The Buffalo blows her horn

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Despite her preference for warm weather in the winter and a questionable love of a particular football team, we all love Jill, seen here watching her favorite boat, the Buffalo, go by in August, 2010. The Buffalo passed by my window today (Friday, October 28, 2011) but it was so cold out there that I couldn’t bear to get out of my chair and go outside to take a ‘fresh’ picture. I was able to open my window a crack so I could hear her wonderful whistle. Click here and you can too.

Friends, the Sundew and the Rookies play the Icebreaker

sundew20110611_3456In the old days, I took a lot of pictures of the US Coast Guard cutter Sundew. That was back when the ice breaker was breaking ice. Then it became a museum and when that didn’t work out, Jeff Foster bought her and does a lot of different things with the boat. I imagine you could get married on it or perhaps, at the other end, talk Jeff into spreading your ashes on the lake. So I don’t take pictures of her working her old-time job, but I do take pictures of people taking pictures of her. I was talking to my new friends John McLaughlin and Rodeane Widom, from Glendale, Arizona when John spotted the Sundew sundew20110611_3458coming under the Lift Bridge and took his camera out. That’s him taking a picture of the Sundew. Then I saw the Sundew turn left and create a perfect picture with the North Pier light so I took a picture. And then, I noticed some other people in red suits posing for a picture while they were ‘working out’ on the anchor dug deep into the ground in the front yard of the Marine Museum. They are the Rookies from St. Paul. They probably didn’t know the Sundew was behind them; they were too busy getting ready for the fast pitch softball game they have tomorrow with a team from Superior called Icebreaker.
sundew20110611_3463John and Rodeane get in their RV every year on May 1st and don’t return home until at least November. Of course they are wired for the trip; Rodeane let me hold her Ipad, the first one I ever saw, much less held. They are on the way to Halifax and I appointed them official Duluth Shipping News photographers whenever they find an interesting ship, in Halifax or anywhere. They will check in here to keep us updated. You can always find their page by clicking on my new category called Friends. This is not a speed trip for them; they are in Duluth for about 2 weeks; they will leave Tuesday, couple days before Grandma’s Marathon. Rodeane passes time on the road playing Scrabble with a bunch of different people all over the country. She has 8 games going now; dial her up and maybe you can get a scrabble game with her. Yes they are married and plan to see their children when they come back across the country from Halifax. If you look closely, you can see that day’s issue of the Duluth Shipping News tucked under her Ipad. (Click all these pictures for larger versions)

A chance encounter

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It’s not often I run into someone who grew up in Oakmont, Pennsylvania while I am delivering my newsletters at the Ship Canal. But this morning, there was Jill Landwehr standing with her husband Jerry ready to watch the James R. Barker come in to load coal. We decided to take pictures of each other taking pictures of each other. I put two together above to get the boat coming and going. Both are retired teachers living in Morris, Minnesota. They met on a dude ranch in Wisconsin and they have been and still do live on a hobby farm with 2 horses and other animals. And yes, I lived in Oakmont for 2 years but never met Jill until today. Fancy that!