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p ,,o 9 Thursday, August 25,'2011 ~'~b*" "--" v~6,,i,~,i,v,,m,,a, Tri-County News Kimball, MN Waiting for the president 3i|| Pe ler By Chuck Sterling National Guard activity, ii ."Slices of Life" My wife and I drove down to They eventually moved on, and ~ ~: Cannon Falls last week to see Pres- Rose and her niece found a patch of ~ ~ MUSIC, memory, and the ident Barack Obama. shade where they continued wait- ~I ~: That was the idea anyway. The ing. We checked out the wire fence periodictable of elements around the park and briefly consid- POSTMASTER: Send address closest we came to a sighting was to talk to a woman who actually did see him. The president began a bus tour in Cannon Falls on Monday, Aug. 15, before traveling to Iowa and Illinois over the next couple of days. He held a "town hall meeting" in a city park, but it was restricted to about 500 people who had obtained free tickets at the city hall the day before. Since we couldn't get tickets, Marilynn and I set out on the 140- mile drive - We took the long way to avoid the Twin Cities - about 6:30 Monday morning, figuring we might get a chance to wave as the presidential procession went by. But I secretly hoped we inight finagle our way into the park or even, somehow, meet the com- mander-in-chief. That's why I wore my Obama T-shirt from the 2008 campaign and brought along my Chicago White Sox cap. Obama's a Chica- goan and a White Sox fan. We arrived at 9:30 in the town of 4,000 about 45 miles southeast of Minneapolis to find it bristling with anticipation. Nursing home residents sat in front of their building along High- way 19 on the way into town hop'- ing to see the motorcade go by. Sign-carrying protestors gath- ered on Main Street while camera crews set up their equipment and others waited on lawn chairs. We made our way to Lower Hanna's Bend Park. where author- ities were allowing ticket-holders inside. But a young man in a black suit told us there was no way to get in without a ticket, even with an Obama shirt and Sox cap. A few people were camped on a grassy hill across from the park entrance, and we joined them. Rose, a Hispanic woman from near Louisville, Ky., sat with her niece, a teenager who had just flown in from Mexico City. Rose said her sister was a Minneapolis Star-Tribune photographer help- ing cover the event, and even she didn't know the route the presi- dent would take into the park. Waiting in the sun for the next couple of hours, we learned that her sister's 8-year-old daughter was seriously ill with brain can- cer and was scheduled for che- motherapy the next day. Rose and her niece were apparently visiting ered climbing it at a secluded spot but quickly rejected the notion. When it became clear that the president and his.entourage had entered the park by another route, we returned to our car to listen to the meeting on the radio. Afterward, a neighborhood woman who l~ad been sitting in her front yard hoping to see the president go by invited us to cut through her back yard to reach the crest of a hill overlooking U.S. Highway 52 for a possible look at the motorcade as it left town. She and her 80-year-old mother joined tis in our vigil until we aban- doned it after about 30 minutes. Returning to our car, we decided to take a look downtown before heading out, but when we noticed people waiting at the Highway 19 .bridge over U.S. 52, we joined them. We stood there for about 40 min- utes, passing the time talking to a woman from Glasgow, Mont. Giving up on that location, we continued downtown, where we promptly drove into a roadblock created by a crowd and the very Obama bus that we'd been waiting for hours to see. The president, according to news reports later, had stopped at a delicatessen for a turkey sand- wich and a meeting with some Iraq War veterans. But by the time we arrived, he had returned to the bus, and it left shortly without allowing us a glimpse of its presi- dential passenger. Disappointed, we walked along Main Street, where I spotted Rose and" her niece coming from the direction where the bus had been parked. Had she seen Obama? Not only that. They had been lunching in the dell when she was stunnectto see him walk through the door. She met him, shook his hand and told him about her sister's, daugh- ter's illness. The president wished the girl a return to good health. Her niece from Mexico City was still on Cloud 9, Rose said. If I was the tiniest bit skeptical, she quickly dispelled any- doubt by producing her smart phone and scrolling to several images of Obama. The last one was so close it cut off the top of his head. As we left Cannon Falls, we hadn't accomplished our mission to see the president, but Rose and Music is a language all its own. The combination of words, melody and beat can get inside your head and take permanent residency. I know this to be true because I have lots of music stuck in my head. Like the song from the Flint- stones. I probably couldn't forget that one if my life depended on it: "Flintstones. Meet the Flint- stones. They're a modern stone- age family..." (Go ahead and fin- ish the rest if you want.) Memory is a goofy thing. I stUd- ied the periodic table of elements in school. I worked diligently to learn all the symbols for the ele- ments. I remember hydrogen, oxy- gen and maybe a couple more, but I've forgotten the rest. The same can't be said for the Flintstones lyrics. That little ditty is ingrained in my brain. I find this interesting, curi- ous and a little bit weird. Why do I remember something (trivial) I never set out to memorize, but forget (significant) information I worked to retain? More impor- tantly, why do I (and I'm guess- ing you) remember so many songs from old TV shows? To illustrate my point, I've put together a little quiz. I predict you'll be humming in no time. (I've included a clue after each quote. Answers are at the end of this column. No peeking!) I'll start with an easy one: "Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale. A tale of a fateful trip..." (The Min- now) "Who can turn the world on with her smile? Who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?" (MTM) "A horse is a horse, of course, of course. And no one can talk to a horse, ~f course. This is. of course, unless the horse is the famous..." (Wilbur) "Hello world, hear the song that we're singing. C'mon get happy!" (Psychedelic bus) "Welcome back. Your dreams were your ticket out." (A young John Travolta) "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And they re always glad ~ou came." (Norm!) "Give us any chance we'll take it. Give us.any rule we'll break it. We're gonna make our dreams come true." (Friends of the Fonz) "They're creepy and they're kooky." Mysterious and spooky. Their altogether ooky..." (Morti- cia) And, the final entry in our lit- tle quiz: "Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the hit parade. Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days." (Archie) (Answers: Gilligan's Island, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mr. Ed, Partridge Family, Welcome Back Kotter, Cheers, Laverne and Shir- ley, Th~Adams Family and All in the Family) How did you do? These shows were from the 1970s and 1980s, so your memories go back 30 or 40 years. Recalling a complete set of lyrics from decades ago is remark- able Inot to mention a little embar- rassing). I may not remember the periodic symbol for gold, but I admit, somewhat unwillingly, these tunes still feel fresh on my. brain. Perhaps there's more than a good melody and catchy beat that has me looking back at the era with a rosy sense of nostalgia. Archie and Edith had a point about the good old days. Television in the '70s and '80s was a period filled with strong family ties, when our fields were lush with green acres, all days were happy days with hardly any dark shadows. Back then, reality TV consisted of Ed Sullivan and Lawrence Welk and we didn't think it at all odd, bor- ing or even gong-worthy to watch middle-aged couples waltz to big band champagne music on a black and white screen. As a kid. my Saturday evenings were reserved for one show: Carol Burnett. So, I'll use her words to end my reminiscing: "I'm so glad we had this time together. To have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just get started and before you , knowit, comes the time we have to say, 'So long.'" Jill Pertler. award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" is collecting fans on Facebook on her Slices of Life page. E-mail her at pertmn@ qwest.net: or visit her website at http : //marketing-by-design.home. mchsi.com/. changes to the Tri-County News, RO. 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