Untangled and Frozen

This popped up on my Facebook memories feed yesterday, and I had to share with an update.

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I have never worked for a company that celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so when I learned that PSI follows all Federal holidays, to say I was thrilled is an understatement. I’m used to a long, nearly five-month stretch between New Year’s Day and Memorial Day without a break. Now, I’ve got Monday off, and we’ll be closed for President’s Day, too. This is much appreciated considering I won’t be eligible for any paid vacation time until 2020.

Granted, the weather won’t be conducive to doing anything fun and exciting. But I consider not working fun and exciting, so bring on the holiday!

Last week was pretty productive. I completed my first proposal; this one is for a road improvement project on tribal land in South Dakota. Bids are due Wednesday at noon, and they expect to have a decision within the hour. Fingers crossed that we land the contract, because this government shutdown is putting a serious damper on business.


Remember my unabashed love for Dot’s Pretzels? Well, my blog post caught the attention of somebody who works in their corporate office, leading to the following email exchange:

Dot’s Employee: I just got done reading your take on Dots Pretzels. I will say I have never ever heard of Dots pretzels described as you have described them. And I must say I agree with you 100% on that. Not just because I work for Dots pretzels in the KS location, but because it’s TRUE. Just thought I would share my 2 cents and say thank you for the great word of mouth.
Mark: Thank you. They really are that good and deserve heaps of praise! I’m happy to spread the word. How lucky you are to work there.
Dot’s Employee: I printed a copy of your review and its hanging in the break room. Thank you again for the awesome review. The Dots family really appreciates it. 
Mark: Oh, wow – thank you so much! Does the Dot’s family appreciate it enough to send me free pretzels for life??

There was more; he gave me the inside scoop on a new product that will be hitting the market soon, but I’d better not say any more. I’m just happy that Dot’s is the type of company to reach out to the consumer.


Saturday morning I was half-asleep when Tara poked me on the shoulder. “Do you feel like taking a ride up Skyline Drive to catch the sunrise?” she asked. Despite the fact that it was 10 degrees out, I agreed to untangle myself from our warm and cozy bed. 20 minutes later we were standing atop a hill overlooking a frosty, snowy Rapid City. Were we freezing our asses off? Yep. Was it worth it? Totally.

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It was an interesting week weather-wise. We had freezing fog for two days, which coated our trees in a thick blanket of rime ice and hoarfrost. That was followed by a little light snow on Friday. The scenery around town was spectacular.

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Today we are going to grab brunch and then kick it in the bar to watch playoff football. With the Broncos never even in conjunction this season, it’s tough to get excited. KC is a division rival, I’m not a Los Angeles fan, and Tom Brady’s had enough success. So…let’s go, Saints! I guess.

6 thoughts on “Untangled and Frozen

  1. Mark, that’s AWESOME about the contact from Dot’s. I love when companies actually take the time to reach out to their consumers and respond because it makes us know that they sincerely care 🙂

    Your photographs are freaking GORGEOUS! I especially love the first one. OMG…being someone who LOVES winter and LOVES snow, I am thoroughly enjoying your winter images because quite frankly, our winter here has been NON-existent. I’m hoping that Feb and March bring it on.

    Enjoy your day off, my friend!

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    • Still no real winter weather out your way, Ron? I was hoping the big storm that hit the Northeast last week would have dumped some good snow on you. Hope your patience is rewarded.

      I, too, love when companies take the time to contact the consumer. It makes me a lot more likely to keep patronizing them in the future.

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  2. Looks like my early morning comment bit the dust. I was wondering if you tagged Dot’s and that’s how they found out? Very cool. Your frozen tundra pics are nice, but we had a foot of snow dumped on us from Harper. Lake effect has kicked in. I had quite the time getting to my daughter’s house this morning. I’m over winter!

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    • I linked to their website and also tagged them, so yes – I’m sure that’s how they found my blog. I’ll have to check my spam folder – I didn’t see another comment from you, but that happens once in a while. Lake effect snow FTW!!

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