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November 10, 2016

Speaking Minnesotan

My wife has a heart as wide as the horizon. I have the emotional range of a turnip. While my wife disputes this, many others have confirmed it. I think I know at least part of the reason. While my name may be French, my blood seems to be Scandahoovian.

You see, Minnesota 1.jpgI was born, raised and lived in Minnesota until I went away to college. Even though my mom was from the South and my dad from the Northwest, the Land of 10,000 Lakes seems to have left a deep impression on me.

I don't have a distinctive accent (the suburbs can do that to you), but I have noticed a phrase or two I often voice that betray my upbringing. And these offer a small window not only into my soul but into that of many others with my background.

When I really like something and think it is absolutely fabulous, I say, "Not too bad." And when something is completely terrible, disgusting or goes horribly wrong, I respond with, "Not so good."

First Minihaha 1.jpgman on the moon. The Twins win the World Series. The new Star Wars movie is actually good. The absolute best clam chowder I've had in my whole life. "Not too bad."

The stock market crashes. I total my car. The house next door burns down and ours nearly catches on fire. The dinner I made tastes astonishingly similar to dirt. "Not so good."

Is it the Minnesota winters? The Vikings always losing the Super Bowl? Or the fact that the Norwegians never became a world empire? Who knows.

But I still love Minnesota, the kind and honest people, four very distinct seasons, the appreciation for the arts, the wonderful outdoors. And do I give it the highest praise I can utter? Do I say, "Not too bad"?

Ya, sure. You betcha.

Images: rochestermn.gov, nps.gov

Posted by Andy Le Peau at November 10, 2016 10:09 AM Bookmark and Share


I attended seminary in Minnesota, and know just what you're talking about. Coming from the West Coast, it was a bit of a culture shock. A shock, yes, but a positive one. Loved the people, and survived the winters!

Comment by: Rob Stroud at November 10, 2016 12:23 PM

And surviving those winters has made you a better person all these years, hasn't it, Rob?

Comment by: Andy Le Peau at November 10, 2016 1:19 PM

You can be sure of that... it made me much more appreciate and grateful to God for my home in the woods near the Olympic National Forest.

Comment by: Rob Stroud at November 10, 2016 3:35 PM

I love any state that makes Jessie Ventura the Gov!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by: lou Quetel at November 10, 2016 9:28 PM

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