Monthly Archives: November 2012



This firewood is stacked and ready for the seasoning process.

November 29th, 2012|Nature|Comments Off on Firewood

Meet the Parents


Mom, Dad and I stopped for a photo after a very full weekend working on my house. (Note: I’m getting better at using the tripod!)

November 29th, 2012|People|Comments Off on Meet the Parents

Light Fixture

Light fixture

Today was a busy day for home improvements: cutting the front tree limbs into firewood; learning how to operator a lawn tractor; seeding the lawn; painting the sub-basement; and upgrading some light fixtures. Let me just say that I’m glad I’m not an electrician by profession.

November 29th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Light Fixture



Tonight my dad, uncle and I took down my half-tree in the front yard. From the rings in the stump, we counted 26 years. It’s a bummer this tree had to go, but the electric company had already trimmed half of it. So, I’ll be shopping for a new tree or two come spring. On a positive note, I’ll be ready for bonfires.


November 28th, 2012|Nature|Comments Off on Timber…

Take the A Ramp



While not quite the same, every time I walk back to the A Ramp in Minneapolis, I think of Take the ‘A’ Train, a signature tune of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and composed in 1939. Except my train is my Ford.

This skyway has a similar composition to a photo I captured in May in Loring Park of the Whitney Bridge, one of my favorite images of this year’s project. I only stopped for 2-3 minutes to take a photo, but clearly my business suit-clad self was deemed a threat because it wasn’t long after that I heard the loudspeaker call security. No matter, I was done. I’ve had to work quickly before.

November 28th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Take the A Ramp

Dinner Mashup


Tonight’s dinner was an edible mashup of my recent resume: Wrigley’s gum, McDonald’s Premium Chicken Salad & fries, and Target Wine Cube.

November 18th, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Dinner Mashup

Scepter of Queen Frostine


I pass this railing in the Retek on the Mall building twice a day. Today, I finally recognized what’s so familiar about it … it’s the scepter from Queen Frostine’s card in the original Candyland board game! (Though not as tasty as this Candyland.)

November 18th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Scepter of Queen Frostine

Holá Arepa


More street food from the food trucks on Marquette Avenue. Today’s lunch was from Holá Arepa, makers of a Venezuelan sandwich featuring a flat, round, unleavened patty made of  cornmeal stuffed with meat and other garnishments. Estoy satisfecho.

November 15th, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Holá Arepa



Today, I participated in an annual fall ritual enjoyed endured by many homeowners. Yes, I’m talking about raking. After several neighbors had already cleaned their lawns with what I assume were vacuums, I was guilted into raking so the new kid on the block didn’t give a bad impression. On the plus side, I was pleasantly surprised by my Clog Free Rake.

As you can see, the electric company left me with a “half tree” in August after their aggressive trimming. While it’s hard to tell from the photo, I had 8.5 thirty-gallon compacted bags full of leaves, mostly from the front yard. I can assure you that this half-tree didn’t produce that quantity of leaves, so at this time, I’d like to thank Mother Nature for taking a dump on my lawn.

In fact, leaves weren’t the only thing I found on my front lawn. As I was scooping up leaves with my hands and pouring them into the leaf bags, I came across a treasure in the rough. And by treasure, I mean turd. Thanks neighbors.

November 15th, 2012|General|2 Comments

Aqua Green Begone


This photo isn’t going to win any awards, though neither was the paint color in this room. Aqua green begone!

NOTE: I’ve been taking daily photos, but am backlogged about 25 days! So watch for a slew of posts this week.

November 14th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Aqua Green Begone