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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.

The Little Melon that Could


Did you know that your garden variety watermelon is loaded with important antioxidants?

Not only is it an excellent source of vitamin C - but it is a very good source of vitamin A.  These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals.  (Take that Abbie Hoffman)

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Thursday Morning Music

Popular Culture

Nice guitar riffs and a cool 1973 intro...


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The Magic Curb

Strange But True, Life In Tosa

Just this past Monday some buddies and I were grilling and tipping a few brewskis and we got to talking about our experiences with the Magic Curb.

Huh?  Magic Curb?

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The Big Kahuna

Gardening, Gas Pains

Did you know that the People's Republic of China is the world's largest producer of cabbage?

Yep.  36,335,000 tons of the stuff in 2008. 

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Reaping What We Sow

Gardening, Parenting

The President spoke to the children yesterday. 

Did you notice that the end of times didn't suddenly materialize.  I checked and saw no little school children walking about like miniature zombies.

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Friday Morning Lou

Popular Culture

One of my all time favorite songs.

And all time favorite artists -  Mr. Velvet Underground himself...

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Late Night Blog Post

Go - Pack

Just returned from the Packer's season opener against the Bears.

Wasn't that game a nail-biter?  Holy cow - if this is what the Central Division is shaping-up to be it's going to  be a bruising season.

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Madcap Cooking and a Recipe

Terrific Cooking, Dangerous Kitchen Experiments

The ancestral apple trees on the farm are producing a bumper crop of fruit this year.  The result of which is that I've been putting-up apple products for the winter.  For starters there was a giant batch of pie filling.  There is apple butter too.

This past weekend I got to thinking - Tom, you need to put-up a bunch of applesauce.  There is nothing better than a pleasingly tart applesauce served with potato pancakes.  Or better yet - as a side to a pork tenderloin stuffed with that wonderful cherry and raisin stuffing.

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On The Road Again - A Run For the Border

Family, Politics-Other, Travel, Friends

The northern border.

I've been away for spell - touring and visiting with Canadian acquaintances.  1571 miles in four days.

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Watcha sell'n out the back of that truck?

Gardening, Life In Tosa

Earlier this year I talked a little smack about gardening

Sometimes you have to be careful about what you ask for. 

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Saturday Morning Motown

Hot Women, Popular Culture

Admit it.

These ladies have got the chemistry...

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Watcha sell'n out the back of that truck?

Gardening, Life In Tosa

I'm up here on the farm - just me and Girlfriend - hanging-out and doing  some bird hunting in the morning and me doing some deer hunting in the afternoon.  Based-upon the reports from home it sounds like the inaugural reincarnation of the Tosa Farmer's Market was a resounding success.

My darling wife filled the truck with pumpkins, melons, gourds and all manner of stuff.

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