THE EXPENDABLES 2 (having fun)…

THE EXPENDABLES 2, – with Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and more. WOW…

To: all my friends, and movie lovers everywhere, especially within the last 2 decades.

WOW, I appreciated this movie, and wanted to share it with movie lovers that I know and respect, particularly those in the generations where these actors were on screen nearly every week (it felt that way anyway). We grew up with them.

Dear; brother Glenn…

I promise that you will appreciate and get excited about this movie as I did. You will appreciate where they are in life now, and that they came back for their fans, as my wife and I and friends came back for them.

My wife and I went with with another couple. We laughed, we Cried, we Remembered growing up with these guys (well at least after they invented movies and we were allowed to see “these movies”).

My bet is that you will do the same. It was great. I know you will appreciate it, as will you family and friends.

Can you visualize Arnold and crew zip lining through the jungle under fire yet, and coming directly into the thick of the gun fire.

Can you see Chuck Norris doing his famous Kick Boxing style of fighting during an encounter in a warehouse somewhere?

There were so many characters in the whole adventure, some of whom I had forgotten, so that was another recall for me. There must have been 12-14 altogether (felt like it).

And how about Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis. All of these guys are technically too old for this action, yet put together a great and entertaining performance in this movie. They came back for their fans.

The first thing that struck me the day we went is the number of patrons in the theater. In recent years I have seen a serious decline in the number of patrons per showing. The theater was not packed, but at least was ½ full (more than I have seen in quite some time). We all remembered and came to watch them coming back for their fans.

Arnold is (or was) a governor of some state out west for Christ sake, why would he risk his life, his health to do a movie. For his fan’s that is why. THEY were impressive enough, that there has been at least one sequel (I think two). I need to send myself this letter so I can go too (again).

Just go see the movie. You will be pleased, impressed, etc. You will laugh as we did, and cry as we did. Remember, these guys are in there 60’s plus. Go see the movie.

Sincerely; your friend and brother forever, Dale.

PS: Glenn, please (well everyone) share this letter with those I may have missed by mistake…

PSS: Glenn, you have been gone from this earth for right at two years now, but I do hope you can find this movie somewhere. Bring your new friends too. Just go and see the movie. Did you catch up with your wife Joe?

This is logical, right?

This publicly posted Cartoon; from the Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO reminded me of something I mostly practice as a voter. The cartoon strip is called “Pearls before Swine” – by Stephan Pastis. I like the comic strip, and I give credit to the writer.

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What I have always believed and practiced, as best I could is as follows.
WE have a right and a responsibility to vote for our representatives and leaders. In a democratic society HOW can we vote, feel good about our vote and minimize the potential of wrong full results in an election. Not easy the way the election process and campaigning is run now days.

You see we also (and first) have a responsibility to learn about the office or position we are voting for, as well as for the individual or individuals seeking this position. This is logical, right?

So, we can read, listen, watch and learn about the candidates running. We can also attend forums or city group meetings; if we have the time and inclination to do so. If we do not or cannot make ourselves do this, the end game is quite simple. Don’t Vote; this or these particular contests.

We would be participating in a wrongful election if we voted blindly. We ethically should not vote exclusively as our neighbor brother or sister does. We need to learn, and then vote our own good conscious. The voting process depends on this.

I feel good when I vote, and I try to vote on every Election. I simply do not vote on the campaigns that I do not understand well enough to enter an honest vote. At least I am not swaying the vote against the logic of the masses, and I feel good about that. I let the informed voters vote on the campaign (which I did not learn more or enough about); and therefore those that I should not vote.

When I was in the 6th or 8th grade, I thought it would be logical and efficient if we simply gave the title or President and Vice president to the top two winners (from all parties collectively). Now I wonder how that would have turned out.

I would like to remind everyone to Read, Listen, Watch “LEARN” and then VOTE. This election we need to get things closer to right than we have in several previous elections. Please Vote.

I was raised on a farm just 6.5 miles from here.

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Parshall is a city lying within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. It is located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Mountrail County, North Dakota, United States. Its population was 903 at the 2010 census. Parshall was founded in 1914, and is the home of the Paul Broste Rock Museum.

This is Dale Broste, I was raised on a farm just 6 ½ miles SW of Parshall. Dad raised Wheat; in fact Paul did prior to dad. They were known for years as the State Wheat Kings. I always appreciated the work ethic, and basic knowledge I gained from dad, my first and most memorable “boss”.

I was a volunteer on portions of the all-volunteer crew that constructed the Paul Broste museum in the photo above. I had a dump truck and crew collecting granite rocks from rock piles from several area farms (with their permission of course).

The museum is the world’s largest collection of rock and minerals, collected by Paul, my great uncle. Paul also did oil paintings and wrote a few books. The paintings are on display as are the thousands of rocks and minerals. The books are out of publication now.

So if you are ever in the area of central North Dakota and tired of the new oil traffic, or flat prairie, just stop by the museum on the north side of town (right across — due East — from my High School in fact — on North Main Street).

If you would like to let me know what you thought, how the Museum is doing etc, I would appreciate it.  I personally have not bee there in some time.  I hope it is being managed and maintained well.

PS:

1.)  I almost forgot.  In the museum there is a stump of a petrified Red Wood tree (about 2.5 ft. tall).  My brothers and I discovered this just SW of Parshall along the Slides (now covered by Lake Sacagawea).  The three pieces total over .75 tons as I recall, and were determined to be more than 3 million years old.

2).  There is also a petrified Dinosaur tooth, found in North Dakota.