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MoLo Labor Day

House of Cards (Season 2)

Tammy and I just finished watching season 2 of House of Cards. What a great show! I just cannot get enough of Kevin Spacey.

Just learned that you cannot wear two different plaids at the same time. Worth noting.

Delightful afternoon espresso.

Seriously, this should be illegal. This from the Wynn in Las Vegas.

The use of this service is $13.99 for 24 hours and will be billed to your room.  Guests paying our daily resort fee will automatically have their internet charges removed from the final bill.

And no, I did not pay the fee.

Doesn’t it look so good.


I think this is a thing I can do now.


Congratulations Alona & Dylan!

On September 27th my sister Alona tied the knot with her fiancé Dylan! They had a very nice ceremony followed by a reception at the Maple Grove Community Center. The ceremony was family and close friends standing in the gardens off of the reception area. Alona and Dylan had a Bahá’í marriage ceremony which does not have an officiant. They asked me to start things off with a few words.

Good evening and welcome to the marriage ceremony of Alona Thingelstad and Dylan Maas-Morgan.

Alona, my sister, and Dylan have asked me to greet you all today and welcome you to this wonderful ceremony of love and dedication. I am sure that you have all been to a many weddings, however this may be your first Bahá’í wedding. You will notice that no clergy is present, we are not in a church and everybody is enjoying a wonderful Minnesota fall evening.

A Baha’i wedding is a simple exchange of a single statement. Once both the groom and bride make this pledge in the presence of two witnesses, Dylan and Alona will be married. Today, Alona’s mother Rosalin and I have agreed to serve as these witnesses.

While a Bahá’í marriage is a decidedly simple affair, Bahá’í’s take the institution of marriage with the utmost seriousness. From the Kitáb-i-Aqdas:

“And when He desired to manifest grace and beneficence to men, and to set the world in order, He revealed observances and created laws; among them He established the law of marriage, made it as a fortress for well-being and salvation, and enjoined it upon us in that which was sent down out of the heaven of sanctity in His Most Holy Book.”

That fortress is filled with that most important thing, love. From `Abdu’l-Bahá:

“…[I]n the world of humanity the greatest king and sovereign is love. If love were extinguished, the power of attraction dispelled, the affinity of human hearts destroyed, the phenomena of human life would disappear.”

In a moment Dylan and Alona will exchange those blessed words. This will be followed with a Bahá’í prayer. Please listen closely. As with many great things in life, it all goes by much too quickly.

And now a reading from Dylan’s mother, Cynthia…

Here are the photos I took. I also put them on Facebook for all the people that like that kind of thing, but I’m also putting them here so they are still around after Facebook (A.F.).

It was a great evening filled with family and fun. Congrats to my sister and her new husband and I wish them years of wedded bliss!

Saugatuck Brewing Sampler

More opportunities to try local beers at Saugatuck Brewing. I picked a bunch of hoppy brews. The serving method was a little odd, if you had a table with 4 of these it would be a bit unwieldy. Overall great beer but one stood well above for me.

Saugatuck Brewing Sampler

  1. Pathfinder Pale Ale
    Light, refreshing. Good hops. Straightforward, solid beer.
  2. Motueka’s Revenge
    Good full body. Reminded me of Surly Furious, but less power on the hops. Like a 50% strength Furious.
  3. Fortunate Events IPA
    Bitter. Lots of bite. Not overly fruity.
  4. Not Messing Around Double IPA
    Holy cow! Oak! Bourbon! Very strong. Like drinking Jack Daniels. Not my thing, but I’m sure folks that like this would like it a lot.
  5. Singapore IPA
    Bitter. Not much body.
  6. Continuum IPA
    Delicious and packed with hops. Definitely my favorite of the group.

Unfortunately their website is completely down right now, and seems like it has been for a while, so no links for these beers.

New Holland Brewing Sampler

While in Saugatuck we went to Holland a couple of times, it’s just 10 miles or so up the road. We had dinner at New Holland Brewing and I got to do another beer flight. I skipped the Dragon’s Milk since I’ve had it and can get it easily enough at home.


The numbers start at the bottom (6 o’clock is 1) and go clockwise:

  1. Monkey King Saison Farmhouse Ale
  2. Imperial Hatter IPA
  3. White Hatter Belgian-Style White Pale Ale
  4. Mad Hatter IPA
  5. Beerhive Tripel
  6. Paleooza Michigan Pale Ale

I would happily have a full pint of any of them, they were all very good.

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