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Monthly Archives: March 2015

30 Mar

When I first moved to Chicago 30 years ago, my friends Tim and Kathy would come up from our shared hole-in-the-cornfield hometown in Indiana to visit me at my rockin’ third floor walk up bachelor pad near Wrigley Field.  One of the things I really enjoyed was the question they always asked me upon arrival.

Kathy would jump out, ring my doorbell (this was pre-cellphone) and I would jump in the car with Tim and we would circle the block until a parking spot opened up.  Then we would all go up to my aforementioned bachelor pad, and the question …

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27 Mar

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I will be making a return to Germany and Austria this summer.  I do apologize if the subject is getting tired but for being away for two weeks and 4,510 miles (not in km mode, yet) from home, a lot of planning goes into the trip.  Luckily we sell a lot of things I’ll need so I won't need to get up from my desk to do a lot of my shopping.  Not until lunch, at least.

Daydreaming, I like to imagine my return kind of like an Ancient Roman triumph.  Think of Julius …

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20 Mar

Night vision can be complex and overwhelming. Between the various specs to compare and the intimidating price, it can make selecting the right product for your application a bit daunting. So we like to provide as much perspective and insight as we can to simplify the process. A hot topic right now in night vision is digital night vision.

Digital night vision essentially uses a camera and an image sensor that is sensitive to infrared light. Traditional night vision uses an image intensifier tube, which uses an electron plate to multiply the light photons and create a visible image. Two …

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13 Mar

One of the most fun winter activities anyone can do is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the United States, and for good reason. It’s a lot of fun, keeps you in shape over the winter, and allows you to see sights you wouldn’t believe. Many people I know go into a kind of hibernation over the winter months which I find depressing. The winter offers lots of opportunities for recreation, with snowshoeing being one of the best.

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Snowshoeing is different from cross country skiing. If you will be camping and are …

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05 Mar

The end of winter, that is! Cabin fever has taken its toll and I can't wait for the weather to level off a bit and become more comfortable. Sub-zero temperatures and double-digit drifts of snow are getting to be too much for these "old bones"! 2014 was a year that started with considerable left hip pain which resulted in total hip replacement and pretty much healing for the balance of the year. Now in 2015, I'm ready to "rock & roll" and I can't wait to get out and partake in some fun activities!

First of all, I'm a little …

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