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Al, Author at Albert Lea Tribune

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Al Batt: I’ve drawn a line in this so-called sandwich of mine

I was careful to look one way before crossing the road. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Stupidity isn’t an Olympic event yet, though we qualify

I felt like Ninny the Pooh. I’d called a friend by his brother’s name. Twice. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:50 pm

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Al Batt: Grappling with complexities of 365 seasons annually

It can’t be summer already. Summer was just here. We’re finding our way back to things. It helps if the weather is a little better ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, July 6, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: Life is like a big jigsaw puzzle only way different

I was so tired, I had to do the dishes in bed. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:45 pm

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Al Batt: A stampeding storm of Yosemite Sams in the obits

I read a newspaper or few every day. I go through each publication in an orderly front-to-back fashion with proper folding. That means I typically ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:45 pm

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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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