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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 Just For Fun

Don't Bring Me Down, Electric Light Orchestra, Friday Morning Music, Just For Fun

Time to put on your dancing shoes and turn-up the volume for this 1979 hit by ELO.

Whether you say Grroosss, Gruß or Bruce - enjoy the compilation...

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Hitting Our Stride

Artificial Joints, Friends, Girlfriend, Hunting, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking

Making the grade.  Back in the saddle.  In the groove.  On track.

There are plenty of ways to describe the feeling that things are working out.  And I've been looking for an excuse to give that new hip a work-out and see if Girlfriend could still run with the other dogs and flush and retrieve birds.  I just finished my seventh week on my new and improved leg and Girlfriend is nearly fully recovered from her battle with an auto-immune disorder that knocked her down for the count beginning in November of last year.

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Recipe of the Day

Hunting, St. Francis Xavier Church, Terrific Cooking

If you are looking for a source of tested and proven recipes there is nothing like getting ahold of a church cookbook.  You can count on the fact that the church ladies are going to submit only those recipes that are proven successes - both in the preparation and in the consumption.  Anything less might invite a discouraging word.

I still have the St. Bernadette Parish Cookbook from the neighborhood where I grew-up.  And periodically I'll refer to one of mom's or Aunt Lois' or one of the other Christian Mother's recipes that were compiled into the ring-bound, and what has become a very dog-eared, cookbook.

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Real American Hero

Heroes, History, John Glenn, Project Mercury, Space Exploration

Give it some thought and it's not all that difficult to compile a list a American heroes.  John Paul Jones, Theodore Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, Wilbur and Orville Wright all come to mind.  For sure my hero list would include John Glenn. 

As a youngster the American space program captivated me.  I consumed anything and everything I could lay my hands upon about NASA, Project Mercury, the Gemini and Apollo programs. I was allowed to stay home and watch on television Alan Shepard's  launch and recovery. Today is the fiftieth anniversary of America's launch of a manned spacecraft to successfully orbit the earth.  It was piloted by a Marine Corps aviator hailing from a small town in Ohio.

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Otto Partz Gets A Word In Edgewise

Economic Policy, Life In Tosa, Local Government, Public Policy, Wauwatosa Politics

Years ago the Milwaukee White Pages telephone directory had a listing under: Fone Company.  Probably Wisconsin Bell's concession to those whose formative years included an emphasis on phonics and not reading.  There was also a listing under:  Otto Partz.  Perhaps a tongue in cheek entry for a concern that was in the automobile parts trade.  Or maybe someone who struggled with reading.

In case any of you missed it - there is an exceedingly long and tedious discussion thread over at the Tosa Town Square concerning the imminent invasion of an O'Reilly Auto Parts store.  I'm certainly going to be denied the last word in that discussion so I'll take a stab at getting a few words in edgewise in my own exclusive forum here.

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