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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Someone didn't expect the numbers to be so high yesterday. Started the day with just three voting booths and ended the day running out of paper ballots in the 9th Ward. We had maybe a 30 percent turn out among the approximately 2700 registered voters in the 4th District.
We had steady business for the great crew of poll workers, again expertly lead by Chris, the 16 hours I helped at Hawthorne. It's always good to see the neighbors after months of winter. Especially nice when you don't have to go to them, they come to you.
I don't know why someone would choose opening day of the Brewer game over his job, but a guy from work did just that. He'd purchased the ticket but didn't adhere to the conditions to get the day off. He had a choice to keep his job. He chose the game. What I didn't know is he had to sell his ticket because he needed the money. Ironic.
I don't know why we'd hire a young guy with no experience in the field to manage our department. Lasted 2 months. Two people down, we now have two and a half people to do the same amount of work we couldn't keep up with before because of cutbacks. Today felt like more work was left undone than got done. Yet another thing to do: get used to it.
Food was flying Wednesday night in Waukesha. I don't know if you can tell anything about the health of a city by the food it discards, but the only things missing from this menue were McNuggets and a side of fries. I get a kick out of the Freeman's Police Blotter and the oftentime strange calls our police department gets. Wednesday's Blotter contained three consecutive food-related entries:
10:21 p.m. – A person in the 300 block of North Greenfield Avenue reported a milk shake being thrown at a back window and a side mirror also was broken.
10:38 p.m. – A vehicle in the 1800 block of Chapman Drive was pelted with eggs.The damage was minor.
10:44 p.m. – A woman in the 1400 block of South West Avenue reported 16 ounces of ketchup being thrown at her door.
Impossible to tell if Wednesday's double coupon day had anything to do with this, or maybe a fast food junkie was getting rid of evidence?
There were so many dogs during today's opening at the Waukesha County Museum of Mary Ludington's The Nature of Dogs photography exhibit. It was so unique and unusual to see, everyone having such a great time, that I felt I should have brought one too. Tried to borrow one of several HAWS had brought for adoption, but settled for their mascot, Lucky, instead.
Waukesha's own WindDancer Balloon Promotions was nominated, and is in the running for, Milwaukee area's best hot air balloon company, WISN's A-List. Friends Ken and Kay Walter are competing against last year's winner, Lake Geneva Balloon Company. You've seen them in city parades. You've seen them floating overhead. Now you can vote and put them on the A-List.
Waukesha West's Academic Decathlon team isn't the only team going to championships this month. CORE 2062, a little known science and technology team from all three Waukesha public high schools, leaves for nationals tomorrow to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. After successfully negotiating the obstacles at the Minnesota 10.000 Lakes Regionals, CORE 2062 hopes to steer their robot through the course, lift, score, kick... and win. The competition will be stiff: 500 robots from around the world. Good luck team!
The 40th annual Earth Day is Thursday, a good time to spend a couple seconds thinking about the environment we share.
Earth Week for me began with the Annual Midwest Crane Count on Saturday. It was cool and windy, but I did see and hear cranes, so it was a good time. Sunday, I borrowed my mom's kayak to join the Waukesha County Park naturalists and friends for a beautiful trip up the Oconomowoc River to Loews Lake. Just my second time in a kayak, it was breezy, but didn't rain like last year. Three hours of wildlife, scenery, friendship, history, exercise and fresh air. Three glorious hours appreciating Earth's goodness and recharging batteries.