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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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.
The snowbanks are terribly high for this time of year, winter less than a week old, but this weekend's weather will likely make room for more. A factor in the height of some snowbanks are the bagged leaves buried 3-4 feet below. (It'll be interesting to see what's become of the paper leaf bags in the spring.)
We've been fortunate to avoid accidents, inching half way out into the street before seeing if any cars are coming. It's a problem every driver is familiar with. Whether just leaving a driveway or entering a main road, poor visibility comes at a bad time. (And it doesn't help when the car you're driving is lower than the snowbanks lining the roadway.) Snow-covered roads make it difficult to continue after coming to a complete stop, and vehicles already traveling on the roadway need a lot more room to stop for cars halfway into their lane because of poor sight lines.
The terraces could be twice as wide to hold more snow, but the best solution is happening right now. It's 48 degrees. . . and rising. Be careful out there.