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Monthly Archives: July 2013

26 Jul

When I first moved to Chicago in 1984, I lived at Broadway and Addison.  A buddy from college lived a block south of there with his girlfriend, and they knew a woman who owned an apartment building with very good rent.  My new landlady was from Czechoslovakia, and we affectionately referred to her as “the rent Czech”.  While it was (and still is) a vibrant neighborhood, I missed trees, and I missed wildlife (as in animals – there was plenty of wild life).  The only animals I saw with any frequency were my female tiger cat Killer, and a squirrel …

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22 Jul

Many household items have a great deal of uses. One of the more popular and 'famous' being duct tape.  Books and TV shows have been dedicated to its uses and what it can do and how important it is to keep with you at all times.  However, on the optical side of things, a binocular has so many useful purposes.  Its a staple for any outdoorsman, birder, hunter, traveler, nature enthusiast, etc.  Usually, there are multiple kept in the house and one always in the vehicle.  I fall into this category because you never know when you can get that glimpse of …

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19 Jul

Over the past few weeks I have noticed that we have been taking more and more recommendation requests for high quality, yet affordable, compact binoculars. So, I thought I would talk a little about my favorite compact binocular, the Steiner Predator Xtreme 8x22mm.

This puppy weighs in at just over 10 oz.  At that weight it almost disappears while worn around your neck.  8x magnification is perfect for the compact design.  I think anything over that is will be counterproductive for such a small objective lens.  The rubberized housing adds a degree of protection for accidental drops and really makes …

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03 Jul


Have you ever been to the opera? Personally, I never have, but would someday like to enjoy the experience, just to say that I’ve done it. I know that my sister and her husband have been to the opera several times and seem to have enjoyed it. Somehow, I have a tough time imagining me at an opera – but who knows! I’ve always had this vision of the audience in lavish attire, atrocious jewelry and a bunch of “stuffy” people that applaud with just their index fingers! Now, I’m sure that this impression is all wrong, but one …

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