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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.

An Ode to Kraut - Or The Odious Cabbage

Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Gardening, , Popular Culture

A little more than three weeks ago I chopped a pile of garden cabbages and embarked upon another potentially dangerous kitchen experiment.  

I was determined to make sauerkraut.

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Two Years of Gas Pains, Four Dozen New Friends and a Couple of Wieners

Hunt'n, Mayor Didier, Gas Pains, Politics-Tosa, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat


Made you look!

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Indulge Your Inner Carnivore

Terrific Cooking

Some time ago I stopped at Metcalf's Sentry on the way home from the day job.  Ribs were on my mind and ribs I bought for smoking on the Weber Kettle.  Out of the corner of my eye I spied some pork tenderloins.  They were on sale - some sort of Manager's Special - and they called out to me.  So I took those home along with the ribs. They've been sitting in the freezer ever since.

Yesterday I decided to do something about getting them out of the freezer and on the table.

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Dispatch From Deer Camp

Critters, Firearms, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

The boys and I are safely ensconced in deer camp.  Lawyer, Sid, Mennonite and Braumeister. Girlfriend is the only person of the female persuasion around. 

And she's having a ball - mid-day grouse and woodcock hunting was just the ticket!

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Deer Camp Dispatch - Porkulus

Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Friends, Life Is Good

Things were looking rather grim this morning.  Gray skies, 40 degrees and rain.  

Vast flocks of cranes flying overhead and raising a heckuva racket as they staged for their winter migration.

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Deer Camp Dispatch - Out Comes the J├Ągermeister

Friends, Hunt'n, Terrific Cooking

More rain this morning - precisely at shooting time.  But not as cold.

Hunting activity seems to have picked-up with more shooting in the distance and from neighboring woodlots.

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Deer Camp Dispatch - Wrap-Up

Hunt'n, Friends, Life Is Good, Outdoors

Wrapping-up both figuratively and literally.

No deer camp should be without this handy  device.

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Guess the Critter

Guess the critter

I've been finding these in the garden or on the driveway on warm and sunny fall days.

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The Big Fat Middle Speaks

Politics-Other, The Big Fat Middle

We interrupt your regularly-scheduled programming to bring you this word from the Big Fat Middle.

In a continuing struggle for relevancy the Republican Party has taken renewed pride in their showing in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. Do I hear a vote of confidence anyone

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Saturday Morning Music

Popular Culture

Tap your tootsies to a duet by a couple of my favorite artists...


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Critters, Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Outdoors

Aka Bog Sucker, Bog Bird, Night Partridge, Doodle Bird, Whistling Snipe, or Pewee - the American Woodcock – Scolopax minor is a fascinating critter.

A short-legged, chunky bird with rounded wings suited to flight in heavy cover - it sports a two-and-a-half inch long bill for probing the soil in search of its principle diet - earthworms. The woodcock’s mottled plumage of gray and brown with black bars resembles leaf litter- providing near perfect camouflage against the forest floor.

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Friday Morning Music

Hot Women, Popular Culture

Start your weekend with a catchy tune by Dolores O'Riordan in all her hotness...


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