July 31, 2011

KFAN In Studio Experience with The Common Man Dan Cole


KFAN In Studio Experience with The Common Man Dan Cole

Shortarmguy's Diary Update for July 31, 2011


So we finally had the chance to go see the last Harry Potter movie.  I was totally prepared to be disappointed, but was pleasantly surprised.  I'll definitely give it One Big Thumb Up!  It was a very satisfying conclusion for the life of the young Boy Wizard I secretly wish I could be.  Oh, what fun I would have with a magic wand!


On Tuesday, we had a unique experience when we went to visit Clear Channel Studios for an in studio experience with KFAN's the Common Man Dan Cole.  Since the NFL lockout had just ended, I was expecting the commentary to be dominated by football free agency talk.  Instead the discussion was all about the recent U2 concert that had just occurred at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis.  Dan was against it.  He was excitedly pissing off his listeners by telling them that the band was endangering the lives of the audience by continuing their performance even though there were severe thunderstorms in the area.  One guy even called in and basically told The Common Man  that he should "Shut The Hell Up!"  This really cracked up Luke.  He was quoting from the angry caller for us for the rest of the day!


We were in the studio for about 45 minutes and had a tough time adjusting to the fact that we were supposed to remain quiet while the host was talking.  This was a real challenge for us because we're quite used to being loud people!


After the show, we did such a good job that some random football player doused me with a cooler full of Gatorade.   Man, was that stuff sticky!


We were supposed to leave town this week to attend Miss Sheri's Family Reunion in Iowa, but since we'd spent 3 weekends already in Iowa for the month of July, we thought we'd spend the final weekend closer to home.  So we went golfing and were prepared for a night full of mind blowing fun.  The golf was great.  The conditions were not.


For one thing, it was really hot and the sun beat down on us the entire game!  I know we're not supposed to complain about sunny days, but this was ridiculous.  Only in Minnesota do we have completely different weather 365 days a year and also 365 different reasons to bitch about it as well!

But that wasn't the only thing that made us sad.  Oh no.  The bugs made us completely miserable as well!   We thought we were going to a golf course, but ended up at a mosquito backyard barbecue instead.  On the menu?  The Swank Family!


On Saturday, we thought we'd have a better time if we went for a morning boat ride to avoid the afternoon sun.  We also discovered that being far away from shore helped us to avoid the monster Minnesota mosquitoes we'd been experiencing as of late.  Things were almost perfect!


But not quite perfect.  The more we take the boys tubing on the boat, the more comfortable we're getting dragging them anywhere we go including under the couple of bridges we encounter on Prior Lake.  We were fine on this one, but there's a much smaller one that we had serious concerns we'd be able to go underneath due to the rising waters of late.  Turns out the boat made it fine, but in my concern for clearance, I forgot that I had my children floating about 20 feet behind us and had pulled them straight into the cement column.  Lucky for all of us, inflatable tubes bounce pretty good.