From Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Category Archives: South Dakota
The Statue of David is, itself, a bit of a goliath, but it portrays Dave just before attacking a giant named Goliath. There is one of a few replica statues in my hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and it stands 8-10 feet tall, by my non-wikipedia guestimates. From below, it looks like just some naked dude standing in the city park of a pretty conservative town, so much that they had to turn his ass to the main street passing in front of the park, lest passerbys see male genetalia. Three things that have esacaped me over the many years I’ve known this replica. 1) He’s holding a sling, in anticipation of battling Goliath. 2) His offensive genetalia is really tiny, but for a good reason. He’s really, really afraid of the battle, and that’s what male junk does in this situation. And 3) Impossible to see from the ground is the really worried expression on Dave’s face, again showing he’s really freaking petrified of the oncoming fight. I wish I knew where I heard about 2 & 3, but the proof is there.
Mister Bendo has been a landmark in my hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota for many, many years. Recently, a drunk driver ran into him, leaving his legs severely damaged. Thankfully, with a fiberglass expert at the helm, he will be put back together once again! Here’s the link to his story.
Well, some spam schmuck grabbed Kraznoy.com. My mistake, it was up for grabs, and that’s how the cookie crumbles. For the time being, I picked the one directional-Dakota domain name that was left. So, get ready for…
It’s not here yet, for it takes a couple days for domain names to fully register on DNS servers. Kraznoy.blogspot.com will still take you to this blog, but for the time being (and probably forever), Kraznoy is dead. This blog, however, will live on in its 3rd incarnation.
I’m okay with Dakota East…but I may yet think up another name for this baby down the road. Or I may not. DE is very easy to remember, it invokes memories of home, and it has a double meaning. I’m from Sioux Falls, born in Brookings, and for most of my life I lived in eastern South Dakota. Also, I bring a part of me to the east coast, where I currently reside. So, I may just keep it as it is.
And I promise not to forget to renew my subscription from now on. This was a lesson hard-learned.
Enjoy the blog. The original content that’s saved up will run down to a trickle about mid-July. Then…I either just post written content of mine, or I continue to post stuff from the web…or who knows. I haven’t decided yet. Until then, enjoy this blog as you always have.
If you don’t know, I’m from South Dakota. I like South Dakota (except when I have to drive in Sioux Falls. But I’ve discussed this, I won’t dwell…). I’m going to put a few more Sioux Falls-centric blogs on my blog roll, because even though I haven’t seen the state in nearly a year, I still like to hear what’s going on with Hyperion, local-to-SooFoo cartoonists, and kayaking in SoDak. Enjoy.
Sioux Falls scored an article in the L.A. Times about how bulletproof the city is in the midst of our economic recession. Read about it here.
Aside from the fact that Sioux Falls has some of the worst car drivers in the country as members of its populace (despite having some of the lowest car accident records for the last few years, which completely confounds me), the city might be the greatest in the nation. Being that it’s the city I grew up in helps raise it in my eyes, but time and time again, whether in Money Magazine in 1992 (when it was named the best place to live in the U.S.) or the occasional mention on national news, the greatness shows.
As I read through the rest of the article, something struck me. It is ironic that the section of the country referred to in the article, North Dakota to Texas, that is largely avoiding the effects of the economic recession is also the section of the country that didn’t vote for the current president.
Oh, and by the way, the picture for this article came from AllPoster.com. I’m thinking of getting the magnet, figuring it would look cool next to the photo in Adventureland at Altoona, Iowa the day I proposed to my wife, or a bas-relief magnet from Las Vegas. Or my Guinness Bottle Opener in the shape of a giant bottle-cap.
I’m done describing my fridge. Feel free to continue websurfing now.
Would you believe I only just discovered this site?! Jay Heath was my principal at both elementary school and junior high, and he’s the father of one of my oldest friends. Plus, he’s led an interesting life — just look at his bio on the right of his blog. His last post was in October, but you can’t kayak a frozen lake, right?