Photobucket works for me tonight, so I can share some photos from Nordic Fest in Decorah, Iowa.
Here’s an eager crowd learning all about Vikings from the Skjaldborg guys.
Here’s the Vikings extracting much-needed sustenance from pork chops, the national cuisine of Iowa.
And here’s my friend, under my own awning, showing off the mail shirt he’s making.
The big thing that kept occupying my mind all weekend (and my friend got pretty sick of hearing about it too) was the fact that when I attended Luther College, which is also in Decorah, it was forty blankety-blank years ago. Forty years.
When I consider that fact, I’m not surprised by how much has changed. I’m amazed anything remains the same. The fact that some of the same buildings yet stand in Decorah, and that a few of them even serve the functions they did back in my time, seems somehow against nature. When I think that forty years have passed, I imagine that the very hills should have been brought low, and the river should have o’erflowed its banks and found a fresh course. Everybody should have flying cars, and we should all be taking our sustenance in tablet form.
Well, that last part did sort of come true. I do not lack for pills in my diet in this strange old world.