Biggest Ball of String

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Fargo, North Dakota

on October 7, 2012

Whenever I think of Fargo, I think of the movie (which has, coincidentally, been on TV all week) – I’m not  recommending it.  And, I haven’t seen it this time around and I don’t remember if it was a good (“good”) movie or not – I  only remember two things: the accents of the people and the wood chipper. I saw  it on TV (so, edited) but IMDb says it’s rated R, and from what I can remember of the wood chipper scene, that’s a good rating…and apparently, (again,  according to my memory) they weren’t strict with their editing…  Blecht.

The Wood Chipper is on display at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors  Center. Roadsideamerica.com says,

“While the wood chipper’s time on-screen was brief, its use as a  body-disposal device made for a disturbingly memorable scene.”

True.

I couldn’t view the wood chipper (which, yeah, I know – movie prop, not covered in blood (or at least not real  blood), but still grosses me out), so we walked around the Fargo Walk of Fame, which is also at the Visitor’s Center. Started by a local business man, Mike Stevens, the Walk  includes a variety or random celebrities – from Toby Keith to Bill Gates, George  Bush to Burt & Ernie, Aerosmith to Art Linkletter, and many many more! (I’d  list them all, but you should go see for yourself!)

We stayed at a nice campground (Lindenwood Campground in Moorhead-Fargo) right along the river, and  conveniently beside the Interstate. It’s surprisingly quiet, though – there’s a  noise wall and lots of trees, so the whole scene is very serene.

 The campground has alot of recreational things to do – fishing, biking, a  playground.

According to their website, you can rent surrey bikes, fun cycles, tandem bikes and  handicap bikes at their Information Center. I saw people circling on their  surrey bikes and it looks like so much fun!!

Instead, we settled in at our site beside the river and watched the guy  across from us trying to fish. I thought he was living in his tent and trying to  survive by fishing with his pole, string and safety pin, but Peter went to meet  him, and apparently, he was just there for one day, but hadn’t brought any food,  thinking he’d just eat the fish he caught … He looked like he lived there..

Imagine the scene: he baits his hook, tosses it in the water, props his  fishing pole up with some twigs, and goes about… 20 feet away, lays down on a  blanket, hands behind his head, feet crossed, staring at the sky. .. very  relaxed…but if he caught something, he’d never get to it in time to reel it  in.  … … ….

Ok – so, he caught something… but didn’t know what to do and was running  around with a fish on a line – Peter had to go help him.. I don’t know what  happened next.


Other things (besides the surrey bike) I would put on my “to-do” list for  next time in Fargo, will include the Air Museum & Rocket and the Space Alien  Bar & Grill…not the wood chipper.. Not ever… not even next time.

Tomorrow (oh, well, in blog time, Wednesday), we’re meeting Richard, Shannan  and the boys in Minneapolis! YAY!

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2 responses to “Fargo, North Dakota

  1. Maryann says:

    Hey Rach. ND isn’t that far from MB and you mentioned the ‘accents’. Jeff and I went to WPG for my nieces wedding a few years back and he asked me about WPG accents. My response is ‘we don’t have accents from WPG”. And he started imitating the conversation. “like I’m getting a 24 and puttin out the ice shack eh”. He was hilarious but I couLd so hear my family talkin like that in a way I’d never heard before. BTW I thought FARGO was hilarious albeit there were some nasty scenes but it was more a comedy DARK. Have you ever been to Vulcan? Only an hour out of Calgary but I’d love to see it in your ball of string.

    • 4mygypsysoul says:

      Good to have another viewpoint of Fargo (the movie) – I almost did watch it again, just to see if my opinion was different, now that I’m an adult, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it!!

      Want to come with me to the Spock Days (in Vulcan)? I haven’t been, but THAT would be something to talk about!!!

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