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Vinyl Obsession

1 week 1 day ago
Vinyl Obsession Bryan Ruby Fri, 02/07/2020 - 22:16

My wife and son are struggling with my sudden obsession of turntables and vinyl records. I'm slightly confused of their surprise but I understand.

They didn't know that optimistic teenager that spent hours listening to LPs and additional time recording them on cassette tape for my Sony Walkman. They didn't know that me in college while living in a KU dorm where every room on 6th Floor in Ellsworth Hall set the volume on their stereo to Level 11.

The Ramones, Beatles, Grateful Dead, Journey, Kansas, Rush, Johnny Cash, Guns n Roses, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Pink Floyd. They knew me back then.

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Kids These Days

1 month ago
Kids These Days Logan in training to become a pilot Bryan Ruby Sat, 01/11/2020 - 10:23

Logan, my 16 year-old son, has pursued his passion to become a pilot this last year. To help pay for that he's been working part-time at local restaurants since he was 14. Today he woke up at 3:30 AM so he could be in Omaha competing with his high school's Show Choir.

I bring this up not because I'm a proud Dad (although I am) but because many of my son's friends are just like him. Hard working and committed to reaching their full potential. This next generation of kids is promising and we're going to be better off with them.

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A Solemn Promise to the United States of America

1 month 3 weeks ago
A Solemn Promise to the United States of America Image by Lynn Melchior from Pixabay https://pixabay.com/images/id-3212015/ Bryan Ruby Sun, 12/22/2019 - 12:10

I have served as a federal employee of the United States for close to three decades. I've been a public servant under five different Presidents during this same time period. This year, there has been a lot of talk lately about the oath all federal employees take and where their loyalties must lie. Personally, I don't understand why there is even a debate of what a federal employee signs up for when making this solemn promise. From my point of view, the meaning behind the oath is pretty straight forward and without question.

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The Tesla Model 3 - Not the perfect car?

3 months ago
The Tesla Model 3 - Not the perfect car? Not the Perfect Car? Tesla Model 3 Bryan Ruby Sat, 11/16/2019 - 13:44

A few days ago, there was a MarketWatch article published that summarized the difficulties Tesla's competitors are having going electric. The article goes through a litany of companies in electric vehicle manufacturing having difficulty catching up to Tesla. Some of the companies include Volkswagen, Jaguar, Dyson (yes that Dyson), GM, Porche, Toyota, Kia, China's Nio, etc. The article even includes mention of Harley-Davidson briefly halting production of its LiveWire electric motorcycle due to charging issues via low-voltage home outlets.

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It’s not a Tesla-thing, It’s a car-thing

3 months ago
A few days ago, there was a MarketWatch article published that summarized the difficulties Tesla’s competitors are having going electric. The article goes through a litany of companies in electric vehicle manufacturing having difficulty catching up to Tesla. Some of the companies include Volkswagen, Jaguar, Dyson (yes that Dyson), GM, Porche, Toyota, Kia, China’s Nio, etc. The article even … Continue reading It’s not a Tesla-thing, It’s a car-thing
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Perfect November Saturday

3 months ago
Perfect November Saturday Me at the Sioux Falls Waterfall - November 9, 2019 Bryan Ruby Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:52

Like most of the country, winter-like temperatures came early to South Dakota. But this past Saturday southerly winds brought warmer temperatures briefly back to my neck of the woods. I of course took full advantage of the opportunity to ride my 2017 Cam-Am Spyder RT within and outside the city limits. All in all, I put close to 60 miles on my three-wheeler.

My Spyder in front of the grain elevators in Ellis, SD

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Couple Friends

3 months 1 week ago
Couple Friends Halloween 2019 Bryan Ruby Sun, 11/03/2019 - 08:29

Nothing is better in life than having great friends that you can be yourself with. Or in this case, not yourself.

As you get older and busy raising your family, you will find making friends is more difficult than it once was. Finding friends that you not only get along with but also your significant other gets along with...well that's a whole new level of complexity no one ever prepared me for in life. When you find those other couples, appreciate what you have because my experience tells me those are not only important but rare friends to have in your life.

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What we know about EGO's new Select Cut Cordless Lawn Mower (LM2130SP)

3 months 2 weeks ago
What we know about EGO's new Select Cut Cordless Lawn Mower (LM2130SP) Screenshot of EGO Select Mower (LM2135SP) in HD Webpage Bryan Ruby Sat, 11/02/2019 - 11:24

Whether intentional or not, Home Depot briefly listed a never before seen "21 inch Select Cut Lawn Mower with Touch Drive Technology" .  While we're unaware of public announcement from EGO POWER+, we came across a couple interesting pages online via Home Depot Pro that may very well be an upcoming new EGO Power+ mower about to hit the market. Details on this new mower are subject to change but below is what we can speculate from the information we know so far.

EGO is about to introduce to market a new 21 inch 56-Volt cordless electric walk behind mower with two significant features:

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Is this EGO’s new cordless electric mower for 2020? The EGO 21 inch Select Cut Self-Propelled

3 months 2 weeks ago
Whether intentional or not, Home Depot briefly listed a never before seen “21 inch Select Cut Lawn Mower with Touch Drive Technology” .  While we’re unaware of public announcement from EGO POWER+, we came across a couple interesting pages online via Home Depot Pro that may very well be an upcoming new EGO Power+ mower about to hit the … Continue reading Is this EGO’s new cordless electric mower for 2020? The EGO 21 inch Select Cut Self-Propelled
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