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The OLD MAN still has it

No interceptions - No sacks - Looks like Brett Favre still has the skills to be a great QB at 40!!

Beats Packers twice this season - Looks like Vikings will be the NFC North division Champs this year.

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Holiday Shopping Tips

Shopping, Safety

The busiest retail day of the year, the Friday after Thanksgiving is just three short weeks away; and as such its time for the annual shopping safety tips to be posted. Please take the time to review the tips listed below and should you think of some additional tips, add them in the comments section or give me an email.

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Bridge of Sighs finally reopens

bridge, Highland Avenue, commute, Milwaukee

About a week after I started taking the 31 downtown last year, they closed the Highland Avenue bridge.

That added about 5 minutes to my commute.

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Hungry for Good Theater?

Theater

It’s hard not to walk out of a high school musical whistling a catchy tune or feeling a little better about life. I guarantee you’ll do just that after you watch the Tosa West Players perform “Oliver!” this weekend and next — and not just because of the talent and energy of the cast and crew. You can also feel good about helping out the Tosa Cares Food Pantry.

How fitting that a musical about an orphan who dares to ask for more food be an opportunity for us to share our excess food with those less fortunate in our community. The cast is encouraging patrons to bring healthy, nonperishable food items to help restock the shelves of the Tosa Cares Food Pantry, which has seen a huge increase in demand as more families suffer from job loss, sickness and other financial setbacks.

Consider yourself invited to see "Oliver!" at 7 p.m. on November 6, 7, 13 or 14; or at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 8. Tickets are $5 each for senior citizens and students and $12 for adults. Advance credit card ticket purchases can be made by calling 773-3219 during weekday school hours.

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Tosa East returns to its fall tradition of performing a non-musical comedy with five performances of "The Foreigner," written by Larry Shue of "The Nerd" fame.

"The Foreigner" made its debut in Milwaukee in 1983 before going on the London and Broadway. It tells the story of a painfully shy English gentleman who is trying to find solitude in southern Georgia, when a well-meaning friend tells everyone that he is a foreigner who does not speak English. He soon finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy helping three unsuspecting country people save their home.

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On The Road Again

Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Girlfriend

Girlfriend and I hit the road before sun-up today and are making our way to the mecca of ringnecks.

Yes-

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No mo' bad rezonings

I like Irish pubs.

I don't drink anything stronger than Diet Pepsi, but I'm an Irish guy -- and an Irish Fest volunteer -- and I like Irish pubs, even the Irish-American variety.

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On The Road Again - Run for the Burger

Terrific Cooking, Travel, Friends

If you are traveling west-bound on I-90 toward South Dakota - if you take a right turn at Sioux Falls and head north to Brookings at about the 540 mile mark your stomach will probably begin to growl.

Give in to the call and stop at Nick's in Brookings for burgers.

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On The Road Again - With the Traveling Circus

Hunt'n, Life Is Good, Friends, Strange But True, Hunt Camp Humor

Pretty tough day of hunting today.

Standing corn and standing water all over the place.

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Let's have a little negative thinking


When it comes to believing official pronouncements about things that are happening right now, I'm a cynic. I don't think either political party is less likely than the other to manage the information it disseminates in order to cast the most positive light on its own actions.

It's just what they do.

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On The Road Again - Billy

Life Is Good, Hunt'n, Friends

That fella in the picture above is Billy - white hat - center.

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

If you've always wondered what is so special about St. Bernard Parish and Parish School, stop in during the next month and a half to find out what it's all about!  Mark these upcoming dates on your calendar, and give St. Bernard a "look-see."

HOLLY DAYS  (Below our church in the Griffey Center)

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Can you find, share, or restore your digital pictures?

backup, restore, find, google, digital pictures

My wife and I collectively take over a thousand pictures a year with one of our three digital cameras or two phone cameras.  Whether you have that many pictures, or that many devices, I some questions you may want to ask yourself:

1. Where do you store the pictures?
2. How do you find a specific picture or set of pictures?
3. How do you share your pictures?
4. What would happen if you had a hardware failure?
5. What software do you use to manage your pictures?

Our pictures start by being on a digital SD card or on-board one of our phone cameras.  Usually, after some major event that we have taken a lot of pictures we are pretty good with downloading the pictures from our digital cameras within a week.  When it comes to the phone-based pictures, we may download them every other month or so.

We use a free software program called picasa (picasa.google.com).  A key part of this download process is that we use a naming scheme for all of our pictures.  Ours happens to be: [YYYY][MMM]-[WEEKx] - {some very short description}.  All of the picture files from last weekend's dinner out with some friends will end up starting like "2009NOV-WEEK2-Bucca's Night".  Picasa will automagically add numbers to the end of that name.  Every year, I setup a folder for the year that has subfolders for each month.  So this year it looks like this:
2009
|--> 01 JAN 09
|--> 02 FEB 09
|--> 03 MAR 09
|--> 04 APR 09
|--> 05 MAY 09
|--> 06 JUN 09
|--> 07 JUL 09
|--> 08 AUG 09
|--> 09 SEP 09
|--> 10 OCT 09
|--> 11 NOV 09
|--> 12 DEC 09

This folder structure helps us find things by navigating through the file structure.  The naming scheme helps me use Google Desktop Search to find a file by its name.  So I can simply search for "Bucca" and it should find all of the Bucca's pictures. 

As we review the pics, Picasa allows me to TAG a file with a keyword to help classify it or put a 'star' on it indicating that it was a good picture.  This also helps find pictures, but is even more useful in helping me determine which pictures I want to share.  Often, we upload our pictures to picasaweb, which is an online sharing site so that others can view our pictures soon.  There are other great options like flickr.com or snapfish.com.  We use those from time to time if we actually want to PRINT the pictures.  If we simply want to share, we use picasaweb because it is so easy.  With a couple of clicks we can get our tagged/starred pictures uploaded.  This is useful if you don't want to exceed your outgoing mailbox limitations or your recipients inbox limitations.  Every year I like to make a family video for us to watch at Christmas.  This can be a huge task to sift through hundreds of pictures for the year, but tagging/starring helps me find the best pictures fast.

If the pictures we just downloaded were of a significant event, like a wedding, I'll make an immediate backup of it by literally copying my folder structure to an external hard drive.  Almost every quarter, I'll copy my entire annual folder (2009) to the external hard drive.  Usually every January, I will make two backup sets of the prior years pictures and store them on DVD.  I do put one set in a safety deposit box.  We keep the second set in the house.  As a case of last resort, we can also use some of the upload pictures that we shared as a restore source.

So, every January, any given picture is usually:
1. on the primary folder that we initially downloaded the pictures to
2. on the external hard drive that we almost quarterly copy to
3. two sets of DVDs
4. on an online sharing site.

At the end of the day, this digital pictures are simply data.  These pictures are so valuable to me and I would not want to lose them.  I also want to be able to find specific pictures easily.  I hope this entry helps you decide what you want to do with your pictures so that you can organize, share, find, and restore your pictures when you want to!

On The Road Again - No Fun

Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Life Is Good, Outdoors, Friends

Just kidding.

We've had tons of fun. 

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Veterans Day

Veterans

A montage honoring America's veterans from WWI to the present day.  Vocals performed by Lee Greenwood...

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Show some respect

Maybe I'm getting old, but it sure seems that people had better manners in times gone by.  

My family didn't have a lot of money, but my parents always insisted that we dress appropriately for church, hold doors for people, and say "please" and "thank you."  We also were taught to respect grown-ups and other people in authority.  We took our hats off when we entered buildings, and we had to be polite even to people whose opinions differed from ours.  I didn't always follow those rules, but if my parents found out about it, I was usually punished or severely scolded.

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Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat, Politics-Tosa, Politics-Other, The Big Fat Middle, Silly People, Strange But True

So what's up with the County Exec pandering to the quitter from Alaska

Oh yeah - I forgot for a moment. 

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Fast Pheasant Facts

Critters, Conservation, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

Phasianus colchicus Linnaeus – commonly known as the ring-necked pheasant.

 USFWS Photo

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Curtis the Squirrel alive and well in our back yard

squirrel, death, mortality

We have a squirrel who hangs upside down from our bird feeder and gorges himself on seeds meant for birds. His wee little hands feed seeds into his mouth while his tail twitches in absolute content.

He has a rust-colored stripe running down his big fat back and his bushy tail and glittering eyes provide endless enjoyment for my daughter who watches him from the kitchen window most mornings before school.

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Christmas / Holiday Season Scams

Crime Prevention, Identity Theft, Internet Safety, Shopping, Theft, Holiday Safety

1.      Dubious Web Merchants. Each holiday season features an item so desirable that many store shelves are quickly emptied of it. To exploit scarcity, scammers set up websites offering this product, as do dishonest online auction sellers.

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Green Friday at Goodwill

Goodwill, Black Friday, shopping, value, clothes

I have absolutely no desire to go to the mall most days, especially the day after Thanksgiving. I'm not a Black Friday kinda gal. However, since my oldest daughter is home from college, and my younger daughter is chomping at the bit to shop somewhere, it's off to Goodwill we go.

 The new store next to Target is a treasure hunter's paradise and I feel like a child in a candy store whenever I go there. Last week my two girlfriends and I spend almost 2 hours there sifting through others' unwanted stuff looking for a white elephant gift - among other things.

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