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Just Need Some Shut Eye

 This guy is a master at parallel parking.

7:50 AM Thursday. Downtown Waukesha...

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Stars shining in Friday night's rain

YouTube, 1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 8) my favorite things

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Playing the President and First Lady?

Obama, Politics-National

Many opinion pieces are going around about Obama playing President rather than being President. I've thought that he should hire Dick Cheney as some kind of "ghost President".  Here's something that should make us all think.

Mamie Eisenhower paid for a personal secretary.  Jackie Kennedy had one aide, paid out of public funds. Hillary Clinton had three. Laura Bush had one. Michell Obama has, and as Glenn Beck would say, wrap your head with duct tape so it doesn't explode, OVER TWENTY! This doesn't include a make-up artist and a hair stylist that travels with her. I don't know who pays for them. Some count 26 government paid aides to Michelle Obama.

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...and, if necessary, use words

let us pray, 7) I simply remember, say uncle

 Attended mass today in what is probably the most beautiful, modern Catholic church in Waukesha County: St. Jerome's, Oconomowoc. The occasion was a quarterly breakfast meeting of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Before I even entered the church I was surprised by the lovely entrance, garden and landscaping. The entry doors were a good 12 feet tall and balanced to take no extra effort to open. The holy water font is a three foot diameter sculptured bronze sphere with the water gently overflowing it's top and cascading down it's side.

Finding a seat with my friends, I took in the beauty of the surroundings while waiting for the service to start. Knowing that a church is but a building, I closed my eyes imagining what a blind person would experience of God in such welcoming place for the sighted. My first thought was the music. A woman at a grand piano was effortlessly playing a complicated piece before the start of mass. At her conclusion the deserved applause, as is usual during mass, was absent. In a few moments, after the opening hymn, we were introduced to the piano player. She was raised in Lithuania before moving to Milwaukee and is now St. Jerome's new music director. She got her well-deserved applause.

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What's Happening: Oct 5 to Oct 12

10/08/09
Big Read: Hemingway's Women

Discover the lives of Hemingway's women, both in his life and his books, with a panel that will include area scholars. Waukesha County Museum; 6:30pm; 262-521-2859; www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

10/10/09
Shoot/Don’t Shoot

A public conversation about the role of hunting in today’s world. Exclusive display of the white deer killed during last winter’s bow hunting season. Vote for the most compelling argument in favor or against sport hunting. Waukesha County Museum; ; 262-521-2859; www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

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What's Happening Downtown...

As most of America fights its way through tough economic times, it seems as if little ole Waukesha Wisconsin continues to operate on its own schedule.

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a tropical staycation

1) sound of music, YouTube

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Dog Parks and Cuba

Dog Parks, Economy, Politics-National

Dog Parks and Cuba? Que? Well, after Curt's excellent reviews and predictions of downtown businesses, I feel guilty doing anything not local in nature. Frankly, I'm getting burned out about national stuff. Perhaps it's because this last week was spent frantically making a living. Times are tough out there and I see that the current WaukeshaNow poll about the economy shows that the majority of people think things will get worse before they get better.

So what about Cuba? Well, if you have Saturday's Journal, I think a very important article is on page two. It is from Associated Press and can be read HERE in case you don't have the paper yet. All that I will say is that those that don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Please read it carefully and you will see the message to be learned from it.

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What's Happening: Oct 12 to Oct 19

10/17/09
Opening: Dolls of the World Exhibit

This exhibit features over 100 different dolls and comes to Waukesha County Museum from The Toy Museum of NY.Selected dolls from the Museum's own collection will also be featured in this exhibit.. Waukesha County Museum, 101 West Main St., Waukesha; 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 263 521-2859; www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

10/17/09
Waukesha Farmers' Market

Eat Fresh, buy local with the Waukesha Farmers' Market on the banks of the Fox River. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and crafts available for purchase.. Riverfront Plaza, Historic Downtown Waukesha; 7:00am- 12:00pm; 262-549-6154; www.downtownwaukesha.com

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First-Time Homebuying in Waukesha...

Community, Family, Observations

Our oldest daughter, Kelly, has joined the ranks of Waukesha Homeowners. It was her stated goal approximately 1 year ago to save enough money and buy her own home. Last Thursday she achieved this milestone.

The journey of home-buying was interesting, challenging, frustrating, daunting, exciting, and filled with emotional highs and lows. There were over-promising ads, slightly fuzzy pictures, deals "too good to be true" (they were!), below appraised prices (with good reasons), open houses where the homeowners forgot and didn't clean or hide dirty laundry, offers put in prior to the "For Sale" signs being posted, and far too many with the ominous "Short Sale" noted.

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not another big fish story

YouTube

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H2 oh oh

politics

The timing wasn't exactly "perfect". Today's mention in the Freeman and Journal Sentinel of Waukesha's 20 year, $100 million plus, estimate of purchasing Lake Michigan water from Milwaukee happened to coincide with mention of Milwaukee's request for a 36% water rate increase for suburbs purchasing water.   

The Journal Sentinel:

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Wal-Mart breaks ground in Waukesha

Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Oct. 19 for their new supercenter on the southwest side of Waukesha.

The 184,100-square-foot store will be built at the intersection of S. West Ave. and Highway 59. It will include a complete grocery store, as well as optical and photo departments and a drugstore. 

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More of Downtown Waukesha

So last week we covered what has been happening on the far end of West Main.

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It Started With Political Correctness

Various Topics

It's a madness that has crossed the country and indeed the world. It is called being politically correct. It started with words. You just didn't say certain things, even though we have free speech as a right in our constitution. Then it included thought. Don't think hateful things or you will be charged with a crime and given a stiffer sentence. Then it went to the point of being in opposition of anything that the party in power wants you are treated with hate, which is OK for "them" to use as a tactic.

Along that way came what is called "zero tolerance". It's a form of thought control. It refuses to recognize gray areas. Such was the case when an Eagle Scout, which of itself has been degraded from a position of accomplishment and honor to one of being politically incorrect, has been suspended from school for having had found a knife in his car which was part of a scouting survival kit. Not on his person, mind you, but in his car.

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gracias Culver's Vista Grande

Culver's

Thank you so much Culver's on Grandview, and to the other local Culver's as well. For all you do in supporting local charities, clubs, schools and groups, you're appreciated. Thank you so much for your active role in helping our kids and causes raise much-needed funds. 

I'm often reminded of new causes Culver's is donating to. When my kids were in grade school, and even now, a percentage of profits on particular days were donated back to the school thus helping the school and the restaurant by encouraging more families to dine out on those days.

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a grand view of recycling

helping, St. Vincent

It's often hard to keep the appliances functioning around here with the amount of use some of them get. We have two clothes driers because the one that was too new to toss can still be used for parts. It seems every drier we've owned has eventually squeeked and shrieked. I try to fix it temporarily with lithium grease on the roller axles. It works for a while, but I'd begun checking store bulletin boards and thrift stores for a replacement.

A friend recently asked me to look at her leaking washing machine. Was able to replace the dangerous cord end and free up a frozen pulley, but the leak was coming from the drum seal and I didn't feel like attempting it.

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What's Happening: Oct 19 to Oct 26

10/21/09
The Caring Place, Inc./ Caregiver Chat Life Enrichment And Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning and Life Enrichment Presented by: Geri Heppe Director of the Life Enrichment Center at The Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc. The Caring Place, 810 N. East Ave; 4-5:30pm; 262-542-6388 or 282-928-2314; www.caringplacewaukesha.org

10/23/09
Spooka Minooka

Halloween Event for 6-12 year olds. Includes haunted barn, arts and crafts, games, storytelling by campfire, night hikes and much more!. Minooka Park; 5:30 - 9:30pm; 262-548-7790; www.waukeshacountyparks.com

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A Retention Pond In Grandview's Future?

Various Topics

In January I blogged about the occasional flooding in the vicinity of Bel Ayr and Pine Street. Occasional, but sometimes bad enough to float cars around.  After considering what can be done to prevent it, a retention pond is being proposed. It would be built in Grandview Park and probably render the baseball diamond on the south side unusable. Alderman Pieper has been visiting people in the affected area to discuss it and is seeking their thoughts on how it would impact them and other thoughts.

Personally I am for it. It is regrettable that some of our park land has to be sacrificed for it, but unless you have experience basement flooding, it is hard to imagine the impact it has on your sanity, pocket book and the value of your property. I said that safety would be paramount. It would likely be attractive to children. Next would be appearance so that it doesn't look industrial and reduce property values as much as the flooding that it is intended to prevent.

What's Happening: Oct 26 to Nov 2

10/29/09
Halloween for the kids

Halloween in the Village. Stop in at Purloin Studio for treats and stay for the Spooky Walk in Lime Kiln Park across the street from the Gallery.. W164 N8859 Mill St. Menonmoee Falls, WI; 4pm to 8:30pm; 262-255-9090; www.purloinstudio.com

10/30/09-10/31/09
Night at the Museum

Inspired by the popular Ben Stiller films.Groups will rely on a savvy tour guide to help them successfully navigate the cast of strange characters from the Civil Way soldier to the ghost of Gracie Lusk. Special admission rates apply.. Waukesha County Museum, 101 West Main St., Waukesha; ; 263 521-2859; www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

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