• Friday fun
  • Watch live or wait?

    Live on Facebook - right now

    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Last weekend I watched a “facebook live” video a few hours after it went live. The host was expressing concern because only two people were watching. There wasn’t anything about the video that made it time sensitive.

    I guess I don’t get it. Part of the reason we capture video and still photos is so we can save a moment or a memory. We can watch a video of a child taking her first step as it happens or two hours later and it all looks the same to me.

    All day long there are people posting on social media. Should I drop what I am doing and watch or look or can it wait until later or tomorrow or a week from now even?

    Life is full of interruptions but only if we let interrupt.

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  • One Tall ship

    Sailing on Lake Superior near two Harbors Minnesota sail boat

    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. The tall ships will be in the Duluth area this weekend. My husband and I once got to see them up close, while we were visiting Boston Massachusetts. They are indeed a spectacular sight especially when they are under sail. We attempted to see them in Duluth Minnesota, just once, and it was so un-fun that it is unlikely we will ever attend the tall ship events there again but I will never say never.

    I got the picture of a tall ship on lake Superior a couple of years ago. Usually they are kept under wraps and everything is carefully orchestrated so a person can not just have an unobstructed view of one of these beautiful boats without having to wait with the crowds during the official events. This one ship just came sailing by as we were in our car driving along the north shore of lake Superior trying to get home before the crowds of ship viewers arrived. The picture is priceless yet it was free and it may be the only view you or I will ever get of a tall ship sailing on lake Superior.


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  • Framing St. Paul


    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I have not spent enough time taking pictures this summer and I need to work on that. I have been working hard and when I am not working I am working. I bagged this one on Wednesday evening on Harriet Island before the storms hit. It was hot as hell, and not a dry heat either. The frame is part of a Minneapolis Institute of Arts exhibit that frames a museum worthy view of nature along with the National Park Service which is celebrating a 100 years.

    Have a great weekend and take pictures.

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  • Scammers hang up on me


    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I get phone calls throughout the day and most of them are from those automated calling machines and a few are from scammers.

    I keep getting this call about technical support for my windows. Each time I have gotten it the callers have hung up on me which is kind of backwards from how it usually works.

    The caller asks me if I have windows and then tells me that there is a problem with windows. I tell the caller that my house is very old and so are my windows and that I never knew there was technical support for them. Then I start to explain about how my kitchen window sticks and it is hard to open. I ask him if he knows how to fix it.

    The caller usually hangs up. I have read that there is some kind of a scam where “windows technical support” calls about a virus in the computer. The aim of the scammers is to talk you into installing remote software on your computer, so that they might then take control.

    I am not sure why anyone would want to control my computer but I guess they do. I stopped using the windows based computers about four years ago but I still get the “technical support” calls. When I had windows computers I was never able to reach technical support.


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  • I don’t know

    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Our St. Paul building inspection department is a great example of “unfun”.  I called the city department of safety and inspections to find out what the words ” To be wrecked?” mean on the property look-up site, after the address of a St. Paul home, and before information about a work permit.  They don’t know what it means. Unfortunately mortgage underwriters assume the worst in these situations, and would rather not approve a home loan.

    I totally understand why so much “un-permitted” work is done on St. Paul homes. The safety and inspections department can make a grown homeowners and real estate brokers cry and often do.

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  • It has never been hot before

    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. It has been hot the past few days and we have been reminded of that fact over and over via television, radio and of course the internet . I don’t think any records have been set here in Minnesota and in past years we have had hot days in July.

    I think we need to be reminded that we have cold days in January.