November 25, 2005

Turkey day hits!

This little project Long Burn has been puttering along for almost 10 months now. According to my records the site is up to about 12 hits a day, mainly my Mom and a brooding teenager in a basement in Skokie. Hi Mom! Yesterday, Long Burn got 114 hits. I just gotta know. Who are you? Where do you come from and who sent you? Do you come in peace? (By the way, I have started wearing a bike helmet, just like our Commander-in-Chief.)


At November 25, 2005 1:35 PM , Blogger Steve said...

Hey Matt,
I accidently stumbled across your blog while mindlessly surfing during a very boring 12 hour work shift on Thanksgiving. I'm reporting for duty in 2 weeks and will be in Afghanistan early next year for a whole year. I'm hoping to hit western Europe mid-year, hopefully I'll be able to stop by.
I'd forgotten about lowering Bick into that hole, good memories.

At November 25, 2005 3:10 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Man alive, you never know who is going to stop by! Great to hear from you Steve and glad you found your way to Long Burn. (How did you find it by the way? There must be about 2.7 million blogs out there). Happy Bird Day. Be great to catch up & hear all your stories. Mark Rollins stopped by last summer, as did Eric Holland.

At November 26, 2005 12:42 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Regarding Bick and the bottomless pit, did you remember it the way I did?

Steve: stay in touch! I don't know if you will have internet access in Afghanistan but if so feel free to send me an update at Would be great to hear what you are up to. Sounds like you will get there just in time for the holidays. Good luck and I will be thinking of you.

At November 27, 2005 2:05 AM , Blogger Kate said...

Oh, that's the president! I thought it was you!

At November 27, 2005 2:20 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Really Kate!? I'm speechless.

At November 28, 2005 4:09 PM , Blogger Steve said...

I remembered we lowered him down and I was holding the rope. Then he made some comment that there was no bottom after his boot was all the way underwater. The rope went tight and I remeber you guys were standing around looking at him and I yelled out, "grab his arms."

We then took a 8-10ft stick and stuck in the hole and it disappeared into the water...

At November 28, 2005 8:42 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Yeah that's right, you were holding the rope and I grabbed Bick's arm.

I always wondered where that hole came from. Its not limestone rock up there, like down in So. MN, so there shouldn't be caves. I had to think it was man-made. But why?

I remember once the camp truck up at Crow Wing fell into a hidden hole by the waterfront, in front of the Loon's Foot. Turned out to be the basement of a cabin that they had covered over ages ago and forgotten about.

Don't forget to send me a note from Afgh-- would love to hear how it is going.


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