January 17, 2022

Fishing Atop A Frozen Lake


Fishing Atop A Frozen Lake
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for January 17, 2022

Luke and I attended the final Vikings game of the season.  It wasn't nearly as exciting as other games because they'd already been eliminated from the playoffs so the game was kind of meaningless.  

We had many high hopes for the season and a lot of really exciting games that went down to the wire.  Unfortunately the Vikings ended up on the losing side of the wire too many times to be eligible for the post season.

Andy Dalton and the Chicago Bears were our opponents for the day.  They had an even tougher season than we did.  They looked to have the Vikings number during a lackluster first half, but the home team came back in the second to win the game 31-17.  It also made our draft position in next year's draft go from #9 to #12.  So even in a victory the Vikings somehow ended up screwed.  Guess it's time for a change in regime.

The game ended up being the last for Coach Mike Zimmer.  He was fired the next morning along with our GM, Rick Spielman.  Here's to new adventures next year!

The highlight of the game came when my high school buddy, "Dancin" Dave Hansen, stopped by to pay Luke and I a visit.  Our season tickets are only a few sections away from one another, but this was the first time we met during a game this year.  Another thing we'll have to do more of next season.

On Thursday night, we had dinner with our good friends, Sue & Ron Korkowski, at a new restaurant in Shakopee called Texas Roadhouse.  It was muy bueno.  

We've had several weeks now of sub-zero cold, so we're finally feeling brave enough to go driving around on frozen lakes.  This time it was a visit to nearby Cedar Lake.

We were invited to go ice fishing with our good friends, Jen & Dan Walters and jumped at the opportunity.  Luke loves to fish so he decided to join us for the occasion.

There's something oddly therapeutic about waiting by a black hole in hopes of slimy critters to come out and pay us a visit.  It's probably not very therapeutic for the fish, but we really enjoy the tranquility of it.

Jen & Dan's ice house is very cozy.  Despite the fact that it was about zero degrees outside, we were nice and warm and had a few hours worth of spirited fun.

It probably helped that we were actually catching fish this time!  Luke led the way by bringing in 4 crappies to bring the group total to 8.  A fun time was had by all!  Again, with the notable exception that the fish probably didn't enjoy it nearly as much as we did.


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