Saturday, January 3, 2009

If you're Gonna Play in Fargo you Gotta have a Shovel in the Van

Guess what it's doing outside again today - if you guessed snowing you're right on. It seems like we have a system that moves through here about every three days and then we spend the next day blowing out the six inches or more of snow that fell. It used to be that we'd get an inch or two at a time but this year every time it snows it dumps heavily. I guess we might as well get our boat out now because we'll be needing it in the spring. Or maybe we'll go south this winter and just not bother to come back. I could live nicely on a full-time basis in our motorhome. Lots less cleaning you know.




This could really tend to make one a bit on the crabby side but I guess there's nothing to do but suck it up and deal with it. Our plan of attack for the weekend was to bring the RV up to the house and start loading, but let me give you a clue - that's not going to happen today. And tomorrow we'll end up spending a better portion of the day clearing out the driveway. Oh, if I could only convince Ole to move south on a permanent basis. I'm just too old to deal with all this anymore, and besides it makes my bones ache!!

Now, if most of you haven't figured it out by now, I'm going to tell you a secret. I'm sure you've all heard of the movie Fargo, haven't you? Well, I'm going to admit that I live in that area. NOT in the city itself, but somewhere in the surrounding area. I hate to admit it, but it's true.

I have a story to tell you about that, and then I'll get back to the point I was going to make.

Several years ago Ole and I took a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - to the farthest point north that we could get to - Copper Harbor. It was in October and it was just beautiful. We pulled the motorcycle trailer behind the RV, so the Harley was the only transportation that we had. One afternoon we stopped in a little bar in Copper Harbor, all dressed in our leathers of course, and started visiting with some of the locals. We had a grand time and seemed to be nicely accepted by the folks. A while later a man and his lady friend walked in and sat down. She was dripping with fine jewels, dressed to the nines and was much younger than her sugar daddy. He was dressed in a very expensive sweater (and pants of course) and pulled out a roll of cash almost as big around as my wrist, peeled off some money and told the bartender to buy a round for the house. They were from Chicago and had come to Copper Harbor to buy property and have a vacation home built. He started visiting with Ole and me because it was obvious that we weren't from the U.P. either. When he found out we were from the Fargo area he immediately started talking about the movie, and his first statement to us was, "If you're from Fargo, then talk like that!" I quickly informed him that we didn't know how and that most of the local Fargo residents had found that movie quite insulting when it came out. He made a few other cracks about the folks from the Upper Midwest, downed and drink and left. Needless to say, after he had made his exit the local folks in the bar had a lot to say about him, too. And it wasn't very nice.

Now, back to the point I was going to make - that is if I can remember it.

Oh, yes. Now there's not only a movie out about Fargo, but there's a song and you really need to listen to it. Click here: http://froggyweb.com:80/?p=1744

It's sure a good thing all of us living here have a good sense of humor. You have to have to live here.

And on that note I conclude this diatribe!!

Love Lena


12 comments:

Susan said...

Oh Lena! Believe it or not, we even own the Fargo video. It is just so funny to hear the accents, but then, when we lived in Eau Claire, WI, there were plenty of those accents too. Get packed up at first snow break and head on down. It is so beautiful right now down here.

harrietv said...

My new year's wish for you is that you convince your husband to forgo the pleasures of a northern winter. Maybe you won't want to leave forever, but for the coldest months...

Some ten years ago, when our house was still worth something, I broached the subject to my husband, "...some place where it doesn't snow..." He was absolutely against it; "you can do that when I go." Well, he's still here, we're both too old to dig out by ourselves (and he's too sick). And he would probably have a stroke if I told him I have to pay $40 for professional snow removal with every storm.

Marge said...

Hope you get dug out enough to head south! So you're from the Fargo area, uh. I've been wondering where you call home. We were stationed in Grand Forks for almost 8 years while Ernie was in the Air Force. He was born in Teef River, and his folks lived in Oklee for many, many years. Lots of relatives still up there.

Im enjoying the green. Humidity is too high though. I'm never happy!

Have a great trip, and happy new year!

P.Shepard said...

Hi Lena....we are getting snowed to death in Chicago area too, although we've been lucky in the past week. I am looking forward to wintering in Arizona someday when I get old and can retire.

P.Shepard said...

BTW....This is Paula (dustyclutterbug)...This is my pen name.

cosmic said...

I love the stories and I really love all the old photos. We are mostly still white in our yard, but I have been told that beyond our yard is green again.

~ Sil in Corea said...

{Big Smiles) Movie accents are screamingly funny to the natives. In Maine, we either laugh our butts off or "git all huffy" and swear never again to watch "Murder, She Wrote" or whatever it is. Tom Bosley will never live that down. I think he had the same dialect coach that Ann Southern had in "The Whales of August."

I really like your jukebox! Back in the day, I danced to these songs.

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