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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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XXIX Waukesha Janboree Explodes This Weekend

festival, Janboree, Waukesha, fireworks

Lots of fun things going on around Waukesha this weekend. Fortunately the weather is perfect... meaning there's cold and snow, but not too much or too little! The Lowell Park ice rink is in perfect condition and the slopes are snow-covered and slippery. Saturday temperatures should be perfect for ice carving and Sunday's ideal for snow shoeing out by Retzer.

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Sunday Photo Stroll

Enjoyed a decent turkey dinner Sunday afternoon at home, and just half an hour later ran into this flock of wild turkeys in the trailer court off Summit. There were at least five of them, with two perching on the hood and roof of adjacent parked cars. They seemed totally acclimated to humans and barely moved for our car as we passed just feet away.

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Polar Plunge - the Sequel

Polar Plunge, YouTube

I was able to spend indoor time this weekend tweaking my plunge video. It's now nearly 50% bigger and 100% better. This new version will be replacing the one I posted New Year's Day on YouTube. Feel free to share.

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not the dumbest thing I've done this year

I made the wise decision this year to not jump in what was passing for Lake Michigan. I did however make an appearance under the guise of testing out my new Canon. Even though clear water was between 50 and 100 yards from shore, apparently it takes more than that to stop the foolish hardy souls from trying to find enough water to baptize the New Year's, baby.

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A Christmas Carroll

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, Christmas

It wouldn't surprise me if charitable giving increases next weekend, along with greater empathy for others. Dickens' A Christmas Carol had that effect on readers 170 years ago and likely is still true today. Likewise, Christmas at Carroll, next weekend's awe-inspiring concert in Carroll's Shattuck Music Center has always had a positive transformative effect on me. I've been attending for years, and if I weren't in the spirit before the concert, then I sure was three hours later!

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