I now know why straight-line winds are called “hurricanes of the prairie.” Only unlike hurricanes, they can arrive without warning, as this one did.
Jill says that this year's garden has been the most productive ever. Judging from the volume of produce that has all of a sudden materialized I am inclined to believe her.
Further evidence is I am about maxed-out on freezer space and have exhausted my inventory of quart canning jars.
Licensed to teach our Kindergarteners on up to the “big” kids as well as Spanish, Roberta Kasper is another versatile gem among the faculty members at Wauwatosa Catholic School. Students of this UW Whitewater graduate have already been quoted as saying, “My teacher is awesome!” Wauwatosa Catholic School is happy to have Mrs. Kasper lead our “K5 kids” as its FIRST Kindergarten teacher. She joins a great team of veteran early childhood educators: Anita Buxbaum, Erica Ballard, and Lindsey Helt.
It was hard to tell some of the good guys from some of the bad guys in West Allis, Wisconsin, Saturday.
So many young men, both white and black, costume themselves to look dangerous, put on fierce faces, and swagger to make themselves appear larger than life. And I’m not talking about the SWAT teams, though they also fit the description.
Last summer I went on a tour of a lighthouse and happened upon an itemization of the perks that the US Congress alloted keepers employed by the Light House Service back in the 1800's. Aside from lodging there was an annual salary of $600. There were also consumable provisions including sacks of potatoes and onions. A barrel of salted pork, sacks of flour, dried beans, sugar and salt. Coffee, tea - and of all things - barrels of vinegar.
Which reminds me - what do you call a cat that drinks vinegar?
Ten years ago on September 11th, I was going through a major life transition. Just the day before, I had given notice to my employer of 17+ years that I was retiring to be a stay-at-home mom, full-time. Because I loved my job, it was a tough choice and so I was still reeling a bit on that crisp, fall morning.
It's the start of weekend people. Crank-up the volume and let the festivities begin with this 1981 hit From Soft Cell...
One of the things I love about this city is that it’s a mature, fully built community. With the exception of the County Grounds, whose fate is always precarious, you know pretty much what you are going to get when you buy a home here.
Big trees and human-sized houses with dependable characteristics are the norm, with few scraped landscapes or startling oddities that builders introduced during the mortgage/bubble-housing/boom—disproportionate windows, bizarre angles, bathrooms bigger than living rooms, and design elements that don’t reflect anything structural. We should have known something was wrong with the whole mess just by the way its products looked.
I found this arachnid while out for a walk with the dogs. It's a hefty size as far as spiders go - more than an inch from the tip of the forelegs to the end of the hind legs.
Wauwatosa Catholic School is proud to offer a dynamic art program. Mrs. Mary Beth Fox is eager to share her years of teaching experience with students in Kindergarten through eighth grade! In her own words:
From time to time I have to remind myself to check the old mail bag. If you were to email the staff here at Gas Pains (firstname.lastname@example.org) there is a reasonably good chance someone might pick-up your message within the next week or so. It's a small staff but we are committed to eventually responding - so your forbearance is appreciated.
Lest you be hesitant to contact us with a question or a comment I would also point out that your anonymity is assured. Unlike the resident constitutional conservative over at the Brookfield home page we here at Gas Pains have a deep and abiding respect for the First Amendment. You have our solemn guarantee - we will not fink on you. Just think of us as your cyber confessional. We strive to be exceedingly circumspect.
It's the start of the weekend people.
For me it is family, dogs, a car show and the bow opener. It just doesn't get any better than that! Unless, of course, there are the Watson Twins...
I was reading the news over at The Mothership yesterday and noticed that there was coverage of the 5th Annual Tomato Romp, Tomato Fight and Best Bloody Mary competition on Saturday.
What a profligate waste of tomatoes.
One of the highlights of my growing up in Wauwatosa has been the tradition of our annual block party. Usually falling in the last weeks of summer or the first few weeks of September, it has always been kind of like a last hurrah before falling (no pun intended) into winter.
Some of my favorite memories of my neighborhood and those of my childhood are from our block parties. For instance, I will never forget the time that one of my friends was roasting a marshmallow and set her hair on fire, or the karaoke that was probably always incredibly bad, or the time that I won the “guess how many pieces of candy are in this jar” game.
I had some email back-and-forth earlier this week with the person in charge of the NOW homepages. Seems that ever since The Mothership performed their 'update' of the community web pages there have been issues. As is the result of all great bureaucratic updates lots of things didn't work anymore.
For instance - if you had previously bookmarked any of the blogs on your smart phone and clicked on the link you would automatically be redirected to JSOnline.mobi. That's all well and good but I already have a link for this and a few of my 80-odd readers that use wireless devices like an iPhone, Droid or Blackberry found it annoying. And they sent me annoying emails to that effect.
If you're old like me you'd remember this band - and this song - before it became something that is played while you are on hold with a call center. The antidote to disco.
- Walk with authority and always make eye contact with those around you
- Try to walk with a friend or two
- Be alert to the surrounding environment outside and in, avoid tunnel vision
- Know your route and try to use a very well lit route for night time activities
- Don’t use earphones or ear buds
- Dress casually and comfortably yet appropriately for the activity and weather
- Leave your expensive and even expensive appearing jewelry at home
- Avoid carrying a purse or handbag if possible
- Carry important items including your cash in your front pockets
- Do not flash anything of value
- Carry a cell phone. Inexpensive ones for just emergency use are available
- Avoid texting, it does distract you more than you think
- Only carry the key(s) you need.
- Carry a Whistle to help summon help when needed in an emergency