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M-Cubed for 3/7/2011

Posted Mar 07 2011 5:15am
Monday Morning Musings for March Seventh, Twenty Eleven. A smattering of thoughts that alone don't constitute a blog post but together end up here on Monday morning.

- March, January, February...it's all so confusing. Saturday, it was 50F and pouring rain. I wake up yesterday and it's 29F and 1" of snow on the ground and Old Glory was frozen along with the Navy Jack. All I asked for was an increase of 5F and sunshine and never did get it.

- I read a story out of Omaha, Nebraska last night about a Marine's dad, also a former Marine, who just received the first hand-written newsletter from his 22 year-old son serving in Afghanistan. It's a gripping, short article and just a snapshot of what 99% of the press will not write about and most of the public ignores.  Will you take a minute to read it? Here it is . Say a prayer today for the 3/5.

- So the news came out last week about the iPad 2. Apple had leaked news a few weeks back that due to production problems, it wouldn't go on sale until May or June. With the press expecting a firm date and all the tech details at the press conference, a beautiful new iPad 2 was revealed and shockingly, announced a March 11th release date...at 5pm. Yes, this Friday. This time, though, they aren't taking pre-orders like they did for Verizon's version of the iPhone 4 last month.  The overwhelming pre-order crashed the site and lines didn't form at the Verizon stores on the official release date. Many thought that the poor brick-n-mortar showing indicated a soft release for Verizon but that was far from the truth. Apple hit it out of the park with this release. Learning from the Verizon lesson and realizing how cult-like Apple has become, they WANT long lines and lots of hype this Friday. Truth be told? I'll probably be one of them. Here's everything you could possibly want to know about it including the press conference and the video intro of the new iPad 2.   I'll take mine in white, please.

- Even though I woke up to snow yesterday, a sure sign of Spring was on Saturday. My dad and my girls fired up the ice cream machines at Billocks' Ice Cream and churned out the first batches of ice cream. Before we left, we had made vanilla, chocolate, double chocolate peanut butter and cookies and cream. Check out our new Facebook page for photos I took all along the process from ingredient measuring to the finished product. My girls loved helping Grandpa! It was pretty cool to "sample" the ice cream right out of the machine. With a consistency like custard (it had yet to head to the 10F batch freezer), it was still out of this world. So great to see the machines fired up again and the community buzz already building up.

- One of our ultimate goals as we pay off our debt with the goal of becoming debt free is to be able to give like crazy some day. Someday, we hope to be able to just spontaneously write a check for someone or an organization to help them simply because it's needed. Well, ABC premiered a new show last night called "Secret Millionaire" where each week, a wealthy person will spend some time in a part of the country visiting local organizations and families and determine what to give and how much. They'll learn about them, get involved, volunteer a bit, then determine what to give. It was a pretty good premiere last night and really provided some insight into what we hope to be able to do someday. Here's the homepage for the show if you want to check it out . Last night, they were in Knoxville, TN. Next Sunday: Detroit, MI.

- "He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue." ~ Mark Twain. Recently, I have seen the deadly and destructive side of gossip. I vow here and now not be a part of such an evil thing and challenge you today to do the same.

- Another new show premiered last night on Lifetime: Coming Home. It will feature soldier/sailor/Marine/airmen coming home to family. Miss it?  Thought so. So did I.  But, I did watch it early online this morning here . Enjoy it and grab the tissues! Great to see a show like this make it on air...hoping it survives! I loved it.

Have a great week, everyone, and Happy Trails!
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