July 17, 2022

Rockin' on Reeds 2022


Rockin' on Reeds 2022
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for July 17, 2022

I had a week full of visits with good buddies.  Krazy Kory was in town on Tuesday night and we went to Whiskey Inferno in Savage.  Fun times.

It's been a year since I'd seen my old buddy, Tom Gray.  Tom recently went into full-time retirement so we went out to dinner to celebrate.  It was great catching up on our past adventures.

On Thursday, Luke and Avery had their 23rd birthdays.  Naturally one of the top things they wanted to do on their special day was have a visit with Grandma Linda.  These boys have their priorities straight.

Since they both had to work, we didn't get to do too much celebrating together.  They chose Benihana for dinner since it's one of our favorite restaurants and a nice place to be festive.

The chef honored their birthday by cooking our rice in the shape of the number 23.  It's also possible he's a huge fan of Michael Jordan, but I'm sticking with the birthday honor story.

On Saturday, the boys celebrated separately with friends.  Luke went off with some of his pals while Avery had his buddies down for a boat ride.  It was a beautiful day to be on the lake.

 We planned on spending the day being productive, but then my buddy Ted texted me and asked if we wanted to go out on the boat with them.  We said, "What the heck?"

I wanted to get out on the lake because there was a concert on one of the islands called Rockin' On Reeds.

I was pretty impressed with all the boats circling the island listening to the music.  We arrived after the concert had already started so we had to park a ways away from the action.  I thought about swimming to the island but realized that was going to be a lot of work.  So I just swam around with Ted instead.

The acoustics were a little rough so we had challenges hearing the band, but what I could hear sounded pretty good.  They were called Good for Gary and played Top 40 type music which is right up my alley.  Next year I'm getting there early and partying on the beach!

On Saturday night, we connected with our old buddies, Jen & Dan Walters, and went to see a St. Paul Saints game.

It's been a few years since we had been to a Saints game, but I always remember them to be a good time.  It used to be less about baseball and more about fun, but last year the Saints became the Triple A Farm Minor League Club for the Minnesota Twins, so the quality of baseball has escalated quite a bit.

This became evident when we learned that Twins slugger Miguel Sano who is rehabbing from an injury was playing in the game.  He hit two homeruns which was pretty exciting to witness.

It was a beautiful night for a baseball game and we had a bunch of fun being there!  Thanks to Ross & Robyn Thompson for the tickets!

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