Are you looking for a fun neighborhood activity? How about a (temporary) petting zoo? For a few hours on a fun afternoon, bring out any younger (non-biting) members of the animal family. Pets love the attention. Kids love petting the pets. Adults can share favorite recipes while having cocktails. Temporary petting zoos are also a great activity at retirement homes and prisons. If you don't have any pets for a petting zoo, call your local humane society.
Is there a Baa Humbug type person on your shopping list? Are you looking for a few alternative ideas to giving someone a lump of coal? Here is a Top Twenty list of gift ideas to make someone scratch their head wondering if this gift is for real, or was it intended to say: Baa Humbug?
Smashburger recently opened its doors in Fargo. We decided to check it out. On the way home, I stopped by to order two sandwiches and two sides "to go". They don't have a drive-up window so you do need to park and go in to order...from their order taker. Let's call him Raymond. My first impression of the place was from Raymond - not good. (Wouldn't you want to put someone with some personality and professionalism on your front line?) He was looking down and yawning more than listening and communicating. I started trying to order but wasn't sure if he was paying attention. In the meantime, there must have been two dozen employees all moving around but none of them were doing anything. My order was supposed to be one classic smashburger without onions and an order of smashfries, plus one classic crispy chicken sandwich without onions with an order of veggie frites: to go. With tax, the order came to $17.08, which did not include any drinks. I was thinking that in order to overcome my bad first impressions of the place, some incredible food would be the only possible redemption. At home, a few minutes later, we opened our to-go containers to find: 1. sandwiches that showed little evidence of any recent heat (even tho the to-go bag was next to the floor heater for the two-minute drive home) and 2. side orders of jokingly small proportion. The classic smashburger ($4.99) and crispy classic chicken ($5.99) both had onions, even tho "no onions" was written on the side of the to-go container. The veggie frites ($2.99) yielded about eight small pieces of flash-fried asparagus and eight small pieces of flash-fried carrots (and no green beans as is mentioned on the menu). Bottom line: If you are in Fargo looking for a bite to eat, take your business to Culver's where the same meal would have been $5 less and twice as good, or McDonald's where you would have spent half as much and gotten twice as much food. We came away from our Smashburger experience with average food, small portions, high prices, and poor service. Any questions?
California should adopt a new state slogan to help attract more tourism. California: The State Of Emergency. For thrill-seekers looking for some major excitement, California seems to be stuck in a cycle of emergencies: fires, earthquakes, floods, mudslides, budget crisis, and mystery missiles. By advertising itself as The State Of Emergency, California could help its economy by 1. bringing in legal tourists, and 2. legalizing its main export crop.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association recently changed its rules to no longer require members to be "female at birth". This birther movement was spear-headed by Ms. Lana Lawless, a former policeman. Since she can now play on the LPGA as a transexual, Lana can make use of her long driving ability. I submit that a better idea would be to have a separate TGA: Transgender Golf Association. It is here that transexuals from all around the globe could compete in one special league, combining men-to-women and women-to-men into one very unique golf association.
During a recent drive-about, I saw a sign next to a proud pile of rocks. The sign said: "Recycled Rocks". As opposed to what kind of rocks? Non-recycled rocks? New Rocks? That got me started on a think-about. Wouldn't all the rocks we have today be from the Stone Age? Has someone been making post-Paleolithic rocks? As I recall from my college Rock-n-Roll 101 class, it goes: Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age, which are all followed by the Age of McDonalds, the Age of Walmart, and the Rise and Fall of Tiger Woods. I probably just answered my own question. Of course, it must be Walmart that is now producing and selling new rocks, at prices that we have not seen since the Stone Age.
Transportation Security Administration At Your Service:
If you don't want to be X-ray scanned or undergo a "thorough" manual search, you may want to rethink flying the friendly skies for the Holidaze. The TSA is warning passengers who enter a checkpoint, and then refuse to undergo inspection, won't be allowed to fly, and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport. Those folks will be detained on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and local law enforcement. Anyone refusing to cooperate is looking at fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest. Would you like some peanuts and perhaps a blanket?
There seems to be an expanding expansion of buildings that span their space with curved lines. To better compliment the humans that dwell in them, buildings are becoming more organic. By curving or softening the edges, a box becomes more humanoid. Unfortunately, this example of curvaceousness was not caused by the architect, but rather by a fisheye lens.
This was one of our fluttering friends during this past summer. T'was a great summer for flowers, bees, gardens, and butterflies. This dude (whom we named Thorax) liked our backyard blend of blossoms. Here he's pictured sitting upon his favorite pincushion. The verbena were also a very popular spot. Then one day, they all just up and left town. I wonder where Thor is now. If you happen to see him, greet him from us.
Happy Friday everyone! (unless you live in Australia, where Saturday is the new Friday.) When I think of Fridays (specifically at around 5 PM), I think of beer. It seems like Friday at 5 PM is the perfect time for a cold one. It offers a refreshing liquid combination of Transcendental Meditation and a massage. The only thing better than that first beer after work, is the second. But remember, everything in moderation, including moderation.
Lindsay Lohan is heading back to jail. She failed a mandatory drug test. When her test came up positive she started cheering. Then someone told her that positive is not good. Then she denied she was Lindsay Lohan. She asked for her personal assistant and some coffee. She then wanted to immeditately go to the Hard Rock Hotel. The judge said another failed drug test would mean another 30 days (and nights) in jail. She should have a lot of time to study for her next drug test. Good luck and sweet dreams.
A windy gust set my mind blowing wild Ideas were flying into brainstorms high-styled It was like Lady Gaga had hijacked the air Take over control of the whole affair Expecting to influence the whys and the whats Inspecting in sequence all the opens and shuts Quite suddenly I knew I was about to slip Big waves knocked us to the back of the ship Where a laughing deckhand offered a strange brew Now we're well-grounded, all is straight and true Eyes to the horizon behind rose-colored glasses Time spent with you seems to flow like molasses A velvety compound we knead into dough We need to know how big will it grow.
----- Beginning of transmission ----- If things are too dry in your area consider buying some dehydrated water. If things are too wet in your area consider using dehydrated water. Either way, it's a good idea! buy dehydrated water
Apparently the new fad is having matching flowers and nails. Actually, while photographing some new shade pots under our deck stairs, my wife's foot jumped into the frame. Serendipitously, her new painted toenails were similar in colorization to our coleus and impatiens that we snapped up at the closing-for-the-year sale. It's always sad when the days start getting shorter. It seems like people start getting shorter too.
This legal alien was found on our driveway. He put on his glasses so he could really check out our place. We will file this under the category of Temporary Art. After a rainstorm passed thru the area, he was gone. Chalk up another sighting of Legal Aliens.
Just as a blogophile loves blogs and blogging, I would consider myself a pianophile. Any time a pianophile walks by a piano, it is hard not to hear what it sounds like and how it plays. My piano motto for a long time has been: I Like To Play. Seeing the inside of a piano (especially while playing it) is always fun, not to mention the increased sound from having opened up an upright piano. This is when it's nice to have some music memorized. You can watch the hammers hit the strings while listening to the giant surround sound of something that doesn't even need to be plugged in. It is never too late to start playing piano, and you can do it for the rest of your life.
About ten days ago, just a small localized area where we live got four inches of rain in a very short period of time. Our avenue temporarily turned into a river. In the wake of this early summer storm, we also ended up with a temporary lake in our back yard. Four quick inches of rain is all it took to give us some prime lake-front property. We never knew that when we were putting in our rock gardens, the rocks would someday be a rampart between land and water. Needless to say, after it rained Cat & Dogs, we didn't have to do much watering any time soon.
This is one of two new vegetable gardens we've built in our backyard this Spring. At this point, all that was left to do on this one was to fill it with dirt, plant the vegetables, and put a fence around it to keep out the rabbits. To get to this point, we pulled back the sod, put the lower layer of cedar 4x4 deck posts together on a flat surface (in the garage), carried it out, put it in place, and finally attached the second level of deck posts to the lower level with six inch screws. Kit already has this garden planted, along with the other one which is on the opposite side of our backyard. Both will get full sun all day long (unless it's cloudy). The shorter end pieces are 4 feet and the longer sides are 10 feet. The actual outside length of the ends is 4 feet plus 3.5 inches (the width of the posts). The sides are 10 feet plus 3.5 inches. If you look at the corner, you can see we have the two levels put together differently so that the seams would not line up. (Click on the picture to see it closer up.) Making gardens using 4x4 cedar deck posts was such a quick and easy way to add vegardens to our yard. We got the cedar at 55% off of its normal price since they said it was a bit old and weathered, which was perfect for building gardens!
Meet the two new most famous British Blobs: Wenlock and Mandeville. These are your official mascots for the 2012 London Olympics. Wenlock is the mascot for the Olympics and is obviously named after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock where, in the mid-19th century, the Wenlock Games became the inspiration for the modern Olympic movement. Mandeville is the Paralympics mascot and derived its name from Stoke Mandeville, in Buckinghamshire, home to Stoke Mandeville Hospital. I think these blob-like creatures look like a cross between Gumby and a Cyclops.
The Final Three performed last night and all seemed worthy (to be in the Top 3). I hope the Final Two will either be Crystal/Casey or Crystal/Lee. It seemed like Lee was over-rated and praised by the Judges. A Crystal/Casey finale would be wonderful. Crystal is always so good. After she sings a song, I usually want to hear it again. Casey is good enough, as long as he sings songs suited for his voice. Lee seems quite raspy and a bit yelly lately and is starting to remind me of Joe Cocker. I hope Lee goes home, leaving a Crystal/Casey Finale.
American Idol Top 6 - April 27 Shania Twain Night From Top To Bottom 1st Place - Crystal: loved it, even tho judges didn't 2nd Place - Lee: liked his version of Still The One 3rd Place - Casey: Not bad, quite OK, eh? 4th Place - Big Mike: Pretty good, man. 5th Place - Aaron: Better than Siobhan. 6th Place - Siobhan: Time to go home now.
Whether or not weather interests you or not, it can affect all of us directly or indirectly. It is fascinating because we cannot control Mother Nature even tho we have so many different weather websites showing everything from the current national radar loop to the local dewpoint forecast. It's always good to know what's coming weatherwise in case any preparations need to be enacted. If you had an outdoor wedding planned and this big mushroom cloud rolled into town, it might be nice to know about it ahead of time. I suppose some weathermen might report this as a partly sunny day. I guess it's all in how you look at it. Weather E-Wall
Two will be eliminated tomorrow. Top Group (should be safe): Crystal, Lee, Casey, Mike. Middle Group: Tim. Bottom Group (in danger zone): Andrew, Aaron, Siobhan, Katie. Prediction on the two that will be eliminated: Andrew & Siobhan.
1. Aaron Kelly Long & Winding Road C- 2. Katie Stevens Let It Be B- 3. Andrew Garcia Can't Buy Me Love B 4. Michael Lynche Eleanor Rigby B+ 5. Crystal Bowersox Come Together A 6. Tim Urban All My Loving B- 7. Casey James Jealous Guy A 8. Siobhan Magnus Across The Universe C- 9. Lee Dewyze Hey Jude C
American Idol Top 10 This Week Winners 1. Crystal BowersoxA+ Excellent. Wanted more. 2. Lee DewyzeA 3. Casey JamesA- Any one of the following could be going home: Michael Lynche Didi Benami Andrew Garcia Katie Stevens Probably in the Bottom Three: Tim Urban Aaron Kelly Siobhan Magnus - Pitchy screaming.
I'm not sure if today or tomorrow is the first official day of Spring but let's just deem that it's TODAY! One way to tell it's Springtime around here is flooding. (Flud is a four-letter word.) Fargo/Moorhead has these buffalos all around town, each painted differently by different artists. This one at the intersection of Main & Broadway looks like Spring to me. That means it's time to go mow my snow.