A Continuation of the 20+ Years of
November 2019

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November 1st  
(10/28 actually)  
And Suddenly you just know
that it's time to start something again,
and trust the magic of a new beginning!

                                -- I don't know who said that.

It's not November yet, so there's nothing noted here now. But even though you haven't seen a new entry for over a year, come November 1st there will be one. What it will be, as yet I know not......but THERE WILL BE ONE!
November 1st  
So I took a piece of paper, and filled my pen with ink. I sat, and slowly began to think[, and think, and think, and think].
-- Grayson J Stedman, Jr. (1998)

Like Mr. Stedman (whoever he is), here I sit at my computer.......thinking.......thinking.......thinking. And what I'm thinking, is that it would probably a good thing to stick with LBLR stuff at the moment. What do you think?

Well for one thing, LBLR has been up-graded a lot in the year and eight months since I left there. Monica and Tim have made some fairly major improvements to all the cabins. Cabin 4, for example, has been almost totally gutted and looks great. Cabin 3 was lifted off of its foundation (what there was of a foundation) so that it could be shored up and the floor leveled, not to mention other improvements as well. Most of the cabins now have new floors. They all have built-in knotty pine shelves to hold the TVs, and all of them have new and improved decor. Many of you have been there in the two summers since I left, but if you haven't, I'd certainly recommend that you try it. I'm sure you'll like it. By the way, to see their web-site, click HERE.
November 2nd   Due to the absence of the Chronicles for the last 12 months, the passing of Wayne Broers (from Arkansas, originally from Iowa) was not noted. He was a good friend and a long time regular LBLR guest, and yesterday was the first anniversary of his passing. For many years, he and his Wife Patsy (who died in 2014) and their sons David and Kevin, spent the last two weeks of September in Cabin 2. They were die-hard fisherpersons. They fished several hours a day, everyday, even in the cold and the wind and the rain. (David, his son Parker, and their friend Doc still fish like that, but now they come both in the Spring and the fall.) The last time Wayne was up here fishing was in September 2014, and shortly after they left I received an e-mail from Dave. Here is an excerpt from his note: This was my father’s 62nd season going fishing in Minnesota. The years may be adding up but his desire and his passion are as high as they have ever been. When we got to the dock the first day, I asked him, "do you want to ride or run the motor"? He said, “I will be running the motor!” I said, “It is all yours!” Click HERE. Wayne came back to LBLR a few times after that, but he wasn't able to fish. The Broers family have been using LBLR as their base camp since the year 2000. And incidentally, take a look at the Chronicles entry for April 18,'s HERE. So long were a good friend and are being sorely missed.
November 3rd   This is a pretty picture, isn't it? It was the first snow in the Autumn of 2011.......November 16, 2011 to be exact. Click HERE.

Ah yes, life at LBLR. Ya know, it's possible that the future of the Chronicles may contain a lot of reminiscing, not only for me, but also for customers, both past and present. It won't be only reminiscing, you understand, but it might contain a lot of it. Would that be a problem, do you think?
November 4th   Just a few words about the Chronicles Search Facility (the link is near the bottom of this page): In short, as you may have noticed, it doesn't really work anymore. I'll skip the technical details*, and just say that right now it'll occasionally find some things, but not very many. As time goes on, day by day, the search results will get better and better, and eventually it'll work well again. We just have to be patient.

* In case you do happen to be interested, here's all I understand about the details:  At the time I left the resort I agreed to put some instructions into my code so that whenever anyone tried to go to my main web-site page ( in any manner, they were "redirected" to the new owners' web-site instead. As it turned out, that also caused Google to "forget" everything about my web-site that it had learned over the years, and to concentrate on learning about the new owners' web-site. Now that I'm back on-line and the "redirect" has been removed, Google is learning about again by a process called crawling the web. Unfortunately, it happens slowly over time.......but it's already having some effect. A week ago, a search for anything turned up nothing. Today, some of searches will get some results, but by no means all of them. There is a way to "force" Google to crawl my whole site more quickly, but I've read about it and I don't understand it enough to make it happen. Hence, we'll just have to be patient and let the internet slowly do its work.

PS: I'll spend a little more time trying to understand the "forced crawl" method, but I suspect that I won't be able to figure it out.
November 5th   Remember, remember,
The Fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot.
I see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

            -- English Folk Verse (circa 1870)

Tonight is Bonfire Night in Britain. The fires are to commemorate events that occurred on this day in 1605 that nearly changed the course of the nation's history. It's called Guy Fawkes Night, and these days it's celebrated with fireworks as well as bonfires. The first time I heard of it, I was on the phone with my Daughter Teri, who was living in Edinburgh at the time, and I heard the fire works over the phone. She told me what it was and I read about it HERE.
November 6th   I have some expert help working on the Chronicles Search Facility problem, so with any luck, we may have a break through soon.
November 7th   My friend Bob in Grand Rapids (many of you have met him over the years) just sold his snowmobile. This will be his first winter without a snowbile in 51 years. Just a few years ago I couldn't have imagined that a thing like that would even happen.
November 8th   I have no idea what the state of the ice is on Little Bass Lake at the moment, but this picture of ice on Bass Lake was posted on Facebook by Wildwood Resort, which is across the road from LBLR. (Click HERE.) Along with the picture was the comment that yesterday (November 7th) was the earliest they remember ice. However, I don't know "exactly" what that means. For example, is the middle section of Bass Lake (which is where Wildwood Resort is located) "completely" ice covered? If so, what about the north section? The usual series of events is for the south bay of Bass Lake to freeze first (as it probably is right now), then the middle section, then Little Bass Lake, then the north bay of Bass Lake. It doesn't go that way every year, but that's what happens in most years. [Thanks for the information Gary.]

According to my records the earliest freeze date for Little Bass Lake was November 16, 1997 (only 8 days from now), and if the middle section of Bass Lake is already frozen, this year could be a new record. Incidentally, if you want to see all of the data I collected over the years about ice on Little Bass Lake, click HERE.
November 9th   Over the last few years you've probably read about the New Year's Eve puzzle tradition that Deb and I have. To refresh your memory, click HERE. There's still almost two months until the we do one for this year, but we're already thinking about it (what wild and exciting lives we lead!). Our options for the 2019 New Year's Eve version are the "Chateau de Chenonceau" in France (it's HERE), and the "Cologne Cathedral" in Germany (it's HERE). Choices! Choices!
November 10th   Do you realize that I have a snowblower, but I haven't had anything to use it on in two winters? Wouldn't it be nice if I also had a lawn mower, but no lawn to mow?
Veterans Day   I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom. And let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower (October 8th 1954)

Click HERE.
November 12th   Happiness is being out walking on a cold winter afternoon, and then stopping in a warm pub along the way. Of course, it might take a little pre-walk planning to be certain that there's at one least of them along your route.
In November of 1937, in the comic strip "Li'l Abner", Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch's earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins. As the homeliest gal in all them thar hills, she grew frantic waiting for suitors. When she reached the age of 35, still a spinster, her father was worried about Sadie living at home for the rest of her life. In desperation, he called together all the unmarried men of Dogpatch and declared it "Sadie Hawkins Day". A foot race was decreed, with Sadie pursuing the town's eligible bachelors. He declared: When ah fires mah gun, all o' yo' kin start a-runnin! When ah fires agin—- after givin' yo' a fair start—- Sadie starts a runnin'. Th' one she ketches'll be her husbin. The town spinsters decided that this was a good idea, so they made Sadie Hawkins Day a mandatory yearly event, much to the chagrin of Dogpatch's bachelors. If a woman caught a bachelor and dragged him, kicking and screaming, across the finish line before sundown, by law he had to marry her.

Happy Sadie Hawkins Day!

Note added on February 29, 2020:   I have been informed by my "Pal Gary and his Sweetie Annie", that the above history is correct, but that Sadie Hawkins Day is actually February 29th.
November 14th   Two days ago I heard that Little Bass Lake was frozen over. If it actually was completely frozen (and if it froze on that particular day), it happened two weeks and four days earlier than the median freeze date. Wow!
November 15th   With respect to yesterday's speculation about the earliest Little Bass Lake freeze in modern history, if you'd like to look at that history, click HERE. But unfortunately, the last (and most likely the very last, ever) update was in the Spring of last year.
November 16th   Is anybody reading the Chronicles anymore? Let me know, if you don't mind.
November 17th  
and 18th  
Click HERE.
November 19th   Three years ago this morning, we woke up to this: click HERE and HERE. Today we have zero.
November 20th  
  • Congrats to Queen Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on their 72nd wedding annivesary.
  • On this day in 1945, the Nuremberg Trials began.
  • On this day in 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended. (That was a scary time.)
  • On this day in 1969, Native American activists seized control of Alcatraz Island, which they held for over 1 1/2 years.
  • On this day in 1985, Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released. (I disliked it immediately, preferring instead to continue typing DOS commands.)
November 21st   Summer, indeed, is for activity;
winter is for reflection.

                                -- David Grayson (1904)

That philosophical gem is from Mr. Grayson's book titled "Adventures in Contentment", which makes for some great reading, especially this time of the year. I first read it 8 or 10 years ago and I'm enjoying it now for the second time. If you're interested, and if you have a Kindle or iPad or other electronic reader, you can get it for free from Amazon. Although the book appears to be a journal, I suspect that Mr. Grayson never really lived the lifestyle that he espouses, but he makes it sound great nonetheless. During my LBLR years, I spent many more winter days alone than I do now; that's not good or bad, just different, and one can have (and savor) a lot more philosophical thoughts in that situation than one would otherwise. I expressed some thoughts on that topic twice in the month of March, 2013. (Wow! Was it that long ago?) They were on March 7th and March 12. If you'd like to refresh your memory, click HERE.
November 22nd   Use this cream
A day or two
Then don't call her--
She'll call you
          -- Burma-Shave

When was the last time you saw a set of Burma-Shave signs on the highway? Supposedly they were removed in the mid to late 1960s, but I remember seeing one within the last several years. Has anyone else seen one since 1970?
November 23rd  
and 24th  
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November 25th   You know that it's cold outside, when you walk outside.......and it's cold. My idea of cold is Northern Minnesota cold, and although it's almost as cold in this neck of the woods, it's still different. If anyone up there wouldn't mind, I'd be delighted to be notified when the temps up there get below, oh, let's say, 30 below zero this winter. Wait, let's make that 25 below zero. That's just so I can indirectly experience Northern cold. Thanks in advance.
November 26th   On this day in 1960, the first Televised Presidental debate was held in Chicago. I remember watching a little bit of it, but I was too busy planning and packing for a deer hunting trip, probably my very first one, so I didn't pay much attention to it.
November 27th   Gary, in Tennessee, sent me these pictures with the comment "These pictures look like something you would have taken". They were taken on Bowstring Lake very recently. Click HERE. And he's right. To see some similar pictures that have appeared in the Chronicles in past years, click HERE. Thanks for the pictures Gary, and I hope you realize that you are causing me some nostalgia.
Thanksgiving Day   On Thanksgiving Day back in 2016, I was in Grand Rapids celebrating the day with my family, and Deb was in South Saint Paul celebrating the day with hers. In the afternoon I asked her to e-mail me a picture of their turkey, which she did. She can be a real smarty-pants at times (and I softened that a bit)! Click HERE.
November 29th   Gary's message about ice pictures (see the November 27th entry, above) reminded me of this, probably my favorite ice-fishing picture, which I took back in January of 2014. (Click HERE to see it.) Between setting it up, taking the pictures from several different angles and distances (which included walking to the ice house and back several times), doctoring it up to make it look like a moon landscape, and searching the internet for a matching picture from one of the moon landings, I spent one whole afternoon working on it. That's a lot of effort for a single Chronicles entry! If I remember correctly, Jim (my son-in-law) and his fishing buddies were inside there at the time, and were totally unaware that I kept walking out there taking the pictures. I also remember, after all that work, that not a single person commented on it.
November 30th   Thirteen years ago (2006), this was in the Chronicles:   Today is the Feast of Saint Andrew. According to John Steinbeck in his book "Tortilla Flat", on the night of the Feast of Saint Andrew, the ground above buried treasure glows with a luminous green tonight is the night to go treasure hunting, and perhaps, get rich. (PS: That was near Salinas, California; I wonder if it works in the snow.)

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