October 4, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday - Vol. 41

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Well I can't say that I never win anything. Before our parish's big annual fall festival on Saturday, I told my wife that if we win the raffle for the new Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, we should sell it and split the money with the church. I'll spare you the phony suspense. We didn't win the truck. But I entered one of the hourly 50/50 cash raffles and took home $115! The other half went to the church. So I was a little prophetic, wasn't I?

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It's amazing our parish was able to even have the event after the heavy winds and six inches of rain the night before. It rains so little around here that it seemed like we got half a year's rain all in one night.

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One of the smartest decisions in the history of the world was allowing Texas to move National Night Out (NNO) festivities from August to October. Who wants to hang out in the street and get to know their neighbors when its 105 degrees outside? It was only in the 90s on Tuesday night, and our street's NNO party was conveniently located right outside thanks to our across-the-street neighbors. The concept of NNO doesn't exactly cater to introverts. But we had a good time.

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As much as I love the Atlanta Braves and baseball in general (hence the little baseball in the blog logo), I hardly ever actually write about it. But now its playoff time! Enough said.

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The Chobani Greek yogurt people have redeemed themselves. Although I ought to wait until we try the replacement products before saying so. My 7-year-old daughter was the unfortunate one who took a bite of the fizzy, moldy yogurt that was eventually recalled. The company just sent us a stack of coupons for a bunch of free yogurt to make up for the inconvenience/poisoning. UPDATE: Nevermind on the redemption. My wife used one of the coupons to buy a replacement pack of yogurt, and one of them was already open and leaking. Yuck.

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Check out this letter that my daughter (who's in second grade) received from our bank:

"Thank you for trusting us to help you with banking needs. Beginning Oct. 19, 2013 we are changing our wire transfer fees. All outgoing international wire transfers will be sent through the Bank of New York Mellon and a new International Wire Service Fee of $25 will be charged. We are also lowering our Wire Transfer Fee from $35 to $20. The total fee for international wire transfers will now be $45. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We value your business and the opportunity to serve you."
Wow. That's a lot for a 7-year-old to handle, but she's coping with it!

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Sometimes the most sought-after Christmas toys quickly wind up in the back of the toy closet. But I have found an innovative new use for the Elmo Live that our daughter got for Christmas in 2008. Somehow he wound up on the top of my dresser, and his outstretched arms are a perfect place to hang socks that are missing their match. Batteries are not necessary.

Put a sock in it, Elmo!

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