random thoughts for monday april 25th, 2011

24 years ago today, the most beautiful woman in the world decided to let me be her husband….ROSLYN’S best woman ever, married yours truly  on this date in 1987 in ROSLYN….



1.  there’s a man celebrating a birthday today…you may not know his name but you will definetly know him….BJORN ULVAEUS is 66 today…recognize the name?  he’s a member of the supergroup “ABBA.”

BJORN was a founding member of ABBA, and was married to the beautiful ANNI FRID-LYGNSTAD,  the beautiful brunette  in ABBA…they, of course, divorced, as well as the other couple in ABBA, BENNY ANDERSSON and AGNETHA FALTSKOG…

BJORN is 66 years old today….wow……and he’s still out working on some great projects with one of his best friends, former ABBA member BENNY ANDERSSON…here’s BJORN today, including one with BENNY…


2.  have you ever wondered whatever happened to comedian DON KNOTTS?  we’re about to find out….

DON KNOTTS is best known for playing “BARNEY FIFE”, on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW……


he also starred in some very funny movies, like one i LOVED when i was a kid, “THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG”, with TIM CONWAY…



in his later years of acting, DON KNOTTS is probably best known for playing “MR. FURLEY” on “THREE’S COMPANY.”

DON KNOTTS continued to act and go to autograph parties up until his death in 2006 at the age of 81….here’s some later day pictures of him….

DON KNOTTS is bured in a very modest grave at WESTWOOD MEMORIAL PARK in LOS ANGELES…

a statue of DON KNOTTS can be found  inMORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA


3.  over the weekend, JEANNIE AND I had the pleasure of having our oldest son TYLER home from college.  while home we decided to watch a classic movie, STEVE MARTIN in “THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS.”  JEANNIE fell asleep, while TYLER AND I laughed our heads off at this comedy….STEVE MARTIN is a comedic genius, and really shows it in this movie.



4.  major lesson learned by yours truly over the weekend….LAWNMOWERS AND SUMP PUMP HOSES DO NOT WORK WELL TOGETHER…i thought i would be creative and try to get my running lawnmower OVER the top of the hose, only to have the hose fly up and get sliced into bits…..JEANNIE was less than impressed….

5.  HOW ABOUT THIS WEATHER?  man, easter sunday was GORGEOUS….and it looks like today will be about the same…but in typical SOUTH DAKOTA weather, it won’t last long…we have a chance of rain tonight thru saturday night…yuck…

6.  had a great time yesterday at my brother TROY’S and his wife SUE’S place at RICHMOND LAKE….i love going out there…we played cards, watched the MINNESOTA TWINS, hung out in the beautiful weather, and ate like kings and queens..ha ha…one of the highlights was a SUPER DELICIOUS  raspberry and peppercorn ham, made by STEPHANIE at CANTERBURY DELI in downtown ABERDEEN…it was so so so so good…

7.  a one year old child survived a fall from a fourth floor ORLANDO, FLORIDA hotel balcony after being caught by a BRITISH tourist….the kid celebrated with friends by having whiskey sours at APPLEBEE’S….

8.  a university study in LONDON found out that the average car steering wheel has nine times more germs than a public toilet seat…so, do like i do…when you’re eating in your car, don’t use your hands to drive, use your knees….KIDDING…

9.  “THE PAUL REISER SHOW” has been cancelled after TWO EPISODES because it scored the worst ratings in NBC history….cripes…that’s a sign of the apocalypse….this show gets cancelled but “JERSEY SHORE” and anything by the KARDASHIANS keeps rolling along….

10.  a judge in L.A. threw the book at LINDSAY LOHAN on friday, sentencing her to 120 days in county jail, but five hours later she was out on bail pending an appeal….the poor prisoners at cellblock “d” barely had time to put up and take down their “WELCOME BACK LINDSAY” banner…

11.  speaking of LINDSAY LOHAN, as part of her punishment she was sentenced to do 120 hours of community service at the L.A. COUNTY MORGUE…yep..a morgue….well, at least she’ll be able to visit with her career….

12.  yesterday was easter…..a very traditional holiday….yesterday CHARLIE SHEEN claimed that he had “easter bunny blood.”


During a visit to a hospital for the mentally infirm, a visitor asked the Director what the criteria was that defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.
    “Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub; then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.”
    “Oh, I understand,” said the visitor. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”
    “No,” said the Director, “a normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed by the wall or near the window?”












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