The thoughts of a writer.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

CuTRis Meets Emperor of Alabama

CuTRis Meets Emperor of Alabama
UnAssociated Press
July 31, 2013


CuTRis has apparently met with the Emperor of Alabama yesterday--in a high profile meeting that nobody had heard about until after it was over. The meeting apparently took place at the imperial palace in one of the wealthiest parts of Alabama. CuTRis did not comment on his trip. When asked about it by the UnAssociated Press, he threw a 'possum at reporters and ran away.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dirty Balls


Monday, July 29, 2013

Toys R Us Ticket #130729-002637

I couldn't help responding to this message. My original comment is on the bottom--followed by the corporate response. I was "thanked again," though it was the first time I was thanked--negating "again." The word "concern" may have been overused don't you think? I suppose if you don't want to be specific it is a good word...

Kevin Curtis
 3:09 PM
To: toysrus1@cust-help-us.com
Cc: trucom@cust-help-us.com

Dear Lawrence 2419,

Thankyou for responding about my concerns. I can tell you have thought long and hard about my concerns. I would be concerned if I felt as if my concerns were simply addressed by cutting and pasting a generic message regarding concerns. I can tell by the number of times the word 'concern' was in your message, that you are very concerned about my concerns.

Sincerely,
Kevin Curtis

http://cuTRis.blogspot.com
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From: toysrus1@cust-help-us.com
To: mnvalley@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:42:32 -0500
Subject: Toys R Us Ticket #130729-002637

Dear Kevin Curtis:

Thank you again for contacting the “R” Us family. While we understand your concerns, we have seen to it that they have been sent on to the proper individuals for further review. From that point, they will take the appropriate steps to ensure that your concerns are addressed in the best manner possible. If you would like to address your concerns further, we invite you to contact our corporate offices in writing at:

Toys “R” Us Inc. Headquarters
One Geoffrey Way
Wayne, NJ 07470

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for bringing your concerns to our attention, and thank you for contacting the “R” Us family.

Sincerely,
Lawrence 2419
“R” Us Corporate Guest Relations
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To: trucom@cust-help-us.com
From: mnvalley@hotmail.com
Subject: Land-Based Retail Store Comments/Questions

Order Number:
Name: Kevin Curtis
Phone Number: 651-XXX-XXXX

Wrote: Your website directed me to a Babies-R-Us store in Roseville, MN when I was searching for a Toys-R-Us store near zipcode 55126. Maybe you need to update. I blew my lunch break on bad info.
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CuTRis Seen Changing into Superhero

CuTRis Seen Changing into Superhero
UnAssociated Press
July 29, 2013



CuTRis was sighted today ducking into a telephone booth; before making a quick change into his superhero persona, CuTRisMan! When asked if he was indeed, CuTRisMan, CuTRis said,

"Yes... I mean no! Of course not. Besides, there are so few telephone booths around these days how would I ever change into my costume? I mean if that is actually what I was doing..."

CuTRis does have a valid point. With phone booths in short supply since the widespread use of cellphones, where can a superhero change anymore? And what of CuTRisMan? Will he be able to find a place to change if he needs one? Will the villains win next time? Will bad overcome good? Tune in tomorrow! Same CuTRis time; same CuTRis channel... er... url...

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Wildflowers


Friday, July 26, 2013

Pie Chart


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Why You Should Buy My Books...

Buy one of my books and I will appreciate it. Buy two of my books and I will think that what you have done is totally cool! If you buy three of my books I will think that you are cool! If you buy four of my books I will become verklempt. If you buy all five of my books I will be overjoyed! If you buy a million of my books, Amazon.com will make a buttload of money--and I might get enough to buy a pizza.

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DNA Evidence Says CuTRis Not a Skywalker

DNA Evidence Says CuTRis Not a Skywalker
UnAssociated Press July 25, 2013


DNA evidence submitted today proves that CuTRis is not a Skywalker. He is in fact related to the Skyrunner family; but only distantly.

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CuTRis May Be Related to Darth Vader


Computer Image of CuTRis as a Child
CuTRis May Be Related to Darth Vader
UnAssociated Press
July 25, 2013


The rumor circulating today, is that CuTRis is somehow related to Darth Vader--perhaps Vader being his godfather. Apparently someone heard the dark lord say (to CuTRis),
"Looook, I am your godfather!"
CuTRis has denied the allegations--but the UAP has created a computer generated picture of how CuTRis may have looked as a child.

Darth Vader

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CuTRis Defeats Storm Troopers

CuTRis Defeats Storm Troopers
UnAssociated Press
July 24, 2013



Click on picture to enlarge: click "back" to go back

It was reported that Jedi Knight CuTRis was attacked by Imperial Stormtroopers late last evening. He apparently was without his lightsaber at the time--having just come out of the bathroom. Three stormtroopers jumped him and began shooting! CuTRis lucked out when he found a rubber chicken and using it, soundly defeated the three stormtroopers.

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Anthony's Weiner

CuTRis vaguely remembered speaking about Representative Weiner once before; though the details were sketchy. Just because this man continued to live up to his name even after the first scandal, people seemed to be out to get him. Why were they so bent on abusing Mr. Weiner? His wife now supporting him, Mr. Weiner admitted his wrongs--which may be his only salvation. Anthony Weiner was not the only politician to ever be involved in a sex scandal. The quantity of people involved in such things defies all attempts to create hyper-text for them--as there are just too many! Bravely, CuTRis approached the microphone just as he had the last time the Weiner issue had come up. He tapped the mic and then suddenly he remembered! People weren't just making fun of the man's name... Hmmm said CuTRis to himself, I seem to remember his name is "Anthony." Now unsure of the prepared rant that he was about to give to the press, CuTRis simply waved and walked away.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Royal Baby

Congratulations to them, but why does "everybody" care about this? This will not and should not affect me in the least. Babies are wonderful regardless of what "class" they are born into.

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Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

My wife and son enjoy the overlook at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lanesboro

On our way to Lanesboro we stopped in Zumbrota for lunch and shopped at Alco while rained poured down. We had a nice room reserved at the Guest Hus Motel in Lanesboro--which was a really good value compared to the other available accommodations. We shopped, went to the museum and then had dinner at Pedal Pushers. Then we visited the dam (Root River) and walked through Sylvan Park. Day 2 we shopped walked the trail and had lunch (outside) at Riverside on the Root. We went to the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center before returning home.

Lanesboro is all about biking
 
Dam!

























Nice Trails


Shopping
Root River

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Friday, July 19, 2013

My Antioxidant Scare!

I was walking with Larry earlier and I noticed some wild Black Raspberries. I quickly grabbed a few and ate them. Larry said, "they're full of antioxidants." Well this totally freaked me out! I went running away screaming! I ran to the hospital as fast as I could! I ran 17 miles to get there even though the hospital was only 4 miles away... I guess I got lost. Well by the time I finally got to the hospital, it was becoming fairly evident that the antioxidants weren't going to kill me! In fact, when I told the hospital people why I was there, they started laughing! They said that antioxidants are good! Who knew???

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License Center



"It's up the hill and then you climb that big tree. Then after you get to the top, take a number..."

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Paper Wasps

These paper wasps were busy making a home on my shed.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

So Sad!

Hug your babies! The two-year-old boy lost in Wisconsin was found dead. This is so sad!

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CuTRis was Beside Himself...


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Out of Order and Full of Odor

Click picture to enlarge: Click back to go back.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Yes, It Was Hot...

"6:10 AM and it was already hot. The humidity was so humid that it made you standup and take notice of the humidness--even if you were sitting down at the time. Yes, it was hot..."

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CuTRis Seen with Jedi Master

CuTRis Seen with Jedi Master
UnAssociated Press

July 17, 2013

CuTRis and Yoda

CuTRis appeared in this photo today with Jedi Master and mentor, Yoda. When asked about the sighting, CuTRis said,
"Friends we are from long before."

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I'm Not Concerned about Aaron Schaffhausen

Apparently there is some concern for the safety of Aaron Schaffhausen; who killed his three young daughters--when he goes to prison. I'm not concerned about him. If the other prisoners don't like what he did, I don't like it either.

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CuTRis is Probably a Jedi Knight


CuTRis is Probably a Jedi Knight
UnAssociated Press
July 16, 2013


CuTRis Jedi Knight

This photo of CuTRis shows that he is probably a Jedi Knight. This would explain the light saber as well as his tendency to use the Force.




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Monday, July 15, 2013

Zimmerman Verdict

I think I called this one pretty well right after it happened. Two people who collided--either of them could have behaved differently and changed the outcome. Again--if someone wants to make this into a racial thing, I would caution them to remember that O.J. Simpson was also acquitted of murder when many thought he was responsible.

Ramsey County Fair

 
My son liked the petting zoo and the Black Raspberry icecream at the Ramsey County Fair.

Ring Man

My son was supposed to be the ring man at my nephew's wedding on Saturday. My little boy is a year and a half old; so he is a bit young for this--but he was great! In fact, he walked up between the two flower girls holding hands with them and he did a good job. There was, however, no exit strategy--so when the girls released him he bolted for the door saying, "mom."

I had helped to "launch" him on this journey down the church aisle and so I went back toward the door to intercept him. He wasn't there and then someone pointed toward my wife's section of the church. When I got back to where she was sitting, my boy was standing on the church pew smiling at me as I walked up.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Russians Mad: Thing Falls on Moscow

Russians Mad: Thing Falls on Moscow
UnAssociated Press
July 12, 2013


The Russians are mad at CuTRis and want their rubles back after the... thing they bought from CuTRis earlier today fell on Moscow and broke it. CuTRis was in his garage drinking beer and was unable to comment.

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CuTRis Sells His Thing to the Russians

CuTRis Sells His Thing to the Russians
UnAssociated Press
July 12, 2013 - 11:59 AM CDT


CuTRis has just announced the he has sold his giant... thing to the Russians. Apparently they came and picked it up twenty minutes ago in an old Kamaz truck. CuTRis reportedly got 654 Rubles for the sale. CuTRis was pretty excited about all the money until someone told him that it was only $20 in U.S. Dollars. After a moment, CuTRis announced that he was going to go buy some beer.

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American Civil Liberties Union protects CuTRis' Thing

American Civil Liberties Union protects CuTRis' Thing
UnAssociated Press
July 12, 2013


The American Civil Liberties Union has embraced CuTRis'... thing, and has declared that the city keep its "hands off" of CuTRis'... thing; or the ACLU will sue the pants off of the city! The city commented that the city does not wear pants and they will go after CuTRis'... thing if it is not removed by Noon today!

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CuTRis Appears with His Thing


CuTRis and Thing
CuTRis Appears with His Thing
UnAssociated Press
July 12, 2013


Standing in front of his... thing this morning, CuTRis told reporters that he already has big plans in store for his... thing, and he will release the news later this morning.

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City Talks About CuTRis' Thing

City Talks About CuTRis' Thing
UnAssociated Press
July 12, 2013


City Administrator Dick Head, had this to say in an early morning press conference about CuTRis'... thing that he has constructed in his backyard.

"Without a doubt the... 'thing' that CuTRis has is simply huge. It has blocked out the sun and touched off a storm of insinuations and rumors. The city has mandated that CuTRis downsize his... 'thing' by Noon today. That is all."

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Sheik Farts: Gas Prices Go Up

Sheik Farts: Gas Prices Go Up
UnAssociated Press
July 12, 2013

Sheik Petro al-Muhammad farted overnight, sending gas prices upward this morning. Hopefully the sheik can get control of his gas problem before we all have to pay out the @$$ for a gallon of gas.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

CuTRis Builds Thing

Thing
CuTRis Builds Thing
UnAssociated Press
July 11, 2013


In another of a whole string of scandals, CuTRis has apparently built a 700,000,000 foot (213,360,000.00 meter) tall... thing in his backyard. The city is threatening legal action as it exceeds the maximum height allowed of 50 feet. Furthermore CuTRis apparently did not pull a permit from the city before building it. When asked about his... thing, CuTRis said,

"I really don't like to talk about my... 'thing.' I don't think it is really anyone's business. Sure it may shade the sun from an entire city block--but what about people who play loud music at all hours of the night? That is disruptive! My... 'thing,' is just out there. It's not hurting anything--it just exists. Stop looking at my thing!"

So far neither CuTRis nor the city are backing down. The city demands that CuTRis' get rid of his... thing by Noon tomorrow or he will face persecution.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Tiny Toad



I came across this little toad today while taking a walk.

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Out of Context

 
With July temperatures in the 90's (F), this sign seems a bit out of context. In fact, if there was actually ice falling off of it right now, people would be backing trucks up to it to get some.

Monday, July 08, 2013

2008 Ford Fusion - Defective Rear Brakes

My 2008 Ford Fusion is back in for a $750 fix on the continually defective rear brakes. I stopped buying GM because of known defects that were not fixed and now I am getting the same with Ford. So maybe I need to stop buying American made cars?

7/10/2013 Update: A Ford representative just contacted me regarding my comments to corporate. She informed me that she can not do anything to help me with this issue.

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Buck in the Parking Lot


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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Happy July 4th !

Independence Day

K2 K2 OPEN HERE K2 K2

 
"K2 K2 OPEN HERE K2 K2... COME IN K2 ARE YOU READING?"

"GRILLED BURGERS BELOW. PLEASE PROCEED TO CHECKPOINT 'CHEESE.'"

"K2 K2 OPEN HERE K2 K2... COME IN K2 ARE YOU READING?"

"ROGER THAT, GRILLMASTER ONE. PROCEEDING TO DROP ZONE."

"10-4 K2..."

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Minnehaha Falls

Here is what Minnehaha Falls looked like on Friday 6/28/2013.


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MN Air National Guard Museum

My son had fun at the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum on Saturday...




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