Spring is here

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. It may be cold out and the ground is covered with snow but it is spring. The sun is warm and the snow is finally melting off of the streets. This is the time of year I like to start my garden. I start some plants indoors. It is fun to watch them grow. I start with flowers and in April I start with tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Each is very easy to grow and start from seeds.

Now is the perfect time to plan your garden. If you plan to put your house on the market this year plant flowers.


Happy St. Patrick’s day 2023

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Today is St. Patrick’s day which is a big deal here in St. Paul. The drinking and debauchery will start early and end late. There will literally be dancing and drinking in the streets.

Beer trucks started rolling into the neighborhood a couple of days ago. The tents are set up and the porta-potties are ready.

Oh, and there is a parade too. Starting at noon on Friday, March 17th, 2023. The parade will begin at Rice Park and end at Mears Park, the original route walked in 1967.

St. Patrick's day parade
St. Patrick’s day parade – Rice park 2019


Odd and even parking in St. Paul

snowy street
Snowy street in St. Paul – cars parked on the odd side during a snow emergency

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Most years I make fun of daylight savings time on the Friday before daylight savings time kicks in. It is always a worthy topic. Reminding people about daylight savings time is big among real estate agents.

I am going to skip it this year and write about odd/even parking. This winter has been a disaster. We have had a lot of snow and I can’t ever remember a time when the city did such a crappy job plowing.

St. Paul residents don’t make it easy. The street I live on has not been plowed curb to curb this season because of parked cars. They are supposed to move. The city has towed hundreds of cars and issued hundreds of tickets but that doesn’t get the street plowed. The streets seem to get narrower and narrower.

Starting at 8:00 AM today Friday, March 10, 2023, and ending on April 15th parking will not be allowed on the even side of the street in St. Paul. Theoretically, half of the street can be plowed if all of the cars are on one side.

That will make it easier for emergency vehicles too. Personally, I don’t believe that everyone will get the message or that everyone who gets the message will understand it. In fact, I will be surprised if more than half of the cars park on the odd side of the street.

In the good old days, last year, there was a schedule for plowing the odd side and then the even side of the side streets. It worked until it didn’t work. Let the games begin and as always may the odds be ever in your favor if you need a place to park.

Pay attention to the world around you

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I recently read an article where the CEO of a large corporation was interviewed. In the article, he advised salespeople to stay positive and to stop watching and reading the news because it is negative.

Of course, the people who have gotten wealthy from the labor of others want that labor to continue without distraction which is what got us into this mess in the first place.

Yes, there is a lot of bad news these days but it won’t go away because we ignore it. Unless you are very wealthy the bad news is impacting your life already.

This is the time to pay attention and do what we can to make the world a better place. It is time to take action. Positive thinking isn’t making a difference.

I recommend being a rebel and taking the day off from work to catch up on the news. Not cable news but actual news if you can find it. The old-school newspapers have news in them. Start there. Many are online. The big fat ones are published on Sundays and can be found in stores and in those little metal boxes around town.

Snow what fun it is

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Here is a list of the top 5 snowstorms in the Twin Cities over the last 100 years or so:

  • 01. 28.4 inches — 1991, October 31-November 3 (Halloween Blizzard)
  • 02. 21.1 inches — 1985, November 29-December 1 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
  • 03. 20.0 inches — 1982, January 22-23
  • 04. 17.4 inches — 1982, January 20-21
  • 05. 17.1 inches — 2010, December 10-11 (Final “Domebuster”)

I do remember each of these, especially the Halloween blizzard. That was made even more memorable by a drive to Illinois for my brother’s wedding three days later. It was snowy near home, icy in Wisconsin, and dry but cool and windy in Illinois.

We have had 72 inches of snow so far this winter. The average snowfall amount for a winter season is 52-55 inches.  It is nice to be above average.:) Winter isn’t over yet there is still plenty of time to get a few more feet of snow but even if it doesn’t snow anymore this is already the 17th snowiest winter.

This week’s snow storms dropped about a foot of snow. Not a top-five snowstorm, or even a top-20. It came in at 21 which is close to being a top-20 snowstorm.

By some miracle, I was able to start the snow blower.  Now I have a path to the grill. Life is good!

snowstorm 2-21,22,23-2023

Trying to stay ahead of the scams


It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. There are a lot of scammers and spammers out there.  Yesterday I got an email that looked like it was sent by my bank. It said that my account was going to be closed unless I verified my phone number. For one thing, the bank wouldn’t do that and for another, the email advised me to click on a link. Fat chance.

When I examined the email address it looked real except for one missing letter in the domain name. I also got an invoice for over $500 that supposedly was going to come out of my PayPal account which currently has a balance of about $11.00. Again there was a link I could click if the invoice is a mistake. Fat chance. You can’t make me click a link in an email.

I got a text message about pictures from one of my listings needing some tweaking and a link to click on for help. No way.

The worst thing that happened was when I had a problem with this site and tech support told me to install WordPress. I know better as I was able to view the site and I could see the word press files on the server. The support specialist was fairly assertive about it too.

I came close to clicking on the link but I stopped and thought about it and decided that I would wait until today and call for help. That turned out to be the right thing to do. The site is up and running and I didn’t have to install anything.

Have a great day and try not to ruin your life or your business by clicking on the wrong link.