I was sitting here watching and waiting for the number to roll over!!  And, it just did!!


My blog, thanks to all of you, just passed 2.5 million views since I started it a few years ago.  Not bad for a goofy, nerdy kid from South Dakota, huh?

Me and Bobby Vee.  Sounds like Me and Bobby McGee.

Anyway, here is a picture of yours truly with the great singer when he was in Aberdeen a few years back.

Also, I should mention that Bobby Vee did a couple of Christmas concerts in this area, and some of my family and friend’s kids were involved in the show with him.

Truly a great talent, but an even BETTER person!!


I had just finished my blog this morning when I found out that music superstar Bobby Vee had died at the age of 73.  Bobby Vee had been suffering from Alzheimers for the past few years. 

Bobby Vee was born Bobby Veeline in Fargo, ND.  He was thrust into the national spotlight, when at age 15, yes FIFTEEN, he was put on stage in Moorhead, MN to fill in for Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens after they were killed enroute to Moorhead for their big concert.

Bobby’s boyish good looks drove the women crazy.



Bobby’s wife Karen was his soulmate and his rock.  I didn’t know this, but she passed away last year at the age of 71.  Here they are together.


Here’s another trivia answer for you.  When Bobby Vee took the stage that fateful night, his band had only been together for TWO WEEKS.  TWO WEEKS!!  When the disc jockey introduced Bobby Vee, he turned to Bobby and asked him what his band’s name was.  Bobby turned around, looked at his band and saw the shadows of the band on the floor and turned around and said, “The Shadows.”  And that’s how this music legend began.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby Vee  a few years ago in Aberdeen.  He was playing a show with another great singer Johnny Tillotson.  I brought my Mom and Dad and my wife Jeannie backstage to meet him.  My Mom was, and is a HUGE fan of Bobby Vee.  Plus, when my gorgeous wife was Miss Roslyn in the SD snow queen festival back in 1985, Bobby Vee was the host and music guest at the show!!

Bobby and I talked music and he told me he was impressed with my knowledge of music.  He gave me a business card with his home address and phone numbers on it.  He was living in St. Cloud, MN at that time.  Bobby told me that if I was ever in St. Cloud, that I should call him and stop by and have a coffee and a visit with him.  Seriously, what singer in today’s world would invite a total stranger to his house for coffee sometime.  Bobby Vee never lost his “small town” approach to his fans.  I loved him and his music dearly.

And now it’s time to honor this music legend by giving you a few videos of his hits.  I hope that you will watch these and reminisce about a small town North Dakota boy who made it big.  VERY BIG.

This song happens to be my favorite Bobby Vee song.  My brothers, Troy and Trevor, would sing three part harmony with me on this song.

And who didn’t love this classic?

Here’s a little of “Rubber Ball.”

And finally, here’s my second favorite Bobby Vee song. (Complete with a cool video.)

Mr. Vee, thank you for the incredible music.  Now it’s time to rest in peace.




It’s been a while.  Sorry, been extremely busy.  (At least that’s what I’m going to tell you.)  ha ha  We are going to have a Halloween blog today, for the most part.  Hope you enjoy it!!

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They might want to rethink this one next year!


This one almost made me gag.


What’s that you say?  You want another WITCH cartoon?


What’s that?  ANOTHER ONE?


This one is totally my sense of humor.


2.  Most all of you know about my contempt for clowns.  I don’t know what happened as a child, but clowns completely FREAK me out.  With that said, my beautiful wife and I made our yearly visit to the Haunted Forest in Aberdeen.  This is a nicely done event every year.  Lots of work goes into it.  This year they decided to take out any “gun” references in the show.  Great idea as far as I’m concerned.  But the bad news?  MORE CLOWNS.  Goodness gracious, there were clowns EVERYWHERE!!!  My wife and I always hold hands.  But this past Friday night I held her hand a little tighter.

3.  Do you know what really freaks me out at Halloween time?  Old time pictures of Halloweens from years past.  Some of the costumes from the olden days were probably pretty easy to make, but to me, they were HORRIFYING.


Part of the horror may just be the black and white effect of the older pictures.  However, I think that some of these costumes are scarier than anything out there today.

4.  Speaking of costumes, our group of friends from our beautiful town of Warner are figuring out what to do this year for the annual Halloween party this Friday night.  I think we came up with something cool.  Pictures to come on the next blog.  Remember what we did last year?  GILLIGAN’S ISLAND!!


My wife and I were Thurston and Lovey Howell.


5.  Some people get incredibly creative during this time of year.  Check out some of the coolest Halloween costumes that I found recently.  Some of these are hilarious.

This guy looks a little flushed.


This next one is something I would TOTALLY do.  In fact, I may steal it for next year!


I wonder how much this next one cost?  A couple of BAWKS.  Get it?  BAWKS?



Let’s use kids to make fun of old people.  No seriously, LET’S DO IT.



And finally, the most creative one that I could find.  It’s too bad at an early age this kid is “going thru the change.”  



6.  About the last thing that I wanted to talk about today is the upcoming Presidential election.  The media is KILLING this election.  You can’t turn on TV without seeing the news talking about Trump and Clinton, or finding shows making fun of this election.  With that in mind, I have a great idea.

Dear American election process,

We need a break.  We are exhausted from all the crap.  That’s why we have decided to NOT have an election this year, and basically just stay single for four years.  We promise to behave and not go crazy.  We will be on our best behavior and try to make this a better country.  Both candidates say they can make our country better, but I think that without a leader for four years, we can do a MUCH better job by ourselves.  Don’t take it personally, we just think that all of us, as Americans, are a MUCH MUCH MUCH better choice that what’s out there right now.  

Give us a chance.  Give us a four year break to try and do the right thing.  If it doesn’t work out, then we can have another election in four years.


A dreamer in South Dakota

7.  I’m so excited.  HOCKEY SEASON IS BACK.



I have watched every Minnesota Wild game so far and I have seen some ups, and some way way downs.  I would never have dreamed ten years ago that hockey would be my major sport to watch.  I honestly would rather watch the NHL than the NFL right now.  They are turning the NFL into a wussy sport with all the calls the refs make now.  The good old NHL hits HARD and continues to hit HARD.  And I love the Wild’s new coach.  I think he may take us deep in the playoffs in the next couple of years.  Minnesota, the “STATE OF HOCKEY.”

8.  And of course, I still do watch the NFL.  Here are a couple of football notes.

***My Washington Redskins are not very good at some times.  And by some times I mean most times.  We have squandered a lead in two of our three losses.  We look good for a quarter and then HORRIBLE for the next quarter.  I shouldn’t be surprised, this is the way it’s been for us fans for the past many years.

***The Minnesota Vikings are a good good team.  I love their coach Mike Zimmer.  He’s the guy that I was praying that Washington would have hired.  The Vikes lost their first game yesterday to the Philadelphia Eagles.  However, they are still a good team.  Super Bowl quality?  I think so.  Especially when that defense is clicking.  If they could get the offense rolling, not many teams would stop them.

***I can’t believe I am saying this, and I’ll probably have to go rinse my mouth out with Scope afterwards, but the Dallas Cowboys are solid at quarterback and running back with Prescott and Elliott.  Both are rookies and are tearing up other teams.  Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would be an idiot if he puts Tony Romo back in when he heals.  But then again, Jones has made tons of idiotic moves since he bought the team. As a Redskins fan, MAKE THE MOVE JERRY.

***MY FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM STINKS.  It’s amazing when you are drafting you think that you have a winning team.  As the season progresses, you find out that you stink at drafting.  I won it all last year.  This year I don’t have a prayer.


A man being mugged by two thugs put up a tremendous fight! Finally, the thugs subdued him and took his wallet. Upon finding only two dollars in the wallet, the surprised thug said “Why did you put up such a fight?” To which the man promptly replied “I was afraid that you would find the $200 hidden in my shoe!”






Actually, this has been a pretty decent Monday.  I think, however, that it’s mandatory to complain about Mondays.  It might be a law possibly, I don’t know.

Your blog is sponsored by Pierson Ford in Aberdeen, SD.  We had a pretty busy September, which means that numerous trades have come in.  We have a lot full of about every make and model, and all kinds of different colors, too. 


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I sucked big time at math.  It’s surprising that I even understand this one.


All of you know that I LOVE puns.  With that said, ENJOY!!



Here’s a joke that made me laugh out loud!


And finally…..


2.  Are you ready for a number?


Know what that is?  That’s the total number of views that this blog has had since I started it a few years back.

Not bad for a knucklehead Norwegian from South Dakota!

3.  My wife and I couldn’t wait for last night.  Why?


Season two of “Ash VS Evil Dead.”  We loved season one.  Here’s the thing.  If you don’t like blood and gore, don’t watch it.  But if you are a fan of the original “Evil Dead” movie from 1981, then you might love it.

Bruce Campbell starred in the original movie.


And, at 58, he stars in this new series as well.


My wife absolutely LOVES his sarcasm and wit in the TV show.  He has become a cult figure in the horror movie genre.  He is WAY WAY bigger and more popular now that he ever was in his younger years.

By the way, the original “Evil Dead” movie was watched by my roommate and I numerous times back in 1982.  ON LASERDISC…Yeah, I said LASERDISC.



Most of you know that I am a diehard Tennessee Vols fan, and this game was one for the ages.  Seriously, they will talk about this one for years.  Georgia scored a go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds left in the game.  My Vols throw a “hail mary” pass into the end zone with FIVE seconds left.  BOOM.  Our guy catches it and we win, IN GEORGIA.  Nothing quiets a home crowd like a stunning stunning defeat.  However, I know how the Georgia fans feel.  I felt exactly like that with ten seconds left.

5.  My son Mitchell and I are STILL riding high from seeing ELO or “The Electric Light Orchestra” in Hollywood a couple of weeks ago.  Do you want to see how great this concert was?  I found a youtube video of the actual concert we were at.  It’s about 12 minutes long, but WELL worth it.  Check it out of you have time.

I have never ever flown to a concert before.  I never thought I would do it again. But I would.  Only for ELO.

6.  My wife says that I have a bad taste in clothes.  She is not a “flashy” type person when it comes to clothes. She doesn’t want to wear anything that really draws attention to her.  Although she does.  Everything she wears draws attention because of her beauty.

With that said, I would like to order the following shirt to wear with jeans.  But, a little voice inside is telling me not to.  What do you think?


7.  Name your favorite late night host ever.  GO!!!  I would imagine that many of you said the same name that I just said.


Johnny Carson is BY FAR my favorite late night host of all time.  I have been watching some of those infomercials that are on promoting the DVD’S of “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.”  Now, with that said, Jimmy Fallon is doing a superb job late night.  But I never got into Jay Leno.  I always thought that David Letterman was the “host in waiting” until Johnny called it quits.  In fact, millions of people thought he was.  But the NBC brass decided otherwise, and I had to switch to CBS to watch David Letterman’s show.

You will not believe who my second favorite late night host has been.


CRAIG FERGUSON.  Craig, to me, was witty and charming, and incredibly funny.  I absolutely thought his show was creative, and that he was one of the best interviewers I have ever seen.  He made the guests so so comfortable. I miss his show!!

8.  I am not going to get political, but I think I need to say something.


This “nobody” guy seems incredible.  I don’t know their first name, but I have heard that “nobody” will ever lie to you.  “Nobody” will ever deceive you, and “nobody” will ever take you down the wrong path.  “NOBODY” has my vote.

9.  Most of my viewers will appreciate the next one.


The funny thing is, I have ALL of those things in my basement!!


A man is walking in a graveyard when he hears the Third Symphony played backward. When it’s over, the Second Symphony starts playing, also backward, and then the First. “What’s going on?” he asks a cemetery worker.

“It’s Beethoven,” says the worker. “He’s decomposing.”