July 16, 2017

Todd Swank's Vine Videos

This is Todd Swank's archive of VIne Videos. Vine was a short-form video hosting service where users could share six-second-long looping video clips. It launched in 2012 and stopped allowing new videos in 2016. I created more than 250 videos in those 4 years and here they are in one 25 Minute Video.

Luke & Avery's 18th Birthday

Luke & Avery's 18th Birthday
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for July 16, 2017

On Monday night, I connected with my old buddy, Tom Gray.  He's doing great and we had a pleasant conversation catching up on each other's lives.  Plus, we ate at Chili's which always makes for a great evening.

On Wednesday morning, we were invited to the Prior Lake Rotary Club meeting.  Avery was honored to receive a scholarship from the organization and they had him come in so they could present it.  It was a very proud moment for us.

During the meeting, we had the pleasure of sitting with the Superintendent of Prior Lake & Savage Area Schools, Dr. Teri Staloch.  She's always very nice to our family.

On Thursday night, Grandma Linda stopped by to wish Luke & Avery an early Happy Birthday.  She brought a cookie cake so we were all very excited to welcome her in with open arms.  Even Blue couldn't keep his eyes off of it.

This is my workplace.  I work for Oracle selling enterprise software and my office is in the middle of downtown Minneapolis.   So this is my regular view on most weekdays.

On Friday, my buddy, Mike, and I walked down to US Bank Stadium.

The X Games were taking place there this weekend and I was hoping if we wandered down, we might be able to sneak in and see some of the action.

We didn't have any luck, though.  They had everything pretty well fenced off and there didn't seem to be much going on inside yet.  I watched some of the events on TV, though, and it looked like it was a pretty cool place to be.

On Friday, Luke & Avery officially turned 18 years old and a couple of friends came over to go to Mystic Lake Casino with them.  It's like one of the only new privileges you get when you turn 18 and they didn't want to waste any time going there to check out the place.  Their friends were curious to see how many times Luke would get carded and they weren't disappointed.  They had security come up to them on 5 different occasions to request ID.  It's the little things that get us excited.

Later that night, the boys had several more friends over to see what kind of mischief they could create.  

Happy Birthday, Luke & Avery!!

On Saturday, we went boating with our good friends, Jen & Dan Walters.  It was really, really hot and the only place that sounded fun to go was in the water!

We went out to Candy Cove and swam around with other boaters as well as some ducks and fish.  The water felt extremely refreshing.

On the way back home, we stopped at a bird party.  These guys get pretty rowdy so you gotta watch out when you're around them.

This guy kept giving us an awkward eye so we got out of there.  We weren't looking for any trouble.

We ended the evening at Red Lobster for a little Crabfest.  Usually Miss Sheri and I do our best to avoid crabs, but when we're with the Walters, it's anything goes.

July 9, 2017

Glewwe Castle Brewery Open House

Glewwe Castle Brewery Open House
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for July 9, 2017

On Friday night, we went to the Lakeville Car Cruise to visit Grandma Linda and her friend, Mike.  Mike has a 1968 Imperial convertible that he likes to bring to various shows.  Apparently it's 1 of only 2000 that were manufactured.  It's really big and unlike any other convertibles I've ever seen.

There were old cars there and also new ones like this Dodge Viper.  I think I'd look good in a car like this.

Later that night we went to our friends, The Korkowskis. 

Luke, Adam, and Jackson were pretty excited to be there.

We went swimming in the pool and ate dinner together.  Not at the same time, though.

When we were all done, we did our best to clean up after ourselves.  It can be pretty challenging to do that, but we try hard.

Saturday morning brought us to the movies to see the new Spiderman: Homecoming.  Avery said he thought it was the best Spiderman movie ever made and I think I'd have to agree with him.  Although I'm not 100% positive that I've seen every Spiderman movie ever made especially if any were ever made in other countries or back when there were only silent movies.  

We went to Sarah Patrick's graduation party which was fun.  Sarah is going to go to school to be a nurse next year which is really cool in case I get hurt in the future I will know who to call.

Saturday night brought us to Arden Hills to Victoria Bailey's "Welcome to the World" party.  We had the joy of seeing a bunch of Hornbuckles and other friends while we were there which is always a good time.

On Sunday, we went to the Glewwe Castle Brewery open house.  Details of which can be seen here.  Mark and Laurel Glewwe have been good friends to the Prior Lake robotics program so we and some of the other robotics parents thought it would be fun to go to their open house.

The Country Squirrels played some tunes for us.  They were a pleasant sounding band which made for an enjoyable afternoon out in the country.

Mark is a brew master who creates a wide variety of soda, beer and wines many of which are quite tasty!  If you're in Prior Lake, you can see Mark at the farmer's market or go to one of his open houses and experience it for yourself.

July 4, 2017

The 2017 4th of July Celebrations

The 2017 4th of July Celebrations
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for July 4, 2017

We've had a wonderful holiday weekend spent with good friends.  On Friday night, we went to Guy & Jeanine Perera's house for a rousing match of Monopoly Deal.  We had never played that game before, but rushed out and bought our own set after they introduced us to it.  It's very fun.

On Sunday, we went to the St. Croix River to hang out with Karl & Tina Zitzewitz.  They're such an attractive couple.

We were also joined by our good friends, Troy and Rhonda Brown.  They're pretty attractive also.

We had a bunch of attractive boys with us as well.

We spent the day playing in the river.

Karl brought along his jet ski which is always a treat.

Although it might have not been a treat for all of us.

The boys and I took it for a ride.  I can only tolerate Luke's driving so much before I have to take over again.  He gets pretty crazy with the wave jumping.

Avery likes to spin the jet ski in circles until I go flying off the side which is not nearly as fun as it may sound.

Pretty soon a car came floating by us so we figured it might be a good time to get out of the water.

We were all getting pretty excited for the fireworks to start being shot out from the city of Hudson, Wisconsin.

The guys were on pins and needles with anticipation wondering about all the colors we'd soon be seeing in the sky.

All in all, it was a beautiful night on the St. Croix River.

On Monday morning, we drove down to Clear Lake, Iowa for the actual 4th of July holiday.

We connected with friends and family to play golf at Oak Hills.

We had lunch at the OP.  I love me some grinder subs!!

Then we headed downtown to the carnival where we saw all sorts of fun people.

We saw Jason Davis and his boys.

We spent most of our time with the Madson clan.

We even saw Bobbi and Gene driving around in the Monte Carlo which is a pretty common site in Clear Lake.

We saw Uncle Jerry and cousin Joey along with Hannah who is related to us in some way, shape, or form, but I'm not sure I can describe it.

We saw Jason and Debbie for a short time which is always quite special.

On the 4th of July, we went to Main Street to watch the parade.

The usual cast of characters was there.

We even got Jason to join us to watch which was very nice.

All in all, we had a most excellent Independence Day.  Happy 4th of July to all of you as well!