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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music, John Fullbright, Jericho

This young American composer-singer is somebody you're likely going to hear more from in the years to come.

Start your weekend with John Fullbright... 

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Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Elections, Politics, President Obama, Governor Romney, Shooting Yourself In The Foot

Most every election I make it a point to vote early.  It’s certainly convenient and besides – I usually have my mind made-up long before the polls open. 

Not so this year.  This has been an exceedingly tough election decision to make.  For a while I thought I had it all figured out.  But then I began to have second thoughts.  Maybe I read too much.  Or perhaps I‘ve been over-analyzing candidates Romney and Obama.  (Not so much Thompson and Baldwin.)  I'd like to think I've done a good job of tuning-out most of the broadcast advertising, recycled the gibbering fliers along with their grainy black and white photos that have been spilling from my post box and made daily use of my caller ID, voicemail and spam filter.  I’m going to keep mulling-over my decision and probably won’t make it until Tuesday when I actually draw the line connecting the arrows.

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What About Your Polling Day Experience?

Elections, Maxie's Southern Comfort, Shaky Forecasting

While out walking the girls I noticed that there wasn't a line at my local polling place.  So after crating the dogs I walked over to the polls for lunch.

Yes.  Lunch.

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Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music, Neil Young, Old Man, Perfectly Good Guitar, Reader Contribution

Here's a reader contribution and a walk down memory lane.  Start your weekend with this gem by Neil Young...

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Tracing the Footsteps

Family, History, Travel, Veterans, Walk Down Memory Lane

By now you know that Jill and I spent a couple of weeks in France.  Besides being the first two week vacation we've enjoyed in fourteen years it was also a pilgrimage of sorts - most of which I'll save to share another day.

Anyway, today is Veterans Day and I thought I'd take a moment to talk about my favorite veteran - Howard Gaertner.  Who also happens to be my dad.  Dad's been gone now for a couple of years but I'm sure he'd appreciate the mention.

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Searching for the Perfect French Baguette

East Town Tosa, French Baguette, Pheasant Wild Rice Soup, Rocket Baby Bakery

For the last month I have been searching for a locally-sourced authentic French baguette.  And I have been coming-up on the short end of the loaf in terms of success.

Until today.

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Friday Morning Psychedelic

Donovan, Friday Morning Music, Oliver Klaus, Season of the Witch, Perfectly Good Guitar

Turn-up the volume on your workstation PC and mellow-out to Oliver Klaus covering this tune by Donovan. 

The long version too...

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