Tales of tech Love

Tech Love!
I was browsing the future shop website years ago and saw an amazing sale on the Canon xTi. I wanted it so badly! I asked my husband if he would get it for my borthday. We agreed that it would be a good purchase so I phoned and asked my dad to take me over to get it. It turned out that it was only available online. My dad agreed to put it on his future shop card and in fact decided to buy himself one as well. I was so excited when it got here in the first few weeks I took over two thousand pictures. I still love to use it, it takes such great pictures. One day I would love to upgrade to one with video capabilites though.

Tales of Tech Woe

Tech Woe!
Years ago when we moved from our apartment to our new house I took pictures of the apartment to prove the condition we left it in. By the time we got to our new place it was missing. I worried that somehow i had left it there. I called the apartment manager as we had turned in the key and they said that it wasn't there. We unpacked everything over the next month and it was no where to be found. I went out and bought myself a new camera eventually but always wondered where it had ended up. Almost a year later I found out. I went to my mothers and went back to the spare bedroom. There sitting on the back of the futon was my camera case. She had thought it was my dads and put it back there completely forgetting about it.

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Top Secret Recipes
version of
Duncan Hines®
Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Cake Mix
by Todd Wilbur
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cups baker’s sugar (superfine sugar)
¾ cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons shortening

To make cake
1 1/3 cups water
½ cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs

1. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add shortening, then use an electric mixer on medium speed to blend shortening into dry ingredients. Mix until no chunks of shortening are visible. This is your cake mix, which you can keep in a sealed container for several months until you are ready to make the cake.
2. To make the cake preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the sides and bottom of two 9-inch baking pans or one 13x9-inch pan. Lightly flour the greased pans.
3. Blend dry cake mix (from step #1) with water, oil and eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 more minutes.
4. Pour batter into pans and bake for 30 to 33 minutes for 9-inch pans, and 35 to 38 minutes for 13x9-inch pan. You can also make cupcakes with the mix. They take 19 to 22 minutes.

Your Existing Situation
Imaginative and sensitive; seeking an outlet for these qualities--especially in the company of someone equally sensitive. Interest and enthusiasm are readily aroused by the unusual or the adventurous.

Your Stress Sources
Wishes to be independent, unhampered, and free from any limitation or restriction, other than those which she imposes of herself or by her own choice and decision.

Your Restrained Characteristics
Feels she is receiving less than her share, but that she will have to conform and make the best of her situation.
Remains emotionally unattached even when involved in a close relationship.

Willing to become emotionally involved and able to achieve satisfaction through sexual activity, but tries to avoid conflict.

Your Desired Objective
Seeks success, stimulation, and a life full of experience. Wants to develop freely and to shake off the shackles of self-doubt, to win, and to live intensely. Likes contacts with others and is enthusiastic by nature. Receptive to anything new, modern, or intriguing; has many interests and wants to expand her fields of activity. Optimistic about the future.

Your Actual Problem
Fights against restriction or limitation, and insists on developing freely as a result of her own efforts.

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Top Secret Recipes
version of
Peppermint Brownie
by Todd Wilbur

Here's one for the holidays: A mint chocolate brownie with mint buttercream frosting on top, and creamy chocolate frosting on top of that. And to simplify the cloning process a bit, we start with a common fudge brownie mix. By changing the required ingredients listed on the brownie mix box, and adding some other modified steps, we can improve on the finished product. Rather than oil, use a stick of melted butter in your brownies for a richer, better flavor. And cook the brownies at a slightly lower temperature so that they come out moist and chewy. Since this recipe is for peppermint brownies, adding just a bit of peppermint extract will do the trick.
The peppermint brownies from Starbucks have red and white frosting drizzled lightly across the top. To save time, you can skip this mostly cosmetic step. Or you can buy pre-made red and white frostings that come in little cans (with tips included). Happy holidays from Top Secret Recipes!

1 19.5-ounce box fudge brownie mix
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
1/4 cup water
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon peppermint

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup butter
1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

Decorative Icing
1 can white frosting (with fine tip)
1 can red frosting (with fine tip)

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, then prepare a 9x9-inch baking pan by spraying it with a light coating of non-stick spray. Cut a piece of parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil to the same width as the bottom of the pan, but make it much longer than the pan so that the left and right ends go up and out of the pan on the left and right sides. This will create a "sling" that will help you lift the brownies out of the pan after they've baked.
2. Make the brownie batter by first sifting the box of ingredients. This will remove the clumps. Add the melted butter, water, eggs and peppermint extract and mix the batter by hand just until all the dry stuff is mixed in. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Allow brownie to cool before frosting.
3. Make the peppermint buttercream frosting by beating together 1 cup of powdered sugar and the softened butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer. Mix in another 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, then add 1 tablespoon of milk, and the peppermint and vanilla extract. Mix for about 1 minute to make the frosting smooth. Add an additional 1/4 cup of powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin and light. You want a frosting that can be spread easily, yet it should be firm enough to hold up the layer of chocolate frosting that's coming next. When the brownie has cooled, use a spatula to spread the frosting evenly over the top. Put the brownie in the fridge to firm up the buttercream frosting.
4. Make the chocolate frosting by bringing 1/3 cup whole milk and 1/4 cup butter to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour the chocolate chips into a heat-safe bowl. When the milk and butter comes to a boil, pour the mixture over the chocolate chips and let it all just sit there in the bowl for a couple minutes. Add the vanilla extract to the mixture and whisk until smooth. Use an electric mixer to beat in 1 cup powdered sugar until the frosting is smooth. Spread the chocolate frosting over the white frosting on the brownie. This recipe makes a little more chocolate frosting than you need, so hold back about 1/3 to 1/4 cup.
5. To add the decorative red and white icing if you decide to go for it: First apply the white icing to the top of the cake in a sweeping motion diagonally across the top of the entire cake, then add the red icing over the white in the same sweeping motion in the same direction.
6. Stick the brownie back in the fridge for about an hour before removing it from the pan and slicing it into 9 equal portions. The leftovers will keep well for several days covered in the refrigerator. (

Makes 9 brownies.

Mudcat festival- Strongman competition June 12th, 2004

172 lbs

Log Press 135 lbs
33 reps in 60 seconds

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Log Press 135 lbs
33 reps in 60 seconds

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Farmer's Walk
300 ft with 100lbs(?) (they had two sets of weights, red ones with good handles and blue ones that the handles had broken off of and were crappy. Glen got the crappy ones or he could have gone longer)

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Car Deadlift- hold for time
54 sec

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Truck Pull
80 ft 19.6 seconds

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First Place
total 47 points (Jason Bannon 46 points)

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Larger trophy in front is the yearly trophy. Glens name is on for Last year 3rd place in middle weight.

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helpful tips

Below is a list of very helpful tips your mother probably never got around to telling you, try them, pass them on!!

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you will get perfectly shaped pancakes everytime.

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with potatoes.

To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard boiling.

Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan and the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.

To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dishsoap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.

Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won't be any stains.

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it is still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix me up".

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the fridge and it will keep for weeks.

Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.

To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface throw it away.

Cure for headaches, take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

Ants, ants, ants everywhere...They will not cross a chalk line, get out chalk and draw a line on floor or wherever they are.

Use air freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.


Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost
immediately without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Before you head to he drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with
mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids
peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in
1/2 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes,then apply it as a
massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore Throat?? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take
1 Tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with alka-seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets
in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer
begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the
product was never been advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for Skin Blemishes......Cover the blemish with a dab of honey
and place a band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin
sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therpy for toenail fungus....Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus
by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves
your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection....To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from
loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the
threads of the screws before tightening them.

Coca-Cola cure for rust...Forget those expensive rust removers. Just
saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The
phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer....If menacing bees, wasps,
hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide,
try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover.....just pour a drop of Elmers Glue-all over the
splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to
the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure....Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as
a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil
to a head.

Balm for broken blisters.....To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few
drops of Listerine....a powerful antiseptic.

Heinz vinegar to heal bruises...Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and
apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and
speeds up the healing process.

Kill fleas instantly. Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few
drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to
avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas

Rainy day cure for dog odor....Next time your dog comes in from the rain,
simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making
your dog smell springtime fresh.

Eliminate ear mites....All it takes is a few drops of wesson corn oil in
your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily
for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and
accelerates healing.

Vaseline cure for hairballs.....To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a
dollop of vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the
jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the
digestive system.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2
cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave
for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing
relief from arthritis pain.