General Discussion, Monday, February 27, 2023

On this date in 1960, the U.S. Olympic hockey team beat the Soviet Union.

The next day, the U.S. beats Czechoslovakia to win its first-ever Olympic gold medal in hockey.

Also on this date, but in 1980, “I Will Survive” wins the first—and last—Grammy ever awarded for Best Disco Recording. So much for that. I really enjoyed the disco era, going dancing at least once a week – but at a club with LIVE music! My usual partner was a young Canadian man from Newfoundland. We didn’t date; we just danced. It was fun.

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33 Responses to General Discussion, Monday, February 27, 2023

  1. Lucille says:

    Good morning, Stella! Being as the games were in Squaw Valley, CA it was a big deal for a lot of Californians. I wasn’t interested particularly and am pretty sure the TV wasn’t even turned on for the games at our house. In later years I became a big fan of the Winter Olympics, especially figure skating. And the 1980 Miracle on Ice.

    What I find silly is that the name of Squaw Valley has been changed to Yokuts Valley. Why just change the name? I say give the whole state back to the Indians. You know, equity and all that. It’d be fun to hear all those rich lefties squeal.

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    • Stella says:

      Good morning, Lucille!


    • Sharon says:

      Good morning, Lucille! Your comment reminded me that my dear dad would comment that it might be a good idea to give all of the dryland farming area of eastern Montana back to the Indians. Very poor land. Very poor pasture. Almost no trees. Very little rain….and yet, the Indians had done well with living in such conditions for centuries. And moving on when they had to.

      I definitely think your suggestion has merit!

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      • Lucille says:

        Good afternoon, Sharon! Montana must have been a hunter/gatherer society for the natives if the land was poor for crops. Of course, not all natives “farmed” or raised crops. But some did. I guess it depends on how nomadic they were.

        It’s quite interesting that the word “squaw” means “woman” and that Squaw Valley was so-named because the indigenous folk of the area called it “Woman’s Land” in their language. It was not meant to be derogative either by the natives or the English-speakers. If people want to change the name, why not go back to the indigenous words for the valley rather than change it to something it was historically never called? Yokuts are a tribe.

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        • Sharon says:

          “Montana must have been a hunter/gatherer society for the natives if the land was poor for crops.”


          In our 700 acre pasture, there were two distinct sets of what we called “the Indian rings” still visible/on the surface.

          Simply large stones (5-7 lbs, maybe 6″ diameter) which had been placed there to hold down the edges of easily movable tents.

          One of those sites had one large tent ring, and the other one had a partial. The largest ring also still had the doorway identifiable. We were introduced to those sites as young children and learned early to respect those “photos in the earth” that spoke of the hunter/gatherers who had made effective use of the area.

          The locations in our pasture were not suitable at for even a seasonal village, but would have been suitable for hunting camps. The Sioux was one tribe that had lived in that area.

          The Missouri River flowed by about two miles south of our land, “down off the bluffs” that served as the “edge” of our property. We also had 500 acres broken for fields.

          When Lewis and Clark did their great journey in 1805, their party would have passed by within five miles or so. They dropped south from the Missouri at Ft. Buford, I think – a bit east of our area.

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          • Sharon says:

            Over the decades of his farming (he started in about 1921 after completing his service in WW I), my dad gathered a large collection (over 100) of absolutely beautiful arrowheads–that worked their way to the surface in all of our fields. Agate. Harder flint. A few (very few) steel ones. Wonderful to look at.

            That collection is now in the care of my great-nephews, my oldest brothers grandsons, and very appropriately so. They live where they grew up, in SW MT, Love all history, and are the perfect guardians such such a collection.

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  2. Lucille says:


    Very nice ranch property…

    Granite Chief Peak…

    Granite Chief is a mountain located in the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe. The mountain rises to an elevation of 9,010 feet. The summit is the highest point in the Granite Chief Wilderness and marks the northwestern boundary of Palisades Tahoe. (Wikipedia)

    Drop Everything: Full Squaw Valley, California Love Segment
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  3. Gary says:

    On the 1960 Olympic team were a set of twins, the Christian brothers. I used their sticks all my life as did my sons. There is a Christian Bros stick and my first pair of skates hanging the wall in our man cave.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Made in Warroad, MN. Along with Marvin Windows, they were the largest employer in the little town very near the Canadian border. It’s also near Lake of the Woods, which, if I remember correctly, is the largest fresh water lake in the U.S.

      Between those two employers, back in the 90s when I went there, more people came into town to work each day than the population of Warroad. Back then the population was under 2,000 I think. When I visited the factory I think Marvin employed around 3,600 people.

      I was there in the winter, and although it was very cold, it sure was beautiful country. Supposedly Southerners have a reputation for friendliness and hospitality, but I have always honestly thought Midwesterners should get that honor. I used to go to Missouri and Kansas a lot, Nebraska some, and spent s little time in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The people were amazing.

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      • Gary says:

        Thank you, if it’s all right I’d love to share this with my brother and my sons. Armed with this information my father would have planned a road trip! (He loved this country and dragged us all over it)

        Funny thing is back in the mid eighties I replaced all the windows in my parents house with…….Marvin windows. I happen to agree on the mid west thing, I spent a great deal of time wandering around there racing sprints and midgets back in the day. I absolutely love the people.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  5. czarina33 says:

    National Strawberry Day. No reason, 6 weeks too early for Pontchatoula (Louisiana) Strawberries.

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  6. czarina33 says:

    Mornin’ all ya’all! Gorgeous outside! Breezy to windy, sunny, dry, currently 70’s, moving to 80’s later. Already got a load of laundry on the line. Fresh sheets tonight!

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  7. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. Got a full 8 hours last night. It was 30* when I first got up, but in about 20 min it was down to 25*. That seemed strange. It is cloudy and a little breezy, but actually pretty nice. I need to get some housework done today. There is nothing other than that going on. Hope everyone is safe in the path of the tornadoes.

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  8. Lucille says:

    Movie “Jesus Revolution” Makes the Top Three at the Box Office This Past Weekend
    By Joe Hoft Feb. 27, 2023 11:30 am

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