February 12, 2017

Minneapolis RV Show 2017

Minneapolis RV Show 2017
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for February 12, 2017

On Saturday, we headed into downtown Minneapolis to the convention center for the 2017 RV show.  It's the largest collection of RVs in the 5 state area.

We went to the show with our good friends, the Zitzewitz Family.  They like climbing in and out of a bunch of RVs just as much as we do!

Miss Sheri and I plan on purchasing an RV when we get closer to retiring age.  She loves driving the big rigs.  But first we have some boys to get through college before we can spend money on something silly like this.

I love messing with the salesmen.  I sit in the bathroom like this until one of them sees me.  Then I smile and run out of there.

After the show, we ate dinner at Don Pablos.  It's really good Mexican food and we filled the table with a bunch of it.

On Sunday morning, we headed back to Minneapolis to the Academy of Holy Angels for the state table tennis tournament.

Holy Angels is the high school where Arizona Cardinals star receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, went to high school.  I also have friends who's kids attend this school, but this was my first chance for a visit.

There were high school table tennis teams from all over the state of Minnesota at the event and quite a few of them looked pretty tough!

This was Luke and Avery's first year joining the Prior Lake High School table tennis team.  They had quite a bit of fun with it.

Unfortunately for the Prior Lake team, they drew Moundsview in the first round and they have won the state championship each of the past two years.  Needless to say, our boys' first rounds were pretty tough matches.  But they still looked like they were having fun.

Luke had some good runs against his opponent and only lost his first match by a score of 8-11.  We didn't stick around for the whole tournament so we're hoping they each had better luck in their later matches.

Today is Miss Sheri and I's 23rd wedding anniversary and we celebrated it by going out to breakfast.  Because that's the kind of thing you do when you've been married for 23 years.

February 6, 2017

Support The Special Olympics By Sponsoring Todd Swank In The Prior Lake Polar Plunge!

Todd Swank will be jumping in a freezing cold lake to help support the Special Olympics and would appreciate your donations to support this great cause!

Here's details:
Every Plunge makes a difference for more than 8,100 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world. Funds raised through the Polar Plunge help to support programs such as Young AthletesUnified SportsHealthy Athletes and Athlete Leadership Programs, to name a few. Learn more about Special Olympics Minnesota and our amazing athletes at specialolympicsminnesota.org.

Ice Fishing in Spring Lake, Minnesota

Ice Fishing in Spring Lake, Minnesota
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for February 6, 2016

On Friday night, our good friends the Zitzewitz Family and Troy Brown came over for a hot tub party and some snacks.  Not necessarily in that order.

On Saturday, we ventured out on to Spring Lake to do some ice fishing.  I always get nervous driving on the ice no matter how many trucks I see out in front of us or how thick they tell me the ice is.  Just the thought of being in a vehicle that suddenly fell through the ice into freezing cold water is enough to give me pause.  But we put our irrational fears behind us and charged forward.

Our good friend Dan Walters has access to a friend's cabin, so we asked him if we could tag along with him some time and he was happy to oblige.  I didn't get a chance to ask him what was the significance of a green door on an ice house was, but I'm sure it means something pretty crazy.

It was nice and cozy inside the ice house thanks to the handy stove on the wall.  We took off our coats and settled in to catch some monsters.

I kept looking down the holes to catch a glimpse of some of the monsters as they swam by, but I didn't see any.  It was kind of fun seeing the minnows we were using for bait swim by the holes from time to time, though.

Turns out we didn't have much luck catching monsters, although this perch put up quite the fight as we strained to pull him out of the hole.

After awhile, I found myself wandering around outside to see if anyone else was having any luck.  I couldn't hear any screams of delight from this distance so I assumed every was having a slow day.

We did spot a couple of bald eagles sitting on a nearby tree which was really cool.  I love watching bald eagles.  I wish we had caught more fish so I could have offered them some of our catch.

I went home for awhile and felt guilty that the dogs didn't get to join us ice fishing so I took them for a walk on Prior Lake.  They seemed to like that.

Jen and Dan came to pick us up again later in the evening so we could take Luke ice fishing.  He had never done it before and wanted to give it a shot.

He didn't catch anything, but I thought he held his pole real well.

Sheri also did a good job with the pole, but again No fish.  It turns out the Swank Family isn't very good at ice fishing, but we still had a bunch of fun doing it.

We brought along our new 360Fly 4K video camera. Since it's water proof, I asked Dan to stick it down in the ice hole to discover what we'd see. I thought the results were pretty cool. Even after Dan had a cramp and dropped my new camera!