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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.

Lying Down With Dogs

Dogs, Family, Labrador Retrievers, Hunting

Dogs.

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Family Life - Deer

Deer Biology, Family, Trail Camera

The whitetail deer - Odocoileus virginianus - ranged throughout much of Wisconsin during pre-settlement times.  But not in the numbers that are common today.  The great cutover of Wisconsin's northern forest led to a significant increase in deer numbers.  Market hunting that followed contributed to a slump in the population but modern agricultural practices have contributed greatly to a record deer population today.

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Favorite Uncle

Canada, Family, Favorite Uncles, Odds and Ends

I have long been a supporter of the notion of having a favorite uncle. 

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The North American Philosophy, Poetry, Politics and Sauna Society

Saunaman, Canada, Road Trips, Family, Saunas

The first time I met Saunaman was the summer of 1992.  Jill and I were on a marathon roadtrip with my daughter and one of daughter's pals from 71st Street.  We had packed-up my Toyota 4Runner with camping gear, food, water, Sony Walkmans for the 12 year-olds (remember the technology?) and set-out to circumnavigate Lake Superior.  An open road tent camping adventure. A good old-fashioned road trip.

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Born on the Fourth of July

Critters, Deer Biology, Family, Labrador Retrievers

Almost...

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The Best of Both Worlds

Family, Road Trips

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There's No Place Like Home

Travel, Family, Road Trips, Odds and Ends, Breakfast At The Underwoods

It is good to be home.

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Crabs

Family, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking

Jill and I have been chilling-out with daughter, son-in-law, grandson and the blonde Lab in Gulf Shores, AL.  Weather is sunny, mid to higher 70s and there is fresh gulf seafood daily.

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Les Terribles

32nd Division, Family, Les Terribles, Military History, Veterans, Wisconsin Army National Guard

Hostilities had already ended seven months earlier with an armistice agreement between the Allied nations and Germany.  It went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918 - Armistice Day - is generally regarded as the end of the war to end all wars. 

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Dogpatch

Family, Life In Tosa

Cartoonist/satirist Al Capp popularized the fictional community of Dogpatch in his cartoon strip - Li'l Abner.

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Tracing the Footsteps

Family, History, Travel, Veterans, Walk Down Memory Lane

By now you know that Jill and I spent a couple of weeks in France.  Besides being the first two week vacation we've enjoyed in fourteen years it was also a pilgrimage of sorts - most of which I'll save to share another day.

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Keeping Up With Mr. Yami

Family, Grandchildren, Life In Tosa

I don't know how young parents do it.

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Decoration Day

Family, Memorial Day, Veterans

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic - General John Logan. 

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In Defense of Marriage

Bad Legislation, Commitment, Equality, Family, Gays, Lesbians, Marriage

Not too many years ago Jill and I were invited to a fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration.  As is the nature of such celebrations; following the feasting and toast-making there is the speechifying. 

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Happy Mother's Day - A Guest Post

Crailsheim Germany, Family, Guest Post, Mother's Day

Mom and dad have been gone for some time. 

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Going to the Dogs

Family, Feg Shui, Girlfriend, Healthcare, Labrador Retrievers, Sister

It has been an interesting six months in my household.

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Bionic Dog

Family, Good Looking Blondes, Healthcare, Health Insurance, Public Policy, Sister

There is a thread over on the Tosa Town Square about: Kathleen Vinehout: Dairy Farmer, College Professor, State SenatorThe individual who posted it suggested that Tosans might - Get familiar with the name.  This probably has something to do with Senator Vinehout's musings about running against Governor Walker.

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Deer Camp 2011-The Compilation

Bicycling, Critters, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Door County Hunting, Economics, Family, Friends, Gourmands, Governor Scott Walker, Green Bay Packers, Holidays, Hunt Camp Humor, Hunting, Life Is Good, Outdoors, Scott Walker Deer Management, Sister, Terrific Cooking

11/18/11

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Deer Camp - Day Seven

Critters, Deer Camp, Family, Holidays, Hunting, Smile For The Trail Cam, Terrific Cooking

11/24/11

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Deer Camp 2011 - The Compilation

Bicycling, Critters, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Door County Hunting, Economics, Family, Friends, Gourmands, Governor Scott Walker, Green Bay Packers, Holidays, Hunt Camp Humor, Hunting, Life Is Good, Outdoors, Scott Walker Deer Management, Sister, Terrific Cooking

11/18/11

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A Tosa Veteran

Family, From the Mailbag, Life In Tosa, Veterans

March 18, 1943

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Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead, Dead People, Día de los Muertos, Family, Holidays, Religion

St. Bernard's reminds everyone of one of the traditions of the Catholic faith - namely the remembrance of the dead this time of year.

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The House Finches Return

Critters, Life In Tosa, Family

So far this year we've had Cardinals nesting in a giant tangle of a rose bush along the fence in our tiny back yard.

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If Only The Dead Could Talk

Family, Military History, Veterans, Memorial Day, WWII, Normandy Invasion, 9th Infantry Division, Guest Post

Today is Memorial Day.

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Have a Cigar!

Family

The cigar is only a metaphor.

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Deer Camp - Day Seven

Deer Camp, Hunt'n, Family

Odocoileus virginianus - commonly known as the whitetail deer - is native to Wisconsin.  I freely admit to harboring a mild obsession over this creature.  It goes beyond hunting.  It extends to understanding its behaviors, preferred habitat, its place in nature and in our culture.  Even the politicization of this wildlife species has captured my attention.

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Liver and Onions

Family, Terrific Cooking

When it comes to life’s simple pleasures it is hard to beat a soak in the hot tub, a good cigar or liver and onions.

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It Don't Come Easy

Family, Girlfriend, Healthcare, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

If you're old like I am you might remember this song by Ringo Starr from the summer of 1971.

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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.

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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.

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Recipe of the Day

Family, Terrific Cooking

It has been an interesting weekend.

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Death and Dying

Conservation, Critters, Family, Roadside Curiosities, Strange But True

Early one morning last week I stopped to visit my dad on the way to the day job.

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Uncle Dick's Tomato Juice

Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Family, Gardening

Last month I was at a birthday celebration that happened to include a generous cross section of my vast extended family.

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New Home For The Saint

Family, Religion, Workshop Projects

Do kids take shop class anymore?

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A Wee Bit O'Blarney

Family, Religion, Popular Culture, Refreshing Adult Beverage

Last week I cozied-up to warming glow of my laptop and while enjoying a Guinness composed a perfectly good St. Patrick's Day post that was all set for publication this morning.

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Why Do Kamikaze Pilots Wear Helmets?

Family, Healthcare, Tosa Personalities, Veterans

Last Friday I was leaving the assisted living center for the first time through the front door.

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Closing the Old Year with a Bunch of Firsts

Family

It was back to the world of reality today.  The routine of the day job and the back-log from being away from the day job.  Changing my eating habits and no more sleeping-in.  It wasn’t a slap in the face – but it was close.  Let's call it a rude awakening.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Deer Camp

Family, Firearms, Hunt'n, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking

This recipe takes eight months so be sure to plan ahead...

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On The Road Again - A Run For the Border

Family, Politics-Other, Travel, Friends

The northern border.

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The Cat Doesn't have Ten Lives

Family

Figaro, of Wauwatosa, WI.  Age 97, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 10, 2009.  Born to a  family of barn cats she was adopted by a young girl as a pet.  Figaro was a career house cat who specialized as a mouser of drafty, old Tosa bungalows.  She will be remembered for reminding her human companions when to go to bed and was fond of reading the morning newspaper over coffee.  She was preceded in death by her half-brother, Bubba, a noted Tosa chipmunk hunter.  She is survived by Tom, Jill and Girlfriend.  Interment was on the family farm.

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Canada Day

Family, Popular Culture

Today's music rekindles fond memories of a summer of traveling and a certain German girl. 

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On The Road Again - Island Life

Fish'n, Family, Life Is Good

As our stay on Grand Isle drew to a close one of the fellas on the block said - Tom, you're a helluva fisherman. You fit right in with us folks.  You even speak some French.  You should buy a place down here. 

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You Have Voice Mail

Veterans, Family, Tosa Personalities, Strange But True

My computers speak to me.

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On The Road Again - Doing The Blue Crab Shuffle

Fish'n, Family, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking

If you clean a mess of fish there is a really good way to recycle all of the heads, guts and stuff that's left after you have retrieved your valuable and tasty fillets.

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On The Road Again - Fishing!

Fish'n, Family, Outdoors

I like fishing.

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On The Road Again

Family, Life Is Good, Roadside Curiosities

I like driving.

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Gentlemen - Start Your Ovens

Family, Terrific Cooking

Alas.  The best-laid plans of mice and men.

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Deer Camp 2008

Family, Firearms, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

11/20/08 

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Class Reunion - Updated

Family, Odds and Ends, Tosa Events, Tosa Trivia

The Tosa East Red Raiders hosted Brookfield East at Hart Park last Saturday - defeating the Spartans (37-35) in the Raider's homecoming with a fourth quarter rally.

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It's a Kid's Life

Family, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Have any of you ever had a favorite uncle or aunt?

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The Garden Chronicles - Memories

Family, Gardening, Just For Fun, Terrific Cooking

One of my fondest memories from childhood is of the big family garden behind our garage.

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Operation Overlord - A Tosan's Experience

Family, Personal, Tosa Personalities, Veterans

Today is the 64th anniversary of D-Day.

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Good Medicine Gone Bad

Family, Healthcare, Personal

In January of 1990 I experienced a life-altering event.

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So Tom - What's with the Girlfriend?

Family, Gas Pains, Girlfriend, Strange But True

Ahem.

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Memories of Mom and a Special Pheasant Hunt

Family, Girlfriend, Hunt'n, Personal, Tosa Personalities

Friday night a buddy calls me with the news (make that a notification) that we're going pheasant hunt'n on Sunday.

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