Here Say: Your Stories about Winning and Losing, Told at Cosmo Park

Sep 22, 2015

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on itunes.


Kenneth Garr
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Kenneth Garr Sr. told us about his pride when he sees his son Jonathan, or as his dad calls him, “Jay” on the football field.

"He’s a great sportsman. He’s always patting his teammates on the back or even the kid that he might hit hard and tackle. He picks ‘em up, pats ‘em on his head “Good hit, good game” or whatever, you know.

I just get excited about, you know, him enjoying the play so this is what we do, come out and enjoy.”  

Kathi Plackmeyer
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Kathi Plackmeyer shared her story of

devastating loss, and a life changing victory.

"Well, I lost my husband to a heart attack. He was perfectly healthy, went to play hockey and had a heart attack and that was it and, you know, so that’s the biggest lost and that’s been 13 years ago but it’s still hard to talk about, I guess. I didn’t even know I would but bringing it up, yes, it is kinda hard. And then I did win, I won sobriety. I’ve been a drinker all my life, and two years ago, I stopped drinking. Just on my own. I just stopped so that’s my biggest win. It’s the best feeling in the world."


Mary Christensen
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Mary Christensen told us about family gatherings around the ping pong table - and how she finds it hard to let anyone else win.


“I’ve always been a winner but now that I’m getting old, my son came home and we played ping pong and he beat me. That was a first because I’d always beat him and my husband, when he would play the little kids, he’d always let the little kids win in our family to make them feel good but not me."


Zach Williams
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Zach Williams shares a story with us about a time when the odds were in his favor, and how that winning streak soon ended.


“I once won like a $50 scratcher. I walked in the gas station, got a beer and got a lottery ticket and then scratched it off in the parking lot, went back in, got more beer. That’s pretty much it”.


Zach also told us that his one win didn’t translate into a winning streak.


“I felt like I would be really into doing that but then I tried like I bought more scratchers and kept losing so that was that. Waste of money.”

        For more stories about winning and losing, check out our interactive map here