The thoughts of a writer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Paint Your Countertop?

My wife and I decided to try this countertop paint from Rust-Oleum. She heard about it from watching the Nate Berkus show.

The idea is great. You can refinish the countertop without replacing it. Let me warn you, this stuff is smelly and hard to work with. Part of it went well, and the imperfections of application set almost immediately and are very unforgiving. Trying to fix these problem areas made things worse. After sanding and redoing one problem area four times, we finally got it to work pretty well.

Though this stuff sets immediately, it takes three days to cure/dry completely. So get set for a smelly kitchen that you can't use for at least several days!

I must admit, I like it now though...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Vikings Second Half Collapse

I've got to hand it to the Minnesota Vikings. To come out way ahead of their opponents the first half of the first three games--and then completley collapse and lose in the second half is shear brilliance. No one (including me) will have any idea how good they are if they keep this up!

Despite changing owners and coaches, the team has followed the same strategy of hiring ready to retire quarterbacks instead of developing their new talent-- and still , for some reason they continue to lose!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Imaginary Zombie Chickens Attack Cutris

Cutris had finally gotten the chance to rest. He had assembled and secured large pallets of WiMAX, broadband radio equipment for shipping that day and he was tired. Of course, there was work to do once he got home too—including making dinner.

Now, as he finally got the chance to sit down on the couch, he began to daydream about imaginary things. Soon he imagined that zombie chickens began to emerge from the kitchen garbage can. They must have assembled themselves from the leftover chicken bones that he should have brought out to the outside garbage, but was too tired to do.

The imaginary chicken zombies staggered forward as zombies do. They wanted to eat his brains for some reason! Why do zombies like to eat brains so much? Cutris asked himself. There was no time to imagine why. The imaginary chicken zombies had crawled out of the imaginary garbage can and Cutris was imagining them coming for him in an imaginary, and menacing way.

Just then, Cutris imagined that he had a large slingshot and then he saw some imaginary rocks on the ground. He quickly loaded the slingshot with the rocks and pelted the imaginary zombie chickens one by one. The chickens fell to their undeaths and Cutris swept them up with his imaginary broom and put them into the imaginary garbage.

Then Cutris got up off of the couch and took the trash outside to the trash can—thus saving the world.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

St. Paul in the Morning

Downtown St. Paul had a glow this morning as I drove in...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cottonwood Branch Out Books Departing

Today I will mail four Cottonwood books to four U.S. soldiers serving overseas. If I hear back from any of these people, I will link it to The Cottonwood Branch Out Project page (the link is to the right of main my page).

Friday, September 16, 2011

One Sign You Might be Cheap

If your wedding is held in a trash can, you might not have spent enough...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Cottonwood Branch Out Project

I've come up with the idea to send four copies of Cottonwood to four members of the U.S. armed forces serving overseas. I found four candidates on Any These four soldiers mentioned books in the list of things they wanted during their deployments.

Inside of each book I will include this note,

The Cottonwood Branch Out Project

This book was donated by the author
for your reading enjoyment. The one
thing I ask, is that if you enjoy it—please
sign your name & location on one of the
blank pages and then pass it on. You may
also want to leave your comment on my
(Note the unique spelling of my name in URL)

I hope that eventually, someone will contact
me (thru the blog) and send the book back to
me after it has traveled significantly.

Thanks & Enjoy!
Kevin J. Curtis
St. Paul, Minnesota

Traveling Book #1

I have a link to the right that will serve as a way to keep track of any information that comes from this.

Project Links:

The Books Depart

Note* 10-28-11 I received a postcard from Sgt. Shawna thanking me for the book.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Remembering 9-1-1

I remember ten years ago when I was working at the Hennepin County, Chemical Health Division in Minneapolis. I received a call, then more calls while working in my office. Airplanes were crashing into the World Trade Center; Twin Towers. In disbelief I verified this on the Internet.

Later I watched video on one of the few TV's we had at the office. It was a strange feeling of dread that overwhelmed me. As the day went on, it was announced that anyone who felt they needed to leave work could go. A group of my coworkers let out an excited yell and left work happily. I stared in disbelief as these disenfranchised people rejoiced in their half-day off--at the expense of thousands of victims in new York City. I stayed at work. I didn't know what else to do.

Later, alone in my house near the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, I listened to the erie silence. I was used to hearing airplanes and for once there were none. Later, as I lie in bed, I could hear the feint sound of a lone F-16 Fighter patrolling the sky at high altitude. Ironically this sound kept me awake--unlike the louder sounds of commercial aircraft that I was used to.

I no longer live or work in Minneapolis. Marriage has influenced me to move across the river to St. Paul. Like most Americans, however, I can remember September 11, 2001 with remarkable clarity.


Thursday, September 08, 2011

Time Savers!

To save time, ambulance chasing lawyers could team up with the ambulances!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Siamese Twins

A Great Relief

It was "touch and go" there for a few moments, but the school board finally agreed to let me leave. I was worried that they would reject my resignation and I would have to keep working there!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Cutris' Package

Now he did it! Cutris had sent the package to the wrong address! Somehow he had missed the notation and instead of going to Liberia, it was heading to Tokyo! Blast it, thought Cutris, I don’t have time for this! Then he pulled the shade down and it fell off the bracket, hitting and scratching the toilet seat. Cutris had no time to waste, so he left the shade and ran to get his swim suit.

First he ran, then he swam across the ocean, and finally he flapped his arms so fast that he actually gained the power of flight! After an hour of flying, he grew tired, landed and then called the Tokyo office on his cell phone. It turned out that they had already shipped the errant package from Tokyo—and now it was headed to Liberia.

Cutris could only shake his head and smile. He started walking back home so he could fix the shade. Boy did he ever learn his lesson! Always read the entire order, notes or email—to make sure you send the package to the right place!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

A Trip to the Garden

I like this time of year when a quick trip to our little vegetable garden gets me this.