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Parting Thoughts: March/April 2014

Mar 15, 2014 09:31AM ● Published by Jim

By: Jim Dittmann

Well here we are:  - Volume 3 Issue 2 

Wie geht es dir?

 

Winter of ‘14 huh!  Well I’ve taken on a new attitude - convinced myself that if I ignore it - it will go away.  By now it is mid March - is the snow gone yet?  News story the other day says this is almost as bad as the winter of ‘78.  Oh yeah - I remember that one.  Snow was so deep I could touch the electric lines while walking to the grocery - “just kidding.”

That year - still living in Watertown when I bought my first new car.  It was a 1977 GMC pickup – two-wheel drive with an in-line six - three on the tree.  Those days a rear bumper was extra and I took mine without.  But after a close call with a fence post - I sucked it up and for an extra $179 ordered a painted one - chrome was a whole lot more.  Soon I learned that these trucks with an empty box don’t go so well in the snow.  I was working at a print shop and our plates came in these really nice plywood crates.  Carl the boss said I could have an empty one.  I placed it right over the rear axles - blocked in good so it wouldn’t slide around and filled it up with “free” sand from the orange boxes that the city had all over town.  Now I was set…

We lived in this great farmhouse with your typical long driveway - just north of the hospital in Watertown.  It was January of ‘78 - started snowing early and I made a quick run to town for supplies.  Then it snowed some more and the wind picked up - I made it back and buried that little jimmy right in the driveway.  This is the day I learned a bit about family - my “future” father-in-law loved big snow.  Sonny ran an excavating business in Watertown with his trademark red pickup 4X4 - had to be a Dodge.  He would go non-stop for days during the big snows - running on coffee - cigarettes and crawlers.  Kathy got word to him that I had the whole works plugged up.  In almost superhero fashion, he and the red truck would appear.  Boom - tires were a spinnin’ - snow was giving way - I was rescued.  “There you go, Dittmann - don’t do that again!” Then he would vanish - off to rescue another idiot.  Sonny loved the snow… 


Friday Fish Fry is a Wisconsin tradition!  I do like a good fish fry - and I always chuckle thinking of Mike over at Gene’s Tires when he says - “Fish Fry on Friday, it’s a state law!” 

So, here’s what I have in mind:  Reader’s choice award - favorite fish fry place in Dodge County. Enter your favorite in the form below.  Deadline is April 11, 2014.  We’ll do a follow up story in our May / June edition.

Here’s your chance to share with everyone your favorite Dodge County Fish Fry!

Cheers! 

 

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