Almost a whole month has gone by since I last posted but I have a good reason.
I'm pretty sure my computer got a case of the swine flu. And I'm pretty sure I am no longer looking up any more conspiracy theory websites in my off time because I think that's where the virus came from. And, for the record, the government is NOT using tax payer money to fund a project involving staring at goats until they faint.
Just in case you missed it, yesterday was the annual Maple Street Crack House Busting. Sorry I didn't get any photos, but I have included this reenactment so you can get a feel for the action...
Today marks the first public demo of an unmanned Montgolfier brothers hot air balloon on June 4th, 1783. Not far behind, it also marks the first flight by a woman, opera singer Elizabeth Thible, in a Montgolfier balloon just one year later on June 4th, 1784. The Montgolfier brothers of France are recognized as the inventors of lighter than air travel.
The paper said there was a charity breakfast at the Eagles Club for $3.75, and a pancake breakfast at Linden Grove, same time, for $5.00.
Took bike because both are close. Usually don't eat breakfast out, so the big decision would be won by the place with the best food, or cause.
Today's local section of the newspaper had a report titled "Tougher OWI laws would cost millions". State Public Defender Nick Chiarkas warned a legislative committee such last week.
Perhaps it is the George Carlin in me, but doesn't the title "Public Defender" sound like an oxymoron? Would that make the elected district attorneys the Persecutor of the Public? Never mind, having lost several family members from repeat drunk drivers will do that to a person. So does someone saying that it's cheaper to keep the carnage on the roads continuing. It baffles the mind and does strange things.
I've seen plenty of deer in the city of Waukesha. One as close as a block away from my home. Around 8:30 tonight there was a young deer right in my back yard.
this is my garden in the foreground.
Just shy of 1AM Friday morning, the Waukesha Police Department responded to a call downtown at a bar on the corner of St. Paul Ave. and Madison Street.
Thirty years ago my class was the first to go all four years through the new Waukesha North High School. For at least the last twelve I'd been looking forward to this weekend; graduation weekend at North; the day son graduates from the same school Mom and Dad attended.
Something similar to the road leading to this point in his life, there were last obstacles to overcome however.
Thankful everything went well during my four day weekend. Nick got his license, first try. Bri graduated, house got painted . . . very much I'm thankful for.
As a final exclamation point to a great weekend, I crewed for a different balloon early this morning. Cloud Nine produced some really great photos as it floated in the direction of the north shore of Pewaukee Lake. Among other reasons, crewing for him was pretty cool because of his dash-mounted GPS.
It's been three years since the beginning of WaukeshaNOW and this blog. There's still plenty going on to share. The enjoyment I get from writing hasn't receeded, and as long the computer is working, and I still have the time, I'd like to continue.
Last June the big story was flooding. In the last year it's the economy that's affected us the most. After 22 years of commuting to Milwaukee, I now waste resources driving 35 miles to Racine Cty. for work. The Journal Sentinel laid off many more quality writers, and even MyCommunityNOW, this website, let half the staff go. The Waukesha Freeman discontinued carrier delivery and no longer prints a Monday edition. The state has a huge budget deficit. More money is going out to aid jobless and underemployed, but less coming in thanks to a stagnant economy.
Downtown Waukesha can be an active setting sometimes.
Take yesterday morning for instance.
O.K., I have to admit, the blog has really taken a turn for the worst these past couple of days.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this little city (sometimes), but things have been a little rough down here lately.
The news that Donte' Stallworth, a football player for the Cleveland Browns, who was drunk and killed a pedestrian, at 7:15AM, after an all night drinking binge at a hotel should serve as validation for my comments on shutting down the serving of alcohol after a certain hour.
Two things come from the Stallworth story. He has and will spend only 25 days in jail! He has paid off the surviving family members to avoid a trail and civil lawsuit. Justice has been usurped by money. He remains under a house arrest term and has lost his driver's license for life. However, I personally know that criminals that are free and ordered not to drive or conduct other behavior do not always do as they are ordered. Deadly results happen all too often. Unfortunately for those people who cannot avoid alcohol and drugs or be trusted to not drive, incarceration is the only way to protect the public.
I know something is up when my dad calls from Florida mid week.
We usually talk every Sunday, so if I see his number ring through on a Thursday night, it means there is some breaking news to report.
I can't count the times that I've put down (forcibly) the newspaper because I've read something outrageous by one person or another. I keep reading though, because, as someone once said, and I paraphrase because I can't find the quote, "If you keep the company of like-minded people, you will never grow".
I call my blog Common Ground because we can't exist in a free world without compromise. Even though we hold differing opinions, we can reach a consensus when needed. I respect differing opinions if they are sincere and formed from an educated pursuit of the facts. I cannot respect a phony, however. Even if what they say makes all the sense in the world to me. If I know that they talk the talk but fail to walk the walk, as many say now, I will turn and walk away.
Summer's arrival drives different behavior patterns in all of us. Many more outdoor activities beckon including the Brewers, Summerfest and many other lakefront festivals, fishing, backyard barbeques, Downtown Friday Nights in Waukesha and countless others.
The multitude of Summer opportunities also changes our dining-out habits. Culver's, Kopps, Murph's, Mack's and more get a real workout serving cool, smooth custard treats. Stop at John's and get a creamy, chilled root beer. Divino Gelato's unique lower-in-butterfat Italian frozen custard draws people to downtown Waukesha with good cause. Great treats from local mainstays, and many serving-up memories to go along with relief from the heat of Summer.