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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.

Monday Music

Popular Culture, Hot Women

Crank-up the volume for Annie Lennox - Ooooh baby!


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One Last Aldermanic Appointment?

Politics-Tosa, Mayor Didier, Public Policy

I know that at least one of my 38 readers suspects that I dislike the Mayor.  Therefore I want to go on record and make it abundantly clear that nothing could be further from the truth.  I try to get through life without the burden of hauling around all sorts of dislike.  That kind of negativity will take years off of your life so I reserve my dislike for a small number of really bad people.

As a matter of fact, Mayor Didier and I had a friendly chat last Wednesday over at Hart Park.  I even had an opportunity to ask a couple of questions.  Our visit was cordial and infused with witty innuendo.  But you would have to be there to understand that.  It is complicated.

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On The Road Again - Island Life

Fish'n, Family, Life Is Good

As our stay on Grand Isle drew to a close one of the fellas on the block said - Tom, you're a helluva fisherman. You fit right in with us folks.  You even speak some French.  You should buy a place down here. 

I turn to my wife.

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Thursday Morning Music

Popular Culture

A seminal group with so much talent.  More good guitar work...


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The Spineless Middle

Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat, Politics-Other, Gas Pains, Silly People

There has been an interesting discussion going-on over at the Tosa Town Square.  It's basically a critique of David Letterman's tasteless joking about the Palin family. 

Anyway, as the discussion ensued I was referred-to as a member of the spineless middle which inspired me to offload about some stuff that has been rolling around and cluttering my normally well-ordered mind.

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On The Road Again - Final Post

Life Is Good

I've seen an endless succession of sunrises in my life.

And the good ones are pretty impressive.

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Thursday Morning Music

Popular Culture

Start your day by soaking-up some guitar religion from another master.

Aside from the guitar solo - the congas, timbales and overall percussion are pretty awesome... 

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The Garden Chronicles - Man Against Nature

Gardening, Critters, Outdoors

Any other frustrated gardeners out there?

I know that I am.

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Thoughts on the McBride Story

Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat, Guest Post

I subscribe to Milwaukee Magazine and the story about Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, like most of Milwaukee Magazine's stories, had faded from my memory.  

That was until the news broke and the attendent ruckus began about the indiscretions between the Chief and reporter/conservative pundit Jessica McBride.

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Thursday Morning Music

Popular Culture

Ripped-off from a 1991 Letterman show featuring Chris Rea.

Short version of the original song but more good guitar work nonetheless...

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The Garden Chronicles


This morning my wife said to me - You know honey, your corn is looking pretty cute lately.

Ooooh.  I love it when she talks to me like that.

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Guess the Critter

Guess the critter

This little fella is less than a couple of inches long.

He sports some fashionable camouflage.

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Taking the Good With the Pads

Fish'n, Outdoors, Friends

Pardon me while I make a brief commercial announcement -

I am now up to 42 readers.

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