I think this sucks. I think it sucks that politicians misbehave and the taxpayers are punished for it. I think it sucks that the same bunch of City Council members that oversaw that administration are overseeing this one, and will make the decision on the payoff.
Why does our city have so much intrigue and malfeasance?
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I assume that the Irregulars will accept this offer.
For family-style Irish festivities, head Downtown on Saturday. At the center of the day's celebration will be Racine's fourth annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will make its way down Main and Sixth streets, beginning at noon from the corner of State and Main.
Okay, I upgraded to a nice Android phone last fall. I play with apps and saw the Bic Concert lighter app today. It is free so I downloaded it. It's a silly but fun app that puts an image of a lighter on your cell phone screen so you can wave it around at concerts.
I downloaded it and started it only to be hit with the following ominous warning: "This is obviously not a real lighter. However please do not let your children play with this applicaiton. This application should only be used by adults 19 years of age or older. Keep this virtual lighter and all real lighters away from children. No lighter is childproof. There is no substitute for proper adult supervision."
19 years old? You can DRIVE for three years before you a mature enough to have an image of a fake lighter on your screen? What kind of potential lawsuit could warrant this type of warning?
Rant over...back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Hello, my penultimate penumbras! How are you? It is so wonderful to see the little signs of spring begin to peek out here and there. But it’s also quite messy. Where there isn’t snow, there is mud. Or dog poop. And all the other assorted trash that emerges as the dirty snow slowly melts. Now we’re supposed to get a few days of rain. That may wash away some of the mess (while revealing more), but I hope the rivers can take it. The ground is saturated and still partially frozen. Oh my!
There I go, getting negative, right from the start. Shame on me. The first thing I want to do this week is draw attention to Ms. Lizardmom’s blog on being positive: http://www.jtirregulars.com/2010/03/time-for-some-positivity.html. Hurray for you, Ms. Lizardmom! I agree with you completely. With all of the bad things that we have endured in Racine recently, we need some good vibrations. Lots and lots of good vibrations.
I know that was corny, but I honestly just thought of it as I wrote. Anyway, that’s a very good song, and Racine needs a lot of what it has. We all should work toward restoring our city’s good vibrations. Racine is worth it, we are worth it, we are Racine.
No vibrations, good, bad, or otherwise, shook the inbox this week, my dears. I did receive an interesting piece of spam a few weeks ago and contacted the author. It turned out to be my old friend, Gamel the Gypsy. He’s working a different angle these days and has gotten into spam. That’s too bad. He used to be such a nice boy.
Now, don’t you feel better after watching that? I know I do. There are positive and good vibrations all around humor. It’s just difficult to get enough of them into your diet to crowd out the bad news. Here, try this:
You should be feeling great now, so give Ms. Lizardmom’s blog another visit and add to the positive. It feels good to do good, oh my goodness. And it feels good to spend time with my beloved irregulars. Thank you for reading my blog this week, my friends.
I remember a while ago someone posted a blog about Stuff White People Like which takes aim at the lefty whites in this country (and does it pretty well...having someone make fun of you is one thing...the least they can do is make it truly funny). Now someone has done the same for Christians with Stuff Christians Like.
I tell ya, I am getting an education about all you Christians out there!
I just peeked around out of curiosity and there is a Stuff Conservatives Like web site, but it is not nearly as good as the Stuff White People Like. Seems more like hackish attacks rather than the higher level satire of Stuff White People like. It's fairly new and only has 8 entries, so maybe he will get better.
Beginning on Monday, Florida is having their very first Python Hunting Season in the Everglades. I believe the season lasts a week or ten days. I wouldn't want our avid sportsmen to miss the opportunity to slosh through alligator infested waters in search of giant snakes! Hssssssst.
With all the negativity in the news lately, it's down-right depressing.
This blog is a shout out to anything positive, encouraging, or just plain awesome.
Is there somewhere you went that wow'd you?
Is there anyone that just really made your day?
This is mine.
This was an awesome and above and WAY beyond reward for the incredible job my drive thru did last Thursday. We watch our drive thru times daily. I gave them a challenge that they blew out of the water!
I made a deal with the owner of Larsen's Bakery on Hy 20. Really nice guy! I told him about my challenge and he loved the idea.
If we made our breakfast DT times of 75 sec or less then they would earn humongous donuts. There is no stronger driving force that food!
Well, my gang ended Thursday breakfast at 69. I went straight up to show him, and couldn't be more proud. Today, he not only made the ones we agreed on but even more, AND delivered them.
Each of the above donuts are more than 1 foot in diameter, just enormous!! Thank you Don and the Larsen's gang!!!
and thanks to my Thursday morning drive thru crew for blowing me away and really working for your reward!
Adaptive optics is a collection of technologies we use to overcome the blurring effects of Earth's atmosphere. By measuring how Earth's atmosphere is distorting images, we can correct the images and end up with images from ground based telescopes that are nearly as good as those from the Hubble Space Telescope (and soon we will surpass Hubble image quality).
Adaptive optics is critical to systems such as the Boeing Airborn Laser Testbed which recently successfully shot down a missile in a test. A major plot of my podcast is about an alien attack on Earth and how adaptive optics plays a role in the battle.
And in terms of peaceful, non-astronomy related applications, adaptive optics is being used in medical applications, particularly vision. Adaptive optics technologies play a role in measuring vision defects, LASIK, and retinal imaging.
For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's thru the '50's.
Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old two lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields.
They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet .... and the obligatory 5th sign advertisingBurma Shave, a popular shaving cream.
Here are some of the actual signs:
DON'T STICK YOUR ELBOW OUT SO FAR IT MAY GO HOME IN ANOTHER CAR. Burma Shave
TRAINS DON'T WANDER ALL OVER THE MAP 'CAUSE NOBODY SITS IN THE ENGINEER'S LAP Burma Shave
SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH BY MISTAKE SHE THOUGHT IT WAS HER HUSBAND JAKE Burma Shave
DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD TO GAIN A MINUTE YOU NEED YOUR HEAD YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT Burma Shave
DROVE TOO LONG DRIVER SNOOZING WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS NOT AMUSING Burma Shave
BROTHER SPEEDER LET'S REHEARSE ALL TOGETHER GOOD MORNING, NURSE Burma Shave
CAUTIOUS RIDER TO HER RECKLESS DEAR LET'S HAVE LESS BULL AND A LITTLE MORE STEER Burma Shave
SPEED WAS HIGH WEATHER WAS NOT TIRES WERE THIN X MARKS THE SPOT Burma Shave
THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL FOR BEER LED TO A WARMER HEMISPHERE Burma Shave
AROUND THE CURVE LICKETY-SPLIT BEAUTIFUL CAR WASN'T IT? Burma Shave
NO MATTER THE PRICE NO MATTER HOW NEW THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE IN THE CAR IS YOU Burma Shave
A GUY WHO DRIVES A CAR WIDE OPEN IS NOT THINKIN' HE'S JUST HOPIN' Burma Shave
AT INTERSECTIONS LOOK EACH WAY A HARP SOUNDS NICE BUT IT'S HARD TO PLAY BurmaShave
BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL EYES ON THE ROAD THAT'S THE SKILLFUL DRIVER'S CODE Burma Shave
THE ONE WHO DRIVES WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING DEPENDS ON YOU TO DO HIS THINKING Burma Shave
CAR IN DITCH DRIVER IN TREE THE MOON WAS FULL AND SO WAS HE. Burma Shave
PASSING SCHOOL ZONE TAKE IT SLOW LET OUR LITTLE SHAVERS GROW Burma Shave
In the past week or so there are two commercials, one which I think is totally wrong and one which makes me laugh.
The wrong one is for Tide Laundry Detergent. There is a young girl, 10 -12 years old, who is complaining about her ‘hand-me-down’ blue jeans from her sister. The little girl say, “the pair of jeans she wants is only a $100.00 dollars, but now that her mom washed the old ones in Tide, the spot is gone and she ends up with them”.
Why is Tide telling young people that spending a $100.00 on a pair of jeans is okay? Are they out of their mind! To me...if you spend a $100 bucks on a pair of jeans, you do not have any money problems and you are pretty well off!
The second is (I believe) is State Farm. A man and his wife are sitting in an auditorium listening to a play and he asks her for some lip balm and she hands him her lip stick and he puts it on without checking! Way tooooo funny, just makes me giggle my ass off!
Last night, I went to the Thoughts for Food Benefit. I had a good time! If anybody is interested, just follow this link over to my blog and read about it there. It took me over an hour to write it up. I would take me too long copy and paste it over here. I'm a SLOW typer. Thanks!
Every Wednesday, Madame Zoltar responds to your queries and comments in her blog, Dear Madame Zoltar. Are the stars in your favor? What to do with that 401K? Find out by sending your questions and thoughts to: email@example.com
"The famed Bald Eagles from Decorah, Iowa are back on their nest and ready to start a new family! World famous and live streamed via the internet by the Raptor Resource Center, anyone can view the parents raise their eaglets from egg to fledglings from the comfort of their homes. Using infrared cameras and microphones, the eagles can be seen around the clock during the nesting season, which starts in January or February and runs till June."
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