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6.10.2015

Where to meet?

Brainstorming for friend: what are options for having a weekly Wednesday evening class of 30 (or more) adults? I have so far:

Churches
Hotels (paid)
Restaurants.
City or county parks (paid - e.g. Eagan has a couple classroom-type spaces affiliated with parks)
Schools (not sure if they're open in the summer)
Medical-type clinics (e.g. I went to a River Valley morning men's group that met at a member's chiropractic office before they opened)
Corporate office (e.g. a bank's boardroom or lobby after hours.)
Furniture store (plenty of seating but it's poorly arranged by default)
Free covered parking ramp; you could "tailgate" there in inclement weather.
Nearby open parking lot; you could "tailgate" there in good weather. (Bugs probably aren't too bad in the wide-open paved area?)
The new Total Wine store in Burnsville has a really nice classroom for wine-tasting classes; if they weren't holding a Wednesday night class, they might offer that to other groups?

Other ideas?

3.21.2015

RIP Rifr

You know how life has those "I should do that someday..." moments?  For years I've had "check out Rifr" on my to-do list.  But now it's gone.  It was cool, I think.  I would know, had I checked it out...



3.16.2015

Finding missing persons...

Now that the latest missing teen in my circle of friends has been found, I've removed the original text from my Facebook search post, because effective social-media calls end up accidentally lasting longer than necessary and that just confuses things.  But, in the process, I lost this text and I want to repost it because it's an important glimpse of my heart on the issue: 
 
"Odds are she's safe of her own free will, but a family's love doesn't play the odds and neither does the law when it comes to minors.  And if she's not safe, time is of the essence.  Let's get her found, then hash out the questions and family dynamics later."
 
And I stand by that.  When kids go missing (and adults too, but primarily with teens), particularly girls, there's this weird social undercurrent of "she probably just ran away, looking to gain attention with some drama." Maybe, I suppose.  Maybe not.  It doesn't matter. The odds of really bad consequences (up to and including death) are high enough that the time to question and criticize needs to be delayed, if it even has to come at all.
 
Put more bluntly: Shut up and find the kid so the family is reunited with a living person, who you can then be upset with later. Okay?
 


 


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