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Earliest: July 28, 2003Latest: September 23, 2017Total: 102

December 21, 2009

Moving Tips

This past weekend I helped my brother move from an apartment to his new house. It was a lot of work, but in the end it made things easier for him.

Here's a brief list of what to bring when helping someone move::

  • Basic Tools - Screwdriver, Wrench, hammer and Pliers.
  • Cordless Drill with attachment for screwdriver and wrench
  • Water - Drink Plenty of Water
  • Snacks - Get a bite to eat.
  • Rope - You never know if you need more rope to tie things down.
  • Elastic Strap - Sometimes straps are easier than rope.
  • Duct Tape - Useful with boxes and closing bags.
  • Marker - In case you have to label boxes
  • Boxes - Go to UHaul, they will refund any unused boxes.
  • Band Aids - You never know if you will get cut.

If you are taking multiple cars make sure that you have directions to the final destination. Having a GPS is a good idea..

December 2, 2009

Hershy's Fudgey Brownies

Yesterday I made a double batch of the Hershy's Fudgey Brownies. It was pretty easy to make and I was able to clean up the kitchen very quickly. I added some mini chocolate chips to the batter to add extra chocolate.

You can get the recipe that I used on my food page. I also created a PDF version that you can print and follow along while your making the brownies.

These are really good and full of flavor, try a batch and see for yourself.

September 10, 2009

Sailing Terms

Some old sailing terms that I remembered:

When Tacking:
Ready to Bout. Hard a Lee

When Jibing:
Prepare to jibe. Jibe-Ho

Ah the good old days of being on the J22, Privateer.

July 27, 2009

Seth Godin

Really good advice from Seth Godin:

July 1, 2009

California Budget Issues

Wish I could just issue IOUs:

California's lawmakers failed to agree on a balanced budget by the start of its new fiscal year on Wednesday morning, clearing the way to suspend payments owed to the state's vendors and local agencies, who instead will get "IOU" notes promising payment.

I think creditors should reject the IOUs and demand payments and charge any late fees. Why should a government agency get any special treatment than regular citizens?

IOUs are not an option for United States Citizens and shouldn't be for the State of California.

July 1, 2009

Michael Jackson

Just heard on Imus in the Morning today:

According to Soundscan, 9 out of the top 10 songs are Michael Jackson songs.

Also:

Jackson places a record 25 songs on the 75-position Hot Digital Songs chart (21 solo hits and four with his siblings), smashing the mark of 14 charting titles established by David Cook in June 2008. Jackson's Halloween radio staple, "Thriller," moves 167,000, which is good for second place on the chart behind the 203,000 shifted by the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling."

June 12, 2009

Nutro Cat Food Recall Experience

In mid May, we purchased a new kitten, which we named Sox. We needed food and supplies for the new kitten so we went to Petco in Framingham, Massachusetts. We were very excited about the kitten and were looking for good food for her. We feed our adult cat, Fenway, Fancy Feast and a mix of 2 Purina ONE dry foods and a Science Diet dry food.

In the store, we were met by a Nutro sales rep that went out of the way to explain all the advantages of Nutro Natural Choice dry cat food. She took us down a couple of isles comparing Nutro with other products, Petco and Science Diet. She took products off the shelves and compared the ingredients with Nutro. She went out of the way to explain all the benefits of Nutro products. She even had pictures of her cats that were using Nutro products.

Based on her advice, we purchased a couple of Nutra dry cat food bags, one for Sox and one for Fenway. We also got some wet Nutro kitten food for Sox. Just before we left the store, the Nutro lady wanted to give us coupons but stated she was getting them next weekend, so she took our names and said that she will have them the next time we come in.

When we got home, we opened up bag we got for Fenway and mixed it with his other cat food. We then put Sox's food in a container to keep it fresh. We put the food in air tight containers because its a great way to keep the cat food fresh.

On May 21st, 2009 Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods. According to the press release:

Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile... Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® dry cat food product. Cat owners who have more questions about the recall should call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST.

The problem is that we don't have the bags anymore since we threw them away when we put the cat food in the containers. This evening, out of caution, we decided to replace all the dry cat food with new food. We purchased about $60 worth of dry cat food and threw out all the other food.

We are very disapointed with all the food that we had to throw away this evening. While we were at Petco, we told the guy at the store about the Nutro lady and he said, "Ya, that lady is a little crazy." Given our experience with Nutro Products, I think it will be a long time before we buy any of their food again.

June 8, 2009

Garden Time

On Saturday, we started our first garden. We decide to plant the following:

  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Acorn Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Sun Flowers

We purchased some of the plants from Lowes in Framingham, they have a much better garden section than Home Depot. We found it easy to find people around to answer questions, and they had plenty of stock.

If all goes well, we should be picking some crop by Wednesday, August 19, 2009. Most of the seeds said its about 72 days to harvest. A co-worker said that most people start their garden around Memorial Day weekend.

This should be fun, looking forward to taking care of the garden.

May 19, 2009

How Stuff Work Podcast

On the way to work I have been listening to the How Stuff Work Podcast. There's plenty of topics to choose from and each Podcast last as long as my commute.

I started listening to them after downloading their new spoken word album, "Stuff You Should Know: Super Stuffed Guide to the Economy." Its a good hour long talk about how the economy works.

If you looking for an alternative to listening to the radio, I suggest trying the How Stuff Works Podcast. You can find them by searching for them in iTunes.

May 14, 2009

Quote of the Day

Found this Quote in a book, thought it was worth sharing:

"I once complained to my father that I didn?t seem to be able to do things the same way other people did.
Dad?s advice?
"Margo, don?t be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.""
? Margo Kaufman