Lögberg-Heimskringla - 03.06.2005, Blaðsíða 4

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 03.06.2005, Blaðsíða 4
-ögberg-Heimskringla • Friday 3 June 2005 Singing in the rain Steinþór Guðbjartsson Managing Editor Some of my dreams are unrealistic, to say the least. When I was young and innocent, I wanted to be an astronaut. Little did I know then that I could never explore the skies and the moon. At this time of the year, in the spring and early summer, I see more "astronauts" than at other times and that does not make me feel good since it's a sign of a dan- ger in the air. But there are two sides to the coin. I've been told that astro- nauts are not allowed to en- ter space with their appendix aboard. If it so happens that an astronaut has that little or- gan in place he has to have it removed. If that were the only obsta- cle, I was all set for the moon at the age of eight. After the oper- ation, I was told that I had been in great danger because my ap- pendix might have burst any day. I've heard that astronauts, when in space, can't take that chance. Since the age of eight, I have not had to worry about the danger of a burst appendix. However, I've never been an astronaut. When it rains in the spring and early summer, I dream about the blue sky. I think about my early wish of being an astronaut. Recently I found out that mosquitoes had pre- vented my dream from coming true, rather than lack of ability and skills required. I've been told that neither mosquitoes, nor those who are loved by mosquitoes and fre- quently bit by the insects, are welcome passengers aboard a space shuttle. NASA has rules, and I believe that I follow the same rules at home regarding the insects. However, the mos- quitoes don't listen to me, and they don't take no for an an- swer. Astronauts are most likely aware of the behaviour of the mosquitoes and that's prob- ably the reason why they, when out in space, wear special uni- forms' that mosquitoes can't get through. That seems also to be the reason why some stores have astronaut-like uni- forms for sale when it rains in the spring and early summer. When I see people dressed like astronauts all over the place I know danger is in the air. When other people pack their winter clothes, I buy some more and keep them where I can reach them when needed. Wherever I am. The same rule applies whether I'm in bed or at the beach. The more clothes, the better. But because of my failure to become an astronaut I can't buy astronaut-like uni- forms to wear in the spring and early summer. Instead, I wear my winter clothes, a mosquito head net, I cover my skin with insect repellent and always have my "Afterbite" pen at hand. 1*11 never become an astro- naut, and it does not bother me. I have interviewed the father of an astronaut and that made my dream come true. What both- ers me is that insects I don't like at all still try to make my life misearable in the rain in the spring and early summer. I had never heard about them when I was young and innocent and dreamed about becoming an as- tronaut. Now it looks as if they can't live without me. Until I start singing in the rain. That will probably be my best repellent, and I'm told they are still looking for participants in "American Idol." I wonder if they accept middle-aged people who are loved by mosquitoes and frequently bit by them. Letters TO the Editor Dear Editor: With reference to my ar- ticle "Mountain to Mountain," L-H No. 7, April 8,1 would be pleased if you would allow me a little space to add early set- tlers' names that were missed when I transferred my hand- written notes into their typed form. 1. Sigurdur and Kristin Magnusson came from North Dakota in 1905 with four chil- dren who attended Mountain School. Five more children were born and with district boundary changes they at- tended Kandahar School. It is remembered that Sunday School picnics were held at their farm. 2. .Nymundur and Gudny Josephson came in 1907 from the Mountain/Gardar area to the Mountain School District souuth of Big Quill Lake. They raised a family of eight. Many have made strong con- tributions to the Co-operative movement. ARBORG PHARMACY * Pharmacist: V. T. Eyolfson Store Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun. noon - 4 p.m. *fc Box 640, Arborg, MB ROC 0A0 Ph: 376-5I53 J 3. Julius and Helga Bjar- nason came in 1911. They had three children — two more were born in Saskatchewan. They were a community-mind- ed family. 4. And now I would like to take this opportunity to mention Gudmundur and Emma Gud- mundson — married in Moun- tain, ND in 1909 and came di- rectly to the Lakes Settlement. They íirst settled in another district but came later to farm by Mountain Coulee. Mundi and Emma were a warm-heart- ed couple. They raised a niece, Evelyn Jonasson. I apologize for missing these names when I sent my ar- ticle to be published. To com- pensate (in a way) I have add- ed a bit of information about each family. If any reader has information that relates to the article, please contact me. Response to the write-up has been héart-warming. Sincerely, Lillian Thorsteinson Thorlacius Wynyard, SK Dear Editor: Today I cried. I received my L-H paper this day and read of Lillian's passing. I never met her but felt she was my friend. Every week I'd read her column and so enjoyed what she wrote. 1*11 miss her. She was a dear. 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