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June 13, 2010
Second City at Mystic Lake Casino
We suffered a great loss in our neighborhood this week. Followers of my blog will most likely remember a lot of pictures of me and my dog, Sunny, throwing balls on a long stretch of beach on Prior Lake. Well, this beach belongs to our neighbors across the street, Jim and Joan Ingvalson. They've always been extremely kind to my family. Well, on Monday night, Joan unexpectedly died in her sleep. It was a complete shock to anyone that knew her. She was a very active and healthy lady. You can read her obituary here. She will be greatly missed by all of us.
Last Friday, we connected with our good buddies, Karl and Tina, to go to Mystic Lake Casino and see a comedy show together. We were so excited at our good fortune!
The performance we went to see was by Second City the legendary comedy improv troupe out of Chicago. Boasting alumni including Joan Rivers, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, John Candy, Steve Carrell, and many more, we were bracing ourselves to be rolling in the aisles with laughter. Sadly, we were a bit disappointed. While the show was entertaining, there was nary a deep belly laugh bellowed out from any of our group. We went home and watched tapes of the old Saturday Night Live skits to make the world seem right again.
To make up for inviting them to an unfunny comedy show, we invited Karl and Tina to join us for this year's maiden voyage of our boat out on Prior Lake. All was going pretty good until we got to the middle of the lake and suddenly Karl turned to me and said "OK, Todd. Now that you've got us out here, you'd better make us laugh." Well, unfortunately I couldn't think of anything funny to say so we pretty much didn't talk for the rest of the boat ride. It kind of sucked but what are you going to do?
We did try to liven things up by shining lights in the boy's eyes, but I guess that's just not funny enough for Karl. He's a little bit fussy in my opinion.
On Monday, I took a flight to Seattle to go visit our good friends at Microsoft. Every time I go there, I always fly by this mountain. It looks so cool! One of these times, I'm going to have the pilot just drop me off on the top of it. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to play around up there!
The reason for my trip was to attend our Bi-Annual Partner Action Committee meeting where myself and fellow computer manufacturer representatives meet with the software giant to give them our opinions on the state of the business. I pretty much just keep quiet and try to preserve my energy for that awesome meal I know they're going to serve us at the end of the day. Here we're seen chowing down on delicacies like crab, clam, chicken, and my personal favorite, Princess Prawns! I'm pretty sure that the letter M in Microsoft stands for "MMMM MMMM Good!"
On Friday night, we had a special treat when Grandma Joyce drove up from Branson to spend the weekend with us. Since Miss Sheri rarely leaves the couch at our house any more, I thought it was really nice that she invited her to sit down next to her for a little while.
On Friday night, we went to a graduation party for the daughter of our old pal, Portia Bunker. Doc Vogt was there with his potato gun, so I knew this night was going to be filled with way more the usual pomp and circumstance!
Doc shot a few potatoes in the air to whet our appetites and then started to invite fellow guests out to take a shot themselves. Grandma Joyce couldn't resist having that powerful weapon in her hands and stepped up to propel a spud through the air like a lumpy little missile. Now all she talks about is building one for herself to play with at home!
On Saturday, we went to see the new movie, The Karate Kid! We all loved it and I give it one Great Big Thumb Up! If you liked the original movie, you'll love this one! Jaden Smith was awesome, but when it comes to flexibility, I don't think he has anything on the Shortarmguy Family!!!!
Nice Emails of the Week
Greetings from Ireland, hope this email finds you well in Minnesota.
I just had to send you a quick message after seeing your episode on Miami Ink. I'm a big fan of the show & without a doubt you are one of my favourite participants that has been on. Your attitude to life is truly a fresh of fresh air & I found your story both inspiring & extremely touching. I mean here is a guy who has had things tougher than most of us yet he still faces every day with a smile & positive outlook on life. Your story has inspired me to quit complaining & not to take all the good things I have been given in life for granted (I only complain every other day now ha).
By the way I love all the pics that you have with Sheri on your blog of your day at Miami Ink, looks like you had an amazing experience. My dream would be to get a tattoo from Chris Garver, he is such an awesome artist & without a doubt you deserved to get your wonderful tattoo from him
Wishing you all the best
June 6, 2010
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