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Saturday, December 24, 2011

2011 Christmas Blog Post

This will be our first Christmas since Scott's passing, and I will miss hearing him sing the carol bass parts he taught me. I remembered Scott at the memorial service and on this blog. He was also remembered in ceremonies held by the Ordway Education Division, and by Compas, his employing organization. His art lives on, as well as his Alphabet Adventure video, and the memories of all the students who learned from him.

One story about Scott I forgot to mention is when the family, Mom's kids and grandkids, went bowling, and Scott won! Scott was not much into sports, but he beat us all at bowling. I'm reminded of the one time we went bowling with Dad and he scored well over 200. Burton never bowled again because, as he put it, "I didn't want to hurt my average."

2011 was an eventful year, so I'll try to keep it concise.

In January, our Harper relatives from Iowa visited us, and on 1/11/11, I made the Bronze level in ballroom dance.

In March, I uploaded the family history "to the cloud."

In April, I soul-searched about the situation in Libya, and worked on rehabbing injured muscles.

In May, I attended the Powderhorn May Day Parade and carried a war protest sign handed to me by Coleen Rowley, 2002 TIME Magazine Person of the Year. This year, we shared the award with all Protesters around the world. Later in May, my sister Janet spoke at a rally to protest hate crimes against people who are gay. So she was also Person of the Year!

In June, I travelled to Madison with sisters Connie and Janet to attend our cousin's daughter's wedding. It was a great weekend celebrating Julie Soceka and Keven Bump. Later in June, as local union steward I attended the Minnesota Rural Letter Carriers Association convention in Grand Rapids, and stayed with my cousin John Munter and his family while there. In June I also uploaded high school newspapers and linked to them from this blog.

In July I had a soccer party for my 50th birthday, but it was the first day of the heat wave so that part didn't go so great. Two days after my birthday I was playing in an informal over-50 soccer league. I wasn't very good but got a couple assists in one of the games. Later I hurt my achilles but made it back for the last game of the season. Also in July I made a Rock and Roll Star Spangled Banner music video, and attended the Kellogg All-Class High School Reunion.

In August, Spencer and I travelled to Alaska to attend the wedding of another cousin's daughter. This cousin is the brother of the two I had visited in June. Jim's daughter, Katie Munter, married Bryan Thomas. Alaska evokes awe, and we experienced it while kayaking, river and mountain hiking, tram riding, and glacier cruising. We also had a chance to make a side trip to Wasilla and visit Brian Harper, a cousin on my mom's side, and Brian's wife Diana.

In September I went to the State Fair with Janet and her daughter Lydia. I also endured a two-week mail count, and attended a Rally to Save the U.S. Postal Service.

In October I did I tiny bit of campaigning for Farheen, and made my first visit to Occupy MN. I bought a Guy Fawkes/V for Vendetta mask, and wore it both to Occupy MN and to the Halloween Dance Party.

In November I had jury duty, and visited Madison a second time, this time to see Spencer, in college there. While there I saw my second cousin Holly Anderson, her boyfriend Leigh, and her Aunt Pam, as well as my cousin Shelly and her husband. The seven of us attended the Badger/Gopher hockey game on the 12th, the only game any Minnesota team won against Wisconsin that weekend. During an intermission I visited with Spencer's girlfriend Emma and Emma's sister. The next day we had brunch at Shelley's with some of Spencer's second cousins.

In December I danced a "Hustle vs. Cha Cha" solo routine with my instructor at the Holiday Jingle Bell Rock Showcase at Dancers Studio in St. Paul. We also did some West Coast Swing, Tango, and Salsa. It was really fun. With that behind me, I took time on Tuesday to see my brother Bruce do table magic at a local sports bar. I have always looked up to my brothers as entertaining performers, and this year tried to follow their lead a bit.

Ok everybody, Merry Christmas, and when I say Merry Christmas, I mean enjoy the celebration of the birth of Jesus which is part of a faith tradition which is encompassed by worship of the Holy Deity. ( :

2010 Christmas Blog Post


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