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Curmudgeon's Corner

cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner

Be Careful For What You Wish...

Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

Politicians, of every stripe, tend to make lots of promises in order to get our votes.  Once they are in office, or even as they prepare to assume the office, we begin to see and hear the back-tracking.  That has gotten into full swing already on the national level and is beginning on the state level.

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Things You May Not have Known...


In thumbing through the week-end Sunday Post publication of the Conley Group, I came across "Things You May Not Have Known About Christmas" and thought you might find them of interest:

    1. The first manufactured Christmas ornaments were sold in 1880 by what used to be the Woolworth department store.
    2. Christmas trees originally used lighted candles, and a bucket of water was typically kept close by for obvious reasons.
    3. Construction workers first erected an undecorated tree at Rockefeller Center in New York and thus began the tradition celebrated each Christmas.
    4. The shortened form "Xmas", while viewed as being sacrilegious by some, is actually derived from Christ's name and has been popular in Europe since the 1500s; it is believed to be derived from the Greek "Xristos", which means Christ.
    5. Candy canes were always white until the 1950s when a machine was invented that could put red stripes on the canes.  So reports the National Confectioners Association.
    6. The idea of Christmas cards supposedly started in Britain in the 1830s.
    7. Boston banned the celebration of Christmas from 1659 until 1682.

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Coming Winners & Losers...

Economy, Education, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S., Wisconsin

I do not intend to take any sides in this piece, but to simply state the facts as I see them.  If you feel that I stray, please express your thoughts in a comment.

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Village Buzz - December 19th...

Germantown, Quality of Life, Village Buzz

Germantown Streets...

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What Better Than Butterflies For A Day Like Today?

Potpourri, Quality of Life

As I sit and ponder the increasing snow depth, the overturned garbage and recycling container curbside and the growing barrier at the end of my driveway, I managed to find something to take me to warmer thoughts:

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