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Gas Pains

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

The summer of 1976 my kid brother and I took that VW bus of mine on a road trip around Lake Superior deep into Ontario.  Not much planning - truthfully only about five hours notice.

Lots of good memories about that adventure. 

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening

The garden is growing like mad.  Very jungle-like. We've been blessed with more than twice the normal amount of rainfall for the month of June.  There has been no need to water so the initial plans for a drip irrigation system have been shelved.

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Guess The Critter

Critters

My pal Lawyer snapped this picture in Italy.

He is curious as to what he might have captured on the camera.

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Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

There's a terrific weekend on tap people.

So crank-up the volume on your office work station, slip your dancing shoes on your happy feet and get The Cure for whatever ails you...

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Guns On The Mind

Firearms, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

I’ve had guns on my mind lately.

I recently purchased another handgun.  I’ve been making plans for the Second Annual Schuetzenfest.  I recently mentored a couple of young lads in safe firearm handling and marksmanship.  And Chicago passed a new handgun ordinance that went into effect this week.

The ordinance was passed in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that made the city's handgun ban unenforceable.

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Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

A slightly different twist to start your weekend.

These two guys will grow on you.  Scott and Seth.

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The Dog Days of Afternoon

Girlfriend, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat, Terrific Cooking, Economics

How about these sultry summer weekends?

I'm not sure this qualifies as the dog days of summer yet - but it sure has been hot lately.

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The Blog and Blogging

Gas Pains, County Executive Walker, Mayor Didier, Representative Vukmir, Senator Sullivan

Some of you may have noticed that Gas Pains has gotten a face-lift.  Literally.

I have finally gotten around to changing that awful mug shot and replaced with something that better reflects my likeable nature.  Since that photo was snapped at a festival you have my festival look.  I will endeavor to change it periodically.  Maybe even seasonally.

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Friday Garden Chronicles and Garden Music

Critters, Gardening, Terrific Cooking

I know that many of you are great fans of the Wauwatosa Farmers Market. My pal Karen, who also blogs on this page, has extolled its praises

I'm beginning to get the feeling that one of these days I should consider becoming a vendor.  Because before too long I am going to be swimming in produce.  

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Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Terrific Cooking

Metcalf's Sentry recently had wild-caught trout on sale.  So I stocked my freezer with a quantity of these fillets thinking of grilling and smoking opportunities that might present themselves.

Let me tell you - smoked trout is a delicacy that cannot be beat.

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The Pitter Patter of Little Feet

Family, Girlfriend

I happen to think that there happens to be nothing more up-lifting than a puppy picture to brighten your day.

This is Girlfriend making her first retrieve. 

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The Pitter Patter of Little Feet

Family, Girlfriend

I happen to think that there happens to be nothing more up-lifting than a puppy picture to brighten your day.

This is Girlfriend making her first retrieve. 

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Friday Morning Music

Popular Culture

Start the  weekend with a couple of country impresarios singing a classic...

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