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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.

Nest Box Update

Conservation, Guess the critter, Outdoors

Girlfriend (the dog) and I have been making our rounds on the nest box trail and a variety of birds have taken-up residence.

When breeding - this little bird will sing from daylight to dusk. 

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Tosa Trivia

Tosa Personalities, Tosa Trivia

The parent of a couple of popular Hollywood personalities previously owned the buildings that were demolished for the Best Buy store located on Mayfair Road.

I was acquainted with him when my office was located in the Mayfair Tower.  He was a delightful personality with a dry wit.

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Operation Overlord - A Tosan's Experience

Family, Personal, Tosa Personalities, Veterans

Today is the 64th anniversary of D-Day.

A day noted by the largest invasion armada ever assembled in the history of mankind.  A Tosan happened along shortly thereafter. 

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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Outdoors

Did any of you notice that the Journal Sentinel has now jumped-on the nest box bandwagon?

Meg Jones did a great story on bluebirds last weekend.  You can read it here.

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Basement Flooding?

Odds and Ends, Public Policy, Rubbish

Now that the flood has crested the city has decided to give away free sand - ostensibly so we can build a bunker or dike around our homes and businesses.

Too little too late?

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Wringing Some Blood Out of The Blogger

Healthcare, Odds and Ends, Personal

Back in the good-old-days medical treatments were simple and straight-forward.  Opiates and alcohol were the pharmaceuticals of choice - sometimes concocted in interesting combinations.  The practice of bloodletting - a procedure to relieve the body of the ill humors - was immensely popular.

Intended to heal the sick it probably killed quite a few people as well.  It maybe killed George Washington. 

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Garden was planted on May 23-24 and stuff is growing.  Well, sort-of.  Until last Sunday.

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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Outdoors

Girlfriend and I have been checking weekly on our growing families of cavity-nesting songbirds.

It is absolutely amazing the progress the birds are making.  Some broods already have the avian equivalent of teenagers.  Just like earning a learner's permit to drive - these birds are ready to fledge.

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It's a Man's Life

Fish'n, Friends, Outdoors

There is an old saying about a bad day of fishing being better than a good day at work.  I'm not so sure about that since I happen to love both.

A foolish man might confuse his priorities and venture out on the water with a fishing rod in one hand and his PDA in the other and attempt to multi-task both the day job and the angling; the result of which is mediocre performance of both.

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Gun Owners Get a Fair Hearing

Firearms, Hunt'n, Politics-Other

In a 5 to 4 ruling today the high court cast aside the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.

This is HUGE.

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Nest Box Update - And Some Extra Stuff

Conservation, Girlfriend, Guess the critter, Guess the plant, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Has anyone ever heard of a black lab turning brown?  Ours certainly is.

I'm not making this up.  Girlfriend is slowly turning brown.  At this rate I figure we'll have a chocolate lab by August. 

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