Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dog pee etiquette

While dog poo etiquette is well established - if your dog poops in a public area, clean it up, dog pee etiquette isn't clear at all.  Mick the wonder dog loves his walks; they are a continuous series of going a few feet, sniff, pee, repeat.  Yes, Mick likes to pee about as often as a 60 year old diabetic.  But one needs to ask themselves, what is expected in regards to dog pee.  Are you expected to bend over and make a cursory motion to "clean it up"?  I experienced an incident about a year ago when a real butt head, who's home abuts (couldn't help myself) the Crossings Park off Knauf Lane continued to yell from his home in response to Mick squatting and marking his sniff points.  Either this individual needed better binoculars or felt that if your dog squats, the owner should squat as well.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

MTQ Cooking: Easy Turkey Soup

Here's a perfect solution for your leftover Turkey.  It is super easy - if you can cut potatoes and carrots, you can make this!  You can make this soup a day or two after you cook your Turkey or you can cut and freeze your Turkey to make this soup another day.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Confusing Hiring Priorities at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The MTQ All Star page has recognized several businesses for their commitment to veterans.  It would seem that similar praise would be in order for the VA based on the announcement by VA Secretary Shinseki to increase the percentage of veterans in the VA to 40%.  It was then somewhat disheartening to see a complete lack of acknowledgement of this goal in the VA's Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Strategic Plan for FY 2012-2016.   As the ODI Strategic Plan reflects, the VA's inclusion goals are based on what the strategic plan refers to as the Relevant Civilian Labor Force (RCLF).  Allegedly this reflects a cross-section of the population who are available for employment.  This quip is not intended to disparage the good work of the VA, but rather is an illustration of the dangers of interpretation of data.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

If I could only own 10 albums

I (mostly) missed the 8 track generation, but I did collect some vinyl 33s and then purchased some cassettes along the way to play in the car.  I realize that you can purchase singles for only a buck, but I like having the hard CD which gives me the peace of mind that I can easily burn a MP3 copy when I need to rather than being at the mercy of an online store to decide whether I can get a copy of my tunes to my newest device or not.  Also, there remains a degree of old fart syndrome in my music habits.  It used to be that albums represented a theme or collection of tunes and while singles mattered, the larger album counted as well and I still tend to shop based on "album" versus "single". Although I've long since sold the vinyl 33s and the cassettes have largely been trashed, I have accumulated a huge collection of CDs.  When I look at the numerous boxes of CDs, I wonder if I had to limit my collection to only 10 which 10 would it be.  In this post, I am going to force myself to identify the 10 must have albums for 50 somethings like me.