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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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Governor Scott Walker declares state of emergency! Storm system covering two thirds of the country from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Computer forecast is for 10.2" of snow by Wednesday noon.

This blizzard won't seem the same. If I'm not out experiencing it, driving in it, it'll feel different. Myself and many others were sent home early today and are off tomorrow. As much as I'd love to see the predicted 25 foot waves and tons of spray at Milwaukee's lakefront, I'll probably just stay inside where it's warm and cozy.

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Bailey's 6


Six pounds. Bailey saw the vet today for shots and a check up. We tried a different vet and it turns out if was the same one she visited before we got her. We tried Gentle Care Veterinary Hospital on Hwy. 59 on the recommendation of a relative. As I was describing how we came about the pup the vet basically finished my sentence.

Dr. Elliot was very good with Bailey and answered my questions including how I should be playing with her so she doesn't bite, how big she'll eventually get and the benefits of spaying. Bailey also was very good and got her nails clipped and a rabies shot.

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State of State Address


In case you missed it. Governor Walker's first State of the State speech yesterday, 2/1.

Groundblog Day

It's like a holiday. Everyone off work and school for Groundhog Day. I could get used to this.

I don't know about this blizzard. It blew a lot and left drifts at night, but was all but over before we turned on the set for several more hours of wall to wall coverage this morning. Racine and Kenosha got hit, so if the constant weather reporting did anything it made us glad we weren't there.

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Happy New Year.

Even though she wasn't born in the Year of the Rabbit, Mom celebrated her birthday yesterday, Chinese New Year. I wasn't born in Year of the Rabbit either, though I did wonder if this year would bring me luck. After all, rabbits have four feet don't they?

We did get two days worth of newspaper yesterday so I was very happy. Lucky? Not so sure. Thursday I received the Walmart gift card every employee of the week gets. Lucky? Getting there. We also got two days of mail yesterday. Very Lucky! One letter was the check I never expected to see from the rights to my YouTube video of last year's Waukesha County Fair. Now I have the money to join new friends for a New Year's celebration at Peking House tomorrow! This Year of the Rabbit is off to a good start. 

snow cheese

Discovered at a home on Grandview across from Lowell School. Nice artwork!

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Curiosity Saved This Cat

This is one heck of a feel good story. You may have read the abbreviated version in the Freeman about the Janesville man's rescue from a snow bank. The Journal Sentinel's story is more complete.

It didn't surprise me that Joe would go for the paper at five in the morning with a blizzard still howling, though the paper probably wasn't even there. What did surprise me is a neighbor seeing a dark speck in the snow, by chance, and being curious enough about it to get out binoculars. We should all have neighbors watching out for us like that.

this feast was HOT!

Waukesha Tattoo

Celebrated the New Year with good friends at Peking House last evening. I hadn't been eager to try the restaurant but, being just a mile from the house and having gone past it literally hundreds of times, figured it was about time. I found a warm, authentic decor and staff that made me laugh. The dining area is divided in two areas. We had a large room to ourselves, our table filling roughly half. With high ceilings and windows, beautifully shellacked wood tables and semi formal place settings, we settled in with hot tea and Chinese beer while we waited for everyone to arrive.

For one reason or another roughly half the expected guests either couldn't make it or already ate. Though it would have been nice to finally meet some of the interesting people I heard would be attending, the extra room they left at table would soon be needed for platters and bowls of food.

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when there's nothing else to blog about. . .

Went for a walk to enjoy the sunlight and milder temps today. Rooftop icicles reminded me I was going to shovel my own roof edges today, so I cut the walk short. Before turning around though something out of the ordinary caught my eye. It looked like Mr. Yuk on a high wire. Like he was saying, "don't bite these wires!"

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Tuesday's primary


Tuesday was first time for me as chief inspector at the polls when I actually had time to prepare. I felt ready, but things can go wrong, though it would have been embarrasing to make mistakes with such low numbers.

One third of all my poll workers didn't show up the morning of the election. Three other people were scheduled to work with me but only two showed up. Off to a bad start, but we still had the minimum. I'd now be working the poll books, but voting would have to stop when one of us visited the restroom. An odd amount of poll workers is required by law with a bare minimum of three, depending on the election. Reason being, in the case of a discrepancy or dispute, there'll always be a tie breaker. A vote in a vote so to speak.

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Rotary's Rotary


I've learned the secret to the Rotary's successful pancake breakfasts: Three huge griddles and plenty of Rotarians to man them; Waukesha North's Interact Club and Waukesha area Boy Scouts to help serve and clean up; secret ingredients courtesy of Aunt Jemima; quality entertainment again provided by Four on the Floor featuring Waukesha's own D.A. Brad Schimmel; all the cakes you can eat for a reasonable amount of money; worthwhile cause; table seating so everyone sits together. . .

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