12/27/2012 9:33:00 AM Hello? Hello? is anybody out there? New Years info here
Because of the days that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fall on, our deadlines had to be pushed up. So please forgive the smaller paper, but we had four fewer days to compile a newspaper. As I am writing this, I am thinking to myself, “Is there going to be anyone left to read this after December 21?” You see, I have spent our last few thousand dollars of savings to fly my family to Russia. why Russia? Because I found a doomsday bunker that will let us spend the night or even longer if the world comes to an end. Which as far as I know, probably has. The bunker is 60 kilometers below the surface and is decorated quite nicely. Kind of dark, but at least we are alive. We have been talking about what to expect when we finally go “top side” again. My kids are convinced we will walk right onto the set of “Walking Dead” and be completely surrounded by zombies or “walkers” as they call them. I myself have visions of other survivors also climbing out of their safe havens. Maybe we will have to begin this whole world over. New cities, new governments, new rules...hmmm. Maybe we could form a new government where there is only one party? One where politicians actually get along? Maybe a government that will work progressively as a whole? Maybe we can develop a world in which everyone is equal. No person is better or worse than the next. One where low self-esteem is non-existent.
A world where everyone cares about each other’s welfare and looks out for their neighbors. Something to think about in the next few days.. I have to go, they are showing a movie in the lounge, oh no..it’s Rocky IV. That is not going to go over well. + + + + + I hope you and your family had a magical Christmas. For the first time ever, we stayed home on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As long as I can remember, I have always traveled to either Iowa or Mankato for Christmas. This year we decided just to have our own Christmas. Thinking the kids would be bored, we were a little nervous. We were completely surprised how much fun we had and how relaxing it was to just do nothing together. Don’t get me wrong, I love my extended family to death, but this might have been one of the best Christmases ever. If you are looking for some fun this New Year’s Eve, look no farther than our area. We have some amazing restaurants and bars that would love to host you and your friends for a great New Years. Take a look in this edition for some great ideas for New Years. And as always, please, please be safe.
+ + + + + Last week, I was invited out to the Taylors Falls Elementary School for a Christmas musical. We always try to get to Taylors Falls as much as we can, because we realize other closer schools get quite a bit of exposure. As I sat in the stands listening to the wonderful Christmas songs the kids were belting out, the music instructor told the audience there was someone special in the audience. She asked that “Mrs. Hanson please come forward”. Mrs. Hanson began to walk to the front of the stage and the place erupted. Mrs. Hanson is the school’s computer wiz and is currently winning a battle with a rare disease. The staff presented her with a check for $1600 which was raised from selling “We love our Crabby Computer Lady” T-shirts. Mrs Hanson was so moved, and quite frankly, so were the rest of us. She got very emotional as did every person in that gym. There wasn’t a dry eye in the building. It was such an incredible feeling to be part of such a display of love for one human being. Congratulations to Mrs. Hanson on her successful fight and hopefully she’ll be returning to school soon!
+ + + + + In case you have forgotten, the wonderful folks at Zion Lutheran Church in Chisago City continue to do something very special. They, along with volunteers from other area churches and volunteers from the community have joined forces to bring you a weekly free community meal. The meal is every Monday from 4-6 p.m. and all are invited. They will be serving on New Year’s eve as well. This is a great place to enjoy a home cooked meal with others from the community. Thank you so much to the great volunteers who take time out of their busy lives to worry about other people.