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Sometimes You Win One

Winter before last, my snow plow shoes finally wore out to the point even Tom couldn’t save them, so I bought a new pair.

Then early last winter we had a whopper of a snowstorm (little did we know it was only the beginning). I plowed out our driveway and outbuildings and the lane, then plowed out two of the neighbors. After parking the truck, I gave it the ol’ post-plow walk-around and discovered one of my brand new shoes was missing.

Let’s be polite, and say I was disheartened.

All-in-all, three hours in the plow truck and several miles of snowbanks. Somewhere out there, buried in all that white, was a $34 piece of iron. I retraced my work, expecting to find nothing, and found exactly that.

Then last week I was typing in my little room with the window open for the first time all year when it occurred to me I ought to take a walk along the driveway to see if I could find that shoe. I got halfway to the mailbox but the snowbanks still hadn’t completely melted, so I turned and headed the other way, out the ridge where I plowed the lane.

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Then I spotted something…

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I took a closer look…

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I followed the trail of spacers and found…

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Price tag still on it! And then, to complete the trifecta…

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It’s nice to see the daffodils sprout and all that, but that’s pretty much the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all spring. Felt like I won the lottery…for $34.

Rule is, if yer gonna grump about bad luck, you gotta give the cosmos a nod when you get good luck. So there y’go.

See You Out There

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Friday: Fish Creek, Wisconsin, with Tent Show Radio. Saturday: Richland Center, Wisconsin, with Tent Show Radio. And the following week? Wisconsin Rapids (Mike), Adams (Mike), Wild Rose (Mike and the Long Beds).

Times, venues, details here.

Tent Show Tonight – Funkadesi

If you’re within range of one of these stations tonight (Saturday, April 19th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio.  Information on streaming the show here.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike talks about accidentally meeting a rapper in the country

You can join the Tent Show Radio Facebook page here.

REMINDER: Most of this year’s previous Tent Show Radio episodes available for streaming anytime – just click here.

 

Big Top, Big Heart

Even as host of Tent Show Radio, I consider myself a late-arriving guest participating in a canvas tradition pegged to the hard work and volunteer efforts of people long predating me. I always say I find it easy to brag on the tent because I was a ticket-buying fan long before I ever set foot on the canvas-draped stage.

I use the term “canvas” specifically, as it is a critical part of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua tradition. Last year it became clear that a new tent was needed. Longtime supporter Don Funk has stepped forward to make a remarkable matching commitment that will add two dollars to every one dollar donated for a limited time. The details are here.

Thank you to Don and all of those who have pitched in to pitch the new tent. Nothin’ like the scent of fresh canvas.