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06/22/2008

wet dirt can't fly

One of Tom's nephews is training to become a vacuum cleaner salesperson. He needs *victims*, so we let him do his show in our family room today. 305ff8fc11769d84377c14261ae1f038.jpgWe got to see what I believe to be the world's best idea for removing the roughly 40 pounds of dust, dirt, people's skin, dog's hair, dust mite waste and other stuff your home accumulates every year.

The underlying principle is relatively simple: instead of sucking air (and the dirt in it) thru some kind of dry filter, hoping to trap dust particles inside a bag or box, this machine creates the air-freshening effect of *heavy rainfall*. 99.997% of all pollutants are just washed out of your air and end up in the two quarts of water inside the bottom of this vacuum cleaner. 

The *power nozzle* vibrates your floor while you sweep the carpet, thus lifting dirt, dust and sand upwards to be sucked thru the water reservoir. When you empty the tank after sweeping, the water looks worse than the Maumee River - grimy mud came out after just a brief demonstration in our family room.

Now, if this thing is so awesome, why didn't we buy one right there? Well, there's a catch - when you buy from a representative, it costs roughly 2,000 $. But I'm sure, it's available cheaper somewhere ;-))

06/17/2008

I'm learning to yodel

Listening to the band at Germanfest this year I decided to teach myself how to yodel. I found a CD on Amazon.com, plus a website with ten free lessons, and two short instructional videos on YouTube. I've been working on it in the car, on my way to and from work for about a week now. The hardest part is finding your voice break. Once you master that, the rest is just a matter of practice.

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06/13/2008

reverse osmosis

Drinking tap water is not a good idea. Even though you won't croak immediately - as the chemicals from tap water accumulate in your body, you might have all kinds of health issues. We already filter our drinking water, with filters in the refrigerator and on the bathroom faucet.

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06/06/2008

storm season

This is the time of the year when I notice the difference in climate between Germany and Indiana the most. Tornado watches, thunderstorm warnings, our weather alarm going off in the middle of the night. Armani jumps on top of the bed when thunder and lightning and hail and heavy rainfall become too scary.

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So far no major damage to our house, just a few big branches being knocked off the trees in our back yard by strong winds. Today we also had the chance to see a beautiful double rainbow, painted on a dark green-orange evening sky.