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First off, I drive a red car. Second, it is winter here in Minnesota and we actually have snow. I know that red cars are easily camouflaged by snow, so in the future I will drive more carefully.

For example, I will acknowledge your right of way simply because you have turned your turn signal on. I will even smile as you narrowly miss the front end of my car squeezing yourself into my lane.

Also, I will no longer assume that just because you are not in the left turn lane and you are not signalling that you do not intend to make a left turn. In fact, I will be sure to leave plenty of room so that you can get into the turn lane just before the stop light. Oh and since you are now in the turn lane, there is no real reason to use that pesky signal. We all know exactly where you are going!

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Try This!

Stolen from sueg

EXOTIC FOREIGNER ALIAS = Favorite Spice + Last Foreign Vacation Spot:
Ginger Jamaica

SOCIALITE ALIAS = Silliest Childhood Nickname + Town Where You First Partied:
President Fargo of the Tub Club

“FLY GIRL” ALIAS (a la J. Lo) = First Initial + First Two or Three Letters of Your Last Name:
DLoc (I just couldn’t do D.Lo)

ROCK STAR ALIAS = Any Liquid on the Bar + Last Name of Bad-Ass Celeb:
Vodka Farrell

DIVA ALIAS = Something Sweet Within Sight + Any Liquid in Kitchen:
Hugs Cola

GIRL DETECTIVE ALIAS = Favorite Baby Animal + Where You Last Went To School:
Kitty Moorhead

BARFLY ALIAS = Last Snack Food You Ate + Your Favorite Drink:
Peanut Collins

SOAP OPERA ALIAS = Middle Name + Street Where You First Lived:
Nicole West

For extra credit: PORN STAR ALIAS = Name of first childhood pet + last name of kindergarten teacher:
P.J. Bentley (somehow the detective name fits here)

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From the Minneapolis Snow Emergency website:

Day 1 – 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.(overnight)

A Snow Emergency is called during the day, and begins at 9 p.m. Snow Emergency parking rules NEVER go into effect before 9 p.m.


Park on non-Snow Emergency routes (streets NOT posted with a red Snow Emergency Route sign).


Do not park on streets marked with red Snow Emergency Route signs.*

Day 2 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At 8 a.m., Day Two parking rules go into effect.


Park on streets marked with red Snow Emergency Route signs.

Park on the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes. Check house numbers to determine what side of the street is even.


Do Not park on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency routes.*

Do Not park on parkways.*

Day 3 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At 8 a.m., Day Three parking rules go into effect.


Park on streets markedwith red Snow Emergency Route signs, parkways and the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency routes.


Do not park on the EVEN side of non-snow-emergency routes.*

Of course, the website does include a diagram, which makes it all the more clear….

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With the 4 inches of snow that fell yesterday, we were responsible for clearing the sidewalk around the house where we are house-sitting. Not a problem, g00fy_blonde had told me that he would take care of it. Unfortunately, after dinner, he wasn’t feeling so well (hopefully not a by-product of my cooking). He had told me that I should go out and help him because shoveling is such good exercise. He would even let me use the snowblower.

I went outside before he did and I couldn’t locate the snowblower. However, there were plenty of shovels around, so I grabbed one and dug in. It has been over a decade and a half since I last shoveled snow. After a half hour, I was regaining the feeling in my fingertips, but losing it in my legs when he showed up with the snowblower. It was a push model and the bar I had to press to make it throw snow was tight. It also didn’t clear the sidewalk as well as I thought it should. Oh well, I was able to get back inside quicker and warm back up.

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We totally vegged out yesterday. I was very lethargic, which was kind of strange. We watched the other two movies we had rented, Murder by Death (one of my all-time favorites) and the Italian Job (which we both really liked–may have to get the DVD).

It’s finally snowing today. I made it in to work just fine and I expect the drive home won’t be too bad. The roads were not well plowed this morning and there are two different schools of thought. Many are blaming the Governor and his budget cuts. The state cut back the overtime for the drivers, so they are not on the roads as early or as long as they have been in the past. The second group claims that the plow drivers are purposely doing a poor job in protest that their overtime has been taken away. For the record, it’s not really overtime, but comp time that is taken during the summer months. Either way, the roads are pretty slick, but at least it’s not frigid like last week.

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Yesterday was fun busy. The library had Robert Zimmerman speak on his book The Kitchen Boy (he wrote it under the pseudonym Robert Alexander). I had asked my mom to show up because it was a book I had enjoyed and I thought that we would have a poor turn out. We had over 46 people show up, which is good for our library. It was a very interesting presentation because not only had he thoroughly researched the history of the Romanov’s but he also was working in Russia during the 1970s, during the height of the cold war.

g00fy_blonde and I vistited my brother and his wife in Eagan on our way back to Minneapolis. We decided to go out for dinner at Hoolihan’s but there was a 45 minute wait. It was suggested to go to Al Baker’s. I jumped on that idea because I hadn’t been there before. I don’t think that I will be allowed to have the final say in the restaurant decision in the future. The service was beyond slow. We were in the restaurant for over 2 and a half hours! Most of that time was spent waiting for our bill!

g00fy_blonde stopped by Blockbuster and rented a few movies because we want to veg today. We watched the Battle of Shaker Heights, which was the movie from the second season of Project Greenlight. I really wanted to like it. I really did. But I can see now why the film wasn’t released in a large amount of theaters. I’m not sure if I even want to rent Stolen Summer. I kept wondering how I would feel if I was the director who really wanted to make the movie for the Battle of Shaker Heights (and declined to direct any other screenplay)and had to watch the final product.

Anyway, a good time was had by all.

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