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Go to and buy a gift card.  Choose “Instant Delivery: Email” and send the gift card to your own email.  When paying for the gift card, make sure you use your prepaid credit card number and the full remainder of the Visa gift card balance.

In just a couple of minutes after purchasing the gift card, you will get it in your email.  Then you apply the gift card balance to your account, and use it on your next Amazon purchase.

Since it is difficult to use the exact balance just by shopping at stores, this is a good way to clean every last cent off that card.  Also, a good way to “regift” that Visa gift card by turning it into an Amazon card that you can give to someone else.


Posted in Generalon Jun 7, 2009

A nice little thunderstorm blew through part of Fort Collins today while Sandy and I were at church.  It rained and hailed a lot.  Driving, home, we saw some pretty good accumulations of hail (up to pea size) and some deep water that just couldn’t drain fast enough.  Take a look at some of the pictures we snapped on the way home.

College and Prospect Intersection.  Lots of hail

College and Prospect Intersection. Lots of hail

Deep Water

Deep Water

Water so deep that I'd call it a river

Water so deep that I'd call it a river

Storm drain can't drain fast enough.

Storm drain can't drain fast enough.

Homemade ice cream

Posted in Generalon Jan 26, 2009

Since Sandy got me an ice cream maker for Christmas, I’ve been having a lot of fun making ice cream.

Here is the recipe that I’ve been using:

  1. 2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/4 cup cream
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 1 1/4 cup milk

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Record heat

Posted in Generalon Jan 21, 2009

Fort Collins this week is having a nice little January heat wave.  Record high temperatures are reported and predicted this week, according to a article. Yesterday we hit 70 degrees, which was a new record.  Today is also suppose to be the same, also breaking a record.  This sort of heat is bound to quite global warming critics.  I’ve very much enjoyed the weather, mostly because it allowed me to more easily fix my car.

But don’t worry too much, because this is Colorado after all.  Snow is predicted Thursday night and Friday.  And that is the way it goes.  70 degrees one day, snow the next.

Board games I would like to own

Posted in Generalon Jan 14, 2009

As a followup to the list of games I own, I thought I would create a list of games I would like to own, or at least that I would like to learn more about.  Some of the games I’ve played, other games I’ve only read about.  Most of the games below have received some sort of award.

  • Mr. Jack$25.98 – Best 2-Player Game for 2007, 2007 International Gamers Award Winner
  • Carcassonne$20.99 – German Game of the Year for 2001
  • Jambo!$16.99 – Best 2-Player Game for 2005, German Game of the Year finalist in 2005
  • Metropolys$31.50 – Best Family Game for 2008, German Game of the Year finalist in 2008
  • Thurn & Taxis$22.99 – German Game of the Year for 2006
  • Stone Age$31.50 – Best Strategy Game for 2008, German Game of the Year finalist in 2008, 2008 International Gamers Award Winner
  • Lost Cities: Board Game (not card game) – $27.50 – German Game of the Year for 2008
  • Set – $12.00
  • Ticket to Ride Switzerland (expansion) – $18.50

Now that I’ve created this list, I realize that not all of the above games are board games, because some are card games.  However, none are computer games.

A few favorite recipes

Posted in Generalon Nov 7, 2008

I like cooking.  Today I’m deciding to publish a few of my family’s favorite recipes:

Lion House Pie Dough.  – Very forgiving crust for great pie crusts.

Chicken Pot Pie – My favorite meal!

Ginger Cookies – Softer than ginger snaps

Flour Tortilla Surprise – Fast casarole dish that resembles lasagna.

History of weird phone calls

Posted in Generalon Jul 18, 2008

I’ve notice a pattern of weird phone calls over the last few years.

Feb 11, 2008: A female Wymount resident received a suspicious phone call in her home at 1:30 p.m. The male caller claimed to be from the psychology department and said he could try to help her relax. He got her to turn off the lights and lay down on her bed. The phone call ended when the girl’s cell phone battery died. BYU Police told her she should notify her phone company next time she receives a call so that they can trace it. (Source)

Nov. 7-9, 2007: Nine female students, living in Heritage Halls, reported receiving suspicious calls from a man who claimed that he was a BYU student doing an experiment for a psychology class. The police think this man is from California and is the same man who has been making these calls for the last four years. (Source)

Oct. 23, 2007: A 19-year-old female student, living in Taylor Hall in Helaman Halls, received a suspicious phone call from a man claiming to be a psychology student who asked her to participate in an experiment for his psychology class. She had read the police beat tip of the week in The Daily Universe on October 12, and hung up on him. (

Oct. 17, 2007: A female student living in Wyview Park received a phone call from a suspicious man. The suspect claimed to be a psychology student conducting a project, and attempted to put her in a hypnotic trance. She gave him a false name when he asked for her name. When she finally told him she had had enough, he immediately hung up. (

October 12, 2007 Tip of the week: Over the last three years, several students, mostly female students, have been receiving calls from a suspicious male individual. He calls at night, asks what they are doing, how they are dressed and if they will participate in an experiment, a study for his psychology class. He asks them to lie down on the floor then asks a series of questions and tells them to relax. An investigator from the police department has talked to a professor on campus, who is an expert in hypnotism. He says it is not possible to hypnotize someone over the phone. Some students have fallen asleep, woken up and weren’t sure what happened but whether they were really hypnotized or not is questionable. (Source)

July 4, 2007: A man was reported making a suspicious phone call to a female in Helaman Halls in which he claimed he was doing a psychology project and then proceeded to hypnotize the female student on the other end of the line. The roommate of the female came home to find her asleep on the floor. The female is reported of reacting strangely when certain words are spoken. Incidents of a similar nature have occurred about two dozen times in the past. There are no suspects, but the incident is still under investigation. (

Feb 9, 2006: A female student living in Hinckley Hall, in Helaman Halls, received a phone call from an unidentified male claiming to be conducting a survey for a psychology class Feb. 9. The caller asked the student if she was relaxed and if she was doing homework. The student hung up after the caller asked her to lie down on her bed to get more comfortable. The police suspect the call is connected to numerous similar calls made over the last two years. (Source)

May 19, 2004:Two females living at WyView reported separate accounts of attempted hypnotism on the telephone from a male suspect May 19 at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., respectively. The victims reported a male-voiced caller representing himself as a psychology major conducting a survey. The victim of the second incident said she became suspicious when the caller said he was going to hypnotize her. Both victims hung-up the phone on the caller.

Never once did he call anyone in Deseret Towers, according to these limited reports.