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My Can-Am Spyder Is Awake From Hibernation

15 hours 50 minutes ago
My Can-Am Spyder Is Awake From Hibernation 2017 Can-Am RT Limited with Chrome Bryan Ruby Tue, 03/19/2019 - 19:17

Today, I woke up the Spyder and took it out to get a drink at the local gas station. She'll be ready for some of our 50F weather this week!

My plan is to ride the Spyder for a couple weeks before I schedule her her first 3000 mile maintenance checkup. I'll be taking her to Big Sioux Powersports, our local Can-Am dealer here in Sioux Falls.

What a long winter this has been!

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Tall Friends

3 days 21 hours ago
Tall Friends Charlie, Bryan, David, and John Bryan Ruby Sat, 03/16/2019 - 13:09

I've come to the conclusion that I need shorter friends but I wouldn't trade these three for them.

These are some of my closest friends, Charlie, David and John. We've been friends since high school years. Contrary to conventional wisdom, I have found as time marches forward these type of friends in your life become more important not less.

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Waking up to a record low temperature

2 weeks 3 days ago
Waking up to a record low temperature From the National Weather Service...Weather and Forecast for Sioux Falls, SD, starting March 3, 2019 Bryan Ruby Sun, 03/03/2019 - 09:04

This morning, we woke up to a record low temperature in Sioux Falls, SD with the mercury dropping down to -17°F. This beat the previous record for March 3rd of -15°F established in 1916 and tied again in 2014.

We have had colder temperatures of course, but when these cold temperatures and the snow are seen in early March...it feels like Spring is never going to reach South Dakota. Normal high temperatures for this time of year is in the mid to upper 30s with lows in the teens (above zero!).

It's a record breaking day here in Sioux Falls and in many areas.

We've checked the boxes for three of these records, will we complete the sweep? pic.twitter.com/2MedTc9uKW

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I Just Deleted My Google+ Profile

1 month ago
I Just Deleted My Google+ Profile Deleting a Google Plus Profile Bryan Ruby Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:57

I just deleted my Google+ Profile. This is what I posted on my Google Plus account before I deleted the account.

I’m pulling a Google and shutting down my Google+ profile much sooner than expected…like this evening.

After a round a spammers hit my comments and seeing the “where do you go from here” conversations get personal…it’s just not healthy for me to stick around here any longer. Please come by and visit me on my blog and at Twitter. I’m also experimenting with MeWe, PlusPora, YouMe, and Minds. Wherever you decide to go after Google+…may you have a happy life!

Alternatives for following me:

Definite Replacements:
My Blog: https://bryanruby.com/

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My Last Google+ Post

1 month 2 weeks ago
My Last Google+ Post Bryan Ruby Sat, 02/02/2019 - 18:11

Today, I submitted my last Google+ post. From here on out, I won't be actively monitoring the platform given the expected demise of Google+. This is what I posted:

This is likely my last Google+ post but I don't plan to delete my Google+ account until February 28, 2019

Unless something significant happens, I don't plan to post again on Google+. It doesn't seem logical to invest my time and effort to post something we all know will be deleted in a couple months. I may leave a comment here or there on G+ but that's about it.

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Me and my wife

1 month 3 weeks ago
Me and my wife Karen and Bryan Bryan Ruby Sun, 01/27/2019 - 16:25

Life is so much fun when you have someone to share it with. Close to this day, eighteen years ago I proposed to this woman. She said yes and we've been by each other's side ever since then.

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My Massive Google+ Blogroll

2 months ago
My Massive Google+ Blogroll Screenshot of Google Plus Profile for Bryan Ruby Bryan Ruby Sun, 01/13/2019 - 17:50

After nearly eight years of being a Google+ user, the time to say goodbye to the social network is almost here. For those of you that never saw the value of Google+, I  don't expect you to fully understand what hardcore users (I'm one of them) will be missing when the platform is no more. I think Mike Elgan's article probably describes Google+ best when he explains it as a place "where smart people gather for long, detailed and interesting conversations" without the streams being "algorithmically filtered" like most social networks.

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Cord-Cutting: Trying out YouTube TV

2 months 2 weeks ago
Cord-Cutting: Trying out YouTube TV Screenshot of my view of YouTube TV Bryan Ruby Sat, 01/05/2019 - 10:12

Trying out YouTube TV for the first time. I'm a current DirecTV Now subscriber and have used SlingTV in the past. 

Technically, YouTube TV isn't being offered for my area so I used the zip code of another location I visit often. For my area, local channels aren't currently available via YouTube TV but I'm OK with that since for the past few years we've been getting our local channels through an antenna and utilizing a TiVO for our DVR. I estimate that we've saved around $2,000 in the past three years by not subscribing to Cable or Satellite TV with this arrangement.

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Putting "Me" First in 2019

2 months 2 weeks ago
Putting "Me" First in 2019 Bryan Ruby Wed, 01/02/2019 - 17:12

Following the footsteps of people bigger than me, like Mike Elgen and Dries Buytaert, I've decided to focus this year on my personal blog and spend less time on my other websites and social media networks. This has been a long time coming but probably the straw that broke the camel's back was Google's decision to shutdown my favorite social network, Google+

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Our Dog Jasmine

3 months 2 weeks ago
Our Dog Jasmine Bryan Ruby Sat, 12/01/2018 - 08:49

I'm not that big of a fan of people calling pets "their children". Yet, here I am reluctantly admitting that our Miniature Australian Shepherd has become part of the family since she entered our home in early 2016. By my estimation Jasmine has already traveled across six different states with us as she has accompanied us on family vacations and family visits. She's still a "teenager" and like most teens even has her own Instagram account. I'm not joking, her account is jasmine_the_mini_aussie.

The below video of Jasmine was produced automatically via Google Photos.

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My first battery-powered snow blower was a Snow Joe Two-Stage

3 months 3 weeks ago
This winter I’ll be relying on my newly purchased EGO Power+ Snow Blower to clear the snow off the driveway. However, this EGO snow blower isn’t my first battery-powered snow blower but instead I once owned Snow Joe’s first Two-Stage 80V Cordless Snow Blower, the iON24SB-XR. As far as I know, Snow Joe is the only … Continue reading My first battery-powered snow blower was a Snow Joe Two-Stage
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