Minnesota Harvest 2008

Diary Entry For October 5, 2008

I know I’ve wrote in the past about the wonderful albino squirrels that have been following our family since Luke and Avery were born, but I believe this is the first time I’ve ever been able to catch two of them in the same picture.  Aren’t they so cute?

Before bed time on Tuesday night, Avery impressed us with this lovely drawing of his mother.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think this looks just like her.

On Saturday, we trekked over the river and through the woods to the Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard.  As you can tell from this picture, the boys are absolutely thrilled to be there.

Minnesota Harvest is nice enough to provide wagon rides through their orchard so people can stop, pick bags of apples, and then buy them.  We’re not big fans of apple picking, but we do love posing for pictures on free wagon rides!

This was the first time we’ve seen Grandma Linda since she joined that Traveling Circus a couple months ago.  I thought she looked good, but you can tell all that knife throwing is starting to get to her.

One of the main reasons we went to the Apple Orchard was to buy our Halloween Pumpkins.  Miss Sheri pointed out this big group of pumpkins that were hidden on the other side of the sign.  We figured they must be free and tried to sneak them into the trunk of our car, but quickly discovered that it’s hard to be sneaky while carrying pumpkins.

If we wanted to be really cheap, we could have bought these old pumpkins they had left over from last year.  Their shapes weren’t that bad, but all the dang color faded away.

We know that summer is officially over after going on our last boat ride of the year.  There were hardly any boats on the lake which allowed us to relax as we went by and saw all the pretty colored leaves. 

Sunny was pretty ticked when we told him it was the last boat ride of the year because for him it was also the first boat ride of the year.  I guess he just felt a little ripped off, but I wish he wouldn’t have pouted the whole time.

I was driving the boat when suddenly I was inspired to take a picture of Luke.  I told him to do the Shortarmguy pose and he happily obliged.  I guess I should have been paying more attention to driving the boat, because before I knew it, I smashed directly into the buoy seen just over his shoulder!  Luckily, it didn’t cause any damage to my boat.

Nice Emails of the Week

Your blogs this week were awesome..keep it coming..

I remembered reading your blog before but I recognized ya from this site. Thought you would like to see they used your picture.


Cya, Josh


So I received this nice email from Josh and thought it was pretty cool. 

This picture originally appeared here on Steve “Cuds” Cuddihy’s site, Twin Cities Daily Photo.

The photo was indexed by Google and appears on the first page of results when someone does an Image Search for the phrase Fantasy Football, so we’ve seen it show up in a variety of places around the internet.

Now I didn’t think too much of the blog post that Josh pointed out until I started reading the comments.  Check them out for yourself here:


There’s a lot of funny people writing anonymously on the internet!  You really need to have a thick skin to create a website like this and not be bothered by all the trash talk you receive.  This week I also found another message board here commenting about me and my appearance on Miami Ink.  God Bless all the nice people in the world!!

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Shortarmguy’s Favorite Videos for October 5, 2008


Winter Time is Almost Here!

That sure looked like a parking place!

September Madness

Best Palin Photoshop Yet

Bush Stinks

For those of you who still believe in the Vikings


I always knew we should watch out for those Packers Fans!

Must Have Been The Beans!

My Favorite Light Switch

Happy Halloween, 2008!

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Quote of the Week

“Failure is a part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.”

– Hank Aaron, baseball player

Jokes of the Week

 If you get an e-mail with ‘Nude Photos of Sarah
 Palin’ in the subject line,
 do not open it. It might contain a virus.
 If you get an e-mail with ‘Nude Photos of Hillary
 Clinton’,  do not open it. It might contain nude photos of Hillary



A young blonde woman in Joliet, Illinois, was so depressed that she decided to end her life by throwing herself into the I&M canal. She went down to the docks and was about to leap into the frigid water when a handsome young sailor saw her tottering on the edge of the dock, crying.

He took pity on her and said, ‘Look, you have so much to live for. I’m off to Europe in the morning, and if you like, I can stow you away on my ship.

I’ll take good care of you and bring you food every day.’ Moving closer, he slipped his arm around her shoulders and added, ‘I’ll keep you happy, and you’ll keep me happy.’

The girl nodded yes. After all, what did she have to lose? Perhaps a fresh start in Europe would give her life new meaning.

That night, the sailor brought her aboard and hid her in a lifeboat.

From then on, every night he brought her three sandwiches and a piece of fruit, and they made passionate love until dawn.

Three weeks later, during a routine inspection, she was discovered by the captain.

‘What are you doing here?’ the captain asked.

‘I have an arrangement with one of the sailors,’ she explained. ‘I get food and a trip to Europe , and he’s screwing me.’

‘He certainly is,’ the captain said.

‘This is the Empress Casino, and we never leave Joliet .’

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October 5, 2008

This train went by Nor-Tech and my co-worker, Travis, shot this video

Burning Down The House 

Elk sighting

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It’s not all checking hunting and fishing licenses. Like when a Nevada game warden was Handed the chore of figuring out how to separate two bull elk who locked horns while sparring and couldn’t untangle them.


The saga began Nov. 21 when a rancher in Reese River Valley spotted the two elk.  By the following day, the animals were gone and the rancher assumed they had separated.

      A week later, according to Nevada Division of Wildlife biologist Tom Donham, the rancher was out looking for some of his cows and saw the elk again. This time, he called the wildlife department and Donham, game warden Brian Eller and Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Bryson Code headed out to see what they could do. When they reached Indian Valley , south of Austin , it was Nov. 29, one week after the elk were first seen.

‘When we arrived where the rancher had last seen them, we found them pretty quickly. They were both lying on the ground and one of them was in a very uncomfortable looking position with his head directly above the others head and his nose pointing straight up to the sky,’ Donham said. Eller said he wondered if they had survived their ordeal.

       ‘Once we found out they were alive, I was hoping they couldn’t move and would stay where they were. That didn’t happen. When they ran off, I was hoping that they could not go very far. That didn’t happen either,’ he said.

       The elk may have been sparring at the outset, but Donham and Eller say they used teamwork to run for nearly a mile to evade the newcomers. ‘It looked like they had been doing it all their lives; serious cooperation if I’ve ever seen it,’ Donham said.

After two unsuccessful attempts, Donham was able to get a tranquilizer dart into one of the elk. With one down, the other could not run, but was also partially tranquilized in order to separate the two

       Eller and Code helped hold the elk down while Donham used a hand saw to remove part of an antler off one of them.

       ‘As soon as they were apart, the bull that hadn’t gotten a full dose jumped to his feet and Bryson, Brian and I quickly gave him all the room he wanted. He went off about 30 yards and lay down for about 10 minutes before finally walking up the hill and over the ridge, none the worse for wear’ Donham said.  The other elk was treated with antibiotics and eventually walked off as well after the tranquilizer had worn off.

‘If these two bulls had not been discovered, and we never got the call, they more than likely would have both died. Watching the bulls walk away, and knowing that we likely saved them from a slow death was definitely one of those moments that makes this job rewarding.