Category Archives: Fluff

At last, a photo of sex al fresco right here in Northfield

vitamn-sexalfresco-cover-tn sex al fresco in Northfield, MNHidden Valley Park, Northfield

Ever since I first blogged about Sex al fresco in Northfield back in 2007, I’m been waiting to get my own photo of it happening so I didn’t have to keep using’s Summer Love cover image.

A week or so ago, I took the photo of the two bugs going at it on the milkweed pod in the wildflower prairie that surrounds the pond in Hidden Valley Park, right behind our house.

More critter photos from that day:


Sex al fresco redux by the Northfield News: ‘Getting it on in the great outdoors’

Last month, the Northfield News posted this to their Facebook page:

There is something blissfully naughty about getting intimate in public. In high school, we necked in the back seat of our cars on a deserted road because there was no where else to go, I remember back then I had a Mercedes Benz car lease and I used to love my car more than anything. Then, we grew up, got married and forgot about the thrill of fooling around under the threat of getting caught. Plenty of studies suggest a little hanky panky in public is a great way to heat up your sex life. But let’s be real, we’re southern Minnesotans. We don’t do that kind of thing.

Or do we? When the mood hits and you’re looking for a change of scenery, where do you take your partner? A local park with secluded trails? A dead end road with a great view of the sunset? A boat in the middle of a quiet lake? Let us know, SoMinn, where do you go to fool around in the great outdoors? We’ll use as many of the locations as we can in our upcoming edition of our A&E publication, SCENE.

I added a comment in response to Faribault Daily News editor and article author Jaci Smith:

Props, Jaci! I did a “sex al fresco in Northfield” blog post back in 2007 on LoGro, based on a article by Alexis McKinnis. Details:

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The April issue of SouthernMinn SCENE is now out in print and online and Jaci Smith’s article, Getting it on in the great outdoors, is on page 42.  She included this reference to VitaMN and LoGro:

Closer to home, about six years ago, the Star Tribune’s took an informal poll and discovered that there was plenty of outdoor sex going on in the Twin Cities, particularly in some of the more isolated areas of the University of Minnesota-St. Paul campus.

So, Northfield blogger Griff Wigley did his own informal poll on Locally Grown Northfield, and found out that outdoor sex is alive and well in the city Jesse lames made famous. And Wigley makes a great point, too. Sex al fresco has been going on since the Garden of Eden.

For a look back, see my 2007 blog post Sex al fresco in Northfield and attached comment thread.

VitaMN‘s original story by Alexis McKinnis, Sex … al fresco, is still online.


What is the significance of this strange item on the pedestrian footbridge in downtown Northfield?

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There is something significant about this item attached to the railing on the pedestrian footbridge over the Cannon River.

If you can guess or even come up with a plausible explanation, there could be something good that will happen to you, according to those with whom I’m authorized to speak.

Update Mar. 16, 7 am: Here are the details of today’s Celebration, courtesy of Jim O’Bonhnhoff:

St. Patricks Celebration 2013

Cart-in camp site #1 at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park: saaaaaweet

Cart-in camp site #1 at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Cart-in camp site #1 at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park shore, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Robbie and I are camping at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park for a few days.  The camping sites are primarily cart-in, which means that you have to get a military grade backpack just to haul your gear  to your campsite, unless you want to use these old, rickety wheelbarrow-type carts.  Advantage: the sites are more secluded. I took the photo in the center from the rocky bluff above our tent.

And since parks are on my mind, see the New Urbanist blog for Kevin Klinkenberg’s recent series on What makes a good park? Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

A backyard campfire: one of my favorite simple pleasures of spring

Outdoor fire pit, Hidden Valley Park  Outdoor fire pit, Hidden Valley Park  
Last night, Robbie and I enjoyed some wine with dinner at our outdoor fire pit in our Valley Pond Townhome Association backyard for the first time this spring. It was a perfect spring evening: warm, clear sky, no wind, no bugs, and a symphony of nature sounds coming from Hidden Valley Park.

Enjoying food and conversation in front of a campfire makes me feel rich, even though it can be done very cheaply.

What are some of your favorite spring-related simple pleasures?  Get some ideas here: 75 Simple Pleasures to Brighten Your Day.

The Last Known Whereabouts’ CD cover photo: where is that house?

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Stewart Stroup, the father of Jake Stroup (vocalist & mandolin player for The Last Known Whereabouts) graciously mailed me the group’s CD recently after they performed their reunion show at the Cow.

I thought I recognized the house in the photo on the cover of their Reaching Out for History CD, and shore ’nuff, I spotted it last week.

Do you  know where it is?

The Two Kings: Jesus & Elvis


A favorite Christmas book of mine: The Two Kings: Jesus & Elvis, by  A.J. Jacobs. The author deftly notes the eerie parallels between the two superstars:

Jesus said, “Love thy neighbor” (Matthew 22:39).
Elvis said, “Don’t Be Cruel” (RCA, 1956).

Jesus H. Christ has 12 letters.
Elvis Presley has 12 letters.

Jesus is the Lord’s shepherd.
Elvis dated Cybill Shepherd.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone” (Matthew 4:4).
Elvis loved his sandwiches with peanut butter and bananas.

“Then they took up stones to cast at [Jesus]” (John 8:59).
Elvis was often stoned.

Jesus was the Lamb of God.
Elvis had mutton chops.

Jesus was part of a Trinity.
Elvis’ first band was a trio.

Jesus walked on water (Matthew 14:25).
Elvis surfed (Blue Hawaii, Paramount, 1965).

Jesus was a carpenter.
Elvis majored in woodshop/industrial arts in high school.

Jesus lived in a state of grace in a Near Eastern land.
Elvis lived in Graceland in a nearly eastern state.

Jesus wore the crown of thorns.
Elvis wore Royal Crown hair styler.

Jesus’ entourage, the Apostles, had 12 members.
Elvis’ entourage, the Memphis Mafia, had 12 members.

Jesus as wine (sacramental wine).
Elvis as wine (Always Elvis wine by Frantenac).

A major woman in Jesus’ life (Mary) had an immaculate conception.
A major woman in Elvis’ life (Priscilla) went to Immaculate Conception high school.

Jesus was resurrected.
Elvis had the famous comeback special in 1968.

Son of God.
Sun Studios.

Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink”  (John 7:37).
Elvis said, “Drinks on me!” (Jailhouse Rock, MGM, 1957).

Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights.
Elvis had irregular eating habits (e.g., five banana splits for  breakfast).

Jesus is a Capricorn (Dec. 25).
Elvis is a Capricorn (Jan. 8).

Jesus biography by Matthew (Gospel according to Matthew).
Elvis biography by Neal Matthews (Elvis: A Golden Tribute).

“[Jesus’] countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow”  (Matthew 28:3).
Elvis’ trademarks were a lightning bolt and snow-white jumpsuits.

Jesus was Jewish.
Elvis was part Jewish (from his maternal great-grandmother, Martha  Tackett Mansell).

Jesus’ purple robe.
Elvis’ pink Cadillac.

Jesus’ father is everywhere.
Elvis’ father, Vernon, was a drifter and moved around quite a bit.

Doubting Thomas.
“Suspicious Minds.”

There is much confusion about Jesus’ middle name – what does the “H”  stand for?
There is much confusion about Elvis’ middle name – was it Aron or Aaron?

Jesus made rocks roll away from his tomb.
Elvis was a rock and roll singer.