Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Did She Really Say That? 

While wandering through the very large but very brightly colored and well-maintained Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport today in search of luggage and rental cars, I heard the airport paging person issue a call not once, but twice for "Les Moore." Yes, less more. Twice. Are you shocked that there was not a real person to respond to the page?

The keen wits that came up with that one were probably dying to try out Michael Hunt and hope she'd go for the shortened surname.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:07 PM

The Direct View 


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Originally uploaded by RSLS.

I know you're all more intrigued by the Hidden Starbucks mentioned in the previous post, but for those of you who want all the details of my stay in Minneapolis (okay, Richfield...), here's the view directly out from my window. Very exciting, I know. Although I do think it beats the view of the cornfield and nothing within walking distance that was my fate in Ames, Iowa.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:35 PM

Hidden Starbucks 

A little more interesting than the office building directly across the street is the view slightly to the left. You can see the corner of shops across Lyndale Ave. What you can't see is that further down that block is a Starbucks! I plan on breaking up my evening of boredom by walking over for a latte. Earlier this evening I drove to the Uptown section of Minneapolis, where all things hip and happening are located. There I had a fabulous sushi dinner at Fuji-Ya. In case you're wondering, I had the spicy tuna spring roll (which is in a rice wrap rather than a wonton-like skin), followed by a caterpillar roll and salmon sushi. Absolutely delish! Here's their description (I know The Girl will want to run right out and get some...):

Spicy Tuna Spring Roll
#1 sashimi grade Ahi tuna marinated in our spicy tuna sauce, wrapped in clear rice paper with gobo, kaiware, & avocado, garnished with spicy eel sauce.

Caterpillar Maki
8 pieces. Eel & cucumber wrapped with avocado, sprinkled with sesame seeds & topped with our special unagi sauce.

The salmon sushi is like is sounds. Slices of salmon atop a matching size block of rice.

So anyway, after my sushi high has worn off, I'll be ambling over to Starbucks for the aroma of civilization.



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Originally uploaded by RSLS.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:33 PM
Monday, August 14, 2006

Things are Looking Up 

The Northwest Airlines flight attendants have postponed their potential strike until after I am back from my trip to Minneapolis.  Whew! 

In other news, The Girl and I golfed on Sunday with a group to which we've belonged for several years.  At each event, players can sign up for the competition holes – usually 4 or 5 holes, a mix of closest to the pin and longest drive – for $1/hole.  Yesterday there were three closest to the pin (these are par 3's – in order to qualify, your tee shot has to stop on the green, then it's the closest of the qualifying that wins) and two longest drive (in order to qualify, your tee shot has to stop in the fairway, then it's the longest of the qualifying that wins).  I won one of the longest drives ($15), and The Girl took home a closest to the pin ($22).

Even more exciting was that The Girl wound up with a 93 for the round, one of her best scores ever.  I was a putting machine on the front nine, with a total of 13 putts for the nine holes!  We won't talk about my overall score, or my putting on the back nine.  I prefer to focus on the good things…


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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:54 AM
Friday, August 11, 2006

Travel Plans 

I'm getting ready for my (hopefully) last business trip of the year.  I'll be conducting annual site visits for two clients in Minneapolis next week.  Good timing, eh?  Not only is security heightened and therefore causing long lines, delays, etc. so I'm supposed to arrive at least two hours early for a domestic flight, but it's still up in the air whether Northwest's flight attendants will be starting random sickouts on Tuesday.  Oh yeah, I'm scheduled to fly on Northwest.  On Tuesday.

At least (so far) TSA has not yet adopted the British restriction on carrying on any portable electronic devices.  I've got all my books loaded onto my Palm – both summer reading (about 30 Star Trek books) and selected chapters from my texts for my upcoming courses.  Time to work on first assignments, after all.  If more of my professors would actually post them, that is.  Hello?  Professors?  We're waiting.  Eager to get going.  Are you there?

Anyway, think of me next week, and wish me luck not only in getting there on time, but also in returning without delays.  I'd hate to have work interfere with my weekend.  The Girl and I have beach plans!  And look for random photos from Minneapolis next week.


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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:24 AM
Friday, August 04, 2006

Teamwork 

I have a soft-top Jeep Wrangler, and I keep roof down as frequently as possible, or at least if the roof is up I'll have the windows out.  The rear side windows are out for the whole summer, as they're a real pain to reinstall and I don't even have a back seat in for passengers, so what's the point?  I've kept the roof up lately because of the intermittent rainstorms.  I can park it in the covered parking at work, but the ceiling isn't high enough for me to raise or lower the roof while I'm in there (the roof frame swings up and over).  So this morning I'm driving down 128 with the roof up but windows out when my phone rings.  It's The Girl, wondering if I've got my windows in because she's about one town ahead of me on the highway and has been surrounded by a monsoon. 

It was just starting to spit a bit where I was, but I pulled off the highway and parked under some trees at a nearby Mariott so I could put in the front windows and roll down the rear one, then back on the highway with me.  Sure enough, moments later it started pouring. 

It's so much nicer putting them in BEFORE the heavy rains begin.  Because once it starts, what's the point?  I'll get soaked getting out to install them anyway!


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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:03 AM
Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Classes Approach 

It would seem that the start of classes is drawing nigh.  For NESL, classes for returning students begin Monday, August 28 – less than four weeks away.  The good news is that all my textbooks are either in hand or ordered.  Only one has an expected delivery date that could be after the start of classes (the expected date for this book is from a bit before to a bit after the 28th), but at least that one is a "recommended" rather than a "required" text. 

 

The best news is that my Wills, Estates and Trusts II classes uses the same textbook as the Wills, Estates and Trusts class I took last year.  Nothing like not having to buy a $104 book!

 

All the other books that haven't yet arrived are expected to ship in the next couple of days, so I'll have plenty of time to get the first day's assignments read.  Assuming the professors post the syllabi at some point.  Currently only one of my four professors has posted up the first assignment.  It drives me a little crazy as the first day approaches and some of the assignments aren't posted.  Sometimes it's just because that professor decided not to put out a first assignment so we can fully enjoy the break, but sometimes it's because they didn't submit it to be put online and it's just sitting there in the building in a stack of hard copies, which requires an extra trip into Boston early enough to get the assignment and do the reading.  Of course, because we don't know, this entails multiple trips, because maybe it's not there today but maybe it will be there in a couple of days.  If they could just post a little note saying "No first assignment – get syllabus at first class" or something to that effect, then we'd know and could relax.  This not knowing sort of defeats the purpose of those kind-hearted professors who want us to enjoy the summer.

 

The winner of the highest number of books per class award goes to Personal Income Tax, which has a total of five.  Hopefully I won't have to haul every one of these to every class.  I'd better start working out, just in case. 


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Posted by Beth Henderson at 1:31 PM