Bikers Need to Follow the Law

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As more and more bikes take to the street I get they want to have some room on the street but then could ALL bikers follow the rules of the road. I am not a biker but it is my understanding that if a bike wants to ride on the road they need to follow the same rules as a car. It is also my understanding that bikes are not allowed on the sidewalk either. Well then bikers I have one piece of advice for you so you are safe on the road. Follow the law. Stop at stop signs, stop at red lights and stop weaving your way in and out of traffic to get yourself to your destination faster than a car.

You don’t need your own bike lane. You need to follow the rules of the road.

Bikers Need to Follow the Law

Vikings in Week 2 Were Successful

I’m not going to lie but I was very nervous going into week 2 when the Vikings took on the Detroit Lions at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings in week 2 were successful. The Lions have a good rookie running back, solid quarterback in Matt Stafford, and super star receiver Calvin Johnson. But my nerves quickly went away in the first half as the Vikings took control of the game on both sides and seemed to be in control the entire game as they cruised to victory.

I was very pleased to see AP getting the ball a lot in the first half and the run game being established. With the best running back in the league, using him to get the passing game going is great to see. Teddy looked much more comfortable in the pocket, his throws were accurate and his ability to scramble helped the offense keep the ball moving. The receivers made some great catches, and the offensive line looked much improved.

On the defensive side of the ball, pressure on Matt Stafford always helps. He was hit numerous times, pressured and kept off guard. The defensive lines penetration helped take some stress off the defensive backs and limited Calvin Johnson’s role. The defense did a good job stopping the run and when a team is behind it appears most teams abandon the run to catch up through the air. With the pressure from the defensive line the Lions were not very successful through the air.

I hope the three fumbles by AP are not fore shadowing of what is to come, because those could have easily brought the Lions back into the game but thankfully he only lost 1 of them. AP please hold onto the ball.

Week 3 against San Diego will be a challenge, but I do like the Vikings chances more because they don’t have to travel across the country to play the game. I say the Vikings improve to 2-1 with a 24-20 victory.

Vikings in Week 2 Were Successful

Boomer Adventure – New Boomer Bed

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The New Boomer Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boomer Adventure – New Boomer Bed

As Boomer closely approaches the 100 pound mark it was decided we maybe should invest in a bed for Boomer. We’ve had the bed for 2 days now and Boomer is still checking it out and not really sure how to feel about it. Boomer has decided to spend some time in the bed but not for an extended period of time but he is warming up to it. Boomer still prefers the couch but we think over some time he will prefer the bed instead. Funny how much I’m learning about “parenting” a big dog and he’s only 8 months old. My best guess is he will end up weighing about 150 pounds. Can’t wait for the adventure to continue.

Boomer Adventure – New Boomer Bed

Movies You Can’t Not Watch – Rounders

What is the movie when you find on the TV, Netflix, or Redbox you just can’t not watch? I bring this up because as I was doing some online research I found the movie Rounders. Rounders is one of my favorite movies and when I used to work overnights, it was one of the two movies I used to watch pretty much every night.

Fun fact about me, if I could I would love to play poker on a more regular basis instead of maybe once a year. Another fun fact I love watching poker on TV. People I talk to say it is so boring, but for me I could watch it all day.

I just love poker and I love the movie Rounders. If you have never heard of Rounders it stars Matt Damon and Edward Norton. These two guys make the movie. Rounders is a move I just can’t not watch when it comes on. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Movies You Can’t Not Watch – Rounders

Minnesota Vikings Let the Fun Begin

Minnesota Vikings Let the Fun Begin

The preseason is finally over and now we can get down to the real business. Vikings were stuck with 5 preseason games this season and I watched about 2 quarters maybe. I found time to watch the first team offense without AP. Side note, I never expected to see AP play in the preseason and I am not bothered one bit he doesn’t play.

My expectations going into the season are follows.

1. The Vikings should have a better record than 7-9. Vegas odds are over/under 7.5 wins and I take the over. With AP back, with the addition of Mike Wallace, with one year under the belt of Teddy Bridgewater, and the same coaching staff how can you not expect better? I agree with some who say the offensive line will be the biggest question mark.

2. Trae Waynes is still a good pick. Many have criticized him with a sub par performance in the preseason but if memory serves me, Xavier Rhodes had the same problems. I like the pick and think with some playing time, he will improve and be a solid complement to Rhodes.

3. Rick Speilman needs to be gone. I don’t like his passing the buck when it comes to failures on the team. I feel the Vikings are very close to a long time of success and it took way too long for him to make this possible and now I am just waiting for him to screw this all up. He is not a good man to have in charge.

MY PREDICTIONS:

I like the Vikings finishing the season at 9-7. But I could easily see one more win coming out of this schedule if the Vikings get some breaks. Teams they could be but probably will be underdogs are the 49ers, Broncos, and Falcons. I also like the Vikings to split with the Packers this year. The Vikings will sweep the Bears and Lions this season and finish second in the division. Unfortunately no playoffs for the Vikings this year. 9-7 is not good enough for a Wild Card.

Minnesota Vikings Let the Fun Begin

Boomer Adventure – Growth

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Boomer at 7 months old
Boomer at 7 months old

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is hard to believe that Boomer is already 7 months old. I remember the day we got him and he was 7 weeks old and only 12 pounds. Boomer is now approaching 80 pounds and I am amazed every day how big he is getting. As I have said before, I have never had a dog this big and to imagine how much bigger he will get in the next 5 months is hard to believe.

To put his size into perspective, (because it was hard for me at first) he is too big to sit in my bucket seats in my Mazda 5. As you can see from the picture he takes up quite a bit of space on the couch. When he sits in the front seat of our Honda Odyssey, he sets off the seat belt alarm and he eats about 60 pounds of dog food a month.

Boomer is also quite strong. He loves to play tug of war with me and I can’t get his toy away from him.

The next 5 months are going to be quite fun. I’ll keep you updated.

Boomer Adventure – Growth

Check Out Golf Pipeline for Golf Handicap Service

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Funny how the internet can bring everyone together in some way. I had the pleasure of emailing and speaking to Graham Gibbs on the phone about his company Golf Pipeline. Golf Pipeline provides golfers with a handicap tracking service, search local courses, read reviews on those courses, find other golfers in the area, and join a USGA club in your area.

Graham is very friendly individual who helped me get all set up on Golf Pipeline. I will be using this site as my handicap index this year. I have used other sites in the past but I find Golf Pipeline to be even more user friendly than others in the past and more affordable.

Golf Pipeline has provided a unique promo code that would give golfers in this area a 50% discount to the 1 Year handicap price of $18.00. A USGA handicap through the Minnesota Golf Association costs $40/year, so golfers would save $31.00 the first year and $22.00 every year thereafter. Just go to Golfpipeline.com and here is the unique promo code for golfers to use to get 50% off the first 1-Year USGA handicap: GP50%OFF2015

I recommend using Golf Pipeline and if you create an account be sure to look me up.

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Check Out Golf Pipeline for Golf Handicap Service

Happy Birthday Jack

Jack Bashaw is 5 today
Jack Bashaw is 5 today

I never thought I would enjoy such a little dog but Jack has surpassed any expectations. When I tell people we have a 7 pound Morkie they say, “Oh he must bark a lot.” Nope Jack never barks unless Boomer is chasing him. He has always been super good when Cooper and Nora were babies, never bit them, always cuddles with them and when we got him at 16 weeks old, he was one of the easiest dogs I have ever had to house train. A 25 pound bag of dog food lasts us about 6 months and his favorite activity is napping in the sun. He doesn’t bother me when he sleeps in bed with me and he has never wandered off when we let him outside. I can’t believe it has been 5 years already. I would highly recommend a morkie and I can’t imagine our family without him.

Happy Birthday Jack

Happy Birthday Jack