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Kelvin Olson
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This is why I try to make reservations with opentable. But opentable.com wouldn't complete it this afternoon. So I just called. I spelled both names over the phone. Oy!
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In the end, my office PowerBall pool won $39. We've decided to "let it roll" in that the envelope will be tucked away and pulled back out next time the PB gets up a ways. Then we'll probably all/each chuck in another bit and run through the exercise again.

I feel a bit of condescending pity for the (probably) millions of people who played beyond their means, and now have to make difficult decisions this month. But as for me, that was quite a bit of fun for a few days. "Entertainment Purposes Only."
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There is no way that's actually true. It has consistently slid downhill since it became a microsoft product.
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For all musicians – check out the video on this new product, looks amazing – the JamBlaster by @JamKazam – http://kck.st/1PPAB6
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For some months, I've been on a "local social media" thing called Nextdoor.com. Had an interesting premise. Discussions not unlike those which happen on Facebook or Google+, but specifically geographically local.

But the two noisiest threads there by far were about...
1) People who claim ownership of cats (paid for their shots and whatnot), but the cats roam free, no collar. Ugh.

2) And another thread complaining about unreliable delivery service of the Sun Current. A newspaper. A printed newspaper... titled "Current". As if the title of the newspaper wasn't oxymoron enough, we're discussing it at length ON THE INTERNET.

What a waste of resources. I was hoping it would be another corner of the sharing economy. Or something else actually useful. Not so much. Deactivated my account.
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And a moment later, the (shadows of the) clouds roll in. In this one, you can see the water and cell towers I'd removed in the other one.
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On the one hand, I'm very irritated that the GOP is saying they'll refuse to confirm any Supreme Court Nominee put forward by Obama. They want the NEXT President to nominate. That's total BS. #FillTheSeat

On the other hand...

...any slim chance that we'll be able to see combined CSPAN and Comedy Central coverage of the confirmation hearings for a President Sanders Nominee to the Supreme Court... is a chance I'd like to take.
#FeelTheBern
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Hulu has given me (well, likely all of us) a Showtime Preview Weekend. Been semi-binge-watching Homeland season 3 since discovering it was more than just the season premier.

Took until the 3rd episode before it made me cry. Usually, that'd be bad news. But hell, it's riveting!
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Dear Apple: Please rename "Find My Friends" to "Locate Resources". I have co-workers and such who also carry iPhones, and whom I would often like to find, but I cannot reasonably invite them share their location via "Find My Friends" because - well - we ain't friends.
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Sorry, uncubed, but you're mistaken. Google Glass was definitely at least that obnoxious.
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Quick otc-med run @ Target. Remembering as I approached checkout that this is a company which CANNOT BE TRUSTED with credit card details, asked the cashier, "Do you accept ApplePay yet?"

Cashier says, "I ain' never heard o' dat. I dunno what dat izz. So I suppose prolly not."

So I used my google wallet MC debit card. Those idiots aren't getting my credit union Visa# ever again.
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iPhone Pano of a lake near my office - water and cell towers removed. Geese resting up for the night, another long flight tomorrow, I'm sure.
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Unfortunately, it was still rather gusty, so there are some pano-artifacts from trees moving at just the wrong moment..
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Bloomington, MN
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Eagan, MN - Richfield, MN - Roseville, MN - Bloomington, MN - West Saint Paul, MN - New Brighton, MN - Hopkins, MN - St. Paul, MN - Minneapolis, MN
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Big guy, huge motorcycle, average sized guitar.
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Tech Support, Release Management
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  • apifao.com
    Tech Support, Release Management, 2007 - present
  • Oracle
    S.E.III, 2005 - 2007
  • Retek
    Software Support Engineer, 2003 - 2005
  • Jefferson Partners
    Motorcoach Driver, 2003 - 2003
  • Werner Enterprises
    Truck Driver, 2002 - 2003
  • Flexstor
    Technical Support, 2000 - 2002
  • Internet Broadcasting Systems
    Content Programmer, 1999 - 2000
  • The Publishing Group
    Mgr. Technical Resources, 1986 - 1999
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Metro came out this morning for the second time in as many weeks. Furnace (at the old place where I don't live but some of my family does) was serviced by CenterPoint, but Mutt and Jeff took HOURS to get it running - and then it couldn't keep the thermostat satisfied. So it was my decision to give up on them and use someone else. First visit (day before Thanksgiving) found some fairly simple things - drainage plugged - that caused the initial problem. But clearing the plugged drainage didn't completely solve it. Still needed to order two pressure switches (one of which I'd replaced several years earlier). So first visit was 100% labor. That invoice was two lines. $119 for Service Call Diagnostic Charge. $69 for Labor. Total $188. Seems fine to me. Comes back today, installs two new parts. Spends less time. I get a one-line invoice: Labor Charge $290. Emailed him back, asking if I'd get a complete invoice later. Outlined why I'm wondering, including saying "3) No parts are listed." He sends another invoice, that *says* he replaced two pressure switches, but still only one line item of pricing, $290. I email again... "At the very least, how much were the parts? I'm not asking for the moon, (guy's name obfuscated). I'm asking for a normal, typical invoice where the parts are itemized, tax is listed if applicable, labor is a separate line item." I'm thinking WTF, has this guy never had an oil change and gotten an invoice with 19 lines on it with amounts? He replaced two parts. The parts are different. There should be two part numbers and two prices. I mean... DUH! But no. So he sends a third invoice. Describes the work he did on the top line. Then, 1 ... Two New OEM Pressure Switches ... 211.00 1 ... Labor Charge ... 79.00 Overall, the cost is fine. It stings, but it's fine. I *could* do some of this stuff myself, but I don't know enough about what's what. The guy is entitled to make a living. And I expect markup to be 50%, which is probably about what it was (googled prices of OEM Ruud Furnace Pressure Switches, and they were in the 50's). I just don't get why Metro is so friggin' obtuse about it all. Nice guy? Yes, very. Knowledgeable? Yes. Efficient? Yes. Thorough work? Yes. Just thoroughly $#!++y at the paperwork side of things.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A musician friend invited us to the debut show of an Elvis tribute band. Had never been to S&S, so looked online to see if it was a "only tombstone pizzas" sort of bowling alley. Most online reviews said food was good, staff wasn't so great. Figured it was worth a shot, as we wouldn't be in a hurry for our check anyway. Everything exceeded expectations. Staff was courteous, attentive, professional. Food quality was as good or better than bar-and-grill typical. We have no complaints, and would not hesitate to go again.
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Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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Charming, Friendly, Helpful and Delicious. OK, that last one was about the donuts themselves, rather than the gal behind the counter (at least, AFAIK). FRESH Strawberry Filled! I mean, not freshly made goo, but slices of fresh strawberry!! Basically a strawberry sandwich, with donut for bread. Simply awesome. Also very impressed with the restraint used in glazing. Too many donut shops seem to be competing for how thick they can coat the doggone things with glaze. Eww. For hand-made donuts, this place is *perfection*.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago