Even though my “kids” are now adults, I’m continuing my “proud papa” blogging. My daughter Katelyn sent me a cellphone snap of her“passed the 2014 General Pediatrics Certifying Examination” letter. Way to go Dr. Oostra … you are now officially board certified and working at a great group practice.
Speaking of an well run medical practice, be sure to check out the Wayzata Children’s Clinic if you are looking for pediatric care and live in Minneapolis, MN or east of the city. Be sure to ask for Dr. Katelyn Oostra (and tell her “I” sent you) — I guarantee you will not regret it!
The mission of Wayzata Children’s Clinic is to provide the highest quality pediatric care in the most compassionate way possible.
We are committed to providing a rewarding and supporting environment for your family and our staff.
Wayzata Children’s Clinic has provided health care services to children and adolescents for over 40 years.
It has been challenging using the new iPad Air 2 without a tactile keyboard since I’m use to using an iPad 2 as a replacement traveling notebook. Typing on the glass screen is less than optimum, so I’ve been searching for a better quality replacement than the previous Logitech Bluetooth keyboard. Unfortunately few “fitted” keyboards or cases exist to look at yet with the Air2 still being relatively new.
At first look, I was planning to pre-order the Belkin Ultimate Air Pro or Zagg keyboard/case, but really liked the quality look and reviews I’ve been reading on the Brydge Keyboard. Unfortunately the Kickstarter company produces in lower numbers and at higher prices for their “what seems to be” quality product. According to their website, they will not have the space gray available for 6 weeks. I’m hoping for quicker service, but placed an order anyway.
The VW has not promised the R model for the U.S. “just yet,” but I sure would enjoy driving one and thinking about it in a performance TDI diesel.
The R wagon will come only with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic, not the standard six-speed manual available on the hatchback and which we’ll see in the U.S. (The DSG is a fine gearbox, but let’s pour one out for our European homies on this one.) The transmission is fed 296 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque from the EA888 2.0-liter turbo four and then routes it to all four wheels via VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive. VW claims a 0-to-62-mph time of 5.1 seconds, which sounds slightly conservative to us.
One of the items from my mother and father-in-law’s farmhouse that I wanted were her thin-bladed stainless steel kitchen knives. They were “always” dull, but the cast handles and all metal construction made them perfect for the dishwasher (although a couple of the tips were pretty bent).
We have two similar knives in our kitchen block and they are the “go-to” workhorses when preparing simple items so have similar ones aboard our sailboat Encore is going to be great. Two of the flexible bladed knifes are nearly filet knife quality (small) and will be great for preparing fish if I ever return to my roots (grew up cleaning hundreds and hundreds of fish as a boy).
As for getting an edge back on the stainless steel (not the best for holding edges), I’m satisfied with them for use in a galley. I probably could have worked a little longer on them and used my “fine” stone, but the medium is good for kitchen knifes. While I was at it, I decided to sharpen and bring one of my two old awls to the boat – TIP: sheath and protect a sharp tool and yourself from an awl or ice pick with a length of stiff plastic tubing cut slightly longer than the tool tip.
Hard to verify since Ino long using the iPad2 (now Air 2), but Apple has released an update iOS called 8.1.1. The update claims to “increase stability and performance” for those using older iPhones and iPads. This was a big complaint with the iPad 2 and will hopefully return performance to at what lease was acceptable on iOS7 for those still productive on older devices.
Amanda Brewer a 26 years old school teacher took this picture while cage-diving in South Africa. “What big teeth you have” … it does remind me of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale for those getting the seafaring version of the story.
I was hoping the global warming climate change gurus were right … and that at least those of use living in the midwest would have a little longer autumns and milder winters. Just joking, if you are planning to remind me just how serious an issue climate change is. Nevertheless, winter weather has arrived in earnest early in November this year as I shoveledour first measurable snowfall off the sidewalks. I suspect it will melt before the next snow, so won’t worry about the driveway (haven’t put the snowblower on the John Deere yet).
Checking the cold forecast for the week as I watch our fluffy snow coming down this afternoon deciding to either lazily settle back to watch some Sunday afternoon football … or get ambitious an go cut down the final dead tree? This one has fallen and is precariously leaning on another tree.
I’m not sure how essential this kind of added security is in the U.S. unless you are an “at risk” person … but I wouldn’t mind owning an SUV like this if I were living in a questionable overseas country. Great job by Texas Armoring in adding protection to a Mercedes, although not sure I’d be sitting so still behind the wheel with a AK-47 firing 7.62 rounds at my face?
Some of the political hot-potato news this past week was related to self described “off the cuff” comments from MIT’s Jonathan Gruber a respected health economist. He helped craft President Obama’s health care law and was captured on video commenting about the “stupidity of the American voter” and suggesting the law was passed dishonestly (NYTimes). Democrats have been scrambling to distance themselves from Gruber, while the GOP (video above) and right wing blogs relish in the added fodder after their huge win early this month.
The key to passing the Affordable Health Care Act(Obamacare) was to prevent the Congressional Budget Office from scoring the "spending" as federal taxes. Key to "selling" it to the public was to give Americans options as to how to obtain and finance health care coverage. Just as the government requires a business to install/pay for "government compliant" handicap access ramps without a "scored tax" by the C.B.O., Obamacare would mandate specific healthcare coverage to be purchased by all and require both businesses and individuals to aquire it on their own, or be subject to penalty.
Referring to the Congressional Budget Office, Mr. Gruber said in an academic panel discussion last year (a tape of which surfaced this week): “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the C.B.O. did not score the mandate as taxes. If C.B.O. scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.”
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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee
lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.