Having too much fun to be sick

I battled through a weekend of coughing and managed to have a memorable one with my family.

Saturday was highlighted by Maisa’s basketball team winning its tournament opener. Thanks to John and Julie for coming to watch! Then it was Mexican food with them afterward.

Sunday was highlighted by basketball and a game of catch (yes, with a softball!) in the driveway. Then we watched the Hawkeyes destroy another Big Ten opponent. Later it was a looooong walk around the neighborhood and a trip to the library as we enjoyed the lovely 40-degree weather. We capped the weekend with a game of Strat-O-Matic baseball while the rest of the world watched football.

My favorite event of the weekend: Maisa falling asleep on me in the recliner on Saturday during the Cyclones game.

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Posted by on February 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


Super Bowl Sunday at the Kramers

Turn off the TV and let’s play Strat-O-Matic baseball!

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Posted by on February 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


I’m reading this book …

… and you should, too. :-)

Dwier Brown is a wonderful storyteller. Lots of great anecdotes in this book about the Field of Dreams and Dubuque County and how the movie has touched the lives of so many people.

Update: I finished the 250-page book in about 48 hours. What a great read. I was sad when I ran out of pages to turn.


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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in Uncategorized


57 years ago this week 

On Feb. 3, 1959, a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, took the lives of rock n roll icons Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

Waylon Jennings lost a coin flip that night and ended up on a bus with no heater. That twist of fate spared Ol’ Waylon’s life, and he went on to make many great songs.

Brother Dan and I used to listen to Waylon songs a lot when we were kids. Big D had a greatest hits cassette that we enjoyed very much, and “Belle of the Ball” was among the songs in that collection. It’s a beautiful song and I encourage you to listen here:

From NPR…

“Belle of the Ball” was originally released in 1977 as the B-side to Jennings’ hit “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love).” Jennings once told wife Jessi Colter that “Belle of the Ball” was his favorite song he ever wrote.

“It’s really about his love for the music industry, his trip of life,” Colter says. “And his imagery, when you really look into it and listen to it, is stunning, because he could see so far ahead on some things that it would aggravate me. But in this, he came here just a vagabond, dreamer and a rhymer, and a singer of songs. And he’s leaving. It’s his leaving song.”

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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


Proud of the girls

I’m proud of Jill and Maisa for participating in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night.

An added bonus: Their caucus site was Maisa’s school gymnasium! Familiar turf.

Maisa was just a little bummed that “I was too young to vote.” But all in all, it sounds like they enjoyed the experience and learned a few things.

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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


Very, very well done

“History of the Eagles” on CNN is the best documentary I’ve ever seen. Exceptionally entertaining. The whole thing just blew my mind.

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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in Uncategorized


One song only

If I was stranded on a deserted island and had only one song to listen to the rest of my life, this would probably be the one.

The melody and the harmonies and the lyrics and the way Brian Wilson layered it all together so perfectly. This song just makes you feel better about life.

Thank you, Brian, for creating such beautiful music.

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”

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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in Uncategorized


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