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Page 4 February 14th, 2013 Valley News & Views Dear Lady Di, My son Chris is annoying me and he's a grown man at 32. Recently, he came home for a visit and after 5 months it was really good to see him. The whole family looked forward to going to a nearby supper club for steak, ribs and potatoes, a family favorite. Joining us for the festive occasion was my wife, sister and her husband and my 92 year old mother. After making our way to the table my son immediately excused himself to "make an important business call". This was Friday night at 6:30pm. Everyone else placed continued to text. Eventually, he put his phone away and joined the conversation. Why is it that I'm reprimanding my grown son about simple table manners when he should know better?! The remainder ........ i of the weekend, there was a lot of texting ...... too. I understand that's how the younger their drink orders but it was frustrating not knowing when he was going to return. Eventually, after 15 minutes he reappeared. When he came back I asked what was so important and he said "I just needed to address something regarding an account out East". When the menus were passed out, he then got on his phone and started texting. By now, I was really irritated. I asked him if he could put away his phone and focus his attention on the family get- together. He snapped back with some comment I couldn't hear from the other end of the table and he generation communicates but at the expense of family members and a festive occasion I don't buy it. Was I right in stating my feelings at dinner in front of the rest of the family? Disgruntled Dad Dear Dad, Yes, simply said. We Norwegian's mind our P's and Q's and it's time to speak up and acknowledge the elephant in the room. Chris' P's and Q's seem parasitic in nature and quite inappropriate. This was a special occasion and his phone should have been turned off or left in the car. Had he planned an important business call (in a different time zone) prior to the known scheduled reservations, he should have stated this to everyone upon arrival. He could have been apologetic in nature, kept the call to less than 5 minutes then joined the group at the table. He should have bought a round of drinks or picked up the dinner tab knowing he was taking care of his most important clients...his cherished family. For the rest of us, there are many messages that should not be communicated via text but through old fashioned communication, in person. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at DearLadyDi@gmail.com. Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438  .,- ................ ., .... . ...................... GRF2W BEGINNINGS 1346 Announcer: "Phillips Milk of Magnesia and Bayer Aspirin bring you Mystery Theater, transcribed, and Inspector Mark Sabre of the Homicide Squad...and tonight's story 'The Case of the Portrait in Red.'" (a typical opening for "Inspector Mark Sabre," a crime drama on radio; ABC, 1952- 1954) NATIONAL DEBT As of February 10 the national debt was $16,498,604,548,417.04 (over sixteen trillion dollars), compared with $16,444,730,130,692.16 on February 3. That is an increase of almost fifty-four billion dollars. Each American now owes $52,476.57, up $164.35 from the $52,312.22 of February 3. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Former Senator Kent Conrad: 1987- -$2,350,276,890,953.00; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over 14 trillion, 91 billion dollars. Former Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over two trillion 443 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; today-- $16,498,604,548,417.04, an increase of over two trillion, 500 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: ]an. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,498,604,548,417.04, an increase of $61 billion. 55 million. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 774 1. The Grand Canyon is located in__ Ca. Arizona; b. Califomia; c. Utah) 2. The __ River flows through Florence, Italy. (a. Arno; b. Po; c. Tiber) 3. Arvida is famous for the manufacture of (a. Almninum; b. Flour; c. Ships) 4. The Ascot horserace takes place in (a. Belgium; b. England; c. France) 5. Fleet Street in London is associated with Ca. Hig/ Fashion; b. Kippers; c. Newspapers) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1403 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter 10 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Tudors to the Civil War." In the late sixteenth century a group of writers known as bullionists claimed that it was wrong to allow gold or silver to leave a country and that this problem arose because of unscrupulous foreign exchange dealers. Gerard de Malynes, who died in 1641, began writing on bullionist problems in 1601. He attacked the foreign exchange dealers and came up with the terms-of-trade fallacy. Further, he saw that an influx of specie from the NewWorld had led to inflation in Western Europe, first to other countries and then to England. He thought this was an unmitigated disaster, refusing to see that the temporary lower prices in England led to a larger export market. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Invocation": "I love snow and all the forms Of the radiant frost; I love waves, and winds, and storms, Everything almost Which is Nature's, and may be Untainted by man's misery." DHS, 1927 6 On January 10 the new courses available for study were Bookkeeping, Senior Grammar, and Cooking. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 February 10 1. Crocodile Rock (Elton John) 2. You're So Vain (Carly Simon) 3. Why Can't We Live Together (Timmy Thomas) 4. Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? (Hurricane Smith) 5. Superstition (Stevie Wonder) 6. Do It Again (Steely Dan) 7. The World Is A Ghetto (War) 8. Trouble Man (Marvin Gaye) 9. Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend (Lobo)* 10. Could It Be Im Falling In Love (Spinners)* (* indicates a new song) Lobo (Roland Kent LaVoie) was born on July 31, 1943, in Tallahassee, Florida. He had sixteen hit songs from 1971 to 1979. "Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend" was his seventh release, it peaked at #8, and it was on the charts for thirteen weeks. It became his third- biggest hit, behind, 'Td Love You To Want Me" and "Me And You And A Dog Named Boo." NUMBER 1 SONGS February 14 1893--The Bowery (Dan Quinn) 1898--My Old Kentucky Home (Edison Male Quartette) 1903--Down Where The Wurzburger Flows (Arthur Collins/Byron Harlan) 1908--Under Any Old Flag At All (Billy Murray) 1913--Row. Rox. Row! (Ada Jones) 1918--Send Me AwayWith A Smile (John McCormack) 1923--Three O'Clock In The Morning (Paul Whiteman) 1928--My Blue Heaven (Gene Austin) 1933--Night And Day (Fred Astaire/Leo Reisman) 1938--Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Andrews Sisters) 1943--When The Lights Go On All Over The World (Vaughn Monroe); I Had The Craziest Dream (Harry James) 1948--Ballerina (Vaughn Monroe) 1953--Till I Waltz Again With You (Teresa Brewer) 1958--Don't/I Beg Of You (Elvis Presley) 1963--He Paula (Paul and Paula) 1968--Love Is Blue (Paul Mauriat) 1973--Crocodile Rock (Elton John) 1978--Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees) 1983--Africa (Toto) 1988--Could've Been (Tiffany) 1993--I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston) 1998--Nice & Slow (Usher) 2003--A111 Have (Jennifer Lopez/LL Cool J) 2008--Low (Flo Rida/T. Pain) 15YEARS AGO On February 16, 1998, the DHS Student Council donated the picture of the 1959 DHS baseball team to the school as part of its State Champions series. On February 20, 1998, Tyler Schumacher and Steve Helm took first and second In the local level of the Pembina County Spelling Bee and went on to competition in Cavalier. NOTABLE QUOTES "why, man, she is mine own, And I as rich in having such a jewel As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl, The water nectar and the rocks pure gold." (as said by Valentine in Shakespeare's comedy, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," Act II, sc. 4) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Feb. 4-8 is Brianna Wink, eighth grade daughter of Jacques and Dawn Van der Lith. Brianna was on the "A" Honor Roll for the First and Second Nine Weeks' grading periods. She was in the one-act play last fall, was on the Blue Knights jv girls' volleyball team, is on the Titans IV girls' basketball team, is a member of the Drayton School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, and represents her class on the DHS Student Council. This is Brianna's second time as Student of the Week, having been chosen for Oct. 31- Nov. 4, 2012. Trivia Quiz Answers (1.a; 2. a; 3. a; 4. b; 5. c) "Nature has been for me, for as long as I can remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion." -Lorraine Anderson Last Tuesday night I talked to my big brother on the phone as he lay in his hospital bed. I could hear the shakiness in his voice, tears behind every word as he told me he didn't know when he would be able to get out of the hospital. My brothers and I planned to go trout fishing with some friends and family over the weekend, something we haven't been able to do for a few years so I knew the reason behind those tears. I prayed with everything I had in me, "Dear Lord, please just let my brother go fishing, please, he needs this so bad." Wednesday afternoon we received word he would be discharged but by the time he got home that night, his pain was at an extreme and it looked like our much anticipated fishing trip would be cancelled. That night, I asked for prayers and lots of them. I too got down on my knees and prayed, "Please let my big brother be able to live a little and enjoy life." Lately, it seems I pray so much I sometimes don't even know what to pray for, that night was no exception. Late that evening I received a text from my little brother, "We are leaving at 11 a.m., Mike is coming with." My heart jumped and I cheered out loud thanking God for answered prayers - my big brother would be able to experience nature's undeniable inspiration, the best source of healing there is. We packed up and along with our 4-year-old nephew Trapper, my brothers and I headed to the Canadian border ready to take on the elements in our quest for some delicious lake trout. Shortly before reaching our destination, my brother noticed something running through the ditch, "Look at that," he said with excitement. "Timberwolves." I looked up to the tree line and there they were, two wolves staring back at us as we passed. To me, it was a sign from our father that we made the right decision to take this trip despite our reservations after Mike's last bout in the hospital. I smiled feeling the sensation of peace flowing over me - the peace that passes all understanding. I have never had the opportunity to see a wolf except in pictures and I knew this sacred trip would be one I would always remember. When we arrived at our destination, a rustic cabin in Ontario, the rest of the crew except for one member were still out fishing as they had arrived the prior day. We all pitched in, including little Trapper to unload the vehicle and transfer Michael to his wheelchair. Although the cabin wasn't wheelchair accessible, we set up a steel ramp we brought from home and together, we were able to get Mike inside. It was quite the celebration when the rest of the crew came in from their day long fishing expedition. As they all came up to Mike shaking his weak hands and telling him how glad they were to see him, smiling from ear to ear my brother replied, "I didn't think I would ever get to come trout fishing again. It is so good to be here." The next day, everyone helped get Mike's cold weather gear on and slide him into the 4-wheeler. We covered him up as best we could so he wouldn't get too much snow on him from the large tracks grinding across the blanketed ice. "You are such good friends," I said to all of the guys before the rest of us jumped on our snowmobiles and started out for the first spot. It was a gorgeous sunny day. Looking out on the pristine snow it seemed as if I was driving across a treasure filled wonderland. I lifted the shield of my helmet and looked around, taking in the snow capped pine trees and the smell of fresh, clean air. As the handlebar warmers started to heat up I pressed a little harder on the accelerator and let the cold air shimmy through my helmet. I thought about my big brother riding in the 4- wheeler behind me and how he must be feeling in that moment - sheer, powerful gratitude for the present moment, for the chance to do something he never thought he would get to do again. One by one, we arrived at our first destination. I took off my helmet and donned the sacred fur hat my brothers ceremoniouslypresented me years before on the last trout fishing trip we were able to take. Everyone pitched in to drill holes including one right next to Mike, they helped him bait his hook and drop the line. Resting his fishing pole on his right hand he jigged it every so often while taking in the best part of our adventure - the camaraderie. I stood by my snowmobile watching him talking and joking with his closest friends thinking about everything he has been through in his short life and the massive determination it takes to keep going after each and every set back. There in the midst of nature's schoolroom, I allowed myself to take in the nearest thing to eternity on earth - the present moment, giving thanks for its brilliance. We stayed out on the ice that day for more than five hours moving to a few other locations while enjoying a fire and shore lunch mid afternoon. Standing by Michael sharing a cheesy jalapefio brat with him, I watched as he closed his eyes with each big bite of the Continued On Page 5 FEBRUARY 13-28, 2013