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Brett Groneman
Still looking for Waldo
Still looking for Waldo

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One of the triumphs of the modern world is the advent of online shopping and large numbers of reviews from product owners.  It's great that they have a critical mass of buyers and reviewers so that you can see honest reviews of the things from mostly unbiased people.  I also like the ability to then compare prices across multiple retailers without having to drive back and forth across the county.  And of course, there's "Free shipping" -- which we all know isn't actually free -- it's baked into the price of the thing.  But even with that, prices are often just as good or better than brick and mortar stores.  And I don't have to go drive somewhere to get it -- it comes to my house.  

Example: if I would have been smart and looked at Amazon reviews before I purchased a hand spreader a while back ( and seen the horrible reviews, there's no way I would have wasted my money at Home Depot.  The thing was a horrible useless ball of plastic -- but can you tell that information from seeing it on the shelf at Home Depot?  Nope. 

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Because Christmas. That's why.
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Okay humanity: Settle this trivial debate Katie and I have had for a while.
Without telling you who is on which side... when you're putting a baked potato together, which goes first: sour cream or cheese?

Fill out this one-question survey and let's settle this once and for all.

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An interesting comparison of her peanut IgE lab values before and after Oral Immunotherapy (OIT).

[Spoiler: They're improving!]

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While most of our garden flopped year, I am very glad that for whatever reason, the strawberries decided to do much better than ever before. It's nice to be able to go out and pick a small pile of strawberries every 3 - 4 days. This is today's batch.

It makes the otherwise mediocre tasting but healthier oatmeal I'm eating for breakfast much more palatable.

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A few days ago while the kiddos were playing in the basement, I dusted off the ol' laser pointer and shone it downstairs onto the basement floor until I heard the playing stop, followed by a "What is THAT?!"  

The light disappeared.  That was it  ...for a while.

Today, at dinner, we were discussing the events of the day, and I told Katie that I heard on the news that one of the red dots escaped from the red dot zoo.  They say that the dots show up in people's houses once in a while, but are very shy.  They like to tickle, but are also very good at hiding.

...And sure enough, my kiddo had in fact SEEN a red dot in the basement and told us all about it!

We asked her if we should name the red dot.  "Yeah" she said, "I want to name it, Sky Blue!"  

"...Sky Blue the red dot?"  


Good enough for me.  

I plan on the saga of Sky Blue the red dot lasting for a while.  They're only four years old once... :)

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I stumbled across a website that compared prices in 1963 and "Now" (  I thought it was interesting.  I have no idea how accurate it is, but it's at least interesting.  Nerdy as I am, I decided to turn these data into one snapshot to see all at once.

I will note that it does seem like a number of these comparisons aren't really equitable.  A 1963 $179 television and a 2015 $1,248 television are hardly comparable side-by-side, and the $1,248 price tag may be an average for today -- but when you compare the product of a $1,248 TV with any 1963 TV, it's not really fair.  Besides ... my 2011 TV cost something around a whopping $150 and is notably much better than a 1963 TV ever was.  

House prices also are probably not reflecting the price for an equivalent house.  I have no data there.  Just a guess.

I'm sure it's hard to capture all of the details like that for how a bunch of things have changed over time.  At least the dozen eggs are still pretty much the same though :)

It's interesting to see how other items have changed compared to the income change that as the benchmark.

I learned something new about my dreams as one of my little people felt it appropriate to abruptly yell out in the 4 am hour.  Suddenly I was brought back from my intense conference room discussion of something that seemed important at the time -- back to my semi-prone and horizontal position in bed.  As I laid there (the little person now quiet again), I realized in that little window between dreaming and awake that my dream was playing some score of appropriately-intense music for the dream setting.  I kept playing the music in my mind and realized that (to my memory) I've never heard this music before.  

And with all of the critical acclaim and expertise of my 1/3 alert mind, I decided that it was pretty good music too.

Apparently I compose music in my sleep to match my dreams.  Who knew...

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This is where I was introduced to that satellite orbit I'd never heard of that I was talking about last night.  Kind of an interesting website if you've got a few minutes to spare. 

Nerd question:  Life insurance.

I know employee sponsored life insurance is usually much less expensive, so I’ve opted in on that deal.  My question is, what’s reasonable for a non-employee sponsored life insurance premiums?  

To compare numbers:

Employee accidental death and dismemberment: $500,000 coverage = $245.96 annual premiums

Some ad I got in the mail from a company that’s associated with my credit union:  $500,000 coverage = $600 annual premiums.  Does that sound reasonable?

What secret am I missing in the life insurance world?  

And no, I know of no upcoming murder conspiracies.
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