June 3, 2012

Toby Keith's Bar, Boating, and Golfing

Toby Keith's Bar, Boating, and Golfing 
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for June 3, 2012

On Friday night, the Swank Family headed to St. Louis Park to go to Toby Keith's Bar.  I'd heard of Toby Keith before but had no clue from where.  I figured he must be known for making really good chicken or something.

The reason for our visit was to celebrate Jason Hornbuckle's 41st birthday.  I swear the guy doesn't look a day older than 40!  It must be the lotion he uses or something.

Jason is a really popular guy so eventually we had to get a really big shoehorn to wedge us all into the booth around him.

Technically, this place is a country music bar, but they serve food as well so Luke and Avery were able to stick around until 9:30pm.  Then they told us we had to go away.

It's probably a good thing they made us leave, because the boys were starting to enjoy the bar scene a little too much.  I told them next month when they turn 13 we may be able to start hanging out at bars more, but not until then.

On Saturday night, we were hanging out at home when suddenly our friend, Jen Walters, swung by with her boat and asked us if we wanted to go for a cruise.  It sounded like a good idea to us.

Her husband, Dan, said we could try some fishing with him if we wanted, but I told him Thanks, but no thanks.

Luke took him up on the challenge, but luckily he didn't catch any.  I really don't think his mouth and throat are quite big enough to swallow one whole like Dan did.

Avery and Conner decided to forego the poles all together and tried to catch some with their hands.  They didn't have much luck.

Eventually we got bored with the little fish and decided to go trolling for sharks instead.  Not much success there either.  I guess next time we'll have to try to do it in salt water.

On Sunday, I connected with my co-workers Jay and Rob and went to Lakeview Golf Course in Orono for a rousing 18 holes of Golf.  Or as they like to call it, Mulligans and Gimmes.

Steve "Cuds" Cuddihy was also there, but he wasn't much in the mood for pictures.  It was all about the stroking for him. 

Lakeview Golf Course is somewhat unique in that they have a bunch of fake coyotes on the course.  We kind of figured that they must have them there to scare the geese away which made me very happy.  Nothing I hate worse is for geese to be screwing with me while I'm trying to hit my ball.

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