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|Friday, July 17th, 2015|
|Saturday, July 11th, 2015|
Okay, the bad news is it turns out that I do have to mow my own lawn after all. But it's a very small yard, so it shouldn't be too much of an ordeal. I think I'll just get a little manual mower. This is something that I was researching last year when I started getting serious about the house-buying thing; there was a review in which the person who bought it said she lost weight as a result of using a manual mower. Potential bonus there.
The good news is, I got a fantastic deal on a 5-piece patio set. Hy-Vee is having a sale: 50% off. Didn't even have to put it on my credit card. Awesome!
In cute news, there's a tiny little baby bunny living under my front steps. I don't know if it's actually a baby or just a smaller variety than most of the other bunnies around here, but in either case, it's tiny and cute. Once I knew it was there and approached slowly, it let me get relatively close it before it scurried back under the steps.
And a firefly update: before I was watching them from the patio, which wasn't very conducive because they usually stay close to the grass. Tonight I was watching them from the lawn, and it was much more satisfying. I was burning a citronella candle and I didn't know if it would affect fireflies the way it's supposed to affect mosquitoes, but it didn't seem to bother them.
I really should be paying more attention to packing and cleaning and purging the apartment, but buying things for the house is just so much more fun! Gotta sort out priorities. But I really do need to get on that lawnmowing thing before it gets too shabby. Current Mood: content
|Friday, June 26th, 2015|
|More advice to first-time homebuyers
Don't close on a Monday.
Or if you have to close on a Monday, make it the afternoon rather than the morning.
Because if, for some reason, everything isn't in order by end of business on Friday, then you would still have some time on Monday morning to get things in order.
If you're asking for a problem to be fixed as a condition for buying, insist that it be performed by a professional. ( This is why:Collapse )
Long story short, you have to look out for your own interests. A good realtor will help you figure out what's in your best interest and be your advocate, but even a good realtor isn't perfect. It's nice to want to help the sellers out and meet them halfway, but if you're not careful, you can screw yourself over by trying to accommodate the sellers, which is what almost happened to me. And ultimately, it's going to inconvenience the sellers too because they're going to have to rearrange their work schedules on Monday to accommodate the new closing time. So even though it sounds selfish and horrible to say, you're not doing ANYONE any favors by not putting your own interests first. Current Mood: nervous
|Thursday, June 25th, 2015|
|Advice to first-time homebuyers
[*](Specifically American homebuyers; I imagine the process varies somewhat country by country.)
I like to watch those home-buying shows on HGTV, and on those shows they always ask the participants for advice for first-time homebuyers (or sellers, depending on which show it is). Most of which is pretty generic and interchangeable.
Now, no one asked me for my advice, but if I were to give advice to other first-time homebuyers, it would be this: first thing you do, before you get preapproved or talk to a realtor or anything else, buy a fax machine if you don't already have one (or buy a scanner and set up fax capabilities through your computer). This is especially important if you're getting an FHA loan, as they insist on real signatures on certain documents rather than electronic signatures. Trust me, even if doesn't pay for itself in money,[*](Although it probably will; faxing service is REALLY expensive.)
it will pay for itself in the number and severity of headaches that it will save you. Current Mood: wise from experience
|Saturday, June 20th, 2015|
As a follow-up to this post
, I had an experience today that made me laugh. While was driving around town, I got a big wave from another driver for no other reason that I could ascertain than that he was driving the same make and model of vehicle as my own. Current Mood: amused
I like the way they just assume that all South Dakotans snack on sunflower seeds. It is prevalent, but not universal.
Don't get me wrong; sunflower seeds are one of the tastiest snacks you can find. But they're also decidedly inconvenient.( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: hungry
|Friday, June 19th, 2015|
|Landscapes of South Dakota: Mammoth Site
I just realized it's been over 30 years since I first visited the Mammoth Site. Which makes me feel old. Then I look at all those ancient mammoth bones and I feel a bit better.
Now, I'm not saying it wasn't impressive the first time I went there, because it was. However, it's more impressive now because in the 30-some intervening years they have (a) built the big, beautiful visitor's center, and (b) done a lot more excavation and discovered a lot more mammoth bones. A LOT more. Current Mood: impressed
|Thursday, June 18th, 2015|
|South Dakota rocks:
See? I speak the truth.
Points of interest within the video:00:32
--These are the eponymous falls of the Big Sioux River from which the city of Sioux Falls gets its name. They are located in the aptly named Falls Park.00:50
--The building in the background is the Old Courthouse Museum in downtown Sioux Falls.
|Wednesday, June 17th, 2015|
|Landscapes of South Dakota: Time Zones
This will give you some idea of what I'm talking about the next time you hear me talk about West River versus East River South Dakota. I was born and raised West River but have lived most of my adult life East River. They each have good things about them and I'm proud to say that I'm an equal-opportunity South Dakotan who has lived in and loves both sides. Current Mood: proud
|Tuesday, June 16th, 2015|
|The Landscapes of South Dakota: Richard Termes
They also did a longer segment on him on a recent episode of Dakota Life
. See it here
.[*](Pay particular attention to this sphere, featured about halfway through the segment. It's a painting of the Globe Theatre. Get it?)
If you want more Termespheres, Dick Termes also has his own YouTube Channel. Check it out
If you're ever visiting the Black Hills and want to do something a bit off the beaten path, the Termesphere Gallery is well worth a visit. However, it's a good idea to call ahead first. Current Mood: well-rounded
|Monday, June 15th, 2015|
|Landscapes of South Dakota: The SD Wave
This one makes me laugh, because it's totally true. I've noticed that, the further out on the backroads you travel, the more likely you are to see total strangers waving at you as you pass by. I'm not sure why that is; maybe we're just so darn excited to encounter another human being where the traffic is so sparse.
I imagine it looks funny to outsiders, though:
"Who was that?"I don't know.
"Then why did you wave at him?"Because he waved at me.
"Why did he wave at you?"How am I supposed to know? Current Mood: amused
|Sunday, June 14th, 2015|
|Things Kristi Noem Doesn't Want You to See: D-Day The Price of Freedom
I guess Kristi Noem doesn't think it's important to honor the Greatest Generation.
And with that, I'm going to stop posting about things that Kristi Noem doesn't want you to see. I don't like using those sorts of cheap rhetorical tricks, even if I do so ironically, and anyway, I think I've made my point: that, regardless of what Fox News says, public television has programming to appeal to all people of all political stripes. I mean, the high-quality children's programming alone makes it worthwhile. Moreover, it's not as though they're just sitting back and mooching off the government; they're out there working hard to earn money in the form of donations.[*](By the way, I was able to contribute for the first time this year, and let me tell you, it is the most satisfying feeling in the world. The swell of pride you get when they talk about the support of "Viewers Like You" makes it all worth it.)
Be that as it may, I'm going to keep posting interesting things from public television, especially content specific to South Dakota. There's a whole treasure trove on YouTube of the "Landscapes of South Dakota" series, which is a series of one-minute segments highlighting interesting things about South Dakota.
So when you watch them, just take a moment to ask yourself why Kristi Noem doesn't want you to see these things. Current Mood: tired
|Things Kristi Noem Doesn't Want You to See: Start Up
This is a show that airs weekends on SDPB2 wherein they interview small business owners and ask them how they got started and for advice for other people looking to start up a small business. For all that Kristi Noem claims to be on the side of small business owners, one would think this would be something she could support.
But no. Current Mood: annoyed
|Saturday, June 13th, 2015|
|Thursday, June 11th, 2015|
|Things Kristi Noem Doesn't Want You to See: Dakota Life
Per the SDPB website, "Dakota Life
features interesting South Dakota people, places, and things." Each half hour might have a unifying theme, but the purpose of the show is to showcase the remarkable things about our state.
Now, why would Kristi Noem object to that?
A recent episode, the preview of which can be found here
, featured a sanctuary for bald eagles. What does Kristi Noem have against our national symbol?
It had a cautionary tale about the efforts to prevent the spread of Asian carp, an invasive species that poses a danger to boaters. Why would Kristi Noem want to hamper efforts to control these aquatic pests? If I were a real conspiracy theorist, I could really have a field day with this one.
Finally--SDSU and USD students take note--there was a piece about beer-brewing in South Dakota. Apparently Kristi Noem wants to keep you from getting beer, or at least information about it.
All satirical jabs aside, Dakota Life
is a fascinating program. I've lived here all my life, and yet there's still so much for me to learn about our state. Current Mood: interested
|Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015|
|I BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!
Maybe it got lost amongst all my vitriol towards Kristi Noem, but I have very big, very good news. Read all about it here
. Current Mood: excited
|Saturday, May 30th, 2015|
|Things Kristi Noem Doesn't Want You to See: High School activities
If you want to watch the state Class AA high school football championships, you might be able to see that on one of your local commercial stations. But if you want to see any other high school activities on TV, South Dakota Public Broadcasting is your only option.
Back in March they had the entire basketball tournaments, all three classes, boys and girls. Last weekend they had the state tennis tournament, and this weekend they have the state track and field championships.
But it's not just sports. They also show the annual All-State music concerts (i.e., All-State Chorus & Orchestra, All-State Band, and All-State Jazz Band, which was just on last weekend), as well as the state One-Act competition. In fact, they devote a whole webpage
to high school activities.
Now, I imagine that Kristi Noem and her supporters would say that if you want to watch those events and activities, you should just go watch them in person. However, this doesn't take into account the fact that our state is very large in area, and it takes a long time to travel across it. Maybe family members can't get the time off from work to travel for these events, or maybe they can't afford the gas, accommodations, etc. It also doesn't take into consideration the fact that our state has extreme and often unpredictable weather. A freak snowstorm on one side of the state on a Friday may prevent family members from attending an event on the other side of the state on a Saturday or Sunday.
And then there's the fact that some people just can't travel at all. For example, when I was a senior in high school, I made it into All-State Band. At the time, my grandmother was in a nursing home, dying by inches from complications of diabetes. There was no way she could have possibly traveled to Mitchell for the concert.
SDPB allows friends and family members to watch these events even if they can't travel to see them in person.
I'm frequently flippant about why Kristi Noem doesn't want you to see such-and-such, but this one genuinely confuses me. She's a mother of three children. I estimate that they're probably getting close to high school age, if they're not there already. I don't know--I honestly don't know, and I don't know of a noncreepy way of finding out--if they're with her in Washington or if they're still here in South Dakota. But I suspect that, even if long-range accessibility to high school activities isn't important to her NOW, it very well might be in a few years. I just hope by then it's not too late.
|Friday, May 29th, 2015|
|Things Kristi Noem Doesn't Want You to See: On Call
On Call is the only medical program endorsed by the South Dakota State Medical Association and the South Dakota Department of Health. On Call is made possible by major sponsors Avera Health and the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care. Other sponsors include Brookings Health System, DakotaCare, Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota, and Swiftel Communications.
On Call seeks to provide accurate and unbiased medical information directly to viewers by answering their questions about specific medical topics. Each week, Dr. Rick Holm discusses a broad range of health care topics with medical experts from across South Dakota.
Whereas if you want to see South Dakota doctors on network or cable TV, you have to wait for a Restasis commercial
. And if you're problem isn't eye-related, that's not going to be very helpful. Current Mood: watery-eyed
|Thursday, May 28th, 2015|
|Wednesday, May 27th, 2015|