Theresa,Yes, just hit the reply to any of these daily blogs and I will get your message.Seeing and visiting with your folks over a cup of coffee twice a week was one of the highlights of my dad’s Cream Route in the Hills. By the time he got to your house he was nearing the end of his route, so he had all the news from those he had seen before getting to your house. The area of his cream route was from Highway 3 west to Metigoshe and as far south as Lester Halvorson’s.As a kid our family spent a lot of time over at Oscar and Sylvia Bergan’s, your close neighbors to the north.I didn’t realize that your dad lost so many siblings at such a young age. So sad. That had to be so tough on the whole family.Thanks so much for this reply. We are looking forward to hearing from you again too.Gary
(I ask YOUR indulgence as I peck(ed) away. My entering phrase tells what I originally had in mind when I saw the pictures of the CEBU CELEBRATION.
Writing is highly cathartic for me; what follows has been written over the past 4 hours.
I strive for order, etc.)
the celebrations in Cebu greatly outshines our Rough Rider Days here in Dickinson,
held around the 4th of July. We don’t have that many people in this county or including
each of the surrounding counties. Karen Schneider Bowman and Vivian Hewson
Honeyman could add to the number but it would take a few more.
Certainly, YOUR most lovely and prized opportunity in CEBU is BERNADETTE.
The many catered social opportunities YOU folks offer for friends and relatives are so laudable. I can only imagine and attempt to visualize the setting of YOUR home, to understand the beauty and warmth and welcome found inside and to see the evidence of enterprise being successfully demonstrated in YOUR apartments operation(s).
YOU were kind and gracious to invite me to come and see Y’ALL in the Philippines; maybe nex’ “go ’round”. My days of getting away from Dickinson are when I can go to Boston each year to see my son, Eric, his wife, Kim and my grandson, Sam.
YOUR meritorious photos and positive evaluations of each of the businesses, establishments, enterprises or industries that YOU and BERNADETTE have been able to enjoy, indicate YOUR appreciation for progress; by consistently doing so, YOU and BERNADETTE continue to make a great contribution to society.
I forgot; what is the position YOU serve so well in there in YOUR city?
Is it PR, public relations, HR, human resources
Are the hours flexible? Does it offer good benefits? Are there any openings?
I am good at opening last week’s mail and forgetting where I may have lay it.
‘spec it would be nice to some A/C in my office—“dream on Stickland”.
Not too long ago, Dickinson was a quiet burg of 15-18,000. The oil boom has indeed
“boomed-out” the perimeters of our western ND town. Our current population has been estimated to be 25,000 and ‘movin’ up, fast.
When we moved here in 1972, I do not recall A BUILDING north of I-94.
The collective new “building” efforts in 42 years now extend +2 miles
north of I-94 and represents a possible width of 3 miles, east and west.
Our new hospital is scheduled to open this fall.
SANFORD health has provided a new 3-story clinic for Dickinson. Sanford is a very aggressive health care provider. They have purchased the former MedCenter One hospital in Bismarck.
72 unit apartment units have overtaken quarters of land. I know many of the original owners of much of these acres. It was once prime farm land, great pasture for dairy
herds, or succulent pasture that ‘summered’ calves, readying them for a free trip to Sioux Falls, SD or Sioux City, IA; final destination.
Hwy 22 goes 33 miles north to Killdeer. This was once a sedate country drive. In fact,
when Dad was in the nursing home, prior to 2009, he asked me to take him for a drive up
that way for about 40 miles. He enjoyed seeing the hills, the cattle, and the small farms.
The safest way to travel those miles today is to ‘tuck’ behind a truck and stay there. There is a constant flow of trucks each way. Some hauling oil, some hauling clean water, some hauling dirty (after having been used for drilling), some hauling chemicals, some hauling
concrete, or… . It requires over a million (1,000,000) gals of water to drill an oil well.
Any who have become impatient in this endless migration of metal and tried to pass could be dead, broken, or badly bent.
There is now SO much truck traffic at the intersection of HWY 22 and 200 in Killdeer that a stop sign/traffic light method of avoiding accidents is impossible. How do YOU stop a truck weighing a total of 108,000 pounds, execute a civil-allowance for right of way and get that load going again. Can’t be done ! 1000s and 1000s of trucks go thru there every day.
A “round-about” is in place and is reportedly working wonderfully. “Standard” trucks are most-often 3 axles as “drivers” and up to 4 axles at the rear of that first trailer. Sometimes, one truck will pull 2 trailers; the second trailer may have another 4 or 5 axles.
English Comp teacher in Freshman year of college took me aside and asked me how I got thru HS with such good grades? She said, “YOU can’t write a ‘lick’. I’m still trying. I sent her a copy of one of my graduate degree thesis.
Thanks for YOUR, EARS, Gary 3:49 am MST, Wed, 1-22-2014
Thank you Lee for the nice compliments.
Your first statement “YOUR most lovely and prized opportunity in CEBU is BERNADETTE” is so true. That she most certainly is.
I don’t do much with the local groups, but I am pretty involved with our Cebu Expat group of friends. The accolades and the many thanks of appreciation are the true benefits of the job. Our group is growing fast too. We have 131 folks signed up for a buffet dinner this coming Monday at the Shangri-La Hotel resort. The regular price of their Buffet dinner is $44.00. They are giving our group a special discount for $18.00. Our numbers are the driving force. I will admit there were some strong negotiations to get that deal. I told them their initial 50% discount wasn’t good enough. It is good advertising for them and they are making money too.
From Evie Gottbreht (65):
The last email made me think about the day that Charlton Heston came to town…..he landed in a small plane in the Berube pasture…..remember it had a wind flag and that was where little planes would land…..
Several of the Gottbreht kids went to see Mr. Heston arrive, he picked up my sister Lori and gave her a kiss….Phyllis McKay and myself were way too busy playing in the lagoon for that Hollywood “stuff”. Were we really 9 years old playing at the lagoon? What were our parents thinking……all that freedom. We were probably smoking cigarettes.
He stayed at Dales in #9, our family called that the Charleston Heston Suite…..I doubt today you could get an actor to land in a pasture in North Dakota to dedicate anything!
PS Winter in California has been great. Lots of snow on the mountains that I can see almost everyday, lots of rain so everything else is green, with my work I drive along the ocean to San Diego several times a month. I absolutely love California but the things I like about myself I learned in North Dakota!
From Mona Dionne Johnson (48):
I remember Albert Ledoux well. He lived in Thorne, ND as I did, when I
was a kid I remember he was good to us kids, and when I was 12 or so,
learned to drive while sitting in his lap and then graduating to the
whole bit of driving by myself. He was a very good carpenter. He was
also a Vet of World War II.
I too remember Charlton Heston at the Peace Garden – there with my
family – one hot day !!
Mona Johnson (48)