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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Why Are We Chasing Our Tails With Lawn Care?

My life over the last 25 years or so has occurred in the suburbs of Chicago where many of my neighbors try to take good care of their lawn. I don’t know if it’s friendly competition with the neighbors or the idea many neighbors want a green and soft lawn to enjoy — one must realize our growing season may exist for half the year so many enjoy it while we can. To that end, many of my neighbors hire ChemLawn and Scott’s Lawn Care to provide the 4-step lawn treatment during the Midwestern growing season.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Atlanta Transportation Foibles

I've driven through Atlanta plenty of times but have never stopped to smell the roses or azaleas. It's a beautiful late April Sunday in Atlanta so my wife and I and another couple decide to catch a baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta. Not knowing too much about the ticket demand on a warm spring day, we purchased them online before we headed into the city.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hotel Room Frustrations

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I ran into an old friend who recently got a new job last year. This new gig requires a fair amount of travel at least half the year and most of the travel occurs in the Midwest and sometimes into parts of the Ontario and Quebec provinces. Staying in mostly 2 and 3 star hotels (out of 5) has given him exposure to the typical hotel room -- the good and bad. He claims some of the challenges he's seen and experienced with hotel rooms (including the bathroom) are repeat annoyances. One may conclude his frustrations or annoyances are things he sees in different cities, different states and different hotel chains. For example, if he's only had one issue recently about malfunctioning curtains or pillow comfort, that would not be considered a challenge or a point of hotel inconvenience. I've includes some of the main frustrations and questions he has with various types of hotels. Perhaps readers of this blog could include some of their own frustrations?

Sunday, February 28, 2016

What I learned about watching the first NFL-AFL Championship game (Later became the Super Bowl I)

The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional football was played on January 15, 1967 between the Green Bay Packers of the NFL versus the AFL representative, the Kansas City Chiefs. For many years, the game's actual video footage was lost until recently. I had the chance to view this game over the last week on NFL network. This is what I learned after viewing those lost tapes for the first time.

Monday, December 28, 2015

VIVA WATER COOLER EVALUATION

So I purchased a Viva water cooler from Costco about 18 months ago and the retail price was $149.99. Shortly thereafter, I was sent a survey which I completed begrudgingly. I say begrudgingly because what do you really know about such water cooler a few days after use? With something like a water cooler, you have to "kick the tires" sort of speak to get a feel for the product - pros and cons.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mitchell Field (Milwaukee) or O' Hare?

MKE or ORD?

I live about 15 miles from the Wisconsin border and about 42 miles from Chicago's Loop. Mind you, if you've spent any time driving around Chicago, the amount of miles between two points should not be the focus. It's all about how many time it will take between those two points. For example, being 40 miles from downtown Chicago, if I have good karma, it may take 50 minutes to make the trip to the Loop. However, with special events, the white stuff, or rain can easily add 50-75 minutes to the

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How Does the 'Herd' Stack Up?

colinOver the last 6 months, I've listed to The Thundering Herd Podcast on ESPN radio. This is hosted by Colin Cowherd (or the 'Herd' for short). Many listeners have strong opinions about Colin. I'd assume those who are regular listeners probably enjoy his show and the types of guests he interviews. On the other hand, you may have other listeners who aren't big fans of Colin's although they may like his contrarian approach to broadcasting. Based upon listening to about 100 hours of The Thundering Herd, I decided to critique his podcast. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

How's The Economy Doing?

I'm no economist nor do I pretend to be. Being somewhat introverted, I love to watch activity and things going around me as drive, visit new or old places or when interacting with people. Therefore, I'd like to include some of my recent observations on the state of the economy. As some wise men say, you can learn so much more by keeping your mouth closed and your eyes and ears open. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Why Didn't I Listen To My Wife?

My wife wanted to hire a contractor to refinish our stairs, the gateway between our 1st and 2nd floor. The job was going to cost about $1,500. There was old, white carpeting dividing the stained wooden stairs from left to right. We peeked under the carpet, the wood certainly looked salvageable. Recently, as I climbed the stairs, I heard the stained carpeting crying out for a proper burial.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dear Folks from the Friendly Midwest,


If you are traveling to Central Florida, and especially Orlando, be forewarned – not everything is so warm and fuzzy in Orlando. 

Many at Disneyworld, Universal, Sea World and the Florida travel agency will have you believe that Orlando is Fun in the Sun. The theme part of Florida when smiles are as plentiful as gators. From my experience of visiting Central Florida every other year for the last two decades (relatives and friends to visit), the veneer is shiny and slick, however, it may take a few

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Don't Drop the Picnic Basket on Customer Service

My wife and daughter and I attended a fall event last year at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago, sponsored by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was a nice event, they had counselors and representatives from the School of the Art Institute talk about their college program. It was a beautiful fall day, and as the admissions director spoke, I'd sometimes take a break by looking outside through the large glass windows and consume the bright fall foliage.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What To Do About Voter Apathy??? Or, Do You Care?

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 6.57.58 AMI notice the article in the NY Times on the worse voter turnout in 72 years and what do I think? Can I even fathom the fact that it's been 72 years since our country had a more dismal turnout. First, about one in three actually took the time to vote. Weather may sometimes come into play, however, for the most part, that's rarely a strong argument. Second, I voted in this election and always make the attempt to vote in primaries and regular election. Even though I vote, it doesn't mean I'm always enamored by the candidates. Often, I vote for the candidate who has slightly less baggage or to whom I hold less revulsion. Regardless, I continue to vote, knowing it's a right many have fought for so I take it seriously.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How To Avoid Getting Killed On A Bicycle

indexRecently, the NYTimes.com published an article on a young woman who lost her life bicycling in Seattle. Being a cycling advocate, that quickly piqued my interest – according to the article, 726 cyclists lost their lives in the States in 2012. That article also stated that flying was much safer than cycling. In fact, there were no commercial airplane accidents in the U.S. in 2012.  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

TRIP ADVISOR CITY GUIDES – MONTREAL

rdTopLaurel_L_TMBefore I begin, my wife suggested that I give this software a trial - I was initially resistant although I did realize our week long trip to Montreal was days away and didn't have any other mobile alternatives.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Airline Drama – To Recline or Not to Recline?

According to the NY Times article, there was a recent disturbance on a flight from Newark to Denver where a woman was unable to recline her seat. Another flier who sat directly behind her had installed the Knee Defender, a $21.95 device on her seat preventing her from reclining. After a heated argument and the inability for her to recline, she threw water on this individual. Both were escorted off the plane in Chicago.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Good Service at Libertyville Toyota

Libertyville Toyota (image courtesy of Fox Lake Toyota) I’ve been patronizing Libertyville Toyota since we bought our ’97 Camry one year after that car was made. I’ve been exposed to the sales and service department a number of times. Speaking of sales, it may depend on the time of year or time of month but they may be willing to deal. Of course, it also depends on the salesperson.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Paris and Gnats...

PARIS AND GNATS
Some time ago, I spent about a week in Paris. A wonderful city and one that I viewed was more beautiful in person than in pictures, if that is possible. Besides the occasional communication challenges, the only issue I confronted were some of these pesky and obnoxious street vendors who would congregate around the touristy areas: Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, Champs-Élysées, Notre-Dame, and the Louvre. Often, they would pester and harass gullible tourist to buy mini Eiffel Tour trinkets, carved wooden elephants or other mementos from Paris.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello, This is Scott for Scott’s

This is Scott for Scott's
Over the last year or two, Scott’s Lawn Care company has hired Phil McKee of Glasgow, Scotland to help pitch their products to those lawn owners who perhaps want a lawn of envy. Phil is from Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and indeed Phil has the perfect Scottish accent to help sell this fertilizer stuff by connecting a Scot named Scott to Scott’s. He’s helping to convince those newbie suburban dads who may not know the difference between a drop spreader and a rotating one, what it takes to have a beautiful lawn.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Playing The Neutral Card Of Switzerland

PLAYING SWITZERLAND???

Isn't it cute when you hear the expression on sports TV about "playing Switzerland?" To some not terribly familiar with the country, the term and image of Switzerland conveys a land of neutrality, prosperity and idyllic place to live (militarily neutral and won’t join other armies even though they have an army and will defend themselves).

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Villages' Subway – Eat Fresh but Try to Ignore the Disgruntled Employee

There is a busy Subway restaurant a few hundred feet from Highway 441/27 in The Villages, Florida. Nothing remarkable about the interior or exterior – most consumers looking for a quick sandwich are typically not concerned about the lack of ambiance as it's all about the food.