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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 08:35 am:

Eight years ago the Pasty Cam recalled the immortal words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
Stood the wigwam of Nokomis,
Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.
Dark behind it rose the forest,
Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,
Rose the firs with cones upon them;
Bright before it beat the water,
Beat the clear and sunny water,
Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.

Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 08:36 am:

Good morning! Great shot looking out at the lake!
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By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 08:51 am:

Where is everybody? Rise and shine. It's almost light out.

Charlie, was wondering if you have any clue as to who the lucky fellow is standing there just looking out at that beautiful sight! What I wouldn't do to be him.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 09:04 am:

Good for you, Deb! I'm with you on "wanting to be him." And even
though it is a spectacularly beautiful day here in Toronto, I'd love
to be gazing out over the big lake. My father, just back from a
tour in Europe, is already champing at the bit and will be heading
UP sometime this week. He's not going for hunting season because
he isn't a hunter, except when it comes to blueberries, What
motivates him is laying in a good supply of fire wood to be
appreciated by family and friends at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Imagine being that energetic at 85! Come to think of it, it's only a
month away til Thanksgiving.

By Tom Karjala (Tom) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 09:08 am:

What memories that poem brings back. We had to memorize almost the whole thing when in 5th grade in Hancock. Thought it a chore back then. I still remember some of it. It seems it was patterned after the Kalevela epic.
What a lake!!!

By k j (Kathiscc) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 09:31 am:

I love the picture. Looks like he's the king of the world.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 10:00 am:

I love the picture and the pictures from Sharon's cam. Whoo hooo, what a day. 'Supposed to get a Blue Norther down here today--and thanks to you Northen for sending it. Just a love hug, I know.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 10:19 am:

Tom Karjala (Tom):
"It [The Song of Hiawatha] seems it was patterned after the Kalevela epic."

Yes indeedy, Wikipedia:The Song of Hiawatha:


"Longfellow … wrote it in the same meter as the Finnish folk-epic, The Kalevala. The connections between the poem and the Kalevala were never acknowledged by Longfellow, and were the subject of scholarly debate until well into the 1960s."

And Wikipedia:Kalevala:


"The German-language translation of the epic was an inspiration for Longfellow's 1855 poem, The Song of Hiawatha, which is written in the same metre (trochaic tetrameter) …"

Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 11:47 am:

Good Morning, Everyone! We had to memorize that poem, too, in about the 5th grade, in northern California. I don't remember my sons' having to learn it here in Troll land, though, sadly. Was Longfellow of Finnish heritage?

The storms and strong winds of this week have blown a lot of the leaves off the trees around here, even green ones, from a number of trees. It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood, albeit another windy one. We are lucky that it is so warm for this time of the year. Have a good Sunday, y'all! Mine is even better, when I looked at the calendar, and my guys don't have school tomorrow, so maybe we can start to get caught up on some things. (It's a local issue; it has to do with our local school calendar.)

By Matt Karhu (Matt_k) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 12:10 pm:

Maybe Longfellow's Finnish name would have been "Pitka-olio" or "Pitka-mies" or some derivative. (:>{

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 01:24 pm:

Colors are beautiful here now (northeast of Flint). They have changed markedly since this week's violent weather. I didn't think we would get the colors this year, and that the leaves would just drop off. What a nice surprise! Went for drives yesterday (to Birch Run for shopping) and today after church.

By Cheryl Rozman (Cotton) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 01:49 pm:

I remember my Mom reciting that poem to me when I was a little girl so long ago.

And Koski, God bless your father to live to that age & be enjoying it. I hope he has many more years.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 02:11 pm:

More on the Kalevala metre — unrhymed, non strophic trochaic tetrameter.

1. Kalevala in Finnish rune-by-rune (verse-by-verse).

2. Kalevala in English — Translation by John Martin Crawford, 1887/1888 — also rune-by-rune (verse-by-verse). From the Preface:


"With this prolonged introduction, this, the first English translation of the Kalevala, with its many imperfections, is hesitatingly given to the public.


October 1, 1887."

Snowman (Snowman) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 04:21 pm:

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the Lions roared today.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 04:47 pm:

Thanks, Cotton. Nice to hear from you. My mom used to recite that
poem too. My dad is a very special guy, as was yours. He has his
share of aches and pains but his positive attitude and interest in
the world around him, are, I think, what keeps him going.

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 05:31 pm:

Hi everyone, I made it home today, what an ordeal! Needless to say it did not go totally as planned on my shoulder surgery. That shoulder block they did on me also paralyzed my diaphram and they had to reinsert my breathing tube 3 times. The wife said I almost cashed it in, after I was able to breath on my own again, I was on the mend.
Mr. Deb, it feels like they tighten my shoulder down with a wrench, now comes the therapy.

Just wanted to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers and well wishes. Yoopers and Yooper wanabee's our special people.
Thanks again,

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 05:44 pm:

Welcome back UC!

By Snowman (Snowman) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 05:46 pm:

Uncle Chuck, so glad everything is okay. Get well Yooper Buddy!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 05:55 pm:

I'm glad you're well enough to get of the hospital, Uncle Chuck. And, now you can concentrate on getting well and feeling better! Hang in there! We're sending thoughts and prayers for your speedy recovery!

Betty Colborn of AZ, how is your husband doing? How much longer will he be in the hospital? We're sending thoughts and prayers your way for your husband's quick recovery!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 08:54 pm:

Hooray for Uncle Chuck!

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 09:29 pm:

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Uncle Chucks' return! Every spoke in the Wheel that makes us 'PastyCam' is needed. I lift my glass in special tribute to your doctors and nurses for bringing you home to us. Can I get an Amen?

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 09:47 pm:

AMEN, Theresa and thanks everyone, you're all amazing.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 09:51 pm:

Glad to hear that Uncle Chuck is mending, he is the only Uncle I have left.Precious still goes to therapy for her neck three times a week and I have to drive her since she is tired when she comes out. So Uncle Chuck maybe someone can drive you the first time just in case you are too sore to drive home.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 09:58 pm:

Amen, Theresa! And, great idea, Mikie, on Uncle Chuck's getting a chauffeur! And, welcome back, Mikie. We missed you!

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 10:07 pm:

Thanks Marianne, been busy today making parts for my new cannon and getting ready for the player piano that I bought earlier today at an estate sale. The lady bought it in 1928 and played at one of the movie theaters prior to her getting married and buying her own piano. She was close to 100 and a real beauty even late in life. I had talked to her since I was a teenager.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 10:41 pm:

Uncle Chuck,

So happy you're finally back home and feeling better. Well, as better as you can be feeling after surgery, right? We were worried about you. Glad that everything's okay now. Don't push therapy too hard. My hubby's new therapist takes it much easier on him than the last ones did. Here's hoping both of you are feeling like your old selves real soon.

By Betty Paull Colborn,AZ (Betty) on Monday, October 22, 2007 - 12:32 am:

Thank you for your concern/prayers Marianne. Ken is still in the hospital. We are hoping he comes home tomorrow. The doctor said 'he was a mess'. He had nothing left in the shoulder so they just put a new 'ball joint' in and hopes he receives some use of the arm. He had some set backs, but we are praying that he will get out tomorrow. (Monday) Thank you.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, October 22, 2007 - 07:07 am:

What a shame, Betty. I hope he gets out today too. Tell him we're thinking of him and praying that everything turns out well for his shoulder and that he gets the use of his arm back. Do they have any idea how on earth it got so bad?

By Betty Paull Colborn,AZ (Betty) on Monday, October 22, 2007 - 11:58 am:

Rheumatoid arthritis is what has caused him to have 14 operations, both hips, knees, ankle, hands. Of course playing on snowmobiles when we lived in MI didn't help Deb when he'd go fast on them and he'd go one way and the snowmobile would go the other way :-). He says he had fun tho. The damp weather didn't help him either when we lived on the lake. That is why we had to move to AZ.

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