May All Your Gifts Be Valuable

November 8, 2018

So I just had my birthday.  It was the big one.  I guess I’m no longer a kid, at least physically.  That’s right, I turned the big 40.  I guess it’s time to start thinking about retirement and senior care arrangements about now.

OK, not really.  After all, I don’t really plan on ever even growing up.  Just ask my wife.  But in honor of another year, my sister asked for a list of gift ideas for both my birthday and Christmas.  I finally sent a couple of ideas almost a week later.  Sure, life is busy.  But I was also struggling to come up with anything that I really needed or wanted.

And with that, here we go right on into the Spending Season……. I mean the Christmas Season. Read the rest of this entry »


Cheap? Free? Maybe. Maybe not.

September 20, 2018

As promised in an earlier blog, here it is.  The big scoop.  The source of excitement.  The opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

Many years ago at Scout camp, I learned to sail a small boat and I really enjoyed it.

Fast forward a few too many years and I was gifted a very small sailboat by a camp that didn’t want it any more.  Before I could get it back to ship-shape (see what I did there?), we decided to move back to South Dakota.  With the move and a new child, I handed the boat off to another family before I was able to get it on the water.

Quite a few more years down the road, and I was presented with an opportunity to buy a sailboat that a camp in Iowa didn’t want any more.  And so, I am now the proud owner of my very own 16-foot sailboat.  I’m excited! Read the rest of this entry »


When Free Isn’t Free

June 1, 2015

While attending a recent family graduation party, conversation (as it almost always does) gravitated to fishing and hunting.  Having grown up enjoying such outdoor pursuits, it really is a way of life for me.  My wife on the other hand – not so much.  In our bantering over the subject, I tried my best to convince her (still working on that) that fishing and hunting are actually a good deal, especially since they bring home free food.

I have to admit that, after a slight pause, we all laughed at that. Read the rest of this entry »


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