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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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Happy New Year!

YouTube, water

I thought it was a little crazy to see a lawn mower yesterday when the temperatures were in the 50s. That doesn't compare to the crazy thing I did today when water temps were in the thirties, air temps in 20s and a 30 mile an hour wind with a one degree wind chill.

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nine is fine

full of hot air, YouTube, 8) my favorite things

Nine hot air balloons got together for a Sunday afternoon of winter flight before the Packer playoff game. Enjoyed a little tailgate chili and met up with friends I hadn't seen in months. It was a very good day.

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Fox Bluff fire

6) when I'm feeling sad

It looks like a candle started the apartment fire on North Street Saturday. Fortunately no one was killed or seriously injured. The building, by far the nicest of the three apartment buildings on that stretch of North Street, appears to be a total loss. One has to wonder how, in this age of sprinklers and smoke alarms, could something like this get so out of control so fast. Fortunately many residents were away at the time, but so were the nearest firefighters. Fire Station One is just a block away but they were on another call at the time.

I didn't hear about the fire until the next day because I was watching the Packers beat the Falcons instead of the news. There was plenty of coverage though. It's very sad. To go from living comfortably one minute to losing everything including a place to stay the next. It's a 30 apartment building and most all of them were rented at the time of the fire.

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Living the Dream

Waukesha Food Pantry, Salvation Army

I debated travelling to a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event near 15th and Vliet today. It was the first time in the 25 years of the holiday I had off work because of it. I didn't want to waste it sitting at home doing nothing, but 20 miles is a long way to drive in a winter storm like today's. There had to be something closer. I Googled it. I scanned the papers. Located something in Saturday's Freeman about a luncheon at WCTC. Thirty dollars and reservations had to be in a week ago.

I called the number and she said I should come, enjoy the speakers, and observe. I should plan on doing the bus tour too, it's free.

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the best way to stay warm


With wind chills in the double digits below zero today it may warm you to know that today is National Hugging Day.  Being as it's also the start of Waukesha's Janboree with many events outdoors there should be lots of hugging going on. Maybe hugging could be added to the list of events whenever temps dip below zero.

I hope it's not too cold for fireworks at 8:00 tonight. That would be ironic.

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Janbrrrrree puts Win in Winter

1) sound of music, festival, Janboree

In Pulse warmed things up at Waukesha North last night to kick off Waukesha Janboree. The concert featuring the Children's Choir of Waukesha was loved by all who filled the R. G. Hein Auditorium. Even though the price was right; free thanks to many generous sponsors, I was not sure adults were a target audience. The tickets were offered only at the Childrens Library...

Fortunately the children's librarian was there welcoming concert-goers because when I explained I didn't have a ticket she told me it was my birthday, go on in. As no one was there to dispute that fact, I found a seat and sat back to enjoy the first of two songs with the Children's Choir. In Pulse said it was the first time they performed with a children's choir and that the kids picked up the tunes in just a half hour. I was impressed! I enjoyed the whole concert at least as much as anyone. . . and they all loved it.

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football and all

It was a great game Sunday, obviously. My number one man Greg Jennings played flawlessly. The game could have gone either way which makes it more exciting. The Bears had quarter back trouble but seemed to come back with their third choice. Urlacher played very strong. Very glad Rodgers stayed uninjured. Am looking forward to the Super Bowl in a couple weeks.

Not sure if he was a football fan, but after 96 years the world lost a fitness guru Sunday. Jack LaLanne did his last push up after probably millions. I can't even do a one armed push up now much less hope to in my 70s and 80s.

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State of the Union

politics, YouTube

Extremely busy yesterday. Worked overtime but managed to get home for the speech. Glad I did. I got a lot out of it and agreed with most of it. It was well thought out and delivered. It was good to see our Republican and Democratic Representatives sitting together for once, and good use in the speech of the occasion. The speech was motivational. It layed down what had to be done if we wanted to be competitive in the new world marketplace, and what we had to do to keep our heads above water.

I also listened to WI Rep. Paul Ryan's Republican rebuttal and even watched the Tea Party response to the speech. They made good points too and Rep. Michele Bachmann of the Tea Party even had neat charts, though I wish she would have looked at the camera once or twice.

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saving best for last

I finally caught an episode of American Idol. The Milwaukee auditions were on last night and I passed up an important meeting so I wouldn't miss it. I didn't see anyone I know, but the show was worth it. I loved the Milwaukee Art Museum venue and hope the publicity helps attract visits to the city. I felt the new judges were funny and worked well together.

A couple great auditions I could see going all the way, but there were some losers too that just made Milwaukee a laughing stock. I was impressed by the guy from Oak Forest, IL, the last audition of the night. His is a heart-warming story you really want to cry for. His fiancee was badly injured in an accident just before the marriage. Instead of leaving when she needed him most he's now one of her caretakers.

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