I had a great time visiting family in Wisconsin this weekend. It was a bit of a whirlwind trip but managed to get some ice fishing in with my brother out on the lake between Minnesota and Wisconsin. My brother set up a few tip-ups, which you can leave by the hole in the ice and the flag goes up when you get a bite:
I also had my own hole and pole but we didn’t catch anything. But it was sunny out and I got some sunlight anyway. It’s been a warm winter there as well as in DC, and some parts of the river were free of ice.
On the drive to Wisconsin from the Minneapolis airport I spotted dozens of bald eagles, and many of their large nests. They’ve really made a comeback in the area.
There’s still stuff left over from our childhoods up in the closets of mom’s house. I found my brother’s old baseball card collection, and picked out my favorites:
Notice a trend? Most of my favorites were from 1978 or so. That was a good year for the ‘stache, and clearly it made an impression. Jim Palmer was always a favorite of mine, especially his furry-chested Jockey ads.
I met up with a few high school classmates, my lovely host Woolgatherer, and some fellow Peace Corps volunteers before heading out to see The Revolution reunion at First Avenue in Minneapolis. It was good to catch up and a few of them had made the trek up to the Twin Cities with me way back in 1988 for the Lovesexy concert and joined us for the show.
While Prince didn’t show up, The Revolution played a very practiced performance and were a bunch of pros. They played a great set, with many songs from the “Parade” and “Around the World in a Day” albums, and some old skool numbers* as well. And Wendy was bandleader! They even did my favorite Prince song “Mountains” which was awesome.
Photo by Woolgatherer.
I was also impressed with the service at First Avenue. They had drink service for those on the floor, and also glass and bottle collectors so nobody would drop their glasses on the floor. Quite classy for Minneapolis. Here’s a review from the show, more news, photos, and yet more photos, and a video of the performance.
*Set List: Controversy/ Do It All Night/ Party Up/ Let’s Work/ Pop Life/ America/ two heart-health videos were shown and Bobby Z and his wife, Vicki Rivkin, gave brief speeches (“I want to thank Prince from the bottom of my repaired heart”); he presented the members of the Revolution with certificates for “Purple Rain” being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame/ “Revolution Theater,” with each member reciting a line or two from “Purple Rain”/ 1999/ Life Can Be So Nice/ Mountains/ anotherloverholenyohead/ Baby, I’m a Star/ Let’s Go Crazy ENCORE Purple Rain/ Uptown (G Sharp on lead vocals)