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Sophie and Ella are squaring off over the Ella bowl. Sophie had been eating out of the one on the far left until Ella came into the kitchen.
But that’s my bowl, thinks Ella, sadly.
Not anymore, thinks Sophie, licking her lips.

Sophie and Ella are squaring off over the Ella bowl. Sophie had been eating out of the one on the far left until Ella came into the kitchen.

But that’s my bowl, thinks Ella, sadly.

Not anymore, thinks Sophie, licking her lips.

I hate outlet malls.

Everything is 30% off the low, low already discounted price with a red tag and 20% savings when you buy two and get the third free. Except the food court which is priced at airport terminal levels.

Sheila had been wanting to go and I sort of wanted to see this new one in Eagan. The other two I know of are on the outskirts of the metro area; this one is much closer. Oh goody.

I just don’t think outlet malls are really all that great. The Eddie Bauer store had 40% off everything but I have been to the EB at the Mall of America and seen the same sale.

EB had a clearance section. How sad is the clearance section at an outlet store? It made me think of the Island of Misfit Toys from the old Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer TV special.

The Coach store had velvet ropes and a bouncer. She was letting people in two at a time when she got authorization over hear earpiece. I wonder if anyone ever tries to slip her a twenty to get in if their name isn’t on the list.

Is it just me or do Nike shoes all seem to be made completely out of molded plastic? Or are those just the outlet store models? I remember when the swooshes were sewn on to the shoes.

There were plenty of whiny screaming children. If someone game me permission to punch the parents for bringing them to the mall I would have done it.

I got a new shirt and Sheila bought some clothes. Leaving this mall on a holiday weekend was like leaving a stadium after a professional sporting event. I wish the line of cars at the red lights had been 40% shorter.

I still hate outlet malls.

He missed me!

I came back from the dog park this afternoon and look who was home. He liked his first week of school and seems to be making plenty of friends. A friend of his from home has a car at school. Four buddies piled into a two-door Honda Civic hatchback to visit parents pick up more stuff. They were only in town for a short time before going back.

Good thing it’s not a very long drive back to school. I could barely see the two guys in the back seat with all the extra computer gear, skateboards and other crap piled on top of them.

Jack even left me a little good-bye note.

We had a nice motorcycle ride today. Our destination was Excelsior, MN which has a great little downtown area right on Lake Minnetonka.

We checked out the restaurants and shops. The Excelsior brewery and tap room looked fun but we didn’t have any beer because we were on the motorcycles. Lago Tacos is where we had dinner. Sheila had a walleye taco that I tried; it was really good. I just had traditional beef tacos that also were good.

Lake Minnetonka is a big, busy lake. Some lakeside restaurants have docks for boaters. The city dock in Excelsior actually has parking meters!

On the way home we stopped by my parents’ house for a quick visit. We didn’t stay long because there were some storms approaching. As we rode eastward towards home we had sunny skies in front of us and black clouds in our rear view mirrors. That was cool.

There was some fraudulent activity on the Visa account Sheila and I have. I disputed the transactions. The bank was really good about taking care of things. One of the bad transactions seemed to be no surprise at all to the bank representative I spoke with.
The rep closed our account and opened a new one. I figured we’d have to use our debit cards for a few days until the new credit cards arrived. However the rep told me (on Friday afternoon) that we’d have the new cards the next morning.
Sure enough at 8:15 AM this morning a FedEx truck stopped in front of our house. The driver literally ran to my front door carrying the envelope with a big “FedEx Saturday Delivery” sticker on it. That’s some great service all around.
Sheila called and activated our new cards. I asked for her old card so I could run it through our shredder. That’s when I noticed her card was different than my card.
I can feel the raised numbers on my card. Sheila’s numbers were smooth as a pebble that’s been rolling in the ocean’s tide for a million years. A million. Probably the same number of times she used that card.

There was some fraudulent activity on the Visa account Sheila and I have. I disputed the transactions. The bank was really good about taking care of things. One of the bad transactions seemed to be no surprise at all to the bank representative I spoke with.

The rep closed our account and opened a new one. I figured we’d have to use our debit cards for a few days until the new credit cards arrived. However the rep told me (on Friday afternoon) that we’d have the new cards the next morning.

Sure enough at 8:15 AM this morning a FedEx truck stopped in front of our house. The driver literally ran to my front door carrying the envelope with a big “FedEx Saturday Delivery” sticker on it. That’s some great service all around.

Sheila called and activated our new cards. I asked for her old card so I could run it through our shredder. That’s when I noticed her card was different than my card.

I can feel the raised numbers on my card. Sheila’s numbers were smooth as a pebble that’s been rolling in the ocean’s tide for a million years. A million. Probably the same number of times she used that card.

When did kitchen faucets start needing electricity to operate?

This is at my neighbors’ house. To turn on the water I just barely touch the metal with my fingertip. Then I hear a click somewhere and water rushes out.

Finally an end to the drudgery of moving a lever or twisting a knob to get fresh water!

Giddy with excitement because the mailman just delivered my Amazon order. It contained the various parts I needed to mount my GPS to my new motorcycle.

RAM Mounts makes the parts. I was pleasantly surprised how sturdy the pieces are.

There’s a RAM cradle that holds my old Garmin Nuvi. I used this Garmin on my old motorcycle for years. The maps are up to date so there was no compelling reason to buy a newer, wide-screen unit. The old motorcycle had traditional round handlebars and I used a cheap but effective $3 mount from eBay to hold my GPS. Sadly that won’t work on my new motorcycle’s different handlebars.

Additional RAM components include a medium length arm that attaches to the cradle. That arm in turn attaches to a rubber ball on a post. The rear view mirrors on my motorcycle mount on the fairing. There is an unused mirror mount on the left handle bar. That rubber ball mounts beautifully in that mirror mount, like it was designed just for mounting a GPS unit.

The Garmin is securely held several inches about my left hand. My motorcycle has a power port on the left side of the fairing so the power cord has a short distance to reach and I don’t have any loose wires.

I’m very happy.

A Target run tonight. And me without my red shirt :(
Aisle B15 was pretty crowded tonight with excited children and frustrated parents.
Mom! Here’s the graph paper!
Well isn’t that easy?
But sweetie, that graph paper is not the three-hole-punch kind your teacher requires. Keep looking.
I walked right on by aisle B15. Also B14 and B16. I miss my kids but man oh man do I not miss school shopping.

A Target run tonight. And me without my red shirt :(

Aisle B15 was pretty crowded tonight with excited children and frustrated parents.

Mom! Here’s the graph paper!

Well isn’t that easy?

But sweetie, that graph paper is not the three-hole-punch kind your teacher requires. Keep looking.

I walked right on by aisle B15. Also B14 and B16. I miss my kids but man oh man do I not miss school shopping.

Over my lunch hour I continued my household purge. The trash bin is FULL. In my basement I found a container of ArmorAll car wipes. They have to be ten years old. Yet when I opened the container the sheets were still as moist as the day they were made. Seeing as I had recently vacuumed the car until the carpet was practically coming off the floor I thought I’d give them a try.
Wow! My filthy Camry is now 88% less filthy. The wipes worked so well that once I started I couldn’t stop. Every little cubby-hole got cleaned out. The center console is clean enough to store unwrapped food in it (although I think one of my sons had already been doing that). Yeah, I even cleaned the gas cap.
Years of dog nose and paw prints are now gone from the back doors. The fingerprint stains on the radio knobs are as absent as an 18-year-old on senior skip day.
I bet I even get gas mileage now that all the extra weight in dirt that I’d been driving around with has been removed.

Over my lunch hour I continued my household purge. The trash bin is FULL. In my basement I found a container of ArmorAll car wipes. They have to be ten years old. Yet when I opened the container the sheets were still as moist as the day they were made. Seeing as I had recently vacuumed the car until the carpet was practically coming off the floor I thought I’d give them a try.

Wow! My filthy Camry is now 88% less filthy. The wipes worked so well that once I started I couldn’t stop. Every little cubby-hole got cleaned out. The center console is clean enough to store unwrapped food in it (although I think one of my sons had already been doing that). Yeah, I even cleaned the gas cap.

Years of dog nose and paw prints are now gone from the back doors. The fingerprint stains on the radio knobs are as absent as an 18-year-old on senior skip day.

I bet I even get gas mileage now that all the extra weight in dirt that I’d been driving around with has been removed.

Our local dog park welcomes all breeds. Even a bearded grey & white dog that’s five feet tall.

This guy was sitting all by himself in the parking lot when we arrived. Ella barked at him with her deep, throaty bark. That’s the bark where she means business!

That dog took Ella very seriously because he didn’t move from his spot the entire time we were in the park. Carson wanted to pee on him when we left but I wouldn’t allow it.

It was spa day for Ella. She had a mud bath followed by a swim and may get her nails done this evening.