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Plan Now…National “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” Is Friday!

By |2019-11-13T15:37:31-06:00November 13th, 2019|

I wanted to give you a couple day's head up. When it comes to cleaning out one's fridge, it can be a daunting task. Not a problem for me. As you can see, it hardly has anything in it. Two reasons for that: 1) I'm a single guy, 2) I just moved into the place a couple months ago and haven't had time to accumulate much in the way of leftovers. I don't require that much. If I've got water, beer, and Zing Zang to whip up a Bloody Mary, I'm good. I'm guessing your situation is a little different. "National [...]

Now That It Gets Dark At 5, What Are You Doing With Your Evenings?

By |2019-11-12T12:35:05-06:00November 12th, 2019|

Since it's been over a week since the end of Daylight Saving Time, what are you doing with the additional darkness? Arriving home from work after dark, and toss in some near-record cold, and you're limited on what to do with your time. Outdoor activities are out. You can't get any outside chores done either. So it's inside to do what, watch TV? I page through the guide provided by the cable company and as Bruse Springsteen said "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)" and I'm not one to watch something if I'm not into it. I don't have a girlfriend so [...]

Tomorrow Is “National Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day”!

By |2019-11-11T15:19:16-06:00November 11th, 2019|

Let me start by saying "I'm NOT a picky eater." I love food of all kinds and there's not many things I won't eat. Anchovies on pizza, I won't go there. I wasn't sure about pineapple on pizza until I tried it. I'm not a fan, but I get the combination with the Canadian bacon, it's pretty good.  "National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day" says to the Anchovy lovers we can do without them, thank you. So tomorrow, November 12th, get yourself a pizza with the works and hold the little fishes. This annual pizza holiday gets me and [...]

Don’t Forget To Thank A Vet!

By |2019-11-08T16:41:34-06:00November 8th, 2019|

I know you likely have a busy weekend planned. You may be off to attend a football game, heading out hunting, or spending time with family, whatever you do be sure to take time and thank a veteran. Monday is Veteran's Day. It's the day set aside to honor those that have honored us. Regardless of your political affiliation, religious beliefs, or where you're from, the United States is still the greatest nation on earth and still the home of the free "because" of the brave! Take time to thank a veteran for his or her service. Many of us have [...]

Snow Already?

By |2019-11-07T10:28:51-06:00November 7th, 2019|

A few days ago I asked about when we might get our first "measurable snow." I'm not sure what day you had in your office pool but I'm guessing not many had November 6th. I'm not from here so I don't know for sure but the first week of November seems early, even for Minnesota standards. A check of the National Weather Service website confirms my suppressions. The average high in November starts out at 50 degrees early in the month and drops to 34 by the end. The average low is around 34 early in the month and falls to [...]

It’s National Nachos Day! Where Should One Go In Mankto To Celebrate!

By |2019-11-06T14:02:43-06:00November 6th, 2019|

Today is National Nachos Day!  It's the day that celebrates the snack enjoyed at Mexican restaurants, sports bars, and sporting events across the country. Basically, they're chips and cheese. However, today you find them topped with everything from beef, pork, chicken, and then piled high with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and more! The name "nacho" is named after the person credited for inventing the snack. The story goes that Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya created the first nachos back in 1943. He owned the El Moderno Restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico. One evening after the kitchen was closed, a group of US military [...]

It’s National Doughnut Day! Who’s Mankato’s Favorite Shop?

By |2019-11-04T14:38:12-06:00November 5th, 2019|

Everybody loves doughnuts! Today is National Doughnut Day. One of two days actually. The fried dough is so popular there are two days to celebrate them. The National Day in June celebrates not just the doughnut, but also honors the Salvation Army "Lassies". They were the women that served doughnuts to frontline soldiers during World War I. It's not clear where the doughnut came from. One theory says Dutch settlers brought the doughnut with them to North America. Makes sense, they are famous for their desserts. They're credited for creating many American favorites including apple pie, cream pie, and various cobblers. [...]

Is Fishing Over?

By |2019-11-04T10:02:09-06:00November 4th, 2019|

When I told my friends and family I was moving to Minnesota they all razzed me about the cold weather. "You hate the cold! How are you going to handle that?" It's true, I'm not a fan. I guess I'll tough it out like everyone else. Then most would go on to say, "You love fishing! They have a lot of that there!" That's true too. That I am a fan of and I'm really looking forward to my first Minnesota fishing trip. I was hoping to squeeze it in before winter sets in. My question is, "Is it too late? [...]

When Will The First Significant Snow Storm Hit Mankato?

By |2019-11-01T10:30:19-06:00November 1st, 2019|

Now that we've flipped the calendar to November, most start thinking about Thanksgiving, hunting season, and other fall happenings. Some are already thinking about Christmas. Call me old-fashioned but I prefer to celebrate my holidays one at a time. To be honest, I'm not thinking about any of those things. Driving to work this morning I noticed a couple of snowflakes flying. I'm wondering when the first "real snow" is going to hit? I mean say over 3-4 inches or more? Coming from western Colorado where it averaged only 9 inches of precipitation a year, I didn't have to deal with [...]

What’s Your Halloween Costume?

By |2019-10-31T13:16:33-06:00October 31st, 2019|

There seems to be very little 'middle ground" when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. You have the hard-core folks that are way into it and dress up even at work. Then there's those that have no interest in it. I'm mostly part of the latter group.  There are exceptions. If I'm attending a Halloween party or event, I've known to be pretty creative when it comes to a costume. Two years ago I hosted a Rocky Horror Picture Show event at a local Grand Junction theater. Knowing that everyone else would be doing the movie character thing, and the [...]

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