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Upcoming Holiday Madness

[Holiday 2009] is just around the corner, and it seems that the retail industry is starting sooner than historically in plugging the sales, touting they’ll have lower excess inventory nearer the holidays, and to take advantage of sales sooner than later. I can remember growing up as a kid, getting just a crapload of gifts from all sides of the family, and from Santa, which was truly awesome as a kid, lots of new toys to...

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Where did fall go?

[caption id="attachment_447" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Current Weather"][/caption] We seem to have run straight from summer, back into spring, so do it appears with our recent weather. Where are our nice fall days to go out and view the leaves. We've had just over 3 inches of rain this month according to my weather station and it's only the 6th day of the month. What would you have normally been doing this time of year? Out...

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2009 MS-150 Bike Tour

[caption id="attachment_416" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Photo by Jim Scott"][/caption] Once again, this past June, I loaded up my bike, packed a backpack and trekked north to Proctor, MN for the MS-150 bike tour, just as I have done for the last 14 or 15 years if I'm correct, pretty much, since I've been able to drive. This year, the tour started in Nowthen, MN at the Nowthen Threshing Showgrounds so I was already a little excited to see...

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Hardwood Floors, Do It Yourself.

[caption id="attachment_383" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Photo by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] Since becoming a homeowner back in 2005, there have been a few things I've not really cared for about the house. I've decided that this year will be a good time to get to a few of those things, starting with the floors on the upper level. Back when the home was build in the late 60's, full hardwood was pretty common. The wood in...

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Flooding in Fargo/Moorhead – 09

First off, I need to say a big 'hats off' to all of the volunteers that helped with this entire process, from providing or moving food, filling bags, getting down in the trenches to shore up dikes, or doing whatever you could to help out, Thank You. Also, thank you to the men and women of any and all branches of service that contributed to this massive effort to work to save Fargo Moorhead...

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Bad Dream or Metaphoric Delusion

[caption id="attachment_344" align="alignnone" width="453" caption="Uploaded by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] In the midst of trying to have a peaceful sleep last night, I was rudely interrupted by the following dream. (Mind you, I had not been setting sail with the captain, eating odd foods or doing anything outside my normal routine) I was sitting up in Woodbury having some food with friends, I don't recall the name of the place, and I doubt it exists anyways because it was...

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Great day for reflection

[caption id="attachment_341" align="alignnone" width="447" caption="Uploaded by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] Today Marks the second Obeo shoot I've done for 2009, which I hope is a sign of the housing market picking up. One, so I can get out and shoot more listings and make some money, and two, to sell my damn house. I've got a few ideas to explore if I don't start getting bites on it soon, but I did just repaint a few...

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Tis The Season (for driving in snow)

[caption id="attachment_322" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Photo Uploaded by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] It's that time of year, if we haven't noticed, at least, those of us in the Midwest (and now other regions as well) Time to pull out that scraper and snow brush, find the mittens and settle into the drivers seat for the wonders of winter driving season. Here in the good old Twin Cities, we've had a fresh dusting of snow every other day for the...

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Mai Thai Cafe – Stillwater, MN

[caption id="attachment_310" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Photo uploaded by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] Tonight I ventured out to Stillwater to spend some time with the parents while there is an open house at Casa de Wiener this weekend. I really wasn't in the mood for any of the fast food chains, but didn't want to stop in Woodbury because then the food would be cold by the time I got to Stillwater. I picked up some gas at the local...

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New site launched – Drivers Beware

[caption id="attachment_301" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Photo uploaded by Tim Dachtera"] [/caption]   I've had this thought kicking around in my head for a number of years, and when I first thought about it, WordPress, formalized blogging weren't really around, nor was the concept of sending photos from your cellphone to a website.  The land before Facebook I guess you could say. DriversBeware.com is a simple notion.  If you run across (or get run over) by a crappy driver, post it...

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