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Living The High Life

Forestry, Life Is Good, Outdoors, Refreshing Adult Beverage

Fresh air and exercise - at 26 degrees.

Sounds good, eh?

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Memo to my future employer

job hunt

Re: Hiring

I thought of doing this as a personals ad but decided against it. Why trivialize something important: finding the right partners in work.

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The Chancery in the Village now serves breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays - Saturday hours are 8-11 and Sunday hours are 8-12.

I have been there a couple of times and it is just OK - Not spectacular and prices are reasonable - My children thought that the pancakes were dry and bland - The potatoes - Called Chancery potatoes but are really potatoes o'brein -  were dry and probably out of a package.

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Art snark: moms and the Milwaukee Art Museum

Beauty, Kids, Milwaukee Art Museum


I don't remember which birthday it was, but I'll never forget a handful of skinny, longhaired little girls running down the long white marble hall at the Calatrava in delight and awe. "This is where I want my wedding," crowed one girl. My daughter declared "This is what I want my house to be like!"

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Spring Training


The Brewers look pretty good so far in their Spring Training games.  I am pleasantly surprised at the pitching so far. 

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Health care in America: No purchase necessary

colonoscopy, Economy, Health care

Have you seen the latest sweepstakes contest?


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State of the Economy


Is the Economy starting to turn around or is it getting worse??  Is it staying the same??

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Central States Mortgage


I was able to meet with a source that was kept on and this I was able to gather the following information.

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How To Save Our Daily Newspaper


Apparently, I'm part of a dying breed. I am a newspaper enthusiast. Specifically, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel enthusiast. I get mine delivered, every day of every year. And unless something is awry, I read it every single morning. It's part of my daily routine, along with coffee and feeding Millie, the world's oldest Golden Retriever puppy. (She's almost 7 years old, but nobody has told her that.)

Most of my friends used to be daily Journal Sentinel enthusiasts. Like me, the newspaper was a part of their daily routine. One by one, they're dropping like flies. They all cite similar reasons for either not reading or cancelling their daily paper. I think it's one of the causes of declining readership: Their newspaper delivery is awful.

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Let them eat credit default swaps

AIG, Economy, Politcs

The New York Times continues to point out that people -- and by people, they seem to mean all people, not just effete liberal New York Times readers or their opposite rough-edged numbers in Dittohead radioland, but the whole lot of us – really are feeling very cranky about the AIG bailout. 


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Branding places: the state of Wisconsin

branding, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

I'm not the biggest fan of brands, whether they have to do with parks or people. Whenever the branding language gets trotted out, a little voice inside whispers "Emperor. . . clothing." That's especially the case when the brand seems, well, generic: anyone could apply it to their "uniqueness." But I must be wrong, because everyone's doing it.


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Sunshine principle, not just for some but for everyone

AIG, Economy, Politics, Sunlight Foundation

On the federal level, lawyers and legislators are arguing for keeping secret the names of the AIG bonus-eaters. They give a lofty-sounding argument underpinned by extreme example: the crazies are making vivid and sickening death threats to AIG members and their families.


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Man stopped after walking underdressed

Fluff, It's not easy, Wauwatosa

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Insert bowling shoe in mouth

President Obama, Snarky, Special Olympics

I was not one of the people who voted for George Bush because it seemed like he was a regular guy. Someone you could drink a beer with over a side of barbecued beef and small talk. (Okay: I wasn't one of the people who voted for George Bush for any reason.) And I certainly didn't want to hear his jokes. Personally, I think the POTUS (President of the United States) should opt for a little dignified distance.


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Can Restaurants AND Retail Thrive in Tosa?

Restaurants, Tosa Business

There’s been a bit of hoopla recently about new businesses, specifically restaurants, in our village. First there’s Le Reve Patisserie and Cafe which has been going gangbusters since it opened last summer. Then there’s Café Hollander which is due to open in early summer once Zimmerman Design Group moves on.


What hasn’t been mentioned much, maybe because we don’t want to dwell on it, are the small businesses that are gone. First and foremost is Drew’s Variety Store. It’s not an exaggeration to say that if you bring up Drew’s in a conversation, people will talk about how much they miss it.


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Butterflies and jet fuel on the County Grounds

County Grounds, Development, UWM engineering school, Wauwatosa

The Milwaukee County Board Committee on Economic and Community Development will hold a public meeting at the Zoofari Center Wednesday March 25, from 6 - 8 pm. The purpose is to "gather comments" on the proposed sale of up to 89 acres of land to UWM Innovation Park LLC for development of an engineering campus and more. I'm a little nervous about the "and more" part.


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Earth Mamas vs. the Patriarchs

County Grounds, economic development, Wauwatosa

The love of people for the land isn't just an economic proposition. It goes much deeper. Maybe you believe that God shaped a little figurine from clay and blew the breath of life into him. Or that our fishy ancestors crawled from the sea to find home on the muddy shore. In either case, our connection with the dirt on which we live is the stuff of mythology.


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The worlds we live in

Development, job hunt, libraries, This and that, Wauwatosa

Snow at the start of spring is pretty normal in Wisconsin. More than once we've been turned back by bad conditions on Hwy. 41 heading north to Oshkosh for my nephew's April Fools Day birthday. Whether we want to or not, sometimes larger forces make us step back when we think we should be moving forward.


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Good News


I received an email from a friend of mine yesterday.  His name is Scott and we have known each other and have been friends since we were 2 years old. We went to grade school, junior high and high school together.  His Dad was our football and track coach, I stood up at his wedding and he stood up at mine.  He has 2 boys from his first marriage (ages 24 and 21), his parents own a cottage in Minocqua which I have lots of fun memories.  Scott and I learned how to waterski together and our kids learned how to waterski together, but I regress.

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New school-based technology prevents obesity

Kids, Wauwatosa

 A study in the journal Pediatrics has found a new way to prevent obesity in school-age children:


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