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Al, Author at Albert Lea Tribune

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Al Batt: I felt as if I were wearing burlap underwear there

It was hot enough to complain about everything. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:50 pm

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Al Batt: Good luck finding good luck

I was talking to a Billiken on a shelf. The Billiken is a chubby, comic, charm doll/figure given to me by a tour group to Alaska, ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Rock, paper, scissors and rust on two wheels

Humans are always bucking a headwind. We teeter precariously on the edge of the world. We not only don’t know things, we don’t know most ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 1, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: I do all my own stunts

Tales from Exit 22 by Al Batt I’m just browsing. That’s what I’d say if I ever surprised a grizzly bear that was carrying an ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, May 25, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Wrestling with a plastic bag

I spent time in the produce department trying to open a plastic bag. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Look at you over there, being all smart and stuff

My sheepskin had a tail. That tells you where I ranked in the class, but I’m giving a graduation speech in my dreams. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Thanks for laundering my money and other things, Mom

She was the last to know it was raining. I headed home from somewhere. Somewhere else someone had said, “Rain, rain go away, come again ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: I just buttoned my lip with a buzz saw from my grandma

I met the day with the wonder of a Labrador puppy. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Whatever happened to that whatchamacallit?

It begins with, “I can’t find the whatchamacallit.” Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:53 pm

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Al Batt: Potatoes, popcorn and a rabbit walk into a story

Tales from Exit 22 by Al Batt “I don’t have enough rabbits.” I couldn’t muster any pity for the man who said that. “I have ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: The grass is always greener when it’s in your Easter basket

Spring rode in on the south wind. It was a soaring turkey vulture wearing a stocking cap on its bald head. Its head still looked much ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:51 pm

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Al Batt: At least I wouldn’t have to bother to burn it behind me

I built a bridge once. I’ve been to Jerusalem. I picked up newspapers from a smiling vendor without a stand. Stacks of papers rested upon the ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, March 30, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Playing game of football against the Steel Beams

There are two kinds of people — those who were born in March and those who wish they had been. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: I’m a stay-by-the-cart kind of guy when we’re shopping

My wife asked me to put ketchup on the shopping list. Her wish was my command. Now I can’t read anything on the list. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Life itself can be known as a near-death experience

We’ve all had near-death experiences. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:45 pm

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