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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.

Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

It's the start of the weekend people.

Get yourself some mello with Dylan...

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Scott Walker, Deer Management and Hunting

Critters, Deer Camp, Hunt'n, Governor Walker

The opening day of the 2000 gun season our camp shot eight deer.  As the Dutchman noted in the camp diary that was the year we hung a stringer of deer from the meat pole.  A group photo of this extraordinary occurrence has been prominently hung in the stairwell.

Other years we hunted for days on-end and never saw a deer.  Some years brought wind and violent lashings of rain.  Sometimes there was snow.  Last year it was an almost impenetrable fog.

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Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

It's the start of the weekend people.

Take a lesson from John Prine and don't take yourself too seriously.

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Stranded

Deer Camp, Friends, Hunt'n

The UPS man delivered a holiday gift last week.

Two entire slabs of bacon from Esicar's Smokehouse in Cape Girardeau, MO.

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Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

It's the start of the weekend people.

Enjoy some Johnny Rivers.  And a chuckle...

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Healthcare Tip Of The Day

Healthcare

I happen to think I know more about healthcare than the average person.

Which stems from the fact that when things go wrong with me healthcare-wise it's usually traumatic, expensive or unusual.  Sometimes all three are involved.  Like the time I broke my back.  Or the time I got a sharp stick in the eye working on the tree farm.  Or put a permanent dent in my shin bone from a ricochet while splitting wood.  There was the busted toe from dropping the firewood while only wearing socks.  I broke my wrist getting pitched off my bicycle by the giant pothole on 71st and North Avenue.  You don't even want to know about the incident with the hornets nest.

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Friday Morning Music

Holidays, Popular Culture

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

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Recipe of the Day

Dangerous Kitchen Experiments

The tradition of baking stollen during the Christmas holiday has been around for a long time.  Christmas Stollen in Dresden was already baked in the 15th century.

Grandma Gaertner made stollen every Christmastime.  Enough for the each of the extended families.  Grandma was an artiste when it came to baking.  Mom was an excellent baker.  I know of no mortal that can replicate mom's pie crust.  Jill happens to be a baker of some repute.  Strudels, cookies, you name it.  Her pumpkin pie is absolutely to die-for.  If only mom was here to perpetuate the crust recipe.  Sigh.

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Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

It's the start of the weekend.  The end of the old year.  The ringing-in of the new year. The trifecta!

I would like to take this opportunity to extend best wishes for healh and prosperity to my 71 readers.

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