50 thoughts on “January 8, 2016: Downpour”

  1. Much gratitude for those who gave me referrals last night and to all of you for this being a safe place to vent. On our way to Iowa to visit family (the nice ones). I promise no cursing today.

  2. Who forgot to do FMD, thank you. I forgot my iPod and wouldn't be able to get to it until this evening.

  3. I likewise have a question for the Nation's attorneys. My mom is likely headed to court with the company that made the equipment that failed, resulting in Pa's death at work.

    I've met with him once and had a good experience (he seemed competent and answered my non-specialist questions with clarity). He's based in Minnesota, but the trial will be in Wisconsin. He's a personal injury attorney and is working the case with another Minnesota lawyer specializing in product liability as well as local counsel. Is there a credible resource out there I can access that gives me an idea of how good/ethical/cited these guys are?

    For example, I've looked at this guy's Martindale/Hubbell rating, but have no idea how credible that is.

    1. First resource off the top of my head: Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board - Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility: Lawyer Search

      Many lawyers also note "Representative Cases" on their websites. It's typically their greatest hits (so to speak) but can give an indication of what they've worked on or accomplished. Taken with a grain of salt, it can be informative.

      1. Yeah, this is probably about what I'd offer too. It can be awfully tough to evaluate how "good" an attorney is beyond your personal interactions. Juries, and judges, and people who don't like the law as applied to them, and all that kind of thing can make reviews notoriously unreliable. Worth looking at, perhaps, but also a grain of salt to be taken with them. Looking into ethics matters via the professional responsibility board is a well-founded first step to eliminating some of the bad options, but basically when recommending attorneys I tell people to go with someone they feel comfortable with, judging from their website, interactions, word-of-mouth, etc.

        1. My thanks to you both. Since I'm a non-specialist there's only so much I can accurately evaluate, and I'm not they type to be placated by a "Minnesota Super Lawyer" designation (which seems like pay-to-play, but maybe I'm off the mark). I'll check out the responsibility board.

  4. Since this is the season of breaking resolutions and wasting new gym memberships, here is a good piece on nutrition research.

  5. My bad about the Wild last night. I tuned in during the 50 seconds of gap between Flyers' goals 2 & 3.

  6. Fun with Numbers - $700 Million Pot

    Ticket holders have a 1 in 292.2 million chance of winning. To put that in perspective, the odds of hitting the jackpot are about the same as your odds of flipping a quarter and getting heads 28 times in a row, said Jeffrey Miecznikowski, associate professor of biostatistics at the University at Buffalo.
    ...
    If you have extra cash and are thinking of buying all possible number combinations, that is allowed, but it wouldn't be very smart. At $2 a ticket, the strategy would cost about $584 million, and when taxes are subtracted, you'd end up losing money.

      1. I haven't been to a casino in 4 years (and that was to stay in the hotel) and I buy about two Powerball tickets per year, but Yes:

        You may deduct gambling losses on your federal tax return if you itemize deductions. You can’t deduct more in gambling losses than you report in winnings. For details, see IRS Schedule A (Form 1040).
        You must be able to prove the amount of your losses with receipts, diary entries, tickets or other statements. See “Record Keeping,” above.

        In the article, I believe the paragraph following the "If you have extra cash..." sentence calls out that risk.

      1. I'm not familiar with the details, but I assume that the proceeds from ticket purchases are a big source of the jackpot ... maybe not the one you're buying tickets for, but at some point I'd guess they end up in payouts.

    1. I just tried to buy $10 worth just for shits and giggles (NOT AS AN INVESTMENT STRATEGY! I EXPECTED ABOUT $10 WORTH OF UTILITY IN ENJOYMENT!) while I got my afternoon Dr. Pepper and gummi worms, but you have to pay cash evidently, so I didn't get them.

        1. Haribo "Happy Cola" FTW.
          Two summers ago (when I had no braces but a house to sell), I went through about a pack a day.

    2. I bought a Powerball for the first time in over two years the other day. I was shocked that a ticket costs two bucks now.

  7. Just had a pretty important phone interview. I gave strong answers, but have been sick for a week and ended up having two coughing fits. On top of that, my voice is wrecked and weak.

    I know "officially" it didn't have any bearing on anything, but I think that's the kind of thing that sticks in a person's mind whether they want it to or not.

  8. Well, Frances was rather disappointing after Diane and Eugene. Good news is the weather site I check has no raindrops in the icons for the next five days (well, today plus the next 4), so hopefully Junior will be able to play at least 2 of the 3 games scheduled next week (Monday is a makeup game from Thursday and is a battle for first place).

  9. Dont think the Wolves are going to win this game (on ESPN!) but at least they have shown a spark in the first half.

    But fast break points and Cleveland shoots 3's.... yeah...

      1. In 2011 the word was the Twins were willing to trade Span to Washington for Storen and that the Nationals wouldn't part with him. After the 2012 season Span was traded to Washington for Alex Meyer.

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