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Cheap Dates

AdobeStock_76614283.jpegI love my wife. I am not a cheapskate. There is always an unplanned expense to put a kink in your plans. This Thursday is our anniversary and our AC is on the fritz.

So, I’m putting together a list of cheap dates. Feel free to steal these ideas. I’m really putting a list of cheap dates together as a kind of play book. When we have a chance my wife and I can pick a play and have a blast with each other.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. So, please leave your ideas in the comments.

Google Roulette

Want to live on the edge? Grab your date and make a game for you two to play. Have her pick out two action verbs, two cities within 15 minutes, and two food items. You do the same. Take your options and randomly, or purposefully link the three together.

You’ll have something like “running tacos Washington, D.C.”, or “flying pizza Orlando.” Type your phrase into google and pick the best option within the top three results.

Watch the sunset

Go mini golfing

Take photos of one another in a scenic location

Play on a playground

Attend a free concert

Stroll through a college campus

Volunteer together

Challenge each other to a video game competition

Go For Coffee

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I feel like I should share the story behind this picture….This was taken last year, Alexander feel asleep on my shoulder after a day of exhausting frustration. It was our “final straw” day. The day he was suspend from school for things that he should have had an IEP, or at least 504, protection from. It was the day that we decided that schooling from home would be the least harmful education.
We have known that Alexander struggles with ADHD since he was very little. Our daily battles are exhausting and often times simple tasks seem impossible. It seems like we have been fighting for him since the day he started school. After 6 years of requesting an IEP from the school system we finally got it last December(2014). Ironically, it was also the day that I withdrew him from his neighborhood school and he transferred him to the virtual home school.
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WWDC Roundup

  As you may know Apple held it’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) Recently. I made some predictions about what the would see at the keynote announcement.  Let’s recap my predictions and some of the other cool stuff announced at this year’s WWDC. 

  • We will see a new music service

CHECK: The new Music service will launch this month. 

MISS:

  • No video streaming service

CHECK: There was NO new video service announced at WWDC.  

  • No new TV

CHECK:  I don’t expect a new TV until Apple can revolutionize content delivery. 

  • Native apps for watch

CHECK: The things that are coming in watchOS2 are awesome!

  • Possibly native apps for TV

MISS:  This was a shot in the dark, honestly.  

  • iOS 9

CHECK:  No-brainer, right.  This version of iOS is huge for iPad. It brings split screen multitasking to the iPad. 

  • An improved spotlight search
  • An improved Siri
  • Something akin to Google Now

CHECK, CHECK, CHECK:   Apple announced Intelligence  and it is awesome. It’s location aware and it will search inside other apps. This is a huge. I was a big spotlight fan. If Intelegence brings the results as promised I will continue to be. 

  • OS X 10.11 

CHECK:  OS X 10.11 is named El Capitan and it brings some great new features. 

  • Refresh for Mac Mini
  • Refresh for Mac Pro

MISS:  It has been over 240 days since the Mac Mini release, and over 540 days since the Mac Pro release so it was worth speculating that they would be released.1

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WWDC Predictions

 WWDC is just a couple hours away. One of my favorite things is to try to predict what we will see in the keynote. Then I’ll follow up tomorrow with a post showing how well I read the tea leaves (just kidding, I read blogs not leaves). So without any further adiu…

Here are my predictions:

  • We will see a new music service
  • No  video streaming service
  • No new TV
  • Native apps for watch
  • Possibly native apps for TV
  • iOS 9
  • An improved spotlight search
  • An improved Siri
  • Something akin to Google Now
  • OS X 10.11 
  • Refresh for Mac Mini
  • Refresh for Mac Pro