Something With Goo in the Middle

Happy Halloween, Baboons!

As we prepare for the annual Trick-or-Treat kidstorm in our neighborhood (more than 500 tiny treats handed out at our door last year), I’m reminded of the blessing of infinite variety in our candy universe. We have hard, crunchy candies and soft chewy ones. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate for the older kids and fun, fruity chews for the tykes. Some candies are solid throughout. Others have gooey and even liquid interiors, which can strike some people as creepy and even dangerous.

And so it goes for asteroids, apparently.

There are millions of them in the asteroid belt, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Last year the European Space Agency accomplished a close-by flight on one such object, named Lutetia. Something about Lutetia is not quite right – she’s a lot denser than she appears (also true for some people – yours truly included). In the case of Lutetia, the theory making the rounds right now is that there’s molten metal in the center, which would be something new for asteroids and could suggest that Lutetia was on the way to becoming a full-fledged planet before succumbing to a case of arrested development.

It might also explain where magnetic meteorites come from.

Lutetia is odd shaped and nugget-like. It actually reminds me of a couple of things – one is a piece of the bag candy “Pop Rocks”, which fizzed in your mouth. Remember those? There was a pervasive bit of urban lore claiming kids who swallowed the candy or mixed it with a carbonated drink would suffer some kind of gastro-intestinal explosion – a thought that was just threatening enough to make Pop Rocks irresistible.

And of course as we’ve already discussed, Lutetia’s weird shape is reminiscent of a well-known image by Edvard Munch, now made even more alarming by the thought that there’s hot liquid metal sloshing around inside. How appropriate for Halloween. Don’t bite down too hard, unless you want to SCREAM!

What’s your favorite candy?

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121 thoughts on “Something With Goo in the Middle”

  1. Good morning to all,

    I am a candy feind. I like all kinds. There are some kinds that aren’t my favorites. There are none that I would turn down. The top favorite that comes to mind is chocolate candies made by the Sees candy company. They add various things to their chocolates that are espcially good; nuts, carmel, and other nice flavors that go well in chocolate candies. I never fail to buy some Sees candy when they come to the Mall of America at Christmas time.

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    1. Yes, when I’m visiting my California sister, we sometimes make it to the See’s candy store… there’s something special there.

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    2. I realize, now, how lucky I was to grow up in California with year round access to See’s candies. For the past 25 years my mom has been my candy angel, sending boxes of Nuts & Chews assortments each Christmas. As much as I love the candy, it was always a tedious process for me… cutting each piece in half in search of the few pieces that would not set off my nut allergy. Last year my mom sent See’s gift certificates instead… a one pound box of our choice for each of us. It was awesome! I perused the See’s website, carefully read each of the candy descriptions and calculated the percentages for each of my choices, nine in all (15% raspberry truffle, 5% scotchmallow, etc)… it was quite a process. My husband went with 100% dark nougat… end of discussion. The candy arrived and, within two days, the difference between my husband & I became even more obvious. His candy box had been decimated… reduced to a pile of crumpled brown wrappers and two lone pieces of nougat. I had only consumed a piece and a half (yes, the old habit of cutting them in half dies hard). I savored those chocolates for more than a month. Now if I can just figure out how to keep my husband from begging!
      … and don’t forget to brush your teeth before bed tonight!

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  2. RIse and Shine Baboons!

    Trick or Treat
    Smell my feet
    Give me something good to eat.

    That, friends, is your sample of fine poetry for the day.

    Favorite candy: Frozen Snickers. The best.

    Unless, of course, I’m in France or Italy. Then it is European Dark Chocolate.

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  3. I am eccumenical when it comes to candy….

    if you’ve ever made peanut brittle or other sugar-based candy, it is easy to believe that the molten substance inside Lutetia is melted sugar.

    As a holiday treat for baboons, I am sharing my new 3 ingredient recipe for Butterfingers

    16 oz candy corn
    16 oz peanut butter
    chocolate

    Melt the candy corn in the microwave. It will be a delightful orange liquid. Stir in peanut butter. Put into an 8 inch square pan (easiest if lined with wax paper or parchment). Freeze for 15 minutes until hard. Cut into squares. Melt chocolate in microwave (chips, light or dark of any variety). Dip squares into chocolate, allow excess to drip off, cool on wax paper covered plate.

    Enjoy!

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    1. An Anna-Marie facebook post yesterday.: Pretty sure that waffles topped with peanut butter and lingonberry preserves are one of nature’s perfect foods.
      I imagine her waffles and then your candy and then . . . .

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      1. Neither of these are treats for the peanut averse (or allergic). Next to lactose intolerance, peanut intolerance is one of my food nightmares…

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      2. I’ve lived with a peanut allergy all my life, Anna… Halloween was always a tricky one for me to navigate my way through!

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  4. We assume that in this secure apartment building we will get no children. But I may include Krista and Jim in that total.
    Favorite candy–in my childhood it was CANDY, except soft-centered kinds. Today I could care less. Since chocolate and peanuts in any form bother me, it does not leave much. Caramels are left. My mother used to every now and then at Halloween make caramel, which spoiled me on the kind you buy in the store. Fresh home-make caramel makes what you buy in a wrapper taste like mildew.

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    1. oh yeah, homemade caramels…… if you have to be left with something, those are a very fifine thing.
      I am resolved to get good at making those and English toffee, so I need never be without.

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      1. Making caramels is a Christmas tradition I began with my youngest daughter when she was a tiny tyke. We would make and wrap hundreds of gooey morsels…enough so that each member of the extended family received a tin with plenty left over for ourselves. My daughter is now grown with a tyke of her own and carries on the tradition. Every year she makes up a tin for me… but I DO miss those days we spent together in Santa’s candy workshop.

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  5. Halloween makes me think of Sugar Babies, Slo Pokes, Black Cows, Bit-O-Honey, Tootsie Roll pops, Turkish Taffy, Mr. Goodbar, Baby Ruth and Oh Henry, and M&M’s in those little snack size packs.

    Like Jim, I don’t say no to candy. Unless it’s offered by a stranger who wants me to get in his car.

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    1. Very cleaver. This video got me sidetracked to view more cat videos. What a hoot! Thanks for posting, Linda.

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    2. Reminds me of a birthday card caption: “No animals were harmed to make this [photo], but 3 cats were made to feel like complete idiots.”

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  6. There will be two baboons coming to your door Clyde, but they probably will not be demanding that you give them treats. They might know a few tricks.

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  7. 1. Dark chocolate – the darker the better
    2. Dark chocolate with caramel
    3. Good milk chocolate with caramel
    4. Anything else chocolate
    5. Everything else

    Halloween candy, however, is a different critter: 3 Musketeers, 100,000 Grand, Milky Way, M&Ms…those are my top choices. And therefore, not the ones we are giving out (lest I eat all of the candy while waiting for the kiddies – a good year for us is 30 or so – I think it’s our proximity to Lyndale and being on a weird intersection).

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  8. my candy relationship is like many passing phases of life. what used to call out now is of little appeal. butterfingers are my favorite, truffles or dark chocolate with a cup of coffee or tea, one or tweo is plenty thanks you. i do apprecaite the art of candy making and lindas fudge and raspberries tarts are wonderful but sitting down with a bag of halloween candy is for the past me not the current. i do admit to a past life of punching holes in the bottoms of the russle stover candies pink and white creams were the targets.
    candy makes me remember my grandparents, my moms mom was a little hoity toity with little marroon hard candies with raspberry goo in the middle and the pastel fingersandwich looking ones with the pastel green ping and white layers each half the thickness of a dime sitting around in silver candy dishes for the company , us included. my grandfather on my dads side had the casndy bags on the fridge for us. orange slices, those puffed peanuts that you tasted through your nose more than your tounge, the butter scotch and chicken bones which were like baton shaped butterscotch with hazelnut grit in the center, good memories. my dad was a chocolate covered peanut, rasin, peanut brittle, snickers milky way 3 muskateers kinf of guy. kids are gummy bear and sour gummmys pillowcases full of lindas formentioned sugar daddies, bitohoneys and mini stuff are fond memories krackle and mounds and those tin foil wrapped mints the sweet tarts and fireballs jawbreakers all stuff i would never buy myself but one or two were ok was the best. if the bag got too heavy too bad gotta keep going because the neighborhood shuts down about 8 or 830 certainly done by 9 gotta get more more more. the burbs in the 60′s were a halloween haven. i remember my neighborhood being like dale describes his with non stop kids from the minute school lets out to 830 or 9, my parents used to curse thiose late ones who got weird stuff like sticks of gum or pennies as the stockpile ran out. happy halloween all.

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  9. Macintosh toffee, snickers, and Hugs. I also like peppermints. Clyde is correct that there is nothing quite so good as home made caramel.

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  10. I have a friend who has a chocolate truffle business and she makes some mighty fine truffles (as well as turtles). Last year she had:Citrus Bliss, Ginger Spice Dark, Raspberry, Milk Chocolate Smokehouse Almond, and more. This winter I may have enough money to be able to splurge on a box and I can’t wait to see what new flavors she will introduce.

    Last year I made a Coffee-Walnut Toffee that was out of this world. My mouth is watering now just thinking of it.

    Other than that, I just like very good dark chocolate. B.T. McElreth’s Salty Dog is so good and I’m partial to good dark chocolate with orange or mint, but plain is mighty fine, too – as long as it’s good chocolate.

    I hope I’m not sounding like a chocolate snob here…that’s not my intent.

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      1. It is not difficult, but you should have an accurate candy thermometer and have all your ingredients ready before you start cooking (you add the walnuts after cooking the toffee, so you cannot start chopping the walnuts after it comes to the correct temp). I have the recipe in the book “A Homemade Life” by Molly Wizenberg but the recipe is also on her blog: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2004/12/with-my-own-two-hands.html

        The same person has a recipe for Aunt Bill’s Brown Candy that was published in Bon Appetit a few years ago. That is also a very good candy: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2008/12/aunt_bills_brown_candy

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      2. Once my friend has her website updated for this year’s truffles, I’ll post the link to that, too, in case anybody’s interested. I can recommend it wholeheartedly and not just because she’s my friend.

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      3. Linda and Barbara, I don’t know if you can see my post with the link to the recipe or not…on my end, it says, “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” I assume it will show up sometime, if not, I’ll try posting it again.

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  11. If stranded on a desert island for the rest of my life and could only take one type of candy, it’s gotta be Snickers. Practically a meal in a bar. You’ve got your peanuts for protein, caramel and milk chocolate for your dairy serving and fat, and there must be some sort of vitamins and/or minerals in nougat, right? (like there’s a nougat plant that grows in the tropics somewhere that is a daily staple of the indigenous people of the area??)

    I eat almost exclusively peanut M&Ms when I’m at the movies. In my old(er) age I prefer more nuanced candy such as dark or bittersweet chocolate, truffles of almost any kind, and those delectable Ferraro-Rocher chocolate balls of any flavor.

    As a kid I used to buy Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy (banana or chocolate flavor) any time I had a nickel saved up, along with Mars Bars, Lick-em-ups (I think that’s what they were called–those straws filled with citrusy-sweet powder), Milk Duds, Malted Milk Balls, and plain old Hershey Bars.

    Of course, my love for candy pales in comparison to my pastry addiction. *Sigh*

    Chris in Owatonna

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  12. Dark chocolate, my favorite. Dark chocolate with nuts, peanut butter, mocha or raspberry, even better. Vegan fair-trade dark chocolate with any of the previous, tell me which state secrets you’d like me to hand over. I’m really more of a salty snacks person than a candy person, but the chocolate is win.

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    1. you gotta try Salty Dog made by B.T. McElrath. salty and chocolate together, oh my. i’ve found it at Seward Co-op, so it’s probably available at other local co-ops.

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  13. It’s chocolate for me too! I’m not picky about it either. Light, dark, or milk chocolate… chocolate truffles, chocolate with caramel, or with peanut butter or fruit or nuts. The large size chocolate bars available in the co-ops or health food stores are an irresistible treat. The dark chocolate ones with raspberries in them are wonderful! I love homemade fudge too, especially during the holiday season. I have a friend who makes homemade caramels. They’re really wonderful – buttery and soft.

    I do have a problem with it though, and I’m willing to admit that I am powerless over chocolate. Once I start on it, I can’t stop. I will refuse it if it’s offered to me because of my lack of control.

    Have a sweet day on the blog, ‘booners! I’m going to meet Clyde for the first time.

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  14. Now I’m craving dark chocolate with red pepper and cinnamon…(Vosges makes a good one – Chocolate Celeste has a lovely spicy truffle with cinnamon as well).

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    1. I’ve liked French, Italian, and there are some very good chocolatiers in the U.S. Don’t know if I’ve ever had any Dutch chocolate, but I’m pretty sure I prefer Belgian to Swiss. Probably depends on the individual or company who’s making it.

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  15. I thought I could remember all the good ones, but have been reminded this morning of:
    Sugar Babies
    Bit-O-Honey
    pastel green ping and white layers each half the thickness of a dime
    Good milk chocolate with caramel
    Ferraro-Rocher chocolate balls

    When in high school, we could buy ag a little drug store this Russell Stover Cashew Patty – flat and maybe 3″ round, good milk chocolate and plenty of nuts. Now I can only find them “in bulk” at the Russell Stover Outlet, just off I-35 in Owatanna, exit 45, am I right, Chris? (One of the perks of driving down to Iowa all these years.)

    Current favorite is some kind of Turtles – anything with nuts and caramel, actually. And my dad made a peanut brittle to die for – his sister’s recipe… maybe I’ll post later if I can find it.

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    1. Yes, at my grandma’s. And she had some chocolates (this was Sioux City, IA) called Anna Claires (or Annaclaires?). Yum! Again, I think just nuts and chocolate.

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      1. I was stunned too. I haven’t been on this blog for very long but could not think of a more appropriate place to be now. I just re-watched the St. Olaf hour—that seemed appropriate too.

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  16. Oh no, really, really sad! We were so fortunate to have a chance to see and hear Dale and “Jim Ed” together again at St Olaf last week.

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  17. We went to the St. Olaf event Thursday night, and this is all the harder to grasp because we just watched Tom throw himself into a crazy skit as Dr. Jim Givitis (w/ apologies to Dale if I have the spelling of that hilarious character wrong). It was such fun to see and hear them together one last time. Dale, thank you.

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    1. Welcome, Jan (unless you’ve been here before, then welcome back). I just clicked on your name – where in Northern California?

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  18. I can just hear all the Halloween sound effects he would be doing today-creaking doors and floors, bats, owls, screams, etc.

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    1. What a loss to so many of us here on the trail, devotees of the LGMS, out in Lake Wobegon, and wherever gentle people gather. We are lucky to have had Tom/Jim Ed in our lives. As Peter Ostrouschko sang he was our sunshine.

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  19. I’m shocked and sorry to hear this very sad news. My condolences to you, Dale, and to everyone on the trail for whom this loss feels almost personal. The video from last week’s talk at St. Olaf’s seems like one last gift. Thanks Gus and Dale, Tom will be missed.

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    1. hey nils thought about you as a past blog mate just recently. hope all is well. its like an irish wake. its too bad it takes a death to bring us together sometimes but its nice to see you and the rest of the past blogmates from the trial balloon when jim ed was more in our daily thoughts where he is regularly thought of and remembered

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  20. BTW, The article includes a video of Dale and Tom at St. Olaf last week
    complete with old clips and characters and snippet from Prairie Home Companion the movie.

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    1. Correction: the video isn’t posted with the article but there is a link to the St. Olaf site…it’s an hour long and a bittersweet watch.

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  21. Dale,

    I haven’t been on your blog for quite some time but think of you and the bloggers often. I’m so very sorry to hear about Tom’s death. I am stunned to learn of his passing, and I am holding you close to my heart.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Cynthia Hendricks
    (Cynthia in Minneapolis)

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  22. Wow, stunned is the right word. My first memory of TK/Jim Ed was on Garrison’s early a.m. show, where GK would introduce “Jim Ed Poole, the Flying Center Fielder for the Lake Wobegon Wippetts,” if memory serves – then Jim Ed would do the sports with that deadpan, low key voice… Sniff.

    I was so elated when we moved back to Minneapolis in ’86 (had been down in Winona and beyond between ’81 and ’86) and found Jim Ed back on the air with a “new” partner, Dale Connelly – what a perfect pair. It is a little gift that we have last weeks final get together. My condolences, Dale.

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  23. Greetings! I just heard it on MPR a couple hours ago about Tom Keith’s death. So glad you all are here and my heart goes out to Dale and all of those who loved and knew Tom Keith. He will be sorely missed. Thanks for posting the links to the articles and the video from St. Olaf’s — a fun gathering of like-minded spirits.

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  24. I sent a note to a colleague who is out of town at a professional conference. I was comforted by his response
    “Sad indeed. I will go outside right now and do a loon call in his honor. In fact, I will ask everyone at the U of MN reception tonight to do a loon call in his honor.”

    It just dawned on me that thunderstorms will be so much more interesting in the future with Jim Ed doing the heavenly sound effects.

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  25. Jim and Krista, two fine folks I had never seen before face-to-face, were hear for a couple/three hours for a fine visit. I have now met three babooners. It was good to be in the same room as two other mourners today. We did not dwell on it, talked many things, but twas good to be together.

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    1. I agree – that was well timed, Clyde. I’ve just sent messages to Minnesota ex-pats and wish I could see them in person.

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    2. We did have a nice visit and got to sample some delicious apple crisp that Clyde’s wife made. We talked of many things, making me feel fortunate to know so many like-minded people. This blog doesn’t replace the LGMS for me, but it enhances the good memories and affirms for me the things I think are right about the world. Tom Keith aka Jim Ed Poole will be so very missed. I think going outside and doing your best loon call would be a wonderful tribute to him. I might do a barred owl. I do a pretty good barred owl, if you must know.

      My thoughts are with Dale and his family and Tom’s family. Thanks for a wonderful day, Jim and Clyde!

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  26. Today I cried while listening to a clip of Tom Keith singing a Christmas carol as a turkey. Never thought that would happen.

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  27. I just heard the news on the drive home. I’m glad there was a lot of traffic so I could just crawl along.
    Dale, I am so glad the two of you got to work together one last time. I’m looking forward to seeing the video.
    “He knows all, tells only some…. Mr. Sports, Mr. Action, Mr. Jim Ed Poole”.

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    1. I loved that lntro. And I remember one time after Jim Ed rattled off all the scores, he muttered, “I hate doing that” (or something along those lines). Made me laugh.

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  28. he was 64 years young. remember when 64 was real real old? then 50 started sounding like a pup and 65 was transformed to an early passing. how sad for us but how nice to leave a legacy of love and smiles that will be his forever.
    i am elated that dale and tom got to spend 1 last hour ( hope there was time for a beer afterward) thanks gus for putting that together. i hope tom enjoyed his short time of retirement and sleeping in. dale didn’t get the hang of that working that 6am shift again. thanks for the memories and the smiles and the appreciation for the time we had together. good blog topic. how can you appreciate those days in your life like they are your last? would you want to know when the last day was coming? how can we all take the time to appreciate the precious moments we take for granted and
    see them while they are there rather than realizing after they are gone we should have ben paying attention. someone asked on saturday if we could bring back the morning show and we all knew the answer was no but today we realize how lucky we were to have tom and jim ed since the 70′s (that was about 4 or 5 years ago wasn’t it?)
    the morning show recollections are like an irish wake. sad but joyous. tom left too son but thank goodness he was here to make such a difference.

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  29. I, too, heard on the way home today. I am just grateful to have been in the crowd for the LGMS for 25 years. My condolences to Dale and the entire blog/radio family. We have lost someone special.

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    1. I hope he has an opportunity to play a song or two on Midday. It would seem fitting somehow. If we still had the LGMS I would expect to hear a dedication there, and it would be something perfectly chosen and soothing to the heart.

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  30. Saturday evening I sat and watched the whole St Olaf link thing. When I heard the news today I was glad I had. What a talent. We should all go make loon calls (or maybe elephants?). Thank you, Tom Keith/Jim Ed. You’ve made me laugh many many times.

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  31. This is so wrong. I hope Tom’s short retirement was filled with lots of golf and all manner of things he loved doing.

    Really glad to have this trail for walking and contemplating today. Thanks all.

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  32. It is a sad day indeed – the Trail was the first place I thought to go after hearing the bad news on MPR while driving late this afternoon. Tom/Jim Ed and Dale together was some kind of morning magic. It’s amazing how many times in our household we use a character from Jim Ed’s repertoire to underscore a story – especially the “ARRGH” from Captain Billy and Mel Leightner’s (sp) wonderful space-filling lalalalas for song words. What a huge loss, but also what a gift to our lives.

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    1. I was just thinking of Mel’s singing, too. It always cracked me up to listen to those songs. And there’s no way to describe it to people who haven’t heard it.

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  33. I too, was thinking about his many characters, but on this Halloween night having seen a fair share of pirates, I can’t help but focus on Captain Billy, “In’t that right boys?”

    Not hearing that again . . . I sit here with tears streaming down my face. He touched us all, made us laugh and there is nothing more personal and powerful than that.

    My condolences go out to his family and friends and since I can’t write that on his blog, I’ll write it here, as I know many will see it here.

    Lurking today in sadness,

    txutxi

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    1. txutsi thanks for the words. i didn’t get to the end of the evening and then was booked all day tuesday so looking back is where i am at now. lurk away. its a tough pill. see you down the trail

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