Monday, November 30, 2009

Weekend ReCap

Don't even know where to start this one...had a great thanksgiving and a relaxing weekend.

Watched Four Christmas's it was good, watched What Just Happened apparetly I am not smart enough to see why this was a good movie, watched UP and loved it.

Now I am a little drunk in a hotel room half way across the country in Philly missing my boo and my little animal farm.

Long weekend...shaping up to be an even longer week...and what can I say I am just tired...Night all

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My Message in a Bottle

A blog is the modern equivalent of a message in a bottle.

Cast from island to island in hopes that someone finds it.

That someone reads it.

That someone reads my SOS.

That someone reads my message in a bottle.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Clever Little Vampires

What if the myth that you can ward off a vampire by wearing garlic cloves was actually started by a vampire who used your own fear to help him season his next meal?

Garlic flavored blood might be a delicacy? Clever little guys aren't they.

I bet if vampires were real the population would be getting uglier.


One:It takes a while a drain a body of blood.

Two: vampires have increased sense of smell.

Chances are the would not be targeting people with bad BO or lots of body hair.

I mean who would want to sit and suck on a hairy, fat person who smelled like crap?

Thursday, November 26, 2009


What am I thankful for?

You:) I know it was a sometimes rocky year but with everything in me I would not have gotten through it without you and your help:)xoxoxoxoxo

No matter how much longer it might last I am thankful that I have a job and was able to take care of a lot of financial junk this year.

I am thankful for all of the new friends that have come along this year and all the old ones that I have had a chance to reconnect with.

I am thankful I have been pretty healthy.

I am thankful for the fully stocked bar in the basement.

I am thankful for Animal farm that is my house.

But mostly I am thankful that I am still here moving on, life is a precious gift and I am thankful for all the people in my life who help me make the most of it:)


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

You Know Whose Stock is Up?

Here Comes Organizaed Crime

Prohibiton was a boon to organizated crime because it didn't deal with curbing demand just supply and when ever there is demand there is going to be someone there ready to fill that nitch.

Turning off peoples access to credit, turning them away from conventional means to get loans and financing is providing an excellent oppertunity for organizied crime in the form of an old classic called loan sharking.

You thought the spread was bad on your subprime payment option interest only loan was bad? You should see the points on these finacial transcations.

When you said you wanted Wall Street to quit getting your money, is this where you envisioned it going?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Who is to Blame for the Recession?

We often hear government, wall street, mortgage companies but I wonder why we never hear consumers? You know the people or more specifically Me. I am the reason for the recession. If you are in the majority chances are you are too.

I knew what I should have done. Save money. Live below your means. Don't leverage yourself beyond your income on intangible assets like eating out, going to bars traveling.

We have a responsibility problem in this country. We point fingers at faceless enmities like the GOP, Democrats, Wall street.

We need to look in the mirror and own up to main streets portion of the responsibility.

Easy credit was like a drug and consumers are junkies going through withdrawal pointing fingers.

They were just giving us what we wanted.

That is why I have renamed the recession to the intervention.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekend ReCap


Pre-Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving with friends anchored around an ugly sweater theme. Always a good time:)


Fixed the sink

Did some homework

Finished The Winners Manual by Jim Tressel a little too much god in it for my taste but overall a good message.

Went to Tailgate for a few beers



Did some work work

Football watched the Vikes give it to um....Do I foresee a Colts V Vikes Superbowl?

Picked up poop

Watched Notorious it was a cool story but terrible acting, felt like it was a senior high school play.

Awesome little dinner party.

AMA's yawn

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Blogger Warning - Gifts

New laws are going into effect that may change your blogging business model.

FTC will now have the right to fine you $11,000 per instance of giving a product review that you are doing in exchange for free product or money without disclousing the relationship.

Here are the new FTC Guidelines and a couple of voices of reason on what you can do to protect yourself from liability.

Voice One - Getgood
Voice Two - Aviva Directory

Friday, November 20, 2009

Why Preventing Gay Marriage is a Civil Rights Issue

Keep in mind this example will vary from state to state based on laws and fees.

For an $85 marriage license a couple gets the following rights
- Joint property rights - If the partnership is dissolved they are split 50/50 or if one person dies the other gets the property without it being taxed by the state in most cases.
- Medical oversight if one becomes unresponsive
- General power of attorney
- Protection from testimony with contempt
- Joint car insurance \ homeowners discounts
-Increased retirement savings caps and plans

It is possible for a gay couple to get these rights BUT

- Form a partnership or corporation to protect joint assets $500 ( this type of partnership may not be available in all states)
- Form a trust to transfer assets if someone dies without having to pay taxes $1000-2000
- Living will for Medical Oversight - $300
- Power of Attorney - $200

Even then these rights are not the same or all inclusive as those of an opposite sex couple.

So it is a human rights violation in this sense that we are discriminating.

If you walked into a store and were told because you had red hair you had to pay $5000.00 for an item that I can get for $85 because I am gray by definition your civil rights have been violated because you have been discriminated against.

When one person gets legal rights and protection under the law at a discount to someone else there is something wrong that needs to be addressed from a human rights point of view.

The intent of our system, the beauty of what America is lies in the fact that all people should be treated equal under the law.

The law and the rights of the people should not lie on whether you are rich or poor, black or white, straight or gay, religious or not.

I don't care if you don't like gay people, I don't care if you are the biggest homophobic in the world. Be a patriot. Be a real patriot. Fight for those who you may never know. Who you may not like. Fight because you believe in the ideals of this country that so many have died to uphold.

Honor their sacrifice to insure that we can live in a land where we are free. Where everybody even if you don't like them is equal in the eyes of the law.

Call your congressman and demand that civil unions be recognized.

It is time to stop all the rhetoric about being proud to be an American and start being American.

It is time to be a patriot

A real patriot.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I hate when I hear people say why buy a new stadium for the Vikings with some public money we are just helping the rich get richer.

Why buy a new stadium when it is just used a few times a year?

Lets take a closer look at that for a minute. The impact of the Vikings is greater then one thinks besides the obvious creation of jobs to build the stadium, besides the obvious employment of people during the actual football game...

Parking Attendants
Security Guards
Football players
Assistant Coaches
Water boys
Towel Girls
Cheerleaders - Dance coach
Traffic Control
People who ship the merchandise to the stadium
People who unload the merchandise
People who sell the merchandise.

Not to mention the surrounding businesses like bars and dinners,

There are...
Maintenance staff
Lighting and sound technicians
Marketing staff
Ticket sales staff
Video Editors

I believe they have a plane too right?
That has a staff
That has to be maintained

But wait the Vikings training camp is in Eden Prairie remember?

Kinesiology experts
more grounds keepers
Support functions
back office functions....

You guessed it the Vikings are a business
that has Accountants
Graphic designers

Wait a lot of these people actually live here....with their families....affecting

Tax Revenue
Real Estate Agents
Car sales
Dining Out
Bars and Clubs
House Keepers
Hair Stylist
Ground Keepers
a lot of the same people you use

Keeping the Vikings has a year round net benefit to the state of Minnesota. It's impact is felt far beyond lining Zigi's pockets.

It is the most watched event where people see a glimpse into Minnesota...a view of its people....the site of our metropolis. People come here from all over the country to watch games stay at hotels, visit the Mall of America.

It is a source of pride of unity for our state, it will be used for more then just Football games.

We don't have problems giving tax breaks to the Mall of America to build Best Buy a New Campus, to help Target or Medtronic. Why invest in something we can all enjoy?

Next game look at the side lines, imagine them empty


Imagine all the homes they live in disappear

Everything they touch above fades....

Along with a significant piece of Minnesota.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Escapism Part I of II

I wonder why escapism has such a negative connotation. We look at people who have pursuits like reading, watching movies, loigagging, playing video games, spending time in academics, drinking, laying around chatting with their friends as escapists. Dead weight. Unable to handle the real world.

When I think of escape I imagine scaling the walls of a prison. Sunlight after darkness. Words like liberation and freedom come to mind.

I am always weary of people who use the term escapist behaviors. These are usually the people making up the box I want to get out of.

I like to ask them what am I escaping from? What is reality? Inevitability the discussion comes back to the shirking of responsibility and vague terms like not living up to potential and falling short of some sort of social contract we apparently all signed but no one seems to have a copy of.

I realize that idle waste of time is an elitist luxury and that not everybody is entitled to it but if that is what I want to purchase with my work what is the problem?

Why is working hard to buy a lexus more acceptable then working hard to purchase the right to day dream all day? Why is one considered richer then the other when they only differ in what they choice to buy?

I don't know what I am trying to say here or what this is supposed to mean, but I do know that some time ago I escaped in my mind. That I am off the reservation. Wandering the wilderness. I kind of feel like Neo somedays staring at the matrix. I can see it, I can go in and out of it but most people don't know that it is there.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Full of Shit...Really

OK this might stop reading now if you do not wish to know this much about your favorite Minnesotan.

Cramps...pain...OMG I am dying.

Give it to me straight...

Stomach cancer?

Ruptured appendix?

Apparently I am just full of shit...a lot of shit...rock hard shit.

Shit that might need a little laxative push along with a change in diet and increase in water consumption.

So this coming weekend update might be very simple..

Monday, November 16, 2009

Weekend ReCap


Took a few days off from work this week to just enjoy life.

Read: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer Maybe it was just the mood I was in or the fact that I have been coming out of a famine of my own but this book was inspirational to me and I have never wanted to learn more about electricity. Worth checking out.


Worked a little during the day and did some homework

Dinner Party ended up at Tailgate after partying my pants off in the Johnson Bar.


Spent the day hung over moaning. Although I finally picked up some steam by the the end of the night and got inspired to grill some steaks and cook a yummy dinner.

Watched: The Ugly Truth. I can't put my finger on it but this movie had so much potential but just ended up so-so kind of bland.


Went downtown to an Art Show where I proceeded to get smashed

Traveled to Williams in Uptown to meet some friends where I got even more smashed.

Ended up at Tailgate for last call....


Thought I was going to die. Lucky it was Sunday and all I had to do was watch football all day.

Made some chili and ate all day. Anyone have a good white chicken chili receipe?

Watched: The Goods Live Fast Sell Hard. This movie kind of sucked there were a few good one liners but overall it kind of blew.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Ok I get the whole movement about eating local for the sake of the planet but people there needs to be a balance. One of the beauties of the world is we live in a time and place where I can experience all the world has to offer as far as food from my neighborhood grocery store. I happen to like kiwi, pineapples, bananas etc and since I live in Minneapolis I am kind of SOL. I think it is good to eat local, eat sustainably but lets not get too crazy.

The world is a big beautiful place and experiencing it and enjoying the diversity of it has its own rewards too...

There needs to be a balance.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2130 end of the World

I figure a lot of people will be disappointed once 2013 rolls around and we are still here so I decided to take action and make a new prediction that the world can be scared for....

Here it goes....

The world is going to end in 2130. Either by a fireball from the sky or ground or possibly a war, famine or disease. So says Brian in Mpls.

You heard it first here 2130 that's it.

I would personally like to see global warming come to a head and flood the entire world destroying mankind. I think that would be a fitting end for a silly superstitious humanity whose deity told them that he would never do that again but I don't feel that lucky.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New York

Alternative New York Theory - Hairball in the Drain Plug

So millions and millions of people came to this country through Ellis Island and then never went further then New York. Kind of like a big hairball stuck in the pipe of migration. A big knot of sweaty people and concrete.

The same group of people who claim New York is the best city in the world.

Don't get me wrong New York is a nice enough place. I am a city person I just think the hype is a little over inflated.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Weekend ReCap


Been bogged down with work work and school work and so we got out of doge for a little weekend trip. Drove to Appleton WI after work to visit with MB and AH.

Went to Fratellos for dinner and drinks. Thanks Chippy for the

Bar hopped down College Ave. I will have to post some pictures from the Celebrity look-a-like contest.

It was great to see you guys


Drove to Wautoma WI sat on a bar stool for 14 straight hours watching football. I am pretty sure if there was a heaven it would be just so.

Although there was a little scare later in the night...JW I am glad you are ok and hope you are feeling better.


Drove back to Minneapolis just in time to spend the day hung over raking and cleaning out gutters. But at least it is done.

Made a nice dinner of crab, potatoes and salad. Yum

Watched the movie the Proposal. To be honest I usually hate these kind of movies but this one was pretty good, yeah it was cheesy and predictable but overall done up pretty well.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Investment Tip

Everyone says the medical field is the place for jobs and investments with the baby boomer population

With that logic in mind wouldn't another good line of work be funeral services? Just saying...

Friday, November 06, 2009

Reason to Work form Home #521432

Office shooting sprees.



Thanks MB for bring this word to my attention I am hoping to enjoy a little Danish Hygge this weekend with you guys :)

One of the fundamental aspects of Danish culture is "hygge", which, although translated as "coziness" is more akin to "tranquility". Hygge is a complete absence of anything annoying, irritating, or emotionally overwhelming, and the presence of and pleasure from comforting, gentle, and soothing things. Hygge is often associated with family and close friends. Christmas time when loved ones sit close together with candles lit on a cold rainy night is "hygge", as is grilling a pølse (Danish sausage) on a long summer evening. These examples, although they do not precisely define "hygge", can give an English speaker an idea of a deeply valued traditional concept of Danish culture

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Civil vs. Criminal Courts

The difference between a civil and a criminal case is fairly simple

In a criminal case society is trying to punish an individual for breaking the rules of society. They have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is guilty.

In a civil suit private parties are suing private parties for damages. The private parties win by preponderance of the evidence. (Who has more evidence)

It is why civil suits are usually easier to win.

Just thought I would share that distinction.

Busy writing papers on how to defend a business against a torte and the more I talk with people the more I realize most people don't know the difference.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Last Night

I have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately with all of the stuff I have to, school, stuff around the house etc. So stressed that most mornings I wake up and gag. That is right anxiety makes me gag in the morning when I think about all of the stuff I have to do. Well there is no cure for stressing about stuff like doing stuff.

Yesterday after work...

Read and prepared my home work.
Fixed the garbage disposal
Unload the trunk full of wood that has been rolling around with me
Cleaned out my car
Outlined a couple of presentations for work
Did laundry
Put all my clothes away
Cooked dinner
Fixed a lamp
and still had a nice unwinding session with a cocktail before bed.

This morning there was no gagging.

What we do today, right now, Will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows - Stoddard

I am working on it.

Today I am thankful that I have the capacity and will to change my life for the better.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

November ...

Election time is here I am pretty pumped to go vote today and see how the new instant run off process works here in Minneapolis.

Just like in the spring when you start to see buds on trees birds returning grass greening. I am starting to see the signs of a Minneapolis coming out of its economic funk. People smiling, being out and about, traffic is picking up. But what I am thankful for the most is that the current economic road bumps have allowed me to prioritize life in a more meaningful way.

Snow is coming but not yet:)

I am looking forward to the downtime winter provides, get some more reading done, some home projects, hopefully shut the TV off and just talk about life around a little fire with the Hot One.

They say the greatest sin a person can commit is ingratitude. It is something I know I need to work on showing and being. What better time to start then the month of Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Twilight = Creepy

Did anyone else think Twilight was really creepy? I mean I know he looks 17...but he really is 100+ years old. He is a 100 year old man that is sleeping with high school girls. Something about it just didn't sit right with me and was kind of creepy.

I mean where is the pedophile line? As long as you look young it is ok?