Sunday, October 19, 2003
Ruritan Club, Witchduck Rd
3:00 PM SMÖRGÅSBORD SETUP Doors open and
setup begins. Some kind
wonderful volunteer will setup for the meeting and meal. Sandy
will set up the beverage table.
4:00 PM Den Lyckliga Timmen (the happy hour):
Club provides the soft
drinks, beer & wine, but depends on the membership for the hors
(cheese, crackers, nuts, etc).
4:40 PM Sing-along with Ted Johnson in Swedish
5:00 PM Välkommen to members and guests
by President Barbara Carlson
Storaasli, followed by Du Gamla Du Fria, My Country Tis of thee, and
Namn Til Bords Vi Gå, after which, we can get in the buffet line.
DINING: This basically is a potluck smörgåsbord so
everyone should bring
food dishes consistent with that.
GUESTS: a $5.00 contribution for each adult sixteen or older.
guests, please include in your food contribution enough for yourselves
5:45 PM The official schedule (see February
newsletter) calls for 'Ole,
Lars and Lena: Scandinavian-American humor with ????' Unfortunately,
presenter of this material was left blank, and fortunately for your
he will be out of town. Hopefully, some volunteer will come forward.
6:35 PM The raffle will be held. The prizes
are provided by the members.
Note, it's fun when the kids win, so we need more prizes for children.
6:45 PM Meeting will be adjourned and the tables
will be cleared and the
chairs will be stacked.
DIRECTIONS TO OUR MEETINGS
If coming from the peninsula, take I-64 across the Hampton Roads
Bridge Tunnel, follow I-64 to I-264 East. Follow I-264 to the Witchduck
Road exit; after exiting, turn left onto Witchduck Road. About ¼
to ½ mile is Ruritan Drive (fire station light is there).
Turn left on Ruritan, go to the end of the street, the building is on the
When Last We Met
American Society was to have met on September 21,
2003 at the Ruritan Club, Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. However,
Hurricane Isabel struck Hampton Roads the Thursday before, so many
in the club were still without power. For that reason, and the
of the Ruritan Club, especially the uncertainty as to whether it had
or not, caused the September meeting to be cancelled.
Your editor, Glenn Gerdin
President - Barbara Carlson Storaasli (423-6711),
Vice-President - Andy Hilton,
Treasurer - Donald Lundquist,
Secretary - Edward Unser, Asst.
Secretary - Merrie Jo Milner,
Raffle Master - Diane Newlon,
Web Master - Larry Leonardson,
Beverage Master - Sandy MacGregor, and
Concert Master - Ted Johnson,
Newsletter Editor - Glenn Gerdin.
Ole and Lena Department. [This joke came from Scandinavian Yokes,
by Paul F. Anderson, (Eggs Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1979) p. 20. [The
was lent to your editor by Leland Peterson.]
Lars says to Ole, "Ve had a crasy t'ing happen over to our house yesterday.
My vife accidentally closed da lid on da deep freeze?and da cat vas
Den Ole says, "For gammelost sakes! Vhat did you do?"
So Lars says, "Vell, ve took da cat out?.it vas dere for about 6 hours,
it vas pretty stiff."
So Ole asks Lars, "So, vhat did you do den?"
So Lars says to Ole, "I yust took a couple of drops of gasoline and
on da cat's tongue. Yeeee Visss!
Dat cat sure came back to life. He yumped about six feet up in
da air and
ran around da room and den he stopped."
So Ole vonders, "Vas he dead?"
So Lars says to Ole, "No, he vas yust out of gas."
Old Norse Mythology Department:
This is the thirteenth installment
of this feature intended to
inform the membership about the mythological heritage of the Scandinavian
people. The source is : Myths of the Norsemen, Roger
Penguin Books, Baltimore, Maryland, 1960.
Loki saves Rogner from the Giant Skrymsli
Odin, Honir (Odin's brother), and Loki
were wandering through the
Faroe Islands disguised and came upon a farmhouse. The farmer
recognize them, but welcomed the travelers and made them a good supper,
seemed troubled. Odin noticed that the farmer turned aside and
weep. They learned that the farmer's youngest son Rogner had
by the Giant Skrymsli for his dinner the next day.
Odin revealed his identity and said
he would hide the boy so the
Giant could not find him. Odin went outside and chanted and rolled
Rune stones as his uncle Mimir, the wise Giant, showed him. The
the field suddenly grew up so that it was ripe for the harvest.
Rogner and hid him in a single grain of corn in one ear on a straw
middle of the cornfield. The next morning, Skrymsli came striding
mountain. The Giant demanded the boy, but the farmer said he
was hiding in
the cornfield. The Giant vowed to find the boy before sunset
and drew his
sword and began to cut down the corn. He shook each sheaf as
it and flung it aside into a big heap at the end of the field.
Skrymsli cut the stalk with the kernel containing Rogner. The
boy called to Odin for help, and one of Odin's ravens flew out to the
and snatched the grain out of Skrymsli's hand and flew back to the
farmhouse, where the boy was transformed back to his normal size.
The next morning, Skrymsli came back
again and it was Honir's turn to
save the boy. Honir transformed the boy into a tiny feather and
in with those on the neck of one of two swans and hid the swans amongst
animals in the forest. Again Skrymsli demanded the boy and was
told he was
hiding in the forest. Again at dusk, Skrymsli found the swan
that held the
feather of Rogner and bit the swan in the neck, but Honir sent a gust
wind, that blew the feather from Skrymsli's lips and back to the farmhouse.
There the boy was transformed back to normal size and was safe for
Now it was Loki's turn. The next
morning when the Giant returned,
Loki took the boy out the back door and down to the sea. There
he took a
boat out, cast out a line and caught three flounders. He hid
inside one of the tiniest eggs in the roe of one of the flounders and
them back. The Giant again demanded the boy from the farmer and
that the boy had gone fishing. The Giant took out a large boat,
crashed his boat into the Giant's, causing Loki's boat to sink.
then brought on board the Giant's boat. Loki begged the Giant
to take him
back to land because he was so cold, but the Giant ignored him and
further out to sea and began to fish. In a short time, he caught
flounders and Loki recognized them. Loki begged for the fish,
was hungry for being half-drowned, but the Giant said he would have
until evening. Skrymsli examined every egg in the roe of the
fish until he
found the egg containing Royner. Loki saw this and turned himself
falcon and snatched the egg from the Giant's hand and flew to shore.
he restored Royner to his natural shape and told him to wait until
Giant set foot on the shore and then run as fast as he could along
white sand and plant an iron pole into the sand at the far end.
boy did and he noticed that the sand seemed to move and whistle under
feet as he ran. After planting the pole, the boy turned to see
sinking in the sand, which was now quicksand. The Giant bellowed
struggled mightily but only sank deeper and then hit his head on the
pole causing him to loose consciousness. His head sank below
before he could recover and he was smothered. Only the Giant's
remained above the sand, which Loki promptly cut off with his sword.
This episode, made Odin and the Aesir
gods look to Loki when dealing
with Giants, except for Thor, who would just draw his hammer and kill
if he had a chance.