Neighborliness across borders

In the midst of adversity come the most amazing human actions.

The whole valley had to evacuate, and people had to move not only themselves, but all of their belongings. I’m proud to say that the whole community and the surrounding area stepped up and of the almost 12,000 people who were displaced, only about 300 had to go to a public shelter. That’s an amazing thing that shows what kind of place North Dakota is to live in. We are a pretty neighborly bunch of people…that being an understatement.

Now to the most important reason for my posting today. My friend, Mark, who writes the blog The Idiot Speaketh & Pedaleth, is riding his stationary bike 160+ miles today. His all time record is 160 in one day, and he’s looking to out-do that. I checked out his Facebook page just now, and already he has clocked in 90 miles, as of 11:44am Central time. The thing that makes this particular ride super extra special is that Mark has challenged all of his friends to pledge an amount of money per each mile he rides and donate it to the American Red Cross Mid-Dakota Chapter on behalf of the people in Minot who’ve been displaced by the flood.  So why is the title of this post Neighborliness Across Borders?  Because my buddy Mark lives in Texas, that’s why. Even though he lives all the way across the country from North Dakota, he’s stepping up and helping out as though he lived in the next town over. For this, I am giving Mark the high honor of dubbing him an Honorary North Dakotan. I’m working on a graphic for that Mark…

I had the privilege to meet Mark and his son earlier in June when they drove through on a Father/Son trip. It’s not very often you get to meet your blog friends in person, so this was a rare treat.  Also in attendance was my Sister-by-Choice, Brea, who writes the blog Brea’s Aire. The four of us met at Pizza Hut and had such a good time, we closed the place down. That’s right…we’re just that radical. Of course it helps that Brea brought the  BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE in the entire world, and bribed the Pizza Hut staff with it. By the time we left, they all had the glazed-over eyes of those who are rocking a major sugar high.  During the time we were at Pizza Hut, we discussed many things including how squirrels lay eggs in your attic when you aren’t looking, the crazy antics of Texas’s governor, and the international political ramifications of camels with deflated humps…amongst many other topics.  It was a most enlightening evening! After all was said and done, it was a fabulous time, and it was such a privilege to get to meet Mark and Tyler in person.

I’m not one to put my face on my blog, because I started this blog out wanting to be totally anonymous. However, as time goes on, I realize that anything I write here could be seen by anyone savvy enough to do their research, and quite frankly, my life just isn’t that interesting. So, to all the CIA operatives who have been trying so hard to find me, here I am with my friends Mark and Brea:

Just looking at this picture makes me feel more blessed than I can express. It’s my fondest wish for all who read this blog today that you find yourselves equally as blessed.

Oh…and for those at the CIA who have been frantically trying to find my whereabouts all these years, I’m the one in the blue shirt.


About Sparrow
I am a 49 years young and the mother of two amazing young men, who've grown up and left me an Empty-Nester. I write about what's going on in my little corner of the High Plains, or what happens to be crawling across my brain on a given day. Thank you so much for stopping by. Make yourself at home...through the magic of the internet, the coffee's always free and the doughnuts are fresh!

9 Responses to Neighborliness across borders

  1. Hel'wyse says:

    .spitting the cigarette out of my mouth, brow wrinkled with annoyance…I reach for my orange phone to call headquarters…one dingie dingie..(how could she do this to us?) 2 dingie dingie..(all these yrs of tracking her down after the 4 quadrant escapade), 3 dingie dingie….where the hell is #1….probably with a frappe and a magazine in the toilet again……4 dingie dingie…”your party is not available right now, please leave a….” damn it…”She beat us again #1….she put a pic up of herself online, geeze, she has short blonde hair ..and brite blue shirt. She is a master of disquise! oh to be able to meet her!”…dropping the phone into its cradle, sigh, I have been hunting her so long…that grasshopper thing on the prarie was her doing too. She is a mastermind…a sultry blonde it seems………! oh one day Agent SPARROW, I will see you indicted….oh yes I will.”
    well back to my cover…sweet old grandmother with little black hearte….hehehehehehehehe

  2. Sparrow says:

    LOL…Hel’wyse…you crack me up!

    HUGS and love to you!

  3. dragonfae says:

    Count California in on your border count … just got done making the donation I promised to Mark earlier this week. 😉

    As for you folks out there … are things at least starting to clear? I hope so! Still sending loads of “drying out” vibes your way! *hugs*

    • Sparrow says:

      Thank you so much , Dragonfae! I made my pledge yesterday, too. Isn’t he a dynamo?!!

      The water has stopped rising and has begun to recede,but sloooowly. The water coming out of the four dams up north of here is starting to slow down and that will help a lot.


  4. Yeah baby! I’m a North Dakotan now!! Someone throw some bison on the Bbq for me! Seriously, thanks so much Sparrow…. It was a true highlight to be able to finally meet you ladies in person! The kid and I WILL be back! I hope that water continues to recede…quickly….and that you and the boys can get back to your normal lives as quickly as possible… Huge hug to ya! 🙂

  5. I am still so jealous that you got to meet him! He really is an amazing man!

  6. Brea says:

    *sobbing quietly into my hanky* HONK!

    My sister, he really is amazing, as are you. I’m proud to call you BOTH members of my family.

  7. kali says:

    i’ve been wanting to come in and see how you’ve fared with the flooding, but was up to my ears in alligators ’til today. and what do i see the very first thing? a post about “the idiot” aka mark, who was partly responsible for me finding your blog in the first place! (and i’ve got to say that i’m rather proud of my fellow texan, thank you mark! [btw, “squirrels laying eggs?”])

    sparrow, i’m so glad you and your boys are ok, and that brea is as well. i was reading what i could find on new reports down here. it truly is amazing the way everyone pulled together, helping each other. there is so little of that in other places which have been hit by flooding or other disasters. just goes to show that good neighbors still exist and help … even ones as far away as mark.

    hope things are drying out for y’all up there now. (wish you could have sent some of that water down here – our drought is horrendous.)


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