May 3, 2020

Week 7 in Quarantine

Week 7 in Quarantine
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for May 3, 2020

We had a special surprise on May Day when we discovered this pleasant note and beautiful rock camping out on our front porch.  There wasn't a name included with who left it, but we're pretty sure our good friend, Sue Korkowski, may have had a hand in it.  Such a sweet thing to do!

We've been bumping into lots of friendly neighbors on our walks lately, but we were quite confused when we were honked at by a bearded stranger in a hot red sports car.  We weren't sure who he was until a couple days later when that same stranger drove by again, but then pulled over to say Hello.  It was none other than our old buddy, Jimmy Gilbertson, who was out closing big real estate deals despite the ongoing pandemic.  It's always fun to see this guy and we discussed setting up some social distancing happy hours down by the Prior Lake boat launch where we can be nice and spread out with folding chairs.  Who's with us?

About a week ago, Minnesota's governor decreed that golf course could re-open so we decided it was time for us to get out there to swing some clubs and hit some balls.  It was a beautiful day on Saturday to do this.

There were some new rules in place that we had to get used to, but none were too difficult.

There was a time when I could golf with my sons and teach them a lesson on how to play.  Those days have long passed us by as now both of their skills have seemed to exceed my own.  How the heck did that happen?

Ahh, who am I kidding?  Despite my desire to put together a solid golf game, I just don't think God ever intended me to excel at this sport.  It is fun when I make a good connection every now and then, but there's a lot of bad connections between those times unfortunately.

Miss Sheri's golf skills also have surpassed mine many years ago, but that probably isn't a surprise since she regularly beats me in most sports we play together.  I'm starting to wonder if she didn't marry me because of my athletic abilities?

We were pretty impressed with all the people out at the golf course either playing a round or hitting the balls at the driving range.  We are still under a stay at home order for another couple of weeks at least, but I think people are pretty sick at being stuck in their houses.

We thought the golf course was busy, but then saw the bike & walking trail which was even busier.  I'm starting to notice people's behaviors towards social distancing are kind of going out the window.  Hopefully that doesn't turn around and bite us all in the butt, but I guess we will see what happens.

A local restaurant called Whisky Inferno has been having a "Drive-Up BBQ" every weekend for the past month or so.  They sell meals family style and take donations for the local food-shelf.  We've always enjoyed their food, so thought we'd check it out.

The food was great with a mix of ribs, beef brisket, chicken, baked beans, macaroni & cheese, and rolls.  We spoke with the owner and his fiancee and congratulated them on their innovative attempts to deal with the closures.  Prior Lake folks, if you haven't tried it out yet, it's worth the trip next weekend.

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