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2019 March 29th: ROMEO Brunch

thumbnail.jpgfWell, for the end of March, the weather in the Valley of the Sun did not disappoint.....clear skies and warm temperatures on the patio of the General Store and 11 gathered before April fools day.  You don't want to be around this group on that magical day.  Today is Curt's last day in Arizona and after his grilled ham and cheese he is heading out of town towards his ice kingdom in North Dakota, but only after stopping in the mountains of Colorado and the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The man is not afraid to reach out and explore this big world.  He really seemed to enjoy his 3 month stay here taking advantage of visiting many snowbird friends from Fargo, playing golf and have a fair share of food and drink.  He is returning next year for 4 months and is plenty excited about possibly getting his kids and their families to come and visit a few days in the warmth.  John Eversman was present and discussed an upcoming trip with family to Italy in great is that.  As he was describing the stops you could tell he is excited about having his family members enjoying some of the spots that he and his wife have visited previously.  He has spent sometime on the golf courses here and is always understating his level of out for the quiet ones.  Brent Keil, every present, indicated that he and Carol are going to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary this weekend.  Great!  I think she is finally getting used to him.  Pat Johnston always looking great, is planning a trip to Delaware for a short stay then returning before going to Oregon to visit his daughters family.  Fun times with the grand kids on both ends I am sure.  Ron Grove indicated that Liz is doing very well after her pace maker procedure and everything is back to normal or better....that is saying something considering that he has been her caregiver.  Jerry Ostermann is still hanging in the desert and waiting for the snow and cold to disappear.  The Fuglestads were represented by Tork and his brother Verse.....we missed the normal turnout of 24 people.  Tork is heading back to the midwest this Sunday.  You know, I think he misses the suburbs of Chicago....he can't stay away too long.  I think they are visiting some family in Oklahoma City on the way home.  Frank Stock munching on a tuna melt was pretty pleased with himself on how the market was doing today.  We were attempting to get him to guarantee a strong market this year, but he seemed to be hesitating.  Tom Nielsen was talking about his recent river cruise going from Berlin to Prague.  Doesn't that sound fantastic.  He and his son Mark are going to the upper regions of Canada to spend time with the polar bears.   First time I have heard of this trip.  Sounds like it could be a wee frigid, but great fun.  Everyone, be on the look out for a GoFundMe to offset legal and investigative expenses for a worthy individual......doesn't matter who it's for, I am sure that there are enough crazies out there to pay monies into anything.............................Gerry
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2019 March 22nd: ROMEO Brunch


Clear skies and 67 degrees greeting the 9 individuals who journeyed to the General Store for good food and nutritious exchanges.  Tork was a little tardy because the 101 was choked with stalled traffic due to automobile misadventures, or perhaps the beginning of a planned weekend closure for one reason or another.  He was the only family member in attendance, but I am told that next week could bring other clan representatives.  Brent Keil, as usual, was early to the table waiting for the other guests.  Dennis Pierini was representing his farewell appearance before his return to the tundra regions of the midwest next Saturday.  Stan Petersen made a somewhat rare visit due the the fact Deone is visiting the South Dakota sunshine state.  Unfortunately, her father is not doing well health wise and is on family call.  Curt Larson is counting down his 3 month sunshine state stay with plans to return to North Dakota after next Fridays brunch.  He plans to take a mountain route visiting such spots as Telluride on his way home. He certainly has enjoyed the offerings here taking advantage of golf, Romeo, North Dakota alumni events, food and drink stops and attempting to improve his golf game and health through the purchase of equipment, lessons and a trainer.  Go Curt.  Guess who else was here today..........thats right, Lee Hoekstra.  For the many of you who have forgotten Lee, he still looks the same and is as busy as always with his project in Prescott.  Good to know he survived the 28 inches of snow that recently fell up there.  Jerry Ostermann has returned from the frozen lands.  Dave Schoenbeck was complaining about his golf game a bit, but will bounce back I am sure before his annual golf outing with the likes of Tom Dieterle, Neil Stacey, Jake Jackson and other California characters.  The discussions today were varied from restaurants newly visited such as Root and Soul and Sophie's Kitchen, recommended by Brent.  We talked about the new series offered up by Netflix, HBO and Amazon Video.  Amazing how entertainment has been enhanced over the last decade. By the way, Dennis is still riding his 900 lb motorcycle....not bad for an ole retired soul.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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2019 March 15th: Lonely ROMEO Brunch

Well, it was 70 degrees and sunny on the patio of the General Store.  Last week we had 13 attempting to gather around a table for 8 (with success), but this week we had Brent Keil, Frank Stock and yours truly.  I think that many were wondering what the ball of fire was in the sky and were afraid to go out of their houses.  Perhaps next week.  But there was no shortage of intellectual discussions.  Of course the primary topic was the scandalous college pay for select university entry.  We chuckled because this is nothing new.  Several decades ago, it is widely known in the midwest that there were several such devious attempts to gain entry into the prestigious North Dakota State University on a curling scholarships when these kids didn't even know what a broom was.  I am told that a couple of them, once officially in, changed over to the School of Pharmacy.  This wasn't the end of their devious intentions.  I am told that they painted themselves as knowledgeable in the field of retail and spent a life time of misrepresentations.  Who knows how far this type of thing reaches.  Of course the midwest today continues in the news on a daily basis as one of Minnesota's Congressman is fighting for whatever injustice that may be.  There seems to be a lot of that going around along with the fact that there is seeming a never ending of Congressional candidates running for President in 2020, which is 18 months away.  I wonder, how many would throw their hats into the ring if they had to leave their current position to campaign.  Most people in this country couldn't leave their current jobs for this type of stumping.  Oh well, they don't do anything anyway.  We got off onto another topic, although not nearly as interesting, health.  Interesting how our health indicators have changed over the years.  Cholesterol was once thought to be ok at 220 total.  Now it can go below 100 and still be considered good. Blood pressure that was once 120 over 80 is now thought to be marginal.  There are now numerous measurements of cholesterol...good, bad, and sub tiered.  The price of insulin is out of sight for the average citizen and even high for the better off.  When I was a store level pharmacist, vials of insulin began at 7$ and now they are in the multiple $100 range.  Something is amiss and pharma is know to have strangle hold on Washington DC.  On a more positive note, Brent has been already invited to go Walleye fishing on the lakes of Minnesota in August.  It is rumored that Gary Hunstiger sits daily on the edge of his lake just waiting for a small crack.  Please throw him a fish.  Frank Stock is going to the British Open this summer and traveling around Scotland and Ireland.  I told you that those financial analysts know things they don't share.  We missed the Fugelstads and Dennis Pierini today.  I think Dennis was afraid there wouldn't be a chair for him.  Everyone has a great weekend.  See you next week.......Gerry
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2019 March 8th: ROMEO Brunch Bunch

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It was a coolish 58 degree, partly cloudy and windy day in the Valley of the Sun so the 12 toughened retailers decided to venture in doors at the County Store. We had quite the melting pot, so to speak, in that the Fuglestad family took five of the chairs around the table. Vercel, Roald, Ren and wife Judy along with Tork rounded out the visiting army. Always great to see this family visit from the cold country of the Midwest. As you all remember, Judy was a Osco Manager in Minnesota and she has since turned out well. Dennis Pierini was telling us that he is still riding his motorcycle so everyone please be aware that he could be riding up on you anytime. I did include two pictures of Dennis because he felt a bit slighted that I missed his photo the first time at the golf outing. Bill Harbecke was enjoying his eggs and bacon and had not traveled to the Midwest for several weeks. Curt Larson was getting ready to take another golf lesson this afternoon with his new Ping clubs. He is really serious now folks. Ron Grove was undertaking a huge Tuna Melt and Fries and I think they were winning. Pat Johnston was coming from a Kiwanis meeting and enjoyed his ham and eggs. Working charitable events takes plenty of calories. Brent Keil stuck with his Southwest Burger and onion rings. How can you go wrong with that? Man those rings looked good. I did my part for diversity with Huevos Mexico. Jerry Ostermann was sitting right next to me and we had great conversations about Japan and Asia. We had a lot to talk about for sure...Tork and I were discussing the sad state of affairs in Illinois and how many are leaving the state because of taxes, politics and continued mismanagement....such a waste....several states are in the same if not worse situation. A lot of talk about anger, fear and misunderstandings. The lack of tolerance for people having a difference of opinion or beliefs is baffling. The confusion we seem to be inundating our youngsters with continue to grow. Unfortunately, too many adults and supposed leaders present such a lack of sound direction and too much partisanship. Also, we were discussing the farmer and especially the diary farmers challenges today. Pat indicated that he read that over 600 diary farmers in Wisconsin have gone out of business. Gives pause. Keep moving forward. Gerry

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2016 February 22nd: Romeo Blizzard Brunch

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Photo compliments of Jim Martin................ Well, for the first time in several months, the Romeo bunch was relegated to the dining room of the General Store because of unique weather conditions for the Valley of the Sun.  Low temperatures, clouds, breeze and snow were elements that weakened the spirits of the nine retailers in attendance.  But, we gather around the warming stove, ordered our comfort foods and listened to the tales of current and past experiences.  Curt Larson appeared in his Bison (of Green Bay) attire. Of all people, I thought he would still be in short sleeves and shorts, but even the Fargo boy had long pants and sleeves.  He appears to be taking all this weather in stride and is playing golf, joining in on Bison events in the valley and welcoming snow birds with room and board.  It is rumored that he will be getting fit for some new golf clubs next week.  Now that is exciting.  Tom Nielsen was demanding payment for next weeks brunch,  It appears we have 42 going to be in attendance.  If anyone is now thinking of attending, email Tom and send in your check asap for $30 per person. Great food and venue....people are ok.  Ron Grove was taking some time off from being a care giver for Liz and her recent minor surgery(minor is what other people have).  She is doing well in spite of the quality of care.  There home is still on the market, but showings are temporarily halted till Liz is better.   Dave Schoenbeck swam out of his property from this last storm.  The raging creek allowed his participation.  We are starting to think he maybe homeless.  Jerry Ostermann was one writing Tom a check for many of you may want to rethink going.  Jerry was in 7th heaven eating his corn beef hash and eggs.  Easy man to please. Arlyn White was sharing a story of his golf game last week and it took him sometime to compose himself.  He did share photos of this son and his wife who live and work in Japan. What a great looking couple. Evidently Arlyn and Patty's son is a real active young man who hikes, run, skies, participates in Iron Man competitions.  I wonder who he takes after?  Pat Johnston was giving us details of he and Sandy's latest excursion to South America.  What a great trip.  Touching base in the southern exposures they saw amazing sights and also several species of penguins.  Next year.........Africa.  Brent Keil was looking good and thinking he was in Minnesota with all this weather and cold.  Everything is well with the Keils.  I haven't checked lately on his plans to downsize.  We thought we were going to see Roger Carpenter, but perhaps his travel plans were side tracked because of weather.  Hope everyone is well.  Gerry

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