Leaping thru the day …

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Here’s some fun facts about leap year:

  • Today you are working for free if you are on a fixed annual wage.
  • February 29 also marks Rare Disease Day.
  • The frog is a symbol typically associated with February 29.
  • People born on February 29th are called “leaplings” or “leapers.”
  • Leap Year was once known as Ladies Day and was the one day when women were free to propose to men.
  • Hugh Hefner opened his first Playboy Club on February 29, 1960.

And here’s one of the versions of the Month Poem to help you remember the timing of leap year:

Thirty days hath September,

April, June and November;

All the rest have thirty-one;

Save February, she along

Hath eight days and a score

‘Til leap year gives her one day more.

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Enjoying the car wash …

You might think it is a little strange that I would enjoy the car wash. Perhaps it is strange.  Sometimes, however – perhaps often – you can have fun in the ordinary, mundane parts of life.

On our way to a day meeting, we decided to stop at the car wash for a Grand Slam car wash (the premium wash). With that type of wash – early in the week – they run the car through the automatic car wash first and then do the detail work – cleaning the interior and fine tuning the exterior. During the automatic wash stage, you sit in the car as it moves through the car wash.

The pictures can’t convey the sound and force of the whooshing water and the force of the dryers, but here goes …

 

 

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Entering the car wash

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The first blast of water

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Another blast

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Here comes the soap

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And then a rinse

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And now the colorful wax in shades of muted pastels

 

 

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A final rinse … the end is in sight … almost like the end of a rainstorm … almost.

And now it’s time to let the workers finish it up.

 

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It you ever want a thorough car wash, stop by  Touch ‘Em All Car Wash in Rogers, MN, and give it a try. On weekends, however, you don’t ride through for the first part – which is the most fun for me.

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Just me … (trying my hand at poetry)

For some reason, out of the blue,

a poem starting forming in my head.

Perhaps it was because I could not sleep,

That this poem came to me,

from somewhere deep.

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Just me

I entered the world, my eyes open wide,

Blinking, gasping, on my own.

A sole adventure about to unfold.

I quickly learned by making a noise,

I’d be fed or changed or held,

and  things would be the same.

 

Soon I found my way around

and a new world was mine.

Full of wonders, full of excitement,

full of laughter,

and everything was a game.

 

As the years rolled on

and challenges came along,

The world started to change.

Now things were up to me,

things were not the same.

 

And now as I enter

this stage of my life,

perhaps the last stage to go through.

I realize I am back to square one

And will leave the world as I entered.

 

When the time comes,

it will be me alone,

leaving with eyes now closed,

but ready to see

what the next adventure holds for me.

 

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Photo from internet; posted HERE.

 

 

Entering the Twilight Zone …

“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”download.jpg

— Rod Serling

In search of …

Friday, February 5  — Its the first Friday of the month …  time for another Amish haystack dinner … or so we thought. (Click Here and Here for past posts on the Amish haystack dinner.) The location of the dinner is about a half hour travel-time from our house. When we arrived, however, there was no one at the site. We guessed that perhaps they don’t hold the dinners in the winter months (more about that later), so we drove on – in search of a place for dinner.
 

From one small town to another … 

 

First we drove to Bock (Minnesota) – a very small town (population 106) – with a couple of bars. We were looking for something other than pizza or a hamburger, so we drove on, turning left toward Milaca (population 2,946). Again, fast food or bars. We continued west – to Ronneby (population 32) – more bars, and Foreston (population 533) – same thing. We continued on to Foley (population 2,603), the County seat for Benton County. We checked out the downtown – no restaurants. At the edge of town, there were fast food places, a bar – and a chinese restaurant. By then, it was nearing 6 pm, so we decided to give the restaurant a try. (Note: All population counts from the 2010 Census.)

A Chinese cowboy restaurant?

The Chinese restaurant in Foley is named WonTon. When we arrived, there were only a few people in the restaurant.

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We were seated in a raised platform area. The waitress brought our drinks which included hot tea – in a styrofoam cup – and a can of coke – served in the can. Interesting start. We ordered our dinner and then began to look around.

 

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The seating area was reminiscent of a corral – complete with saddles hung on the rails (just barely showing in the photo above.)

The walls were decorated in a western motif (as in horses, cowboys, and movie posters of westerns) along with various native American decor. However, Chinese music was playing in the background. We were a little puzzled.  (Imagine music from the Twilight Zone playing or click HERE to listen for yourself.) For information on the Twilight Zone, see bottom of this post.

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The restaurant filled rapidly. No one – except the two of us – seemed to notice or care about the cowboy decor. Our food arrived in about fifteen minutes – which didn’t seem long given the steady stream of customers picking up take-out. Those pick-up customers didn’t seem to notice or care about the decor, either. 

All in all, it was a successful adventure. Both of our meals were very good and quite affordable. I suspect the real story is that the Chinese restaurant is new and they simply are using the previous business’s decor.

And the Amish haystack dinner — is held on the second Friday of the month – not the first Friday. The universe may have been playing tricks on us – so we would visit WonTon and enter the Twilight Zone. This Friday we will try again – for the Amish haystack dinner – not to enter the Twilight Zone.

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On the wall at the WonTon Restaurant

The American TV Series, The Twilight Zone,” was the brainchild of Emmy Award-winner Rod Serling, who served as host and wrote over 80 episodes of the original show’s 150-plus episode run. It’s a strange mix of horror, science-fiction, drama, comedy and superstition. Serling introduced each episode, and many of the black and white hours concluded with a surprise ending. Actors such as Burt Reynolds, Roddy McDowell and Robert Redford made appearances in some of the more well-known stories. (Google search description)
First episode date: October 2, 1959   Final episode date: June 19, 1964

 

 

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