The thoughts of a writer.

Friday, November 30, 2012

"He Who Goes First"--just in time for the Holidays!

Links to my novel, "He Who Goes First"

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

It Was That Step There...

It was that step there; that made all the difference...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Smoke Detector Batteries

Why do smoke detector batteries always die in the middle of the night? There I was at 2:00 AM on a ladder changing the battery because I couldn't stand the incessant 'chirping' of the detector--warning me that the battery was failing.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rainbow... More Bait & Switch?

This is my second complaint to Rainbow Foods this month. I removed the blog entry for the first--after they made an effort to "make it right." I've received no reply from this latest email and will update if/when I do.

Hi Joe,

So do you really want to know what happened on my next trip to Rainbow? You should put me on the payroll as a consultant. Rainbow could take the lead if they could get their you-know-what together...

First, I checked the ad as I always do. $4.99 for Spanish Clementines! I'm all over that. Only when I got to the store, it was 'Cuties' from California! Huh, I thought, more bait & switch??? I'm not sure if you know, but California Clementines are not nearly as good as the ones from Spain! Instantly I'm disappointed again!

The service desk didn't know anything about it. She wanted to send me back to find a produce worker. She finally called someone back there who said "they sent us the wrong thing." So maybe this is a corporate problem and not the store. Just like last time when the "wrong labels" were used on the chicken legs telling me I couldn't get the sale price without a rewards card.

OK so I'm there and I have this $10 gift card from my previously disappointing visit--though I have this urge to go across the street to Cub. The ad also showed Grape Nuts cereal and Fritos on sale! However, I was unable to locate either of these items in the isles where the cereal and chips were located. Where was the sale stuff?

I'm still not that impressed Joe. A few of those sale items in the ad were able to get me into the store, but what is the point if I can't trust the ad?


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Beer: An Annual Experience...

I finally bottled my lager Friday after Thanksgiving that I brewed last year the Friday after Thanksgiving. It's been a busy year and I had to make time to bottle even then. I drank that odd half a beer that was at the bottom of the carboy--and though it was flat and not yet bottle conditioned, it was remarkably tasty. Don't tell the "experts," because they will likely tell us that the beer will be spoiled after sitting in the carboy for a year. That was the first time it took me a whole year to make a beer! Having a baby and moving twice and switching jobs made me a little bit busy this year...



Wednesday, November 21, 2012



Happy nondenominational, nonpolitically charged holiday (i.e. Thanksgiving)!


Black Friday Deals

Why fight the crowds on Black Friday, when you can buy books online and have them delivered? Don't wait though! Order now to ensure delivery by Christmas!

Links to my novel, "Lapse of Humanity"
Links to my novel, "Cottonwood"
Links to my book, "Beer Making: A Pictorial Guide"

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Twinkie the Kid in Critical Condition

Twinkie the Kid in Critical Condition
November 20, 2012
UnAssociated Press

Twinkie the Kid has suffered a massive heart attack and is hospitalized in critical condition. Only a transfusion of outside money can save the cakey little cowboy now. Twinkie the Kid was said to have no natural expiration date and few natural ingredients. The Kid is thought to be 85.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Working at the "Wild West" Company

So you have to ask yourself... "Do you really want to work here???"

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Person Hole

These things were formerly called, "Woman Holes," because women would go down in them when they wanted a quiet place to think.

But now, because of political correctness they are referred to as, "Person Holes."

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Data Donkey

There is a server I have to access remotely that is located in another state. I won't tell you what state, we'll just call it ND to be anonymous. The server is part of a government entity and it is so slow that I have started the rumor that it is so old that it is pulled by a donkey. I keep hoping that there might be oil money available to upgrade to a hyperactive ostrich. In the meantime, I sit at my desk--'reaching' through the network(s) trying to force data into the system as it spins 'round and 'round...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

General Petraeus Scandal

General Petraeus Scandal
November 14, 2012
UnAssociated Press

New information suggests that General Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA for having an affair with his biographer; rather than with his Army issued mistress. No further interesting information is avialable at this time.

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The First Time

My friend Dave with whom I've had a band with for... a really long time, thought I should put this video on YouTube. I made this goofy verse before I started hanging out with him so it is pretty old!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rainbow Foods Does Bait & Switch

Years ago I stopped shopping at Rainbow Foods because when I bought something on sale I didn't get the sale price because I didn't have a rewards card. My response was that I stopped shopping at Rainbow for almost ten years--until about a year ago. Yesterday, I went to the Rainbow in Maplewood, MN to buy some chicken legs that were advertised at 98 cents per lb. and found that I could not get them at that price without a rewards card. Nothing in the advertisement said I needed to use the rewards card to get the price, but the deal was switched when I got to the store. I don't want a rewards card and to each his own--but when the sale price is contingent on me signing up for a card then I will stop shopping there again.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Winter Just Arrived!

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Fiscal Cliff

Apparently the USA is on a "fiscal cliff." Now that the election is over, maybe the politicians can work (together) on the finances...


Thursday, November 08, 2012

"He Who Goes First" is Coming Back!

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Election: So Glad it's Over...

The election results include that I'm sick of the election and politicians. Perhaps now I can answer my phone, get my mail, listen to the radio or watch TV, without hearing mostly negative political ads that have very little truth in them.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Prayers for Jiena and Mason

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Friday, November 02, 2012

Political Campaigns

What if politicians ran on their own records instead of focusing on lies about their opponents? What if they stopped calling my cell phone when I was eating dinner or putting my baby to bed? What if they sent only one thing in the mail to me instead of one daily? What if they stopped ringing the doorbell and ignoring the 'no solicitors' sign?

Maybe if that happened I wouldn't think they all suck.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Have Gun Will Vote???

What does this bumper sticker mean anyway? It makes no sense to me. What does your gun have to do with voting?

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Our Halloween Scare!

Late yesterday (Halloween) afternoon, our garage door broke. Apparently it came off the track and the opener kept going--making a twisted mess of metal. I think I might have said a few (hundred) swear words! On Halloween night, we were at risk of having our garage door stuck open!!!

After removing a few parts, I was able to free the door so I could lift it or close it manually. So we have yet another expensive thing to buy for the new house.

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