So when does fall start? That's easy to answer. If you look at the calendar, one learns the official end of summer is Sept. 22. That's it. That simple. But summer's end is not always that easy to determine. Actually it depends on how folks regard certain events that come and "go" in their lives in the summer, especially the "go" part of it can make one believe that essentially summer is over long before September starts.
Most public school teachers operate on the premise that there is no such thing as a dumb question, just dumb answers. This assertion is challenged, however, by actual questions asked by American tourists visiting Norway. A few of these questions appear below as first reported by the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet (daily newspaper); the questions were also printed later in the VIKING magazine, a current publication in the U.S. aimed at readers interested in Norway and Norwegian-America.
Writer's explanation, of sorts. This column, given its subject matter, was meant to be published in early June and would have been printed then except for a computer glitch resulting essentially in its getting lost somewhere out in Never-Never Land. Anyway, it was never found in time to make the monthly June publication, hence the need for a rewrite it with the decision to print it, despite it being July. After all, it's about weather and its constant changes, a topic always relevant for Northern Minnesotans, especially when it finally shifted from winter to spring.
Listening in on conversations can be interesting; it can also be boring. Depends. Recently overhearing two young millennials talking about "today’s television" was a subject that started out ho-hum boring but became most interesting (Read: “Interesting even if was really dumb”) when two young men loudly concluded that “All Bemidji television nowadays is boring,” because, well, as they explained it, “There’s nothing on!” and their solution to their problem was simple: “What’s needed are more channels!”
The Minnesota Vikings football team dominated the sports pages this past pall and early winter, starring as top division winners right up to Super Bowl time — and then, “oops” came their untimely loss in the NFC Championship game that would have landed them in the Super Bowl, played right here in Minnesota.
Retirement-time for school teachers includes the required chore of cleaning out your desk and the contents of your filing cabinet. It's the teacher's job who follows you to fill up both of them again, and for that new person to believe foolishly that retirement will never happen to him/her for at least a 100 years. Retirees like to believe that they are irreplaceable. They quickly learn the nonsense of that notion. They also learn that over many years they have acquired so much stuff of importance that that too is irreplaceable. Wrong.
He was a jerk.
Trying to define the word senior, as used in "senior citizen" seems simple enough, but the answer is not that easy.
It’s easy for bored and grumpy “senior” seniors to loll around the house, contemplating their aged navels and wishing they were young again, like 70. Ahhhh, the good ol’ days! Then along comes a sudden occurrence (actually there were two of ‘em) Minnesota Nice happenings that make one suddenly rethink their locale very positively. Yes, most folks ’round here are purdy darn nice and helpful. The help received may seem like just a little thing that doesn't count for much, but then it’s the little things in life that count the most.