October 28th, 2007

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Parking problem and solution

I had to go into downtown Minneapolis in the early afternoon. Unfortunately, the Vikings had a home game downtown. Parking was up to at least $25 near the stadium, $15 near my office, and $10 on the other side of downtown. I had $6 in my pocket, and there was no convenient drive-through ATM to get more cash.

So I drove a few miles south, found street parking near the light rail line, and took the train downtown. It took less than two hours to finish my work, so my inbound ticket was still good when I took a southbound train to retrieve my car. Total cost: $1.25.

I did what I had to do, and was feeling quite satisfied on the ride south. I must confess to some schadenfreude when I saw the long faces of the fans who boarded at the Metrodome station: The Vikings lost.
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Get it while you can

After my trip downtown I went to the Woodcraft store in Bloomington--I had a pretty good discount coupon. After a nice chat with wolfsword, who works there, I looked around and saw an Auriou rasp. These have been very well reviewed, but the company is going out of business. So that is what I bought. There are all sorts of other interesting tools I might have chosen, but I expect to have another chance at most of those. Not so one of these rasps.