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
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We bloggers on MyCommunityNow and LakeCountryNow websites were informed by letter today that our blogs will be eliminated effective March 31, 2016. The reasoning was that since the Journal Company is “on the verge of moving into new ownership” they “want responsibility for all of the content posted on our site”. We were told we could still post comments to their content if we chose.
My wonderful wife handed me a sheet of paper she had printed out that says it is “Advice from an Old Farmer”. As I read it, I knew it had to find its way onto Curmudgeon’s Corner given that we are in 'high political' season. Following are some of the pieces of sage advice from that old farmer, whoever he may be:
In the midst of the latest Powerball craze, I sought information that would give me a better understanding of just how Powerball works in its new iteration. The following comes from a couple of sources one of which is a statistician from the University of Buffalo whose name is Jeffrey Miecznikowski.
Winter has finally made its presence known to us upper-Midwesterners today and promises to continue to remind us of its presence for several days to come. The weather patterns have seemed a bit out of whack this season even though I’ve enjoyed the later arrival of winter. I actually had the pleasure of an outdoor cigar on December 23rd. It was very pleasant. The geese have had no need to move even an inch further south since they had plenty of open water and open ground that still has grass showing.
The ‘curmudgeon’ is coming out in me today. I have just had the distinct displeasure of being in a store where a self-absorbed lady was talking on her telephone using a jawbone or other semi-concealed microphone/ear plug device as she strolled through the store shopping and gathering what she needed. This was a conversation about things that happened in each other’s day and about what would happen in the balance of the day. I cannot begin to describe how these people who ignore others while they converse on all manner of topics disgust me, not that any of them seem at all concerned with others. It is all about them. They are, in their own minds apparently, the only person in the world other than for whoever is on the other end of the conversation.
Our beloved Packers have quite apparently fallen on hard times given recent performances. What has changed? The only thing that seems readily apparent is that of play calling. But there is something more here. Our vaunted offense is having problems executing and in basic performance, and yet the team higher ups felt that was going to be one of our strengths. Is our quarterback hampered with injury? He claims not, but there was not much to show for a healthy quarterback, if good plays were being called, for too long from the start of yesterday’s game. It seems unlikely that receivers who have been stellar so far this year would suddenly lose their abilities unless Lion coverage was as good as we made it look.
Andy Rooney was an interesting fellow and following are some of his ‘words of wisdom’ for a Saturday morning:
I have added a new hero to my list of regular people who have caught my favor. His name is Joe Pankus and he is the 77-year-old Chairman of TEC The Executive Committee in the area. This is an organization that invites the CEOs and other members of various companies’ executive teams into small groups of like business people who do not compete with each other for purposes of imparting knowledge and ideas through cross-pollination.
The Article 32 hearing for Bowe Bergdahl who may face court-martial is going on and Bergdahl has said he did what he did for a good reason: the Major commanding his unit was not doing things right and Bergdahl felt that by taking the action he did he could gain some kind of platform to make his views about the Major known. This, of course, ignores the simple fact that no soldier may desert his post upon his own counsel to right some perceived leadership wrong.
I have shared my, as some would perceive, peculiar habit of viewing the obituaries each morning as I look at the newspaper. If there is a person with whom I am familiar or have met, I want to be able to be considerate of his or her family members during the period following his or her death, and I am often taken by a nickname and in wondering how that had been earned. If I have known the person, I take time to reflect on what he or she meant to me while alive and on what I may take as a lesson from our relationship.
Brett Favre’s induction into the Packer hall of fame occurs this evening and is to be televised on our local WTMJ channel 4 beginning at 6:30PM. We’ll be tuned in for the night. There are very few people who do not have a position when Brett Favre’s name comes up. He is usually either loved or he is despised. If you are not in one of those groups, it is possible that you’ve simply not been paying attention.
He’s back…or is he? Brian Williams has served his time in broadcasting purgatory or so it would seem. He has now been given NBC’s blessings to return but not to his original spot. Lester Holt who has filled in for him apparently did so well that NBC is keeping him in the former Williams spot.
Today’s Journal Sentinel front page talks about Shullsburg, WI and the most unique naming system for the streets running through the community. The streets were named by an Italian Dominican priest and architect in the 19th century.
Today’s Journal Sentinel had a photo image of Venus Williams from yesterday’s Italian Open match against Katerina Siniakova. That image can be seen here. She defeated Siniakova (6-2, 6-2) so she can still play a tough game of tennis. I was struck by how old she looks in this picture. She was born on June 4, 1980 so she is 34 years old. BUT …
The following are actual headlines that were written and printed to cover various stories, available thanks to a friend who loves this kind of thing:
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’.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
For my Irish and Norwegian friends, all of whom will likely disavow me after they read this:
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.
This came to me from a fellow Bible study member and seemed to call out to be further communicated:
The decision finally has been made, and now we can get on with the baseball season...or can we?
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.
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.
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).
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."
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.
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.
She was a real pretty little thing. Big brown eyes. Lovely light brown hair. Slender legs. Probably about 150 lbs.
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.
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.
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.