I threw my hands over my ears and started a low humming as I darted back into the liquor store isles away from the cash register.
I tried to be inconspicuous by making the humming low and intermittent.
I did have a thought that I probably looked mentally unstable. Or at least drunk. But then I got to thinking that these liquor store employees have surely seen other customers mumbling around the isles with their index fingers stuck in places. I wasn't in the hard liquor – at least not at first.
A big problem growing up in Wisconsin and then moving to Minnesota is that the Vikings always preempt the Packers on TV. And what's even worse, if the Packers play later, the stupid cable company puts on some other dumb game. I even called and asked them to switch my cable delivery address to Superior, Wisconsin, and send my bill to Minnesota. No go.
I'm not even a sports nut. Or even a sports teeny weeny sesame seed. But if you grow up in Wisconsin, somehow you become a crazed Packer fan. It's in the water, or the cheese.
You see, we went to Bayfield, Wisconsin for a little fall apple getaway. I taped the Packers vs. Vikings game so we could watch it after we got home on Monday. We shut down our phones and were careful not to turn on the radio.
When we got to Superior, we passed by my favorite cheap liquor store and I decided to run in quick for a case of wine to go with the salmon we caught on Lake Superior. I mean a bottle of wine to go with the salmon....
This is still in Wisconsin where everyone is frenzied over the Packers. As I approached the cash register I heard someone say, “That was some game last night.” I didn't have time to think, it was like a knee-jerk reaction to stuff my ears and go "la, la, la, la".
No one talked to me. In fact, they avoided eye contact. I made it back to the truck with wine and no more clue about the game.
The point of the story is, if you're trying to get a hold of me and I don't respond back right away, it might be because we were able to tape a game and haven't watched it yet.
Now for some promised photos of our little getaway. Early apples were in season.
This was my favorite orchard. It reminded me a lot of the Tuscany countryside.
The stone walls inside added to that old-country feel.
Bayfield is right on the shores of Lake Superior. We found nice spots to give Tansy a run and a swim.
Here's the guys on the charter fishing boat. That's Wade on the left and Steve. Tansy is in front. I'm behind the camera.
We caught two salmon and one lake trout. This is the first salmon. I'll give you a recipe or two next time.