmel, and 3 votes Cheesecake.  (My Vote was the Carmel)

Fear not Cheesecake Brownie fans!!  You won first place for presentation!


Tonight on my way home from work, while traveling down Highway 169 over the Minnesota River Bridge – I pulled up behind a truck pulling a fifth wheel trailer. 

Upon that trailer was one of the oddest things I have ever seen.  Three GIANT sized concrete animals…  A panda bear, some sort of hedgehog / muskrat / possum like thingie, and a much smaller unidentifiable creature.

The coloring, texture, truly massive size of these objects, and the fact that the panda was staring me down gave me the heebee-jeebees; especially when I pulled along side of them. 

Believe me, these photos do NOT do the scene justice…   

Does anyone living in or around the Twin Cites have ANY idea what these things are for or where they are headed?? 

GIANT concrete animals GIANT concrete animals GIANT concrete animals GIANT concrete animals

FOF Observation #26

The "FOF Observations" are a series of "Perpetual Posts" where I will share with you, my readers, short little observations that I have made (or will be making) on being the father of a large family. You will be able to access each of the posts in a cohesive list by clicking on the "FOF Observations" link in the "Perpetual Posts" group on the sidebar.

Digital Thermometer Today #4 of 5 was home sick.  In the middle of the day the Mother of Five called home to check in on our sick little one.  She asked if I took her temperature yet - (sounds of crickets chirping). 

Ok, ok, ok.  Once again I am out of the running for “parent of the year”.

After completing the conversation with the Mother of Five, I went a searchin’ for the thermometer, and as luck (and a little bit of Murphy’s Law) would dictate – that little thing was NOWHERE to be found.  Oh, I DID find the little clear case, but the actual thermometer was eluding me. 

I called the Mother of Five back and asked her if she knew were it was.  I tried the list of locations she provided me with no luck.  Her last resort?  Run to the store and buy another one. 

Dads… Are you out there?  Am I alone in my frustration with the phrase “just buy another one”??? 

So, here is my “Observation” for you.


If you are you a parent… 

If you are you going to be a parent soon… 

If you are even CONSIDERING becoming a parent one day…  

Let me make a suggestion for you…  (Consider it a tip from one dad to another)  Invest your money in whoever makes these things.  I can not even begin to count how many we have bought and lost over the years.   (No exaggeration – I bet at least ten!)   

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