Birdman Of Walker Way

“Mommy, who is that guy that looks like Santa Claus and is always standing under his tree putting seeds in those green things?   Honey, that’s the 'Birdman of Walker Way'  I read about him on the internet. He’s always posting pictures of his hobby on Facebook. Oh so that’s Mr. Lalley? No, Honey, Mr. Lalley’s obsessed with bicycles. The Birdman is nuts ...
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Let’s Tie One On

In the summer of 1965, one of my jobs at Cotton & Company grain elevator in  Volga was to stuff 100 pounds of fluffy oat hulls into burlap bags..stitch them shut with a huge suspended sewing machine..stack them up five high on a wooden cart and wheel them into the warehouse.  Next to scooping out moldy grain from underneath the truck ...
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A Friendly Wave Goodbye

As I fired up the snowblower this morning to tackle the crusty mound of street snow piled high at the end of our driveway, I thought of Linda who flew off to sunny warm Arizona a week ago and felt a twinge of jealousy. All four of her sisters have gathered in Phoenix for a time of memory sharing..wine consuming ...
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Losing A Favorite Uncle

A former U.S. Presidential candidate from Sioux Falls has died. Robert L. Johnson passed away January 2nd  after a lengthy illness. He was 93. Wait..you don’t remember any Bob Johnson who made a bid for the White House? How about Johnson’s alter ego, Uncle Torvald? Red Stangland and Uncle Torvald in one of their many comedy performances. Johnson portrayed the exaggerated Norwegian buffoon character ...
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The Greatest Christmas Gift Of All

Alright, the title should have a disclaimer; "Other than the birth of Jesus." I see TBS is going to run one of my favorite movies of all time, A Christmas Story, 24 hours straight again beginning Christmas Eve. I'm glad. It's become a tradition and I expect my family and I will find time after the presents are open, wine has ...
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Twilight Flights. I’ll Drink To That

When Don South..owner of Strawbale Winery just west of Renner.. called recently inviting me and the Misses  to go for a nighttime helicopter ride over the city of Sioux Falls to see the lights, my first thought was.. is the helicopter big enough to safely lift my ample body aloft?  My second was, could I ever convince Linda with her ...
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To The Moon And Back

Well, I gotta tell ya, I checked out the celestial  light show last night and have to admit that I haven’t seen a moon that impressive and large since my nephew, Jay pointed his naked posterior out the open back window of a friend’s car while cruising the Sioux Falls loop in the 80’s.  (Jay..now a big movie star in ...
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Halloween Treats

As I sit here looking out my window watching the leaves finally giving up the ghost; letting go of their host branches to make a swirly..sometimes spectacular aerobatic flight to earth, I'm reminded that Halloween is neigh.  Now, I'm not as crazy about Autumn as some but I always loved Halloween..especially growing up in little, Volga, South Dakota where we ...
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Long Division

It’s been a while again, I know..but I’ve really had to think long and hard about whether or not I should offer up any political commentary here. Linda says..NO! Good god NO. I agree. Why alienate any of the remaining Lund at Large readers by taking sides in this..the weirdest and most polarizing election in our history; and there have been some doozies. For ...
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Rain And Worms

By the time many of you read this, the skies will be crystal clear and me rambling on about summertime downpours and all-day soakers, will seem odd. But this September day has been a wet one mixed with extended periods of deluge and gentle raindrops falling on my head. To be honest, I love days like this. In part, I suppose, ...
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