Until now I've kept a fairly consistent schedule of writing every other day for nearly the last 4 years. But astute readers may notice that I've been a little delinquent in my postiness lately, and I thought rather than just stay hidden without explanation, I'd pop my head up and give you an update - just so you didn't get worried and send Jack Malone out looking for me. Unless you sent Sam Spade instead. Then I suppose it'd be ok.
So what's up?
I have Germans here
No kidding. St. Cloud has partnered with a quaint little town in southern Bavaria called Spalt, an area where most of this region's ancestors hail from, and our two communities have claimed each other as "sister cities." What this means is that every other year or so, people from Spalt come here to visit and the following year we go there.
Normally, a few dozen folks make the journey, but this year, the Spalt Stadtkapelle Municipal Band came along to bring the total delegation up to 75 people! That meant that St. Cloud needed a boatload of people to help house everyone, and we were lucky enough to get 3 wonderful brothers who are also part of their band.
The band has been around for over 400 years and it shows. They practice every single week and take their music very seriously. Every note is perfectly played and you can sense the pride the members have in their music and their representation of Spalt.
Over the last week we've had a total blast showing them the sites of Minnesota, immersing them in "American" activities and exploring our cultural differences and similarities. We couldn't have ended up with better guests and all of us have bonded very closely with these guys. It's going to be sad to say goodbye on Tuesday.
So that's what I've been up to lately. In a few days I'll be opening up Virus Stompers for business, and I'm hopeful that you'll all help me promote it. I'm thankfully still employed and our company is hanging in there, so hopefully we'll pull through.
In the meantime, please don't forget about me. I should be back online on a regular basis very soon!