Thursday, April 30, 2015

Columbus Water and . . . . . . . . ?

Big news coming out today from Tesla.  Their new batteries that, from what I have heard the Energy Industry is not excited about.

A friend of mine works at a power company and a few months ago expressed pretty big concerns about this announcement.

When you use electricity you are paying the going rate at that time.  Not all electricity costs the same throughout the day.  Juice at 3AM is MUCH less expensive then 3PM.

Tesla makes electric cars BUT, the battery is the big thing and they have "perfected" (not really but its a good word) the battery in several ways.

1. you can buy a battery for your house for a few thousand dollars and cut the cord for 2 or 3 years, never buying electricity from a energy company.

2. If you have solar power that battery will charge and when the sun is not out you can use THAT power instead of power company power.

3. You can charge the battery with cheap 3AM juice and use it when the juice is more expensive.

And this is just home batteries, they have bigger industry batteries also.

See why power companies are a little worried? When there is a lot of solar being used power companies have a hard time keeping the grid balanced.  With solar panels getting cheaper by the day and now with powerful batteries capable of storing unused power the possibility of more and more people living off the grip is expanding.  Regulated monopolies will be in competition with their own customers.  This announcement is a big deal energy-wise and might change the way we get power in the near future.

What an amazing time we live in.  Oil everywhere and now this!  I would LOVE to be around in 50 years.  I don't care what the doomsayers are whining about,  The future looks great.  I remember back in the 70s when people said we would never make it to 2000.

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I realized last night I'm reading 3 books about 3 different wars.

One book about the Culper spy ring in the Revolutionary War, one about a civil war battle about the Battle for the Crater, an amazing true story about digging a tunnel under a fortress in the final months (The Germans used this same idea in WWII with the same FUBR results, they did not learn the lessons  . . or get the the end of the book I guess** LOL) and the last, Killing Patton about the strange death of George Patton.

Patton could have become like Benedict Arnold!   Arnold was brilliant and was totally screwed over by the American Military which was why he changed sides.  Pretty much like Patton but he was killed by a freak "accident".

I mention all this because I see today was the day Adolph Hitler commented suicide by ingesting cyanide AND then shooting himself in the head (just in case one didn't work I guess).  I feel sorry for his dog who had no choice.  

** GREAT idea that would have worked but the Generals in charge blew it at the last minute. Instead of using a black regiment who had been practicing the charge into the crater for a month and were totally prepared, they decided that a untested white regiment would do better.  It was a horrific, gruesome disaster. 3,798 Union casualties. General Burnside never again commended troops.

The Germans did the same exact thing!  Weird.
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WOW - Is America is nearing full employment?  Weekly jobless claims plunged this morning, MUCH more then expected and we are at a 15 year low.  Wages are also rising which means the amount of jobs are tightening up. Private wages jumped 2.8% this past year.

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News article that says "In 10 years I doubt anyone under 50 will be watching linear TV".   Well, I
guess I better look for a new dial.

I watched the series finale' of "Justified" and THAT is why TV was invented.  I can't think of a better finale than that one and Justified was just a fantastic show.  A little violent but a great great story from Harlan County Kentucky, moon shining, drugs and a modern cowboy cop.  6 seasons and a very satisfying ending.

Almost like a Coen Brothers movie with rich characters. Highly entertaining.  So many cameo appearances by other first rate actors. Great show.  On Netflix.  Check it out!

Cheers.






Wednesday, April 29, 2015

American Pickers

A scout for American Pickers will visit Columbus in the coming weeks to visit an establishment (not the Antique Mall or any antique store).  Just sayin'. It's not like these guys ACTUALLY "find" things out of the blue, they have a clue.  Sort of like House Hunters does not really decide on 3 house.   

I'm a fan of non-scripted shows but they are not "reality" except Big Brothers (The greatest "game theory" show in the world) Survivor and Amazing Race.  

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From the - The Maryland Crime Investigating Commission Report April 11, 1968

 [S]ocial and economic conditions in the looted areas constituted a clear pattern of severe disadvantage for Negroes compared with whites... Our investigation arrives at the clear conclusion that the riot in Baltimore must be attributed to two elements -- 'white racism' and economic oppression of the Negro. It is impossible to give specific weights to each, but together they gave clear cause for many of the ghetto residents to riot.

hmmmmmm - seems like history is repeating itself. 

DJ and I watched a show on PBS last night called "The Day the 60's Ended".  We were multi tasking when it started but within 10 minutes we were glued to the hour long show.  

It was based around the Kent State shootings in 1970 and had interviews from both sides, the Natl Guard and the students and there were many "I didn't know that" moments.  What surprised us was how 58% of Americans were siding with the Nat'l Guard.  In fact many many people were saying "They should have shot them all".    HOLY CRAP ARE YOU SERIOUS? 

Yea - Kent State was very very violent leading up to the shootings with buildings being burned down and so forth which I did not know.  Firefighters having their hoses cut so fires could not be put out. WHO KNEW.   

While the show centers around Kent State it also had the lead up to the protest march's with a few scenes of Madison (I was looking for myself but did not see me) and what the troops were thinking in Cambodia.  

Nixon - what a freaking nut job! But, he used the protests to his advantage and won. 

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Speaking of politics.  Bernie Sanders will announce he is running for President against Hillary.  THAT is a guy I can back! 

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I was sending photos of the popcorn cart event down to Glenview and the Wagner Farm last night and had fun with this one. 
    Weird thing is I never took a full frontal shot.  I kept waiting for people to drift away and then I seemed to have drifted away. 

A TON of economic news coming out today and the 1st bit of news is horrible. The economy sucked so far in 2015.  Disappointing everybody.  HOWEVER - this will put a lot of pressure on the Fed to not do anything like increasing interest rates. 

A decline in business spending is basically the decline in energy companies not spending money because of the gas prices. The low gas price is having a trickle down effect in the economy. You would think that low gas prices mean people have more money.  Nope - low gas means people are just driving more, not spending it of toys and so forth, just on more gas.

Other BIG news is coming this afternoon when the fed make their statement.

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OH - if you have a wrist tattoo, don't buy a Apple Watch.  Seems wrist tattoos and Apple do not play well together. Something about infrared sensors on the back of the watch is blocked by the tats!

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A whole lotta people are talking about how freakishly clear Lake Michigan is at the moment! The Coast Guard is spotting hundreds of sunken ships never seen before.  There are over 6000 ships lost and 1500 have been found but this week they are seeing many many never seen before.

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The NFL will no longer be a non-profit entity and will no longer get government tax breaks!  WTF???    

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Terrorizing Children - OOPS

This is what old people do when you get bored. 

You wait like a puppy for the letter carrier to bring your mail because you never know what you will  get but 97% of the time you are disappointed.

And you create things like this.


sigh! 

Job Opening here in Columbus: Looking for part time energetic individuals for cleaning, organizing, lifting, moving boxes, misc. some yard work (planting) if interested. Pay rate $12-$15.00 per hour. Needed Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Any or all of those days work. Can work with your schedule. Anyone interested please call Kathy 608-510-9585 or email zeppelin181914@aol.com

ALMOST reminds me of those ads looking for self starting energetic people that love working in a fast paced active environment. Which to ME sounds like a really stressful hideous job.

Actually the above is for the Governor Lewis Mansion as they get everything in place. They are working on electricity for the yard and getting their website going. It's going to be an awesome venue for wedding receptions bringing many many people downtown on weekends.

Speaking of beer.

We had our homebrew club meeting last Thursday and lessons were learned. The first one took place before the meeting and involved me terrorizing a 2 year old.

We meet at the Nitty Gritty, home of the terrible burger and birthday parties. I was in the rest room when a father and two kids came in and they were all pumped up. As I was washing my hands I said "I bet someone is having a birthday". And the father of a little child said "yes he (insert name) is 2 years old today" at which point I say, maybe a little too loud "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"  And at that point the little kid looks at me like the home alone kid and almost starts to cry! STRANGER DANGER!!

Then we were having a teaching class that night with hops. We had 12 different hops and MY job was to create a hop tea for each one.

We had 3 french presses and the Gritty would fill each one with super-hot water and I would put an ounce of hops into the press. It seemed like a good idea when we thought of it. WELL - hops are NOT like coffee it seems.

Hop pellets create this cement-like substance in a french press and when you go to "press" nothing really happens as water cannot permeate the hops. So I try 1/2 ounce with the same results.

I manage to moosh things around for 11 presses but with the last one something happened and scalding hot green water squirts up my arm burning the crap out of me.  MEANWHILE I have been pouring my used french presses into a sink which has now become clogged.  Sorry Gritty.

I walk into the room with the next hop tea and the President (not Obama) ask's me how it's going and I say fine except I need a mop, a plunger and a first aid kit!

Luckily our club is fully insured for a million bucks but I can see me talking to the insurance company "How did you burn yourself?" "Well I was making hop tea in a french press at a birthday bar". hmmmmmmm

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How 'bout those Bucks.  They won 15 games last year and now they are causing stress in Chicago by winning the last 2 playoff games.  4 of the starting 5 players average 22 years old.

How bout those Brewers - nuff said.  Actually they WILL get better.  Seriously. The core players are all playing way way way below their career averages and all at the same time.

Ryan Braun has a .276 slugging PCT
Lucroy, Gomez and Gennett are all injured. 

At the start of the year the smart people said, if the Brewers can stay very very healthy they can compete.  Well, THAT didn't happen.

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The answer to yesterdays trivia quiestion.

Bouquet Shop was across from the Capri in the building that the Horse Council is in along with the building to the left of it and I believe the one to the right of it as well. That (insert derogatory remark) looking shake shingle roof across three buildings on that side of the street was the Bouquet Shop.

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! (are there any chickens left?)

BTW - egg prices are going up!

Last year 44,828 cars were stolen in the U.S because people left their keys in the car. Hiding the keys above the visor does not seem to work as many seem to think. The thieves are just to smart for that trick.  Better to hide them under a strange looking out of place rock next to your door.

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Had our house assessed as we are getting refinanced at 3.75%. It’s all of a sudden worth $45,000 more then the assessed value Columbus city assessors put on the house.

At the time I was happy with a super low assessment. Lower property taxes I figured which is always good . . . . . unless you are selling OR refinancing I guess. And actually the new assessment is low as I forgot to tell them we added the round-ish patio after the house was built.

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LOL  HA - you should see all the garbage blogger puts on a page behind the scenes when you type (insert derogatory remark) with "<" ">" instead of "(" ")". 

 Gotta go. 

See ya

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Bouquet Shop, Columbus?

From the Facebook page Columbus Connects!

Hi, my name is Jeff Behnke and I live in Oshkosh.

I purchased an old house in this city about 2 years ago and while looking around in my unfinished attic I found a bunch of flattened boxes that were addressed to "The Bouquet Shop" in Columbus, WI.

They are boxes that contained fresh flowers and were delivered by railroad from Rojahn and Malaney Co. and Gust. Rusch & Co. in Milwaukee in June of 1931. At least one of the boxes has the name "H.C. Beck" on it.

I did some digging on ancestry.com and H.C. Beck was the flower shop's owner. His name was Herbert C. Beck and he lived in the 700 block of School Street in Columbus with his wife, Ruby, and daughter Lorraine in 1930. I haven't figured out where The Bouquet Shop in Columbus was located nor do I know how these boxes ended up in my attic but I put them all in a pile and will probably keep them in there.

I figured someone from Columbus might be interested in this information. Greetings from Oshkosh!


ANYONE ANYONE?

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Weather - If you noticed yesterday when aircraft flew overhead there were no con trails (or as some people say "no illegal government seeding trying to control our weather").

No con trails means there is warm air aloft which is always a good thing in spring.  Last weeks surprises are a thing of the past.  Even Saturday was a surprise as that LOW moved farther south then expected and it was actually an . . . . OK day.

This week?  AWESOME.  The talking heads on TV don't want to say it but we COULD be touching 80 by Sunday depending on when some thunderstormy weather fly's by.  Middle 60s and sunny until Friday and then ZOOM. Weekend looks SWEET!!    

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DISCOUNTS - being a cranky old man now, HEY YOU KIDS, GET OFF MY LAWN, I have to remember to ask for senior discounts which I feel is ridiculous BUT, once you hit 55 you are now labeled elderly.

Check out this list of money saving opportunities.

Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +) (dollar menu becomes a 90 cent menu)
Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili's: 10% off ( 55+)
Culver's: 10% off
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

I have not heard of most of these stores! 

Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)  WHAT? Kohl's has a sale? 
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)

Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)

Amtrak: 15% off (62+)

Greyhound: 15% off (62+)

Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members

Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: Up to 20% off, depending on location
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Marcus Theater 10%
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)

BASICALLY - just ask for the senior discount on EVERYTHING! You have to ask.  We were at Manards yesterday, I asked for a senior discount.  NOPE!  BUT - it did not hurt.

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Nepal.  I'm seeing a lot of Facebook posts asking people to pray for Nepal.  Well . . . . . praying will not ACTUALLY help this nation. It will make YOU feel good I suppose but it will do nothing for Nepal.  They need $$ more then prayers.

Here are some good agencies if you would like to donate ANYTHING

UNICEF says it is preparing two cargo flights with a combined 120 tons of humanitarian supplies including medical and hospital supplies, tents and blankets, for urgent airlift to Kathmandu.

The U.N. World Food Program says logistics and emergency response teams have arrived in Kathmandu.

The International Committee for the Red Cross says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society and has a team working on emergency response.

Mercy Corps warns that prices for essential supplies in Nepal are rising quickly. The group says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society to help distribute essential household supplies, shelter kits and tarpaulins. Mercy Corps has 90 staffers on the ground in Nepal, some of whom have lost their homes in the quake.

This time of year there are 1500 climbers at base camp and 800 climbing Mount Everest (now THAT is ridiculous) and many are now trapped from landslides and avalanches.  Not sure how that will end as they cannot make it down the mountain with equipment gone..  People are trying to rescue the rescuers.

Many TWEETS coming from the mountain

Another big one. Really big. Rockfall off surrounding peaks in North Side base camp. Worst possible news for south.


things quiet now but large areas of base camp look like after a nuclear blast. great desolation. high uncertainty among people.

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California Drought - hearing a lot of chatter about not eating Almonds because one serving uses 23 gallons of water. Well, Greek Yogurt which my wife just turned me onto uses 90 gallons of water for each serving.

An 8 ounce steak uses 850 gallons of water.  A glass of milk, 30 gallons, one slice of cheese, 25 gallons.  I'm happy I live in Columbus with plenty of water (although our wells are aging and not getting younger).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

FAIL

A number of FAILS to report today.

The first FAIL was the installation of a new water bubbler where I work.  There was a bubbler there but it was a few feet higher.  this one seems a little low.

water bubbler FAIL

The 2nd FAIL is the weather reports. Looks like a spring surprise has happened.  Saturday will totally suck.  The war between winter and summer is on and winter took this round.

This is what I wanted to post yesterday (another fail) and shows that big blog of crappy cold that broke off and landed on Wisconsin.


And this is what it will look like later today as it starts to swing away.


There are no blobs in the 10 day forecast.

FAIL #3 are the Milwaukee Brewers!   WOW - if you combine last year and this year the Brewers have won 13 of their last 51 games. 13-38.  But the BAD part is that the future looks even worse.

They have no prospects in the farm system to look forward too and they certainly can't trade bad players for better bad players.

I'm never a fan of firing a manager but I have become less and less of a fan of even tempered Ron Roenicke.  I mean the next manager will still have the same players right?  Maybe fire Doug Melvin but Milwaukee is a small market team and this is what happens to small market teams.  Up and down.

Lose for a few years and restock the farm system, get good enough so you can contend, trade away prospects to fill in weakness for a few years to go all in to have ANY chance and then pay the price later.  Well, we are now paying the price.

FAIL #4.  Seems our Governor really stepped in a bunch of doo-doo in an interview with Glenn Beck.

He said he wants to limit legal immigration.  This position will really hurt him among Republicans and it's NOT what the Koch Brothers and the Chamber of Commerce who are funding him want to hear. Immediately after that comment the GOP was all over his butt condemning it. In one sentence he has alienated elected officials and donors.

But wait you say.  I thought the GOP was against immigration.  WELL, yes and no. it all depends on how you word the surveys it seems.  

That is the problem with ALL surveys (even the one our city had). It's all about the wording.

The gallop poll said 50% of the GOP wants to decrease immigration but did not say legal or illegal. The Pew research had the same question but instead of a YES or NO they gave choices and it seems 53% of people who say that are Republicans want to increase or stay the same, legal immigration.    
So you see Walker is against what the GOP wants when he says limit legal immigration.  Of course he can back track but he is already being labeled as a flip-flopper when the Koch Brothers tell he what he is suppose to say.        

If he comes to your house tell him to take off his shoes as he will track crap all over it.

FAIL #4 - my stomach.  At Anytime Fitness Tuesday I did 110 leg lifts.  After working out 6 times in 9 days I was feeling pretty darn good and did a little too much.  OUCH.  I need a cane just to stand up. I feel like I had a hernia operation.

FAIL#5 - I'm still waiting for the predicted crash in gas prices that was promised when our rivers would flow with too much oil.  hmmmmm

NON-FAIL #1 - My mom.  Her operation went great.  She had throat/swallowing problems and it seems some sphincter muscles in her throat were not operating correctly.  Being 87 years old yesterday she was pretty sure she was going to die on the operating table because a friend had an operation like this 60 years ago and it went poorly.

WELL - I guess they inserted something in her throat to open it up more and then Botoxed some muscles which will hold for 6 months and her muscles will be strong again.  She felt GREAT yesterday and was very happy (could be the drugs also).
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Extra non-news.  DJ found a lot of stuff on my grandfather including all his school records. He was a
My grandfather
full blooded Menominee Indian and was adopted.  Was a radio operator in WWI and was a Mason in the Billings Lodge (along with my father).  The funny thing is that he seemed to run away from school a lot as a kid.   I really don't know that much about my family. Never really met any of my relatives at all.

Something people forget when they talk to seniors is that they were not always seniors. At one time they were young trouble makers doing their own thing.
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American Pickers has contacted a few people in the area and one in Columbus.  Maybe we will be on TV. Bring out your trash.

OH - speaking of trash - Council is debating on whether we will have all citizens have trash bins for auto pick-up. Free of charge for everybody.  95 gallon bins which seems silly to me since we have 2 bags of garbage a week.  We don't even fill up a 50 gallon bin! LOL  But, free is always good so . . . .
OH - a big thank you to the police officer that stopped in front of me the other garbage day.  There were trash bins blocking the road and he not only stopped to remove the bins but also picked up all the loose garbage flying around (I helped a little).  Well done officer.

2017 JAMES STREET (HWY 16/60) RECONSTRUCTIONBUSINESS COORDINATION MEETING
Please join officials from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the City of Columbus for a meeting to discuss the planning and coordination needs of area businesses for the 2017 reconstruction of James Street, Columbus
WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 9 a.m.
  WHERE: Columbus Community Building, 161 N. Dickason Boulevard
*NOTE: this is the first of several meetings planned between the DOT and City businesses along the James Street corridor on this matter.    


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wagner Farm and the Popcorn Cart #2

I'M FREEZING - I'm sitting in my room and my hands are frozen!!   This sucks. The slow slow warm-up begins tomorrow.  Nothing to get excited about except it's not THIS. 
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There were 10 of us that drove to Glenview ILL yesterday to visit the Historic Wagner Farm which is a 19 acre 1920s-30s farm in the middle of the Metro Chicago conglomerate.  A working farm where kids from the city can come and see what a cow looks like and actually milk one and see all the things farms do.  Quit extensive actually and a very very cool place. 

We were down there because they had purchased a popcorn cart which happens to be the same one that was in Columbus and critically injured the 15 year old who's name I don't remember because I left my press guide in the truck (booo!).  And I find out that child was a classmate of Alice Schmidt.  

The people in Glenview purchased the old unknown cart and started to refurbish it and when doing extensive research found the Columbus connection.  What we attended was the coming out party of a 1.5 year process involving $40,000 and they were pretty darn proud of their popcorn cart.  About 70 people attended the celebration and our delegation was very welcomed. 

In fact there is yet more excitement in the works as there is a good chance the ILL popcorn cart people will bring the sister up to Columbus for the 4th of July Celebration to sell popcorn and we will transfer the plates on our cart to the REAL owner of those plates.    TOGETHER AGAIN! 

iPhone 180 degree pano of the event. 

 

You will say why all the excitement over a popcorn cart?  Well ,there are only 10 left in the country and they were a pretty big deal at the time. They are a part of Columbus history.  George Hasey purchased his first cart, a Dunbar Wagon in 1928 for $1650 which in today's money is about $22,000.

I'm not going to go into the whole history and save that for Alice who is writing an article for a magazine and maybe the newspaper. 

Here is Alice being interviewed by a reporter from the Chicago Tribune. 

I'm still going through all the photos I took. Not a lot of breathing taking snapshots actually!  Just photos of the event. 




All in all a fine event and people really enjoyed the camaraderie of working together for one goal, keeping history alive.    

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I won't bring you down about speaking of the Brewers! 

Gotta run. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Road trip

My two favorite sayings (this week)

Politics is the art of compromise. 

A fart is a scream from trapped poop. 

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Heading down to the Flat Lands with members and former members of HLPC to represent Columbus for some popcorn cart function.  I don't know the entire story but the second popcorn cart, the brother the cart we have in Columbus has been found and restored in Illinois and I believe 7 of us are making the pilgrimage for the function.

Was that vague enough?  Basically I'm the guy with the camera. 

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Heard a rumor that Columbus is making a round-a-bout at the Travel Center.  Not true.  While I love round-a-bouts as they are so much easier to navigate then stop signs, much safer and far more prettier, there will be stop lights. Next year.  

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Bike Night happens in two weeks and Dickason will be closed off from 5:00PM to 10:00PM. The goal for event #1 is about 150 motorcycles. Being the 1st event it's a conservative number. Depends on the weather.  

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WEATHER - as of 7:00AM Columbus received officially 0.75 inches of rain. Shouldn't get a whole lot more. Maybe a sprinkle tomorrow and then we start a long slow warming gaining 2 or 3 degrees a day for a week. Sunny Thursday through Sunday with light winds. 

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Columbus is an awesome town.  Being an aldermen all you hear about are complaints and problems and you really need to separate politics from real life as much as possible or else you will be constantly annoyed and be slowly driven crazy.  

We took a long walk around town Friday night. Smelling the smells of people doing laundry and cookouts.  Hearing the train in the distance and a dog barking. Children playing and stopping at the mini library's that have popped up. Wonderful wonderful town. 

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Couple new stores opening up downtown.  One is a AAA but not sure what kind of AAA.  The other is still in the works and will appeal to young people of all ages. The only store of it's kind in a 50 mile radius and personally I'm excited if the sale goes through. Should bring people from other towns to Columbus instead of Madison.  Holy Cow Batman! 

What we could use is more manufacturing as we have a rail hub and a few highways.  I'm going to attend a forum in Madison called   "How We Grow Matters"  put on by the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission.
"learn about how other regions have developed and implemented growth strategies that achieve measurable results on the ground. Given that Madison metro region continues to grow by almost 7,000 people a year, learning and applying such lessons is especially important."
I love stuff like this.  Columbus is the outer ring of the Madison onion. As Madison grows Sun Prairie grows and as Sun Prairie grows so will Columbus. No one wants the growth like Sun Prairie has and that won't happen but slow and steady is always good.  As long as Columbus is prepared to grow then growth is not a bad thing.

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NOTE - Bowling Alley has been sold, it's a start.

Although I like this saying also


     

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

71 Million

100 years ago I took courses in Hotel and Restaurant Management and one of the things they drilled into us was to never ever underestimate or underpay a good chef.  Even if you are losing money you will lose more money with a replacement chef.

I bring this up because I golf at Door Creek and 2 years ago their very good cook wanted a raise from his low pay.  Management felt that instead of giving him a raise, get a new person who really did not have a background in cooking to save money, heck, it's just making hamburgers and so forth (this is what they believe) and this new person seemed OK, although no REAL schooling in cooking.

Year one the food was horrible and last year they hired another cheap cook and now people are quitting leagues. So while they are saving money paying a non-schooled cook they are losing customers.

ANYWAY - we have 3 openings in our Wednesday night Door Creek golf league.  It's a laid back league (except for the food part I guess). Golf with whoever you want.  It's a "fun" league but still real golf (ball golf).

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The Mayor of Fitchburg was bragging that his town has $100 million in construction the past few years.  Well . . . Columbus, MUCH smaller town has $71 million in construction.  And people say Columbus is stagnant?

NOTE - as of this morning the one side of the 151/73 bridge by the hospital has a hole in it where your car will fall onto 151.  I suggest stay away from that side.  

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WELL - of course right after I type all this below it seems there is movement in getting things done

Disc Golf.  There seems to be this opinion that the Columbus Disc Golf is like a swing set and once you put up the baskets you can ignore them.  There are no go-to people for this course.  Disc golf is not something you can just ignore like a play ground, it's a "thing" that draws people to Columbus.

For instance.  I was in Beaver Dam yesterday to golf at Crystal Lake.  As I got out of my car a guy was lacing his shoes and asked if I wanted a partner.  I said sure.  I find out he is from Milwaukee and wanted to try out the course after a near bye interview for a job.  On the 2nd hole another guy catches up and he is from Hustisford and was doing the same thing, checking out the course. People have check lists on all the courses they play.  There is a app for your phone where you enter your location and destination and it will tell you all the courses with 20 miles of your drive.  People travel from far distances to play disc golf.  I've had 5 emails from players in Southern Wisconsin asking when ours will be ready (DCCourse Review forum people). 

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Our disc golf course is not even up yet with missing signage and I won't register it until it's even near complete.  Baskets are up but there are tee's missing.  I'm hoping the city can see that there needs to be a go-to organization for Columbus Disc Golf.  There have been volunteers.

Again - this is marketing Columbus. I wish the city would invest in some pads for the tees.
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There is a disc golf course in Antarctica

Description: Varied terrain includes ice, snow, drifts, heavy equipment and high winds. From #5, hook a left and throw further up into yard (opposite road to Scott Base). #9 is near entrance to greenhouse.      

Local Directions: From Christchurch New Zealand, hop on a military flight down to "The Ice" - McMurdo Station Antarctica.​

There are 17 courses within 25 miles of 53925 Zip code - we need to get on the map.
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OMG - I have worked out the last two days at Anytime Fitness and yesterday disc golfed AFTER working out.  Never do that!  My arm was like noodle.  My 4 weeks Diet Bet starts today (I got a head start after submitting my photos and weight Monday).  I need to lose 7 pounds in 4 weeks but my goal is 10 pounds since the first 3 pounds is water weight (eat popcorn and weigh yourself the next day).

Instead of  a big breakfast thinking I would skip lunch and then having a nice lunch anyway because I would have a small dinner then then having a big dinner because it tastes so good . . . I had oatmeal (yummy ;-(  and then a bunch of carrots for lunch and get this, chicken and a SALAD for dinner.  I'm turning into health freak.  What is next, GREEK YOGURT?  Nooooooooooo!  

My body aches in a painful yet good feeling and get this, I did pushups before bed time just because I felt stronger.  What the hell?     
   
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OH - funny weird story.  My shoes were still wet from slogging around Firemans Park golfing so yesterday morning I put them with some jeans and a towel in the dryer. Clunkity Clunkity Clunk and the cats were freaking out.

I was in the basement and they had their ears back and a really worried look on their faces.  Every so ofter there was a screech and then Clunkity Clunkity Clunk some more.

Then BAM, and all was quiet.

That was strange even for me.  I go upstairs to the laundry room and the door to the dryer is open and one shoe is in the middle of the floor.   ????????   I guess he had had enough!  Not a clue how that happened.

One more kitty story.  Both cats are fascinated with my printer next to the computer.  Every time I print something they will jump up and stare at the printer as it chugs and makes noise and THEN, when the paper comes out they get all big eyed and look around like "DOES ANYBODY ELSE SEE THIS?"   it's too funny!      

Have a great day!

RM 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Diet Bet and, New York Yankees announcers

Every loaf of bread is a tragic story - 
                                 of grains that could have become beer . . . but didn't.

NOTE - still looking for a beer recipe for a saffron beer.

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Weather - 0.09 inches of rain this morning.  Today will turn out to be really nice and sunny later.  A little breezy and tomorrow will be GREAT.  This entire week will be a wonderful.

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I've been waiting for Anytime Fitness to open for like a year and they finally opened behind McDonald's in Columbus.  We took a tour to get our key Friday night and everybody was commenting that the place is MUCH larger then they thought.   

It's not Prairie Fitness but for Columbus!  Pretty nice. 


All the machines have TV and the bikes have a game thing going on where you can race against other bikes going up and down hills and so forth.  But the biggest reason I'm excited is that I can finally enter an online Diet Bet game where I can win $$ losing weight.

If there is a legal scheme to make some money - I'll figure out a way to do it. 

From 1st grade when I made and sold Creepy Crawlers for a nickle (included a map where the bug came from) to selling cinnamon laced tooth picks in junior high (got in trouble for that one because tooth picks were frowned upon - hey - I got caught up in the moment - cinnamon is NOT a gateway drug) to DJ taking me to my first casino ("we are not leaving until this bucket it full"   I filled up two buckets, my strategy was watch for people getting angry at their slot machine. When they got pissed off and left, I would play it. LOL  I kept winning, figured it was do). 

I decided I needed to know everything about casinos which led me to learn to count cards playing Black Jack.  Which led me to playing online Blackjack during the golden age of online casinos.    

How can you make money playing online blackjack?  Easy ( it really was). Online casinos were popping up everywhere with deals. Give us $100, we will double it for a free $100, all you have to do is play 4000 hands of Blackjack. 

Figure perfect blackjack you would lose about $40 over the long run.  Cash out at hand 4000 and get $160 back from your $100 investment.  Make a $60 profit.  Never worked out like that though.  In fact out of the 38 casinos 28 times I WON money AND cashed out. 9 times I lost about $40 and once I felt I was getting cheated and with my last $10 played video poker and got a royal flush LOL  TAKE THAT CROOKED CASINO.

ANYWAY - that led to learning Texas holdem (I have 25 books on holdem) which led to Island vacations (Adventures on St. John)  and started my first blog and writing a monthly articles for Full Tilt Magazine.   

BUT - I DIGRESS

Diet Bet. 

Diet Bet  - basically you BET you can lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks.  Everybody in the game anti's up and create a pot of money, win and you get a cut of that money, lose and you get nothing.  You profit from the losers.  IF EVERYBODY wins you get your $$ back.  

So since I'm going to start working out . . . . .let's make some money.  BUT - how can I get the best bang for buck. There must be a BEST way to do it.  

Yes there is!   

Since you can bet $10 up to $100 what area has the biggest payout on average.  Seem $20 does. $20 is not enough for people to be concerned if they lose, $100 people are motivated to NOT lose.  The BEST is $20 games.  But none were around so I got into a $25 game.

Also - get in contests with MANY people. The one I'm in is 262 players. 

And last - get in a contest headed by a celebrity.  

I'm in Ali Vincent's CHOOSE & LOSE for YOU!  I GUESS Ali Vincent was a winner in The Biggest Loser.  SO, we have a bunch of larger people that watch the show trying to lose weight for $25.

BAM!!  BOO YAH!

There is another won called FitBit Fanatics! THAT I would not want to get into.

So I will have my official weigh-in this morning (after a big breakfast) and in 4 weeks hope to be 7-8 pounds lighter.  I fact a strategy is to get into more then one contest (you can be in 3 at a time).  But don't do 2 in a row.  After 1 month your body needs to calm down for a month as losing is MUCH harder that 2nd month.  

 Join me - it'll be fun. Officially starts Wednesday. It's the best game I could find for winning $$ losing weight!

There is one called Fire Wife Sisterhood  $25 with 38 players.  Might be good!

DietBet.com    92% are winners.  For $25 the average win is $14.  Not a LOT but losing weight is the big thing anyway.

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Friday night I saw the Yankees and Red Sox go into extra innings so I turned on my MLB.com radio thing and started listening to the Yankees and what I heard shocked me.

They have a woman in the booth as an announcer.  And she was awesome cool!!

My problem with female sports announcers is that the ones I have heard seem to want to really show off their knowledge a little too much.  It's sad that they believe they need to do that.  This one for the Yankees though was one of the guys and instead of showing off knowledge you could tell she just loved the game and knew a lot about it.  Not just numbers but little interesting things. How relievers when they have a good year are overworked so much the next year they are bad (on average) and so forth.

SO refreshing that I listened from the 10th inning all the way to the 19th inning which included a bank of lights going out. She was actually one of the better announcers I have heard this year. I might become a Yankee fan (no no no that will never happen).    

Here was something interesting though.  One announcer is up in the broadcast booth and she was down on the field in a camera booth next to the dugout. So she could get all the on field chatter and news.  Could hear conversations with umpires and so forth.  outstanding!

One last thing about baseball.  Yesterday every major league game (all 15) went OVER in run totals for people who care about such things.  That was pretty amazing.

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My buddy and I did a little terraforming this weekend. Wanted to get that sod up before that area turned in to rock hard clay.  The sedium on the left WAS next to the rock on the right and we added one more plant.  Less mowing!!!   Dug up, removed teh sod, filled in with dirt we have been making for the last 7 years (awesome stuff), then added two inches of top soil and mulch.


Have a great Monday! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rain

I did not know that the original meaning of "balderdash" was something that is "a frothy liquid".

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DJ is reading a book that talks about the orphan trains in America.  Seems between 1859 and 1929 America would filled trains with orphans (about 250,000) and just ship them to the midwest for anybody to have.  Once arriving into the "midwest" they were just pushed off the train and displayed on a stage for inspection. Many became indentured servants.

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Weather - See that blip just above "Precip"?  That was the downpour about 6:30 last night.  If you thought that was a heavy one check out yesterday morning deluge.  The green line is how heavy the rain was for that time period. That was about 1/2 inch per hour which is pretty heavy.

The rate yesterday morning was 3.87 inches per hour.

 
Total rain yesterday 12 to 12 was 3.06 inches.  My auto gauge under reports a little compared to my physical rain gauge.

Total rain

Monday 0.12 inches
Tuesday 0.78
Wednesday 0.47
Thursday 3.06

Total 4.43 inches 

I'm glad to see Columbus waste water basically agrees.  Columbus recieved more rain then most communities in the area.

We have about a 50% chance for a little shower later this afternoon and clear sailing tomorrow with no clouds and a high of 63. Should be in the upper 60s all next week. Couple little systems flying by Sun/Mon and Thu/Fri

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Seven players from Kentucky will be in the NBA draft this next season.

AT&T has to pay a 25 million dollar fine as employees sold 279,000 customers private information to other companies on 3 occasions.  oops!!


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The Columbus water tower will be painted this summer starting early July. White and a royal blue under belly and the logo something like on the right.  Should take a month. At the same time me and a buddy of mine will fill the cracks in all the rocks with about 3 cubic yards of soil and plant a drought tolerant, anti weed, very pretty, sedum  (Dragons Blood?) in every crack which will look a lot better then garbage and weeds in the cracks now.

The sedum is coming from all of my rocks around my house that we have been propagating for the last 7 years and have a lot of experience with.  Confidence is high.

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Have a great weekend

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Day of Worms and Bells Across the Land

Yesterday was the day or worms.  In our area each year there is one spring storm that routs the worms out of the soil and they cover my driveway and roads on Vista.  Didn't happen last year though as there was no "warm" rain in spring.  GOT IT THIS WEEK.

Last night we accumulated 1.93 inches of rain from the two larger storms.  The first one hit at 2:47AM with 3/8 inch hail and a rain rate of 3.87 inches per hour.  The second storm hit at 3:48AM with smaller hail and a peak rate of 2.04 inches per hour.

Not a lot of wind with either but the interesting thing was there was a constant wind of 15mph up to the #1 storm but during the down-burst there was a complete lack of wind. Another interesting thing was after the first storm hit the temperature started rising and after the second storm the temp started falling.

Watch the weather this afternoon. Severe weather that all depends on how warm we get as a warm front approaches. That warm air is very unstable. The high is forecast to be 57ish and if we get warmer we could have some excitement.

Tomorrow will be cooler and cloudy as the LOW pressure leaves the area but Saturday looks great with warmer weather until NEXT weekend.

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If I had a car I would be visiting every church today to talk them into ringing their bells at 3:15.

Bells Across the Land happens today in many many cities.  Just after 3:00PM the first bells will ring at in Appomattox for four minutes being rung by decedents of slaves . One minute for each of the four years of  the American Civil War, Americas deadliest war.

At 3:15 bells in all of Chicago's Firehouse will start ringing. All bells in Minnesota will ring and at the moment 36 States will take part in ringing of bells. I have heard nothing about Wisconsin which is a shame as Wisconsin had one of the most important roles in the Civil War with the Black Hat Brigade (also known as the Iron Brigade) saving Gettysburg and basically turning the tide for the North.

The Iron Brigade was the "1st Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps" - pretty important.

I would LOVE to have Columbus take part - BUT - my car is at Wise Guys and I am house bound (brewing beer).

If you have contacts with any churches or establishments with bells please inform them of this and have them ring for 4 minutes at 3:15. This is the 4th year and it's on my calendar for next year.   For more information

Bells Across the Land

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Speaking of beer.  I'm brewing my One Putt 12 IPA today, the 4th time for this wonderful Amarillo hopped brew.  I also am looking for a beer recipe for a saffron beer (I have access to a large supply of  fresh saffron) and I have a double IPA I need to make for a competition.

My last brew came in 6th in a competition - an English IPA. I did not love it but it's aging well and getting better. Not a big fan of English IPAs though.

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I receive some new ear buds yesterday that are really really good and only cost $20. REAL BASS!  Talk about showing me how horrible iPhone ear buds are it's ridiculous.

Bang for buck the best ear buds I have ever heard. They have a deep bass, not assumed bass and are very very comfortable (again, iPhone buds blow).

TWENTY BUCKS!!!

JLab Core Hi-Fi Noise Isolating earbuds with Mic and Cush Fin Technology

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OH - the storm that hit while I'm typing this that is flooding the golf course - 0.40 inches. Going to be a wet day!  Good day to be stuck at home!

Have a great day!

Rod

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Congrats to all Council and the Mayor!!

WOW - the refs said they never saw the VERY IMPORTANT tipped ball that went against Wisconsin when they were looking at the replays - HOWEVER - once they made the call the NCAA official on the sidelines he DID see it on the overhead monitor BUT, decided NOT to reverse his call even though he still could have.  WTF?

However, after the officials left the monitor and made their ruling, Adams (the sidelines head official) said he saw the zoomed-in view of the ball clearly touching Winslow’s finger.

At that point he had the opportunity to quickly make a decision. “I saw it after they had left the monitor, and actually thought about, is it in my prerogative to get up, run over to the table, buzz the buzzer, and tell them to come back and look?” Adams said. “That’s how critical I thought the play was and concluded that this is a job for the guys on the floor. I’ve never done it before. Why would I do it tonight and perhaps change the balance of the game?”
YEA - why be fair when you have a chance to get the call right!  But as one person said - you have to play good enough so that refs are not involved. 

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All the news fit to print and some not.

Top to bottom on City Council and my personal take on things?

Started with a little controversy which hopefully will be calmed down.  The Festival Urban Ninjas are requesting N Dickason be closed for 5 Monday nights this summer for Bike Night.  Motoclasco is having an Antique Motocycle night the 1st Monday of the next 5 months bringing people into town.

The sticking point was how much it will cost the city which was about $1200 for Picnic tables, Trash Barrels, Umbrellas man hours and so forth for each of the five nights.  MY contention was that instead of rubber stamping all five nights let's do the first one and then adjust as we go.  For instance, if we have a beautiful night the first night and 2 people show up we can scale back for the 2nd night.  I did not want to lock in those numbers for 5 nights.

HOWEVER - in retrospect I think DPW could adjust on the fly. I see absolutely no reason to not have all five events. But since we can do one why not see how it goes and adjust UP or DOWN. 

The controversy was when one aldermen had issues that Sandye Adams had her email address on the application for the Festival Urban Ninjas. Seems some have issues with this energetic, loud, brash, headstrong outspoken woman who has done more to promote and market Columbus then all 6 aldermen put together. You can love her or hate her but she gets things done and does not sit on her hands wishing things were better.




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Then there was a whole bunch of city blah blah things (sewer repair, Narcan, fee schedules, pool stuff yada yada).      
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Onward to new business.  

Good news for the Police Station.  With the new roof that looks great (but with some unforeseen installation problems - metal roofs and sensitive electronic communications equipment don't play well together) Chief Meister (actually a 4H Club to stay within the rules) applied for some funds from the Mae Ward funds.

Many of you will instantly know that Mae Ward was the grandmother that ran an orphanage on General Hospital but that is not the funds we are talking about. Our Mae Ward has a beautification fund with about $4K left.  I'm not sure who Mae Ward was but I'll get to the bottom of this as she seems to be a very likable person and wanted Columbus to be beautiful.

ANYWAY - the plan is, if Council accepts the plan (I'm 100% for it) is to beautify the Police Station.  McKay Nursery created plans and the shrubs and perennials would be purchased from McKay and planted by members of the 4H Club under the watchful eye by The Jahnke Company.

I have a lot of experience with McKay plans and knowing all the plants intimately as they are in my yard I am very enthusiastic.  This will look outstanding, maybe not this year but give it 2-3 years and they will be very beautiful.

Well done Chief - I hope we do this.
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DPW is working on plans to have a dumpster for Bulky items and a curb side service for picking up big stuff . The logistics are being worked on.  Also there is a plan in the works to have all residences in Columbus get FREE bins for garbage and recyclable material for the garbage trucks to pick up with their auto loader trucks.
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The Pavilion Projects are zooming along with donations and goals are being reached.  Once the plans are OK'd by the many agencies involved with fixing historical buildings the elevators will be installed.  Why elevators for 2 floors?  Because they will be ADA compliant and the Pavilion will be used MUCH more for larger events.  Ching Ching $$$$$.

Those are the big news events.  New computer system for Waste water was talked about to get them off their old old XP computers and sewer ordinance was talked about which I though was silly and really do not understand why one part was put off.

The problem here is that a residence is responsible for laterals for water that go from their home to the curb where the shut off valve is while the laterals for sewer that the residence is responsible for goes from the home to the middle of the street where it connects with the sewer.  Makes perfect sense to me.

The contention is that one aldermen believes both should be the same. I don't really see it that way and I see all sorts of problems coming from where exactly a sewer problem is . . . unless you like paying lawyers I suppose.  Madison goes to the middle of the street and Springfield ILL goes to the middle.  I'll call around to other communities but I'm pretty sure this is how it's done in most towns.  Are we trying to find a problem where none exists? What exactly is the problem and why the need to have both laterals the same.

Just one of the prices for living in a city.  Unless you don't want a sewer system at all I guess.       

Just my opinion.
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WEATHER - Columbus had 1.14 inches of rain last night with another inch coming tonight! Saturday still marks a warm up for next week with a chance of Thunderstorms each day Tuesday through Thursday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WOW - our house lost 21% last year in property assessment?

WEATHER - we had 0.12 inches of rain last night!  But the big event was the 10 degree drop in temperature from 3:34 to 4:40 in Columbus.  You can find those graphs on my wunderground site



A lot more rain coming the next 48 hours. In fact the next 3 nights have rain in the forecast and a good amount over all over an inch and then clear and warmer Friday and Saturday. Starting Saturday we will warm up and should hit 70 next week with lost of rain Monday.

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Not even going to talk about The GAME except it was entertaining and I'm glad I'm only a fair weather college sports fan. NOW I can see the badger players in the pros, maybe no as starters but it'll be fun.  I think the last few weeks I have watched more college basketball then all the combined years on my life.

Bo is really catching some flak from the national talking sports heads for ripping the refs after the game. BUT - they also say that his beefs were warranted on blown non-calls BUT - you need to play good enough to overcome bad or no calls. That is how sports works.  BUT, the biggest thing that everyone is talking about was that the Badgers just ran out of gas.
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Not a great day in sports in Wisconsin as The Brewers had their biggest opening day blow out although I remember the very first game EVER by the Brewers and I swear they lost opening day 12-0 in 1970 but that was a few years ago, could be wrong.  I'll have to find that somewhere.

What I found funny and only Brewer fans will understand but after the Badger game I turned on the Texas Rangers vs. Oakland as there was a no-hitter in the process.  The very first thing I heard was the Texas announcers saying that Yovani Gallardo (former Brewer) gave up 4 runs and only pitched 4 innings because his pitch count was already high after 4 innings.  YUP - Brewer fans,  been there done that!

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We are starting the process if refinancing our house and ran into a problem.  The latest assessment by the city was crazy low. sigh.  Seems we were assessed about the same the last 5 times in the last 8 years UNTIL last year when our house dropped 21% in one year.   What, did we demo a room?

Now we have to spend $$$ for another assessment.  Does anyone know a good person to call for this?
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Watched a really good movie this past weekend.  WILD.  A true story about a woman who's mother dies young and she spirals into a path of self destruction of heroin use and random sex with anybody.
BUT - at her lowest point decides to walk the Pacific Coast Trail.  A 1000 mile hike from Mexico to Canada to find herself.  Very good movie!!

https://youtu.be/tn2-GSqPyl0


One thing the movie really made me want to do is test myself again.  I've been on five 600 mile one week long bicycle rides and the feeling you have after that is so fulfilling. NOT that I want to hike the PCT or anything, lets get serious, but I miss that feeling of accomplishment and or adventure.
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Hydro Street events this April.


Every Tuesday League Trivia 7:30pm
Every Wednesday-Winey Wednesdays
Every Sunday Poker 4pm
Last Sunday of the Month Brunch starts at 9am and Poker is at noon
Sun April 12thMug Club Party, release of Yarrow Gruit. This is a gluten free brew with Yarrow flowers instead of hops. And it tastes like Summer!
Thurs April 16thTapas Til You Papas, Arts & Ales fundraiser
Sat April 18thMark Croft
Sun April 19th-Crawfish Home Brew Club Meeting  3:30pm
Fri April 24th -Bradley A. Sperger
Sat April 25th-Stien and Dine
Thurs April 30thBooks with Beers, Meet the Author
Mon May 4th-Bike Night



Monday, April 6, 2015

Worst announcers in the world - Chicago White Sox

I was reading what Nate Silver's take on the Wisconsin game was as his team dissected what happened and while they credit Wisconsin's defense they are putting the blame on poor coaching on Kentucky's part in the last 6 minutes of the game.

When Kentucky was up by 4 there were 12 possessions left in the game so their coach decided to slow the game down which was the wrong thing to do.  With offensive efficiency taking into account Silver simulated the last 6 minutes 100,000 times and Kentucky won 81.9% of the time.  With 10 possession they one 83.3% of the time. So when Kentucky decided to slow down the game you would think it was a good idea.

NOT.

It was your classic yet flawed strategy to stop doing what you do best and change to protect your lead.

Instead of looking for good shots in the first half of the shot clock they stalled and took poorer shots in the last few seconds to slow down the number of chances Bucky would have to score, which, combined with Wisconsin's defense lead to three shot clock violations.  But also Wisconsin changed their defense when Kentucky changed their offense which played into the Badgers strength.

Kentucky was out coached.  Bo is awesome.

I listened to a press conference and someone asked Bo something on the order of how it felt to be this close to a National Championship.  Bo got a little perturbed and reminded the reporter that he had WON four National Championships already in D3.    

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Went to Beaver Dam and Disc Golfed their course for the 1st time this year.  WINDY!!

The Columbus course in Firemans Park is still a little under construction it seems as a few tee boxes are missing and if you didn't know where you were suppose to tee off the course is pretty useless.

There needs to be someone in charge of the disc golf course as it's very vague at the moment. I know there are people who WANT to be in charge but no one knows who the go to person is.   

ANYWAY - since I keep track of every hole I play I can compare our course to others. 

The main courses I have golfed more then a few times are Columbus, Beaver Dam, Waterloo and Hiestand Park in Madison.  I have not played Marshal yet (afraid of losing my discs). 

By far the hardest park is Waterloo. It's like playing pinball with a disc.  Awesome fun when the mosquitoes are not around.   My average is 66.3.  After that is Hiestand which is very wooded with a lot of underbrush at 64.4.  Columbus is 3rd which surprises me but it's a longer course then most and I average 63.0 and lastly is Beaver Dam which is a very pretty course and entertaining 58.5. 

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Took this at Motoclasico yesterday - this is a 1971 Honda CB175  175cc
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I JUST saw a flurry of activity outside my window.  Ran to the other room, grabbed my camera, ran back to my computer to get my memory card, ran back the living room to switch len's ran back to my room with a better view. The cats are freaking out at me running around and I got this shot of a Coopers Hawk stalking an Junco who was taunting the him. 

They were having a fight in our cotoneasters and the Junco was leading him into thicker and thicker brush.  Then BAM - Junco flies and hawk is tangled in the underbrush.  Junco gets away! 

My own reality show in the back yard. 

Coopers Hawk - named AJ Hawk.

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I was clearing out my Coreopis garden Sunday and came across a large egg partially buried.  I thought at was a golf ball at first.  So I carefully cleared around it keeping some tall grass around it for cover.

Took this photo this morning.

   
 If anybody wants some Zagreb Coreopis let me know - I have a LOT of it and need to thin the herd a little.  It transplants nicely.  Once it starts to come up I can give a lot away. Early bloomer and loves clay.


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My goal in baseball is to listen to every baseball announcing team this year since I have really only listed to Milwaukee for most of my life.  I have a list of all 30 and they are ranked from best to worst.

My plan is to go worst to best so I can hear what other team fans hear.

First up is the worst announcing team in baseball.  The Chicago White Sox.
No crew received more total F’s or a higher percentage of F’s than the White Sox crew. Essentially, people either despised Hawk Harrelson or tolerated him for the sheer humor of it all, while there was a soft spot for analyst Steve Stone.
“In Dante’s inferno of baseball, [Harrelson] will be forced to watch endless loops of Sox striking out with the signature HE GONE being yelled in his ear for all of eternity.”
Not sure what game I'll pick - maybe Thursday vs. Kansas City.

OH - if you are wondering - The Brewers have the 8th best announcing team. The best,which came to a surprise by the awefulannouncing.com website was San Francisco.  They had assumed it would be The Dodgers and Vin Scully (who I really like listening too). LA was 2nd.

AND one last thing.  I was always wondering if baseball stadiums all faced eh same direction.  NOPE - in fact Miller Park is one of the few that face south east.

Ballpark Orientation website