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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

Huge Beards, Friday Morning Music, Perfectly Good Guitar, Tush, ZZ Top

It's the start of the weekend folks.

So crank-up the volume on the workplace PC for some serious boogie.

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Cheap Date

Archery, Cheap Date, Friends, The Hunger Games

As I've been getting back in my groove my buddy Braumeister and I have gotten back to shooting arrows once a week.

Back in the day we actually had enough people to shoot in a league - but it's gotten harder to come-up with a consistent foursome that can make the time to shoot on a weekly basis.  Sigh.

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Friday Morning Music

Critters, Friday Morning Music, Los Lobos, Perfectly Good Guitar, Will The Wolf Survive

It's the start of the weekend.

Time to kick back and relax to this tune by Los Lobos...

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Happy Mother's Day - A Guest Post

Crailsheim Germany, Family, Guest Post, Mother's Day

Mom and dad have been gone for some time. 

I was paging through my dad's memoirs last evening and stumbled upon this oft-told family tale of my arrival into the world.

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In Defense of Marriage

Bad Legislation, Commitment, Equality, Family, Gays, Lesbians, Marriage

Not too many years ago Jill and I were invited to a fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration.  As is the nature of such celebrations; following the feasting and toast-making there is the speechifying. 

Brothers and sisters spoke.  Children spoke.  Small grandchildren spoke.  Friends spoke.  The preacher spoke.  Then the long-married patriarch said a few words.  And last, but not least, the matriarch spoke. 

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Friday Morning Raggae

Friday Morning Music, I Can See Clearly Now, Jimmy Cliff, Raggae

Start your weekend with this blast from the past.  (Video begins about 28 seconds into the audio)

Jimmy Cliff...

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Gone Fishing

Fishing, Friends, Life Is Good

With all the rancor, finger-pointing, name-calling, pontificating and just plain bad-vibes permeating Wisconsin's atmosphere lately sometimes the best medicine is seeking refuge in a turkey blind or the garden.  Better yet - a boat.  My pal Sid and I hit the bay yesterday seeking walleye.

Like this one.

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Snaky Panky

Critters, Reptile Courtship Rituals, Western Fox Snake

Warning - The following post includes adult content.  Out in the open.  During daylight hours.  If you are offended by such matters read no further.  And please don't pester The Mothership with complaints.

The Western fox snake - Elaphe vulpina vulpinais characterized by large brown, or black blotches along its back along with smaller blotches along on its sides on a beige to yellow background.  The head of an adult is typically a rusty or copper color.  It is a singularly handsome reptile.  Adults can grow to six feet in length.

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Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music, Mayer Hawthorne, The Walk

Find your groove and start the weekend with some sultry, retro music from Mayer Hawthorne...

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Decoration Day

Family, Memorial Day, Veterans

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic - General John Logan. 

It was first observed on May 30th, 1868 with the placement of flowers upon the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  Over the years this day has changed dates, names and emphases.  For instance, Decoration Day is now Memorial Day.  Admittedly, I'll stretch it a bit today.

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Birds of a Feather

Life In Tosa, House Finch

Every year the asparagus ferns on the hanging baskets come out of their winter storage in the basement and get hung on the porch.  In the fall they go back to their basement hiatus.

Every fall we have to remove the delicately woven cup nest of some house finches from one of the baskets.

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