Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Celebrating Five Years of Post Cards
Uncle Don Cards
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Wherever you are today, I hope that you have something to celebrate!
Don Bergquist - December 28, 2012 - Lakewood, Colorado, USA
Thursday, December 27, 2012
I cannot believe I have been in Minnesota a week already! HOW could this be possible!? Can a surfeit of cards, games, and food – taken in the presence of friends and family, really constrict time so markedly as to make an entire week disappear that quickly!?
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 12/27/2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
In the interest of complete clarity – I must admit that this post is being delayed until after Christmas so as not to spoil the surprise gift mentioned below. This was written on the morning of December 16, 2012 and is an accurate depiction of actual events.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
When we were children my siblings and I would eagerly await the arrival of Santa on Christmas Eve. As midnight neared Miami, the Bergquist children would eagerly await the mysterious multiplication of the mound of presents under the tree.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
I have yet to understand it; but this place, more than any other home I have ever spent significant time in, seem to emanate pure relaxation. There seems to be some vortex here that serves to suck the desire to do anything active out of one. Unless you bring work with you to do, it seems that the time of day has no meaning here.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 12/23/2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Santa’s Elves must have come along between the time I wrote that and the time I finished getting ready to head into town. Nearly everything is back in its place. The wrappings have all been tidied into their box in the corner of the office; the table as been reclaimed by Flo’s sewing. My step-mom, last seen wrapping-up-a-storm is nowhere to be seen. I hear snores emanating from other rooms, it is as if the previous flurry of activity was all a dream.
It looks as if one of Santa’s elves exploded in here! There are bows, bags, and gift wrap all over my dad’s office.
For weeks my step-mom has been putting aside things for wrapping. Gifts for cousins, siblings, in-laws, and assorted friends are strewn all over the room in various stages of decoration. A few stocking-stuffers that I had sent here to be wrapped are set to one side; they were sheathed in brightly colored paper earlier today.
We have boxes of ornaments off to one side, we’ll be trimming the tree in the living room a little later-on and then we can pile all the tinsel-covered packages around the base; the apparent aftermath of a tragic sleigh accident.
The mess in this room will be clear, the present strewn, tree-festooned corner of the living room will be all lovely for a few days and then the mess that I am surveying here will be a pale presage of the chaos that will be all over the living room. But what fun we will have on Christmas morning, sharing time with each other, like red-and-green pirates surveying the booty that Old St. Nick has left for us.
It truly is a magical time of the year – even if, it at times looks a bit like elf-barf!
Wherever you are today, I home your holiday prep is… uh…
Don Bergquist – December 22, 2012 – Kensington, Minnesota, USA
Friday, December 21, 2012
My folks were waiting when the shuttle arrived. I think I may have dropped off a couple times but I really got no significant sleep on the shuttle. We had a bite to eat and it occurred to me that the reason that I was so hungry was that other than a buttered and toasted roll in the Butt-Ugly morning before I had left for the airport, I had not had anything to eat all day. That Rueben was delicious!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Once again I am led to the inescapable conclusion that I am no longer young. As if the creak in my bones that never used to be there, or the tendency to become upset with people doing patently stupid things – especially if they are young people – weren’t enough to tell me that I am no longer young, the fact that I am no longer impervious to pain and occasionally require sleep certainly clinches it.
I am sitting on the plane in more layers than is absolutely necessary because all I three of the morning newscasts I watched this morning as I was getting ready to leave warned of the bitterly cold temperatures and suggested dressing in layers. Oh well, perhaps I will need these layers in Minnesota!
Well! THAT was fun!
It is a good thing that I was watching the news last night and was prepared for this morning. The weathercasts and traffic forecasts for this morning as well as the updates on two of the local channels, which I checked before I left, all called for it being a difficult time this morning.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
I was talking to a conservative friend of mine this weekend. This is a real right-wing "A Corporation Is A Person" Kool-Aid drinking republican. We were talking about last week's tragic events at the mall, at the school, at the mall again. There were three different incidents of gun violence and he was just sure that – as a bleeding-heart liberal – I would want to immediately ban all guns.