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Dec. 16, 2002 Herald
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My personal exercise workout for total wimps


My motto is "No pain, no pain," and so it should come as no surprise that I have a workout routine for wimps, being one myself.

Denny Frey was laughing at me the other day because I zipped into Vital Fitness in Howard Lake, and did this wimpy workout that took about 20 minutes or less.

He was busy talking to Craig Butturff, and then saw me sneak out. "Are you done already?" he exclaimed.

I should have grabbed my backside and yelled "Oh my poor back! . . . Time to go home." and then dragged my right foot out the door.

Don't I get extra credit for being there during the holiday season?

Well, regardless ­ I was in there, working my back muscles and doing my physical therapy.

Since my back surgery almost two years ago, I've been so afraid to do anything that will re-rupture a disc.

No fear of that.

Vintage Jensen kids

My kids make up games to play all the time.

Two games they play are "Monster and the Fraidies," which is when someone (usually their father) chases them outside. A similar game, "The Running Game," is banned most of the time because it's done very loudly indoors and the dog barks like crazy.

Another game is "Queens and Maids," which is when the girls play with each other, one being the queen and the others tending to her.

This creativity took a turn for the worse when they were amusing themselves at the newspaper office.

My son cut a giant triangle out of yellow paper, strapped it to his mouth, and started walking around, quacking like crazy.

These weren't any kind of small noise, either. They were full body, throw-your-heart-into-it quacks.

It was maddening (times two because my daughter started doing it, too).

How can you discipline kids when you're laughing so hard, you can't speak?

They were loud. It was one of those "you had to be there" kinds of things.

Odds and ends

Here are a few items that people would find interesting.

· Looking for memories

The publishers of Minnesota Memories are looking for stories in the lives of ordinary Minnesotans.

The first two books, published in 2001 and 2002, contained 75 true stories about events, people, impressions, and experiences. Topics ranged from town festivals and celebration to family secrets and tragedies, school days, family business life, friends, and childhood games.

The story must be true, be from 300 to 2,000 words and need to follow a regular story line with an introduction, body and conclusion.

To submit, e-mail the story to MinnMemory@aol.com, or send to Minnesota Memories, 11505 Monongahela Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Call (301) 770-1259 for more information.

· Don't dial 90# on your phone.

A person has been calling identifying himself as an AT&T service technician who is conducting a test on telephone lines.

It is a wicked fraud scam.

The caller will instruct his victim to touch nine (9), zero (0), and then the pound sign (#) to complete the "test."

This will give the requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which enables that crook to place long distance calls and bill them to your home phone number.

· Project Blue Light

An effort began in 1988 to show respect for police officers killed in the line of duty by placing a blue light in windows.

The blue lights are actually Christmas candles with the regular bulb replaced with a blue one.

This is a sign of respect and remembrance for those dying while protecting us, and also a way to honor local officers on the streets now.

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