A work in progress.

You’ll notice a change here today.  I’ve changed the theme and added to,  and cleaned up

the right side of the page.  And your first question is why?

Not only because I can, and I’m using this space as a test bed for a couple of other sites I’m working on or will be working on in the very near future.

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Veterans Day 2015


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Lake View.

View on a Monday of Lake Superior.  Basswood Island straight ahead, and Madeline Island to the right.IMG_2104

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Mid October in small-town America.

IMG_1889Mid October in small-town America, in this case, small town Wisconsin, is a time of change. Yes, the seasons are in full blown change over mode. We get mother nature’s wonderful color pallet of leaves, along with the cooler days and nights. Apple harvest has been going on for a while now and we’ve begun to taste the results of the local growers.

Along with the change of seasons comes another biannual change, the closing of many businesses for the season. We live in a resort town, population, according to the sign as you drive into town, 497. Things are busy and crowded during the summer season, and now that the 2015 Apple Fest is behind us, things have quieted down so as to not even hear the crickets.

I was having a conversation yesterday with a friend and the subject came up of buying local. Now, we as a local business do what we can to promote this concept. We do buy and feature local products and products from the state and surrounding area when we can. My friend stated rather emphatically that we should only buy locally for any and all of our needs. His theory or take on the matter was that if we don’t, pretty soon the local stores on which we rely will go out of business or simply close.

I know from our own experience that there is a noticeable price difference for goods and services in a resort, tourist destination town, and the metropolitan areas. Prices here at our local grocery store are about 10-12% higher than the town that is 14 miles away, and likely 25% higher on some items we purchase in the next largest town about 35 miles from us. The nearest metropolitan area is a full 90 miles, and a nearly two-hour drive or more depending on the weather.

From a business standpoint what is the right and proper thing to do. Do I continue to honor buying local at the higher prices, and, therefore, pass on the costs to my customers/clients? And then there is the issue of selection or lack of selection in the local area. I can find a wider selection of items in the larger towns and metropolitan areas, and that doesn’t even take into account availability of items purchased via the internet and shipped at little or no cost to me. Do small town businesses engage in a barter system? How about one price for the tourists and another for the locals?

Another small town living issue is the lack of availability of certain goods and services. Our town has no pharmacy/drug store. Our town has no local plumber or HVAC business. Our town has no CPA or accountant business. Our town has no small engine repair business. Our town has no national chain restaurants, and this is a good thing. Our town does have two commercial fishing businesses that do, in season allow us to have fresh fish, from the lake that is just outside our back door.

We’re learning that living in small town America, is a challenge not unlike living anywhere else. Here there are just some more issues and challenges to take on in our daily lives.

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Public School Failure?


Could it be that the issue isn’t gun control and is a the failure of our public schools to properly teach reading and reading comprehension?


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Sunday, a day of rest?

Sunday, a day of rest? That’s what I grew up being told and yet, it’s not happened in quite a while. Sunday, like birthdays and other holidays has just become yet another day of the week.

This rain that started sometime last night has finally stopped for a while. The local forecast calls for thunderstorms tonight so it will be a day of office and internet work. Living on Lake Superior, we tend to check the weather several times a day as our weather changes often. I am glad I decided to mow the lawns yesterday.

The elephant in the room is that I missed writing yesterday. I’ll be up front and say, it’s wasn’t a priority given the other things going on. I missed a day and we’re back writing today. I’m not going to attempt to make up for yesterday’s lack of 500 words. I might post a couple of other items however including this.

There were a few flying things around yesterday. An ultra-light was buzzing the boats on the lake close by the property. While mowing yesterday afternoon, I think I saw an Eagle fly by. The lovely and talented lady of the house says that she’s seen one as well. We’ll need to see where the Eagles might be in this area.

I’ve noticed that since we’re in a bit of a remote location, the importance of the internet and connectivity via messaging and video chat tools is an important part of our daily life. Skype, Facetime, Facebook Messenger to name but a few. I had a great chat with one of my many friends in India, last evening, our time. As the time difference is 10 and a half hours ti does make for good opportunities to chat. This also reminds me that I need to do some research that I promised regarding FMCG.

It appears that College football began yesterday and the NFL begins a week from today. As I said previously we’ll have to get use to a different set of games available to us.

Checking various news outlets, Hillary is still free, no one from the State of California or the city of San Francisco has been jailed, and Lois Lerner is still free. From the lack of sensational news reports, the funeral in Houston on Friday was a peaceful event as it should have been, and that’s a good thing.

Tomorrow is a federal holiday so no mail or other intrusions. It appears it will be a light week guest wise, with those who are here, staying for nearly the entire week. That makes things nicer overall for everyone. This will also allow us to address other issues here on the property.

Having this Chromebook, an iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, is a blessing and a curse. (HT: Monk) I am finding out that I’m making more use of cloud type services that are available. I’m by no means having the entire situation handled but we’re working towards that end. Google docs and their other services have become my default go to source.

I’ve noticed that this now five days of writing has become at this beginning, more of a journaling missive that just writing about something specific. While I like this so get my head clear and other thoughts down, I’m certain it will begin to restructure itself.

A couple of final notes on this Sunday of the Labor Day Weekend. If you’re calling me or for that matter any business, hotel, motel, or B&B at 9pm on a Saturday night, looking for a room, you’ve failed Planning Ahead 101. Just Sayin’. Also, is Jerry Lewis still on this weekend? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Sure Happy It’s Thursday.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sure Happy It’s Thursday.
Where has the year gone? Yes it’s September and that means fall is in the air. Ok, not so much fall here as humid and foggy.
This morning’s breaking news is coming from the NFL about the reversal of the DeflateGate, and now Tom Brady gets to play at the start of the season. Thank goodness this has been resolved and the entire minutia matter can disappear.
The other news matter that continues to drone on is Hilary and the continuing saga of her email. I can only think that all news outlets are milking this for all its worth to have daily content. The bottom line of this issue is that Hillary Clinton is in direct violation of 18 USC 793, the Espionage Act. That being said, where is the Grand Jury and or the Department of Justice, to begin prosecution? How long will the American public continue to let this travesty go on?
Baseball season is nearly over and seeing as we’re in the northlands this seems much more like football and hockey country. It will be interesting to see what sort of hockey games we’ll get on the cable here.
Being in the central time zone also gets a different perspective on any sporting events. I’m sure we’ll get all of the Packer games and likely the Vikings as well as both cities are within four hours of us.
This day three of this and I’m working to push through some writers block. There are plenty of other thoughts and ideas roaming around in my head and they are not in any sort of alignment to be able to be put to keyboard and out in the blog. I guess I can continue with the stream of random thoughts and observations and then there are the commentary on current events and such. We shall see.
I’m looking into Google Analytics and how that can assist the blog and get things moving. This is a completely new area for me so bear with me as I try new things out. I’m posting sometimes to both the wordpress site and the mobile Winksite, and we’ll see what sort of overall response comes out of that.
Something interesting in the technology area: Canon printers have a known issue with not printing black ink after a period of time. There are years of posts in a google search regarding this issue and from what I can see, Canon hasn’t bothered to fix the issue. Rather they’ve and some others have posted a fix which involves replacing the print head for your particular machine. Now, were I so inclined and had the free time to embark on just such a task, sure no problem. Given the current state of the economy of printers from any of the big box electronic stores or on line, I’m better off finding a new printer. Also, I’m not sure just how old this printer in the office is, and I’m sure that I can find a fully functional feature rich one that will suite me and the office just fine.

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Welcome to Wednesday.

Welcome to Wednesday, the day formerly known as “Hump Day,” and thankfully that marketing meme is over. Rain and more fog from last night into this morning, and as I write this, it continues to rain. I went to sleep with the sounds of foghorns on the lake and they were back this morning as well.
Some random thoughts and musings:
Is Flonase a medical treatment or a way to get us to learn math?
I hear ads on iHeart Radio about home phone service. Do people really still have home phones and if so what percentage of the population of the U.S., falls into this category?
Glen Beck continues to repeat a fact that 500,000 pages of new regulations have been added, by the Obama Administration, to the ever growing list of federal regulations. While this seems to be an overabundance, how does this compare to previous administrations at this point of their second term?
I saw, thanks to my friend Duane Lester that McDonalds is now going to be serving breakfast all the time. It’s great to see important headlines and news stories like this move to the forefront of the news cycle. We all need a break from “The Donald,” changing the names of mountains, and there’s certainly no need to be discussing the Iran debacle.

In passing, I am glad to see that Carly Fiorina is to be included in the upcoming Presidential debate. I’m not confident that CNN will be able to bring any substance to their viewing audience, the same as Fox News was unable to do so either. The larger issue here is the fact that the first primary isn’t until February of 2016, so this is, to put it in a sports analogy, all just preseason fluff.

Dinner is cooking away in the crockpot. It’s cool and rainy and so, in went some chicken thigh quarters, onion a variety of spices and some liquid. Covered and set on low, and dinner will be mostly done by later afternoon. I’ll do some rice and some veggies, and we have tonight’s meal and plenty of left over chicken for another couple of meals.
I’ve been posting more photos and some video to Flickr and some of the other social media sites to give folks a look at our world. Please feel free to comment and like or not as the mood strikes you.

Black Lives Matter has been an ongoing meme and news item for the past couple of weeks. I’m wondering just why this has taken hold of peoples conversations and news feeds. As a reasonable person, who can think for themselves, why are we segmenting our population. If we’re all just supposed to get along, why don’t “All Lives Matter?” As I read postings and news items, “All Lives Matter” appears to be as offensive as anything else that comes along these days. Again, as a reasonable thinking human being, don’t all lives matter? Apparently not depending on your upbringing and or political leanings.

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The 5 Best Free Instagram Analytics Tools

Yes I’m on Instagram and I imagine that you are as well. Am I using it to it’s full potential? No. These tools appear to be good ones to have.


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English: A collage of an image modified with 16 different Instagram filters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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50 Best Productivity Apps For iPhone.

Of course you need more apps for your mobile devices.


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