Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wisconsin is becoming Russia

Weather - we had 0.29 inches of rain and slush the other, although the waste water treatment plant said 0.27. I think we were in agreement.  We have a lot of sunshine heading our way but the air we breath is coming from Canada so it's a little cool.  Light winds so it will not be as bad s you thing.  this time of year sun means so much.

Saturday will  nuttin' but sun with little or no wind.  Sunday will be in the upper 40s with wind and spattering of rain.  NOT GREAT at all.  probably get into the 60s middle of next week with clouds and some rain.  Looks like we will enter a cloudy rainy patch of weather the first part of April as more moist weather from the Pacific starts to hit Wisconsin as opposed to dry Canada.


DJ and I watched a fascinating show on Netflix last night when she got home from work a EIGHT O'CLOCK.   "30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men" which was about the Miracle on Ice from a Russian point of view and it really made you feel bad for the Russian hockey team. The hockey team was not the evil empire.

More on that in a bit.

DJ was sick with flu-like symptoms Monday and Tuesday and went to work yesterday.  She left for work at 7:00AM and arrived how at 8:00 PM.  Mandatory overtime and since she missed two days she was forced to work 10+ hours yesterday and will miss part of the basketball game tonight with mandatory work, OR forced to work on Saturday and maybe miss the Badger game.  She missed one of her favorite holidays last fall Halloween because of mandatory overtime work.

Who can she complain too, management? Yea - right. Walker got rid of unions so State Government can treat their employees anyway they feel like.  Remember - unions are evil right? Thank you Governor Walker for making my wife's life miserable. Might as well live in Russia.  It's not about the people, it's about the money.

BTW - in 2010 Wisconsin was 23ish in job growth in the nation. Starting in 2011, one year after Walker became Governor Wisconsin job growth has lagged behind the rest of the nation and we are now 40th.  Well done.

Back to hockey.

In 1946 Russia decided it needed a hockey team so they got some military dude and said make us a world class hockey team BUT . . . you are not allowed to see how the game is played.  No films - only a page of rules.

So Russia designed and made strategy their one way which was way way different then how Canada played.  Russia used a team concept. While Canada, the powerhouse had the guy with the puck being the driving force, Russia said the 4 guys WITHOUT the puck were what counted. Passing was the key.  While Canada had players bashing people getting the guy with the puck to the goal Russia used passing.

Anyway - the whole show was really good.  Things like how the Russians were housed in a prison in Lake Placid with thin cold sheets and barbed wire. How everybody hated them. They said we were just hockey players, the best in the world but treated so rudely like lower class.

One comment from the older players being interviewed was about the lasting impression of that one game. One said "If a child kisses Sophia Loren he will remember it forever while Sophia will not remember it at all.  Same with us. That one game is not THAT big of a deal but everything around it was".  Or something like that

There were other reason to remember but what happened in the years after were much bigger for the Russian team.  Going for a coach that reinvented the game and love his team and players and getting fired before the Olympics to a strict hard ass coach in the Olympics.

Watch that show if you have Netflix.


Bud warehouse
      The original size of this photo is 16 feet wide.  A little large for a blog.

Oddly I hated beer until I was about 40.  A serious gag reflex for beer.  That yellow fizzy corn swill with very little flavor and very little alcohol is horrible (a baby could drink it - I do not approve of baby's drinking beer).   I have a good friend that is a manager of Budweiser in Sun Prairie and I had to leave off a beer for a competition yesterday and got a tour.

Look at all that beer.  Budweiser is HUGE in Sun Prairie - seriously. There are 20 of those rows of beer. Over 1/2 million cases.

That is three semi trucks on the left there - to give you an idea of the size of the place. You could eat off that floor it was so clean . . . if you really wanted too.

When the zombie apocalypse comes this is where I will try to get too!  Make a note. Head to Bud.



I'm a pretty heavy rock dude when it comes to car music, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and so forth (along with 3 classical stations and Mark Knopfler and Blues but . . I digress)  but one of my Pandora Stations threw in a song by Poe. I had never head of this singer but liked the song and looked her up.

Two albums, one in 1995 and one in 2000.  That's it??  I actually purchased her latest CD (the 2000 one) and love it.


Public Service message because I'm an aldermen for ALL of Columbus.  I thought that guy on the right was slicing deli meat but it was for the hardware store.  My bad.


Watch out by the intersection by the Hospital Monday - work begins!

Here is a tip I heard on TV.

You know when you brush your teeth you get those little lumps of toothpaste in the sink? Don't wipe them away. Let them dry and use them as after dinner mints!

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