Thursday, May 19, 2016


there is a world where
clocks have no hands or faces
months are unknown
and seasons
crowd in where they can

time moves around you
in a circle
always facing you
just out of reach

int's never any later
always suddenly

it's too late

  - EV Melotte


I found out my mom passed away Tuesday night in her sleep, very calmly.  She was in a happy good place so if you gotta go it was a good time. 

My dad passed away after battling cancer for 8 months and near the end he was praying to die as he struggled for one more breath for months, but the Doctors kept him alive as his lungs filled up.  Lung cancer sucks. 

I have seen both ways to pass away and this was so much better.  Yet I wish I had just one more conversation.  

She had me when she was 27 and dirt poor getting evicted right and left from apartments. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING.   

The sad thing is that memories are always from the near past. There are no videos of my parents when they were in their middle 20s like there can be today.  I wish.  

The poem above was from a book I compiled in 2003 of a lifetime of her poetry. I guess I got my writing bug from her although I was cursed with dyslexia so the spelling/wrong word part had to be overcome (well 90% of the time, I literally spell "the" teh more then half the time). The written English language has never come easily (like my golf game). 

The Book

It's rank in the top 12 million books on Amazon. And I see you can buy a used one from shipped from Japan for only $40  (WHAT???)  

ANYWAY - the next few days are all in the air at the moment.  


Awesome weather coming - this will be the last day in the 60s (69) for as far out as they can predict.  HOWEVER - next week will have a good chance of rain every day starting Monday.  

BTW -  April broke a record with temperature globally AND once again it broke a record on how BIG the record was broken.  If we are not worried we REALLY should be! this is the 7th month in a row for breaking records and this smashed the old record.  The prediction is that 2016 will be the hottest year BY FAR globally.

In fact every single month since 2000 has been above the average temperature in the 1961 to 1990 timeline and check this out. 


In other news - the dip in oil prices is killing tips for exotic dancers in North Dakota (a State that really needs exotic dancers) as tips are down 60%. 

Are you a linkedIn user?  They were hacked and 117 million password are up for sale.  I don't know why you need to buy a password when you can just make up your own.  Morons! 

OK - nuff said!   

Monday, May 16, 2016

Did you hear what Trump said today?

Did you hear what Trump said today?

OH - sorry - that is the common greeting many American are saying these days.  Instead of saying "Hi how are ya", they just say "Hi, Did you hear what Trump said today".

Then the two people can laugh and get on with the real conversation OR they can actually talk about what Trump actually DID say today.  It's a win win.


So I have been driving around in a brand new 2016 Nissan Murano with 800 miles on it . . . . . what?  You thought I had 2016 Subaro Outback Limited?   OH that was before I got a phone call during the Water and Light Commission saying "DO NOT DRIVE YOUR A CAR THE STEERING WHEEL MIGHT FALL OFF".

I told them I really don't need a steering wheel with Eyesight engaged but they convinced me to bring it in anyway.   So now I have a sweet '16  Nissan Murano (which I have always liked) for a while until they fix my car.  

At least Subaro is proactive - there have been no accidents and I do have a nice car to drive for free.


I was at Wisconsin Brewing Friday and made contact with people that work at Street Wood which is a offshoot of Urban Wood and got an idea.  With all the trees coming down next year with James Street. Why not re-use the wood. They REALLY need trees and would it not be GREAT to have those trees not die in vain?

Urban will take the wood and make barns and Street Trees make amazing art of the wood.  Some GREAT cutting boards and tables and so forth.  Why not give each resident a cutting board out of the tree they lost.

Something I'm going to work on.


Elwood and I were working on the water tower wall. What many don't see is our master plan,


I really need to write down all my thoughts - I had so many wonderful things to blog about . . . .but are now gone.

Weather will improve a lot this week with middle 70s by the weekend.  Columbus has been getting the short end of the stick with rain.  We have had less then most places.  Maybe a little rain later today.


An art fair friend of mine in Madison shot this photo.  I suppose it's OK if you like this sort of thing.

Cassius Callender  really nice guy and not bad with a camera.


Speaking of "illegal immigrants".  50% of Wisconsin milk industry are run by  non-documented immigrants.  If we deport them all Wisconsin's economy will get crushed.  Let's look at this a different way.

The American economy is sort of a ponzi scheme.  As long as we continue to grow all is well.  Lets say Columbus is a rich vibrant city of 5000 and then we lose 1000 residents.  Do you think business would suffer? Of course it wood.

Now take America where the non-documented immigrants work, spend money, have families that spend money buying homes and groceries and stuff.    The rights plan is to deport all of them back to Mexico where they will be homeless.  But they forget that if you deport 10 million people that is a LOT of buying power leaving. Plus there are no people to fill the jobs that leave.

Wisconsin can't even fill the jobs at Da Dells.  Deporting is not the way.


Getting it done at 71.

Poor Joe on Survivor.  a 71 year old FBI agent.  He was one of the final 5 in this season Survivor and won his first challenge.  After 31 days of literally eating 1/4 cup of rice a day he won a challenge that gave him a huge meal and so other things.

He knew he needed protein so be ate nothing but meat . . . a LOT of meat. Well . . . . that did not sit well with his innards and 24 hours later he was the FOURTH player evacuated from this season Survivor.    

Good bye Joe - it's down to 4 now on what of the hardest Survivor.

See ya later.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How to make the best spaghetti ever - and downtown parking

My buddy Elwood does not understand Facebook and believes it is a place for people to post stupid photos of themselves and make dumb comments like "I'm sitting on my couch".   When in reality it is that but so much more. So many awesome tips on how to make your life better - - - such as making sweet corn in 3 minutes with absolutely no silk (did you know that every carnal ( or kernel as you Americans say)  has a silk attached to it?) .

BUT - spaghetti has evolved for me recently.  I mean - how many people have actually read instructions on how to make spaghetti.  They do it like their mom did and just went with it.  Well, my mom was wrong and now spaghetti is SO much better.

I tried a new trick that took a lot of time off the process and saved a lot of water (the next major wars will be over water).

First take your favorite gourmet spaghetti sauce (I use Prego but am open to suggestions in a jar) and add about 1/2 teaspoon of Hershey's Cocoa, this smooth's out the acid in the tomato sauce.  I also add a bay-leaf which does nothing but makes you feel you are actually cooking (has anyone ever done a side by side testing of with and without a bay-leaf?) and if you want you can add a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar because sugar is good for you.  And I suppose if you want to be anal you should not use a metal spoon.

Then the big part is the spaghetti.   Toss away that big pot and use a frying pan.

Put spaghetti into pan and cover the spaghetti with cold water.  NOTE - NEVER buy a glass top white stove.  Turn on high. This is where a lot of time is saved as you are not heating a mammoth amount of water AND you are not constantly squishing the spaghetti to get it into the boiling water.

And you probably should not let your metal spoon just sit in the sauce.

Bring to a boil.

I bet this saves at least 10 minutes doing this and the spaghetti is not all broken. Boil the spaghetti until it's ready.  Then take a small pot and place the colander on top of it and drain.  You want to capture about 1/4ish cup of the boiled water for later use.

NOW - the magic happens. In the pan that the spaghetti recently exited put maybe a teaspoon of butter (or more or less) into it to melt.

Put your drained spaghetti back into the pan, pour about a 1/4 cup of the boiled water on top of the spaghetti and then pour the spaghetti sauce on top and mix.

What this will do is make a super rich and creamy concoction.  You can of course add meat balls or I like to fry up a little hamburger and add some mushrooms  and onions and so forth but this was a quicky spur of the moment what do we have to eat thing.  You will be amazed at the difference.  I know I was.

Bon Appetite    


I belong to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation forum where other people that "run" smaller cities can talk about problems and how to fix them.  A few days ago one person from Ashland had a post.

There is a prevalent perception in our community (Ashland) that there is a lack of parking in our downtown, even though studies show that we do not have a shortage. Has anyone encountered similar issues? If so, how did you go about reconciling this with the public (educational campaign, better signage/advertisement of available parking, encouragement to walk more, etc)? Thanks in advance for your responses!

I had to laugh because we have that problem here in Columbus.  Everybody believes we have a lack of parking downtown.  Whenever there is something that will take away a few parking stalls there is an outcry about the lack of parking.  REALLY?

Do you know how many parking stalls there are one and a half blocks from Sharrows Downtown?

ABOUT two hundred and thirty five (235)  parking stalls. and we have a parking problem?  OH - people will walk a block and a half at a big box store and not complain but if they have to walk more then 100 feet downtown, it's a parking problem.

The response to the original comment was universal.  "There are 3600 spaces within 2 blocks of the city center in Wausau but people complain there is no place to park".

In Superior the problem is that business owners park in front of their own business AND THEN complain there is not enough parking for customers (we have that problem in Columbus).  Same thing happens in Duluth where they have a 2 hour parking limit and get tickets (we have a 2 hour limit but very few ever get tickets . . there is a van that has not moved for a week in a public parking lot - no tickets).

So the unanswered question is - how do we inform the public to get off their butts and walk a block OR - how do we better inform the public where parking is, educational campaign? better signage/advertisement of available parking? encouragement to walk more?  Perhaps it's something the CDA can look into.


I am all for Bernie if he pulls off a super Hail Mary but it's basically impossible. He really needs to win every state by about 40% now.  Last night he made up for losing Guam so a win meant nothing except he fell further behind.

Remember when I guaranteed Trump would not win?  Yea - FAIL!!!   Luckily the general election demographics is nothing like the Republican Primary demographics.  now he has to deal with a LOT more woman and a LOT more Latinos and both are not real pleased with him.  Do not believe any of the predictions for the General Election as they are meaningless at this point.


According to a CNN/ORC poll  57% of Americans DO NOT AGREE with legislation mandating which bathrooms transgender people may use. Do people know what "transgender" actually means?  It means you are no longer what you were and now have literally switched sides.


63% of Americans believe in UFOs


Di you know that Egyptians used honey to kill bacteria on wounds as a disinfectant?  Yea - I know know honey is awesome on mosquito bites but nothing can grow when covered with honey.


You know that photo of Trump eating out of a Taco bowl for Cinco De Mayo?  Where is his wedding ring ?????