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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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mending fences

Had some great weekend weather. I spent many outdoor hours making the last cutting of the grass while gathering leaves with the Toro, and repairing a section of privacy fence the wind disconnected last week. A neighbor was out splitting wood, and fired up his outdoor wood furnace which filled my lungs with fresh, clean woodsmoke while I worked.

I picked up four treated four by four posts at Home Depot with the Toyota before yesterday's Sunday mass. All went well. No having to drive around back to the lumber yard and wait for or get signed out by anyone. Sunday mornings at Home Depot there's plenty of friendly assistance. The price of the wood was even lower than shelf price, and it all fit in the Toyota. I was in, out and on my way in just a few short minutes. I was happy.

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see you tomorrow?

It won't quite equal 2004, but voter turnout is expected to be quite high for this statewide. I heard Kathy Nickolaus, Waukesha County's Clerk, predict 65 percent. I'll be greeting voters at Hawthorne Elementary all day Tuesday. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and I expect to be there from 6:00 a.m. till 11:00 or so at night. I'm looking forward to the steady stream of voters keeping us busy.

As always, even if we know you, state your last name, first name, and address. Polls are open until 8:00 p.m., so if you want to avoid a long line I'd suggest not coming at 7:00 a.m. when there's guaranteed to be a line. Lines are quite unpredictable and fluctuate within the wards throughout the day, but close to 8:00 p.m. most people have already voted.

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My civic duty. It may not involve voting.


Just 12 hours after blogging about poll working all day at Hawthorne I got a call from Gina, Deputy Clerk of Waukesha. She needed a chief inspector at the polls at the Elk's Club. The usual inspector went into the hospital unexpectedly.

I'm not nervous. Terrified, not nervous. Never been chief inspector before. Never worked polls other than Hawthorne. Never even been in the Elk's Club or know which district it serves.

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If you saw us on 12

helping, politics

A camera crew from 12 News showed up at Waukesha's District One poll station at the Elk's Lodge on Springdale at some point in the morning. If you happened to watch, (First District is in the slideshow on their site starting with first photo - I'm pictured in slide 12) it was nothing compared to just a few hours later.

I was the busiest guy at one of the busiest places in the city yesterday. 1700 voters; one tenth, or 170 of which were new registrants or name / address changes. We had to call for more registration forms twice and ballots once.

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The deer did not survive.

Two cars hit the same deer Wednesday with predictable results. In yesterday's Freeman Police Blotter, nearly half the entries were of car vs deer collisions. It's that time of year again.

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Nov 4, 2010; Section:Records; Page Number:11A    


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Craft Sale This Weekend

St. William, dripping blood

The huge 23rd Christian Women's Annual Craft and Bake Sale is tomorrow and Sunday at St. William on North Moreland. It's a huge affair with over 50 exhibitors and lots of delicious hot turkey sandwiches and bakery. Times are Saturday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday 8:30 to 2:00 Central Standard Time. (don't forget to set clocks back an hour Sunday morning.)

While at the Craft Fair consider signing up for Wednesday, Nov. 10th's Blood Center blood drive held at the parish from 3:30 to 7:30 pm. Walk-ins are also welcome. 

  • 6 - 7 Waukesha - St. William Christian Women Craft Fair. Holiday craft fair, featuring regional crafters with bake sale, raffle and food concession. Something for everyone! Sat 9AM - 4:30PM, Sun 8:30AM - 2PM. Admission free. St. William's Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd.. For more information call (262) 549-1363.

signing over my rights


My copyrights.

I began adding videos to YouTube a year and a half ago after WaukeshaNOW made it possible to add them to the site. I don't own a video camera, but can record video without audio on my digital camera.

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HOPE you can make it

helping, Hope Center

The twelvth annual HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction is a week and a half away; the week before Thanksgiving on Thursday the 18th. The dinner will again be held at Country Springs Hotel and is sure to be a fun time.

The dinner is on the pricier side, though half the $60.00 price is tax deductible, but as a major fundraiser for all of Hope Center's many beneficial programs it's the best deal in town. I'm on the dinner committee because it's a cause I believe in. Hope Center, formerly Cooperating Congregations, offers many no cost options for the less fortunate in Waukesha County.

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tying one on


G'day mates. I wore a tie to work yesterday. It had a single small kangaroo design on it and was made in Australia. I got a lot of positive feedback. A Lot. I was commended for going the extra mile. They asked how I got it. Told me I looked good.

It's just a slim dark brown tie with a small yellow kangaroo on it. Friday's color of the day was brown. The last time Friday was brown I wore a light brown long-sleeved t-shirt, and I just didn't have anything else. Many people at work never try to wear Friday's colors or themes. I think it helps us be a team and it's fun to do. It gives me an excuse to wear things I normally would never wear, much less wear to work.

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the life of the puppy


I visited our potential future dog yesterday. I thought we'd wait until our financial stability improved, but it's been too quiet around here. The family really wants a dog for Christmas.

Wanted to give a little thought to our next pet. Didn't really want the dog that anyone would adopt. Maybe we'd rescue one that was scheduled to be put down. I believed that when we found the right one we'd know it.

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There is HOPE

Hope Center

Even in this economy there is hope. There's always that.

The HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction annual fundraiser for Hope Center occuring the same day as news hit the papers of a possible new home for a seasonal homeless shelter in Waukesha. If the overflow shelter, just two blocks from here in the former West Suburban Christian Academy school at Northview and Grandview, gets a green light next week it possibly could be put to use as early as this winter.

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12th annual HOPE Dinner a huge success

helping, Hope Center

I had an interesting day Thursday. The fundraising dinner I'm on the committee for had been toward the top of my priority list for the last several weeks after months of meetings. I once again prepared the live auction display ahead of time and felt ready to go. I worked nine hour days this week so I could take the afternoon off Thursday to set up my table. 

Then Ken called. I couldn't let anything get in the way of such an important fundraiser, but I also have a hard time saying no to Ken and hot air ballooning. He needed crew Thursday, and would I be available? I said yes.    

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You'll have to guess

I just read of Wauk. B.I.D.'s need for volunteers in tomorrow's holiday Christmas parade. I probably heard about it before but chose to wait till the last minute to see what the weather would do.

Unless I trip on a piece of thrown candy I will be in Waukesha's parade . . .  in full costume. You'll have to guess which one because right now even I don't know. Come on downtown and get in the Christmas mood. The weather should be nice. Packers will have won well before the parade's 4:00 start time. See you there.

get scrooged!

Waukesha Tattoo, contest

Here's something I can appreciate. A light-hearted approach to one of the least anticipated (for me at least) shopping days of the year. A Black Friday from Scrooge's perspective.

I often think, around this time of year, of the chaos surrounding Christmas. Last night I heard holiday music on the radio for the first time this year. Nothing quite like it puts me in the mood for going into more debt.

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101 Parade Memories

helping, festival, YouTube, Waukesha Tattoo, 8) my favorite things, art

The weather was great for Waukesha's 48th annual Christmas Parade. As a matter of fact everything was great. It was well worth missing a Packer / Viking game. It was only yesterday I signed up to wear a costume in the parade. Good thing too, may have chickened out if I had too much time to think it over. 

Definitely a unique experience and perspective. Most everyone loved the Dalmatian; really young kids and a couple dogs excepted. The interaction with the parade watchers was exciting and electric. One really fun thing we did was visit many downtown businesses before the parade's start. I think it put people at ease and made them laugh. We had no problem getting people to pose with the dog, except those two policemen, and everyone we asked allowed him up on the furniture.

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giving thanks for Thanksgiving

Waukesha Tattoo, helping, Carroll, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things

Hope everyone had at least as good a Thanksgiving as us. Enjoyed the succulent Butterball we received free from Pick 'N Save by redeeming our Turkey Perks. Family were here to share it with us. It was a good day. 

If you're reading this online you're probably not homeless - one of the things to be most thankful for. In thanksgiving for a good Thanksgiving I'll be ringing and you'll be giving -- I hope. I'll be at Pick 'N Save Silvernail this morning encouraging busy shoppers to not forget the homeless on Black Friday as I ring the Salvation Army bells.

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Northstars in NYC

1) sound of music, YouTube

In case you missed the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Congratulations to North's Julie Mullen for being awarded the Bob Hope scholarship award and North's Marching Band for the matching $5000.00 amount. I know that money will go a long way.

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If a bell rings in the store when no one's around . . .

helping, Carroll, Salvation Army

I had plenty of practice time on the bells, four hours, but won't come close to the wonderful sounds of bells ringing in the season a week from today at Carroll University's Christmas at Carroll. 

My Salvation Army bell ringing shift at Pick 'N Save started slow as I knew it would. The day after Thanksgiving most people still have plenty of leftovers and shoppers have many other choices for spending money. Waiting for donations, I experimented with how many different rhythms and tones I could squeeze out of two bells. What's the sense being there if you can't have fun with it? I like to people watch and give em a smile and greeting.  

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I'm really scrooged now!

Moxie, Waukesha Tattoo, Clinton Street Gallery, art

Had a rotten night tossing and turning. Nary a wink did I sleep thanks to visits by ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

There was only one lucky winner of all the nice gifts donated by the 22 Downtown Waukesha businesses participating in Bah! Humbug! Weekend. Once I determined the raffle wasn't rigged in my favor I embraced my new title: Waukesha Scrooge of the Year.

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what if you prepared a meal and no one showed up?

Waukesha Tattoo

Fortunately that wasn't the case yesterday after around 250 pounds of turkey was cooked up for a Thanksgiving meal for the needy. It was a first for D Mo's @ Clarke and word got around. At times, before I got there, all the tables were full. All the food looked good and the volunteers were happy to have such a good turnout.

Many of the diners complimented the cook and hope to return next year if it's offered again.

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homeless no more

A lot of dollars have to be raised, but the lease has been signed. If everything works according to plan the temporary winter shelter for up to 35 men will be operating by mid December.

As if Bernie Juno with Hebron House didn't have enough to do already with the rebuilding and opening of the East Ave. shelter. . . now she's trying to find a source of funding after they didn't get the same grant this year that kept the St. Matthias shelter open last year.

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