Neighborhood groups on social media

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I belong to a couple of neighborhood groups on Facebook and on NextDoor.  I don’t advertise in any of the groups. They are a news source and a chance to share information when I have it.

One of the most common posts I see in neighborhood groups are from people asking if anyone heard the loud bang, explosion, or gunshots. On any given day there is at least one such inquiry in at least one group or page that I participate in.

The second most common post is when the neighbor displays a video of a package or mail thief in the act of thieving. We rarely know for sure where the crime is being committed and even though these criminals are caught on video I don’t think they are ever arrested and have never heard of anyone getting their packages or mail returned to them.

All I can say is there are always loud noises in the area and they are rarely gunshots or explosions. Most of the time the loud noise season peaks around July 4th.  It would be nice if neighbors could work together and identify the neighbor responsible for the noise but that never happens.

As for the packages, cameras don’t seem to be a deterrent. If they were a deterrent we wouldn’t be seeing so much video of people stealing packages.

People also ask for advice in neighborhood groups. I don’t ask for advice or give it but those postings are an endless source of entertainment.

Join a neighborhood group on social media today. I promise you will get a bang out of it.

Peeps inedible but photogenic

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I noticed that some businesses are closing at noon today. I think I’ll do the same but I have to stay open on Saturday just in case someone wants to buy or sell a house. I rarely work on Easter and for the second year in a row, I’ll prepare a small feast for my household of two.

Happy Easter

Peeps invade downtown St. Paul

Peculiar signage

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. St. Paul is full of signage. It isn’t unusual to have to read everything on a clump of signs to figure out if a parking space is legal. People park, get out of their cars, and do some more reading before getting back in the car and driving away.

When I walk I see some unique signs that I wouldn’t ordinarily notice.

This one is somewhat of a mystery:

Survey marker

Yes I see the address I can write to for more information . . yet I haven’t . . written. I wonder why they don’t use email or text messages like the rest of us.

This sign leaves me with more questions than answers. Do blind people drive? Should I be walking on the other side of the street for my own safety?

Blind alley

My all-time favorite sign was in an elevator at a nursing home. It instructed people to “hold your cough and sneeze”.   As the readers of this blog know I am not a fan of punctuation but I just write a blog I am not responsible for signs in elevators.


That last pile of dirty snow

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. It looks like spring is really going to arrive tomorrow. It isn’t just about the date on the calendar but about the warmer weather. Sure we could still get another ten feet of snow but maybe not.

The snow pile is next to the Holiday-in on West 7th. It looks like they push it out of the parking ramp to form the pile. It is on the East side of the building and shaded from the afternoon sun.

There are various spots around town where excess snow gets dumped. Sometimes the snow piles can still be seen in July. Temperatures will get up into the 60’s this weekend. That ought to melt some snow!

snow – Holiday Inn on West 7th and Kellogg

The annual manipulation of the clock

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. This Sunday we will suffer the annual manipulation of time. We lose the hour we were given last Fall. It was borrowed time. It is a barbaric custom and a holdover from our distant agrarian past. Changing time makes people tired and crabby for a couple of weeks.

There really isn’t any reason for daylight savings time except that it does create a marketing opportunity which is why I write this post twice a year every year. I don’t want the increase in heart attacks and car accidents caused by moving the clock ahead to be for nothing.

Just remember to set your clocks one hour ahead at 2:00 AM on Sunday or maybe before you go to bed on Saturday. Call me sometime on Sunday and I’ll put your house on the market. Remember I am one of those small local businesses that people are being encouraged to support during the pandemic.

Spring forward 2021
Spring forward 2021


Beware of fake spring

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Today is national “unplug” day.  I guess I could unplug a lamp or something. I don’t want to mess with the fridge or the internet routers. Easy to unplug phones, laptops and tablets, they all run on batteries. Anyway I think the most important thing about today is the weather.

True Minesotans like to talk about the weather more than just about anything.

We are having some lovely weather here in the Frozen Northland and it will be unseasonably warm this weekend too. It feels like spring but it is what I call “fake spring” and it will be followed by “second winter”.

Here is a picture I took on April 14th, 2018

apri blizzard
April 14, 2018

It was a raging blizzard and I barely made it home.

Think of the weather this weekend as a short and welcome break or vacation from winter.