Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Lots of it - heavy, wet stuff.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Big Egg = Two Yolks

After two high-minded posts about opera and musical theater, I'm reduced to posting about the egg I had for breakfast this morning. That's what happens when Shana is out of town, the dog gets me up at 5:40, and I know the kids will sleep until at least 10:30.

This was a special egg. One of the neighbor's chickens laid it Thursday night or Friday morning - and it was huge!

When I cracked it open - Two yolks. Hope that's a sign of good luck for the rest of the day.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

And Still More Music

As if The Sound of Music wasn't enough, Maria (and the Dude) are deep into the upcoming production of The Giver, by the Minnesota Opera.

Project Opera - whose choirs both kids sing in - has commissioned an opera of the popular book The Giver, by Lowis Lowry. Early in the video, there's a shot of both choirs together singing portions of The Giver at a recent concert at The Ordway Center. If you look carefully, you can see them.

There's a Kickstarter campaign to raise some dough. Check it out.

The Hills Are Alive . . .

. . . With The Sound of Music.

Photo by Tracy Tomb.

The official news release is set out below. It's kind of dry, but it contains most of the basic facts. Of course they leave out the exciting detail that Maria will be starring in the role of Maria. This has generated all sorts of excitement around the Hobbled Household. We are all looking forward to the shows.


ROSEVILLE, MN, Feb. 22, 2012 ---Roseville Area High School will present the beloved classic, “The Sound of Music,” March 9 – 11, at the high school’s Nielsen Performing Arts Center.

“The Sound of Music,” a musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein, is based on the true story of Maria Von Trapp, a young woman who leaves her convent in Salzburg, Austria, to become governess for seven mischievous children of a retired naval captain. Maria’s sense of humor and adventure, along with her love of music, win the children over and eventually she and the widowed captain fall in love. The story plays out against the backdrop of the beginning of World War II.

“The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway in 1959 and was turned into a major motion picture in 1965, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The movie won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture of the year.

“The Sound of Music” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Reserved seat tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. General admission seating is $5.

A special Senior Matinee will be presented on Wednesday, March 7, at 1 p.m. This performance is free for area seniors.

Online reservations are available at or call 651-604-1481. Roseville Area High School is located at 1240 County Road B2 West in Roseville.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Finally - Winter

Duke - who likes to munch snow - appreciates the fresh crop on our morning walk.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Today They Come Down

We are not the sort of family to leave Christmas decorations up for long. The tree and trimmings came down on New Years, and we even removed the outside lights in mid January - taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather.

Different rules apply to the Chrismas cards - with pictures. Those we keep on display until (at least) Valentine's Day. We enjoy seeing everyone's pictures on the closet door - and removing them with all the other Christmas stuff in early January just seems wrong.

The trick is making sure the cards are stored with the Christmas stuff - which we've alread stashed away in our little storage area near the attic. Each year is kept in a large manila envelope marked "Chrismas 20XX". If we were really creative, we would think of something crafty to do with all those old pictures - and letters. For now they remain in the Crosson-Gisselquist Archives for future generations to enjoy.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Watching Old Family Movies

We watched old home movies last night – and I do mean old. We started with the Gisselquist Family Memories, the old Super 8 mm film transferred to VHS in the 1980s. It was fun, if a bit disjointed. Unlike modern video documentation of family events where you capture every memory, the Gisselquist Family Memories hops from major event (birthdays, baptisms, Christmas, Easter, Halloween) with perhaps a few extras thrown in – a big snow, a wonderful summer day with a “sea of blond heads”, as my Dad used to say, running through the neighborhood.

Speaking of my Dad: the first several times he appeared on screen I felt myself choke up, whether tears of sadness or joy it’s hard to say. I finally got used to seeing him appear with me on screen.

John-John thought I looked the same – and he shared this comment from the start – when I was less than a year old. I guess we all eventually come full circle, and my hair line is doing its part to bring me back to the beginning.

What’s missing from the old Gisselquist movies? What I wouldn’t give for sound! I’d love to hear what I sounded like as a little kid, or what my Dad and Mom are saying to me. It would be great to hear Paul and I talking back and forth, ages 3 and 6. The scenes at family reunions at Lake Nokomis or Minnehaha Falls with dozens of cousins running back and forth cry out for sound. But we didn’t have sound in the “old days” – at least not on the home movies. So you’re left with the musical sound-track which is decidedly more late disco-tinged pop from the early 1980s.

It’s past time to take the old film canisters out again, this time for DVD production. I’ll ask for a more appropriate early to mid 1960s soundtrack this time – maybe suggest the tunes myself.

I would also like to have seen more of the older relatives, aunts and uncles, both grandmas, and especially my paternal grandfather – who only passes through once.

After Gisselquist Family Memories, we brought out some newer video – Christmas through June 2002. I’m embarrassed how much I forgot. I think I have a good memory, but time and again, I found myself not remembering (at first) various scenes. Now – the morning after – I can’t get them out of my mind and even more details are rushing back to fill in the blanks.

It was weird to hear Maria’s voice back then – amazing we didn’t have her evaluated for a speech issue – or maybe that’s just normal cutesy 4 to 5 year old talk.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Fool on the Hill

Duke needed a rest during our slow walk around the church this morning. As he lay on the ground - awaiting a belly rub - I snapped this picture of my silhouetted against the Community Center.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Those Frosty Photos

Lots of fog and frost yesterday. Everyone was snapping photos - so I thought I would share my humble efforts as well.

Stepping outside with Duke - found cool frost "growing" off the hand-rail on the deck.

Frosty bushes and trees in the back yard.

Later in the day - this taken at Falcon Heights Community Park while on a run (really more of run/walk).

Did I Really Say That? (Act II)

The Star Tribune has picked up the Walmart story.

There's a quote at the end from a member of the Planning Commission they call Jeff Gisslequist.

"It's about time we do something out there," said commission member Jeff Gisslequist in voting yes.

While I don't disagree with this statement, I'm not certain I said that. It may have been my colleague Jeff Lester said. Perhaps the reporter combined something I said with something Jeff said, making a new composite Commissioner.

The reporter introduced himself after the meeting, didn't think to ask if he had spelled my name correctly.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Did I Really Say That?

Planning Commission meetings always challenge me personally. As I consider what to say, the thoughts in my head seem eloquent - worthy of Abraham Lincoln. But when I actually open my mouth, I sound like George W. Bush.

This is from the Roseville Patch's coverage of Wednesday's Planning Commission:

Meanwhile, planning commissioner John Gisselquist noted redevelopment efforts in Twin Lakes area have languished for years. "It's kind of a wasteland," he said.

"Wasteland" - did I really say that?

Yes, I did.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Beautiful Morning

Our wonderful winter weather continues. Here's the scene that greeted Duke and I as we crossed the field on our morning walk.

Other highlights of the walk - a rabbit pelt with one foot attached sitting on the sidewalk. All the good parts had been picked out already. I suspect the local great horned owl who we hear often at night. This is the second set of rabbit remains left behind in the past month.