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27 NovHappy Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

I want to wish you all a very special Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday. I love getting together with family, having lots of food, and keeping up with family traditions. Every day after Thanksgiving we bake Christmas cookies with my Mom and sample em as we go. It is really fun to bake and every year we bake all the same cookies and sometimes try a new recipe.

Our Thanksgiving menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, my sister Jeanne’s vegetable salad, 7 layer jello (I made it this year), corn, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes (for my Dad), and rolls. For dessert my sister Jeanne brings pie of some sort but 1 pumpkin of course.

We watch some football, eat, and have lots of family time. It’s a great day.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

26 NovSubstitute What?

Check out how this customer wanted to order and wanted it put in their very own to go boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There can be many times when you are on the job and you wonder, “What the heck are these people thinking?” This is a common thought in the restaurant industry in which I am very familiar.

Here’s why.

Despite the menu people have some crazy ideas as to how they can change the menu to get things to suit their fancy. Here is a list of some of my restaurant pet peeves.

1. Crazy substitutions, people think despite whatever the item has listed they could add whatever else they want that maybe in the entire restaurant to change the item completely.

2. Changing the To-Go Boxes. Restaurants do supply the to go box and when customers think they can have the item wrapped up to go however they want. How about you take the to go box or just not take your item at all.

3. Ordering Dinner at Lunch. Some restaurants have a lunch and dinner menu. Here’s a shocker, people try to order dinner items at lunch. NO people it’s lunch time. You can choose items on the lunch menu. If you want dinner come back at dinner time.

Thanks all for letting me getting my vent on.

08 NovWho’s News is More Important…

In early September, 20 UMD football players made the news after they were issued citations for attending a party that had alcohol. All the local news channels gobbled up this story and ran with it. Head Coach Curt Wiese had a press conference, questions were answered and players were punished accordingly. No players were suspended indefinitely, but some did lose part of their scholarship.

Just a couple weeks back seven St. Scholastica female soccer players were suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules. They didn’t miss one game, they were off the team for ever. This story got about less than one minute of airtime. Where was the press conference?

First, one couldn’t argue in either of these cases on how good the teams are. The Saint soccer team is ranked #1 in their conference when they headed into their conference tournament, and everyone in this area knows the UMD football team is ranked top 5 in the nation. So, to say the success of the team plays a part in the media coverage I believe to be untrue.

Second, the big difference is football versus soccer. What does the public care more about? If the Saint players were given consumption tickets would there have been a big press conference? Would the news stations be pressing coach Reyelts? Probably not.

Last and what I would argue the most important factor in news coverage for these two stories is money. Does KBJR or WDIO want to use their resources to cover a popular sport like football or soccer? Do the news stations want to use their precious airtime for a big school like UMD or small UMAC power St. Scholastica?

In the end like most things I would argue money drives the sports coverage in this area.

03 NovIf AP Reaches a Deal

Word through out the internet is that AP is trying to reach a plea deal in his child abuse accusations. This is a very interesting development. What happens if a deal is reached and AP can come back to playing football?

What kind of suspension will AP face from the NFL? My gut says he will face a 6 game suspension which if starts very soon, AP possibly could be back from the end of the regular season or playoffs. Will the NFL suspend AP for 6 games? I say he will face some sort of suspension but it will be interesting to see what the NFL hands out.

If AP is suspended, serves his suspension and is eligible to play again this season what will the Vikings organization do? AP is or was clearly the face of this franchise and the Vikings are now trying to sell fans on Teddy. As much as it saddens me to say I don’t believe the Vikings will take AP back. He is clearly the best running back in the league, but he doesn’t know how to make some good decisions. Money talks and with sponsorship’s on the line the Vikings organizations won’t jeopardize that money and will keep AP out.

Weird for me to say that I think AP won’t play another snap for the Minnesota Vikings. But this whole scenario will be fun to see play out as a plea deal is very close to being reached.

21 Sep7 Kids with 5 Different Women

Times flies when life is really busy. I am very sorry to all my loyal readers for not posting in a super long time. I hope now life has slowed down I will be better about posting. Thanks for your patience and checking back to my blog.

As a huge Minnesota Vikings fan or not even a fan at all it is hard not to hear about the most recent news of AP and his child abuse allegations. But for me even more concerning is the fact that AP has 7 kids with 5 different women. Certainly AP has the financial means to assist the women in the raising of the 7 children but how can AP be involved in their lives to the extent that would make a difference. It certainly is possible but for all 7? Most likely not. This kind of behavior leads me to believe AP is probably not as smart as he tends to lead on.

Certainly we don’t know all the circumstances and I am not here to judge how AP chooses to live his life because nobody including myself are perfect, but common sense tells me as a parent, 7 kids with 5 different women is not a good for the kids. It also makes me question the morals and judgment of AP.

The future does not look very bright for AP with the Minnesota Vikings or even dare I say the NFL.

28 JunWhat are Duluth City Councilors Doing to Help Improve This City?

Golf Course For Sale???

I absolutely love golf and love the public golf courses in the city of Duluth. I have to respond to the latest article by Jon Nowacki from the Duluth News Tribune,  about two public golf courses in Duluth, Lester Park Golf Course and Enger Park Golf Course.

There has to be a better way than selling the golf course to solve the problem. It’s easy for the city councilors to make the citizens pay more for the terrible roads, all they have to do is vote on it. Or if the city wants us to pay for street lights all they do is vote on it. They are to eager to raise our taxes to fix the cities problems which seems like a cop out. Fix this problem with some hard work for once.

Why exactly are the golf courses losing money? I think Schintz brings up a lot of great points. Alcohol, time, and bad weather at the start of the last two seasons sure don’t help the courses to generate revenue. Maybe the city should fix these problems first or share with us what they have tried to fix the problem. If a business is failing you try and fix it with a new plan, you can’t keep doing the same thing that is losing money. City councilors please tell us what you are doing to solve the golf course problem in Duluth. Is anything changing?

Some times the way this city chooses to use it’s resources (our tax dollars) drives me crazy. C’mon mayor and city councilors.

14 JunHappy Father’s Day

My Beautiful Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to wish all Father’s a Happy Father’s Day. Growing up I never thought I would want to be a Dad. All I wanted to do was be a bachelor and just enjoy the time all to myself. But as soon as Emma was born all those cliches came into play. Being a Dad is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

Being a Dad certainly isn’t an easy job and some men decide it’s not for them. Some days are filled with frustrations and other days are filled with joy. But being a Dad certainly has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Even though my kids are young now I am super excited to watch them grow up, make life decisions and start families of their own. I am excited to support them in whatever direction they choose and not dictate to them what they have to do. I want them to have freedom to choose, and help them learn from their mistakes.

I have one of the best families a Dad could ask for and the future is very bright. I can’t wait.

See the tribute to my Dad at my other blog. Here is the link.

30 AprReaction: NBA Lifetime Ban Is Not the Real Issue

Reaction: NBA Lifetime Ban

Yesterday new NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced a lifetime ban to Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his recorded racist comments he made in the privacy of his own home. In the past Sterling has had other legal problems with regards to race but it is only now that his actions have dominated the
news.

Here is a link to the story in the Duluth News Tribune.

I’m torn about this situation. First, I do believe his comments are indeed terrible but the good part about America is we can all have our own opinion and have freedom of religion without government persecution.

Here is my struggle. Mr. Sterling was in the privacy of his own home when these comments were made and the comments were recorded without his knowledge. He wasn’t in public, he wasn’t sitting court side, he was in his home. Can we feel safe and secure in our own homes now a days? Apparently not, because almost every smart phone has some recording device that someone could use to take a video, take a picture and record your conversation. Should we have to fear having others in our homes because they might be recording everything said and done. I am not here to debate the lifetime ban, but I am very concerned about how this situation has created a precedent for conversations people have in the privacy of their own homes. I am very interested in what others think about recorded conversations in the privacy of their homes.

In my opinion, it is not a matter of if but when this type of situation will happen again. I also wonder if this happens to an NBA player next will they also get a lifetime ban? Let’s just wait and see.

24 AprNHL Officials Need to Pull Their Whistles Out of Their Pockets

Anyone who knows me knows I love high school and college basketball, but I do like to casually watch NHL Hockey during the regular season (mostly MN Wild) but to my wife’s surprise I do love watching NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Right after March Madness, NHL Playoff hockey might be the most exciting post season out there.

As I continue to watch the NHL playoffs unfold I continue to read and hear a lot of talk about how the NHL referees are not calling as many penalties as the regular season. This makes absolutely no sense to me.

How can officials not call penalties? Not only is this bad for the game but it also causes these playoff games to get physically out of control. Players are getting punched in the back of the head, excessive contact is happening around the net and nothing is stopping the players. A penalty is a penalty and if the NHL doesn’t want it players getting hurt from cheap shots they better do something about it. How about tell it’s referees to start using their whistles.

17 AprReaction: MSU Football Players Refusing to Practice

I just watched the news story about the Mankato State University football players refusing to practice for reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner. The statement read by the players said they would only play for the previous interim coach Aaron Keen.

My reaction is not about the charges against Todd Hoffner, but the what the heck are these players thinking? I have been involved in all levels of sports my entire life and I have never seen a situation where the entire team refused to play for a coach. The story said the university, coach Todd Hoffner, and the players will be meeting on Thursday.

How do these players think they can pick their coach? Some of these players are under scholarship and they are now trying to tell the university who they want to play for. Do the students think the school will continue to pay for their education if they don’t play?

I got some more news for you players, if you don’t like the coach, TRANSFER. If you don’t like the coach, stop playing. You don’t get to pick your coach and if the University officials allow this to sway their coaching decision and they make a coaching change it will be nothing but big problems. Other teams at the university might just decide they want a new coach.

I can’t wait to see what the university will do. What do you think?