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Me and the Cubs' Fan - Tales from a Poor Sport

Sports, Things that bug me

Next time, I think we’ll just do lunch.

 

It all started about a year ago. My grade school friend, Margie, and I were trading e-mails at the end of the 2007 baseball season.

 

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Does it matter what your business is?

Economy, Jobs, Manitowoc Co.

The line in the business section stopped me:  "Manitowoc builds ships, cranes, and ice machines. . ." 

You can sort of see the ship-crane connection. Once upon a time, the company was building a really beasty boat, and they couldn't get a crane big enough to top it off with whatever you'd plunk atop such a vessel. So they built the crane themselves, or so I imagine. But the ice machines? So much for the "narrative arc," the storyline with a beginning, middle, and end that makes some kind of sense.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Girlfriend, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The garden has recovered nicely and fresh veggies are rolling in the door and finding their way to the table and freezer.

Been picking green beans, peas, kale and a couple varieties of lettuce.  The radishes are finished for the present and I'll sow more when the weather turns cooler.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Girlfriend, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The garden has recovered nicely and fresh veggies are rolling in the door and finding their way to the table and freezer.

Been picking green beans, peas, kale and a couple varieties of lettuce.  The radishes are finished for the present and I'll sow more when the weather turns cooler.

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Divas Storm the Village

Community, Fun, Tosa Business

 

Who says Brett Favre is the only Diva in town these days?!

 

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This, That and The Other Thing

THIS

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Roadside Religion

Religion, Roadside Curiosities, Strange But True

While out on my bicycle I stumbled across this curious ode to religious expression-

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The class reunion

high school reunion, Nicolet, Walking the dog

If you're a Wauwatosa high school grad about my age, chances are you'd have felt right at home at my Nicolet class reunion Saturday night.

Or uncomfortably not at home; that seems to be the way these things hit people. Being reunited for an evening with the people who gave you your first kiss, deep friendships and deep enmities, a massive case of insecurity, the joys and perils of youth spent ill or well, is a wonderful lark or a brief descent into hell. Maybe a little of both.

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Being Early Makes Me Surly

Halloween, Things that bug me, Tosa Business

I’m sorry, but it’s just too early. I don’t care what you say...it is.

 

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Tosa - Men's Softball Tournament

Here is the schedule and seedings for the 2008 Wauwatosa Rec. MEN’S City Softball Tournament.

Click on this link for the Team Seeding

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Tosa Trivia

Tosa Trivia

This is a weird bit of gastronomical trivia from the Mayfair Mall of yore.

You could find a kettle of this on the salad bar of a certain restaurant.

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Trash Talk

City services, Kids

 

The other day was garbage day. I went through my usual routine – picking up garbage throughout the house and bringing it out to our garbage can. And then, because it was recycling week, I made extra sure to find all of the used magazines and papers and cans and bottles that needed to be recycled.

 

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The vanishing newspaper

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, newspapers

Everyone's decided that the newspaper as we know it--big sheets of thin paper you can use to polish windows or wrap your trash -- is about to be extinguished. But apparently that hasn't been happening fast enough, so the newspapers themselves have decided to speed along the process of self-destruction.

First they convinced the advertisers that they weren't a good place to advertise, and the advertisers obliged by stopping advertising there.

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Hurdling the Olympic Coverage

Sports, Things that bug me

It seems like everyone I know has Olympic fever. They’re watching and talking about the Olympics more than ever before. And how could you not watch them non-stop? They’re everywhere. I mean, really. They’re on NBC, USA Network, Oxygen, MSNBC, Universal HD and of course, online all the time.

 

Count me among the folks that are just a little bit befuddled by this Olympic experience. I think the problem is that I missed the opening ceremonies, a.k.a. the gateway to Olympic addiction. I was out that night and forgot to record it. I tuned in as the guy lighting the torch was walking along the top of the Bird’s Nest. Let me tell you, Peter Pan’s got nothing on that guy.

 

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In transit

It isn't easy, Kids, Spirituality

With the trip meter on, it's easy to pretend I haven't just rolled the odometer over 100,000 miles on the dinged but reliable Nissan. But even the lower mileage meter's in the thousands, what with trips to campuses, family visits, and job interviews. Sometimes, you just can't get away with driving less. And even if you do, chances are your life isn't staying in the same place.

Last weekend the kids and I went to Oshkosh to see my sister's family before Liz and Geo head off for school. Geo goes to Madison this weekend, Liz goes to Stevens Point the following one.  The dual departures are just days away, and I'm still in denial.

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Extreme Little Red Makeover

Community, Tosa Business, Tosa Landmarks

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Summers End - Random Thoughts

Here are random thoughts for now:

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Deer Camp 2008

Conservation, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Smile For The Trail Cam

No deer quite yet-

Just a collection of sweaty, stinky, middle-aged guys working on their deer stands.

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Attention Hog

Community, Fun

I’m not usually one to stand out in a crowd. Although I enjoy attention, I don’t go out of my way to get it, especially with my clothing choices.

 

Friday, on the lakefront, I stood out like a sore thumb. Me, with my Bermuda shorts, plain t-shirt and boring sandals. You’d think I was walking around naked. Seriously, people stared. Why? Well, I guess because I wasn’t wearing the requisite leather vest and tattoos.

 

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Children get older. . .

It isn't easy, Kids

Yesterday was last minute get-ready-for-college shopping day with Liz. After breakfast among Harley riders and fashionable east siders at the Cafe Hollander, we headed to Greenfields to look for posters. In case you haven't been there, it's the kind of store where I'd have bought flowing skirts, incense, and posters for whatever Madison apartment I had in 1970.

 Liz is a big Salvador Dali fan. This is very cool, but there is Dali, and there is Dali. This is the sort of Dali that appeals to Liz.

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