Have I ever told you how much I love Twitter? Well I do and I just came across a Trampled By Turtles Video from their performance at First Avenue. It is their hit song Alone. The video was posted on a web site called American Song Writer. I have included a link to their website. Americansongwriter.com The website also said the whole album will be available on November 12. I can’t wait to check it out.
As the world attempts more and more to encourage healthy eating, how could it not be appropriate on Halloween that I post my opinion about passing out healthy options on Halloween? I wonder how Luke feels? I wonder how Josh feels?
Here is how I feel. I get the idea to pass out some healthy alternatives. I get the idea to pass out pencils or some other school supplies. I understand that children now days are overweight. But this is Halloween!!! PASS OUT CANDY FOR THE LOVE OF PETE!
Halloween is all about the kids and the one day a year when kids can run/walk from house to house and fill their bag with FREE CANDY!!! As a kid when you are trick or treating, you don’t want a pencil, you don’t want an apple (anything unwrapped my parents wouldn’t let me eat anyway and the same for my kids) you want candy. You know which house passes out good candy and which house you should skip. You have already mapped out a plan in your mind and how fast you need to travel to fill up your bag. Getting a bunch of free candy one day a year is not going to kill anyone and certainly not permanently injure a persons digestive track. I don’t know how I could say this any more clear.
I will always pass out candy on Halloween and you should too.
The big game is just a few hours away and I’d like to say I’m excited to watch it but as a huge Minnesota Vikings fan, I don’t know if there is any hope for my team. Even though the game is at Mall of America field, and the Minnesota Vikings typically play well against the Green Bay Packers this could be a route.
Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers
Here are a couple reasons why this game may not be competitive:
1. Aaron Rodgers plays outstanding against the Vikings. His statistics are amazing and despite the injuries the Packers have at WR, Rodgers is still in the top 5 QB in the league.
2. The Vikings secondary is awful and defense as a whole hasn’t been able to stop anyone. Need I say more? Rodgers is probably going to pass for over 400 yards with 3 touchdowns.
3. The Vikings QB is pretty bad. Josh Freeman is out with concussion like symptoms. Christian Ponder is the starting quarterback and I can say I’m a bit disappointed. I believe Cassel is the right man for this job now that the Vikings have made it pretty clear after this season Ponder will not be their guy. Let’s hope Ponder can complete some passes over 5 yards in length.
4. The Minnesota Vikings offensive line can’t block enough to get AP some solid yards. If AP is doing nothing this team is in serious trouble. I’d love for AP to go off for like 200 yards and 2 TD but I believe Green Bay will stack the box and force Ponder to make some throws. Ponder has not done that yet this season. If the Vikings get behind early they will be forced to pass which makes AP even more useless.
Green Bay Packers jump out to a very early and big lead and then cruise the rest of the way.
It pains me to say this but I must, Green Bay Packers 34 – Minnesota Vikings 13. Blair Walsh will make the two field goals from past 50 yards.
When challenged to a duel I rarely back down. My good friend Luke recently posted a great read on his most recent duck hunting story. I have attached a link to it. In the season of good fun I will now post one of my best deer hunting stories.
My deer hunting story:
It was a couple years back and it was the middle of deer season and we still had no snow on the ground. It was a little warmer than usual for a November day, but I wasn’t complaining. It was a Monday morning and I almost didn’t go out because it was the third week of the season and I had been out almost every day and not seen or heard anything that resembled a deer. I was extremely frustrated because with all the hunting I had done, all the early mornings I had got up for and I had seen absolutely nothing. In my mind I had no idea why I was going out again but I still had hope. My wife had also given me the suggestion, “bring a book to read while you sit in your stand.” What a brilliant idea. Well, after searching high and low around the house for a good book, I decided to bring two of my Golf Digest magazines instead.
Like all the other mornings, I quietly walked to my deer stand, in the dark, and got myself ready. It was about an hour till shooting time and so I just waited. It is one of the weirdest feelings in the world to sit in the dark in the middle of the woods. There are so many sounds you hear you wonder what the heck is that? Surprisingly I thought most about, “if a tree falls right now and I can’t see it, will it make any noise?”
As the sun came up and the time to shoot approached I was getting impatient and decided it was time to read. As I enjoyed an amazing article on how to improve my short game, I heard what sounded like deer running. I look over to my left and saw a big doe sprint by my stand. There was no chance I could have got a shot. Frustration mounting as the only deer I see all season just sprinted by my stand. I set my gun back down and dive back into my article. As I continue to learn about how to use a proper grip while pitching, I hear some more running. This time I was faster to grab my gun, looked left and saw a big buck sprint by my stand. Now I was really frustrated. Two deer, no shots possible.
Just as I thought all hope was lost while continuing to look to my left there he was. It was a buck! The best part was he wasn’t sprinting by my stand, he was walking. And to top it all off he was walking a path that was headed toward a very big shooting lane. My heart was pounding and my hands were getting sweaty. I was so nervous, my heart was beating out of my chest, and I had to keep telling myself to breathe. I brought the gun up to my shoulder, looked through the scope, aimed the gun and FIRED! After I fired I reloaded but before I could get another shot off the deer ran away. How could I have missed it? It was such a sure shot. I did like my Dad told me and waited 5 minutes before getting down to go and look for it. It was the longest 5 minutes of my life. The whole time I was thinking, “There is no way I could have missed that deer, is there?” I made my way out of the stand and started to walk over to where the deer was standing when I shot. When I got there, there it was, a pile of blood. I HIT IT! I didn’t have to follow the trail more than 50 yards and there it was! My very first buck!
I dragged the deer out of the woods and immediately called my Dad. He came with his truck and trailer and we brought my buck back to his house for pictures and processing. My hard work and dedication to the hunt had paid off and there is no better feeling.
Here it is, my very first buck.
I don’t know what it is about viral hits but like the Harlem Shake online videos I am really loving this video. What does the fox say is a pretty catchy tune in my opinion and my kids like it too. (They have incredible taste.) With so many hits it appears many others do as well. I did introduce this video to some of my friends and have received mixed reviews. I’d love to hear more reviews about this video from my readers. Thanks for your comments! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I had the opportunity to discuss with a good friend of mine at work today about my attendance at the Minnesota Blogger Conference this past weekend. (Here’s a link to my post in case you missed it) He just started his blog and it was fun to discuss things I learned from the conference. I then shared how I was going to change my blog to make it better. We interacted about his most recent post and continued our small talk for quite some time. It was fun and we also talked about if we knew of many bloggers from the Duluth, MN area. He shared about his recent attendance at the Social Media breakfasts hosted in Duluth and other cool blog topics.
The story doesn’t stop there. To my surprise while checking my Facebook page I was challenged to a bloggers duel by friend. It reads a little something like this, “You are hereby challenged to a blog duel. Most new followers between now and Thanksgiving wins! Loser get to ‘Blog Roast’ the other.” I love some friendly competition and so let this be my formal acceptance speech. “Luke I hereby accept your blog duel challenge. You better bring your A game. It is on!”
To like my blog please go to wwww.facebook/bashawblog or you can follow me on Twitter at @thebashawblog
To be fair I will link to my friends blog. His name is Luke Miller and his blog is called, “Aventyrnorr”
Let’s get the word spreading and maybe we can even get this duel trending. Let’s call it #blogduel I do think I have a slight advantage because I have two blogs this post will appear on both my blogs. Let the contest begin. Good luck Luke.
I tried very hard to find a picture of my friend Luke Miller but was unsuccessful. C’mon Luke get some pictures online!
If you love golf as much as I do, you are excited every time a new driver is released. You are probably also like me in that is no way you can afford to get the newest driver every time it comes out, but you have extreme curiosity to give each and every one of them a try. I am very pleased to introduce the next best thing in golf clubs. It’s on online site called Golf Redefined where their slogan is Play, Swap, Repeat.
Here is how it works: You can go online and choose between three different membership packages. Each package has its own advantages and benefits depending on what you are looking for. After deciding on a membership package the rest is very simple. You select from over 40 of the latest drivers on the market, create a list of which drivers you want to try, and the first driver on your list is delivered to your door. You use the driver for as long or as little as one wants, and when done ship it back at no charge, and the next driver is shipped immediately to you .
What are the advantages to this membership you may ask? First, you can choose from the top drivers on the market from the world’s top manufacturers. Second, testing each driver is only one monthly or quarterly fee, that’s it. No long commitments. Third, you have the opportunity to find the driver that best fits your game. Last, shipping the driver back when you are all done is free.
This program eliminates any chance of buyer’s remorse. Who wants to spend over three hundred dollars on one golf club only to find the club is just not right for you? No more. No long commitments, no regrets, just great clubs to help improve you game, one club at a time.
Being that I had never attended the Minnesota Blogger Conference before I didn’t really have too many expectations going into the day. All I knew was this was an opportunity to learn from some pretty skilled professionals. I am always trying to improve in everything I do and being a relatively new blogger, this was a fun day for me. Here are some things I learned from today’s conference.
1. Almost everyone I heard from today had a full time job other than blogging, so the logical question was, how do you make time? A common theme I heard from many people was a term I had never heard of before. It was bulk writing. When you feel inspired and when you have the time just write as much as you can and schedule posts to be published. I have rarely done this before but my mind was always wrapped around the idea of one post at a time. NO MORE. I have certain days that work best to blog and on those days when the mood is right, I will bulk write.
2. I also heard about inspiration. What I learned about inspiration is I must continue to be myself. I heard Minneapolis food blogger Kate S (@Katenthekitchen) mention and I’m paraphrasing, people told her she could be more happy doing it some other way. But to her the way she was doing it was making her happy. From this I learned I must write and do things that stick to my view. I can’t change who I am or what I write about to conform to some type of audience. I’m going to share what inspires me and not be conformed.
3. On a more techy side I learned quite a bit about how to improve my Google Analytic. I won’t bore you with the details but this was a very interesting session with Jeff Sauer (@jeffalytics). I will be better at referencing analytics. Every blog should use Google Analytics.
4. One last thing I learned about at the Minnesota Blogger Conference was that my blog should be mobile friendly. Curt Prins (@curtprins) shared some interesting statistics about mobile phone users and the users likelihood to visit your site repeatedly if they can easily access your site on their mobile device. The most interesting statistic he shared with us was from a study done by the UN, 6 billion people have access to a mobile phone; 4.5 billion people have access to a toilet. What I will do next is make sure that my site is easily readable and links are easy thumb pushable from a mobile device.
It was a really fun conference and I would definitely go back next year. I am really going to work hard to put into practice the tools I learned today to make my blog better. I hope you all will notice it as well.
I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to see how a show would end? Oh wait it was Dexter just last week and I was EXTREMELY disappointed. If you missed my thoughts about Dexter here’s the link. I remember 6 years ago when my friend recommended I start watching Breaking Bad. He says to me, and I’m paraphrasing, know the Dad from Malcolm in the Middle? He’s now a high school science teacher dying of cancer and starts cooking meth. This description didn’t get me all that excited but I still decided to give it a try. Once I started I was hooked. My wife and I started watching right before season 4 was about to begin. Thank you Directv for supplying me with a DVR because as we recorded season 4, we watched the first three seasons in record time.
I should share what I really loved about Breaking Bad. This show had me cheering for Walt and hating Jesse. Then I was hating Walt and cheering for Jesse. Then I was hating Skyler, then loving Skyler. Then loving Gustavo Fring, then hating Gustavo Fring. I did always hate Todd, Hank, and Marie. It was the emotional connections I made to the characters and not just one character. This love and hate for the characters and an incredible story hooked me and kept me wanting to watch.
No spoiler alerts here, but will simply say the ending was really good. I was very happy with the series finale and if you haven’t seen it yet you will not be disappointed.
This summer was unlike any other summer before. Last year I joined a keeper fantasy football league and it was the first summer for members in the league to decide what players to keep. So in early July the negotiations with other managers began. I do admit this was the soonest I have ever began to discuss and research for fantasy football. Needless to say my wife was not as excited about this change. It seemed like every other day I was on the phone, negotiating and trying to make the “perfect” deal. My wife would just shrug her shoulders every time my phone rang because she knew it wasn’t going to be a short call.
Then the magic happened. While at my cousins wedding my wife and I were invited to join a couples league for only a small fee of $10 a piece. I looked at my wife and asked would you like to try? At first she was not excited I would be joining another fantasy football league, but reluctantly she said “sure.” This is where the fun starts.
It was an online snake draft and after a brief explanation my wife was all set. She was actually showing some excitement during the draft. Lucky for my wife during the draft she was able to get her beau, Tom Brady. But to her credit she did an excellent job drafting. I explained to her the line up, scoring and she has been so into it ever since. It has been a marriage saver.
I downloaded the app for her iPhone, taught her how to check scoring, edit the lineup and pick up players and she is now in love with fantasy football. In week 1 my wife was on her phone checking scores more than I was. While at work I was constantly getting text messages about how her team and players were doing. She was also constantly giving me score updates. My wife does research and is adjusting her line up all the time. All her hard work is paying off because going into week 4 she is in first place in the league with a record of 3-0 and has scored the most points in the league. She is now a believer and lover of fantasy football.
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this idea sooner but Sundays are now just as fun for her as they are for me. Watching football all day is her love now too! Thank you fantasy football for saving my marriage.