Team Edminster takes Bocce gold at Liberty Lake

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Far away from the virus-maddened crowds of Tokyo’s Olympic Villiage, Team Edminster secured a landmark victory for the United States at this year’s first annual Liberty Lake Bocce tournament dominating the winner’s podium with bronze, silver and gold medals.

We met with up-and-coming talent Elliot “the wrecking ball” Edminster as she wiped the blood from her bruised knuckles with the ribbon of her bronze medal. “We played hard today, but not hard enough. I’ve been building up to this moment since I first drew breath, so a loss like this is a crushing blow. But hey, the competition was incredibly stiff this year,” and then added with a wry smirk, “particularly in the over-40 division.” When asked about her plans for the future she responded, “Tell the uncles and those European upstarts to start stretching today because this isn’t over!”

Raging Raplans on 1st place win: “Tastes like chicken!”

But veteran baller and silver medalist Jen-Lyn (known in the Bocce world as “the Shaman”) was a bit more circumspect. “Bocce isn’t just a competitive sport, it’s an art form, even a way of life. I think if I’ve learned anything from my storied career it’s that you never really touch the pallino, no matter how close you may get. The most we can hope for is a kiss and then another game. You know, we think we throw the ball, but really the ball throws us.”

I asked the Shaman to address the rumors she may have played her last frame. “Oh no, I’ve only just gotten started. The future of Bocce is wide open and with performances like we saw today, I think the field can only benefit from a diversity of experience, technique and style. We’re all in this together.”

And then she added, “But tell the kids to start stretching.”

Kitchen – Bathroom Corridor Functioning!

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It’s been a long time coming, but we were finally able to functionally complete our kitchen and bathroom corridor along with stairs to the bedrooms. This was the biggest hurdle to our being able to move into the house and we made it only by the skin of our teeth. We were able to find a radiator right in our budget and install it ourselves. I suggest to anyone looking for one of to check the range of bathroom radiators by bathroom city. The last push required an additional worker – now the Sten and Ruudi team, the help of Lea’s brother Arvo with electricity, and my good friend Clif on plumbing. So now we’re finally moved in. Construction continues on the living room and guestroom and we’re waiting for the arrival of new windows in October. But we’re getting closer to an end of this downstairs stage!