Friday, October 9, 2015

The Grinder

Sam Dekker watch on The Houston Rockets

Preseason Game #1 
25 minutes
1-5 Field Goals
 3 rebounds
4 steals
4 Personal Fouls
3 points

Preseason Game #2

28 minutes
5-10 Field goals
4 rebounds
1 assist
1 steal
1 personal foul
12 points

Frank Kaminsky watch on Charlotte Hornets 
Preseason Game #1 

9 minutes
3-6 Field goals
4 rebounds
1 Block shot 
7 points

Preseason Game #2

27 minutes
3-11 Field Goals
11 Rebounds
3 assists
3 personal Fouls
9 points


I feel sorry for the GOP at times because I know many Republicans who are sane people and many of them actually LIKE Obamacare.  But the far far right seem to have their claws on their backs.  The ones that were voted in because "anybody is better then what we have".  Well . . . how is that working out for you.  

That, is the problem with politics.  REAL politicians know how to work the system and understand the art of compromise.  Once you get non-politicians in office who have vowed to never compromise that is when you have issues. 


The Holiday Train will make it's way to Columbus Friday night December 4th. This will make it a little easier to actually see the train as it's a FRIDAY!!  


One source tells me Lodi has a heroin problem - just sayin'.  


It's so weird watching The Grinder - Rob Lowe's new, very very good comedy. Reason is Grinder is my nickname (started way way back in the late 90's when I was a Black Jack card counter, before I started writing about poker for Full Tilt Magazine). So it's weird.

Check out that comedy - it's on Tuesdays so you have to DVR it if you are watching or doing something else on Tuesdays.    
DJ and her dad were photographed for the cover of an upcoming Insight Magazine that talked about the USS Indianapolis! 

OH - while we were in Indianapolis this summer I took this shot. They were a nurse organizational having an national reunion - not sure that one woman appreciated me! 

OK - baby sitting time - have a great warm weekend. Play hard! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Back To The Future predicts CUBS WIN in 2015

The Chicago Cubs won their first playoff game in 12 years last night but the real news is their pitcher Jake Arrieta.  The last few days I have heard many many baseball people saying they have NEVER seen a starting pitcher do what he is doing.

Oh, when one person says it it's interesting but when I start hearing over and over from old timers saying this, it starts to sound like there is some truth in it.

WELL - last night he became the first starter to toss a 9 inning shut out in the playoffs with double digit strikeouts and zero walks.  

So I looked at his game logs so see what is up!   YIKES.  In his last 13 starts over 96.3 innings he has given up FOUR earned runs!   That is an ERA of 0.37.  WOW!    Cubs go on to play the St. Louis Cards next, the Green Bay Packers of baseball.   You can hate the Cards but when you do, understand you hate them for exactly the same reason so many people (outside of Wisconsin) hate the Packers.  Just a fantastic organization that builds from the inside.

Didn't Back To The Future predict the Cubs would WIN the World Series in 2015? 


So the scientists who predict the weather were talking about Godzilla El Nino.  They have been cautious with predictions because the earth has changed since the last couple big El Nino's, in 1997 and 1988ish with melting ice caps, the Pacific Blob, global climate change and yada yada.

Well, the weather we are having now and for the next month is pretty much in tune with what happens in Godzilla El Nino's.   The jet stream is flattening out above the US instead of rocketing down over Wisconsin like the past 2 or 3 years leaving us in warmer weather.

SO - it  is still looking like a very very mild winter.

It will cool off after today as a cold front goes through bringing us some thunderstorms this afternoon and then warming up Sunday to the mid to upper 70s (but windy).


We spent an hour talking about Police Dogs in City Council with the Chief  proposing getting a drug sniffing pooch with a wonder-nose IF, we can get him (or her) totally funded with donations.  It seems plausible but Council ask for more clarification on funding and logistics and so forth.


People Magazine published ALL the phone numbers of the members of Congress and Senate and are asking readers to call and ask -  What are you going to do about the mas shootings!  Because  members of Congress and Senate are pretending it won't happen again.

Have a super duper day!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Colonial Club Ale Fest in Sun Prairie

knowitall commented yesterday - "FYI Arming people has worked in the past but everyone has forgotten.In the 60's we deployed under cover marshals to stop plane hijacks and it did"

True true - but an air marshal might be a little more experienced then a school teacher/cowboy wanna be.  We could always arm the children, teach them to fend for themselves in this harsh cruel world.


Don't look now but Columbus is having a growth streak.  15 new single family homes have been or are being built in 2015.  If three people move into each home and using the Common Core Box method of multiplication

     10    5
3   30  15  
45 new people in Columbus. This does not count the multi family dwellings also going up.


I've gotten a few emails about our new TIF which is now official. Ottery Trucking might be the first resident of the TIF.  They wash the INSIDE of tanker trucks which I guess is something that needs to be done more often according to state officials. There are currently no "inside truck" wash's in this part of Wisconsin and should be a big deal in coming years.

There is another company also in the truck industry looking to move into the TIF and if you want a vision for the future you could imagine a hotel going up sooner or later to house all the truckers. With all those truckers maybe Eisenga land will start to grow.

WOW - a little controversy last night in the football game. Who knew it was illegal to bat a ball out of bounds to basically win the game for Seattle.  That was a HUGE mistake by the refs. Seems the refs love helping Seattle get calls to win games.

Although no one actually KNEW about that rule.


Who is tired of DraftKing and FanDuel ad's. WELL - WHO KNEW that unregulated online "gambling" might have a dark side. Seems employees of DraftKings took their inside knowledge and were placing "wagers" at FanDuel and winning large sums of money (like $350,000 on $25 bets).  Of course they say they were doing nothing illegal which is basically true since there were no actual rules saying you CAN'T do that.

Having done a lot of online activity myself in the early 2000s I was staying away from those two companies.  Online poker and blackjack and casinos (I never did casinos) were basically honest.

Only two companies were caught and both went under very quickly (meaning I got my money out in the nick of time). I will say that online poker is MUCH MUCH safer then brick and mortar poker.


I did not know they actually kept track of this but a new musical that is impossible to get tickets too in NY is 2 hours and 23 minutes long and has 20,520 words in it.  That is 144 words a minute!


In world news the anti Obama people will be all up in arms with a new trade deal with 12 countries on the Pacific Rim (except China) signing on.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"Lower tariffs on US goods that’ll make other countries want to buy American stuff. Fewer restrictions on the international dairy market, making it easier for the US to milk it. Increased access to advanced US drugs. Critics say it’ll send jobs overseas. Supporters say it’ll boost US exports, and help Team USA and friends take on Team China."

This is a very big WIN for Obama but of course the "I hate everything you stand for" Congress has to vote.
Then there is Cheerios - When they said "Glutton Free" I guess that "Free" part was not actually 100% truthful!  Well, what could possibly go wrong!
McDonald's will start ALL DAY BREAKFASTS!!  almost!  no McGriddles or bagels or hash browns.  BASICALLY they are just expanding their menu with a few more items.  NO BIG BREAKFASTS?  Well screw you McDonald's.      


Life in Pieces - 2nd episode - very funny show!  A surprise hit in my book!  I wrote that one off with previews but DJ and I both think it's very good!


I brewed my East Indian Porter yesterday preparing for the Colonial Club Ale Fest in Sun Prairie November 6th.  This is a pretty big ale fest, if you are a craft beer drinker you should think about going!

Here is an article about our club in the newspaper.

Sun Prairie Wort Hogs brew for fest

talk at ya later.