No, I didn't die, in spite of the heat and humidity. Don't let photos of Minnesota like the one above fool you - it's either hot enough to bake your brain or cold enough to freeze off every appendage.
I've just been very busy being a poor working person, AKA what the GOP considers public enemy #1. You know, really subversive stuff like working the DFL booth at the county fair, going to the grocery store, running low on gas, fighting for all kinds of equality and other communist-type activities.
Speaking of the DFL - for you Non-Minnesotans, it's the Minnesota affiliate of the Democratic Party. According the Wikipedia: It was created on April 15, 1944, with the merger of the Minnesota Democratic Party and the Farmer–Labor Party. Leading the merger effort were Elmer Kelm, the head of the Minnesota Democratic Party and founding chairman of the DFL party; Elmer Benson, effectively the head of the Farmer-Labor Party by virtue of his leadership of its dominant left-wing faction; and rising star Hubert H. Humphrey, who chaired the Fusion Committee that accomplished the union and then went on to chair its first state convention. Members of the party are frequently referred to as "DFLers".
The Minnesota Farmer–Labor Party (FL) was a left-wing American political party inMinnesota between 1918 and 1944. Largely dominating Minnesota politics during the Great Depression, it was one of the most successful statewide third party movements in United States history and the longest-lasting affiliate of the national Farmer-Labor movement. At its height in the 1920s and 1930s, party members included three Minnesota Governors,four United States Senators, eight United States Representatives and a majority in theMinnesota legislature.
You gotta love that Minnesota Progressive Ethic!!!
The 1922 Farmer-Labor Convention, held in Minneapolis