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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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debate and a movie


The much-anticipated first presidential debate is tonight at 8:00 p.m.. Unfortunately, it competes with the showing of the movie 1984 at Carroll U 7:00 to 9:00. To help kick off the Waukesha Reads book selection of George Orwell's 1984, Carroll has graciously offered the Shattuck Music Center, free popcorn and lemonade.

Thanks to Google, you can watch the full-length film starring John Hurt and Richard Burton without leaving home and at a time that's convenient for you. Of course, yelling at the screen wouldn't be the same as in a full theater, and popcorn and lemonade are on you.

color is my motivation

8) my favorite things, bailey

As if I needed another reason to get outside after working indoors all day.

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what's wrong with this picture?

It's not always easy knowing for whom flags are flown at half-staff for. I wasn't even sure after looking it up for today, Saturday the 6th.

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hands on

I wonder how many marriages have been compromised by one spouse or other receiving a therapeutic massage from the opposite sex?

I received my first ever massage last Thursday from Marillian Massage, a licensed massage therapist. From the sound of it still echoing in my head you'd have thought I did it to cause intentional, lasting harm to the relationship with my wife.

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R & R

Rest and Rain. Not counting Sunday's wild Packer game, my weekend was pretty uneventful.

Went to Waukesha Public Library for Waukesha Reads event Sundays with Let's Take Back the Internet and Tracking the Trackers to maybe learn something from UWM Assistant Professor Michael Zimmer, but Mr. Zimmer had called in sick less than 24 hours earlier. Cudos to Waukesha Library staff for finding an alternate on such short notice.

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RIP Jim Hilden

6) when I'm feeling sad, let us pray

A decade ago I wouldn't have pictured myself writing anything good about our 4th District Alderman in Waukesha. Jim was my foe before becoming my friend, and that is why something should be said on his passing.

After his years of service in the U.S. Air Force and 32 years of service at G. E., Jim served 6 more years the citizens of Waukesha and the Fourth District where we live. I was the only one to oppose him on the spring 2001 ballot. Of course, he was reelected for three more years in office.

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it's not the wind that's howling

Now that Wisconsin's first wolf trapping and hunting season in decades has started, it's important to note the hunt coincides with National Wolf Awareness Week. From the news we learn at least four have already been killed.

Maybe if there was more known about wolves?

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throne out of the House

This weekend was the opposite. If, as I've said, the most exciting thing for me from the previous weekend was the Packer game, this past weekend was so full I didn't even watch yesterday's game.

Our toilet recently started leaking from the flapper valve, made much worse by Thursday night after I fiddled with it. I realized we had a dinosaur when I picked up a "universal" valve that didn't fit, didn't see a replacement on the manufacturer's website, nor could I find one in Menards. Thanks to our 1983 model water waster,  when I called the manufacturer even they couldn't identify it and wanted a picture of it.

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2 weeks from today


early voting began in wisconsin yesterday. last of the debates was yesterday. we got a absentee ballot yesterday. oddly enough, the special election for state senator dist. 33 is on the back of the ballot. it's clearly the same ballot to be used at the polls in two weeks, but i guess i was expecting the dist. 33 republican primary to be on a separate ballot after reading about it in saturday's freeman.

it's also interesting to note that with this ballot it's okay to vote twice for one person: paul farrow is on the ballot for dist. 98 assembly representative and dist. 33 state senator.

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