The thoughts of a writer.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!


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Grilling Trifecta (Again)

Pork Chops, Chicken Legs, Lamb Chops, grilled over charcoal.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Plane was Rigged!

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/27/politics/plane-carrying-pence-skids-off-runway/index.html


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City Job Application

I applied for and later interviewed for a city job recently. Then the next week I received a letter telling me that I had not gotten the job. So I emailed the people on the letter—asking for any helpful feedback about why I was not selected. After two days the email reply told me that they were looking for more about “project implementation;” and I had not spent any time talking about that. So I replied thanking them for the helpful feedback because indeed I had not. I also included the job description and noted for them that “project implantation” was not referenced at all (not even once) in that job description. So I wonder what the real reason was then?

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Traducteur Français

https://www.freetranslation.com/en/translate-english-french

The Ultra-Liberal

I had occasion to talk to an Ultra-Liberal the other day. He obviously was much smarter than me; because when I disagreed with him—even slightly, he became agitated and upset. For instance, neither of us like the idea of Donald Trump as President, yet I'm not a huge fan of Hillary Clinton either. The Ultra-Liberal told me that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for President that there has ever been. Me not accepting that got him riled up. Later he began to tell me how African-Americans are targeted and shot by police "way more often" than others; and again, I disagreed. He was supposedly citing hard data even after telling me nobody has been keeping track of it. I told him to check killedbypolice.net; because you can often follow the links and discover the likely racial identity of the individuals who were shot. I told him that when, I did this, it did not appear that African-Americans were being killed by police more often than other races. He did not seem to be very interested in this source of data. I also told him about my experiences with racial unrest and legal allegations from my time working in county government. Again, he dismissed this because my "life is a dichotomy" and has no basis in the rest of the world. He told me I should "read the data." This came from a man who once lectured me on religion—including Islam; though he admitted to never having read the Quran; which though I am obviously less well-read than he is, I have read. I tried to remind him that data can be manipulated and I prefer to believe what I see and hear in person. He then threw up his hands as if to block my heathen beliefs from coming any nearer to him! I told him that since he was an ultra-liberal and I tend to see multiple sides to issues, we probably would not agree. At this point he sharply announced that my declaration (i.e. ultra-liberal) was "unfair;" and he retreated back to his own domain. I was slightly stunned; because I often enjoy conversations where others have different views from my own. However, in this case, I was obviously outmatched by his superior intellect—and so it was probably best we parted ways amiably. Because after all, I rarely (if ever) can agree wholeheartedly with anyone else's or any group or organization's entire doctrine—because I can always seem to find some part or parts of it that have swayed too far and then I can't believe in them.

—KJC

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CuTRis Gets Big Head


CuTRis Gets Big Head
UnAssociated Press
October 25, 2016


Unfortunately, after being treated like he was important, CuTRis ended up getting a big head.

Congratulations on the New Baby!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fountain City and Alma Wisconsin



We took a short trip to Wisconsin and saw the Rock in the House in Fountain City.
























We stayed at Hawks View Cottages, which was really an amazing place. The cottages are built into the bluff and have stilts on the side looking down. The Marsh Hawk cottage was very clean and comfortable.












We checked in at the tasting room of Seven Hawks Vineyard.






After checking out the next day, we went to Alma, Wisconsin. My wife enjoyed the shopping and the view from Buena Vista Park.










I was impressed by the collection of ancient weaponry at the Castle Rock Museum.






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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

People are Like Eggs

People are a lot like eggs. They come in different colors on the outside. But inside, they look pretty much the same. When you crack open a white egg and a brown egg into the same bowl, it becomes hard to know which one is which.

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Edina Police No Longer Allowed to Stop Minorities

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/video-of-black-man-handcuffed-over-walking-in-street-draws-outrage/

http://www.startribune.com/at-edina-city-council-anger-over-police-incident/397532401/

From this point forward in the City of Edina, Minnesota, no police officer shall be allowed to stop any individual who is not classified as Caucasian. All other classifications (who are not Caucasian) shall be allowed to walk, drive or use any source of conveyance on any road (public or private), highway, freeway, yard, building, rooftop, etc. Said individuals are also allowed to freely walk on water if they feel it necessary. They may also act violently/angrily and swear at police officers (and others) if they wish. No non-Caucasian individual should be asked to behave in a reasonable, respectful manner when confronted by police or anyone else—regardless if public safety is compromised or for any reason at all.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

France Salut!

Avez-vous vu mes livres?

https://www.amazon.fr/Kevin-J.-Curtis/e/B004SBGR7W/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

All systems are functioning within normal specifications.

http://www.mediacollege.com/downloads/sound-effects/star-trek/tng/tng-data-allsystems.mp3

One Cent Furnace Part!





My furnace needed a part to keep the wastewater from collecting in the tube instead of draining completely. Fortunately I was able to fix it myself with a one cent part!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Trump Rigged Election Allegations

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-attacks-republicans-dare-play-rigged-rhetoric/story?id=42856781

Donald Trump may have a point when he says the election (that has not happened yet) for the U.S. Presidency is rigged. To be fair, people like Trump who are rich and used to getting whatever they want by using their wealth to obtain it, may believe that when they are unable to buy something (like an elected office), that the "system is rigged" against them.

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Bonjour la France!

Merci d'avoir lu!

Grilling Trifecta

Chicken Legs, Salmon, Pork Chops

Grilled over hot coals.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Donald Trump Accused of Groping Bill Cosby


Donald Trump Accused of Groping Bill Cosby
UnAssociated Press
October 13, 2016


The growing list of people to accuse Donald Trump of groping them, now includes Bill Cosby. Apparently several years ago, Donald Trump may have accidentally groped Bill Cosby while Bill was busy drugging a woman who he wanted to have sex with. When asked about this, both men said that the room was very dark; and they could not be sure who was groping whom at the time.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge 40 Years!


We enjoyed the celebration of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge's 40th anniversary on Saturday. There were a lot of fun, free activities for the whole family!

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/minnesota_valley/

video

My son got to drive the "Marsh Master."

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Happy Birthday Dad!

Friday, October 07, 2016

How to Achieve Racial Harmony

It occurred to me sometime ago, that the key to racial harmony does not exist in government affirmative action programs. It does not exist in angry shouts and insinuations. It does not exist in guilt or forced regulations or any of the like. The key to racial harmony is my family. It is the family next-door; and all of the multiracial families everywhere. Because humans tend to fight over differences; racial or otherwise. They also tend to become interested in the opposite sex of the people around them—which often includes those who they may have had occasion to be at odds with. Then they intermarry and have interracial and multicultural children. Eventually this phenomenon makes it difficult to dislike a particular racial or cultural group—when members of your own family identify partially or entirely with that group. In other words, as people intermarry and our offspring become more "mixed," the division between the races is bound to begin to fade away into history. —KJC

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Witaj Polsko!

Dziękuje za przeczytanie!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Elephant & Piggie vs Elephant & Donkey



I saw a sign on a church this morning that said,
"Elephant and Donkey got you down? Try the Lamb."

Being that I have a preschool age son, I saw the sign and thought it was about Elephant and Piggie; until I looked more closely...

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More Tech Support

A guy I'm trying to help still can't see his Fall 2017 data... He keeps sending his Spring 2016 data (over and over), so I’m not sure what the trouble is!

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Popeye Banned

Popeye has been banned from fighting due to the use of performance enhancing drugs.

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