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Takin' the Blog for a Walk

Join Waukesha resident Brien Lee and his blog, Sir Fido, as they explore the city and report on the interesting things they find.

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crew times two

helping, full of hot air, St. William, St. Vincent, Waukesha Food Pantry

Being unemployed has kept me pretty busy. I helped with two hot air flights yesterday, Friday. The morning flight was the couple's 22nd wedding anniversary. Great timing for a great time. So happy to have shared the occasion with them.

In between balloon flights I helped three hours at the Waukesha County Food Pantry, fourth time this week. The volunteers at the Pantry are the friendliest. I have to recommend the Pantry if you have time to help with it. They're doing a wonderful service for the community, something I may appreciate more myself later if I don't find work soon.

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Life, Liberty and the pursuit of big explosions

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, Carroll, Clinton Street Gallery, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, John Schoenknecht, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, Moxie, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha Tattoo, Workforce


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the reason Sunday's Journal Sentinel was so large


Normally a holiday paper would be smaller; most ads having appeared in weeks leading up to it. Not my Sunday paper. Thirteen CVS ads!

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left the blog in a hot car...

Waukesha Tattoo, art, Carroll, full of hot air, Waukesha County Museum

Gotta get motivated to write. This humid weather doesn't do much for me or the blog. All this warmth and rain is great for crops though. My corn is tasselling already!

Forgive me reader, for I have slacked. My last blog was a week and a half ago...

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When Harold told me this morning there was no drinking in his Mini I thought yeah, no problem. No drinking and driving. No problem. He seriously didn't want me drinking in his 2002 baby; his Mini Cooper with 385,000 miles on the odometer, so I ditched the coffee. I really wanted the ride.

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this rest area temporarily out of order

politics, J-S, water

One of Sir Fido's favorite p-mail servers crashed last night. One less place to leave an instant message. 

Too much drinking? Evidence points to something more potent than radium-tainted Waukesha water. 

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the hematologicopter has landed

dripping blood, contest, Waukesha Food Pantry

Flight for Life had it's second annual blood drive at their Waukesha hangar today. Fairly good turnout too. Around forty donors including me.

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the good kind of mud at the fair

A little disappointed I didn't get to the 168th Waukesha County Fair for only a dollar Wednesday. Fortunate to have been offered a ticket to Saturday's breakfast by Judge Michael Bohren though. For only five dollars I was able to park, get into the fair, have all the pancakes and sausage I wanted, and support a worthwhile cause. It's the 33rd year of Kiwanis breakfasts at the fair. What started as a fundraiser to build a horse barn on the fairgrounds now assists in charitable good works. Yes, the breakfast was muddy, but it was the good kind of mud.

I spent four lovely hours at the fair Saturday. It was cloudy, but no rain. Temps were great with a nice light breeze. I shot a three minute video to show a little of what you missed if you didn't go to this year's fair.

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fair hot air

full of hot air, festival

It's been several years since the last Spring City Skyfest at the Waukesha County Fair. That didn't stop three balloons from visiting the fair this evening. The chase was more like a slow stroll. Very calm night.

to busy working to work

helping, St. Vincent, St. William, Waukesha Food Pantry

It was one of those days where I wouldn't have had time to work even if I wanted to. Fortunately everything went well and nothing was forgotten.

I had an encouraging interview with JTS Direct, just ten miles away in Hartland. They are hiring several positions in the printing industry, so if you're looking for work . . .

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wasted food

Waukesha Food Pantry

Friends and fellow Waukesha County Food Pantry volunteers Jerry and Shirley Stanke had their letter concerning too much food being thrown away published in Wednesday's Journal Sentinel. Retired teachers, they're all too familiar with stretching a dollar, making do, recycling, reusing. I worked with them at a meal program in Milwaukee where they explained how they were able control food waste at this site. They also brought home all the empty cans and milk jugs because the facility where we had served didn't recycle.  

They've tried, without success, to get the Food Pantry's policy regarding expiration dates changed. As it stands, foods even one day past "best by" date is discarded. It doesn't make sense to them; especially when other pantries allow up to a year beyond.

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variety is the spice

Happened to notice three job openings in Wauwatosa at Penzeys Spices. Two of the three jobs interested me. The application contained several interesting questions: Have you ever been to Penzeys before? Describe your experience. What is your favorite spice or seasoning, on what do you use it? Share a story about cooking from your childhood.

If I were really interested in the jobs I'd do a little homework, at least visit the store. As luck would have it Thursday's WaukeshaNOW and Friday's Freeman contained a coupon for a free $12.00 spice gift pack with any $5.00 purchase at Penzeys.

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