Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Public Enemies Part Deux

I'm in the middle (and when I say middle I mean I have not really started yet) of writing an article about a new movie (film) that will be filmed in Columbus soon. This is being produced by NueveCine, an international film company based out of Guadalajara, Mexico.  They have done filming in US, Mexico, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Israel, and Palestine.  I'll have more once I put the words together and ask a few more questions.

It won't disrupt Columbus as that last little flick that was filmed here and I doubt the lead, Dylan Kleinschmidt, will be as big of a draw as Johnny Depp.  There is no Dylan Kleinschmidt Reads website. 

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Sad news for the Milwaukee Bucks, the most surprising team in the NBA.  Jabari Parker, ONE of the Bucks future stars tore his ACL and will be out for the year. Outwardly this is very sad as the Bucks had won 13 games after winning 15 all last year. They were also 17-6 Against the Spread.  HOWEVER - as an optimist is this a bad thing?  

Since this season had nothing to do about actually WINNING since it's basically a collage team, getting into the lottery for another good young player is not a bad thing.  just sayin.

BTW -   NBA = 35-20 AT$

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City Council last night was a long one but get this.  Unlike Washington, there can be compromise - so weird.  The snowmobile trail will have some tweaks to neither sides liking. I think we managed to disappoint all sides! Now THAT is compromise! 
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Then there is the body cam thing.  I believe almost everybody is pro body cams and even though it won't solve problems it might mitigate future annoyances.  However, with 80% of communities struggling over logistics, cost, 1st amendment and so forth it was the will of the council to step back and watch and learn rather then to boldly go where few communities have gone before. 

I must compliment Chief Meister  in his due diligence on looking into body cams and I hope he keeps up to date on this emerging technology (like that was ever a concern) and I want to give an extreme thank you to the Columbus/Fall River Rotary Club for their donation that was turned down.  

I believe "I" just want to step back and let the dust settle a bit.  Even last night there were new questions about storage and so forth. 
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Careful on Park Ave, there will be a new speed limit sign slowing people down.  I was not in agreement as FOR ME this is the most frustrating area in Columbus for drivers and I see tickets in the future as this is a classic "speed it up going out of town" area.   BUT - I was not in a majority so that is fine.  We're all winners aren't we? 

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Christmas Window from The WorkShop

 This being the Christmas season I thought I would plagiarize some poems from my moms book "Snapshots Along the Way" which is now in the top 9,626,809 books on Amazon (not bad for zero advertising).  These poems were from my childhood. She would write a Christmas poem every year in the Christmas cards. 

She had compiled all of her poems from childhood to 65 and gave them to my brother and I.  I then compiled them into a book and published them and gave the book to her for Christmas about 10 years ago.

Windows Lights

We were walking home from church  
That cold and moonlit Christmas Eve,
While the chill slipped down a collar here,
And there crept up a sleeve,
Till we pulled our mufflers closer
And we pocketed our hands,
And the snow beneath our footsteps
Creaked like frozen rubber bands.

Our words made wreaths of frosty flowers,
December puffs of bloom.
Muted laughter made the sidewalk
Seem as cozy as a room.
Far away a dog was barking
Like a bell against the night,
When we turned around our corner
And we saw a window light

Window lights shine out a welcome
Far across the dazzled snow,
Shine out warmth and cheer and comfort,
Glimpse of tree and candle glow.
We all stopped and drew together,
There was something serene,
So warm and close and loving
In that simple Christmas scene.

The moment didn't last long.
Someone looked for Santa's sleigh,
Someone asked could we have cocoa,
And we hurried on our way.
But I think we'll all remember now,
However far we roam,
That the truest lights of Christmas
Are the windows of home.

            -E.V.Melotte

My favorite Christ house in Columbus

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Whole lotta news coming out of Cuba!  Major changes in the works.  Stay tuned and bring on the Cuban Cigars!! 

OH - Anybody watched Curb Your Enthusiasm?  GREAT show by Larry David the creator of Seinfeld.  He will not do a last season because of how Seinfeld ended.  "it taught me a lesson that if I ever did another show, I wasn’t going to wrap it up."

Sad.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Water Water & The Tool gives out magazines

DJ and I win this weekend trip to St. Louis and we travel down there and are told to leave our car in this parking lot and are taken to this weird walled in fort that looks like a stockade on blacktop. Then we are told we must surrender all of our technological gadgets like iPhone laptops iPad and so forth as we sit on this black top.    

What is concerning me is that the people saying this look like some evil Quakers and I'm explaining that I have to have these things because I have daily updates for the NBA followers and blogs and so forth,   

I see that the large logs have gaps and we could make it through for help but we have no clue where our car is as we were not really paying attention.    

It was about this time when my underarm was having some sort of sensation that was both pleasing and disconcerting at the same time.  I tried to get up and move towards the logs but I was like in some sort of molasses and could not move.

It was at that moment when I realized Iggy was trying to suckle my armpit and Sophie had my legs pinned in bed.  I gave a sigh of relief that my gadgets were indeed not being taken away and then Iggy bit my pit and I was now fully awake at 3:30 and I was REALLY thirsty.

Good bye Sandman.    
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So my Keurig is all de-scaled for another month. I have heard that if you have problems with your Keurig you can call and they will replace your old one for free Keurig 2.0.  Here is the catch.  Keurig 2.0 will ONLY brew Keurig coffee unless you hack the K-Cups. They have a magnetic strip on Keurig coffee and if Keurig 2.0 does not see this - NO WATER FOR YOU!
Well#1 Columbus Water Works

ANYWAY - I was complaining about WHY I get calcium building in our softwater.   Well - I'll tell you.

Well #1 near the Antique Mall was built in the late 40s early 50s and is where our water is softened. Know one really knows why that decision was made but it's there, maybe not permanently though (more on that later).  

Softwater has less calcium then hard water and thus less problems with with scaling and so forth. But it adds sodium. 

In Columbus our tap water has 19ppm of calcium and 106ppm sodium.  Sun Prairie on the other hand has 66ppm calcium and 4 ppm sodium (MUCH better for brewing beer).  ANYWAY - You really do not want to completely take all the calcium out of water as it adds sodium.  Another BIG problem is super soft water eats metal and reduces effectiveness of chlorine. Columbus recently lowered the amount of sodium and upped the amount of calcium in water.      

Well #1 water filter - over 400 years old
I've heard people complain about how much our water costs in Columbus, well, that is because it's soft.  NOW - in 2004 there was a study done about Well #1 and it's aging and the recommendation was something on the order of HEY - THIS THING IS FREAKING OLD! And that was 10 years ago,

Columbus has another well that can be used but then there is no back up.  We have a LOT of water so there is no worry about that.  So we are in the preliminary stages of looking into options and if a new water well is decided on . . . do we soften the water?  Is it time for a change?  

And there was some discussion about fluoride in our water.  Columbus has the lowest legal limit on fluoride use and not a drop more. Many countries around the world have stopped the use of fluoride because you need stable water to add chemicals.  In many countries fluoride is added to salt or milk.  Some areas in Australia have naturally occurring fluoride in their water.

So - back to soft water - would you rather buy a water softener and soften your own water?  Or have Columbus do it.  Personally, The Tool, would like to make his own soft water.          

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OIL WATCH - dropped 4.1% yesterday!  Down to $58 a barrel.  
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our personal balcony on St. John
I see The US Virgin Islands are the 10th best Caribbean Islands, The average room is $262 a night in a hotel.  We rented a little cottage when we went on our poker funded vacation. I say this because I'M FREEZING! My office (room) is the farthest from the furnace. 

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OH - Have you ever wondered why when you go the to the doctor's office they have such crap for magazines?

There was a study and these guys rounded up 87 magazines, old and current, noted what kind of magazine therewere and distributed them in doctors offices.

One month later, only 41 were still there.  People steal them. And they steal the current ones, not the old ones.  I will confess, I stole one once (twice). Once a New Yorker that had an article about why the show Big Brother is so awesome (it really is) and another one that I can't remember.

HOWEVER - I make it a habit to never ever through out a magazine.  I have a stack that every time I go to have oil changed, dentist, doctor or whatever I take a stack and toss them on the tables.

With that said - have a great weekend

The Tool - OK OK you are all wondering about The Tool.

Here is some of the the quotes!

You still get the tool of the day award.
Rod is an embarrassment to all of the elected officials of Columbus.
Rod is an embarrassment to the voters in his district whether they voted for him or not.
Rod is detriment to the political stability of the city.
To block Rod for his indiscretions would only mitigate the detriment.

And THEN it went downhill from there - I believe this is yet another vote of confidence. But no worries, no one takes him seriously . . . except himself.  He's a lovable goofball.

Have a sweet weekend.

The Tool. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rotary Club Apology

I feel I must apologize to the Columbus Fall River Rotary Club for a comment on a blog last week because someone without a sense of humor cut and pasted the text out of context and sent it to individuals.  The quote was:

"The Rotary Club has decided to make Councils life slightly more hellish as they want to donate body cams to the Columbus Police Department"

Fair enough - The quote SHOULD have read

"The Rotary Club has decided to make Rod Melotte's life slightly more hellish as they want to donate body cams to the Columbus Police Department"

First I want to honestly thank the Fall River Columbus Rotary Club for their donation.

Second - I certainly did not intend to put my personal feelings into others council members brains and I apologize not only to fellow council members but the public.

My point was that "I" am basically a volunteer aldermen for a very small, quiet town in the Midwest that will now grapple with the same problems that professional aldermen in large, much more violent city's such as Madison and Milwaukee are grappling with and we are being asked to be the guinea pigs so we can show Madison and Milwaukee how it's done.  We have so much more information and experience in this sort of thing then they do you know.

That was my point. Maybe it's not always best to be one of the first, maybe it's best to see the mistakes others are making and learn from them, instead of making mistakes and having others learn from us.

Just sayin' my own personal view point.

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In other news y'all know I'm sensitive and delicate according to a test I took on facebook last night which is why it hurt me so much when some friends in Sun Prairie emailed me and said I was awarded the TOOL OF THE DAY by another facebook page.

YES!!!!   Another award for my mantel.

Rod Melotte - Tool of the Day

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With that said - I do appreciate the kind emails from readers. The one I received yesterday made my day.  If I could share my Tool of the Day Award with all of you I would.

I have gotten some very nice emails lately and I do thank you.

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So - Wisconsin lost another coach.  Maybe we can get Jim Harbaugh.

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Damn you temperature inversion.  Warm air is just a cloud layer away.

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Today I will be hard at work descaling my Keurig for the 3rd time.  It's a 6 hour process that needs to be done every 2 months it seems.  AWESOME!!     The odd thing is . . . . . where is this calcium coming from anyway - don't we have "soft" water?  Why do I get so much buildup??  Inquiring minds want to know (and it's not just me asking).

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Guess what!   OIL dropped another 4% in the last few days, it will dip below $60 a barrel soon.

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"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."

That's all - had to get that apology in.
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