The thoughts of a writer.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fish Bite

Periodically our pet Midas fish will lay eggs. Since she lives alone (because she will kill other fish), the eggs are infertile and I need to clean them out. The last time I did that she was actively guarding them and bit me! We've had this fish for 11 years; and I don't know how old she was when I bought her. She used to be in a bigger tank with other cichlids but when we moved a few years ago we put her in a smaller tank and she has not grown since then. She likes to hide in her coral a lot of the time and seems to be fine in the smaller tank.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Oliver Kelley Farm

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Bully Pushes Kid?

Bully pushes kid at school?

No, it's just President Trump pushing another world leader out of his way...

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Commensurate with Experience?

If a job ad says the wages/pay are "Commensurate with experience," does that mean if they ask me if I work hard I can say, "Commensurate with compensation?"

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

When I saw this Bible verse on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds, I thought I had better photograph it. It is only a matter of time before someone gets upset about a Christian quote/symbol in a government/public place and demands that it is removed.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Duke Addicks

I last received an email from Duke Oct. 11, 2016 after looking him up when I didn't see him at the 40th Anniversary of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. When I was a new volunteer there, Duke introduced himself and sat with me at a volunteer event. He made me feel welcome when I was alone and sitting by myself. That is what I remember about him.

Got Sprouts?

When it has rained all week and you don't feel like grilling...


Fly Like an Eagle!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Avocado Hand

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

When the Paper Towel Dispenser is Too Full

You're Fired!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Is Trump Incompetent?

Is Trump incompetent? Quite possibly the answer is, "yes." It is also possible that there was (during the presidential election) collusion with the Russians. This also leads to the question, "Is the American public (as a whole) incompetent for electing Trump as their President?"

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Wood Lake Nature Center

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Friday, May 12, 2017

First Shot

Minnesota State Capitol grounds

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time to Tell the Truth

Huge Deal

Was a Lie

Lying does not help your cause.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Capitol Turkey

As I was walking on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol, I did not think I would see a wild turkey, but there it was!

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Vacuum Tube

One of the replaced output tubes from my 1965 Fender amp.

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Raymond's Last Day as the Band's Sound Technician

My favorite "Far Side"

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Friday, May 05, 2017


The Good Guys are done with my 1965 Fender Showman tube amplifier. Lots of cleaning and replaced some expensive tubes all at $80 per hour. Mark Dopkins (owner) also installed a power cord I supplied to eliminate the cat chewage on the old one (that was replaced once before for wear). He said that soon there will be components that need changing that have been cleaned over and over. Those old tube amps sound good but they have a tendency to burn and arc over time. Mark is getting on toward retirement too. I don't know if too many guys fix that old stuff anymore. I may need to buy an amp for practice and save this one for... hmmm... maybe I should just play it. If I let the museum have it nobody will ever play it again. That is a little bit sad. I think I've had it serviced 4 times at the Good Guys over the 33 years I've owned it.

Attention! Attention!

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

What's Good for the Goose...

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9 Year Anniversary

My wife and I celebrated our 9 Year Anniversary yesterday!