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all bets are off

4) when the dog bites

My last post mentioned my neighbor's German Shepherd harassing Sir Fido, a dog half his size. Yesterday, for the second time, their dog ran into our yard and tried to get a piece of Sir Fido while he was on his rope trying to do his business. Fortunately one of us was there to break it up before Sir Fido could finish him off. As you can see from his picture on my previous post, Mr. Fido is mean and hungry -  he would have made shepherd pie out of that dog.

If I was home and would have broken it up after curses were barked but before fur was flying, I again wouldn't have called the police on my neighbor. But it's an extremely dangerous situation to have a smaller dog on a rope in the yard by himself and have a German Shepherd attack him... for the second time... in his own yard. 

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Waukesha's new 24 hour shelter?

Freeman, J-S

A new, temporary men's shelter has been proposed for opening at St. Matthias Episcopal Church from now through April. Present shelters are overcrowded and this would free up room for families at the Hebron shelters.

Only problem, besides the necessary permit and variance, is the newspapers don't agree on hours of operation.

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Learn About Radio and Electronics Saturday

Various Topics

There will be an Amateur Radio swapfest Saturday January 3, 8AM to 2PM at the county expo center. Visit for more information.

Besides "Ham" radio stuff, there will also be computer and other electronic items for sale. Computers are heavily used in Amateur Radio. I used to have half a basement full of old Teletype machines, like the ones you see in old movies chugging out news reports. When Apple, Radio Shack, Commodore and others introduced the first home computers, we replaced the complicated old mechanical machines with computers and various RTTY (radio teletype) interfaces. Along with Packet Radio, we Hams pioneered what has become much of the Internet. Dad had an Apple while I had a state of the art Commodore VIC 20.

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gettin high on New Year's Eve

8) my favorite things

Visited the highest point in Waukesha County yesterday. I have the Lapham Peaktures to prove it. I wasn't there very long, just enough to put my state park sticker to one last use, but enjoyed a nice walk on the Ice Age Trail. Also had to see what the weather was like atop the 45 foot observation tower. Cold. Very, very CccccCold.

.Lapham tower.shadow of a tower.

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Talk Radio Trouble In The Area

Talk Radio, Various Topics

What kind of radio do you listen too? Me, I listen to radio most of the time when I am driving to and from work and during my lunch break. Also when I make long business trips around the country in my van. When I listen, it is to Talk Radio. So you'll find the first button on my radios for 1130 WISN and the next for 620 WTMJ. In the evening when I'm driving around I'll listen to Shawn Hannity on WISN, but lately they drop it in favor of playing, yawn, Milwaukee Panther basketball. A punch of button #2 often brings a Badger's game rather than some discussion. Dennis Miller can be interesting when he doesn't over-do his extensive vocabulary.

I fail to see how it is a service to their listeners when radio stations that target News and Talk Radio listeners, suddenly become a sports outlet. Save the sports broadcasts for some of the radio stations that play music. Heck, there's plenty of alternatives that their listeners can switch to.

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Making Time


Mo is a young Shepherd mix.Time is a precious commodity at animal shelters, including HAWS.  There's never enough hours in the day to do all that we want to do, and to reach everyone we want to reach!

The other day, while paging through an animal rescue publication, I came across something very interesting in the "letters to the editor" section.  When referring to animals the writers' had acquired from animal shelters, a single phrase was used repeatedly:  "...when his time was up..."

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Pork Goes Postal

Hot Topics, Various Topics

Finally! Pork Barrel spending is in the spotlight. The cool thing in Washington is to actually have a bill target only what it's name implies rather than, say, an agricultural bill containing funding for a used gum wad museum in some obscure location or to fund research by universities on how to get more grants to validate global warming..

Pork Barrel spending is being recognized as money that shouldn't or couldn't be spent on it's own merits. Our neighboring county executive, Scott Walker is refusing "stimulus" money and being faulted for it.  I believe he's looking at it like receiving a present from a family member at Christmas and knowing that they really can't afford doing so. Should he refuse it? I hear that it would be used for programs that will just burden the taxpayer when the federal money runs out. Why spend it on creating some new program? How about fixing infrastructure such as the pot holes?

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at least I still have a job

I was reluctant to write about my work for various reasons, but it has been almost two weeks since I blogged . . .

My job had me starting in Racine County a week ago Monday after 22 years in Milwaukee. One of my biggest fears was the 35 mile drive each way. After years of riding the county coach bus to work I wasn't used to driving and didn't want to get used to it. Didn't want to get used to filling up twice a week and didn't want to get used to spending tons of money on vehicle maintenance. 

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Unbelievable Callousness Towards The Homeless

Hot Topics, Politics-Local

It is nearing Thursday and the icon on my Internet explorer shows a low of -21 possible.  So far we have a church that has been ready for many days to provide refuge for the homeless to help the overflow from the other shelters, but they are held up by a city permit. I can see the need, but what part of EMERGENCY isn't understood by the city? Is it a thinly veiled attempt to appease the downtown BID who doesn't want the homeless scaring off business? What is really laughable about the need of a permit is the arrogance of it.

"Spread them around the county!" some say. Yup, Chenequa comes to mind. There's plenty of empty bedrooms in those mansions on the lakes there and on Oconomowoc lake.  Oh yeah, how about Eagle? Or Monterey? Maybe the old Hardee's in Sussex that the state put out of business with it's "improvements".

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Two Thousand Five Hundred Forty Six

Over the past few years working as a teacher, I have learned a great deal of things.

I have learned that no amount of nacho cheese flavoring will make a freeze-dried meal worm taste good.

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Not Too Early To Think About Spring Flooding

Various Topics

When there are heavy downpours or even thaws, it can overload the drainage system and cause flooding in parts of the city. One of the worse areas is down the street from me at Pine and Bel Ayr.

Monday night there was a meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers for people in the 4th and 14th aldermanic district represented by Joe Pieper and Joan Francoeur. Joe had knocked on door a few weeks ago talking with people in the affected area and handing out reminders of the meeting. I'm sure Joan did the same. A number of neighbors showed up and some interesting revelations were made as to the history of flooding in the area and the layout of the stormwater pipes.

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breakfast at Sprizzo's



I didn't know whether to congratulate the proprietors of Sprizzo Gallery Caffe or offer sympathy. The grand reopening of the new location was moved to Saturday because of the death of a close family member. The papers weren't mentioning who passed away, but I figured it must be someone related to Karla, the owner. One of the first friendly faces I saw upon entering was that of my friend, the cafe manager. She told me her mom had passed away and I felt like crying. 

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Hot Topics, Obama, Various Topics

As a pilot, I am captivated by things aviation and this week and next are real doozies!  I am tying the US Airways forced landing into the Hudson River and the inauguration next week together. Stay with me on this.

Having myself, lost all power on takeoff and surviving a crash, I feel a kinship with Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger. I know what it is like to suddenly have to find a place to set down when you lose power at the worst possible time. I won't recount the US Airways event or even call it a crash. It could have been, but wasn't. Suffice it to say, any pilot, especially one who has been in a similar situation, is celebrating in their own way on the successful ditching of the plane and the lack of any fatal injuries. As a Hero, Captain Sullenberger is joined by many people. His crew, level headed passengers and certainly the New Yorkers who recognized the call to action. It makes me feel good entering into the inauguration. Any other outcome of the even would have dampened spirits across the country.

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good fences. . .

4) when the dog bites

Since the last time Sir Fido was attacked a couple weeks ago Mrs. Lee has been overly cautious about letting him outside. Even though it was the second time it happened, I still thought it a rarity that we shouldn't have to worry too much about. Then it happened again yesterday. One dog on a short rope being attacked by a much larger dog on the loose.

I walked the German Shepherd back to her home and went back to my shoveling. Two minutes later she was back in our yard. Walking her back this time I realized there was no one outside with her and no working latch on her gate. Her owners were in the house and didn't know anything about this attack or the several others. I told them that I didn't know if the police were called but if they come over the first thing they're going to say is the gate needs a latch.

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Moreland Mess

Development and Growth, Politics-Local

Is there anyone who disagrees that the intersections of Moreland and Whiterock is a mess? I'm sure that a little searching in the library would show that it was originally a horse path. Now, it is a dangerous intersection. Our other Five Points.

I drive it often. I'm used to it. A dangerous situation arises when someone who is not familiar with the traffic pattern is heading east, across the Fox River bridge and doesn't realize that the right lane cannot continue on Moreland. Several times I've had to hit the brakes for people who bear left anyway. Hard to blame them. It doesn't make sense as it is.

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Kanook, I thought we lost you

Dog Parks, Various Topics

Right now Kanook is prancing around the house looking for a treat. You see, we just got back from the emergency veterinary clinic. When we left for there, I didn't think he'd be woofing around the house again.

After supper tonight, I read the newspapers and began a little stuff on the computer as did Pat on hers. Kanook will often curl up by her. As happens so often, I'll ask him if he wants to go to the "doggie park". When he settles down by Pat, he usually would rather stay there, so I went back to my computer. A few minutes later, Pat calls me firmly to come here quick! I thought she wanted me to see something on her computer, but as I walked into the room, I saw Kanook struggling to cross the room, falling down as he tried to get back up. I rushed to settle and comfort him as I did some quick checks. His eyes were dilated but equal. Still he seemed confused and allowed Pat to pick him up, something he would usually rather not have done.

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finally, something to blog about!

I thought someone might finally be showing me a little appreciation for all the hard work I do. Well, I can dream can't I? Actually, a more likely explanation for the object on the table would be the birthday someone recently celebrated at our home.

This blog really begins last Friday when I was off work. My son had hurt his wrist and we scheduled an MRI for 2:30 that day. Even if the test went an hour or more we'd still have time to partake in the Janbrrrree festivities. I was looking forward to the snow sculpting and chili tasting at Lowell Park.

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M & I, Community Bank in Delavan, and my kid's college education...

Our Country is in a recession/depression. Much of the banking industry is very much to blame. Whether it was greed or the incessant need to grow to satisfy investors, or whether it was to increase executive compensation levels - whatever! It's evident they cannot regulate themselves.

Banks have a myriad of challenges and problems - some of their own doing, some not. They are impacting both companies as well as individuals with their lending (or lack of lending) practices. They blame the economy, Wall Street, housing, business downturns, underwriters, unemployment, "The Market", bad debts, bundled mortgages, upside-down mortgages, and quite possibly they will soon include "gum on the sidewalk" as a banking cause for concern.

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The Global Weather Report

Global Warming, Hot Topics, Politics-National

Remember John Coleman? John used to do the weather forecast here, WISN I think it was, and he was really an off the wall kind of guy. If the next day was going to be warm and sunny, John could be seen doing the weather forecast from a beach chair, in his swim suit, with his sunglasses on and holding a drink of some kind.

I've heard of John from time to time and that he has been in San Diego for some years. Each day the weather forecast is the same. Warm and sunny. What a job! Fast forward to this morning. I get an email from a friend in Minnesota and it has a link to John's website. John seems to be a student of global warming, climate change, man's affect on the globe or whatever you call it.

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Auto Orphans

Obama, Various Topics

It's business as usual in Washington.  Just several weeks ago the American automakers were looking for help because of financial burndens negotiated by the unions that the foreign automakers don't have. Today I read that Obama signed something that gives the unions even more pull over businesses. Oh I suppose if the government gives the automakers more money, then they can pay the unions more money too! Spread the wealth. They've sapped my retirement accounts.  How are your's doing?

Locally, Don Jacobs Subaru has been sold to Wilde automotive group. Driving by the old Jacobs dealer I see it pretty well cleaned out and Subaru banners over at Wilde Dodge.  Subaru supposedly was the only automaker to have growth in 2008. I bought my Forester when GM had part ownership in it. That was my justification to buy the brand.  I'm a little nervous about Wilde taking over the dealership. You see, I bought a new Pontiac from Wilde and they don't sell Pontiacs anymore. Don Jacobs used to sell Buicks, which is akin to Pontiac so I had them do servicing on the Pontiac. They would still service it even after they dropped the Buick brand.  Now where?

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