Not that I know…

The Saratoga is a strip bar in Duluth, MN… as evidenced by the iconic image of the lift bridge in the lower left, and not because I know from personal experince..

I love that they had to run this ad, did the dancers really think they had to be of Polish descent to get naked for money in Duluth?


Love Advice, from me and Super mom…

Let me give you a bit of history to set the context…  I dated my ex-husband twice, once in high school and then again about three years later — which resulted in our 20 year marriage.

In the three years between dating my now ex, I dated “Jack”.. Jack and I dated from just before I turned 18 to just after my 21st birthday.

Jack was cute, he was nice. and he had been grandfathered into the drinking age — although I never participated…. I swear mom.. Jack was also not all that bright, at least not compared to me and my best-girlfriend the red head.  Even 25 years later we still laugh at some of the jokes we made at Jack’s expense.

Mom rarely gave me love advice — perhaps she knew that I was way too independent to make it worth her while.  In retrospect, she was probably right.

Mom did sit me down once concerning Jack.  She told me two things:

1) Don’t get pregnant.

2) Don’t marry him, because eventually you’ll have to talk to him.

Packed in there is a lot of good advice, including the idea that your life partner should be someone you can talk to.

I’ll add another bit of advice…

3) If he says he likes to cook, pay attention to him.  He may not make a lot of money, he may not be exactly your “type”, you’ll just have to trust me that hanging out with a guy who likes to cook is great.

A rainy day is a blessing

Nothing says Grand Marais to me like the creepy fish sticking out of the “Beaver House”… I’m not making this up, it’s a huge fish with it’s own phallic properties, sticking out of a place called the Beaver House.  I’m not sure what they sell there, because I can’t bring myself to go in — suffice it to say that it’s not some kind of fun “adult” store — I think it’s sporting goods or something.

We’re staying down the street from there for a few days — in a beautiful and (because it’s low season) affordable condo right on the lake.  Even with the doors and windows closed, we can hear Lake Superior waves.

So far we’ve had really nice weather — and we’ve appreciated it.  When you’re in northern MN and it’s almost 60 degrees ANYTIME, but especially in March, it’s a time to get out and do things.  It’s also time for the youngins to wear shorts.  Just about everyone we saw under the age of 18 was wearing shorts — with boots, because it was melty — mind you, there was still about 2 feet of snow on the ground — but, for them it’s spring.

Today is a gray day, all rainy and misty.  It’s not a great day to get out and take photos — and it’s exactly what we need.  The big “plan” for the day is to go to the grocery store for some yummy stuff Andy is going to cook.  We’ll watch movies, nap, cook and generally enjoy our beautiful place.

Garrison Keilor once said something about sunshine being oppressive, like you feel the need to DO SOMETHING.  The context was a monologue about the joy of winter, which lets you stay inside and not necessarily feel the need to get out… that’s the kind of day we need today.

I think every longish vacation needs some down time, and it’s fortunate that the ever-changing weather in northern MN has given that to us.

I love my neighbors…

… even if I don’t know them :).

My upstairs neighbors have some kind of race once in a while, I hear them running — or, at least a little kid running around.

They also make some pretty odd, but loud sounds in the bedroom area… we don’t speculate.

The downstairs neighbors are pretty quiet…

The best thing about my neighbors is that they don’t complain about our music… which can be loud, late at night / early in the morning.

it seems that we have a tacit, “no bitch” zone going on here.  I hope their leases expire after mine.