“Just My Thoughts”

Who Are Minneapolis’ Best Real Estate Agents?

What, (Almost) No Female Realtors?? [Note to readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.] Can an NFL franchise be a perennial Super Bowl winner, and yet not have any superstars?...
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Cabin Conspiracy: “Getting Away to the Lake for the Weekend”

Stretch of +90º Temps in the Twin Cities? Time to Head (Even Further) North This will no doubt come as sacrilege to many Minnesotans — and isn’t going to endear me to my colleagues who specialize in selling 2nd homes up north — but here goes: my theory about why so many of my fellow...
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Never Mind “Google Flights” — Where’s “Google Rental Car??”

Post-Pandemic Travel Planning: Tracking Rental Car Prices In response to seemingly real-time (“dynamic”) pricing by the airlines the last few years, I now routinely shop for flights using tracking software. I’m sure there are others, but Google Flights lets you set up multiple searches for upcoming travel destinations and dates, then notifies you when there...
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June 5, 2021: Minneapolis Forecast to Reach 102º 

  Hotter Than Hades Phoenix This Weekend in the Twin Cities OK, so the mercury in Minneapolis later today is forecast to “only” reach 102º, vs. 104° in Phoenix. However, once you factor in the relative humidity — 50% locally vs. around 10% in Phoenix — the Twin Cities will actually feel several degrees warmer. Giving...
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“Dig . . . Dug . . . Dog”

(Un)Grammatically Speaking One of the less-heralded parental duties is (gently) correcting your kid’s bad grammar — or trying to. Witness this exchange between me and my (then) 8 year-old daughter: She: “Did you know that Raffy (family dog) digged a big hole in the garden?” Me: “It’s “dug,” not “dig.” She (with emphasis): “Did you know...
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Congrats to the Class of ’21

Getting Ready to Leave the Nest It’s not just human parents getting ready to bid goodbye to their youngsters — specifically, this year’s graduating high school seniors. So are Mama and Papa ducks. In the photo above, the male duck (“drake”) is at the lower left; the mother and her eight ducklings are in the...
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