Off Topic Posts

Where I opine on topics unrelated to societal issues or politics.

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    Strange Food Combinations

    Have you ever seen someone mix two or more food items with each other and think “how in the world do those go together?” Or perhaps you have heard of a well established recipe that sounded utterly unappealing. Well, chances are pretty good that we have all experienced one of those situations. It is also likely that each of us has mixed a combination that someone else thought was kind of weird. I know that I certainly have a couple of combos that have raised a few eyebrows. My first time meeting my wife’s family I let it slip that I enjoyed eating Spam and peanut butter sandwiches. It doesn’t…

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    The Privilege of all Four Seasons

    Living in Minnesota, I have the benefit of experiencing all four seasons in their truest forms. Summer is hot (sometimes dry and sometimes humid), fall is quite cool, windy, and hosts a great deal of changing colors, winter is frigidly cold, blustery, and boasts an abundance of snow, and spring is perfectly lively, vibrant, and comfortably warm. Who could possibly wish to live in an area that only experiences mild versions of these? Each season brings with it an abundance of delights and surprises. Winter typically gets a bad rap in most places, but who can deny the pleasure of watching large snowflakes gently float to the ground? The serene…

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    NBA Players Have More Control Than Ever

    Traditionally, when an NBA player was signed or drafted by a team, they were likely to stick with that team until they weren’t wanted anymore. In recent years that has changed, now players have more power than ever when it comes to deciding who they play for and when . This level of influence has been slowly progressing over many years, but it got a big nudge by LeBron James when he decided to go to the Miami Heat in 2010 as part of the “Big Three”. A super team formed by himself and two other all-star players, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. Recently, Kevin Durant collaborated with Draymond Green…

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    No Home is Perfect

    I am currently attempting to find a place in my house to hang a shelf I just finished building. This shelf was originally made to fit in a specific area, but it now must find a new home. The tricky aspect of this venture is that it is quite difficult to locate studs in my house. Our home was built in 1912 and the interior walls are made of a layer of lathe board coated with about 5/8″ of plaster. Any electric stud finder I use will find studs everywhere because it senses the lathe board that holds up the plaster. Magnets have a difficult time sensing the nails that…

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    The Joy of Rain

    For many people, a rainy day is a “droopy” and depressing day. However, for some of us, a rainy day has a more pleasing affect on our moods. We might feel invigorated, with new energy coursing through our veins or perhaps a more calming, content frame of mind. I myself am of the calm and contented variety when rain is trickling down my window panes or pounding against my roof. I enjoy the muted colors of the trees, streets, and houses around me while it rains. They may look gloomy to some, but to me they look earthy and real. More than the colors, I enjoy the sounds of rain.…

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    Demarcus Cousins

    During this 2018 NBA offseason the Goldenstate Warriors signed center Demarcus Cousins to a contract worth about $5 million dollars a year. This signing caused many in the basketball community to throw up their hands and emphatically declare “Goldenstate just broke the NBA!” Demarcus Cousins is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, centers in all of basketball. He is an excellent rebounder, paint defender, has a nice touch around the rim and can even step out and knock down three-pointers. He is a dominating force and an NBA all-star. He will be joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant…who are also each…

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    My Challenge With Woodworking

    A couple of months before the summer of 2015 my wife and I decided to start homeschooling our then three children. Due to my lower earning potential and my wife’s greater desire to work, I was selected to be the one to stay home and oversee the education of our kids. I suddenly had more downtime on my hands as I couldn’t fill my days with activities because I had to be available in case my kids had questions. I inevitably found myself on YouTube. On YouTube I discovered a “Maker” named Jimmy Diresta. His videos were sped up, thus taking less time to watch them, but he still made…

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    A Second Chance

    I stopped watching professional basketball a few years ago, I even stopped checking basketball news online. One of the biggest factors in my decision to stop was the seemingly ever-expanding egos of it’s players. However, upon further reflection I have gradually begun to expose myself to the NBA once more. You see, I came to the realization that many of these basketball players (this goes for other professional sports as well) have been told how great they are from an early age. The majority of them were some form of high school standout, complete with media coverage of their games. For instance, LeBron James was being hyped as the next…

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    Something Old, Something New

    I have never had my own blog or website before. However, whether they were reasonable or not, I have always had my own opinions. So I decided to combine my prolific experience in forming and expressing my opinions with my inexperience in owning and operating a website. Hopefully I will learn plenty of new and exciting skills while also honing the ones I already posses. Thank you for reading.