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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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Santa was a woman

A friend from work has the habit of reading the day's death notices. Today he pointed out that a real Santa and an imitation Santa had died.

Henry Kraus Jr. was also known as "Santa" for the joy he brought to children while playing Santa at the Boston Store and throughout Ozaukee County. He died Nov. 30th at 91 years old. Two sisters preceding him in death were sisters. He was survived by fourteen grandchildren.

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there's a new kid in town

8) my favorite things, festival

Ryan Peters' Clinton St. Gallery

If you get downtown today for the Art Angel Art Crawl, the Global Christmas Traditions, the live music, New Clarke Hotel and Black Trumpet Restaurant... be sure to stop in at Ryan Peters' new Clinton Street Gallery. Opening just last month, the gallery is found at the corner of South and Clinton Streets across from Mia's Restaurant.

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Saturday night, special

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, helping

My confirmation group and I helped out with a Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at AMF Lanes on Northview Rd. in Waukesha Saturday. I'd never helped with this annual event before but people in our group had. They said what a great time it is and how much fun we'd have. But I really didn't expect it to be as much fun as it was.

I don't know much about bowling and nothing about tournaments. Lots of questions, spectators and participants and a little confusion. There were eight young men bowling the two lanes we were watching, and each bowler switched lanes with each frame.

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didn't have to grab the wheel once

Our youngest got his temps Thursday. Consider yourselves warned.

The real reason I mention it is because of our brief visit to the DMV. The one day of the week they're open late they must be busy. Only open until 6:45 and I don't arrive home till 6:00, so by then the lines are long and there's plenty of waiting. Right?

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giving snow the boot

helping, St. William

About three weeks ago I found the perfect pair of boots at Farm & Fleet, but they were out of my size. 

Were there any in back? Were they getting more in? 

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got coal?

6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, Dad

I know St. Nicholas Day was the sixth, but many people, like us, do "stockings" at Christmas. We often tease about putting coal in the socks of naughty children, but have you even given or received coal? Real coal?

These days one can buy black-colored fake coal candy or gum. This year we bought chocolate wrapped in black celophane that was supposed to represent coal. But not counting charcoal, where would one purchase real coal in Wisconsin? In an antique store?

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the amazing Mrs. C.


Diana C. has been our Journal Sentinel carrier for half a year give or take. In that time there's not been a single instance when I've failed to find the paper outside the door in the morning. No matter the weather, the road conditions or time of day, it's always there. This morning the paper was there when I checked at 5:15 a.m., and it was double-bagged!

In all our years of subscribing we've never had better service from our carrier. I asked a friend of mine, who's a longtime JS carrier, if he's experienced earlier truck times. He said they usually run just as late as they've always been.

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one shepherd I did not want to see this Christmas

4) when the dog bites

Sir Fido took me for a walk to burn off some Christmas calories during yesterday's mild temps. A large dog, off leash, a German Shepherd, ran up behind us clearly wanting to cause panic and mayhem. Because I've never showed this particular dog fear, or maybe she got a good look at the boots I was wearing, she left just as fast as she arrived, no owner in sight.

One problem is it's against the law to have a dog running loose in Waukesha. The other problem is they're neighbors we're trying to remain friendly with. When the dog relieved herself on our driveway the other day with no one cleaning it up, I didn't go over there and demand action. But if the dog ever tries taking a bite out of Sir Fido all bets are off.

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