More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the University of Minnesota’s “College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences”

Sure, MY state’s biggest university has a world renowned agriculture program, but I really think it would have been sufficient to simply call it the “Farming Department” — just as my alma mater had simple names like “Political Science Department” and “History Department.” Instead of simplicity, however, the University of Minnesota seems to have gotten … Continue reading "More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the University of Minnesota’s “College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences”"

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Foraging for Food

I am pleased to participate in the August Challenge presented by our august challenge host, Czar Greg. I am interpreting the challenge, as indicated by said Czar, to include anything and everything food related……. Grant Township Food Cupboard Teasdale Foods is that a way———–> Teasdale has been feeding families with delicious, authentic Latin recipes for … Continue reading "Foraging for Food"

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With a little help from my friends

Yes, I know I’ve been a pretty faithless participant last month.  Planning our tour, biking our tour and blogging our tour is pretty time consuming, especially when you factor in time for eatin’ and drinkin’.  I’m trying to get my head around the idea of seeing faces in strange places, but I don’t think I’m … Continue reading "With a little help from my friends"

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I’m Trying To Do The Best I Can In My Own Challenge

I’ve been happy to see a few July “Face” Challenge posts already. I must say, the pictures have all been worthy of the fine grades I’ve given them. It makes me feel like I succeeded in making the challenge not too impossible, but it also makes me feel like my students are smarter than ME. … Continue reading "I’m Trying To Do The Best I Can In My Own Challenge"

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SPECIAL REPORT: Czar Issues the July Challenge

Hi folks, Czar Greg here, and today I am pleased to announce my very first monthly challenge. I am confident you will find it to be fun, interesting, and — most importantly — goofy. So, without further fanfare, here is the challenge: Ride your bike down to your local river and take a video of … Continue reading "SPECIAL REPORT: Czar Issues the July Challenge"

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SCAVENGER HUNT: On This Day I Found Two of the Last Three Items

Yes, I was hoping to find all three remaining items, but sometimes a person’s hopes do not become reality. ********************************************************************** [As so often happens, the sentence I just wrote reminded me of a life experience: Back when I was an employee for a very results-oriented company, I did my best to play their game. I … Continue reading "SCAVENGER HUNT: On This Day I Found Two of the Last Three Items"

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SCAVENGER HUNT: Major Bore Has More That You Can’t Ignore For Round Four

I’ve still got three more items to find for Round Four of Rich’s excellent Scavenger Hunt – – a brick street, a mini liquor bottle, and a stack of bricks. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find them here in MY Town. Therefore, I’m thinking I’ll have to make a trip over to … Continue reading "SCAVENGER HUNT: Major Bore Has More That You Can’t Ignore For Round Four"

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June Challenge Round 4

Round 4 The final round of the Scavenger Hunt   A Picket Fence    Giant Tubes    Sports Scoreboard     Brick Street     Barn Quilt     Dog House House with a Turret     Foot Bridge    Water Feature    Gas Station     Mini Liquor Bottle     Electric Substation    Red Flowers     Lake/Pond     Road Hazard    Water Tower Teeter … Continue reading "June Challenge Round 4"

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Animals & Clouds That Look Like Something Else

Yup, I managed to complete Round 3 of the Cycle365 Scavenger Hunt today. Interestingly, I accomplished that feat even though I was on a completely unrelated cycling mission. Right now I’m typing away and I still don’t know whether I should address the Scavenger Hunt first or the Completely Unrelated Cycling Mission first. I think … Continue reading "Animals & Clouds That Look Like Something Else"

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When It Comes To Scavenging, Vultures & Hyenas Have Got Nothing On Me

I’ve got a lot of pictures to show today, so I’ll dispense with the my usual long stories and personal histories and general ridiculousness. Let’s get right to it, shall we? I was pretty sure I could find a couple of the items at the road construction project going on just a block from my … Continue reading "When It Comes To Scavenging, Vultures & Hyenas Have Got Nothing On Me"

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June Challenge Round 3

Thanks to everyone for participating in Rounds 1 and 2 Never too late to join in on Rounds 3 and 4 Round 3 Crack in Concrete     Something to Recycle     A Sparkly Object     Animal Basketball Goal     Weathered Brick Wall     A “Y” Shaped Object     Arch Flattened Beverage Can     Something Purple     Fork Lift Truck or Bobcat     … Continue reading "June Challenge Round 3"

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DESPERATE TIMES REQUIRE DESPERATE MEASURES -Hippocrates

LOSER, QUITTER, WIMP, FAILURE, SLACKER. Those were the words going through my mind yesterday after I was unable to complete Rich’s Checklist #2 in a single day. A new day has dawned! I’m refreshed, re-hydrated, and fully-prepared to finish what I started. I don’t care what it takes, I don’t care how low I have … Continue reading "DESPERATE TIMES REQUIRE DESPERATE MEASURES -Hippocrates"

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Scavenging Hooterville and Surrounds

Steeple at the Presbyterian Church I hadn’t realized just how steeple-less the churches here are — another church has a sort of steeple but its rather truncated New Jersey license plate Saw a plate from Hawaii here once, should have photographed it, but didn’t  🙁 Decorated fire hydrant and a red roof There was a … Continue reading "Scavenging Hooterville and Surrounds"

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Bike to Wherever Day

Stardate: 12:30 – 2:30 Weather: Clear with variable sub-space radiation and occasional stardust Route: To infinity and beyond Distance: 24 parsecs Bike: Ogre with new dilithium crystals Riders: Solo, no Han Note: Today was Bike to Wherever Day (previously known as Bike to Work Day), one of many events in the Intergalactic Bay Area celebrating Bike Month. I chose to try … Continue reading "Bike to Wherever Day"

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Horseshoe Meadow, part 2

After shuttling to the top of Horseshoe Meadow Road at approximately 10,000 feet in elevation, I conducted a steep blitzkrieg down the mountainside to Lone Pine, roughly 6000 feet below. Given my speed, rough pavement, hairpin turns, and lack of guardrails, the road demanded my full attention. Fortunately, from top to bottom I encountered less … Continue reading "Horseshoe Meadow, part 2"

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Things I Haven’t Photographed Before And The Reasons Why

It’s possible I MIGHT have shown a picture of the field shown above, but if I did, it wasn’t in the state it is now. Just a couple days ago it was a field of tall prairie grasses, prairie weeds, and prairie bushes. Now it’s a field of ashes and charred sticks. Obviously it was … Continue reading "Things I Haven’t Photographed Before And The Reasons Why"

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The Contents of My Pannier and Other Things I’ve Never Photographed Before

I went on a 25-mile ride today and I didn’t take a single picture. I didn’t stop at all except for a quick pee. So what have I got to offer? Well, it only took the previous two Cycle365 posts to incite me into action. IllinoisRich and Old Grumbleface displayed what’s inside their bike bags. … Continue reading "The Contents of My Pannier and Other Things I’ve Never Photographed Before"

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Trunk Bag

Never previously photographed! So I photographed the contents of my trunk bag. Inventory: Emergency rain jacket (extremely light weight). Camera (nestled on jacket). Spare tube. Baggie of trail mix. Gorillapod mini tripod. Two allen wrenches (for emergency adjustment of brakes). Kleenex. Bicycle “business cards.” Need to add sunscreen. Hey! What happened to the US$1,000,000 in … Continue reading "Trunk Bag"

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Speed and Untamed Competitiveness

As far as I can tell, this month’s challenge is to photograph something you’ve never photographed before. Suzanne proposed it a couple days ago, Old Grumbleface seconded it, Lednar Zeppelin thirded it, and Gregblood fourthed it. And there were no objections. (There may be some objections to “thirded” and “fourthed” coming soon though.) So, as … Continue reading "Speed and Untamed Competitiveness"

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