Archive for October, 2011

Halloween Cross Crusade – Costumed Cyclocross

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Pumpkin Carving: Double Decker Nerd Zombie

Ralph was busy carving pumpkins today!

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What Actor’s Films Are the Highest Grossing of All Time?

Samuel L. Jackson, according to The Guinness Book of World Records.

Jackson’s films have grossed $7.42 billion over the course of his career. He’s acted in over 130 films…and has 5 more in the works.

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Book: The Rogue

By Joe McGinniss. I’ve read several books on Sarah Palin, and this is by far, the worst one. I was surprised at how much the book was about McGinniss and the fact that he was renting the house next door. For this book, McGinniss has a casual, very gossipy writing style.


I have already read most of what McGinniss covers in this book. I highly recommend “The Lies of Sarah Palin” by Geoffrey Dunn, which is a much better overall read.


McGinniss’ book has zero inside scoop re how she became McCain’s VP candidate. If you want a fascinating read on how and why McCain chose her, read “Game Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.

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Madison’s Capitol Building

The capitol sits in the middle of downtown Madison. The dome really isn’t a yellow-ish gold color, I just took the photo when the sun was hitting it a certain way.

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Madison – FREE Weekly Symphony Concerts at the Capitol

We decided to stay downtown when we visited Madison in the summer for a few days. Got in around 6 pm, dropped our stuff in the room and went to check the town out. Each Thursday in the summer, there is a FREE symphony concert playing on the lawn of the capitol. Pretty cool!

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Vegetarian? Best NOT to Eat at McKays Cottage.

Twice I’ve had to send my food back due to meat being in it [I ordered a vegetarian meal from the menu, so it wasn’t “special” in any way].

They bake their scones in the oven at the same time as their bacon!  So…you end up with bacony tasting scones.

Unless you want to bird dog the chef and hang out in their kitchen while they prepare your food, I suggest eating elsewhere!

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Bend – 10 Best Affordable Mountain Towns for Retirement

US News came out with their best places to live list.  Bend made it in the 10 Best Affordable Mountain Towns for Retirement category.

“Skiing, white water rafting, and hiking are just a few of the ways you can wile away your retirement in the Cascade Mountains. Only 22 miles away, Mt. Bachelor is Bend’s nearest ski lift.”

My hometown, Traverse City, MI made it in the 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012.

Water Views on a budget: Traverse City, Mich.

Dream  of retiring to a lake house? The Traverse City area offers more than  180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 149 large lakes measuring 10  acres or more. Residents can climb the high sand dunes and lounge on the  freshwater beaches at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, or  take a ferry out to the Manitou Islands. There are also plenty of  opportunities for boating on the twin Grand Traverse Bays. Housing prices in this lakeside city average a reasonable $155,715.

DISCLAIMER from Joan: There is NO WAY one can buy a house on the lake for $156k.

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Are You Leaving Your Facebook Password In Your Will?

One in 10 people in the UK leave their password to Facebook in their will.

Apparently Facebook makes it difficult for surviving family members to access the password of their deceased relatives.

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TV Show: The IT Crowd

One of Ralph’s students suggested we watch “The IT Crowd” on Netflix streaming. It’s really funny…I highly recommend it!

IT Crowd is a British sitcom based on 3 IT staff members, who are located in the dingy basement of their corporation.

I think this is geek humor at its best, but you don’t have to be a geek to understand it!

I’m sure only those who know the characters will find this youtube clip funny, but I’ve been watching it almost daily and it still just cracks me up.

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