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Elevator Etiquette January 25, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Blogging, Friends/Family, HowTo.
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For those of you that have to spend any time in an elevator, my friend Meadow wrote some rules for proper elevator etiquette.  A sample:


1.  If the elevator button is lit, this means it has already been pushed and no amount of repeated pushing will get the elevator to sense your urgency.



Extreme Lunch Challenge January 24, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Blogging, Friends/Family, Uncategorized.

One of my friends, Toby, has an event known as the “Extreme Lunch Challenge”. The premise is this: Toby and two friends go to lunch, and each person orders lunch for another person. What they order for you is all you get to eat. It sounds easy until you see how creative they are ordering lunch.

Check out their blog to see pictures and menu items of lunches past. The lastest lunch from Hometown Buffet is particlularly disgusting.

I had one opportunity to try “the challenge” at Carl’s Jr. It was there I had my first, and last, low carb Six Dollar Burger®. Bleh.

Hawaii in January January 24, 2006

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You just can’t go to Hawaii this time of year, what with the snow and everything. The summit of a volcano had to be closed to the public because of the storm. Story

Weather Cam

For Sale January 23, 2006

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a big rug

a little table

a big bookcase  Taken

and some fancy bedding (selling it for the inlaws)

call me.

Sure, it’s cute as a baby… January 23, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in cool.
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I saw this post on Craigslist for a free baby giraffe that this person claims they found in their back yard in Chandler. She seems sincere—is it possible? I’ve already emailed asking for a picture.

Shiny Mud Ball January 23, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in cool, HowTo.
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This looks so cool.  The website gives you instructions on how to make one, with just dirt and water.  I have to try it sometime.  Let me know if any of you do.

mud ball


Speaking of networking… January 21, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Friends/Family, Internet, RSS, Tips and Tricks.

I’ve started to use a great new free service at the site de.licio.us. Its a “social bookmarking” site with a lot of great features. I think everyone should sign up—here are the best parts:

  1. You can access your bookmarks from anywhere.
  2. No need to organize your bookmarks into folders–you just “tag” them with descriptive words, then you can search your links by how you “tagged” them
  3. Firefox has a plugin for the site, so if you’re on a site you like, you can just push a button on your browser.
  4. You can bookmark a page for another user to see by using the “for:” tag.
  5. You can search other people’s bookmarks, or search the whole community for the most popular bookmarks for a certain “tag”, as in, you could find the most popular links people have for the tag “cool”.
  6. You can subscribe (via RSS, see my previous post) to bookmarks of one person, or of a certain tag.

So sign up! Leave a comment with your username so we can all start sharing links. My username is “thecourts”, so to see my links (I just started, so there aren’t many), you would go to http://del.icio.us/thecourts.

Sharing is fun. Here is a link I found from the “cool” tag. It’s a japanese video that shows the cool way to fold a shirt.

Ways to make parenting a breeze. January 20, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Parenting, Tips and Tricks.

Ok, thats not going to happen, but the site parenthacks.com has some ways to make it easier. Thought it would be good for your parents and soon-to-be parents.

Like this one:

Map out rest areas for smoother road trips

Trey maps out rest area stops for his family’s road trips before they leave home. Makes traveling cheaper (picnics instead of restaurants) and nicer (kids get to run around).

Parent Hacks  (learn how to subscribe to sites like these)

The post to see if my friends are reading my blog January 13, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Business, Entrepreneurship, Ethics & Morals, Friends/Family.

My friends and I maintain an email group. It ebbs and flows depending upon who feels like talking and the interestingness* of the conversation. It’s what keeps us in each others’ loops. It amazes me (and especially my wife) that I am still in close contact with my friends from high school.

I am hoping that this blog will be an extention of that email exchange. I guess I will just have to find something that will rouse up some comments.

Which begs the question, “Is network marketing really evil, or does everyone just think it is?”

Network marketing, multi-level marketing, direct sales, whatever you want to call it, has been around for a long time, and no one can deny the shady resemblence it has to pyramid schemes (just don’t ever say the word “pyramid” around a network marketer unless you have some time on your hands).

I want to hear your opinion. Which is it? Are network marketing companies’ products just a front for their real operation, or are network marketing companies just like that poor kid who gets picked on all the time but is actually really cool if you get to know him?

Comments, please.

*not a real word

Welcome, Friend. January 12, 2006

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Blogging, Friends/Family.

Just a quick shout-out to one of the newest members of my “family and friends” link list, the Warners, and their blog, “the lists“. It is a very well-written blog with, as you might have guessed, lists. I especially liked today’s list about good Utah restaurants.

This is one of my favorites. (Gandolfo’s)

UPDATE:  I just saw on their site that Gandolfo’s is now in Mesa.  Hoorah.