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Once again, it is time for one of the two “must attend” local social events of the year. There will be hand shaking, back patting, a friendly “how are you?” along with “it’s good to see you.” All this will accompany a pleasant smile at the same time. 

There will be old and young and in-between ages of males and females. All those attending are in the VIP classification — including you. Wayne Indrelie and I along with members of the Albert Lea American Legion will be there to greet the great you at the door.

You are such an important person that we will let you enter through a special door. You will even be just ahead of the person behind you.

This is an eating event, so get those taste buds ready. If you’re a light eater, fast for at least a day before attending. If you’re a heavy eater, fast for at least two days. A word to the wise, “be sure your undergarment has good elasticity.”

Wild rice, chili, potato and chicken noodle soups will be served. Key lime, chocolate, apple and pumpkin are some of the pie choices, along with vanilla ice cream. Norwegian juice (coffee), water and 1919 root beer for your beverage choice. 

Live background music featuring local celebrities will be featured prior to your eating.

Ah yes, all for your presence, so come on down. Put on your eating shoes and boogie on over. The parking lot attendants are waiting for your vehicle.

Many of you know what I’m referring to, you just don’t know when. This year the soup and pie supper at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church (just north of Albert Lea) will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013. Be one of the first 700 and you won’t have to worry about running out of food as we’re planning on 700-plus.

The net proceeds of the soup and pie supper will benefit the American Legion of Albert Lea (debt reduction) and senior resources of Albert Lea with supplemented funds by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Please bring a non-perishable food item or two to help support the local food shelves.

If you’re unable to attend (you’re in the hospital or at a funeral, your own) a donation would be most appreciated.

Short Shorts: A. This is a food event with no counting of calories allowed. B. In attendance will be a lot of people whose word you can rely on, plus a few politicians whose word you can’t rely on.


Bob is a retired AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) agent, currently working on his master’s degree in Volunteering. His wife, Genie, is a retired RN, currently working on her doctor’s degree in Volunteering. They have two children, Deb in North Carolina, and Dan in Vermont. Bob says if you enjoy his column, let him know. If you don’t enjoy it, keep on reading, it can get worse. Words of wisdom: There is always room for God.

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