Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Palen political reality check

I previously commented (on this blog) on my concern that many people
were suffering from Palen madness due to her instant celebrity status.
I was concerned that folks were not taking time to take a serious
reflective look at her capability to possibly end up as president.

Now it is clear that more folks are having real doubts..even within
the republican party. It was only a matter of time before the poor
judgment of McCain was realized.

See story below (which is only one of many emerging similar stories).
The real evidence will become clear when she debates Biden on Thursday.


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Humor: Football

In the Bleachers by Steve Moore Bl080930

Monday, September 29, 2008

Caribou buzz: Blend coffee is back!

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Amy's Blend

Be a part of the cure

In 1995, Amy Erickson, one of Caribou Coffee's first Roastmaster's, lost her battle with breast cancer. To keep Amy's vision and spirit alive, we created Amy's Blend in her honor. We are pleased to announce that this year we expect our total donation from Amy's Blend sales over the years to cross the $500,000 threshold. Learn more

Amy's legacy impacts all who work at Caribou Coffee as we aspire to coffee excellence in everything we do - just as she taught us.

This year we'll donate 10% of sales from Amy's Blend beans, merchandise, and Lite White Berry to Susan G. Komen For The Cure®. To support this cause and be a part of Amy's legacy, visit one of our stores or shop online.

Learn more about Amy and share your own story.

Amy's Blend
Amy's Gift Set
Great Gifts!
We have a number of great Amy's Blend
extras this year. Visit your local Caribou Coffee or shop online for mugs and gift sets.
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Sidewalk ambiance in Melbourne


I love the sidewalk cafes, bars, etc in non-USA countries. Here is an
example from a street in Melbourne Australia. I could spend all
afternoon reading, sipping coffee, and doing wifi. I think I was born
on the wrong continent.

Dumspter hot tub


Michel de Broin built a hot tub in a dumpster: "The dumpster is used to frame its contents - 1649 litres of filtered, chlorinated water. Its interior is lined with waterproof blue material while a pump and filter system ensures the purity of its contents. Powerful jets stimulate the sensorial experience."Blue Monochrom | 2003(via Make)

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Stairway at Sydney Royal Automotive Club where we stayed while in Sydney

Back from Australia

I'm back from the long trip down under. 28 hour day yesterday..25
hours in transit. Body clock is a bit messed up (notice time of this
post). Hope to be back to regular blogging and wake/sleep schedule by
end of the week.

Below is pic from lovely harbour in Hobart Tazmania. A lovely quaint

Its great to be back.

Humor break

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Royal Automotive Club In Sydney

Here is the private club where we are staying in Sydney

Sunday, September 14, 2008

McGrew's down under

Diane, Eric and I are now in Sydney, AUS. A beautiful city. I've sent an email to family members on our trip to date. I just figured out how to log on to my blog accounts and how I can transfer pictures to the computer where we are staying (since there is no wifi in this club). I shall post some pictures later.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Obama Update: Minnesota Heartland Change Tour

Join the Heartland Change Tour The Minnesota Heartland Change Tour is now in its final stretch, and the groundswell of support we're feeling across Greater Minnesota has been incredible.

In coffee shops, living rooms, and community centers across the state, folks are coming together to share their stories, help shape the campaign, and start working in their communities. We're talking about the issues and the ideas that will once again reward the hard work and innovation of these towns.

From talking to teachers in Owatonna about investing in education, to discussing energy independence at a cutting-edge biomass facility in Morris, to sharing ideas about developing a modern communications infrastructure in New Ulm, Minnesotans have come out to take ownership of this campaign and their future.

Learn more about the stops we've made, the people we've met, and where we're headed.

We're hearing from Minnesotans from stop to stop and everywhere in between.

Whether it's someone coming up to us in a corner store, or a supporter approaching us in a parking lot, Barack's message of change is resonating with people who are tired of Washington's failed policies and the cynical politics that have left small towns and communities behind.

They're coming out because they know that the only way to bring the change we need to rural America is not from the top down in Washington, but from the bottom up in their own towns and communities.

Find out more about where this tour has been, where it's going, and join us in bringing change to Minnesota:




Jeff Blodgett
Minnesota State Director
Obama for America


Where the single people are


Maybe you've seen the classic map that shows how single women are concentrated on the East coast of the US, and single men outnumber women on the West Coast. Here's a version you can adjust for age! Of course, if you are a woman my age, you might not want to know…. Link -via Metafilter

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Humor: Advanced technology


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Thursday, September 11, 2008

More scary stuff about Palin

Palin's first chance to speak without being protected by scripted
speech bytes and handlers confirms my suspicions (see link below).
Heck...I know what the Bush doctrine is. She doesn't!!!

Given Mcain's age and the chilling fact that the VP is a heartbeat
away from being president, I am flabbergasted that folks are excited
about this lady being VP.

I like Mcain. I was hoping he would be the Republican nominee instead
of Bush way back. If he had chosen Leiberman as his VP, as he wanted,
I would have given the ticket serious consideration. But...John caved
into the social conservative base. This important decision clearly
makes one wonder about Mcain's "maverick" image. He may have been a
maverick in the past...but he is no more.

Palin as potential president? God help us.


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FYI: Women Say No Palin movement

I received the message below as an email from a female friend. I'm posting it here as an FYI. I'm not a woman, but her extreme socially conservative views (some of which are outlined below) also scare me.



Some of you may have already received this, but if not, please send an email. (And men, please forward to the women you know!)


We are writing to you because of the dread we have felt since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce on the part of a pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate that has a real possibility of becoming fact.

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for our present or future daughters. To date, she is against sex education, birth control, the pro-choice platform, environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor she wanted to ban books and attempted to fire the librarian who stood against her), gun control, the separation of church and state, and polar bears. To say nothing of her complete lack of real preparation to become the second-most-powerful person on the planet.

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely as a rash, incompetent, and all together devastating choice for Vice President. Ms. Palin's political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and that we've so demonstrably benefited from.

First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over women voters. We want to disagree, publicly.

Therefore, we invite you to reply here: mailto:womensaynopalin@gmail.com with a short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living in this country, do not support this candidate as second-in-command for our nation. Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and place of residence. We will post your responses on a blog called "Women Against Sarah Palin," which we intend to publicize as widely as possible. Please send us your reply at your earliest convenience the greater the volume of responses we receive, the stronger our message will be.

Thank you for your time and action.


Quinn Latimer and Lyra Kilston
New York, NY

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bursch Travel: "da best" travel agency in central MN

For years I booked my air travel with Karen Klaverkamp at Bursch Travel. Then along came the ease of self-booking via the web....and I never used Karen or Bursch again. However, in preparation for a 2.5 week trip to Australia I recently needed professional help. Although Karen "the best damn travel agent in the world" K. is now in group sales, circumstances resulted in her handeling my reservations. As per usual she was top notch...#1......"da best" (I've now added Bursch to Mobile IQ's "da best" links.

If you have individual travel needs and need an agency, check with one of their branch offices. If you need help booking group reservations and live in the central MN area.....contact Karen...and tell her that "IQ McGrew" sent you. You will not be disappointed.

I want this clock


Zomg: check out the latest assemblage sculpture/clock from mad clockmaker Roger Wood. Color me covetous.Klockwerks)

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Palin double standard?

It is no secret that I've supported Obama well before he made it big
during the primaries. So you know my biases.

As the Palin "celebrity" status starts to wear off it is becomming
clear that she may have some issues about some of the things she has
stated. Time will tell. But...each day, as the Palin onion is peeled,
what is revealed is not exactly what we've been sold. We shall see.

That being said, I find it more than curious that the story at the
following CNN link is not getting more play. Does anybody remember the
nonstop crap Obama received about his pastor and the type of church he
attended. This CNN story should generate similar outrage....if we are
all going to be equals in dirty politics.

Why are people not talking about Palin's religious past with as much
fervor as they did about Obamas? I sense a double standard.

I urge folks to not be blown away by the early orchestrated
introduction of Palin to the public. Pay attention to emerging stories
that appear to reveal a more accurate picture. Someone a heartbeat
away from the presidency requires careful scrutiny.

Let's get over the Palin love fest and see what is reality.


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WIRED photo contest winners


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150 best MN books

You be the judge.


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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Green polar bears?

Yep. It is unfortunetaly true.


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Vanity plate gallery: MISCHEF

Vanity plate gallery: NANOTECH

Maddie turns 10 tomorrow

Coffee buzz: More coffee quotes



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WORDLE analysis of convention speeches

An interesting visual analysis of what the main speakers stressed at
the two recent political conventions.


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Saturday, September 6, 2008

IBS treatment

Either it is due to my increasing age (and thus more people around me
are getting older) or something is going on in the population. I seem
to run into more people with IBS. Below is a link to an article
regarding treatment advice. I knock ok wood so I will never suffer IBS


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Desktop butt station

From NEATORAMA. Just in time for holiday shopping.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Money and happiness

Are they linked? See link below.


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Music and personality

Does your music taste relate to your personality? Check out post at


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Obama Heartland Change Tour coming to a town near you

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Obama for America
Dear Kevin --

Join the Heartland Change Tour Bringing change and accountability back to Washington is going to require listening -- not to the same lobbyists, special interests, and political talking heads, but to the people and families who are struggling under the failed policies of the past eight years.

Starting this Sunday, September 7th, and running through Sunday, September 14th, Barack Obama's Minnesota Campaign for Change will embark on a Heartland Change Tour of Minnesota to do just that.

From Ely to Winona, this listening tour will touch every corner of the state. Regular Minnesotans will have the opportunity to give their input, talk about the issues they're facing day in and day out, and share their ideas about the kind of change they want to see in our country.

Find a stop on our Minnesota Heartland Change Tour and make your voice heard.

Restoring transparency and accountability to Washington is essential to bringing the change our country needs. And that can only be done by listening to real people -- not powerful corporate lobbyists -- and responding to the issues and concerns they face.

We'll be taking questions and holding discussions on all of the issues facing the small towns and communities across Minnesota, including agriculture, farming, rural economic development, and small businesses.

Find out more about our Heartland Change Tour of Minnesota, spread the word, and play a role in bringing the change we need:


Thanks, and see you on the road.


Dominick Washington
Minnesota Political Director
Obama for America


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StillPointe - da best wellness center in Central MN

StillPointe News for YOUR Health.
Our Next Class & Upcoming Events:
- "Healthy Detoxification" Class, Monday-September 8
- "Get Your Rear In Gear"-September 6
- YMCA "Back To School Family Fest, September 13
- Pine Cone "Back To School" Event, September 20
- Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, October 4
See details below.
Complete details also available on our new website events calendar at www.stillpointe.net
J U S T A R E M I N D E R . . .
Register Now! Space is limited.
Class on Monday, September 8th
A FirstLineTM Therapy Special Topic Class.
By Dr. Susan M. Saetre & Lee Aberle, N.D.
The standard American diet ("SAD") exposes us to great amounts of hormones, antibiotics, processed chemicals and food that is low in vitamins and minerals. These "toxins" stay in your liver and tissues, eventually causing disease and dysfunction. This class will show you how to reduce the toxic burden on your body and remove elements that can lead to disease, liver and stomach problems.
TIME: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: StillPointe Natural Health Center
Class size is limited.
Please register by calling StillPointe at (320)203-8266
Saturday, September 6
3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Hind-Site "Get Your Rear In Gear"
Bike Tour, 5K Run-Walk, Family Fest & Health Fair
Location: Discovery Elementary School in Waite Park
This event is geared to increase awareness of colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This community event will raise money for the Hind-Site Fund that is managed by the CentraCare Foundation for Central Minnesota. Join in the fun and activity, including a bike tour of Quarry Park, 5K run/walk, food, fun, live music, silent auction and family activities. StillPointe will have a booth at the health fair with FREE seated massage and great information. See you there!
Saturday, September 13
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
YMCA Back to School Family Fest
Location: YMCA on Northway Drive, St. Cloud
Lots of family fun, food and activities - including free health screenings. StillPointe will be there to do spinal screenings and backpack checks. Stop in and get some great information and offers from StillPointe and other participants at the event.
Saturday, September 20
9:00 a.m. to Noon - Rain or Shine!
"Pine Cone Back To School Health Screening Event"
Location: Pine Cone Vision, 2380 Troop Drive, Suite 201, Sartell
(Just across the parking lot from StillPointe.)
This annual event provides a variety of health screenings for the kids who have headed back to school, and activities for the entire family. StillPointe will be providing scoliosis and spinal screenings for kids, plus backpack checks (bring in their backpacks) to assure proper fit. And we will provide FREE seated massage for the adults. PineCone Vision Center will provide vision screenings and Dentistry for Children will be providing dental evaluations. There will be food, entertainment (magic) and fun everyone - with drawings for prizes every 1/2 hour and a grand prize drawing at 11:30 a.m. Must be present to win.
Saturday, October 4
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging
Location: StillPointe Natural Health Center, Sartell
Appointments: Call 320-203-8266
StillPointe will offer Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) and you must call to schedule an appointment for this service. This is a non-invasive digital image taken of the breast (or other parts of the body) to detect changes in vascular tissue as an early detection to breast cancer and disease. Valerie Zumbusch, CNHP, a licensed Thermography technician will perform the scans. All scans are read by medical doctors at Duke University and you will receive a full report. This is not to be used as a substitute for other breast or health screenings, but is another tool for prevention and early detection. Scans are also available for a partial or your entire body. The scans identify inflammation and provide an opportunity to treat a condition before it becomes a significant problem. Call StillPointe for additional information and to make an appointment.
Schedule and Cost Information:
Breast, 30 minutes - $170.00
1/2 Body (breast and up; breast & abdomen) - $270.00
Full Body - $380.00
Mark Your Calendar!
Saturday, October 11
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Women's Showcase at the
St. Cloud Civic Center
The Healthy YOU Showcase
Free interactive health screenings and presentations.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

News from Ciatti's

Just received this from "da best" Italian restaurant in St. Cloud.

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Mangiare! (Eat!)

The Ciatti's Ristorante menu features new dishes and old favorites like the Spicy Chicken Penne .

More than just dining, Ciatti's is about a delicious energy that happens when the aromas from our kitchen mix with the sounds of clinking glasses and the laughter of friends.

The new Ciatti's Ristorante is located on Division and 27th Street with plenty of free parking – and plenty of new ways to satisfy your appetite for a truly special dining experience.
Every meal starts with our new signature "pane di servizio" (bread service). Every meal starts with our fresh-baked Rosemary Focaccia bread, extra virgin olive oil, Granapadana cheese and cracked pepper. It's our personal way of whetting your appetite.

Ciatti's updated menu features your favorites as well as fresh new Italian-inspired creations. Just how fresh are they? Ciatti's uses no prepackaged or processed food in our kitchen. Watch our chef, Christopher Buschbom, and his experienced staff expertly chop, dice, and stir savory herbs and spices with garden-fresh vegetables and hand-selected meats, cheeses, and other ingredients in the open-display kitchen. In fact, we make nearly everything on our menu from scratch daily—from the delicious seasonal soups and hearty "red gravy" to our tangy salad dressings and mouth-watering desserts. Ciatti's distinctive flavors of Italy will keep you coming back for more.

Pasta Parties To Go!

At home or work, Ciatti's Ristorante can feed the whole crew!

Make your next meeting or special event a delicious success with Ciatti's PASTA PARTIES TO GO! Simply call in your order and we'll have it ready to pick up when you need it. And Ciatti's PASTA PARTIES TO GO includes everything you'll need from hot, delicious pasta and fresh bread to cool crispy salads. We can even provide the plates, napkins and silverware.
Drop Paul a line or call 320-257-7900 for more information.

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