Monthly Archives: January 2011

Acadian Congress chooses executive director | Bangor Daily News

Acadian Congress chooses executive director | Bangor Daily News

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Media mogul to buy huge swath of Maine forestland | Bangor Daily News

Media mogul to buy huge swath of Maine forestland | Bangor Daily News

Coffeehouse observation No. 262

I’m brainstorming a possible business idea – Emergency Mobile Coffeehouse. Pick up an old ambulance. Pull out the medical equipment – maybe not the gurney – and put in an espresso machine, coffee urns, folding bistro table and chairs, etc., and then follow the most popular roach coaches to stake a claim on the coffee trade. Could even show up with the siren blaring. … It’s just an idea.

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Video: Intrepid reporter risks all to show off snow tubing | Bangor Daily News

Video: Intrepid reporter risks all to show off snow tubing | Bangor Daily News.

Coffeehouse observation No. 261

An old Norton Commando is parked outside next to an old Thunderbird. Cool.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 260

Forgetting that you’ve fully opened your coffee mug can lead to coffee on your chin and the front of your shirt. I know these things, because they happen to me! Why, oh, why? …

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Coffeehouse observation No. 259

A woman in the coffeehouse is using flash cards to study. I didn’t even know they still made flash cards.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 258

I think the WordPress metrics must have gone a little haywire yesterday. It registered 302 visits to my Coffeehouse Observer blog yesterday. That’s pretty good for a tiny blog I barely promote, but I’m not letting my head swell. Before yesterday, the blog metrics registered about 1,366 visits in the entire year since I started commenting on the things I see in the coffeehouse. I have no illusions that somehow the world suddenly “discovered” Coffeehouse Observer. It must be a glitch. But a fun one.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 257 — Starbucks’ Trenta: Everything you need to know about the 31-ounce cup | AOLNews

Coffeehouse observation No. 257 — Starbucks’ Trenta: Everything you need to know about the 31-ounce cup | AOLNews

[Seriously, anything this big really should come with a lifeguard. – KM]

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Coffeehouse observation No. 256

I just spotted a woman at the coffeehouse pull out an 8-inch long propane grill lighter to torch her cigarette. … And I think perhaps her eyebrows.

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Maine woodworker gets ready for Manhattan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine woodworker gets ready for Manhattan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

‘I Have a Dream’ | Bangor Daily News

‘I Have a Dream’ | Bangor Daily News.

[Includes text of the speech and a link to a YouTube version. — KM]

Black Bears knock off Boston College | Bangor Daily News

Black Bears knock off Boston College | Bangor Daily News

LePage makes unscheduled visit to King Day breakfast | Bangor Daily News

LePage makes unscheduled visit to King Day breakfast | Bangor Daily News

[While this may seem like a step forward, it also seems a bit politically motivated. The new governor of Maine may talk like a tough guy, but he also needs to learn to walk softly. He needs to learn statesmanship. – KM]

Coffeehouse observation No. 255

I am still recovering from the anguish that was yesterday’s game. The Jets team that was expected a month and half ago finally showed up in Foxborough … to play the Foxborough Community College Patriots. The Pats were awful yesterday – Brady throwing behind everyone and an INT, two dropped TD passes, fumbles, poor special teams play – and the team did not deserve to win. I will drown my sorrows in coffee! … When does spring training being?

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Bill Nemitz: Governor, you’re making Maine the butt of a national joke | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Bill Nemitz: Governor, you’re making Maine the butt of a national joke | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

800 blocks of ice harvested for Biathlon palace | Bangor Daily News

800 blocks of ice harvested for Biathlon palace | Bangor Daily News.

Show us your ice shack — it might be worth $1,000 | Bangor Daily News

[My Mom says she’s spotted a couple of ice shacks on the lake when she lives. It’s a very chilly spot. Brrr! — KM]

Show us your ice shack — it might be worth $1,000 | Bangor Daily News.

Things might be looking up!

I received two emails overnight from women – one from Sudan and one from Russia – offering me long-term relationships (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) in exchange for travel accommodations. I just have to transfer the appropriate amount from my account. And an email from an overseas bank asking me for sensitive personal information in exchange for $580 million!! I’m rich and a ladies’ man! … Actually, I think I’ll file all three under “scams to avoid.”

Skip that grande latte, click below to back a cure for diabetes

A former boss, Diane Barney, is riding in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure on May 1 in Napa.

Those of you who are able – especially those who have diabetics in your family or know diabetics at work or the gym or wherever – should click here for the link to the website where you can pledge to back Diane in the ride. Or follow the link to find information on how to join the effort, either as a rider or by making a pledge to another rider.

The event is part of a series of fund-raising cycling events held in more than 40 U.S. states. You can find out more about the event on the website.

My kid sister has been a diabetic since she was, well, a kid. Diabetics have a wide range of health challenges, the worst of which include blindness, poor blood circulation that can lead to amputations, and even death. Diabetes is a very, very serious illness, but does not seem to garner the type of attention – especially in research funding – that it should.

Diane, now the communications director at NorthBay Healthcare Systems in Fairfield, CA, made this pitch earlier today to her Facebook friends:

“I’m riding 25 miles in the Tour de Cure, a fund-raising cycling event to help stop diabetes. Any friend who would like to pledge me can click directly to this page and use a credit card. How convenient, right? Any amount is fine – 10 cents a mile is only $2.50 – less than a grande latte at Starbucks! And it’s for a great cause!”

So, skip that grande latte and support the demise of a hideous disease. Click on this link and back Diane in the ride. Or follow the link to the American Diabetes Association website on the Tour de Cure and find a city near you where you can participate in a ride – either as a rider or a donor.

Stop diabetes in our lifetime!

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