It was a beautiful weekend in the neighborhood here. The sun was shining both days as we celebrated Dad's birthday on Saturday and, of course, Mother's Day yesterday. In between I got a fair amount of yard work done, including filling the front flower bed with a mix of various colored marigolds, cosmos, and dahlias. I also have resumed my war on creeping charlie by taking a hand cultivator to the thickest infestations. It's working too. Herbicide would be much faster, but then I couldn't compost my yard clippings. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.
There's only one step left in the new Vikings stadium process and that's the final approval from the Minneapolis City Council. That is expected to be a formality. One article I read this weekend said that now the fun begins, because the actual design and and back and forth between the Vikings and the new Stadium Authority will begin. What's that? You thought there was an actual design that we just voted to build? On the contrary, what we did was figure out a way to come up with $975 million and some vague promises and assumptions. Assumptions like the roof. The party line is that new stadium will have a non-retractable roof and if the Vikings want a retractable roof they will have to foot the bill. Five will get you ten that there is plenty of wiggle room in that $975 million and suddenly we will be able to afford a retractable roof after all with minimal or no additional contribution from the Vikings.
The Minnesota Twins managed a split with the Blue Jays by winning yesterday. They became the last team in the majors to reach double digit wins by doing so. This weekend marked the 11th series this year and the Twins are 1-8-2. Three of those series losses were sweeps. The good news is that we're getting to see some young talent play and a few of those are going to be guys who stick in the majors. I remember watching some young kids break into the majors during a miserable Twins season in the early 1980s. Guys like Hrbek, Puckett, Gaetti. A young kid with a great arm and a pasta superstition named Frank Viola. Maybe us poor, humiliated Twins fans can salvage something like that in this season.
Okay, so let me see if I have this straight, so to speak. Bill Clinton was our first black president, even though he's white. Now Barack Obama is our first gay president, even though he's straight. So if Joe Biden is elected president in 2016 will he be the first female president, even though he's a man? Don't be too dismissive, especially you blond ladies out there, because it could mean the end of the dumb blond joke. They would all be converted to "Biden" jokes.
"How many Bidens does it take to screw in a light bulb?"
"Did you hear the one about the Biden and the etch-a-sketch?"
"A Jew, the Pope, and a Biden were stuck on a raft..."