Category Archives: California

Please explain yourself, Minnesota

Today we were shopping for groceries when Paul noticed this display of fireworks in the middle of the store.  Yes, I said FIREWORKS. At first when I was looking at them, I had my California sensibilities in mind.  I thought they were mostly those harmless party popper and those little loud snap-it/pop-it white things. Upon further inspection, I realized these… Read more »

Springtime in the Midwest

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Apparently, Mother Nature isn’t just crazy in California.  She’s also nutty here.  Someone forgot to tell her that it’s late April and time for warmer weather.  So, now it’s snowing.  I know that I’ve seen people lamenting the fact that there have been blizzards blowing through the Midwest for the past few months seemingly non-stop. It’s all over the Twitter… Read more »

Booze Confusion

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Previously in a blog post or two, I’ve written about the random laws various states have with regard to alcohol. In California, it’s fairly liberal, I guess. You can buy hard liquor, wine, and beer in grocery stores. Heck, Target even has wine and beer. But, there are only so many liquor licenses to go around. The state does control… Read more »

Road Trip to Minnesota: Day 5 – South Dakota & Home

We woke up in Rapid City.  South Dakota has always had a place in my heart.  Members of my family are from the western part of the state.  It’s been one of my goals to visit those roots.  But, we had a bigger goal in mind…getting home!  So, we set off for the 10 hour drive.  Maybe it was only… Read more »

Road Trip to Minnesota: Day One

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Anyone who has ever moved as an adult hates packing.  Even though I purged and purged, I was still forced to leave crap behind in California.  The essentials, sadly not including wine, were all that would fit into my Beetle. In a frenzy, I had to decide what was needed (clothes for job interviews) and what could wait, (wine, fancy… Read more »

Goodbye, Sacramento. Hello, Minnesota

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The past two weeks I have been experiencing a lot of endings. Today I am unemployed. Work is over until I can find a new job or a new job finds me. I’m OK with this because I need a little break. Yes, it’s slightly worrisome, but I have a lot of beginnings to focus on now. Well, I have… Read more »

Spring sprang

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It’s obvious that Sacramento wants me to leave. It was 85 degrees today. What the hell? It’s snowing in a part of the country. Did you know that? Here I am sweating in early April. I hate sweating. One of the things I’m looking forward to is not being in an area of the country when it’s hot for a… Read more »