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Monday, May 16th, 2016
2:37 pm
Just for the record...
...I really don't like billboards in general. There are many billboards, across the whole state of South Dakota, that bother me for various reasons: sometimes rhetorically, sometimes ideologically, sometimes aesthetically...some even bother me for all three reasons.

What I don't understand is, why do we have to plaster advertisements on every available vertical surface? Why can't benches at bus stops just be benches? I remember back when I drove to work, I used to pass a particularly garish "Rent This Space!" sign on a bus stop bench, and I was so tempted to rent it just so I could paint it a nice, soothing color that I actually figured out the cost of how much it would take to rent it for a year.

Current Mood: irritated
7:52 am

Without even getting into the issue of what the billboards say, what really annoys me is the fact that there are so many of them. I think they're taking up more than their fair share of billboard space, and I don't think it's fair to the other organizations that want to advertise. I would say the same thing if it were Sanford or First Premier Bank or Avera or Badlands or any of the big advertisers in Sioux Falls using up three billboards within a 50-yard radius--especially when they all say the EXACT SAME THING!

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But then, I am a self-professed Christian, so whatever I say, I'm going to be suspected of having some ulterior motive. What do you think? Am I a narrow-minded believer, or are these people out of line?

Current Mood: annoyed
Sunday, May 8th, 2016
6:06 pm
I need a hero
You know, I figured it might be hard to find Supergirl-themed wrapping paper, but I didn't think that it would be all but impossible to find wrapping paper with the Superman logo (House of El insignia, if you prefer) on it.

I mean, with as popular as superheroes are now, in all forms of media, you'd think we'd be falling all over the stuff. I found basically everything a person would need to throw a Superman-themed birthday party EXCEPT wrapping paper.


Current Mood: mystified
Sunday, April 17th, 2016
10:53 am
"Explore historical artifacts from South Dakota's National Parks"
Thus my Google homepage greeted me this morning, and I was delighted to comply. Is everyone seeing the same invitation this morning, or is it just because I live in South Dakota?

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Current Mood: spring fever
Monday, April 11th, 2016
11:12 pm
They're going to be sorry.

Mark my words, they are going to rue this day. I just wonder how many kids are going to be caught in the crossfire before they realize what a horrible, horrible mistake they've made.

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Sleep well, everybody. I know I sure won't.

Current Mood: numb with horror
Monday, February 29th, 2016
4:22 pm
In like a lion
In weather-related news, we're supposed to get 4 inches of snow tonight. Yuck. I knew it was too much to hope that we were completely done with snow for the season, but I'd rather hoped we were past the significant accumulations.

I was talking to one of my neighbors the other day, and she was talking about putting away her snow shovel for the season, and I was like, "Don't jinx it!"

So it's all her fault, haha. ;)

Current Mood: boo
Friday, July 17th, 2015
8:42 pm
This made my day delightful:

Current Mood: defying frozen wicked gravity
Saturday, July 11th, 2015
12:31 am
Outdoor life
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
1:16 pm
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.

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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
12:12 pm
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
9:31 pm
Waving update
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
10:21 am

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.

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Current Mood: hungry
Friday, June 19th, 2015
4:22 pm
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
4:14 pm
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
4:12 pm
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
7:03 pm
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
9:14 pm
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
8:38 pm
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
12:53 pm
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
8:33 pm
Things Kristi Noem Doesn't Want You to See--Gospel Music
Sometimes on weekends SDPB shows gospel music concerts. For some reason, Kristi Noem doesn't want to you see this. Why would she possibly object to gospel music? She's a Christian...or at least she claims to be.
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