May 26, 2015

WHAT DELL CUSTOMER SERVICE!!

I’ve got an issue with Dell – But they won’t respond So I’m making one last attempt – Then it’s to the Internet and beyond This isn’t about the product – I like it just fine It’s about the Customer Service – It’s not worth a dime!! When you have an issue – There’s one mantra they yell I don’t have the authority – But a Supervisor I’ll tell They’ll call you for certain – And it won’t be very […]
May 26, 2015

Savanna, Illinois Class of 1962, 40 Year Class Reunion

Class reunions are special – A chance to see old friends Rekindle those special bonds – Sometimes even make amends Well, Savanna’s alumni classmates – Are the same as all the rest But the stories get much bigger – To this I can personally attest!! We’ve got Fat Jack Mills – With brothers Paul and Ed The stories they tell – Can keep an imagination well fed Ed still remembers his old football team – And who played to his […]
May 26, 2015

Our Friend Jim Shaw

Our Friend Jim Shaw!! By Bud Dauphin Jim Shaw was quite a fellow – In life a true success He worked hard in his grocery business – Straight forward without finesse As a youngster he got no jump start – His mom was poor with four little boys Living here and there with relatives – There wasn’t much in the way of toys!! When he finally got back home – He found himself a job to make ends meet A […]
May 26, 2015

Happy “30th” Anniversary

Being married thirty years – You’ve accomplished quite a lot Independent to a fault – With a libido some would call hot At Alexis’ 21st birthday party – You and Maria arrived late There were jokes about why – The marks on Maria’s neck left nothing to debate!! There was that time in college – You came home without telling a soul Mom and dad were out of town – Linda and I were on patrol While checking on the […]
May 26, 2015

Thank You Coach Herb Brooks!!

We lost a special person – A coach through and through You won their young hearts – In a way that very few can do You not only led by example – Always walking the walk But you were never too busy – Just to sit down and talk!! Though some disagreed with you – On the mechanics of the game None challenged your sincerity – Or tried to blacken you name In Minnesota, you were Mr. Hockey – And […]
May 26, 2015

A Toast to Susan and Richard!!!

I rise for a toast – To Richard and his new bride First please bear with me – For a little historical ride I’ve known Richard – For thirty years or more In the wonderful floral industry – Richard was part of the core!! He’s originally from Norfolk – Raised a gentleman with manners He’s proper and educated – Being very structured and a planner He traveled this country – Commentating at floral conventions and shows I mean several each week – […]
May 26, 2015

Scotty LeDoux Tribute

A Tribute to Scott LeDoux Back in the “70′s” – When boxing was starting to grow Throughout Minnesota – Boxing talent was starting to show The “7th” Street Gym – In Minneapolis at Hennepin Avenue If you wanted to be a professional boxer – It was the place you had to go to The Characters that hung out there – Were truly a sight to behold It was owned by LeRoy Schrandt – When he was born, they broke the […]
May 5, 2015

Great Fun At Camp Runnamucka!!

Camp Runnamucka is outside Great Falls – For those kids wanting to have fun It’s a week at Camp Rotary for military kids – Wide open spaces where kids can run Everyone is sleeping in cabins – With a lodge with a fireplace for eating and crafts There’s running water for drinking and the toilet – But also,  a wonderful camp staff!! It’s not really roughing – But trust me, it’s a memory that will stick in your mind They’ll […]
May 5, 2015

We Love The Blue B and B in Savanna, IL

We Love The Blue B & B!! We discovered the Blue B & B – Quite by accident, if you will A friend got sick and cancelled – For us it was quite a thrill The view of the river is fantastic – While watching barges is fun The grain trucks on Saturday morning – Unloading grain, ton after ton Then there’s the locomotive whistle – As they roar by on their daily run My wife is a fitful sleeper […]
May 5, 2015

A Toast to Carrie and Karl

Carrie is my little sister – Being 3 years younger than me I’ll share a little history – So a better understanding you’ll see When I was 8 and Carrie 5 – I changed my clothes after peeing the bed Then I rolled Carrie in it – Not wanting to face the dread!! Everyone including Carrie – Were convinced it was her bad deed But she grew up smart and beautiful – A fact we’d all have to concede I […]