Bridget Ilene Delaney (kagomeshuko) wrote in speedwood_fans,
Bridget Ilene Delaney
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December 1998

DECEMBER 1998

So, my brothers, sisters-in-law, wife, and I were exchanging one of our series of e-mails. The topic swirled around the benefits and drawbacks of the familiar WWJD phenomenon. In an attempt to boil down my stance to a single definitive quip, I wrote "Well, one thing that I know Jesus would not do: Jesus would not ask the question What Would Jesus Do." My oldest brother shot back "Unless he were Bob Dole."

Welcome to the election newsletter. Since I'll be covering the happenings of November, it's only fitting that I fill in with some election-year moments. With that in mind, let's begin with a clarification. In last month's letter, the avid reader will recall that I claimed we were not going back to Kansas until the next millennium. Since I made that statement, we have received numerous notes from the residents of Kansas who thought we were somehow upset and therefore unwilling to return to the Sunflower State. Let me make this perfectly clear: I WAS JOKING! We love Kansas and will be only too happy to return when the fine folks will have us back.

I guess Adam was thrown out before Eve, eh?
I guess Adam was thrown out before Eve, eh?
As I mentioned last month, we spent Halloween with a bunch of cheeseheads and real bands. Here's proof that we're climbing in the real-band status graph:


 

Need I say more?
Need I say more?
And talk about proof, here's a little item that leaves no room for doubt that we were in the state where the Packers play:


 

 

Sloppy Joes in every potFrom there we moved on to nearby Wausau, where we played the ever-fun Gifts Galore event. Since Michael is our primary speechmaker, he laid out our platform for election. We promised Sloppy Joes in every pot, and chips and a pickle to boot.


 

Also at this event, we hosted a workshop that came to be known as Beethoven's Horse.

Your host for Beethoven's Horse
Your host for Beethoven's Horse
Michael receives first prize!
Michael receives first prize!
Heidi Anderson of Hurley High
Heidi Anderson of Hurley High
Michael tries to shake a few hands while campaigning
Michael tries to shake a few hands while campaigning

How do you spell puzzle?
How do you spell puzzle?
Our pal Pete made up some cue cards for Michael's speech about our recent trip to Cedar Brook.


 

How do you spell puzzle?From there we campaigned over to Webster City, Iowa. Had a fun time in a beautiful church. Then, the next day, we played the Lutheran High School in Northrop, where all the students are visitors.


 

 

Let's Make a Deal!Our election swing then took us to our first Youth Encounter event of the season, the Minneapolis Junior High Quake. This was where it occurred to us that our presence seems to turn every evening into an episode of Let's Make A Deal! People at LOST AND FOUND concerts paint their faces and wear strange clothes. When we show up places people dress like this fellow.


 

Let's Make a Deal!Michael, in an effort to win the confidence of the voters jumps right in. At some point not long ago Michael yelled out, "Okay I've got $50 for the first person who can show me a hairpin!" I tell you, it's crazy out there on the campaign trail.


 

 

KevinAnyway, at the always-a-blast Youth Encounter event we had a blast. I took this guy's picture for some reason having to do with his birthday, but I can't recall what. I guess I'm just getting old.


 

 

Mayer, MNThen we played in Rochester, Minnesota, as in, Rock-on-with-a-new-rock-Hester. XY=XZ (where X=Great, Y=crowd, Z=time). The next day found us in Mayer, Minnesota playing another Lutheran High School. Last time we played this one they had us on tables in the cafeteria. This time they have the most serious auditorium we've played in some time.


 

a catIn the parking lot afterward, I saw a cat. I suppose that makes him a Mayer Cat, as in Hakuna Matada.


 

a signOn the way out of town I snapped a photo of the two signs on the edge of town. Based upon a quick head count, every single resident of Mayer is a Lutheran High School student.


 

 

Candidate Bridges cleans house!
Candidate Bridges cleans house!
While traveling to Clinton, Iowa for our next appearance, we were surprised to find that we had a police escort, courtesy of the Minnesota Highway Patrol. We were even more surprised to find out that he was just pulling us over. After Michael spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to find our insurance card, we realized it was time for some van cleaning.


 

 

JenThen our election effort took us to Peoria, Illinois. As I recall, this is where the Let's-make-a-deal aspect included people bringing a stuffed doll called Ed. Afterward, we went to Applebee's with our friend Jen and celebrated her birthday.

She claimed to like Michael's campaign contributions the best, but I really thought I scored with that Hanson book gift idea. From there we headed to O'Fallon, Illinois where the formula 2XY=2XZ is more appropriate. What a wonderful night, complete with the stock photos of high school plays, ballet dancing, and wrestlers helping us move equipment.

And then, it was off to Nashvegas, Tennessee, the crown jewel of our November campaign efforts. We were once more honored to ascend the dias at a Youth Specialties National Youthworkers Convention. These guys do it up big!

Here's our power supply
Here's our power supply
Here's our power supply
Here's the phone it powered!

This house needs some cleaning!
This house needs some cleaning!
This event was attended by over 5,000 youth workers from all over the country. What that meant for us, then, was that we had to use the Bobby Kennedy entrance. After we were all moved in, we sort of sat around and waited for our time on the big stage. Fortunately, this happened before we had any serious nervous breakdowns, and we emerged unscathed.


 

 

And so, it's on to Miamisburg for a win in Ohio!And so, it's on to Miamisburg for a win in Ohio!


 

 

If you'd like to see some photos from this month's concerts, be sure to visit the Photo Phrenzy page.

See you next month . . .

george

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