April 23, 2023

A Stroll Down Memory Lane in Clear Lake, Iowa


A Stroll Down Memory Lane in Clear Lake, Iowa
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for April 23. 2023

I've been fascinated with all things AI lately.  This week I paid $12 bucks to an app called Lensa which provides you 100 AI generated photos of a person after you upload 10-20 selfies.  A lot of the ones it produced are crap, but these were a few of my favorites.  These tools are just so amazing!

On Wednesday night, we had the opportunity to meet up with Jeff and Cathy at Rudy's Red Eye in Lakeville.  It's always nice catching up with them.

On Friday we traveled down to Clear Lake, Iowa for the Memorial for Betty Sherman.  She was an incredible lady.  I went to high school with her son, John, but had known her long before I met him. Their family owned the local movie theater and I used to go there with my dad when I was a kid.  Betty was always so nice to my dad and I and judging by the crowd at her memorial, we weren't the only ones.  The family did an awesome job at the service.  The photos they showed took me for a nice stroll down memory lane and the eulogies didn't leave a dry eye in the house.  Rest in Peace, Betty.

Although it's always sad at these events, it's also fun to see old friends.  Krazy Kory & Jason Davis were there and we had a good time hanging out together for a few hours.

Brian used to work at Oak Hills Golf Course and we spent many days together with plenty of laughs.  

We'd just seen Chad and Riann in Arizona a couple months back, but it had been years since we've seen Tom Whelan.  

There were a few of us there from the class of 1988, but many more from the class of 1987.  A good crew.

We had to get back to the Twin Cities in time to see Game 3 of the Playoff matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Denver Nuggets.

The home team decided to have a "White-Out" event and gave everyone free t-shirts and then berated people until they wore them.  We were happy to oblige.

I think the shirts helped get us on the big screen again, but I can't be completely sure about that.

The first two games of the series didn't go the way the Wolves had hoped.  They got blown out in Game 1, had a nice comeback and lead in Game 2, but eventually gave that up for their second loss.  They were going to need to get a win tonight to have any kind of chance for a competitive series.

Of course when you're going up against the NBA's Reigning MVP in Nicola Jokic, that's easier said than done.

I had a bit of a mishap when the players were being announced.  The entire crowd stands up for introductions and I was on the aisle seat.  Apparently the rubber seam they use to connect the bleachers together was failing and I just happened to stand directly on it.  The seam collapsed underneath me and my leg dropped into the hole all the way down to my thigh.  It was surprising and a bit painful, but even more embarrassing when I realized I couldn't get loose.  Miss Sheri had to grab one arm and a kind stranger took the other and they lifted me out of it.  We told an usher about it and they replaced the seam with another one that looked just as crappy, but I managed to avoid standing on it again for the rest of the night.

The Timberwolves played a decent game and kept it competitive.  They ended the first quarter in a tie, but it mainly went downhill from there.

Jokic had a triple double and the Nuggets beat the home team by a score of 120 to 111.  They now lead the series 3 to 0 and it's not looking good for our Timberwolves.  In the history of the NBA, no team has ever comeback from a 3 to 0 deficit and I don't foresee the Wolves being the first.

  We'll see what they can do this summer to make improvements.  Last summer they bet their entire future by trading 5 first round picks plus some other assets to get Rudy Gobert in a trade.  I don't believe they'll do anything that crazy again, but we'll see.  This team has always been full of surprises.

With Minnesota's luck, the surprise will probably be Anthony Edwards saying he doesn't want to play with us any more which would really suck.  Let's hope that's not the case and next year will be our year!

@toddswank The Timberwolves lose Game 3 of the NBA playoffs to the Nuggets. Better luck next year! #nba #timberwolves #nuggets #minnesota #denver ♬ This Is a Work of Art (Sketchy) - Dubskie

The Timberwolves lose Game 3 of the NBA playoffs to the Nuggets. Better luck next year! #nba #timberwolves #nuggets #minnesota #denver


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