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Monthly Archives: October 2014

27 Oct

     Life is all about perspective.  I think that it’s a universal rule that the better perspective you have in any situation, the happier you will be.  I also believe the same could be said about your literal view.  Mountains may provide a beautiful backdrop, but it would definitely add to the experience to see them up-close and personal.  A good binocular will simply make your view, well, better.

     A couple summers ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit a few spots in Bayern (Bavaria, for those who didn’t grow up with sauerkraut as a dietary staple), Germany …

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21 Oct

~~In the ever evolving digital age, we are flooded with information and images to the point where it becomes hard to be stunned. At least that’s how I’ve felt lately. I can google or youtube anything I want and get almost the same experience as if I was actually there. The key word in that sentence is almost.

I recently went on a hiking trip in Canada and had my perspective reset. We flew into Calgury and drove to Banff National Park as well as Kootenay National Park.  In general, seeing mountains gets a flat land IL guy like me …

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08 Oct

Last weekend I visited Cantigny Park and checked out the First Division Museum. Located in Wheaton, Illinois, 30 miles west of Chicago, here was the best First Division Museum in the country. My grandfather fought in WWII and served in the First Division, also called “Big Red One”. He passed away while I was young and long before I had any interest in history or WWII so I never got the chance to talk to him about it. The First Division Museum allowed me to see into what he experienced during his time in the Army, 1939 – 1945.

The museum …

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03 Oct

I live in a suburb of Chicago that is infested with skunks. It seems like there's always another carcass on the street that stinks up the whole neighborhood for hours. It is really annoying and I want to do my part to eradicate the local skunk population. I have a nearly 11-year old Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull) and an 8-year old Rottweiler (?) mix that have to be the slowest learners ever. They are idiots! This past Tuesday, the pit-bull tangled with yet another skunk. Sure, she dispatched the skunk with ease but managed to get herself sprayed again in …

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