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jjdm

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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2010 11:52:20 AM

Welcome to my home!!!!!

Have a nice visit!

Thanks for visiting!!!
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Farful
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 11:11:36 AM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
jj, Thank you! Routine exam went well. Won't need to see urologist again until next year.
 
Snowed twice in the last two days. We had a couple inches total. Can not complain.
 
Chipotle had a special offer yesterday on their Mexican food. Stopping back today for the freebie. Thought the food was tasty.
 
Have a terrific Tuesday!

[Edited by: Farful at 1/27/2015 11:13:45 AM EST]
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attitash
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 9:34:29 AM

Good morning Justin...mix of sun & cloud with a high of -9°C/15.8°F feeling like -15°C/5°F with the wind chill. One more work day & then a few days off to ski! Have a great day.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 6:40:20 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Thanks...thinking...will reply.

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
- Robert Benchley

Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives.
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Happy Tuesday!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 4:30:44 AM

Good morning Justin!

Still visiting... and waiting patiently.

Our low was -16° (-27°C) yesterday morning. Yet only -9° (-23°C) at 6,288' (1,916 metres) on the summit of Mt Washington. Glad to have the kero heater lit from 1 AM yesterday into this morning. The entire house is toasty warm. In fact it is tee shirt warm w/constant 23,000 BTU's per hour.

Got ready at 7 AM to visit Several Auto Body Shops for estimate for my Dart. It was backed into in front of the Lancaster P.O. Saturday, just before noon. Sadly two places have closed their doors. Perhaps permanently.

Drove to Littleton to go to an auto body shop run by Littleton Chevy. The owner of that dealership also owns the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in that town. Parts and labor are $534 in damages.

Took that estimate 7 miles further south to my Insur Agency in Franconia. They like that the cop that is investigating the hit and run took two digital photos and the plate number was written down.

Returned home 3 hours later w/instructions to phone the P.D. to get the name of the driver to call and get her Insur Co and policy number. Also to get a copy of the police report. Plan to do this Wednesday.

Had brought the pork ribs deep frozen outdoors inside to thaw all morning. They were nicely able to be cut to fit into the crock pot on my return. Added carrots, green beans and some homemade BBQ sauce.

Cheated and opened a can of kidney beans, added some molasses and real maple syrup. 4 hours later the ribs were ready to try. Very good sampling.Will save them and the 2 sirloin tip meals for another day.

The nor'easter is brewing well is southern New England w/plenty of snow falling. It will reach us this afternoon and into the overnight The Nat'l Weather Service in Maine cautions: "Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 10 PM Monday to 4 am EST Wednesday.

Above the notches the revised forecast is for 4 to 8 inches (10-20 cm) of snow and perhaps some stiff winds. Am well prepared w/kero and food if a king size whammy, if it does arrive.

A 100% chance of lots of snow into early tomorrow morning. Much more in southern New England especially on the coast.

The temp is 12° (-11°C) and should remain so.

Civil twilight is 6:38 AM EST. Night is 5:19 PM.

Sunrise: 7:10 AM. Set: 4:48 PM.

Length of day: 9h 37m. Length of visible light: 10h 40m. Tomorrow will be 2m 22s longer.

Have a wonderful day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 12:56:37 AM

Justin...been busy at work. I've been spear heading some machine expansion projects at work and we just finished machine one of two...start number 2 tomorrow! Hope you are having a great week!
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 11:06:25 PM

Good evening Justin

The snow event is over for us for now. We got less than 2" of new snow. Places south of Moundsville even got rain and/or sleet. Most of the worst of it is headed north toward Midnight Sun's area if it hasn't reached him already. I know he's ready for it.

Lady Bobcats have won two in a row. Got the official word from the girl who got 3 steals and 4 rebounds in her time of playing. She told me a really amusing story about the game where one of the other players got the ball from them and started down the court. Emily caught her. And by surprise. The team now sits at 4-3 with their next game, which I'll be attending, against Parkersburg Catholic on Wednesday.

Off and on flurries here. Temps in the low 20s.
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attitash
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 2:10:46 PM

Good afternoon Justin....mix of sun & cloud with a high of -10°C/14°F feeling like -18°C/-0.4°F with the wind chill. Lots of coverage about the storm in New England...potential historic reported. Have a great day.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 8:21:42 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Some of the quotes I'll be using this week may be ones you've heard before but as the puppies would say; arf, arf arf!

A Dog's Life.

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
- Unknown

Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.
- Unknown

Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies.
- Gene Hill

Happy Monday!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 4:46:13 AM

Good morning Justin!

Wishing you a very busy week. Looking forward to your update and a pic of Amber. ; )

Posted early yesterday then settled down to some Mixed Martial Arts bouts that were on youtube. Like to see them there as their website went to pay per view last year. Greed and a definite loss of their market share.

Was undecided on a fave recipe for the steak tips so a prep was winged. Cut strips less than ¼ inch thin and slow cooked them on the smallest flame possible in the OrGREENiC frying pan.

Made strips of bell pepper, onions, broccoli florets and sliced mushrooms that were nuked at 80% in the microwaved w/a tad of water to steam them al dente. Boiled a cup and a half of rice with crushed garlic and some onion powder while the food was being cooked.

Added a bit of water into a few tbsp of corn starch to create home made gravy from the fat and juices of the steak tips. The au jus was plentiful.

Two shakes of Worcestershire sauce were added, then diced garlic, slightly cooked. Used a pinch of Kosher salt and ground black pepper to increase the flavor.

In the end it was rice, strips of tender steak tips, carrots, from two days ago and the veggies mentioned above, Poured the au jus gravy on the rice. A super tasting lunch w/enough leftovers for two more meals.

Watched three of my fave shows on streaming Netflix then found and copied a fabulous recipe for Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya. Have enough of both for a terrific new preparation.

The Nat'l Weather Service of Gray, Maine has a winter snow watch for tonight into Wednesday morning. "hazard types... heavy snow. *Updated: Snow accumulation to 10 to 16 inches (30-40 cm) w/wind gusts up to 25 mph (40 kph).

Seems we will be having a good ol' nor'easter. A fine time to cook and remain indoors. Have 10 gallons (37.85 liters) of kero to add extra heat for the coming cold mornings and two full 96 gallon propane tanks. Good 'til mid March. Am ready for deep snow and to finally enjoy snowshoeing.

The temperature is now -16° (-27°C), with the high to be 19° (-7°C).

It is colder here than on top of 5,288' Mt Washington which is -9° (-25.5°C). The kero heater is on and warm.

A 100% chance of lots of snow tonight.

Civil twilight is 6:39 AM EST. Night is 5:18 PM.

Sunrise: 7:11 AM. Set: 4:46 PM.

Length of day: 9h 35m. Length of visible light: 10h 38m. Tomorrow will be 2m 20s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 1/26/2015 4:47:27 AM EST]
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 1:33:24 AM

Justin....hope you are well and your weekend was great!
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 11:29:06 PM

Good evening Justin


Thanks first and foremost to all who commented with thoughts and prayers this weekend for Madeline. God bless you all.

One story comes to mind. The day of her funeral it was a chilly day, but typical for late January. The service was held in a small Temple at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The sermon was delivered by a wonderful man in Pastor Dale. A longtime friend of the family. It was a packed house and we allowed Emily to stand up front with her late Sister as Mr. Dale gave the sermon. Not a dry eye in the place. When we left the temple, the snow started to fall briefly and then the sun came out. It was as if she was saying "I'm okay. I made it home."

Fast forward to 2008, her first birthday. We did dinner out and then went up to visit her grave. While we were there, we seen clouds in the sky in the shape of an Angel. They would go on to morph into a butterfly. Quite a sight to see after dark. When we left and started home, it poured the snow down.

Now on this past Friday evening. It snowed again enough to cover our backyard and it was those same fat flakes that fell at her funeral service. I think of her everytime they fall.

Thanks to all once again. You guys are the greatest supporting cast around even if we've never met in person. Your kind words mean a lot. See you tomorrow night.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 3:18:52 PM

Hi Justin, stopping by to check in and I see that you're as busy as ever. While most of the eastern U.S. is buried in cold and snow, here the Santa Ana winds are kicking up this weekend, with gusts up to 70mph. Yesterday I awoke at 3AM to the sound of my cedar Adirondack chairs sliding across the deck adjoining my bedroom. The motion sensor light was on steadily due to the whipping of the branches of nearby trees. Luckily no damage here, and the winds brought a high temp of 83 Saturday and 81 expected today.

It's been a sad start to the New Year for me. First my son-in-law's brother (age 49) passed away unexpectedly, and this week I lost two of my friends - one to cancer and pneumonia complications and the other to a heart attack following an infection that led to pneumonia. I fear that now that I'm getting older this is something for which I'll have to prepare myself, having to say "goodby" to those who are near and dear to me.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday. This afternoon I'll be watching the rest of the National Figure Skating Championships - men's long program. As you may recall, I'm quite a skating fan.
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Wrench9765
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 3:18:00 PM

Good afternoon Justin, what good news about you getting a key to the store, that's a big reasonable. Good luck, you have come a long way. I know your Dad is looking down & saying that's my young man & I'm proud of him & I'm sure your Mom is also.

At 5 we have free hot dogs at the club house, the women take different salads & some may bring cake, cupcakes or cookies. I made a big bowl of coleslaw & kept some out for us for tomorrow night with left over steak & baked potatoes.

Keep up the good work
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 8:48:10 AM

Good Morning Justin,
We have only one senior day a month except from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I don't know if other stores give the discount on everything but Fred Meyer certainly doesn't.
I figured a person has to ask as it cuts down on the discounts they have to give. Yes, I have gone to Customer Service before when I have forgotten to ask, and yes, it takes them a long time to go thru the receipt and put all in the computer by hand. The last time I forgot, was visiting with the checker, it wasn't worth it to get my discount so I didn't do it. There are so many coupons, etc., that it's easy to forget.
The age here is 55. Hummm or maybe 50.

Congrats on being given your own key!
That says a lot!

Your Sunday movie is "The Seasons of Life," written by BJ Morbitzer. The song is "The Summer of 42," performed by BJ Morbitzer. The video is presented by Steve Politte.

Wisdom given by a father to his 4 sons is applicable to each of our lives.

The text is large and ample time is given to read each frame.

NOTE: The first frame that appears is not correct. You must click on the arrow to start the movie at the beginning.

May you be blessed by viewing this thought provoking movie.
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attitash
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 8:09:18 AM

Good morning Justin...sunny day ahead with a high of -11°C/12.2°F feeling like -17°C/1.4°F with the wind chill. Off to the mountain soon. Last ski day before heading back to work...has been a fantastic week! Super that your furnace is all fixed! Have a great day.
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 7:56:40 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ "Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy!" ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

Have a great day!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 5:18:39 AM

Good morning Justin!

Am very happy for you that you were charged a fair,honest to repair your furnace. Wonderful!

Pizza was on my mind yesterday as well.Also was a supreme style. Had a slice for brekky and have the remainder in the fridge. Nice to nuke and eat.

In June 2002, SuperValu announced to restate previous financial reports due to accounting irregularities uncovered at its pharmacy division. As a result, shares of the company slumped 18 percent.

On July 12, 2002, SuperValu lost a lawsuit about employing improper accounting practices regarding the cost of goods sold for at least the past four years, and paid $4,000,000 for settlement. Yes, they are gouging to regain revenues.

A heary Congrats for getting your own store key. Woo Hoo!

Went to the PO. Walked not 50 feet and heard a crunch. Turned around to see a white SUV backed up solid against the front bumper of my Dart. Walked fast back to the car to see the other vehicle drive away.

Memorized the NH plate #, got in my car, and wrote it down on paper. After getting my mail a drive to the police Station was done. There is a touch pad for a phone device on the outside of the building.

A female dispatcher took the info down. In 10 minutes a cop came in his cruiser. He took two digital photos, my name, and number. Had asked if the lady could be contacted to settle w/o the Insur company. The dealer license plate bracket was smashed. Figured it was $40-$50 item.

Went to Shaw's to buy 8 oz bars and shredded cheeses and a 33.5 oz frozen Culinary Circle Rising Supreme Pizza on a w/e only sale for $2.99. Returned to the car and peaked at the front again.

Noticed a puncture in the bumper cover that was covered w/the sand and salt of the roads. Drove back to the P.D. and told the cop there was an update and he should see it.

After viewing the damage he gave me an accident report to fill at my leisure. Will phone the Co later and give the report Monday to my car Insur agent. Know the cover could be over $500. The Neon's was $800 replaced.

Cooked the pizza for the 20 minutes recommended while prepping mushrooms and spinach to add on top. Piled on the extra topping and loaded the top w/shredded mozzarella cheese. Was a fab lunch. $1 in food and $4 in propane to bake.

The temperature is 26° (-3°C), with the temp droppping to 22° (-5°C).

A 50% chance of snow this early morning.

Civil twilight is 6:40 AM EST. Night is 5:16 PM.

Sunrise: 7:12 AM. Set: 4:45 PM.

Length of day: 9h 33m. Length of visible light: 10h 36m. Tomorrow will be 2m 17s longer.

Have a splendid day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:07:54 AM

Justin.....if she is an IU fan, she will secretly want to burn that UK hat! LOL
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KHF
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 11:24:46 PM

Hi Justin - Congratulations on getting a store key! You keep advancing in responsibilities at work and rightly so. All is well earned by your conscientious, very dependable, hard work.

You and Claudie and TT have senior grocery discount days and we never have that here. I am envious. The only senior discount I get is at the health food store - 15% every Wednesday on everything except sale items.
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 9:47:38 PM

Good evening, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Aaron’s Gift

On Thursday, I ended up making chicken over rice for dinner. Mom and I always enjoy this delightful treat. Afterwards, we did some cleaning in the basement. Another car load of discarded items was taken to Goodwill.

Upon returning home, we decided to relax the rest of the evening. We ended up watching the movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.” We’ve seen the movie before, but not in the past couple of years. We enjoyed watching it!

After that, I slept from 12:15 am - 6:30 am. At 7:30 am, I went to Mass and from there to pick up my paycheck. Mom worked 9 am - 5 pm bagging shift at Al’s Karwick on Friday. Once I was home, I sorted through my money, worked on my daily tasks, and worked out. I also did some more reading for Business Ethics.

In the early afternoon, I took a nap from noon - 1:30 pm. Then I went out to run an errand and get a haircut. Later in the evening, I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm, in grocery.

When I first walked in, Jackie had a delightful surprise for me. Gary left me my very own store key!! After I was given it, I went around with the security person to make sure the key worked on all of the doors.

From 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, I cleaned and straightened up the Jello section. Then Isaac and I made sure the store was ready for inventory. For the last part of my shift, I filled milk and faced Dairy and Frozen.

When I got off of work, Mom made tacos and I made Mexican Fried Rice for dinner. Then I slept from 1 am - 7 am. Today, Mom worked 9 am - 2:30 pm bagging at Al’s Karwick. I worked 8 am - 3 pm, on U-Scan. While working that shift, I watched over the U-Scans, answered phone calls, gave out breaks, and supervised the Front-End employees.

At 3 pm, Jackie said that she wanted me sent home early due to it being slow. So I came home and took a nap from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. When I woke up from the nap, Mom and I went out for our weekly outing. We went to Wanna Pizza and had a large supreme pizza. The supreme pizza had pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and black olives. Overall, I rate the food and experience both a 8 out of 10.

When I returned home, I took care of my usual daily tasks and worked out.

attitash, thanks for the comment on my pic! Furnace issues are all resolved. :) I agree, they both have fantastic smiles!

Dino72, sorry to hear that about your friend. Your Jukebox song was a nice tribute to your daughter. :)

KHF, thanks for the congratulations for him! lol yes, I did get much accomplished on Tuesday.

MadDog, lol now that would be a complete surprise to her! Nothing exciting happening over the weekend. Next exciting outing probably won’t happen until my 21st birthday lol.

Midnight, thanks for the comment on my pic! The charge was just above $150. $50 for the part and $100 for the service. That is correct about Jeff; thanks for the congrats for him. I agree with you in regard to the why for higher meat prices. Sounds like you had a grand time at Lowe’s! Sounds like a wonderful movie that you watched.

TUrtLE, it’s good to know that my house is well insulated. Less money going to NIPSCO. :) It also helped not having temps below 0 when our furnace went out...PTL! Soon I think they might relax the policy, allowing you to not card those that look over 60. Every Thursday is Senior Day at Al’s. We don’t ask customers if they qualify, though some cashiers do. Reason is we don’t want to offend anyone that might not qualify. Both Front-End Managers that I’ve worked with over the past ~4 years have said that if we think they qualify, to give them the discount. Now that I’ve been working in the Customer Service Booth, I understand why. If a cashier didn’t give someone their discount, they will come to the booth and ask for it. We then must figure it out manually (sale items are not included in the discount). Lots of unnecessary busy work. Do you have any Lemon Meringue Pie? Or Key Lime Pie? :-)

Farful, thanks for the comment on my pic! I hope your routine exam goes smooth and quick!

Claudie, we had some sunshine today….felt nice!

Good night!
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 8:10:04 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

All the warmer temps and rain have now moved out of our area, and we're in for high temps 'only' in the mid-to-upper-40s (as opposed to the low 60s). We got a good dousing of rain yesterday, too...a little more than an inch at my house. Now for some drying out and sunshine.

Staying home today! :)

Have a great day!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 7:54:58 AM

Good morning Justin...heading to the mountain soon for another ski day. High of 0°C/32°F feeling like -7°C/19.4°F with the wind chill. Cloudy day with light, scattered flurries. Have a great day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 4:55:47 AM

Good morning Justin!

A Big w/e w/much to do, then much to write about. Enjoyed yesterday's post very much. Will be around to learn about your super w/e.

Woke up early yesterday, had brekky at 1 AM and saw my GB posts go fast w/o server delay, a fabulous combination for me. Saw "Serpico" staring a young Al Pacino in a powerful performance. It was released Dec 5, 1973. Rated R, 2 hr 9 min. Would call this a Docudrama.

Briefly, a neophyte cop in less than honest NYC in the early 1970's refuses to take bribes like everybody else. Appalled by the extent of police corruption, Frank Serpico goes to his superiors.

When he discovers that they have ignored his charges, he takes the potentially fatal step of breaking the blue wall of silence and going public with his exposé. "Who can trust a cop that doesn't take money?" Superb 5/5 stars. My second time seeing it. If you haven't, you should.

Thought about some specials and perhaps markdowns at my pal the meat mgr's store.Drove to Whitefield to buy sliced deli turkey breast for $3.99 a lb, sausage for $1.99 a lb,and chicken breast for $1.99 a lb.

Told him and the deli mgr about Shaw's in my town mistakenly offering St Louis ribs for $1.99 last week. That meat mgr probably lost $6,000 in revenue for his store.

Returned home to put the new food away and cook 25% of the sirloin tips that were $3.69 a lb a few days ago. Had it w/sliced potatoes, carrots and a bit of BBQ sauce w/Worcestershire sauce mixed in. Still looking fora fantastic recipe.Will have \to hurry before those tender tips age beyond cooking.

Remained inside for the rest of the day. The temp was 3° for the low and 28° for the high. Will see a bit of a warm up today before a return to below zero temps into Wednesday morning. May see a few flakes also.

The temperature is 8° (-13°C), with the high to be 34° (1°C).

Civil twilight is 6:41 AM EST. Night is 5:15 PM.

Sunrise: 7:13 AM. Set: 4:44 PM.

Length of day: 9h 30m. Length of visible light: 10h 34m. Tomorrow will be 2m 15s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 12:33:12 AM

Justin.....I see that some of my message to you was left off.....glad you got your furnace fixed and your new glasses! Hope you are having a great weekend!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 3:27:16 PM

Good afternoon Justin....another wonderful ski day under sunny skies with a high of -1°C/30.2°F. Could use some natural snow as ice is forming over time. Both Marija & Ana have fantastic smiles! Have a great day.
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Farful
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 10:04:31 AM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
jj, You are welcome for √ing out photos! My pleasure.
 
Have an appointment today at urologist's office for a routine exam. Hope the wait is not too long.
 
TGIF!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 7:54:41 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Your home must be well insulated for the temp to hold over that well. Super that the furnace person could there first thing in the morning.

Card Everyone, even me? Wow! "Everyone" may be an over reaction, but better to be safe. On senior day, once a month at Fred's, you need to ask for your discount. The clerk is not allowed to assume anyone is over 55. I know, not the same as carding for alcohol.

Today is National Pie Day.

National Pie Day, an unofficial national holiday, created simply to celebrate the pie. It is a day for all to bake or cook their favorite pies. Even more importantly, it is a day set aside for all to enjoy eating pies!!

National Pie Day History

National Pie Day was created by the American Pie Council. The American Pie Celebration began in 1986 to commemorate Crisco’s 75th anniversary of “serving foods to families everywhere”. The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age.
Fun Tidbit – Pie throwing:
Cream filled or topped pies are favorite props for humor. Throwing pie in a person’s face has been a staple of film comedy since Ben Turpin received one in Mr. Flip in 1909.

Do you have a favorite pie? What is it?

While you're thinking, how about a slice of cherry pie?
Maybe, you'd rather have butterscotch meringue?

Have you decided yet?
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 4:54:47 AM

Good morning Justin!

Sad to know that the furnace was not working. Heck you saved about $150 for a non emergency visit. Hope the charge was fair and reasonable. Unfair is Anywhere near $300, for a $30 to $50 part.

Nice to have your cavity filled be outta there fast and have new glasses for free. Would make me happy to start the day with all 3 positives.
Great college is going so smooth as are your days.

Like the subjects you are learning and your super high grades. Now ask Al's to pay for 3 hours or workouts per week at a gym. Ha Ha, what a riot!

A philly cheese steak. What a delish meal. Congrats to Jeff for becoming a deputy Sheriff, if I have that right. Sad that Tim had three folks pass away that he knew. Very sad week for him indeed.

Wise that Al's asks for ID. That covers everything. Did forget to mention each state has its own State Supreme Court Ruling on entrapment. Am no attorney. My take is to break the law, you are guilty and only have a prayer of crying one is being set up for a sting. Predisposition to commit the crime or not. In God's eyes, committing a sin is not obeying the laws. Even if a court/jury finds one not guilty. One must have a conscious in this world.

Rec'd a note from a pal in Wyoming:
"Higher beef prices are due to the lack of feed in southern states like TX due to drought and the resulting sell off of cattle as well as the large # killed in the Dakota the last two winters during major blizzards.
Owners haven't been able to replenish their herds because of the cost to do so. Going to be a while before things get any better." My take also has a touch of major corp greed from SuperValu.

Thank you for your excellent post and great reply. Both are appreciated.

The temp was exactly 0° (17.7°C) yesterday morning at 7 AM. We are on a slight warm up through Sunday. Then the night temps will return to below zero Fahrenheit in the evening. Using lots of extra propane on these below zero nights.

Left early to drive on the CT River Hwy to shop in Littleton. The entire river is once again frozen over. See no ice houses used to keep warm during ice fishing. Seems it is but a memory of days gone by.

Bought at the market was a huge chunk (two hands) of ginger root $2.50 a lb, avocados 88¢ ea, green beans just $1.18 a lb, cukes up to 60¢ ea, red bell peppers $1.88 a lb, jumbo eggs $2.25 a doz, and green leaf lettuce up to $1.88 ea.

Big Papa's Market Facebook page. Click on "See more" for some of their prices. Shopped at WM for couple of items. Passed on Shaw's. Their weekly and w/e only sale starts tomorrow.

Drove to Lowe's to fill out an app and rec'd the temp cc on the spot. Walked to the contractor;s section at the far end of the store. There was a gal and 5 guys hanging out shooting the breeze.

Asked how many sq ft the store was. Told them of my total hip replacement and wanted to walk the perimeter of the store. The gal looked in the computer and said the store was 94,000 sq ft. One fellow said it was 117,000 sq ft.

Was asked if a fresh brewed coffee was wanted. Said sure thing. Had a lively chat shared w/laughter and a 2nd cup was offered. Another fellow said come back any day and have a coffee.

They sure were friendly. Left them for a perimeter walk around the store twice. Figured it was a ½ mile. Looked at some 5' x 8' carpet that were in a discounted section.

Walked around the store,looked at other items, and thought about the carpet to replace the one under my kitchen table. Grabbed a giant shopping cart went for the carpet added it,then went to the seasonal section to purchase 2 5 gal cans of K-1 hero.

Had a 10% discount on my first purchase. Spent $180 on the kero along w/the nice tightly weaved carpet. It is so tight it will not easily see the table legs leave an imprint on it.

On the way home it was realized why so many smiles were rec'd at Lowes. Wore the local team's therma base soft shell winter jacket good for 20 below zero. Have worn it hiking in the mtns before, in the cold and in the wind. It definitely keeps me warm.

Made a deli sliced turkey sammie on a sesame roll w/leaf lettuce and cut strips of red bell pepper. It was delicious. Saw some of my favorite TV shows on Netflix until it was time to post. A fabulous way to spend a cold winter day.

The temperature is 2° (-16°C), with the high to be 28° (-2°C).

Civil twilight is 6:42 AM EST. Night is 5:14 PM.

Sunrise: 7:13 AM. Set: 4:42 PM.

Length of day: 9h 28m. Length of visible light: 10h 32m. Tomorrow will be 2m 12s longer.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 3:08:49 AM

Justin.....you are welcome! Nice water bottle......the hat.....she needs a white and blue one with UK on it! LOL

Dino...good song!
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:44:52 PM

Hi Justin - Nice that you were able to visit with Jeff and celebrate his training completion and being sworn in. Congratulations to him!

I agree that the company policy should be changed instead of stopping the rewards program to maintain fitness. I have read the statistics on how it saves the company in the long run, too, and it just is common sense to stick with it.

You had a good day with a quick fix for the furnace, glasses all fixed and tooth filled in minimal time.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:45:32 PM

Good evening Justin

I had another friend that wasn't so fortunate. She sold to a minor and got caught. It did result in a hefty fine and I think she lost her job as well.

Dylan's game didn't go as well tonight, but he played some great defense when he was in. The Knights fell by a score of 53-27. The winning team this evening was called "Short Line" after the rail road in Monopoly. Not sure how they came up with it. I counted about 3 steals for Dylan and a few rebounds as well so he made his time in the game worthwhile.

I did Dino's Jukebox last night for a special reason. As many of you know that follow me here, Saturday is my youngest Daughter Madeline's birthday. The story behind her was that she was born January 24, 2007 to me and my ex Wife. She had to be taken while FMD was only 27 weeks pregnant. Madeline lived only 44 hours and returned to Heaven on Friday January 26, 2007. When you lose someone near and dear to you, you never stop thinking of them. Tonight, I decided on a different tune to wish her a happy 8th birthday. She may not be here physically, but she'll always be in my heart. See you Sunday buddies.

"If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" - Justin Moore
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 7:25:29 PM

Good evening Justin...perfect ski day. Sunny with a high of -5°C/23°F. Tough to leave! Will be back at it tomorrow. Sure hope the furnace issues are resolved. Have a good night.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 7:00:38 PM

Good evening, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Marija’s Gift

As I was getting ready for bed on Monday night, I felt very cold. I decided to walk over to the thermostat to see if Mom turned down the temp. It was still set at 69 degrees, however it read that the current temp was 60 degrees.

I turned off the thermostat and turned it back on. I heard the furnace click on like it was getting ready to start. However, it never did blow any air out. I told this to Mom and she called a furnace service company...one that we usually do our business with. Someone answered the phone, but said that no one would be in until 7 am the next day (since it wasn’t an emergency).

I ended up sleeping from 11 pm - 6 am. I woke up and saw that the temp only dropped 3 degrees, down to 57 degrees. I got ready for my day. Around 7 am, someone called saying that a service person was on their way. By 7:15 am, he was at our house.

After looking inside the furnace, he said that our ignitor was bad due to a crack. So he ended up replacing that. The problem was solved and the furnace started blowing air again. Happy to say that within an hour, our house was back to 69 degrees!

At 9:30 am, I had an appointment at my dental office to get a filling done. I was in and out of the office in 25 minutes! Amazing. From there, I went to the eye doctor to pick up my new eyeglass frames. After they put my lenses from the broken pair into the new eyeglass frames, I left...only took 10 minutes for them to do that.

I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. Since we were preparing for inventory, the grocery workers have been starting to block down the products on the shelves (anything that is stacked is unstacked to make it easy to count). That was what Isaac and I did from 3 pm - 9 pm. For the last part of my shift, I pulled expired sale tags.

When I got home, Mom and I had leftover chop suey for dinner. Then I slept from 12:15 am - 6:15 am. I gassed up my car around 7:30 am and left for school after that. Surprisingly, there wasn’t much traffic and I got to school around 8:10 am.

My first class is now at 8:30 am due to our group switching one of our online classes to the in-class version. In Managerial Accounting, the professor lectured on the basics of Managerial Accounting. It does make more sense having a professor explain things.

After class, Marija, Ana, Aaron, and I went to the cafeteria to relax during our break. I ended up munching on some poptarts to hold me over. In Business Ethics, the professor lectured on the theory of relativism. Then we practiced some logic problems.

In Managing and Behavior in Organizations, the professor spent the class finishing up his Fitness lectured. He began by talking about the cost/benefit ratio when it comes to businesses making their own wellness program. The ratio is $1/$3.48! Then he said the best way to get employees (almost 100% of them) to go workout is to pay them. That’s right, 3 hours of the work week spent in the gym.

He said this was done at IUN one time in one of the departments. He said that despite the employees having 3 hours less work devoted to their department, their productivity still increased by a good amount. Eventually, this program was ended due to it being against company policy. The professor says that if it is against company policy, they should change company policy. It makes sense when the cost/benefit ratio is $1/$3.48.

He concluded the class by talking about our Fitness project. He said to ease into a workout plan. He gave an example of how he got one of his friends to start working out. To sum it up, this friend, who was very unfit, began with only working out for 5 seconds a day. 18 months later, she was able to work out for 45 minutes.

After class, the four of us went to the cafeteria for lunch. I ended up having a slice of pizza and a philly cheesesteak sandwich. When we finished eating, Aaron left because he had things to do. So Marija, Ana, and I went to the library to work on some homework. Thankfully, we got all of the Accounting homework done (online assignment)….30 out of 30 points!

From there, I came home and saw that Mom was already home. She was suppose to work a 3 hour shift at my store, but ended up only work 1.5 hours since it was slow. When I settled in at home, I took a nap from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. When I woke up, Mom and I ran a couple of errands. Then we had the rest of the leftover chop suey for dinner. After the satisfying meal, I worked on some of my Professional Writing homework. We had to post on the forums, responding to two of our peers from week one’s forum posting.

I am happy to say that last night I finished all of my Christmas gift exchanges for 2014! Jeff and I went on a nighttime Christmas ride! We ended up getting each other gift cards. Then we caught up. Jeff’s training was complete, so he was sworn in! During the ride, Jeff drove to La Porte to show me where he works at.

When I came back home, I slept from 1 am - 7 am. When I got up, Mom and I went to do our weekly grocery shopping at Al’s. Mom worked 9 am - 5 pm today, bagging at Al’s Karwick. Today I took a personal day since Jan, Jeff, Tim, and I were suppose to have a Denny’s Night. However, yesterday Tim called me saying he had to cancel. It’s been a bad week for Tim since three people that he knew passed away. Tonight he will be going to a visitation for one of them.

Once I had the house to myself, I started day one of my workout plan. Since this is my first time working out since Cross County, I am easing into it. Later on, I worked on Writing Assignment Two for Professional Writing. I had to write a pretend e-mail updating my boss on a project. I also did some reading for Philosophy.

From 2 pm - 3:30 pm, I took a nap. After my nap, I visited Grandma, who was doing well!

KHF, thanks for checking out my Christmas gift! Yes, now our company policy is to card everyone.

MadDog, thanks for the comment on my pic!

Midnight, our company policy is to now ask everyone for their ID. Thanks for the comment on my pic! I did a little search on entrapment and Excise court cases for Indiana and this is what I found. That’s nifty that you make your own cleaning products. Very strange answer to your question of why meat went up. Hamburger, 85%, was on sale for $4.29 a pound. I’ve been watching the meat market and it looks like it’s been on a downward trend. I wonder when we will start seeing the decreases. I read your entrapment link...interesting.

attitash, thanks for the comment on my pic. ;) Nice that you are able to get some ski time in.

TUrtLE, thanks for checking out my Christmas gift! I’ll tell you one thing, the detective that did the talking to me was very intimidating. For a second, I wondered if I was the one that sold beer to the minor. lol, thanks for the last reindeer fact! Thank you also for the blonde jokes.

Dino72, Jan told me about the time Excise tried to get her. She did good though and did not sell the cigs to the minor. The kid didn’t have an ID and she said she couldn’t sell it to him. Good job to the Lady Bobcats! I’ve watched the “Back to the Future” Trilogy.

Claudie, thanks for stopping by!

trugasCA, thanks for checking in!

Good night!
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 9:59:30 AM

Morning. Smiles.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 7:38:38 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 6:58:27 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Snow Plow

Michael and his wife live in Minnesota. One winter morning while listening to WCCO, they hear the announcer say, "We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even numbered side of the street, so the snowplow can get through." Michael's wife goes out and moves her car.

A week later, while they were eating breakfast, the radio announcer says, "We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd numbered side of the street so the snowplow can get through." Michael's wife goes out and moves her car again.

The next week they are having breakfast again, when the radio announcer says, "We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park......", then the electric power goes out. Michael's wife is very upset and, with a worried look on her face, she says, "Honey, I don' know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the plow can get through?"

With the love and understanding in Michael's voice, like all the men who are married to blondes exhibit, Michael says, "Why don't you just leave it in the garage this time?

Happy Thursday!
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 4:53:36 AM

Good morning Justin!

Will remove the word borderline from yesterday's post. It is entrapment: "Arranging someone under the legal drinking age to ask an adult to buy an alcoholic beverage or tobacco products for them What is entrapment? A good quick read.

It was 8° below zero (-22°C) yesterday morning. The deep freeze returned. Seems the propane wall furnace came on every 2 minutes. My plan is to get my two 96 gallon propane tanks filled one more time in March.

That will last thru Oct and into November when the heating season returns every day. Really enjoy that propane is down to $2.479 this year. That is a $1 less a gallon than 1 year ago. In fact the lowest price in 4 years.

Remained inside to soak up the steady output from the kero heater. Left it on until noon when the temp rose above 20° (-6°C). Inside temp climbed to 76° that is w/the bdrm window open along w/the front door a ½ inch.

Researched beef and broccoli recipes for the sirloin steak tips that are aging in my fridge. Will worth the $2.69 paid for at Mac's Mkt on Tuesday.

Plan on opening a c.c. account at Lowes' and buying a few 5 gallon containers of K-1 kero to have on hand. They too offer a 10% discount on the first purchase when signing up for their cc.

Played Starcraft for some hours. Then settled back w/a chicken breast lunch, potatoes, broccoli, carrots bell peppers onions and mushrooms loaded with turkey gravy.

Saw on Netflix the action packed Terminator 2: Judgement Days (1991) for the nth time. It still keeps my interest 25 years later. Sfx are superb and still chuckle at some of the now classic lines the Terminator says.

Will shop at Big Papa's Mkt and several stores while in Littleton. Plan to walk the perimeter of some of the big box stores. Hip is down to a 2" small circle of soreness.

The temperature is 0.0° (-17.7°C), with the high to be 30° (-1°C).

Civil twilight is 6:42 AM EST. Night is 5:13 PM.

Sunrise: 7:14 AM. Set: 4:41 PM.

Length of day: 9h 26m. Length of visible light: 10h 30m. Tomorrow will be 2m 10s longer.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 1:54:58 AM

Hey Justin! Hope you had a great hump day!
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:08:50 PM

Good evening Justin

Lady Bobcats victorious tonight defeating Williamstown 44-40. Emily didn't get any playing time, but she did get the best seat in the house cheering on her team. It's always great to hear how much she's into the games. They are now 3-3 on the season.

I am doing this week's Dino's Jukebox today. We'll do the "Wild Card" edition next Thursday. This week we're going back 30 years to 1985. Ronald Regan was getting ready to start his second term as Commander In Chief after defeating Walter Mondale in a lopsided victory that was decided by around 9 PM in the east. At the movies, Michael J. Fox starred in one of my all time favorite trilogies. In the sequel, Marty and Doc go to 2015 to save Marty's kid from certain trouble. There were Hover boards, self tying shoes, and the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. Personally, I'll hold out for that Pepsi Perfect. Tonight's featured tune comes from that original movie. It's time to go back to the future.

Huey Lewis & The News - "The Power Of Love" from "Back To The Future"
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 3:37:43 PM

Good afternoon Justin....decided to use my 2 remaining days from my OT bank & ski this week as the weather looks good. A great ski day with a high of -8°C/17.6°F under sunny skies! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 8:14:43 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Stay

I pulled into the crowded parking lot at the
Super Wal-Mart Shopping Center and rolled
down the car windows to make sure my
Labrador Retriever Pup had fresh air.

She was stretched full-out on the back seat
and I wanted to impress upon her that she must
remain there. I walked to the curb backward,
pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically,
"Now you stay. Do you hear me?"
"Stay! Stay!"

The driver of a nearby car, a pretty blonde young lady,
gave me a strange look and said,

"Why don't you just put it in park?"

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:47:32 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 4:43:03 AM

Good morning Justin!

Borderline entrapment w/the alcohol sales. Makes a good argument of law in court.

Got busy around the house after my posts. Used the vacuum and washed the kitchen and bath with homemade orange cleaner. The best things about making your own cleaning products — you can create them to suit your own personal tastes, likes and dislikes. Plus they are 1/10 the cost of store bought and work just as well.

The simple ingredients are 1 or 2 citrus peels from one orange, lemon, grapefruit or lime, your choice, and 6 cups of distilled white vinegar. Combine the ingredients into a half gallon size container. Am using the empty vinegar jug bought at WM.

Cover with a lid, and store in a secure area (where children and pets cannot access it) for approximately two weeks.

During those two weeks swirl and shake the contents of the jar periodically. Strain the vinegar to remove the citrus peel from the liquid, and return to the jar to store.

When you are ready to use some of this natural cleaner, it will need to be diluted. To use as a spray cleaner combine one part citrus vinegar solution to three parts water, and place in a spray bottle.

To use on flooring, add 1 cup of the citrus vinegar solution to 2 gallons of water. Work as good as the store bought and it costs less than 50¢ to make. Works well to clean sinks, mirrors, windows, floors, wooden chairs, counters, toilets and bathtubs, and etc.

One would be throwing the peels away anyway. May as well use them to save and make a strong excellent smelling cleaner that is inexpensive.

Visited Shaw's to get more St Louis Ribs for $1.99 a lb. Asked the meat mgr is this was an unannounced special sale price. He said it was on the front page of the weekly flier. Looked for it several times.

Then brought him the flier and asked where this was located. He could not find it, as it was not there. Think he confused center cut pork chops for the low price ribs.

Stunned that 93%/7% hamburger was increased to $7.19 a pound. Even more shocking was 96% was a honking $7.79 a lb. Asked why. The answer, "Gas prices are low" And that figures in the cost how?

Stopped to get two dozen pieces of mail at my PO box. See NH just implemented renewing one's driver's license online. A four year renewal is a whopping $50.

Will take the drive to the Town of Twin Mtn one day before March to get a new pix for my license. Maybe even take a jaunt up an easy hiking trail nearby.

The temperature is -5° (-20°C), with the high to be 22° (-7°C). Definitely a kero heater morning.

Civil twilight is 6:43 AM EST. Night is 5:11 PM.

Sunrise: 7:15 AM. Set: 4:39 PM.

Length of day: 9h 24m. Length of visible light: 10h 28m. Tomorrow will be 2m 07s longer.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 2:08:15 AM

Hey Justin! Happy hump day!
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 11:32:31 PM

Good evening Justin

Here in WV the local Police will have kids go into stores to see if they'll sell them alcohol. A friend of mine was going to get asked until they found out he was old enough to buy it. He was about 21 or 22 at the time. He worked at one of the local carryouts and there was a kid that came in and tried to buy beer. My friend checked his ID per procedure and denied him. After the kid drove away we seen a city cop car pull away from across the street.

It is a Tuesday night here. My "Hump day." The Lady Bobcats return to action tomorrow night as they travel their furthest away from home to play Williamstown Middle School. Approximately a 20 minute drive. Not too bad since you can get on US 50 about 5 minutes from the school and follow it to I-77 the rest of the way to Williamstown. Dylan's team, the Knights, will play in nearby Paden City on Thursday. They were victorious last night winning 32-25.

Mild temperatures locally. Reaching the 40s of a daytime here. I'll try to get out to wash the car within the next few days. Take care until then.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 8:36:37 AM

Good Morning Justin,
left right, left right, squeak, left right, squeak.
I do like your new shoes, too.

It is good that you are able to put to use what you are learning at school. The combination should prepare you well for what is ahead after you graduate.
Whoops, the selling of alcohol to a minor. That experience you didn't need. Good that you were available to take over the register when the employee went home.

Today is the final reindeer fact.

Like humans, reindeer "wear" layers.

A reindeer has two coat layers: the undercoat is made of soft, fine wool that grows next to the skin, and the top layer consists of long, hollow guard hairs. Similar to a hollow-fill winter jacket worn by humans, the stiff top layer insulates the animal and keeps it warm against the wind and cold. These hollow hairs also help reindeer float. In other words, reindeer have incredible fashion sense.

Enjoy a Terrific Tuesday!
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 6:37:02 AM

Good morning Justin...cold day ahead with lots of sun...fair trade off! Off to the mountain...ski day. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 4:45:00 AM

Good morning Justin!

Super to return to the El Bracero for some beef chimichanga. Our local one is what is known as pretend Mex food. Anyone that uses hamburg in place of shredded 9pulled) beef is a phoney. The drinking crowd at night must support the expenses of this place opening at 11 AM. Seldom see cars parked in the lot. Says everything to me.

Enjoyed the read on your friends at work, college, and you exchange gift. Our local stores even ask those 50 and 60 y/o for ID to ensure compliance and no possibility of problems.

Had a fabulous laugh that Marija shared her new work out plan and you needed to sleep afterwards. Knew you understand what a pallet size is. Not so quick to load it in a vehicle.

See the ISS this morning in the East Coast at 6:47 AM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 61 degrees, Appears: NW, Disappears: E. See all the satellites in North America by checking out this link.

Went to bed at 6 PM on Sunday. Woke up just before midnight. Clicked on the Patriots.com site to see the results of the game. Was surprise to see the run away score. Thought the results would be more like 30-24 w/the Pats on top.

It was nice to finish my rounds quite early yesterday morning, be able to relax, play some StarCraft, and then take a pleasing two hour nap. Woke up when it was light. Did expect a good amount of snow. Forecast was in the 3-5" inch range.

Seems we had some snow, w/rain over that, then more solid snow to see see the big finish to the mild storm. Had prepared the Ariens snow thrower the night before. Unlocked it and had it aimed for the footpath to the driveway.

With about 1" of slush under 1" of snow, cleaning this shallow mess was not needed. Each step in the snow saw wet footprints. They will turn to ice this morning.

Decided to drive to Whitefield via US Rt 3. It was well plowed w/salt and sand was spread heavily. Great traction up and down the mtns.

Visited Mac's Mkt to discover my pal the meat mgr returned home the night before from his two week vacation. He took his g/f on a 9 day cruise in the Caribbean. Said the ship was beautiful, w/warm temps, and the cruise was just $700 each.

He gave me the low down on next weeks' sale prices on meat. Bought up instantly sirloin steak tips marked down to just $3,69 a lb. Have a beef and broccoli Chinese recipe that this will be used for. Slices will be cut thin and slow cooked in the frying pan.

Also bought 4 small split chicken breasts that had the weekly sale price of $1.69 a lb. Returned home to use the small crock pot w/carrots, green beans and the chicken breasts. Time for more homemade chicken noodle soup and some chicken w/gravy meals.

Snowed like the dickens just before returning home. Was glad to beat this new accumulation. Not much beats the sight of fresh fallen snow to me, except a pretty lady.

The temperature dropped to 15° (-9°C) this morning. Will see a break in the deep freeze of winter this week. Cold nights in the single digits, w/day highs close to freezing. Beats temps of -20° (-29°C).

Civil twilight is 6:44 AM EST. Night is 5:10 PM.

Sunrise: 7:16 AM. Set: 4:38 PM.

Length of day: 9h 22m. Length of visible light: 10h 26m. Tomorrow will be 2m 04s longer.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 2:10:29 AM

Justin....glad you got your glasses in! That's great! Nice slicks that you got from Ana!
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 1:08:22 AM

Hi Justin - Those are really cool looking shoes. How neat that you and Ana were each other's Secret Santa!

I know that having your grandma's cookbook is a treasure and it seems you are making very good use of it. I know I treasure some of my mother's and grandmother's that have some great recipes.

The beer selling to an under-aged person highlights how careful one has to be. I am sure it was a wake-up call to many.

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 11:33:24 PM

Good evening, everyone!

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My Gift

Before heading to work on Saturday, I napped from 1 pm - 2:30 pm. Mom worked a 2 pm - 6 pm shift, bagging at my store. I worked 3:15 pm - 11:15 pm, in the customer service booth. For the first few hours, it was pretty busy. I had to open up on the register for a period of time and I had a flow of customers at the customer service booth.

Around 6 pm, it started to slow down. So I counted drawers and wrapped money. By 7:30 pm, I had all of the U-Scans closed and the reports ran. Then I started pulling & counting other drawers and closed the customer service booth. By 10 pm, my last cashier left, so I cashiered for the last hour.

Thankfully, everything went really smooth and I was able to punch out at 11:10 pm. For dinner, Mom and I had leftover spaghetti and meatballs. Then I slept from 12:15 am - 6:15 am.

On Sunday, Mom and I went to church at 7:30 am. The Mass was said by a guest priest and I had the opportunity to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

Later on, I worked 10 am - 6 pm. It was a slower paced day, probably due to football, and there were only a few times that a manager was needed. So I was able to get lots of items filled in Dairy and Frozen. I also went through paper backstock and pulled expired temporary price reduction tags. I spent the last part of my shift facing part of Frozen and also checking for outdates as I faced.

When I came home, I only had time for a quick 20 minute nap. After waking up from the nap, Mom and I had breakfast for dinner (sausage and scrambled eggs). Then we went to visit Grandma. She was doing well and we had a good visit!

From there, I dropped off Mom. Then I went to Marija’s house in Winfield to meet up with my school friends. Ana, Marija, Aaron, and I proofread each other’s Writing One Assignment and then turned it in. We then each took the syllabus quiz, which was an easy 6 questions (I got a 6 out of 6). Lastly, I helped my friends with the Connect homework for Accounting.

Before leaving, Marija shared with us a new workout plan (21 Day Fitness) that she will be starting. She invited me to try the first workout with her. I did so. After working out for 30 minutes, I was so tired that I laid down and took a very quick nap. Around 12:30 am, Aaron and I (Ana left around Midnight) left to go home.

I ended up sleeping 1:30 am - 7:30 am. Since today was Martin Luther King’s Day, I had no school. I ended up working 9 am - 5 pm. For the first 5 hours, I watched over U-Scan, answered phone calls, gave out breaks, and made sure the front-end workers were doing their jobs. It was a slower paced day.

At 2 pm, the Front-End Manager had someone else watch U-Scan so I could do some detailed cleaning in one of the exit areas. At 3:15 pm, I was about to greet Jan, who was just coming in, when two customers came to the service desk.

They turned out to be two detectives that were Excise Police. They wanted to speak with the manager since one of our cashiers sold beer to a 20 year old (the two detectives set up and witnessed the event).

In quick summary, fines were given to both the store and worker. Have to be extra careful in the future as losing our liquor and alcohol license could be very bad for business. The manager called the owner and told him the situation. Cashier was told to go home and is suspended. So I spent the rest of my shift on register.

After work, I took a nap from 5:30 pm - 7 pm. When I woke up, Mom and I had Chop Suey for dinner. As usual, Mom did a very good job making it! Then I took care of several daily tasks and did some reading for Philosophy.

I also came up with a workout plan that I will be following. This is a required project for Managing and Behavior in Organizations. We are to complete the workout throughout the semester and at the end of the term, write a 1-2 page report on our experience. More info on the project will be given on Wednesday.

I saw that I got a grade for my Writing One Assignment….5 out of 5. So far I have a 100% in Professional Writing. For my Accounting homework, I got a 30 out of 30 on it.

attitash, that is not good. Sorry to hear about that. :/ Thank you for your comment on my pic. Good that you have all of your errands done.

KHF, that is true. The future role of technology, based off what my Info Systems professor said, is quite startling.

MadDog, I got a call from the Eye place today. New frames are in...I just need to set up an appointment so they can put my lenses in the frame.

Midnight, thanks for the comment on my pic! About a year ago, Katie and I went to that same Mexican restaurant and each had that same dish. Katie’s favorite one and she always recommends it. I have had plans to hang out with co-workers, including Katie, but they always end up not happening due to someone cancelling. I do give Katie a ride a couple of times a month. I am one step closer to getting Amber’s pic. She has decided what she wants to be doing in the pic. Thanks for comparing the 225 subs to something I would understand. Rain in your area?? Very minimal snow here, a lot less compared to last year.Gas is in the mid 1.80s here. I see a forecasted snow storm will bring out the shoppers. Same happens at Al’s.

TUrtLE, my Speech courses have taught me to speak slow while talking and to articulate each word. Have used those skills at my work place. As for how to deal with customers, I learned that all through the workplace. In fact, during my first semester of college, I had a manager stimulation that I had to do. At the end, the reviewers complimented my skills saying I did an excellent job and asked how I became so good. I answered “through work experience.” When I took my first Accounting class, I noticed connections between that and when I do Accounting work for the company (entering invoices into the database). As I continue with more advanced courses, I’ll probably learn more skills that I will be able to use at the workplace. Thank you for the relaxful Sunday movie. I know you are one that really loves the ocean. Great post on Martin Luther King Jr.

Claudie, thanks for stopping by!

trugasCA, we have plastic, paper, and reusable bags. Customers have many choices. That was what was wrong with old frames, the screws came loose. Though, it was time to get a new pair anyways as the lenses were dirty. Thankfully, they did fix my old frame (gave me new screws) and that is my back up pair. It has served me well over the past week.

Silverhand, thanks for the funnies!

Dino72, I've heard that song before...can't remember from where. Thanks for sharing! Nice additional shots. The group pic is my fav of the bunch. Good to catch up with you!

Good night!
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