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Two worthy mentions in a sea of mediocre films lately:

Can I get a trompe l'œil tattoo?

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The ribbon was cut for Waukesha's newest mural Saturday. The second mural added to downtown this year was completed just in time for winter and debuted during snow flurries. Artist Adam Nilson of Nilson Studio painted the illusionary mural and wielded the scissors to cut the ribbon. Mayor Scrima was there to say a few words as were George and Rachel Wang, Barry Jaeger and Rich Cseri of Waukesha Tattoo Company @ Galleria Edge.

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Sally bells ring, are you listening?

Salvation Army, helping

Took another turn with Salvation Army bell ringing yesterday after my niece called and practically begged to do it with me. Of course I was more than happy to have her and her brother help, again at Pick 'N Save Silvernail. Even though there was snow the traffic was heavier than the day after Thanksgiving. It also helped that we picked a time when more people would be shopping.

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What's Happening: Dec 6 to Dec 13

Christmas at Carroll

Carroll students perform Christmas concert. Reserved seats.. Shattuck Music Center; 7:30p.m.; 262-524-7195;

12/06/10- 12/13/10
Senior Art Majors Thesis Exhibition, mixed media

Several art majors present their final projects. Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center; 262-524-7195;

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We've got Santa on the run

For the second time in two years Waukesha streets will be filled Saturday with Santas, elves and assorted other characters vying for the lead in a winter run / walk for charity. I wonder if Scrooge will show up?

It sounds like a great event for a good cause. The run benefits Hebron House, Salvation Army and Waukesha Food Pantry. I've been thinking about, but not training for, the run for quite some time.  I will try to make it this year if just to cheer the runners and walkers and witness the spectacle.

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A Little West of West Main

So I did the craziest thing last month…

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Santa Run a gift for charities

Salvation Army, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha Tattoo

The weather held for the second annual Santa Run. The crowd was much larger than I expected, which is good seeing as the proceedes went to Salvation Army, Hebron House and Waukesha Food Pantry.

Scrooge showed up but doesn't run and doesn't dress up, but did wear a black "Bah! Humbug!" Santa hat courtesy of George from Waukesha Tattoo. Thanks George!

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What's Happening: Dec 13 to Dec 20

The Season of Light

General Public Program for a beautiful holiday season program investifating the most fascinating winter solstice celebrations from all over the world. $4/adult, $3/children. Planetarium at Retzer Nature Center; 7pm; ;

12/17/10- 12/19/10
Bob & Rocco Gun Show

Waukesha County Expo Center; 262-896-8490;

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Fair Game: The Plame Blame Game

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Let me begin by saying that it's difficult to review a movie so deeply entrenched in politics without being perceived as making a political statement (which is not my purpose here). Fair Game portrays the experience of a former ambassador, Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), and his wife, CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) as she was involved in intelligence gathering in the Middle East. The Bush (43) administration was building a case for war back in 2003-2003. Plame's team was searching for evidence to corroborate the admnistration's contention that Saddam Hussein was importing yellow cake uranium from Niger for use in nucelar weapons. Since Plame's husband was a former ambassador to Niger, his name comes up in discussions of how to verify a British report about a massive export of yellow cake to Iraq. Wilson agrees to investigate, but after traveling and meeting with those involved in Niger, Wilson concludes that there is no merit to the report.

Undaunted, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, pressures Plame's unit to affirm the conclusions that the administration has already apparently come to about the presence of nuclear weapons in Iraq. But when President Bush disregards Wilson's report and references the yellow cake story in his State of the Union speech, Wilson responds by writing an editorial which claims the president has misrepresented the intelligence.

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Shelter Open House

Salvation Army, helping, Hope Center

Waukesha's newest winter overflow shelter held it's open house yesterday. It wasn't what I expected. I expected a little tour, maybe some refreshments and an opportunity to talk to someone with the shelter. What I found was a gym set up with cots and lots of neighbors complaining about property values and lack of notice. Not everyone was against a shelter in the neighborhood, but enough barbs were exchanged, enough tension flared.

It's a done deal. It's been studied and discussed. It's something that's needed and is already zoned appropriately. 

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Toy Joy

helping, St. William, Christmas Clearing Council

Had to get out of the house. Took a walk even though the weather was cold and some sidewalks dangerous with ice. Knew something big was going on at St. William so that would be my destination. Maybe take some pictures.

Always willing to lend a hand if needed, I was told they were short client escorts for the Christmas Clearing Council which filled the gym and Parish Hall. Two escorts per client were needed. One held the list and clipboard and the other was the box carrier. I was paired with different bilingual volunteers so all I really had to do was carry the box. The Spanish speakers were in big demand so we were kept very busy for the next couple hours.

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Sharing Expenses

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Recently I had a fellow dog park user approach me. They wanted to differ in opinion on some of my views, particularly the Public Library System. For review, I have taken the position that the Library is an institution that should be examined as to it's place in this age of the Internet Information Highway. I would support it if it were self supporting. But the person's main argument is that it is free and that they can save the cost of a computer by using the ones at the Library. Hmm. Yes, their taxes are contributing to them. But so is mine and I never use them. I also have numerous books that I have paid for. These but a few of my arguements why The Library is an expense that can be reduced.

We parted with the cliché' of agreeing to disagree. I do wish that their comments would have been posted here as a reply. I really do encourage thoughtful opinions, especially if a real name is attached to it. I won't  harass differing opinions or vandalize your house. I will say that I have received anonymous letters that have, shall I say, colorful reactions.

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Lots of Luck and a Little Good Timing

Waukesha Tattoo


Glad to have George back in Waukesha after his interesting week in London. He was one of the few passengers to leave Heathrow yesterday, as one of the world's busiest airports was all but closed due to weather during the busiest time of the year. Fortunate was he that he didn't need to spend several days, and nights, at the airport.

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What's Happening: Dec 21 to Dec 27

12/21/10- 01/01/11
Country Christmas

Areas largest outdoor Christmas light show. Country Springs Hotel; 262-547-0201;

12/21/10- 06/06/11
Memories of World War II

Almost two hundred reporters and photographers fanned out around the globe to cover WWII for The Associated Press. The best of these images make up for important exhibition.. Waukesha County Museum; 262-521-2859;

R.I.P. Lee

let us pray

Noticed something curious in today's Freeman death notices. Three people with the name "Lee" passed recently.  One with the first name. Another the middle. And, lastly, one with the last name.

I wonder if they lead a "sheltered" life? Praying the families have a calm holiday.

It's a Wonderful Life


I wanted to name him Henry, the antagonist in It's a Wonderful Life. We changed our mind when a female became available. We named her Bailey, the protagonist in the same story. Either way, it's a wonderful life now that we have a new puppy member of the family.

forget flying sleighs

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5 kids hurt when school bus goes airborne. The article in today's Journal Sentinel sounded like it came straight from a video game: "... hit the ice... swerved off the road ... continued into a ditch ... hit a driveway, went airborne for about 80 feet and skidded to a stop.

It had to be a typo. School buses just don't go airborne a distance of two full bus lengths at 45 miles an hour.

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What's Happening: Dec 28 to Jan 3

12/28/10- 01/01/11
Country Christmas

Areas largest outdoor Christmas light show. Country Springs Hotel; ; 262-547-0201;

12/28/10- 06/06/11
Memories of World War II

Almost two hundred reporters and photographers fanned out around the globe to cover WWII for The Associated Press. The best of these images make up for important exhibition.. Waukesha County Museum; ; 262-521-2859;

12/30/10- 01/02/11
A Night With Tony

Joe Nolan and Lynetta Ivey perform classic Tony award winning music, Waukesha Civic Theatre; 262-547-0708;

Remote Control Toy Show

Waukesha County Expo Center.; 262-896-8490.


The Tourist: Mostly Just a Pretty Face

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The Tourist


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no mow snow

2) raindrops on roses

Forty-nine degrees and drizzly this last day of 2010. Most of the snow is gone now.

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