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‘FAR AWAY’ – Continued from last week’s column (after we found this page stuck to the back of a Post-it®)

The Three Wyoming Brothers were there (the Big Horn Lodge near Sheridan, Wyo.) as usual. They fly a skunk(ed) flag until getting an elk. Dan, Frank and Fred all say the same thing at the end of each season: “One year closer to getting an elk!”

Thanks, Clay, for letting Genie and I enjoy a fire at your fire ring with Tiki torches. It must really be enjoyable in the winter with the three six-foot surrounding snowbanks.

After Labor Day until the end of October, there are two kinds of tourist travelers: newlwyeds and nearly deads.

Remember, readers, this article is either fact or fiction – you decide!

And now, this week’s column.

09-11-13: Back late from the mountains.

09-12-13: Catch up on mail, e-mail and phone calls.

09-13-13: Catch up on mail, e-mail and phone calls.

09-14-13: Thrivent Financial luncheon meeting at the Fairlane Building in Albert Lea.

09-15-13: Church – rest.

09-16-13: : Catch up on mail, e-mail and phone calls.

09-16-13: Do “Fact or Fiction” column.

09-17-13: Teeth cleaned.

09-17-13: Jim Martin funeral at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church.

09-18-13: Skin cancer burned off.

09-19-13: Steve Dulitz funeral at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church.

09-19-13: To Mason City to purchase 50th Anniversary items for our 50th party on 9-28-13.

09-20-13: Set up L.A.M.P. (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots) display that I’m manning at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea for the ELCA Ladies of Southeastern Minnesota convention. Genie is the outgoing Vice President of all those great Lutheran ladies.

09-21-13: Manned above display at Grace Lutheran Church.

09-21-13: To Naeve Health Care Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala Ball at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea. As Naeve Hospital Auxiliary members Genie and I danced the night away.

09-22-13: Church – rest.

09-23-13: Complete setting up arrangements for “Christmas By the Lake” bus trip Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Complete setting up arrangements for bus trip to “Church Basement Ladies” Sunday, June 22, 2014.

09-24-13: Retired Senior Volunteer Program Appreciation Picnic at Edgewater Park in Albert Lea.

09-24-13: Finish “Fact or Fiction” column you’re now reading.

In reviewing the above hectic two-week schedule, the words of Katie (Genie’s Danish grandmother) ring very true: “No rest for the wicked, and the righteous don’t need it.”

Just before leaving on our annual one-week stay in the Big Horn Mountains, the staph infection came back. A quick visit to Dr. Kelley and I think it has cleared up. Dr. Kelley prescribed a stronger medication – plus a shot of moral support. Just as I was leaving, she told me to stand up to get my shot of moral medication. She held her arms out and gave me a big hug from a little lady. Dr. Lynn Kelley, I don’t know where God got the mold for you from, but I do know the result is divine.

If you attend an event where there are names drawn for prizes, you listen really close and you will hear the last name of Spooner called if either Kathy or Duane are present. How do I know this to be true? I’ve been present at three consecutive events where the name drawn has been Spooner.

Did you know Bev Janke is a faithful reader of this column?

Thanks to Jim Martin for all the conversations we’ve had over the years. You always had a no-hurry way about you – thus it was always more than, “Hi, how are you?”

Thanks, Steve Dulitz, for the many conversations about hunting and fishing. You helped me prove that two Navy veterans can carry on a clean conversation. Yes, Steve, you were, and as you said, “I’ll be fine.”

The Lutheran Ladies are very nice – their outgoing Vice President gave me a hug and even invited me to go dancing with her –so I did!


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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