Tuesday, January 31, 2012


If I combined all of my spam I get in one night this is what I could do.

I could be a flat bellied X-Ray Technician using my new discounted per eye lasik vision and be dating married big beautiful Asian singles while taking my free viagra and buying as much TRON (it's about to break out) with my winnings from an investment of only $1 which was made into thousands and I will need to get more bank accounts now.


I saw a thing on the tube about these people that voted for Obama but now don't like him because he has done nothing to the economy.


I seem to remember EVERYONE saying "This is not going to be a quick fix". But then like 4 months later those same people (well, some of the same) were complaining that the economy was stagnant and Obama was not doing enough!

I'm not 100% pro Obama, there are somethings I disapprove of. His canceling of space exploration is totally bogus. Russia and China are the only space explorers now. The thing that he misses is that it's not WHAT we find in space, it's the kids that want to be scientists BECAUSE we go into space.

Not just space scientists but all of the science's. There is no excitement in "learning" anymore. His canceling the space program was very republican of him.

OH - I keep forgetting - Columbus is getting a ShopKo Home Town Store. It will carry 70% of what "normal" ShopKo's have. Columbus will be the 6th Home Town store. It will be erected across from the Travel Center. Watch for the erection soon! The more erections Columbus has the happier we will all be!


Feel the earth quack (earth quack??  LOL) last night?? I could hardly stand up! That 2.4 was ROCKING THE HOUSE!! Actually I did not feel it and as far as I know Blake did not warn me of the coming near disaster.


WOW - I just saw that our building will become a lock down fortress. The cafeteria will be closed to anyone NOT having a special access card. It's part of the "Safety Modernization Project". I wonder if I try to get in with no card the guys in the floor length black leather coats will stand on my neck asking me who won the World Series!

Jury Duty Thursday!!


Monday, January 30, 2012

Good Bye Carmen Gonzalez!

WOW - who watched the Pro Bowl - how exciting was THAT.  I just wish there was less tackling.  They should make it Flag Pro Bowl.
I was pigging some beer and got a phone call from some South African, or at least it sounded like a South African and he was asking for Rod Mel ote.  I said he was working but could take a message. HE said I needed to email Carmen Gonzelaz so they could make arrangements for pickign up the art work.

Yea - right, of course you are. After I hung up I went and emailed "Carmen" and told them that I knew they were scamming me since email #3 and that they were pretty famous on the internet.  I also ask if that was Carmen I talked to and her voice was much lower then I had been imagining.


Odd.  I have not heard from them since.
Hydro Street Brewery had their Mug Club event and the place was packed and happy.  DJ and I went there yesterday and had their BBQ Chicken Pizza on bruschetta bread and it really really good.

While there I took a photo of a girl that was enjoying some rootbeer.

I was looking through some older files and found a shot of the Train Station.  This is the first iteration and I think I'm going to go a different direction on the next iteration. So remember this one so you can compare with #2.


Check this out.   Stair at the red dot on the models nose for 30 seconds.  Then look at a blank wall and blink a few times!  What do you see.


I'm laughing at Newt!  Lots of people are trying to figure out why Newt is free falling in the polls and there are all sorts of theories. But the main one is . . .HE IS NEWT!!!  All of a sudden people see that he is what they thought he is.  He won the last election because he yelled at the media but now when he is yelling at EVERYBODY he's just a loose cannon.  Between creating a moon base to invading Iran, YIKES!!!! 


In 2009 Newt wanted to shoot lasers at the North Koreans. 

In 2002 he wanted to launch "orbital death rays".

In 1996 he sponsored a bill called "The Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996" which would have given life sentences to anyone convicted of bringing more than two ounces or so of pot into the U.S.

In 1984 he wanted to reduce crime with "space mirrors".

IN 2008 he wanted to let terrorists attack us. The more successful the Bush administration has been at foiling bad guys, said Gingrich in 2008, "the less proof there is that we're in danger" and the less vigilant Americans are. Newt's fix? Allow an attack to get through "every once in a while... just to remind us."

Newt worries a lot about "a nuclear blast high above the United States that would instantly throw the nation into a dark age.  Actually I worry about that myself!

 Make the moon America's 51st state - Back when he was in the House, Newt "authored a bill that would allow a lunar colony to apply for statehood once it reached 13,000 residents,".

Newt would make a most interesting President. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Carmen Makes Her Move

Game on.  The Police are now involved.

From Bill Carter - ZF Movers and Logistics  INC

Hi Rod Melotte ,

Thanks for your email . I will like to inform you that we will be taking care of the insurance , tax , packaging and shipping of the artworks ( two 20x30 inch canvas prints  ). My agent will take care of every other details.

I will also like you to confirm your phone number and the pick up address so we can make all necessary  arrangement for the pick up between 3 and 4 pm Friday, January 27.  Pls Confirm if the time is OK.

 From my best friend Carmen

Hi ,
I got the attached email from the movers today. Try and make shipping
arrangement with them and keep me posted with updates. I will also
like you to acknowledge this email as soon as possible. Thanks.


 Printed out all the emails with the check and FedEx package. Delivered to my buddy the chief of police.

He handed it off to the dude that SHOULD be the chief (at least he lives in Columbus) and the investigation moves north to Minneapolis.  Seems the check came from a real bank - HOWEVER - the bank never issued the check and this was the first they had heard of it.  Now they have their team looking into the scam.  I was told the people this REALLY hurts are the banks (can this be confirmed?) .  So we have a real check from a real bank that did NOT issue the check.

What typically happens is that for some unexplained reason the movers will not get to my house to take the prints.  They are waiting for my check to them and will stall until they get it.

In the mean time I'm all happy and am telling them the check is in the mail.

For anyone who did not see TV last night DJ and I were on the news last night in a piece about Hydro Street Brewery.


Obama explained.

A couple of my tea partyish friends were all upset about Obama cancelling the Keystone Pipeline that was suppose to go from Canada to Houston.  Seems all of the talking right heads on FOX were calling him names and a job killer and so forth.  Here is the real story that they seem to leave out.  I got some of this from a guy that worked on a pipeline.

First of all the pipeline would create at MOST 1500 temporary jobs.  Pipelines are very low maintenance.  The "oil" if you can call it that would go to Houston where the refinery's are up and running and after being process it would be shipped to China.

None of that oil was going to Americans and you will notice that after the pipeline was cancelled - OUR oil prices actually went DOWN. 


It was not even oil, more like low grade sludge.  Very bad stuff and if there was a leak, an environmental nightmare. It's the filthiest petroleum there is.  If there was any sort of leak as the sludge moved through Nebraska it would poison the only aquifer Nebraska has.  They get ALL of their water from one aquifer.

So why is their such a stink?  Because Obama wanted to find an alternate route after the election. The Republicans thought that by forcing Obama to make a decision he would look bad.  They were hoping that WHEN he canceled it gas would zoom and they could point fingers.

Once again - the Republicans show they are clueless on how to win elections.  Not only do they run a bad county but when they play dirty, THEY ARE BAD AT IT.

This is why Walker will lose.  The Republicans are not in touch with the rest of the human race.

Six years ago I was making $10 grand a year playing low stakes online poker and another $2 grand playing online blackjack as a bonus whore.  Had been doing it for a number of years.

Then the conservative right decided that this was evil so 10 Republicans banded together and in a 2000 page anti-terrorist bill, at the LAST MINUTE put in 1 one page addendum making it illegal for banks to handle gambling money.

Long story shorter.  This killed a LOT of online gambling ( for a few months), hurt the economy with all of the spin off businesses, and about 10 million poker players stopped playing poker.  (Walker stuff is coming, wait for it).

WELL - I believe about 5 million of those guys NEVER voted, yet NOW they are REALLY pissed off.  Now they had a reason to vote.  Who do you think that voted AGAINST? . . . .not one of those senators and congressmen won and the Democrats took over the house and Senate because of that.  The races were actually pretty close which should have been locks for the Republicans.

What Walker does not or has never realized is that he pissed off a LOT of people and many of them never vote.  Plus many of those have spouses that also never vote.  Guess who they will vote AGAINST.

I did not watch the State of the State speech last night.   I got an email from him touting all the great things he has done and I was SHOCKED.

He said "The results of my reforms are now being seen. School tax levies dropped for the first time in six years while keeping our average classroom size lower than the national average."

All lies. Class sizes are smaller???  WHAT - not according to actual numbers.

According to the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators- nine of every 10 students attend districts that had net staffing losses in at least one area, like teachers or administrators – and four-of-every-10 youngsters attend districts where elementary class sizes grew this fall.  334 teachers were laid off.

According to WI Taxpayers Alliance and I have their spreadsheet - The average school district tax rate went UP 14%.   The Columbus tax rate (which is pretty high already compared to other districts) only went UP 12.7%  By the way under Doyle's administration they actually did drop.(not that I was a Doyle fan at all).

Perhaps we need to pass the the "highly qualified voter law" where citizens must pass a test on locating verifiable research to uphold or debunk a candidate's statement of fact.

Both sides twist the facts but at least Democrats just don't make crap up! I would not mind being a republican with some of their ideas but MAN - they are total buffoons at times.

Both sides have good and bad ideas - I don't agree with Obama on many things but at least I know he would not totally botch things up. Hell, Newt wants to go to war with Iran, INVADE - REGIME CHANGE. And he promised to have a moon colony by 2020. WOW - where's THAT money coming from Newt? Seriously??

He said,  "By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon. And it will be American,". YEA BABY USA! USA! USA!

BTW - you can call me Juror #345!! BRING IT!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Scam Continues - with a twist

So as I was promised FedEx delivered a package yesterday not with the $516 that I was charging Carmen but for $3000.

I then got an email from Carmen - I guess it was a mistake and her husband sent the wrong amount. She sincerely apologized and requested that I take what I was owed and send the rest back to her husband.

I said accidents do happen during moves and that I would take out the $616 owed (notice I gave myself an extra $100) and I would send the rest back and at what address should I send the returning money.

Hopefully they think "I'm" trying to scam THEM!!

Your move Carmen!

Can a house be haunted if it's only 6 years old?

In yet another bit of strangeness I was getting ready for bed and as I walked into the bathroom I heard water running. I guess the toilet must have just flushed or something, or the little ball thing was stuck....whatever. I flushed, walked out and 10 minutes later I heard water running still. hmmmm toilet is fine . . . . hmmmmm I went into the basement and I heard the water . . .wait a minute . . . that is the pipe that goes outside.

I get my shoes on, grab a flash light and go outside and I see my outside faucet is running and is about 1/3 open - WTF??? I look for any footprints and see nothing. I THINK it was only running for one day? I need CSI Columbus to come and look at this!

Leaker hose wrapped over the faucet.
The ONLY thing I can think of is that the little hose that was draped over the faucet froze in the freezing fog. then since that area is a wind tunnel (normally about 10 to 15 mph stronger then the surrounding area . . I measure it) maybe the wind caught the hose and twisted the faucet???

This goes along with odd streaks of lights in the bedroom, like a car driving by except all of our shades are pulled. Or the fireplace coming on all by itself at night, or the ghost peeing on our rug.

Speaking of water - thanks Doug for the water report but I could not find what I needed.  I believe that report deals with contaminants, pesticides and bacteria while I need Secondary or Aesthetic Standards that have to do with taste and pH.   The principle ions needed are:

Calcium (Ca+2)

WOW - one thing you do NOT want to watch just before bedtime is an Amelia Earhart special. They pretty much know exactly where her plane went down. The island is the problem. THE ISLAND FROM HELL!!

Here is the problem - the entire island is alive with billions and billions of land crabs of all sizes. If you are injured in any way of even lay down to sleep the crabs will view you as tasty water and within minutes will be nibbling on your toes, millions of them. It's like a horror movie. They will eat an entire human and scatter the bones in one night!

NOT a good thing to watch just before bedtime. The showed what happens to a dead pig over night. And BTW - Amelia was not a very good pilot in the first place liking fame over training.

Could not get to sleep anyway last night, Blake was pacing for an hour (ghosts?) and my iPad kept whistling to me saying I had an email. This is why my mom does not want email. She does not want to be awaken at night with "YOU'VE GOT MAIL porno". Five years ago I said that was ridicules. You had to log in to see your email. . . . well . . . .not anymore I guess.

So I got up to turn my iPad sound down and looked to see what all the emails were about. Seems all of these forums were wishing me a happy birthday such as the 2+2 poker forum (I'm banned) HAPPY BIRTHDAY (FU 2+2) and the Home Theater Forum (Banned for life, I was innocent - really I was, all I did was disagree with the forum owner . . . you know me . . I never complain about things . . BANNED FOR LIFE) . . . and the Home Brew forum and a few others that I'm not banned from.


Prince Fielder - wow 216 million, slightly less per year then Pujols! One thing to watch is the difference between Miller Park and Comerica Park. Both are above average when it comes to home runs but for some reason Comerica Park is one of the hardest parks to get walks in while Miller Park is one of the easiest.

Also - at least Prince will get less exorcise being a DH. We will see how he takes not playing in the field every day.

I look forward to the Brewers this next year - they should do well. After all while they lost Fielder the competition lost Pujols! We will also have Greinke all year, "we" will have much better fielding and will have Gomez who I like a lot. Morgon is fun but he is a poor fielder. We won't have Slumpy McGoo either.

Can't wait for spring.

Have a great Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I got a letter from Carmen Gonzalez


I was at a stop light yesterday and WHILE STOPPED - Texted adubya saying  "I'm on my way" but sice nI did not have my reading glasses on and was in a hurry I missed a few letters BUT, iPhone corrected my misspellings and instead typed  "I'm so gay".    sigh!!

Got this this morning from my art loving friend.
Hi Rod ,

Hope this message finds you well. Thanks so much for your patient regarding the transaction . It has been a very difficult time with a lot of things on the plate (we have been so busy scamming other artists).

Anyway , i will like to inform you that the payment was sent by my husband assistant yesterday via FedEx and he was advise that you will receive it today so try and be on the look out for it. The tracking number is 898746748131.

I will also like you to have our address ,you can add it to your mailing list. I will like to hear about your future works and art shows. Our address in the states is...

1102 Lafayette Street
Cape May ,NJ 08204  (this is The Primrose Inn)  I think I will just draw random 4 inch line on a map and send it there.

While our new address in UK is....

41 Queen's Gate Terrace

Meanwhile, i sent your contact info to the Moving agency that will be handling the shipment of all our house decors and he promise to get in touch with you. Try and make shipping arrangement with them and keep me updated with details.

I will look forward to hearing from you soon as you receive this email so i can be sure we are on the same page. Thanks for your patient.

Best Regards,

What could POSSIBLY go wrong!!!  
I was looking at some old folders as I wanted to try a new technique (which ultimately failed) and I found a image that had been overlooked.  It was taken a little before I shot the Sunset/Loan Tree image and because it was not spectacular I just shoved under the rug (as they say).  Or shoved under my plate like boiled cabbage that my mom once insisted I eat (my dog would not even eat it). Note to self - hiding things under plates does not work.

So here is the forgotten shot.



No matter how irritating our pets are they do have a rhythm. I know that my 14 year old cogie wakes up at 10:30 at night and is wide awake and ready to play. I know he also likes to wake up a 3:30 in the morning and go pee on the carpeting. I know that Milo, IN WINTER, will not meow ALL FREAKING NIGHT to go out like he does in spring and fall. 

However last night in the middle of the night he is meowing in the livingroom. Odd, he never does that in winter. I could tell he was walking around that side of the house and he was meowing LOUDLY.

Stupid cat, and we went back to sleep.

Blake sleeps the whole night (thank you lord) and wakes up at 5:30 (15 minutes before we get up) to go pee on the carpeting so I get up let him out and as I go down the hallway something is odd. The house is warm.

I walk into the living room and the gas fireplace is roaring away. Since it was not on last night WE did not turn it on. WAIT A MINUTE. The remote for the fireplace is on top of the blanky that Milo sleeps on. HE TURNED IT ON DOING HIS LOVE DANCE ON HIS BLANKY!


The more I play around with Pinterest the more I like it. I have a board called Artwork I LOVE. Not like, not cute puppys but a few things I LOVE!!

This is one of the 5 pieces I have in my collection so far. It has to be pretty special (for me) to get on that board).

Any of you on Pinterest check out Linda McHardy's collection of 96 boards!  

The Baltimore Ravens last play!  WHY did they not call a timeout before the failed Field Goal attempt.  Why rush it.  The play clock was running down and was at 1 second with 14 seconds left to play in the game.  They had one timeout left.  WHY RUSH!!!!

I don't think we have seen the final winner in the GOP yet and there are some strong rumors that we will have a brokered GOP convention, one at which a late-entry candidate might be picked such as Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels or Paul Ryan.  The GOP elite are not happy at all with Newt and Mitt Kerry . . oops Romney!

If Romney is struggeling and the only alternative is Newt!  That is a total nightmare for the GOP.

Bottom line is the Republicans are in very very deep doo doo and are complaining that Super Pac's have way to much influence on elections (hmmmm was it not their idea to create Super Pacs?).  Obama is said to have over ONE BILLION DOLLARS in Super Pac money waiting to be released!  What the Republicans forget (or don't understand)  is that while they say they are the best party for finance . . . the Democrats actually have more money!    Weird.


Monday, January 23, 2012


It's come to my attention that some of you might have thought I got scammed. No no - no art scam for me. . . . PERHAPS computer fix-it scam which you will notice I have not said a word about because . . . it's an ongoing thing having to do with certain individuals here in Columbus - it's about to come to a head soon and I'm pretty sure I'll be shouting from the roof . . . . as soon as a judge makes a decision! I don't get mad . . . I go to court.

It took me over 5 minutes to figure out why that new social networking site Pintrest was so addictive. sigh.

If you have not been there I believe Pintrest was designed to be a sort of clipboard for ideas. For instance, you are preparing for a wedding and want to have all of your ideas in one online page. Also you would like others to comment on the choices.

Now others can see your choices, make comments and take your photos and put them on THEIR page of ideas and the pyramid begins. So now there are thousands of pages with millions of photos of just cool stuff. It's a virtual pinboard of everything you can think of.

Personally I look at gardening, landscaping, art, photography and I JUST searched for beer and wow, it's so totally awesome. This is a shot of the beer page.  The weird thing YOU NEVER REACH THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE!!!  

For lack of anything else I did a search on The Game of Thrones and found this photo of Daenery.     I want a pet dragon!!!!  Milo would have so much fun . . . until all his hair was burned off I suppose.

In other news - Giants/Patriots . . .SNORE!!! The Giants are this years Packers aren't they. WOW - I could care less who wins.
Hey - I'm getting my water tested - if anybody is interested in the mineral content I'll be letting you know. All the Water Company will tell me is how much arsenic is in the water and other bad things. I guess they don't have a clue what is REALLY in the water.

I'm trying to get Hydro Street Brewery to use filtered water for their beer. After all, water is the main ingredient in beer and out of the tap Columbus water totally sucks, just tastes bad. I use filtered water for all of my beer and it comes out tasting clean and not . . . stagee (not an actual word).


And then there is Newt! WOW - I won't say Newt's win was a game changer for the GOP but it does make Florida a little more interesting. It is also shows how volatile the polls are in the GOP race this year!

The GOP is really in a sticky wicket! Romney who COULD beat Obama if not for his Mormonizm (do you really think the Christian right want a candidate that COULD have 19 wives if he wanted too?) and Newt who wanted an open marriage with wife #2 because well . . . . maybe he wanted to be a Mormon also? and this who Freddie Mac thing and he's a proven loser with so much baggage it 's crazy.

And there is this

How about an Amish for President.  I think it would be cool to see a White House with no electricity. Secret Service watching over buggies and so forth, we would have  . . horseandbuggycades!    The White House would become The Plain Gray House.  Air Force One would have one of those fluorescent orange triangles on it's tail fin . . . . as it was being pulled down the highway by a team of horses.

I really, REALLY like the Amish . . . . . but I don't think I could vote for one for President.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mrs.Carmen Gonzalez/Pack N Box Movers and Logistics ARTIST SCAM

Before I get into MY exciting day yesterday - this is a warning for all artists and spread the word. I receive the following emails!

Hope this message finds you well. I saw these creatives works on your web site and i will like you to get back with more details if they are still available for purchase.

Sunset in Wisconsin and Jester

I will appreciate an urgent reply.

Best Regards,
Carmen Gonzalez.

I replied they were available . . .then

Hi Rod ,

Thanks so much for your response to my query about those creative works. I will like to  proceed with the purchase of both pieces ( 20x30 1.75 inch Gallery Wrap ) . Can you pls get back what inspire you to make the pieces.

I will look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,

I replied . . .then . . .

Hi Rod ,

Good to hear back from you. Yes,i will like to proceed with the
purchase of both works.  I think they are lovely works  and i hope to
give them good home.

I am presently away in Cancun for my twin sister's wedding even
though it comes at a time when i was preparing for a big move and also
expecting a baby  but it means so much to her. I should be back in few

Meanwhile,i will like you to forward your mailing address and phone
number so i can inform my husband still shutling between our home in
New Jersey and London on where to forward the payment . He has just
been transfer to head the IT section of their head Office in London.

I can also forward your contact info to the local cartage company that
will be moving all our house decors so they can get in touch with you
to arrange shipping details. They can arrange  FedEx pick up of the
artworks  from your studio.

I will look forward to hearing from you so i can know how best to
proceed. Cheers.

Best Regards,

OK - starting to sound fishy right??

Hi ,  (No Rod this time??  I feel hurt)

Hope this message finds you well. I am very sorry that i couldn't get
in touch immediately. I was hospitalized in Cancun immediately after
my twin sister's wedding. I almost had miscarriage but thank God, i am
now feeling better and can't wait to have my baby and settle down.

I am not sure if my husband has been able to forward the payment to
our address. I will check with him and get back to you later today OR
tomorrow. Anyway, i have forwarded your contact info to the Moving
agency that will be handling the shipment of all our house decors.
They promise to get in touch with you today. Try and arrange the
shipping details with them. I will like an update from you as soon as
you hear from the movers.

Try and get back as soon as you receive this email so i can be sure
weare on the same page. Thanks for your patient.

Best Regards,

Whew - I'm glad she is better  LOL  BUT WAIT - I get an email from Bill now!!

I have received  communication from Mrs.Carmen Gonzalez that we should work with you to ship some artworks with her other house decors to her new house in London , UK  when you two are through with the transaction,as she advise.
I will like you to get back with the kind and nature of the things she want to ship.I will like to have your studio address ,so i can make arrangement  with any nearby Agent  that will be coming for the pick up  once you and Mrs.Gonzalez are through with the transactions. Thanks.

I will appreciate your earlier reply .
Bill Carter.
Pack N Box Movers and Logistics  LTD
504 Ridgeway Road,
London, SW9 7EX
T: 0870 863 9866
F: 0870 863 9867

 Here is what happens.  Carmen sends a check to me for not only MY artwork but so I can pay the shipping. So there is an extra $1000 in the check that I need to pay Pack N Box Movers and Logistics who are NOT a real company.

Then once everything is sent their check bounces!  I'm out artwork and $1000.   BEWARE - SPREAD  THE WORD!!!
Meanwhile - flashing backwords!

Yesterday I'm out and about getting things done and it seems the shoes I'm wearing are particularly slick.

I get home and get some poop off the sidewalk (Blake in the winter refuses to put his peeee-near**  in the snow so sidewalk it is) and slip a little. So I went and got my big container of dog and earth friendly salt. As  I round the corner my legs fly WAY up over my head and I'm actually looking at my feet against the clouds!

I come down and spring up like a yo-yo with not my "well being" in question but . . . . did anybody see that!! Then I remember . . .did I save the salt???? Yes, I start to replay the incident and I remember making sure that big heavy container of minerals was high and dry!!! Well done. SAVE THE SALT.

I don't think anybody saw me so I start to put salt everywhere.(note from today - no harm was done and my body feels like it never happened . . . too weird).

I'll probably see it on You Tube soon and Lettermen will want to interview me.

**peeee-near There was an episode on New Girl which has the capability to be REAL funny and sometimes not. . . but anyway there were issues with the word . . .



That's my late story for today.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"As for me on the 1st of hill"

I took the famous "I have a dream" from Martin Luther King's Address and translated it into Japanese. Then I took THAT and translated it back to English.

The original

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”

And the translated version.

"As for me on the 1st of hill whose Georgia is red, it possesses the dream where the son of the owner of the son of the slave before and the slave before can sit down together in the table of same trade union."

If you are looking outside today remember - it's only 30 days until pitchers and catchers report for sprint training!!!

But yea - we are no longer in a Positive Arctic Oscillation and are in a normal winter pattern. Looking at the temperature anomaly map below you can see a lot of the cold arctic air is starting to slip south from its Alaskan resting area.  The blue area is a colder then normal air mass and as you know these sort of things seem to run north west to east.  sad.  

This is the current situation and these are for the 17th to the 24th period.

Seems the GOP is complaining about the Supreme Court and how they created Super Pacs and how corporations can now give millions and millions of dollars to candidates.  Wait a minute.  Didn't they create the Super Pacs to beat Obama??  And now they are complaining because it's not fair??

This is going to get REALLY REALLY ugly when the real election starts up.  Obama has a few Super Pacs all lined up in defense of his title.  

Steve Colbert has created his own legal Super Pac and his ad's are now running in South Carolina.  It might be funny but it's also sad.  You see you can say anything you want in a political ad.  You don't even have to be close to honest.  Political ads are protected by the 1st Amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

You can not sell a round loaf of bread and call it square, that would be illegal. But you can run ads like this with no problems on TV.  He is trying to show how stupid this whole "corporations are people" thing that the Supreme Court passed


Then there is the whole Columbus Journal, the "news"paper of Columbus.  Did you know there were more then 6 cases of vandalism at the Columbus Recall office?  Nails in the driveway (I found one in my tire)  locks being super glued, and so on.  While the Cbus police are out giving parking tickets downtown buildings are being vandalized, windows being busted at Hydro Street and not only are the police ignoring the problem the newspaper does not even report the problems.  Yet, they are in the police reports for all to see.

Columbus had one the the best Recall offices in Wisconsin, it was the talk of the effort but only one tiny mention in the newspaper.   sigh.    I like Paul but you would think when real news happens, something truly historical in our own town, even if it was politically on the left, it would be reported.


ANYWAY - back to fun things.  I guess I'll put my bike away for a little while and watch more TV.

We watched Alcatraz last night.  I really liked the show.  The premise is that in 1963 all of the inmates of Alkatraz were transferred . . . . but were they???  All of a sudden they are coming back to the here and now and a sprightly young blond, Hurley from LOST and the dude from Jurassic Park are trying to find them one at a time before they kill again.  

We also watched the movie "Bridsmaids" and I thought it was really good.  There were some parts that DJ could hardly breath from laughing and I had tears in my eyes!!



Tonight at Hydro Street is Drinking Game City Council Night.   Watched the City Council on there TV and play City Council Bingo.   They have collected hundreds of phrases and buzz words the CC like to say and made bingo cards.   It'll be a hoot.

Packers - I have to think that the reason the Packers loss was a combination of the week off and the death in the family.  Troy Aikman confirmed this yesterday when he said that he went into the Packers Locker room Saturday and it was very quiet and subdued.  Most of the Packers had never been to a funeral before.  It was a two week ordeal and a horrible death.   Kid falls through the ice on a river and it took a week to find the body under the ice and then the funeral days before the big game.   WOW!

And you wonder why the offense was off???     

Anyway - I hope you all made it safe to work today.



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

White Boy Rap and Jury Duty

White Boy Rap

Ahem, ahem
Me mother has gone to church,
She told me not to play with you
Because you're in the dirt,

It isn't because you're dirty,
It isn't because you clean,
It's because you got the whooping cough
And eat margarine


Up the long latter
And down the show rope

To hell with king Billy
And God bless the pope.

If that doesn't do it
We'll tear 'em in two
And send them to hell
With the red, white and blue.
OK - either I'm about to have a stroke or my mammoth brain is recalling things from the way way past. I'm betting on a stroke. I have no idea why I thought of those two things this morning.I'm a little scared.

I got an email a few days ago from a woman who spoke broken engrish. She loved a few of my "paintings" and wanted to purchase a couple. I sent her the price list and she ordered a couple and I tossed in the words "free shipping" because I knew that people like that and it's not THAT expensive.

She agreed and I should ship the canvas images to New Jersey and then London!! WHAT???? LONDON ENGLAND?

At least MY part is only to New Jersey.  I'm going to have to up my max payment on my CC processing and think I'm going to wait until things have cleared before I do any real sending.  How do I send FedEx anyway, is there a FedEx store??  Last tiem I shopped somethign to Denver and the UPS box ALONE cost $60!!  


I got a notice that I'm on call for 5 days of jury duty next month.  $20 large a day and 48.5 cents per mile. SWEET!!!!! I've always wanted to be on a jury.  Does anyone know where I can get one of those white wigs they wear in Europe? I think that would show how I'm taking this seriously.

I was just told that when someone was being hanged they had a black thing that would go on top of the white wig. That would be so cool. 

I was reading how to be a good juror.

1. Listen carefully.    Does this mean I can't have my iPad when in trial??
2. Keep an open mind.    I've been told my mind is so open it echoes!!
3. Control your emotions.  HEY - if I start to weep uncontrollably . . .should I raise my hand?
4. Do not discuss the case.  Well, except for my blog right? HELLO!! 
5. Do not read, view or listen to media accounts.     I actually don't understand that sentence.
6. Do not talk with anyone related to the case.    Define related, like a brother? spouse?.
7. Do not investigate on your own.   Except for asking questions during the trial of course!
8. Report problems to the court.   IF I lose the court WiFi password, THAT would be a problem.
9. Report emergencies to the court.  FIRE FIRE RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!
10. Be on time.

I am so ready to be on a jury!!!

Now I must complete my HIPPA training! 


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop, John 3:16

What if they had a Championship College Football Game  . . .an nobody cared.  Wha! it's been like two months since the NCAA season closed and the NFL Playoffs are here.  Who cares about college football.  
Remember all the way back to yesterday when I mentioned the only cold air around was in Alaska? A Facebook friend of mine lives in Alaska and she said it was -20 yesterday. Then I see on the news that Cordova Alaska is having some snow issues. Seems they have recieved 18 feet of snow this year so far . . .EIGHTEEN FEET!!!

That seems rather excessive to me.  In the last 2 weeks they have had 10 feet of snow!  BUT WEIGHT (pun intended, sorry balderdash).  Last weekend they had rain drenching storms which added a lot of weight to buildings which are now collapsing.

But, back to us, the high Thursday will be 22, man this winter sucks!

And then there is this whole Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop thing.   If I would have known that all I had to do was change my name a little to get attention I would done so long ago.  WHO KNEW!!!


Rod-ikka-Schnim-ikka-Schnam-ikka-Schnopp?  hmmmm  just does not have that ring to it, but if you wish to call me that go for it.


Then there is this Tim Tebow. sigh!   In college he would put 3.16 under his eyes from John 3.16 -  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

That would be MUCH too long to put on your face so he just put 3.16. Well, in the miracle game last Sunday he threw for 316 yards and had an average reception of 31.6 yards per completed pass.

Personally if I was a football player I would have put 14:51-52 under each eye coming from Mark 14:51-52 from the New American Standard Bible. A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.    

Thus creating the very first streaker!  That's sort of football related isn't it?

OR perhaps Ezekiel 23:19-20 from the New International Version. Yet she increased her prostitution, remembering the days of her youth when she engaged in prostitution in the land of Egypt. She lusted after their genitals as large as those of donkeys, and their seminal emission was as strong as that of stallions.

Whoa!! Wait just a minute here.  Let me know when this one is being discussed in church and I'll be there.  Have they been holding out the good parts? Seems when I went to church it was a little more boring. 

Just say'in.

Many of you have seen this photo (in retrospect no one has seen this photo but . . . I digress) but since there are multiple universes I better post it here also.  You see some friends are on Facebook, some friends are on my photo blog, some are on my business Facebook page and some are here.  I try to separate business from this place because I know I can irritate people, piss them off, make lewd and rude comments and so forth  . . sometimes.  It's a free for all.

This is a shot of sunset over Lake Monona.  It's formatted as a 12x36 vertical pano.   I was heading to the Harmony Bar and came up on Olbrich Park. Stopped for about 15 minutes and waited for just the right moment.    Then ran around like a banshee looking for the best angle for what I was envisioning.

Have a nice Tuesday!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Gov. Walker, putting the CON back in WisCONsin

We were sitting around late the other night, DJ was drifting in and out in slumber and flipping around I was a movie with Robert Downey Jr and just put it on . . whatever . . . not really paying attention until I heard something funny "Why is you father in a coffee can? Downey said and the reply was "BECAUSE HE'S DEAD PETER!".

I started laughing and this woke DJ up and we watched what was one of the funniest movies I have seen in a while. We have watched it 2 times now and it's actually funnier the 2nd time as there are jokes inside jokes.

The movie us DUE DATE. Check it out!



I hope everybody was Tebowing last night after Jesus, once again, guided the worst quarterback in the NFL to yet another miracle victory.  Was this the 5th miracle comeback of the year since he was installed as quarterback?  I mean come on, they start this guy because after looking around they could not fine ANYBODY else.

Last night game was the shortest Overtime game in NFL history.  It was also the 1st game in NFL history to not have one kickoff return.

Next week the Packers play the Giants in Green Bay Sunday.  Temps should be in the lower to mid 20s  and the Packers are 9 point favorites.

Speaking of weather.  So far this January the average high is 38.6 with the average low 20.4. Obviously a tad high for this time of year.

In December we were  8.4 degrees above the average high and 7.2 degrees above the average low.  The winter of 11-12 continues to be  . . . awesome.    4.4 inches of snow so far.  The record lowest amount of snow was 4.1 inches in 1901-02.  The second lowest was  12.7 inches in 1967-68. 

We should have 3 more days of near record weather, then cooling down for a few days Thursday and Friday then back into the 30s.   No real snow is expected. 

So where is the cold air anyway and why are we having this weather.  It's because of a Positive Arctic Oscillation a yamaka of cold air on top of the world.  It sort of slides around and this year we have been lucky.

The cold air is in Alaska at the moment, Canada is very warm so at the moment there is no REAL cold air mass headed our way.  Looking around the world for temperature variants . . .

Mexico is colder then normal and China is FREAKING cold along with Australia and the entire South American Continent  . So you know when someone is having warm weather someone else has to be getting the cold.    This is going to be really interesting how the rest of the winter goes.  Will there be payback?  A cold spring??


Hydro Street Brewery continues to do very well and I'm surprised that the food area is not as I had expected.  I was expecting your normal grill food but Sandye is putting together some real real good menu selections everyday.  Check out the Sunday Brunch Menu.

I got an email Sunday morning saying "Rod, we ran out of everything last night". Well, that is not a BAD thing but it is a learning experience. They were not expecting to serve 79 dinners and most are repeat customers. They had to get more half barrels of local brew as their beer is still a few weeks away.

GRAND OPENING for Hydro Street Brewery is Saturday February 4th with the 1st Mug Club event January 28th.


I have no idea what to say about the arrests of former Walker employees.

Embezzlement of money donated to help relatives of veterans the families of disabled or killed veterans . . wow . . .that just seems wrong to me but perhaps I'm just a tree hugging liberal. And then the "innocent" dude who was just doing his own thing and not part of the big investigation when . . .looky here what we found on his computer . . now he is charged with child enticement.

The USA Today had two big pro-Walker articles about how his getting rid of all Unions is not a bad thing but come on.  The recall is not a one issue thing.  It's many many many corrupt things.

He misled voters about his true agenda and intentions.
He gutted Wisconsin’s public education system.
He's intent on destroying decades of environmental protections.
He is is dismantling the health care system for women, seniors, children and poor working families.
He's intentionally created a chaotic environment of political rewards and punishments that subverts the democratic process.
He is systematically disenfranchising whole demographic groups, suppressing the voice and votes of seniors, poor, students, laborers.

He's part of a national, radical, reactionary group of people (Rove, Koch brothers, Heritage Foundation) intent on remaking America into a survival of the fittest, big business dominated, extreme-wealth protecting nation at all costs.

I'm not against all Republicans. I do not really care normally but talk about tearing a state in half!



Friday, January 6, 2012

Weird Week

It's been a weird week.  Monday was a holiday and we slept in for a change.  Well, if you call getting up at 5:00 to let Blake out and going back to bed "sleeping in". Dang Blake is on a schedule!

Tuesday I blogged and went to work.  While at work I got this tiny throat thing going on. You know when your throat gets a little weird, stuffed up feeling?  Got worse all day and all night and BAM - I was down for the count Wednesday - BLAH!!!  Slept a lot of the day but I felt I was getting better.

About 5:00 I get an email from my Madison boss asking if I can come in Thursday at 9:00 for a special meeting in Madison.   I also had a trip to Fort Atkinson to help my mom fix her TV and to help with her Christmas present a Nook Touch.  She was having issues!

I get to work and am all set for the meeting and look on my calendar to see what room and see . . .IT'S IN TWO WEEKS!!!  crap - Thank You Madison boss.  So I go to moms early. Fix her TV (The switch on the remote was set to AUX2 and not TV and the Nook . . .sigh . . .

Here is the thing with The Nook.  It has an incredibly slow operating system.  If you are doing one thing and want to do another, relax, it will take time.  It's like when you are on a computer and all of a sudden you are 7 clicks ahead of the operating system and you keep clicking like it will go faster but all you are doing is adding MORE stuff.

So in a Nook, you are reading a book.  You go to the menu to open another book. . . . BUT WAIT, Nook has to close one book which it seems takes time and then it has to think about opening another book and all that time you are swiping , pushing, poking  swiping more and nothing is happening and all that time Nook is remembering all those things and laughing at you because IT'S STILL CLOSING THE ORIGINAL BOOK!

Pretty soon you are pissed off and say f*ck this thing and move on to something else because Nook is broken and useless.   10 minutes later you go back and it works GREAT!!  OH - and they don't tell you that SOME places you tap and SOME places you swipe and if you swipe you need to swipe NOT the whole screen because then it won't work.

Then last night I start to get the chills . . . . . sigh . . . my nose is stuffed up a little and I can't breath and for some reason DJ keeps kicking me to roll over in bed.  I get up at 3:00 because Blake is pacing around and it seems he needs to throw-up which he does outside.  I wonder why he never throws up the SECOND time he eats his food!   I go to let him in and he's gone.  (BTW - yesterday was his 14th birthday)

1/2 hour later he has climbed up back deck deck and is wondering why no one is letting him in.   It's now 4 in the morning and I go back to bed but I can't sleep because I'm trying to be quiet so I don't get kicked.  Plus I read a complaint about the Brewery in an email from a serial complainer's 4th email to me and of course I answered him FOR THE LAST TIME.

So that is my week.  It's brew day today. I'm feeling better but the NyQuil is making me sluggish a little (but it's a nice sluggish, like a hard slap in the face with a big soft cloud pillow . . . I love you Mr. NyQuil). 


BTW - from a Republican friend  "I believe Mitt Romney is the John Kerry of the 2012 elections".    I also think that.

OH - from my email SPAM folder - I don't know why my mom is afraid of email

Photos of Black Singles in Your City! (we only have one and I don't want a picture of him)

Jamie Lynn is a bigger slut than Britney - (and I care why?)

Lucky men use it (good for them)

Meet 50 plus Singles (50 plus what? size 50?)


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What could possibly go wrong

A note on Dave Allwardt - Seems he had a complete kidney shutdown and is on dialysis.

I feel so much safer now knowing that DOJ has received 65,000 applications for conceal and carry permits! What could possibly go wrong. At least I know that when the United States Army, under Obama, decides to "take back America", Wisconsin will have a fighting chance.

In other news, I'm glad I don't have to shovel my sidewalks after a snow. The City of Columbus did nothing this weekend and we had cars that could not make it up the hill on Vista Circle because of pure ice on the roads. I figure since cars could not make it up the hill they could not give me a ticket for having a slippery sidewalk.
There are 40,000 new laws in America, I'm looking for a link so I can see what they are so I don't do anything against any of the 40,000.

I know in Utah there re no more "happy hours".

In Colorado if you are under 11 years old and suffer a head injury you MUST sit out a play (bunch of wimps in Colorado it seems)!

In Illinois motorcyclists stopped at a red light may proceed through if it fails to change to green after a reasonable length of time (I can't see that being problematic at some point).

In Tennessee it is now illegal to fire a gun into an occupied home (glad they cleared up THAT misunderstanding).

In Saudi Arabia (the 53rd State)ONLY woman are allowed to sell lingerie. This has actually been in effect since 2006 but not enforced. Woman were not allowed to work where male's and female's could congregate at the same time.

LOOK OUT!!!! The Quadrabtids (pronounced KWA-dran-tids) meteor shower will happen tomorrow morning about 1:30 with perhaps 100 per hour and one per minute at the very least! Sky's will be clear tonight so if you are up . . . . . . The thing with The Quads is that they only last 2 hours and then GONE!!!

The shower comes from the remnants of comet 2003EH1 which broke up about 500 years ago. They will hit the atmosphere at 90,000 mph and burn up about 50 miles up.

Couple things - Matt Flynn is a GREAT Quarterback when playing a team in exhibition mode and vanilla defense. Let's not put TOO much into the football game and I wonder if all of Flynn's records should have an *asterisk next to them.

Badgers went up against a quick trick play high school style offense and lost as they played their more grown-up pro style game. Yea they lost but I would rather lose in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio then win the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Or be Ohio State and lose in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. Of course the question is, would I rather WIN the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Illinois)?

Northwestern lost the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl so . . . . .

It was a fun exciting game and very entertaining. I'm glad I'm a fair weather Bucky fan. I prefer to see players once they get good, in the pros!