September 2017

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September 20th   Okay. Okay. I'll do it! I'll do it! I know that sounds like I'm being crabby about it, but I'm not. After a sabbatical of almost 9 weeks it actually feels good to be back at it. :-)))
September 21st   My intent was to list a few relevant things that have occurred during my sabbatical (as Tennessee Gary put it), but I have since changed my mind. We're starting fresh from today so the history is lost.

Today is Thursday. LBLR has been totally empty since last Saturday when Denny T and his Illinois Bass fishermen left cabins 5 & 6, and Frostie F and his Indiana panfishermen left cabins 1 & 2. Also during the last week Meg & Randy C (from Arkansas) were in cabin 3 and Ron D was in cabin 4 but they left before Saturday. (That was last week, so I guess we didn't start from today.) However, this afternoon 14 men from a church in Iowa arrived. They plan to stay until Sunday.
The Autumnal Equinox It is the summer’s last great heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.

              -- Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (circa 1880)

The sun crossed the equator at 3:02 (CDT) this afternoon, thus ushering in Delicious Autumn. The "heat and chill" may have met (as per Sarah anyway), but the "dark and light" haven't quite met yet. We will have 12 hours and 7 minutes of daylight today and only 11 hours and 53 minutes of darkness. Enjoy it while you can because the darkness will overtake the light on the 25th, only three days hence. At any rate: Happy Autumn to one and all!!!!!!!
September 23rd   As per this DNR map dated yesterday, the fall colors in the LBLR vicinity are in the 25% to 50% range. So what do you think, another week or so until peak? Click HERE.

Here's a short editorial:   It has been my observation over the past few years that when the map says we're at peak, sometimes we don't seem to be there yet and at other times we seem to be well past it. In other words, the map shows that the peak lasts longer than it really does. Do you suppose that's an effort to foster tourism? On the other hand, it's really tough to say when the peak really occurs.......even when you're looking at it. But here's a thought: come on up and see for yourselves.
September 24th   Welcome back for the many-eth time to David B and his friend Doc from Arkansas, who will spend the next week fishing in the Minnesota Northland. They arrived last night.

Good-bye to the 14 guys from Iowa after their three night stay. They all seemed to have a good time and they even caught fish.
September 25th   As mentioned above, as of today our period of darkness is longer than our period of daylight. We'll have to live with this situation (more darkness than daylight) until March 17th of next year when the length of the day again overtakes the length of the night.

David and Doc said that the fishing was very good today.
September 26th   Do the above entries seem familiar to you? Does it seem like you've seen them before? Maybe you're experiencing déjà vu.
September 27th   Sixty years ago this month my buddy Charlie Stover and I met for the first time; we were in the 6th grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Chesaning, Michigan. I was 11 and he was 10. He turned 11 three months later and to this very day I'm still older than he is.

Hey Stover!   This is about three weeks late, but Happy 60th anniversary of our long-time friendship. Are we going to get together somewhere this winter again, or what?
September 28th   To see a cold and rainy fall afternoon at LBLR, click HERE.
To see a cold and rainy fall afternoon at LBLR but from a different perspective, click HERE.
September 29th   Deb arrived last night and several members of her family arrived today. Welcome back you guys.   [The Polish flag is flying!]
September 30th   Our lives are frittered away by detail. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.
-- Henry David Theoreau (1854)

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