It’s graduation season. In Minnesota, that means backyard high school graduation parties every weekend from late May through June. Most of the graduates that we know are heading off to college this fall. Let’s all hope for their sake that they learn some useful things. I’m not sure that is actually the case. A study out this week says that the average college graduate in … Continue reading How Dumb Are College Students?
As I write this, the President is considering issuing an executive order authorizing a ‘gas tax holiday’ to purportedly alleviate the high cost of fuel this year. Gas prices are up more than $2.00/gallon nationally, so I’m not sure there is anything much to be gained by suspending an $0.184/gallon tax. Sorry, I try not to write about political stuff, but it’s hard to think … Continue reading Gas Tax Holiday? Why?
It’s been exactly one year since I splurged on my third vehicle. I added a Jeep to the BMW SUV and sports car I already had. When I was a kid, I thought that would be the perfect combination of vehicles: something rugged, something luxurious, and something racy. After a year of owning three cars, I’ve come to a different realization: three cars is probably … Continue reading Three Is Two Too Many?
After two years of full & partial pandemic restrictions, it feels like summer is really back in full force this year. The CV19 precautions had locked down a lot of the concerts, festivals, and events that summer typically brings. This year, the Thursday newspaper events listing for the weekend is fully-loaded again with car shows, new bands on stage, small town festivals, and blockbuster summer … Continue reading Summer Is Back … !
Well, I gave Biden some credit back in December for the nice bump that we had seen in the stock market in 2021. I felt obligated to, given how well the market had performed … +27% last year. Still, I noted then that I was worried that Biden wanted to be too helpful and that significant inflation was a real worry. He literally said “help … Continue reading Politicians Too Eager To ‘Help’
I don’t take a nap every day, but I’m not opposed to a good afternoon snooze. It’s one of the benefits of early retirement. After pulling out 7 shrubs, playing a softball doubleheader, losing a close tennis match, getting the Jeep in for an oil change, and going to 3 board committee meetings at our metro zoo – in just 24 hours – I deserved … Continue reading The Perfect Nap
They say we vote with our dollars, so I was interested when someone recently asked online, “What are you boycotting until the day you die?” The post had over 3 thousand responses, so I quickly tallied through a bunch until I had a good sense of the top ones people mentioned over & over again … The fact that many of these are the biggest … Continue reading What Are You Boycotting?
Exactly 50 years ago, this Racine (WI) Journal-Times piece described my Grandpa, Paul Klimek. He was a accomplished softball player and proudly kept this clipping in his wallet his entire life. This year, I’m also “a spry, 56 year-old” on the softball field. While I don’t pitch, I also went “three-for-five with the stick” and scored a couple runs in our season opener. Related: Thrill … Continue reading Spry At The Plate