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Brian Fleck

So it’s happening again

Walkin'

I always thought I’d write volumes when retired and had time to devote to putting fingers to keyboard, but the reality is, well, I don’t know. It keeps getting harder and more challenging for me to come up with a topic that seems new and fresh for this space. And when I do come up with an idea, the old gray cells just don’t have the same capacity to turn an idea into a story that has a common thread.
So to hell with the thread, here’s some things going on in my life of late.

Annual bike ride

Walkin'

This year’s annual summer bicycle ride will be into Dubuque and back on June 17 to 18.
We’ll leave from our house in Iowa City about 8 a.m.
We’ll ride the Heritage Trail. It’s a 26-mile multi-use recreational trail comprised of compacted crushed limestone that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way connecting the Mississippi River town of Dubuque on the west end and to Dyersville on the east.

Captive of heritage

Walkin'

“Samples!” I said out loud, to no one in particular, as I rolled my cart through the grocery store.
Getting excited and going for a free sample is something I always do, and it’s one of those times I always think of Dad.
The old man could never pass up something offered at no charge, sometimes to the point of being weird. As a kid, for example, I remember purposely parking the car on the far side of the Woodfield Mall so we would walk through Marshall Fields on our way to Sears.

Mud and blood brother

Walkin'

On my recent trip home for my folks’ 70th anniversary, I found myself digging in the garden with Brad.

Facebook is back

Walkin'

When Pearl and I walk we have an understanding.
As long as she stays by my side with the leash slack, I’ll let her take a few breaks so she can stop and smell... well, anything and everything including... the roses.

Married 70 years

Walkin'

Harold and Vernabelle (nee Sickler) Fleck marked their 70th anniversary this April in their longtime home in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Harold is the son of a butcher and grocery store keeper on Chicago’s north side. After WWII ended, Harold got out of the army and took a job as a deliveryman for the Marshall Fields Department Store. Vern was a farm girl from Wisconsin who came to the big city with her twin sister Isabelle to take jobs at the War Bond Department, housed in the Merchandise Mart.
They met by chance through a roommate.

The dental diet

Walkin'

One of my biggest dreads is going to the dentist and it’s for good reason.

The dental diet

Walkin'

One of my biggest dreads is going to the dentist and it’s for good reason.

This is the year

Walkin'

The Cubs party last week was a huge success.
About 25 guests including my baby brother Bob and oldest brother Bruce, who flew from L.A. to get there, were on hand as we started a replay of Game 7 of the World Series. Rob (aka Gonzo) and Jerry Decker (the Decker of the Fleck and Decker drinking team with a stock car racing problem) were also on hand.
When Dexter Fowler hit his leadoff home run and we all cheered.

Increasing the vocabulary

Walkin'

Last week the Oxford English Dictionary added the following words to our lexicography:
Biatch (noun): Used as an affectionate or disparaging form of address. Cat lady (noun): An older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted. Craptacular (adjective): Remarkably poor or disappointing. Drunk text (noun): A text message sent while drunk, typically one that is embarrassing or foolish.
And . . .

Statute problems

Walkin'

Tony dropped by the other day.
He’s about as nice of a guy as you’d ever want to meet, and funny to boot. During this last visit for example, he told an amusing story about a dog his brother adopted who came with an odd warning: the canine didn’t like Mexican men playing the guitar.

Slipping and a sliding

I’ve been getting nervous as the date for my party to celebrate the World Champion Cubs Party nears. What if I’ve gone to the trouble and expense to set it up and no one shows? What if too many turn out? What if the Cubs didn’t win the World Series, and it’s all been a dream in which the Cleveland Indians are champs and Bernie Sanders is president?
Trading the Cubs’ victory for a Sanders’ win; that’d be a deal with devil that’d be hard to decide.
Que sera sera!