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Potter County, PA: "God's Country" PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Tuesday, 19 February 2002

Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, scenic Potter county Pennsylvania is a self proclaimed "God's Country". Located in the northern part of Pennsylvania, Pottter county is mostly rural, having a population of just over 18,000 people according to the 2000 census. Upon entering the county you will find a sign proclaiming the fact that you are entering God's Country, an opinion that is seemingly shared by most of the county's residents. Unfortunately there are a few residents who would like to take that slogan a bit farther.

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On Buying a Van PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Saturday, 12 January 2002
Ok so as noted in an announcement under the latest news section of the site last week, Becky and I bought a minivan. We started seriously looking late last year and took a while to decide what minivan would be right for us. We basically had two real criteria after everything was said and done. We wanted a 2000 or 2001 and we didn't want more than 20,000 miles if we could afford it. As you all know by now we ended up with a used 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette with 22,000 miles on it. We traded the extra few miles for a year newer model.

In any case this week we will take a look at some of the experiences that we had while shopping for this van. While we looked around at several dealerships we really only let two different ones work up any kind of numbers for us, as to what the final cost would be after trade in on any given van. Our experience at one of the dealerships was fairly good, and we let feeling that they were treating us fairly and giving us a fairly good deal. The second dealership however left us with a bad taste in our mouths and a decidedly negative attitude towards dealing with them. You can guess which one we ended up dealing with.
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Miscellaneous Ramblings.. PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Thursday, 03 January 2002
I know it's been a few of weeks again since the last rant. Things have been really hectic around here lately, with the holidays, relatives being sick, and other projects going on. Additionally this week's rant is rather non-specific, but covers a variety of things that have been bugging me for the last couple of weeks. However if I can't keep up better than I have been, maybe I should change the name of this column to the "Weakly Rant".

Anyway on with the ranting. In typical after the holiday style Wal-Mart, my first target this week, has gone back to their normal of only having 5 or 6 out of an available 50 checkout lanes open at any given time. A couple of days ago while standing in line at Wal-Mart I looked and saw at least 4 people standing in every line that was open, with absolutely no sign that they were even considering opening any new lines. Meanwhile I look around and see other Wal-Mart employees walking around aimlessly just straightening shelves. I got through the lines faster the day before Christmas when the place was a madhouse then I did this afternoon some two weeks after Christmas when it was only moderately busy.
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The First Christmas Since 9/11 PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Monday, 24 December 2001
First off let me just forewarn many of you. If you aren't a Christian, this week’s message is likely to offend you. I won’t apologize for what I have to say here. The most I’ll do is apologize for getting up on my soapbox, but after all it is Christmas, and you can’t spell Christmas without Christ. At the very least it should make you stop and think. With that warning in place I'll continue, you are still reading right? I knew you couldn't stop.

Tomorrow will be the first Christmas since the tragedy of September 11th. This holiday season has been a sobering one for many people, as the horror of the terrorist attacks caused them to question what they truly believe in. I have seen in several news interviews and in many stories in papers of people questioning, "How can a loving god allow something like this to happen?” A question like this is especially poignant at the time of year when we are preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ.
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Spam - Giving Canned Meat a Bad Name PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Monday, 17 December 2001
Ok enough already. I think it's about time we found a new name for all that UCE(Unsolicited Commercial Email) floating around the net these days. I mean I know that not everyone loves Spam©, but really the level of unwanted email is just getting too bad to hang that poor canned meat for it. I mean let's see today alone a cursory glance at my junk email address shows the following collection of subject lines: "Jon, I found your Cell Phone" (3 times), "Do you accept credit cards" (twice), "Add inches to your package, Guaranteed"(But then won't UPS charge more to ship my package?), and several different variations on emails inviting me to view Nude pictures of teens/britany/supermodels/goats on line for free.
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