Friday, May 30, 2008
We just started using the Merry Maids cleaning services here in the St. Cloud area. They are awesome! It is wonderful to come home to a clean house. Shelly, the office manager is very nice and responsive. Today, John, the owner, is doing our windows...inside and out. We had not done a good cleaning of the windows since we had moved in. The windows look great...definitely worth the price.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
one will see an epidemic of crooked utility/cable boxes. Here is one
minor example. Why can't the companies that install these do a better
job in getting things reasonably straight? These necessary evils are
ugly enough-- but when they point in all directions it compounds the
visual ugliness. I'll post another example in next post.
I was sitting (in my car) at one of the busiest intersections in St. Cloud yesterday when this biker whizzed between my car and the vehicle in the lane to my left. I was surprised. I never would have expected a biker to be so aggressive and risky. Lesson to be learned - it is spring and we drivers with four-wheels need to be alert for those on bikes and motorcycles.
This is an extremely well written book that provides a historical account of why we have ended up where we are....and why the political masses are so turned off by contemporary politics. As I approached the end of the book, and as the author discussed (in broad strokes) the type of politician that may be necessary to heal the current partisan divide, I couldn't help but see the author setting the stage for understanding the current Barack Obama movement.
This excellent book gives me a better understand on why Obama may be riding a time-sensitive (window of opportunity) political movement.....he has arisen at a time when the political atmosphere is looking for someone with his message. Time will tell.
This is the best book on politics I've read in years
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
championship tonight. Eric, Di's son, led off the bottom of the last
inning with the score tied. He beat out an infield grounder and
eventually scored the winning run. Di was VERY excited.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
professional staff and service, in Central MN. Di and I love our
personal contact at the store in the Crossroads Mall--George Bachman.
If you go in, ask for George and tell him Kevin and Diane sent you.
(see under "da best list"). Being so close to the ground they are
more like squirrel feeders. The squirrels park themselves on the heads
and eat until full. We fill with cheap feed. It gives the squirrels
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Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
whimsical, eating experience. Antons. Lady Di loves the lobster
tail. The prime rib is always perfect. The fresh popover's are their
signature feature. Da best. If you go request a covereed wagon table. This
eating place was featured in a MSP KARE 11 Jason Davis special. It is
a unique dinning experience. A must when you visit Central MN.
the blank). There are many such little towns here in central MN,
reflecting the strong German Catholic heritage of the area. Of course,
each town also has a prominent Catholic church. St. Joseph church here
in St Joe is in this picture. The interior is not what I expected. It
is filled with light colored woods. A very beautiful interior. A must
Friday, May 23, 2008
Interesting post at Mind Hacks regarding a collection of brains of dead Russian geniuses. I don't think brain collecting is that easy or for everyone. jk
This great feeder and hanging hook is our other weapon that has stopped the squirrels from eating our bird feed. It is hung from a high branch. It is hilarious to see a squirrel go to the nearby tree and jump, only to flounder to the ground when the bird feeding levers drop....due to their weight. They also try coming down the hook to the top of the feeder. It is steel and they can't gnaw it open...although they clearly have tried. I wonder how their teeth look now. They then sometimes try to climb down the tube, only to slip off or land on the weight-sensitive perches. They flounder to the ground...unhurt. But, it is a great viewing sport.Us = 2; Suirrells = 0
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Over a year ago I spilled a cup of coffee on the keyboard of my Sony Vaio laptop computer. The computer worked fine, but the keyboard was useless. So...what to do? I simply took a cheap external keyboard and mouse and plugged them into the USB ports. I attached the external keyboard on top of the laptops keyboard with Velcro. The above picture is the result. Although no longer my primary computer, and also not a mobile computer, my "coffee computer" now sits on my desk as a secondary computer devoted to certain functions.
I use the hard drive of the coffee computer as a place to back-up files from my primary working notebook computer. I also have my high-speed scanner hooked to this machine so I can have it scanning documents while I'm working on my primary computer. I also use it for email when my primary computer is in the middle of other tasks and I don't want to exit the tasks/programs.
Kind of geek-ish...but effective.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
KDV is where I go for my accounting, tax, and financial advice. Chris Shorba (accountant) and Dave Hinnenkamp (financial advisor) are my team for my personal and business stuff. And, they are great and funny guys. They are awesome.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Here is a picture of the interior of the Caribou store outside of Crossroads Mall (they also have a kiosk-based one in the mall) in St. Cloud, MN. Manager Pam is great...she originally ran the store on 25th and Division. I also frequent this "bou, but not as regularly as the other.
Caribou Coffee at 25th Ave and Division street in St. Cloud, MN. My absolute favorite coffee house in St. Cloud. My second office. Jeannie the manager, and the barista's (Brenda, Jason, Derek, Kim and the gang) are da best. If you come in mention my name and blog....maybe I can get some free coffee beans, gift card, or something :)
evening ( yes, another HS bball game) and looked up to see the
following split ad. Top half for large portions of great food at local
restaurant--bottom half for weight loss services. Hmmm. Seems a bit of
a mixed message to me that made me chuckle.
years. I prefer Midtown Fitness because it is so real. Although it
may not have all the glitz and glamour of the newer corporate Golds
Gym, the breadth and type of people who work out at Midtown are real
folks- young, middle age, elderly, those just starting to those who
have been coming for years. And no real pressure to dress to impress-
just to "get r done"
Di and I are regulars.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
You too can tear up your suburban sidewalks on a pulse jet-powered bicycle like this one. Engine designer Robert Maddox is selling pulsejets on eBay to outfit your own two-wheeler. Joel has more details and video at Boing Boing Gadgets. Link
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store to buy candy and baseball cards? This small town experience is
still alive in St. Joe MN at Loso's. The wood floors are great-see
next mobile blog post.