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at the dogpatch, oggling a menu and pondering fair use.

at the dogpatch, oggling a menu and pondering fair use.

after a long day of seeing lots of sights around the upper peninsula of michigan we found ourselves at the dogpatch restaurant in munising with very 4 hungry kids and 3 adults. nobody could figure out why it had a cartoon theme or why all the cartoons on the walls and the menu was filled with mock-southern language that was difficult to decipher. all the adults and kids were confused.

eventually, i dug deep in my memory and remembered the dogpatch was the setting for li’l abner which ran from 1934 until 1977 which gave some important context. but who under the age of 40 even knows or identifies with li’l abner? why is there a li’l abner themed restaurant in munising? was al capp a fan of the area? are the owners relatives? do they have rights to use the images for commercial gain. there’s an interesting history to the franchise ownership and rights li’l Abner and wikipedia claims fair use when using excerpts which leads me to believe it’s not in the public domain.

and, what is up with the menu? PRINCESS MINIHAHASKIRT?

the food was adequate, but the service was horrible which seems to be the consensus on the foursquare tips.

even in july lake superior is cold enough to take your breath away!


standing where the au train river empties into the lake superior at the au train scenic overlook and it is coooooold!

we’ve been here a few times over the years. i recalled shooting “lake superior in thirds here five years ago!

the ninth annual divot open!

the ninth annual divot open. I.

before odin was born on the fourth of july kris’ family would get together for the 4th weekend in the upper peninsula of michigan with activities centered around odin’s grandparent’s house in gladstone. the year he was born a few members of kris’ family played a round of golf at the gladstone gold and country club that turned into an annual event and after a few years a “divot award” was created to go to the player that best exemplifies its spirit of, uh, unusual excellence.

kris and i have played almost every year and i have no idea how i don’t have more photos from past years online. i’m guessing they are sitting on disk somewhere. it’s a great time and over nine years participation has expanded beyond family – this year we had 25 golfers! to keep the game from taking all day with the growing number of players we had move to scramble format many years ago. many of the holes have contests like “longest drive” and “closest to the pin”. winners of the contests receive a prize of immense value from the local thrift store.

i’m not a very good golfer and don’t take the game seriously which is part of the reason why i have so much fun tooling around with 25 other folks in golf carts on a beautiful day on a beautiful course.

oh, and there are adult beverages involved.

the ninth annual divot open. II.

there’s plenty of wildlife on the course. and not just the adults! ( rimshot ) in addition of seeing a few deer every year, we happened upon a friendly fox who seemed like he might be willing to eat out of my hand if i had any snacks.

the ninth annual divot open. III.

a few years ago, one of odin’s teenage cousins started a tradition of getting an outfit for the divot open at a local thrift store. not everyone has embraced the tradition, but some of us believe it’s all part of the fun. i think in a few years everyone will be rocking a thrifty ensemble.

there wasn’t much available in the men’s department, so i decided to go with size 6 capris, a sleeveless woman’s top and a terry cloth fedora. the sleeveless shirt really helped me even out my farmer’s tan.

when i walked into clubhouse, there were about a hundred people eating for some sort of function ( and had no idea we were starting the divot open ) and almost all of them stopped to look up. a guy at nearby table caught my eye and laughed, “i would so totally do that.”

without skipping a beat, i reached for his kids half eaten chicken finger and asked, “you going to finish that?” the wide eyed kid slowly nodded yes.

i heard “ha! i would so totally do that too!” as i walked out the door.

the ninth annual divot open. IV.

i think some are a little jealous I can fit in size 6 woman capris.

the ninth annual divot open. V.

after the game there’s pizza and beer while handing out of awards. it’s been a few years since the divot award came home. i think kris might have won it 2010. maybe next year!

i did get a beer cozie for “most spirit” award for my outfit which was a nice consolation prize 🙂

next year is going to be bigger and better since it’s be the 10th annual divot open and we might even let odin play for the first time on his 10th birthday.

awesome thrift store outfit for our annual family golf outing

awesome thrift store outfit for our annual family golf outing

i went to the local st vincent de paul thrift store to look for an appropriate outfit for our annual family golf outing. on the right, size 6 woman’s capri pants. on the left a sleeveless shirt woman’s shirt. both are snug enough to give a 70s glam rock vibe which i’m sure will work well on the gladstone golf club.

I only wish I could have found some wristbands.



i was next door to the the just burgers & more in escanaba, michigan and wondered about their name. i can understand that maybe over time being “just burgers” wasn’t enough and they needed to provide more variety and wanted to change their name, but doesn’t “more than just burgers” make more sense?

in the many, many times i’ve been to esky, i’ve never eaten there so i comment on their food. maybe next time.