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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

Regrets? I've Had A Few...

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

I have entered, some time ago, into the place in my life where I know that my last day could occur at any time.  Actually, that has always been the case but we humans tend to think we can will that time to stay way out in our future.  We kid ourselves but that isn’t the only subject in which we use that ‘defense’.

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Random Thoughts On St. Patrick's Day...

U.S., Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

 Random thoughts on St. Patrick’s Day…

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The Higher We Are Placed, The More Humbly We Should Walk...

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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DUH!

Politics, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Taxes

There have been several “Duh” moments in the past day or two or three:

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Mis-Remembering?

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

 Brian Williams has made his NBC employer a little jumpy, no doubt, with his “mis-remembering” of being shot down in a helicopter.  The idea of mis-remembering rather than creating an out-and-out falsehood for self-aggrandizement is ridiculous.  That he was permitted to make a faux apology on NBC’s Nightly News is testimony to the need NBC apparently feels for obfuscation over truth, and for protecting the franchise rather than doing what is right.

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An Intriguing Fellow...

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

Longtime readers of this blog know that I am an avid consumer of obituaries, not because I am necessarily ghoulish but rather because I find some most interesting lives detailed in those brief paragraphs.  I did not ‘know’ John Quarles Kamps but after reading the obituary appearing beneath his picture in today’s Journal Sentinel I know I missed a splendid opportunity.  You can judge for yourself:

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A Matter of Some Concern...

Quality of Life, Potpourri, Humor, People Making A Difference

A calamity in the offing?  I guess that depends upon what you think about the size of a piece of toilet tissue.  I thought I had occasionally found a slightly smaller section of toilet tissue in public stalls but that isn’t the kind of thing you go about discussing even with close friends.

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Be On The Look-Out...

Quality of Life, Healthcare, Germantown, Potpourri

If you see a guy walking or driving down the street with a white blob for a nose, that might just be me for a day or two yet.  I had outpatient surgery yesterday for a malignant growth on my nose that was caught as a possible problem during my annual visit with my Dermatologist.  He took a skin sample (from the nose where no one will see it J) and it tested positive, so I was referred to another member of the Dermatological team who handles such surgical procedures.

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A Little of This and a Little of That

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Quality of Life, U.S.

A little of this and a little of that: I have always found names to be curious things sometimes to the point that I wonder where some nicknames came from that I read in the obituary column. I did not have to search those columns to find one that reached out to me this morning when I glanced at the names of those who have made known their interest in an opening for the 1st District Court of Appeals. One of the applicants is Lisa Lawless who is a practicing attorney at the Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek law firm in Milwaukee. How many smiles and questions must Ms. Lawless have had to endure given her chosen profession? If that is her married name, then we know her spouse must have been the absolute right choice given the obvious connection to career. # # # # # The NFL requires that game footballs be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch (PSI) and that each must weigh between 14 and 15 ounces. The game balls on the New England Patriots side of the field revealed that 11 of the required 12 game balls were underinflated. Is it not it interesting that neither the head coach (who talked for a couple of minutes on the subject) nor the starting quarterback (who prattled on and on without saying much of anything) knew anything about this? Under-inflated balls are apparently easier to grip and therefore capable of being controlled better in the hands of the quarterback. These NFL teams are nothing if not freakish about their control of game day situations. Is it likely we will hear more about this? I would say that we will and that someone will be made a scapegoat for this activity since game balls are checked prior to the game by officials. That would suggest that the balls were deflated after having passed inspection. # # # # # Could there have been any doubt that Hank the dog would have been named dog of the year and then would have been accorded his own baseball card. Other than for the fact that I had no idea there was a dog of the year designation until I saw that cute face staring from the TV screen at me, this was probably a no brainer in dog of the year betting circles. And, could there be a more fortunate dog without a home in all this country? # # # # # Along similar lines, we have gained access to viewing the baby Gorilla with which the Milwaukee County Zoo has been blessed. Almost all baby animals are cute in my book. And those that are usually found in the wild seem cuter than many others, although there are some very cute breeds of domesticated animals, too. I hope that we never devolve to the point where we will genetically engineer human-beings as we go about crossing breeds of animals to achieve some desired outcome; that is the bailiwick of God and ought to remain that way forever.

What Will 2015 Be?

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

 As I thumbed through one of those catalogs we all receive in our mailbox from time to time, I saw the following inscription on a plaque:

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My Favorite Comic, I Think...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

I have mentioned before that I am addicted to Bizarro created by Dan Piraro.  He almost caused me to change my mind this morning when he published this cartoon that I have featured on my business blog found here.

Handel's Messiah...

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

Tis the season! 

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The Best Sermons

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Quality of Life

I received this from a very dear friend and know not whether they are true although the e-mail claimed that to be the case.  Each is moving by itself; together these speak volumes about life and how to live it while we’re here.

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Voting on Election Day...

Germantown, Political, Potpourri, Wisconsin

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We Mourn The Passing...

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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Happy Indigenous People's Day!

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference, U.S.

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One More Cut To Make...

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Education, Employment

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What Would Happen If...

Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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Personal Losses Teach Us

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Someone Won't Be Coming Home Tonight...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Dropping Out....Temporarily, Of Course

Potpourri, Quality of Life

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Last Dose of Will Rogers...

Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Humor

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More Will Rogers Wisdom...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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The Wit of Will Rogers

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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For You Old Dogs...

Humor, Potpourri

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227...

Quality of Life, Wisconsin, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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Who Would've Thought?

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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Talgo Myth?

Political, Taxes, Wisconsin, Potpourri

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A Pleasant Experience!

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Employment

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Local Flavor of 2014 Boston Marathon

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Quality of Life, Germantown

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Good Friday 2014

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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Lands' End Almost Out-From-Under

Wisconsin, Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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A 3-Peat, But What Next?

Village Buzz, Police, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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Bits & Pieces...

Potpourri

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Life Without Paper...

Potpourri, Humor

Is this the greatest or what?

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More Words to Ponder...

Humor, Potpourri

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A Flying Saucer?

Village Buzz, Police, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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Words to ponder...

Potpourri

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Valentine's Day Is A Big Deal...

U.S., Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Economy

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The Jokes of Our Old Time Comedians...

Potpourri

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CVS Dropping Tobacco Products

Potpourri, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Answers: How Sharp Are You Today?

Potpourri

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How Sharp Are You Today?

Potpourri

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An Old Legend Brightened My Day...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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An Old Memory Surfaces...

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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It Is That Time of Year...

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Healthcare

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The "Duck Dynasty" Debacle

People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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What Would You Do?

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Quality of Life

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Inflight Mobile Device Use

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

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Ruminations for a Saturday Morning...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Political, Germantown, Economy, Healthcare

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Land's End Free-Standing Again?

Wisconsin, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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On a Lighter Note...

Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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Be The Best You Can Be...

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Quality of Life

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Between a Rock and a Hard Spot...

Quality of Life, Potpourri

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Nothing is Forever...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Yet Another Gift That Keeps On Giving

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, U.S., Potpourri

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Now That Is Diversification...

Wisconsin, Potpourri, Economy, Employment

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Really No. 8?

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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The Zimmerman Case

U.S., People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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Asiana Flt. 214

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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Paula Deen & Piling On - Revisited

U.S., Potpourri, Quality of Life

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Mind Boggling

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Twinkies Coming Back!

Potpourri, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Who & What Do We Trust in 2013?

U.S., Potpourri, People Making A Difference

Gallup releases a poll annually showing who and what we trust the most.  The question as it was put to each person is shown below in italics.  That poll for 2013 was released this morning and the results are posted below:

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Big Data

U.S., Quality of Life, Potpourri

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Heavy Handed Prosecution

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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"Kimpossible"

Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

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A Voice Silenced...

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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Curmudgeons Speak

Potpourri

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The Meteoric Fall of J.C. Penney

U.S., Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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Life Explained

Potpourri

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Easter Week-End Thoughts

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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The Easter Bunny

Potpourri

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The Real Reason for St. Patrick's Day

Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

For my Irish and Norwegian friends, all of whom will likely disavow me after they read this:

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Golf Truisms for a Blustery Winter Day

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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More Quotations for Reflection...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Political, Taxes

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Cat's Eye Marbles

U.S., Quality of Life, Potpourri

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Richfield Lioness Contest

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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Quotations for Reflection

Potpourri, Quality of Life

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Christmas Eve Reflections

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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3D Printers

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Healthcare, Education

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Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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There Are No Guarantees in Life

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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Christmas Began Last Evening...

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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What Would You Do If...

U.S., Potpourri

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The Season of Getting?

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Thanksgiving Musing...

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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The Results of Writer's Block...

Potpourri, Quality of Life

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Stuff from my Inbox...

Potpourri, Quality of Life

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Bits & Pieces - September 1st

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Germantown

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Where Are We?

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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The Old Comedians...

Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

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I Lost a Mentor Last Week.

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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A Strange But Wonderful Sound

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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Watering Ban & Human Nature

Germantown, Potpourri

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I Was Touched

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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Nicknames

Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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Fathers' Day Thoughts...

Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

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Instead of Writing a Blog...

Healthcare, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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Political Humor for a Long Week-end

Potpourri, Political, Quality of Life

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Fish Fry Tonight? All You Can Eat?

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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Will America Be Ready?

U.S., Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Political, Education, Economy

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What Would Our Biographies Look Like?

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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New Neighbors...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Germantown

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Funny Stuff...Unless You're a Trial Attorney, I suppose

Potpourri

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Imagine My Joy...

Potpourri

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Where Do We Stand Today?

U.S., Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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Memories of Youth

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference

An article in the morning Business section of the Journal Sentinel caused me to reflect on my childhood. The article discussed the three new cheese plants that are to be built in Wisconsin in the course of the coming year to year and one-half.

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God Lives Under The Bed....

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

This came to me from a fellow Bible study member and seemed to call out to be further communicated:

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Braun-Ball

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

The decision finally has been made, and now we can get on with the baseball season...or can we?

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Hospice Care Pioneer

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri, Healthcare

I know it is probably a strange thing to do, but I read the obituaries every morning.  In today's morning Journal Sentinel, I saw the obituary for William Lamers, Jr. who died at the age of 80 in his home in Malibu.  The obituary stated that he was surrounded by family and friends.

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CARDINAL Dolan

Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

It is official. It is now Cardinal Timothy Dolan.  I am now able to say that I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with a man who is a Cardinal.  And a pleasure it was.

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Three Score & Ten

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

I have reached another milestone on the pathway of life; three score and ten has arrived on the scene.  I feel almost the same as I did at two score and ten but not quite so frisky as at one score and ten.  I have been blessed by my Lord with so far excellent health and neary full faculties (since there are those who might question that last item).

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Bits & Pieces - February 8th

Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, Potpourri, Wisconsin, People Making A Difference

G'town Boys Nationally Ranked...

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Bits & Pieces - January 30th

Potpourri, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Germantown

Concealed Carry Classes

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A Bit of Humor, or A Glimpse of Your Future

Potpourri

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house and, after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.  The two gentlemen were talking and one said, "Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great...I would recommend it highly." 

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Jim Irwin Memories

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Quality of Life

Jim Irwin seemed almost like a member of the family every time his voice came from the radio speaker during a game.  He had the ability to create mental images for us as we listened to his description of the games.

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Brewers' Signing

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri, Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Brewers made a great signing yesterday and it was a former player.  Craig Counsell joined the front office staff under GM Doug Melvin having decided that it was time to hang up his spikes.

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She Was So Pretty

Wisconsin, Potpourri

She was a real pretty little thing.  Big brown eyes.  Lovely light brown hair.  Slender legs. Probably about 150 lbs.

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Orange Trucks Everywhere

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

I was saddened yesterday to learn that Don Schneider of Green Bay had passed away.  I was not aware that he suffered from Alzheimer's Disease but I was very much aware of what he had managed to build after taking over the company that his dad had started.

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New Laptops Are Fun

Potpourri, Quality of Life

I bit the bullet and replaced my old laptop.  I am now working on a super-duper HP 17.3" unit running Windows 7 and Office 2010.  I am working to acclimate myself to Windows 7 from the old Windows XP Pro operating system.

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New Year's Resolutions

Quality of Life, Potpourri

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A Week For Reflection

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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How Do We Stack Religion-wise?

U.S., Potpourri

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Do You Know a Dilbert?

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Thanksgiving 2011

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Police Humor

Potpourri, Police

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You Might Live in Wisconsin if...

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Potpourri

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We Never Know...

Quality of Life, Potpourri

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The Consummate Curmudgeon

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Talk About a Bad Day!

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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Ugly All Gone?

Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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Bits and Pieces for October 13th...

Wisconsin, Germantown, Political, Potpourri

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Corrupted Error Report!!

Potpourri, Quality of Life

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Super Bowl Bound?

Potpourri, People Making A Difference

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Doorbell

Potpourri

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A Life Lesson

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Garage Sales...

Potpourri, Quality of Life

I don’t recall ever being the host of a Garage Sale before but that changed over the past Friday and Saturday. Our daughter, who lives in Colorado, was home for a visit and thought she’d help us rid ourselves of the basement ‘clutter’ she hears complaints about during our regular telephone visits.

The experience was…an experience; that is probably the best word to use to describe the day and one-half.
 
We enjoyed virtually every person who strolled up the driveway and through the garage, young and not-so-young alike. There were, admittedly, a couple of people who were more difficult to enjoy, but even they had some redeeming qualities (although I had to search awhile to come up with those). We had decided we were ready to open earlier than our advertisement indicated, and a lady who happened past at the advertised time was a bit perturbed with us for having violated this apparent Cardinal Rule of Garage Sales…”Never open before the advertised time!”
 
I had some of the tools I seldom, if ever, use any more on display. One of the items had the original price tag on the box that had never been opened and one gentleman said, as he looked at the original price and my asking price (which was less than 20% of the price paid), “What were you thinking?” with a smile on his face. I had to admit that I hadn’t been thinking too well that day, but really thought I was going to make picture frames and therefore NEEDED that holding device to be sure they were square. I have no picture frames to show for it either.
 
We had three customers return for more which surprised me, but another veteran of such things asked if they had simply returned to see if we had marked ‘stuff’ down from the already ridiculously low prices or if we were more susceptible to taking counter-offers. And I thought they just liked us so much they wanted to come back to visit some more; but the veteran was probably correct.
 
The benefit of this effort includes a less cluttered basement that we can begin to fill again, a Goodwill establishment that got a SUV-load of remainders that didn’t sell, visits with neighbors who usually just drive past on their ways to and from (just as I do), meeting some very nice new people and the freeing up of quarters and dollars “invested” in the assets of which we were able to rid ourselves.
 
It was actually sort of fun and I find myself thinking maybe we should do it again someday…if my spouse doesn’t threaten to take me to divorce court or to have me committed for observation as the result.

A Change of Pace...

Potpourri

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Finally...Friday!

Potpourri

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"Longhand" Writing Going Away?

Potpourri, Education

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How to Start a Fight...

Potpourri

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A Shortened Pledge...

Quality of Life, Potpourri

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How About Some Wealth Redistribution?

Potpourri, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Humorous Quotes

Potpourri, Quality of Life

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A Little Norwegian Humor...

Potpourri

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An Interesting Book

Potpourri, Quality of Life

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A Quiz For You...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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A Great 'Fish Fry' Experience

Potpourri

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When Did This Happen?

Quality of Life, Potpourri

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Are You An Eagle Watcher?

Potpourri

You can watch the eagles parent their young near Decorah, IA by clicking on this link.

Fun on an April Fools' Day

Potpourri

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For "Old" Kids

Potpourri