Weekly Wave: Kids say the darndest things after their teeth are pulled

All this was said with a lot of gauze in his mouth and haze in his head, so much of it is up to interpretation.

Rick Lubbers is the executive editor of the Duluth News Tribune.
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DULUTH — My son had his wisdom teeth pulled earlier this week, and my wife and I looked forward to how he would react to the happy, magic medicine they pumped him with prior to extracting those chompers.

Now, we’re not the type of parents to record this sort of thing and plaster it all over social media. Why do that when you can record it and pull it out during a future stalemated parent-child negotiation?

So you won’t find my son’s hilarious post-op mumblings and observations on my Facebook account. Nor will I tweet them or create a funny Instagram post.

But this “Weekly Wave” intro doesn’t write itself and is constantly in need of fresh material, so I took copious and detailed notes during those first minutes and hours when we brought him home following his procedure. Besides, a journalist’s job is to observe, record and share their findings with readers.

The highlights included Bubs (our nickname for him) declaring that Lake Superior is “big and pretty.”


He remarked that he felt he was on a magic carpet ride, but instead of singing the Steppenwolf classic, he told us he wanted to watch the Disney classic “Aladdin” and then hummed/sang a few bars of “A Whole New World.”

While we waited for his mother to pick up his pain meds and buy some soft food for him, he abruptly asked me if I ever played badminton, and, if so, could we play a game soon?

My loopy but still mechanically minded son then heard a squeaky-sounding truck pass by and diagnosed the problem as a worn-out serpentine belt.

All this was said with a lot of gauze in his mouth and haze in his head, so much of it is up to interpretation.

Well, I’ve probably embarrassed him enough. We’ll keep the video footage hidden away until we need it.

I hope you all have a great weekend ahead. Here are some DNT highlights from the past week:

Follow fall foliage

Val Merz (from left) of Grand Marais, Kathy Eckmann and Dave Eckmann of St. Paul pause Wednesday to take in the fall colors while hiking at Oberg Mountain in the Superior National Forest near Lutsen, Minn. (Clint Austin /

Fall color chasers will soon flock north to view Mother Nature’s autumnal artistry.

But there are so many places, so many trees, so many scenic outlooks. Where do you start?


DNT reporter Brielle Bredsten helps cut through the dense foliage with a game plan that starts in St. Louis County and winds its way north.

You can take the magical — and colorful — mystery tour with Bredsten here.

Hot eats on a cool sheet

Man holding a sandwich.
DECC Executive Director Dan Hartman talks about Amsoil Arena’s spinach artichoke grilled cheese sandwich Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. People can have chicken added.
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

“Weekly Wave” enjoys watching hockey with a big box of popcorn in one hand and maybe a hot pretzel or two in the other. Chicken fingers? Yes, please.

But most of today’s hockey fanatics have raised their food expectations much higher than mine, and the folks at Amsoil Arena enjoy showing off the season’s new menu prior to the first faceoff.

What’s now become an annual highlight of his sports calendar, UMD Bulldogs hockey beat writer Matt Wellens has sampled the new concession fare in order to help you make up your mind while standing in line between periods this season.

As Wellens writes: “Yes, you can get hot dogs, cheeseburgers, popcorn and chicken strips at Bulldogs hockey games, but Amsoil Arena is also the only college hockey venue in the Midwest that is bold enough to dish out entrees like poutine, pot roast sundaes, giant meatballs, wild rice burgers and pizza that goes beyond just cheese, sausage and pepperoni.”

That should hit the spot for Bulldogs’ fans.

Check out what’s new on the menu and get Wellens’ take on the hot Amsoil eats here.


Jovian spectacle

Jupiter close up
Jupiter is the king of the solar system, more massive than all of the other planets combined. This week it's at opposition to Earth and especially close, which makes it appear brighter and larger than usual. The Red Spot is anchored in its roiling atmosphere that's powered by heat welling up from the monster planet’s deep interior, which drives a turbulent atmosphere. In contrast, sunlight powers Earth's atmosphere.
Contributed / Space Telescope Science Institute, NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Center)

What’s that bright light dominating the eastern night sky?

Is it a plane? Something else shot into orbit by Elon Musk? A UFO?

Fear not. There’s no reason to dust off your copy of “Project Blue Book” (unless you’re planning to attend an “X-Files” convention).

Astro Bob says it’s only Jupiter shining a bit more brightly than usual. It won’t produce close encounters of any kind.

Before you check it out tonight, you can read Astro Bob’s astronomically astute reasons for the Jovian spectacle here.

Catch a wave

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Rick Lubbers has been in his role since 2014 and at the News Tribune since 2005. Previous stops include the Superior Telegram (1999-2005) and Budgeteer News (1997-1999). Prior to that, he worked at the St. Cloud Times and Annandale Advocate in Minnesota, and the Greenville Daily News and Grand Rapids Press in Michigan. He received his journalism degree at Central Michigan University.
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