To Rockgor

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by jmq, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. jmq

    jmq New Member


    I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been on the board for about a year and a half now...I mainly hang out on the FM and depression boards. I have seen many things you posted as I am friends with Didoe. I finally got around to reading your bio and was surprised at how many things you and I have in common.

    First, my entire fathers family, my half sister and brother all live in Norway. I have been there many times and know some expressions but unfortunately, never learned to speak the language.

    I was a social worker/paralegal in the Criminal Justice system for 30 years. I worked with the mentally ill who were found incompetent to proceed or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. I frequented many courtrooms, jails, hospitals and community mh programs.

    I LOVED my work. I tried so hard not to give it up...but the fibro fog and pain got the best of me. I had to retire. I am now in the SSDI application process. At 53 they seem to think I must still be able to work. I wish. My brain is so bad these days. Words get fumbled, memory is crap, not to mention how I have to sleep every couple of hours.

    Well, that is enough about me. I just thought it was cool that you had a similar background. Hope to chat with you more.

    Tak for sist...( God knows if I spelled or said that right!?)

  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Vell, yumpin' yimminee! Ve sure do got a lot in common.

    Are your relatives in Norway because they moved there or have they always been there?

    There is a thread on this page titled "Anyone else interested in genealogy?" On page one I posted about my relatives from Wales who came over in 1636 and on page two I posted about the Norwegian branch of the family.

    Have you ever been to a Sons of Norway meeting? They have them in Florida. I belonged to an LA branch. They kinda threw me out after several years. But before that the meetings were fun. Used to get some of the Christmas treats like cookies and lefse that we only had at Christmas when I was a kid in Minnesota.

    (In CA we refer to Minnesota as "The Old Country". Everybody at the S of N was from MN, had relatives in MN, or relatives in Iowa, Wisc. or the Dakotas.)

    Oops! Have to go to Gordon's mother's house and walk the dog. Talk to you more later.

    Ha det bra

  3. jmq

    jmq New Member

    I am sorry I did not answer sooner. I read your response last night but it was a bad fibro fog day so I could not put any words together!

    My father was born in Tunsburg, Norway in 1914. He was one of 13 children...his mother was from Sweden but all of his fathers ancestors were from Norway. The family name is Kvisle. It also was also the name of thier farm ! I hear many people did that back then. He was married at 19 and had two kids, my sister and brother...then WWII broke out and he went off to fight in the war against the Nazis. The story I heard was that in order to survive, his wife took up with a Nazi soldier that had invaded the town. My Dad found out, divorced her, and never went back to Norway after the war. ( very sad for my sister and brother )

    Well...years later while in the Merchant Marines, he was set up on a blind date with a gal from New Mom. They fell in love and hence he moved to NY and married her. I was their only child. Without going into much gore and detail...he died when I was still young so I never got to know him well or hear anything about Norway.

    When I was an adult, I was telling this story to a lady I worked with who was in the SONS OF NORWAY down here in Miami. She was so excited and helped me find my family in Norway. She even came with me to meet them in Norway for the first time! Can you imagine, My sister and brother and I meet for the FIRST time when I was in my late 30's. I also got to meet my Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

    On one of the many trips I have taken since then, I have gathered some info on names but not more than one generation back. I would LOVE to take it further...but have no $ or abilty to do it.

    Any way, it was so cool to read about your ancestory. I think it would be extrememly hard to do my Moms side....they all came to America from Romania and Russia in the 1920's and have very common names. They were not a close knit bunch like my Dad's family.

    Well, thanks for letting me ramble. What kind of law did you practice?

  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I think "tak" is spelled w/ two "k's". At least it is in the Sons of Norway newsletter I have. I used to have a copy of "I was a Teenage Norwegian" by Peter Dublin.

    Had a lot of Norwegian words at the back. But I'm at the time of life when one gets rid of things. Have been hauling carloads of records, books, clothes, ditt og datt (this and that) to the thrift shops.

    That's great that you've been able to visit Norway. My aunt went 20 or 30 years ago. She enjoyed the trip but said it was terribly expensive.

    When we had Sons of Norway festivals, etc. people would wear their bunads (native costumes). W/ all that embroidery, they were very expensive. You could spend $3000 to dress up like a poor peasant.

    In answer to your question re: law, I was a social worker in Minnesota for 4 years. When I came to CA the first job offer I got was as an insurance adjuster, so that's what I took.

    Then I went to law school at night, off and on, for 6 years. Since all my legal experience was w/ personal injury cases, it was to be expected that all my job interviews would be for workers' compensation law.

    Anyway I practiced workers' comp for 6 years till I was struck down by the DD. Looking back I see that all my jobs were similar. You have people w/ problems, you look in a book (manual, statutes, etc.), you have a case file, you dictate, you get opinions from specialists (drs. car repairers, etc.) you work out some sort of resolution. And frequently the people w/ the problem aren't very cooperative in getting it resolved.

    I worked for the poorest county in Minnesota (lots of Chippewa Indians) and the wealthiest. The poor county spent 2 million a year; the wealthy county (Mpls.) spent a million a week.

    All for the nonce. Good to talk to you.