• Josh Flint

    The Great Tool Purchase of 2006

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 31, 2013

    After a little more than a year of marriage, I happened upon one of the sweetest deals ever. Unfortunately, my wife didn’t think it was so sweet. A coworker was moving to Chicago. In the process, he was clearing out his garage, i.e. he was selling all of his tools. Rather than have a garage sale, he needed to get rid of this stuff fast. I was definitely interested.  One Saturday, I borrowed dad’s truck and headed over to his house. Several years of suburban living meant he…

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    Retailers Continue to Go High Tech

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 6, 2013

    Marketing has reached a new level. The local news stations continue to report on stories that border on privacy invasion when it comes to retailer behavior. For instance, there was the story about Target sending a young high-school teenager coupons for diapers because the store was able to recognize her purchases were prenatal in nature. Of course, her parents didn’t know and it led to a bit of outrage. (Why she hadn’t shared this new with her parents is a bit concerning to…

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    I'm Thankful To Be An American

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 26, 2013

    Holly Spangler has done a terrific job of blogging this November. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, she’s written about Five Things that she’s thankful for each day this month. Last week, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I stumbled upon a different sort of Thanksgiving blog. It was a list of things folks from other countries didn’t believe were true about America until they moved here. (Thank you Thomas Marten for posting this.) As you scroll through the…

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    Women Are Smarter Than Men

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 7, 2013

    Earlier today, Holly Spangler wrote a terrific blog post with five photography tips. Give it a read. You’ll notice I’m the star, albeit in a Barney Fife sort of way, of the second tip. Now, I’d like to give you the “rest of the story.” It’s a great point in how men and women have completely different thought processes. So, yes, a group of 8-10 women asked me to take a photo of them at Ag Media Summit. I was handed approximately four cameras &ndash…

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    Halloween Used To Be So Much Fun

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 25, 2013

    What happened to Halloween? It used to be so much fun. Years ago, the family would get together for a weekend hayride and food. Later that night, we’d sit around the campfire and subject ourselves to the horror of listening to my uncle pick and bludgeon his way through the Eagles’ greatest hits. On the actual day itself, we’d head over to another uncle’s house. He lived in downtown St. James, Mo. As my cousins and I trick-or-treated, the grownups would hang…

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    Homemade Taco Night Never Disappoints

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 18, 2013

    Many of us have been there. “Oh, look at this deal on ground beef! I’ll pick up a few packages.” Three days later and you’re thinking, “Why did I buy so much ground beef?” So, what to do with all that beef before you must resort to the freezer? You could make a bunch of hamburgers or a meatloaf. But, if you bought that much ground beef, I’d bet you already used one of those recipes. Around the Flint household, when we’ve got a…

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    An Ode to Old Cars

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     by Josh Flint
     on September 26, 2013

    There are two types of older cars. You’ve got your “seasoned” car that keeps running despite a few extra squeaks and rattles. Then, you have your bucket of bolts that necessitates you keep a tool handy for a quick daily tweak. Unfortunately, my 2006 Nissan Sentra, with 144,000 miles, slid into the second category last week. It’s not quite as bad as some I’ve seen, i.e. I’m not driving around with a pair of vise grips in lieu of a steering…

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    An Easy Sweet Corn Casserole Recipe the Family Will Love

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 5, 2013

    Sweet corn is one of the best parts of summer. When we lived in Decatur, sweet corn was abundant and delicious. Now that we’re in St. Clair County, it’s a bit harder to come by fresh-picked ears. So, when Erie farmer Paul Young offered me several ears last week, I graciously accepted. He really loaded me up. Typically, we soak the ears in water for about an hour, and then toss them on the grill. Once the husks are black, we peel them back and add butter and salt. It’s…

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    Since You're Not Planting...

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 25, 2013

    Yes, it will be mid-May before most of you are planting corn. Deep breaths. So, what to do in the meantime? Well, you could catch up on routine medical maintenance. Why is it farmers are so good at maintaining equipment, but only go to the doctor if an appendage has literally become detached from the body? I pondered this with a farm wife yesterday. After multiple doctor visits, her fears were confirmed – her husband had skin cancer. Luckily, her persistence meant they were…

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    Trading Time For Knowledge

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 22, 2013

    Last week, I heard the ominous sound of a brake pad’s metal warning tab screeching against the rotor. I pulled off the rear, driver-side tire for a better look. Yep, they were getting thin. But, wait, what’s all this extra stuff? I’ve done a fair number of front brake jobs, but this was my first rodeo on the rear wheels. I called my dad. We chatted and decided I best just bring it down on Easter weekend, when he’d give me a hand (i.e. pretty much do it for…

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