January 2009

a guy worth checking out.

now, i dont really consider myself a main art guy. and that’s not to say that i don’t appreciate art, or that i wont go to an art piece every once in a while. ill even help out on the occasional creative bit joe dude gets down on. im just saying as far as art lovers go, im middle of the road. with that said, this guy is awesome.


route #3

one full year after my inaugural caravan trip,im back in the far north for another round. as you may or may not recall, last year’s caravan leg was a southeast (that’s up for discussion) run with stops in red wing, owatanna, and albert lea…this year they’ve given up on directional descriptions and merely termed our triproute #3… im not kidding, our itinerary reads “2009 Twins Winter Caravan Route #3”

so far so good with route #3…jesse crain, bert blyleven,john gordon and ileft the twin citiesmonday morning and stopped in at the home of a WFTC contest winner forbreakfast, coffee, and some autographs. after eating more than our fair share of bagels (bert had a protein shake), we packed up and headed to the american legion in red wing for an afternoon luncheon. ‘action’ jack of KWNG radio was our friendly emcee and the fans in red wing all came out to show their support…

from there, we took off for gillette children’s hospital in st. paul where i ran into a good friend of mine, luke seufer…..luke and i met last year at the courage center in lakeville, where he informed me of his intent to go dog sledding later that afternoon ( it was the middle of July and at least 90 degrees outside)..i, of course, thought dog sledding was a fantastic idea, and we began planning out our trip… kids like luke are the real reason we go out on caravan…as much as we love bert’s jokes, radio liners, andautograph sessions, they don’t mean as much as a single smile from a kid like luke…

we finished up day one in rochester, mn with a visit from our main man and gm bill smith. john gordon ran the program, and the fans who came had plenty of questions for mr. smith..whichjust left autographs for us before we finally retired for the night.

day 2 started with a bank visit to the Community Bank of Owatonna, where jesse and i signed autographs and took pictures while bert and john tried unsuccessfullyto lighten the load in the vault..we completed our task, but the other two guys failed miserably..from there we shoved off towards austin, minnesota for a nightly event hosted by our radio amigos at KAUS. and now, after another tremendously successful program, we are all headed to bed…thank you very much.

(rik aalbert blijleven)

get out the towels.

if, for some unbelievable reason you are not familiar with the terrible towel…this is what it looks like..
FF_110084_l.jpg      the towel, a creation of the late Myron Cope, became famous long before ridiculous rally animals, thunder sticks, dog masks, that ‘caroline’ song, and starter jackets.. and is generally considered the greatest fan demonstration implement of all time. I suggest you find a way to get one of these by 6:30 Sunday night …or you’ll miss out on this.

books you should read.

assuming you like good books..here are a couple of recommendations.
for those of you unfamiliar with Calvin and Hobbes, i suggest you stop reading this until you finish reading at least a dozen of these.


another great book by bill bryson..see also The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Walk in the Woods..


it can get a little bit tedious, but still, it’s a good read.


big ups to the panthers.

   For the first time in school history, the Pittsburgh Panther men’s basketball team is ranked #1 in the country. As a Pittsburgh kid.. the son of two Pitt graduates and the brother of a future grad, I am obligated to jump on this wagon post-haste. The Panthers (14-0) earned their number one ranking in the ESPN/USA Today poll this week by pasting the Georgetown Hoyas on the road and receiving a little help from Boston College (in Chapel Hill no less). However you look at it…being undefeated into the second week of January is no joke…As Dickie V put it, “these Panthers are for real, baby”