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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.

Thelma and Louise, the Road to Greece and the Titanic - Part 1

Economics, Fiscal Cliff, Thelma and Louise

I bet you’re scratching your head and wondering if I’ve gone plum crazy. 

Maybe loco?

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Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music, Colin Hat, Down Under, Perfectly Good Guitar

Wow!  October already.

Start your weekend with Colin Hay - and Down Under...

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Thelma and Louise, the Road to Greece and the Titanic - Part 2

Congressman Ryan, Economics, Greece

My pal Paul Ryan is fond of explaining our country’s economic prospects as nothing more than another road to Greece.

And I’m going to call him out on that.

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Thelma and Louise, the Road to Greece and the Titanic - Part 3

The Titanic Effect

I might possibly be the only person on the planet to have never watched the 1997 movie that featured Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

You know Gas you are a real philistine.  A cultural low-life.  Everyone should watch that movie.  It should be required watching in school!

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Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music, Ruthie Foster, Welcome Home, Perfectly Good Guitar

Start your weekend with some awesome Ruthie Foster.

Welcome Home...

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Guess The Location


Jill and I have been traveling.  Who can tell me what and where...

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Friday Morning Music - The French Connection

Dead People, Friday Morning Music, James Morrison, The Doors, People Are Strange

Barely a couple of weeks ago Jill and I hopped on the Paris #69 bus (just down the block from our hotel outside of the Place des Vosges) and traveled to the end of the line – to Père Lachaise Cemetery – the largest graveyard in Paris. 

My regular readers already know I like nothing better than a good graveyard.

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Take Me Hunting

Door County Hunting, Labrador Retrievers

I cannot recall if it was an email or a regular mailing that featured a blonde Lab that I noticed last week.  It had a nifty catchphrase along with a good-looking dog so it caught my attention.  Not that I needed much encouragement as I had already gone online to purchase my small game license in anticipation of the fall ritual of chasing roosters in Spink County, SD.  Nevertheless, following a photo contest and everything on Facebook, South Dakota Tourism rightly nailed it with their Take Me Hunting campaign. 

Sunday morning my two Labs were giving me the hairy eyeball.  To be fair - on Saturday we'd been out hunting and bagged a ringneck before I retired to a deer stand with my bow.  Complicating the situation the shotgun had been left conspicuously propped on the bench at the back door.  A handful of shells along with some dog kibble were in the pockets of my field jacket on the hook.  And now the pooches were giving me the look.  The 'take me hunting' look.

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Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music, The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Start your weekend with a very awesome a capella version of this classic.

Stay for the ending. 

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Roadside Curiosities, Taxation Without Representation, Travel

An official-looking envelope from the République Française arrived in the post the other day.  The return address even emphasized that famous part about  - Liberté, égalité, fraternité


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