February 29, 2004


It's Oscar night, and I'm watching even though it doesn't affect me either way who wins. It's nice that people are getting awards for their ability to light a scene, but does it really change anything? I can't speak for anyone else but I have never watched a movie strictly because it was nominated for an Academy Award.

I think people watch because they want to cheer for the one movie that they have seen. Sort of feels like you've won something if the one you bought a ticket for ended up being the "best" of the year. Of course the women aren't hard to look at either..

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February 27, 2004

Need for Speed

I want a new computer. I could use a new vehicle, but my messed up priorities tell me that I really want a computer. This wouldn't be such a big deal if I were a PC user, they're cheap. But I want one with a G in the name, which means Apple. And it means paying the premium to get one.

My G3 has been a faithful companion for 6 years now and it's getting a little slow. Only a 233Mhz processor, which means no OS X. (Read "ten" not "x") Today alone I had to reboot twice. You PC users may be laughing, but I'll bet the old Pentium IIs aren't doing too well in today's web either.

So this leads me to a really hard choice. Do I want a PowerBook or a Power Mac? I guess I really want both, but I couldn't afford both. I don't play games on the computer, so the horsepower of a desktop isn't required, but that means a 32 bit processor. G5s are 64...

I think I'll have to go to an Apple Store and drool over the machines to make up my mind, staring at paper weights in Best Buy isn't going to help me any.

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February 26, 2004

Offseason Candy

I still have a box of candy canes, and it isn't December so they will probably sit around forever. It isn't that I don't like candy canes, I just don't have the desire to have one. It's like a Cadburry Egg in July, it's just not right. So that got me thinking about these companies. Do they just shut down the plant in the offseason, or are they just making these things all year long to sit on the shelf?

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February 25, 2004

No Productivity

It is surprising how little one accomplishes when they have nothing to do. I still have about a month and a half before I go back to work and probably won't get anything done. TV is the enemy, I have been watching too much. Today is Ash Wednesday, maybe I will give it up. But then I will miss Jeopardy.

I can take comfort in the fact that I'm watching TV that makes me smarter. I am addicted to TechTV again. So I sit and wonder if I should work on my webpage, or watch another edition of Call For Help. Blogging is easy, I'll go with that. At least it isn't too distracting.

So you're looking for a way to be non productive too? Go read some stuff at Drew Curtis's Fark Some contents not safe for work.

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February 23, 2004

The Annexation of Spirit Lake

Two whole days without a blog entry, what's up with that? I was in Iowa trying to get nickels for my pop cans. Which of course can't be done because I have Minnesota cans. But as someone pointed out this weekend, all our trash ends up in Iowa anyway so it doesn't make any difference.

I have been to Spirit Lake quite often. Our three day vacations as a family were spent at Cutty's of Okoboji (this is where one might put a link, but I can't find a good one) It's a fun place in the summer, but as with most places not so much to do in the winter. I was down there for a get together at the Duhn's house. Thanks to Jeremy and Sue for letting us all get drunk and play with our hands and feet.

Now I'll need to work on some content for my site, I hear the fans aren't happy. CW will have to get to work.

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February 20, 2004


As of today I know four people who are on the Atkins diet. If you live under a rock it means that they have decided to eat nothing but meat, cheese and eggs in hopes of losing weight. This sounds like a McDonald's plan to me. Oh wait, can't eat potatoes, nevermind.

This is just unbelievable to me. I love bacon just as much as the next meat eater, but I can't possibly see it as a weight loss plan. Does anyone remember the good old food pyramid? Go look at a loaf of bread, what does it show on the bottom of that thing? That's right, grains! Is this all a conspiracy by the Pillsbury dough boy to get us all fat? Don't make me get into all the chemical biology of all this (because I can) but the body NEEDS carbohydrates.

Maybe it works, and maybe I will eat my words, but when I do it will be in the middle of two big pieces of white bread. And maybe some bacon on the side...

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February 19, 2004

Messing with Tradition

They are going to move the parade, I can't believe it. For over 100 years the 4th of July parade in St. Peter has gone down Minnesota Avenue and ended at the park, which happens to be where thousands gather for chicken and beer. Now, to comply with traffic of all things, they're moving it west into a more residential spot. This happens to be big news around here.

Every town and city around here has their own weekend celebration. We have Nicollet Friendship Days, Mankato/North Mankato Fun Days, Cherry Creek Days in Cleveland, Giant Days in Le Sueur and so on and so on. St. Peter has monopolized Independence Day. It is the place to be on the 4th of July, and now people are trying to change the first thing that happens. And now it gets to be the topic of discussion in all the bars, barber shops and cafes in St. Peter. Ah, the joys of small town living.

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February 18, 2004

Attack of the Night Guy

I'm feeling terrible right now and it is self inflicted. Good old Jack Daniels is done making me feel good, and now he's making me wish I had never met him. I'm now swearing off alcohol for at least 3 days.

It says something about the human race that we have alcohol, probably that we are all stupid. It's give and take, feel good for a few hours, feel bad for even longer.

I will feel better eventually, and I know I won't learn, but the best way I've found to teach yourself a lesson is to buy everyone a round. Then you can't afford to do it every time. Plus, you don't look quite as cheap accepting all those free drinks that keep showing up after bowling.

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February 17, 2004


I can't stand Walmart, yet I found myself going there yesterday. And it's not just because the one in Mankato has the worst traffic in the history of shopping centers. It's mostly because of the million other people wandering around.

To be fair, it isn't just Walmart, there are other places that get just as many people, but it seems to always be the case in the land of .96 rather than .99 It is amazing what a difference 3 cents makes.

I propose that we put in a mini highway system for shoppers in these places. Complete with stoplights and turn signals. Having a fast lane would be the greatest thing in the world. I don't mind people walking slow, it's when they're walking slow and weaving all over the place with shopping carts in a line five wide that makes me want to beat them over the head with a Rollback sign. Maybe in 40 years I will be one of those people, but by then my idea will have been implemented.

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February 15, 2004


All my life I've had cats and dogs, and once for a week or so, a rabbit. Having pets means entertainment, after all, some of them are just as dumb as the owners. The dog on the farm right now is so dumb I don't even claim it. I'm pretty sure she's not even aware she exists.

Today I was watching one of our cats climb on top of the dog and sit there for a little while. One would think a dog would realize that there is a cat on top of them right away, but it took the dog at least 1 minute to realize it and when she did, chased after the cat.

Our collie that we had before this idiot dog actually tripped in a ditch while running full speed. Sounds a little cruel, but that has to be one of the funniest sites I have ever seen. That was the last time he chased the car down the driveway.

Cats are a little more graceful, especially when they are falling off the deck. True most of our cats were inbreds, but I'd say 1 in 15 that we have had has fallen off of the deck. That totals to about 4, and that means a lot of cats. A lot of them weren't tame, but of the tame ones here are some names. Pancakes, Waffles, Peaches, Noodles, Fifi, Abby, 3 Mollys (All male), Inky, Moe, Mercedes, Isosceles, Bernice, Boots, Mr. Meow and fifteen 'cats' Four of those are my own creation, I wonder if anyone can pick them out. I will say that I beat Cosmo Kramer to the punch.

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February 13, 2004


As I sit here talking to people online it makes me wonder how long it will take before instant messaging creates a new language. There might be a whole generation of children growing up that think probably is spelled 'prolly.' And are they putting emoticons in school papers? *ponders*

I also wonder if starting a new paragraph without an indent is becoming the standard. I still use correct grammar when I IM, although I don't know why, but the space between paragraphs idea is catching on. I don't really ever remember it when I was younger. Probably because everything was double spaced.

And why is abbreviation such a long word?

g2g ttyl

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February 11, 2004

Ooo! Pointless Nostalgia.

I wrote that I have never kept a journal, which is the half-truth I guess. As I'm sure everyone has, I had one in English class my junior year of high school. I can remember writing in it about how much fun it was going to be to finally have Internet access. Mankato had just become a local call for St. Peter and we were getting on the high speed wagon, at 14.4bps. Anyone remember the term baud? Our old Mac had a 2400 baud modem, which wasn't equal to 2400 bps if anyone cares...

But I'm off on a tangent. What I remember most about keeping the journal was that a lot of my classmates thought it was an incredible waste of time and that became the topic they wrote about. Our teacher had never looked at them so we figured we could sound off in secrecy. But one day she decided to give us credit and took them with her to read. The nerve! She wasn't very happy about it, especially since a few people wrote about her in a not very flattering manner. She cried, we felt a little bad, and no more journal.

So here I am keeping one on my own. I think the only tears that will be shed are those of boredom, but you could have stopped reading awhile ago.

And speaking of '96, ever wonder what the web looked like back then? Then check this out, it's The Way Back Machine.

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Bad Luck

This is the year of the monkey, and I don't think I'm a monkey.

Ever had one of those times where nothing seems to be going your way? That has been the case for me for the past few weeks. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to bowl. I'm in a regular league and I sub on another one, and I seem to be getting worse. I have examined all the possibilites and determined that I have bad luck. I mean a 97 in league play?? That's just not right. It's a good thing I'm going to Reno for the ABC tournament this year... Guess I won't be gambling.

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February 10, 2004


I consider myself one of the most equal opportunity music listeners I know. I figure if it has a beat, I'll listen to it. If I had to pick a genre to listen to it would be country first because I can always tell what they're singing about. Of course for the longest time I thought Kenny Rogers had "four-hundred children" but that could be another topic.

I haven't quite joined the digital music revolution yet, partly because I have a lot of CDs and a mega-changer, and partly because I only have a 4GB hard drive. So of my CDs here are some of my favorites.

  • Bowling For Soup-Drunk Enough To Dance
  • Michelle Branch (Both)
  • Dido-No Angel
  • Evanescense-Fallen
  • The Goo Goo Dolls-Dizzy Up The Girl
  • Jewel (Any)
  • Lifehouse-No Name Face
  • Matchbox 20-You Or Someone Like You
  • Bruce Springsteen (Most)
  • Jessica Andrews (All)
  • Garth Brooks (Most)
  • Kenny Chesney (All)
  • Dixie Chicks (All)
  • Mindy McCready (All)
  • Sawyer Brown (All)
  • The Wilkinsons (All)
  • Chely Wright (All)

Pick any of those and I don't have to skip anything. My country collection is much smaller in terms of artists, but I have most of the collections of those mentioned. I have all of Garth, but who isn't sick of some of his stuff?

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February 09, 2004


Maybe I have read too much Dave Barry, or heard too much of Jerry Seinfeld's comedy, but today I'm going to talk about Cheetos.

Actually it's not just the Cheetos® brand, I myself prefer the Planters® take with the Cheez Mania Cheez Curls in the blue canister. In any case the problem is that they just aren't a friendly snack food. You can't do anything else while eating Cheetos because of the orange goo that forms on ones fingers. One might be able to wipe off their fingers on a napkin, but who wants to take that time while enjoying the cheesy, salty curl?

I have come up with a solution which could solve it if enough people complained to the manufacturers. Give us some disposable gloves for eating them. Cost effective? Probably not. But there is all that space where "product may have settled during shipment," they could easily throw a couple dozen gloves in there and make the bag seem more full. Imagine the possibilities!

But for now I will continue to deal with the orange paste and enjoy, I just can't do it while blogging.

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February 08, 2004

An Addiction

I guess Cheetos will have to wait.

Today I have just become an addict, reading other people's blogs. A week into this and I could be seeking a support group. I probably need to get out more, but I now have a history on most of the crew from TechTV.

Look at that, three entries already, damn you broadband!

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My Corner of Bloggerville

I've never kept a journal before, so this weblog thing is kind of interesting. I finally worked out all the kinks, I think, and it seems to be running smoothly. I've decided to give Mike Piotter credit for pointing me to Movable Type, seems fair anyway.

The question is, what do I put in here? I'm thinking random thoughts, which might scare even me later on. My next topic will be Cheetos.

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February 07, 2004

First Rambling

People need to get off this Windows craze and just buy a Mac. Everything on my homepage was done on a Macintosh, and everything looks the way it should. No browser problems or anything. But leave it to good old Microsoft to not understand web compliance and mess up with my design.

I will get it to look the same on everything, but for now it's just a pain in the neck.

Now, on to the look of this weblog...

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