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Archive for January, 2005

TV and Fast Food

Posted by Mike on 21st January 2005

I was thinking about starting a new category called Quotes. Originally, I was going to search for the “perfect” quote to open posting in this new category. There are a lot to choose from. In fact, most of my favorite quotes come directly from the Bible. As it turns out, I picked a quote from a user’s signature on Slashdot.

Fast Food: Corporate America in your body
Television: Corporate America in your mind

This quote caught my attention because it rings so true in my life. I kicked the television habit several years ago when we put our television in a box for two months. In other words, we went “cold turkey.” It’s out of the box and relegated to the basement. The TV doesn’t get turned on much at all. I remember our household being picked for a Nielsen TV ratings. At the end of the week, nearly all the pages were empty. I wonder how many of these surveys are turned it with so few hours of television being watched by a family.

I am in the process of kicking the fast food habit. I include all types of fast food in this category, not just the stuff you buy at a fast food restaraunt. If it is processed and packaged, it is usually a type of fast food. This food exists even in health food stores. In my family, we are trying to eat real food. It’s a big change and it takes more time. However, my body knows what to do with it. Contrast that with the Standard American Diet (SAD), with its’ processing, chemical additives, and artificial ingredients.

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Rodent Regatta is Back

Posted by Mike on 17th January 2005

Yes, as mentioned last week, Rodent Regatta is now back. It has a nice clean look too. I look forward to reading interesting things there again.

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The Beginning

Posted by Mike on 13th January 2005

Last month I officially started my family on an adventure. Sure, we have been talking and dreaming about this for years. We even had one false start. This time it is for real. It’s our Farming Adventure. You might think that this is a strange adventure, but that it our dream and we are pursuing it. It is even more than a dream, it is the very thing that God wants my family to do.

Why become a farmer? I married a farm girl, but I have always been a city boy. My children dream of having a cow, some sheep, a llama, some chickens, farm cats, and a couple of dogs on our farm. It really isn’t a bad dream after all! I want to be able to provide more (if not all) real food for my family. We have been buying a lot of it direct from farmers. Having a farm is the next logical step.

Our farm is starting from scratch. We purchased 40 acres of Iowa farm ground. I won’t say that it is prime, but it is dirt. There aren’t any structures on the land, just trees, pasture, and some open acres where the previous owner planted soybeans. I plan to make that pasture too.

It is a big dream. There is a lot to do. I will share the progress of our Family Farm Adventure, right here, on mikesmind.com.

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Rodent Regatta

Posted by Mike on 13th January 2005

It looks like Rodent Regatta is coming back soon. It was one of my favorites. I have missed it and can’t wait for its’ return.

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