141.August 13


23 minutes into my birthday. After getting home from work, I went to Orsey's for Karaoke Night. Immediately, I signed up to sing "Jambalaya on the Bayou". Then Mitch, Jen, Jen, and Dana sang "Yer Birthday" to me. They were very good. We all went to the Sangria party at Cynthia's next. Later, I went back to Orsey's and sang "It's Still Rock-n-Roll to Me" by Billy Joel. I got an encore, and people used hula-hoops. Mitch sang "I want your sex" very memorably. We danced and sang at the party again. At 03:30. I went home.


I had a very nice birthday party. My niece sat beside me, I even got to feed her cottage cheese, a favorite of mine. But when I tried to feed her my lutefisk, she would have none. I guess she, like me, will wait until she is 30 years old to taste the Norsk delicacy. It was pretty tasteless, and if not tasteless, I think would be considered quite awful. But I needed to try.

I was still with family playing trivial pursuit genus 5 until midnight, my nephew and I won, we were quite proud. I'm going to Madison today. Have to get my silverware, now that the old room-mates have some. It is officially my last day. They also asked me to bring my copy of the last lease, because they lost theirs and want to compare the new one to it. I don't know if I'll camp out tonight in Madison or sleep in my car. I still have a week of work to finish on my trailer.


Friday, August 13 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) TO London Gatwick (LGW)

Flight: Northwest Airlines 44 Departure: August 13 6:55 PM CDT (MSP)

Arrival: August 14 9:00 AM BST (LGW) Monday, August 30 Frankfurt International (FRA) TO Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport (DTW)

Flight: Northwest Airlines 51 Departure: August 30 10:40 AM CEST (FRA)

Arrival: August 30 1:40 PM EDT (DTW) Monday, August 30 Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport (DTW) TO Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)

Flight: Northwest Airlines 1243 Departure: August 30 3:10 PM EDT (DTW)

Arrival: August 30 3:28 PM CDT (ORD) Monday, August 30 Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) TO Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Flight: Northwest Airlines 145 Departure: August 30 5:00 PM CDT (ORD)

Arrival: August 30 6:36 PM CDT (MSP) YOUR TRIP COST SUMMARY Total Cost: $1,022.69


I've just ridden in on the BMW K75 the long way to work, along highway 52 after dropping off the new 2005 VW Golf TDI a few blocks from our house at the Auto in Spring Grove. It is a beautiful day, and as I stopped for gas in Mabel, I realized that I get better fuel economy on the diesel car than I get on the motorcycle, and 93 octane fuel for the bike costs the same as diesel right now. Oh well, the bike is fun, and can get up to 50 on really long trips. I believe the car could only get 46 mpg max.

It is my birthday, and I woke Rachel up to make me toast with jam, yogurt with candy fruit, real blueberries, and gummy turtles this morning for breakfast. I'm meeting my niece Katie soon for an early Birthday lunch (we share the same birthday, though I have 29 years on her.) Tonight I will meet Rachel at the Houston County fair, where she is playing for some of her students competing for a vocal blue ribbons and such. We will then ride the ferris wheel and play corn bingo.