In the day... Austin, MN was real hotspot for big bands and ballroom dancing. There are pictures around of the old days at the Terp Ballroom. The mere mention of it's name brings up a host of great memories and too many stories to share. People drove from miles around for a big night of eating, drinking, and dancing... on into the wee hours of the morning.
Louis Armstrong and Tommy Dorsey were the big names that caught my eye... but the conversation really lit up when the Six Fat Dutchmen were mentioned. It must have been some night life. As the ad reads... those boys played till 1:30 in the morning!
SInce The Terp burned down a long time ago... and The Six Fat Dutchmen are no longer around... we had to do something different last night. So, my cousin Dan told us all about the scrap metal business his family has owned for decades. He took us over to the south yard so he could show us some improvements he'd made over the years. Even though it was dark... the progress was obvious. We weren't there for 10 minutes... headlights beaming through the chain link fence... when the cops arrived... lights flashing and all! As the officer approached my window my heart raced... even though I knew I'd done nothing wrong. When he saw Dan in the passenger seat he breathed a sigh of relief.
"Jeeze, Dan! What the heck are you doing here?"
"Oh, just showing my Aunt Judy and my cousin, how I've fixed up the yard."
"Well then, I guess there's nothing to worry about here. Go on ahead and enjoy your visit." He said.
As I waved goodbye, all I could think to do was to thank him for not shooting first.
"No problem, he said, that would have made for way too much paperwork."
"I'm so sorry girls, Dan nervously giggled as the officer drove away. I should have known better than to park here like that at night."
Gracious and always up for adventure, Mom replied,
"Are you kiddin', Dan? We can all use a little excitement now and then."
As we left the driveway all I could think to say... was thank God I didn't have any wine with dinner!
We laughed all the way home.
Good times in Austin, MN! No Terp Ballroom necessary!
There is a time for everything under the sun.
4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
New American Standard Bible
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