Hello, my thawed, but not flawed, friends!How are you?How’s the heat wave treating you?Have you broken out the sun-block yet?Ha-ha!The joke’s on us.Another winter storm tomorrow.Ha-ha!Old Man Winter and all of the Weather Witches must have conspired to
make this winter a nasty one.
Well, I refuse to lose hope. Today I could still see clearly outside at 6
pm.Not too long ago, it was
dark at 5.We’re getting there; we just
have to take it one day at a time. One
storm at a time.One act of kindness
toward someone encumbered by the weather at a time.I know that February and March can kick very
hard.I don’t look forward to any of
that.However, winter is one the
wane.Protest all you want, Old Man
Winter, but even you can’t stop the march of time.(Psst, by the way, I think you did a
marvelous job on winter this year.It
reminds of the “real” winters we had when I was a child.)
That, of course, was Milton
“Uncle Miltie” Berle, a man who was always too wiling to appear in drag for a
Thank you for walking down TV’s memory lane with me.I love all of the JTI readers and my fans in
TV land.Your attention encourages
me.Your friendship inspires me.Your love overpowers me.Thank you, JTI’s.
One is engaged, one is a mistress, and I have been married for 20+ years.
We were chatting about our relationships and decided to amaze our men by greeting them at the door wearing a black bra, stiletto heels and a mask over our eyes.
We agreed to meet in a few days to exchange notes. Here's how it all went.
The other night when my boyfriend came over he found me with a black leather bodice, tall stilettos and a mask. He saw me and said, 'You are the woman of my dreams...I love you.' Then we made passionate love all night long.
Me too! The other night I met my lover at his office and I was wearing a raincoat, under it only the black bra, heels and mask over my eyes. When I opened the raincoat he didn't say a word, but he started to tremble and we had wild sex all night.
Then I had to share my story:
When my husband came home I was wearing the black bra, black stockings, stilettos and a mask over my eyes. When he came in the door and saw me he said:
Christine M. Flowers, Daily News Columnist Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014, 3:01 AM
"NOTHING touches the psychological third rail as saying that 'addicts are selfish.' Since early last Friday morning, when my column on Philip Seymour Hoffman first appeared online, I've been receiving emails from all over the country with various levels of outrage, self-righteousness and, most surprisingly, gratitude.
"I expected the comments like 'I want to bitch slap you' from the woman in Florida who said that her son had just died of a heroin overdose. The supercilious tsk- tsking from those in what I call the industrial-addiction complex was hardly surprising, either. They took me to task for my ignorance, including the self-described therapist who told me that she understood that I had the right to my opinion but that it was dangerous to express that opinion. It's as if calling Hoffman 'selfish' would burden recovering addicts with unhealthy guilt. Personally, I think it is the lack of guilt that lies at the root of the injuries we inflict on others, if not ourselves.
"But what really struck me with more force than the bolt that hit Saul on his way to Damascus was the volume of readers who agreed with me that Hoffman was selfish in failing to consider how his actions would affect his babies.
"There, I said it again and will continue to say it until the last co-dependent parent writes to call me a jackass because his daughter just got out of rehab and I apparently don't know what the hell I'm talking about."
From Alcoholics Anonymous, page 62: "Selfishness - self-centeredness! That, we think, is the
root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion,
self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and
they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation,
but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made
decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt."
"So, it’s not that the City of Racine has not worked to reduce costs. It’s that the City
of Racine has a vested interest to increase Water Utility rates and
fees as much as possible in order to fund the Cities growing financial
deficit and avoid the pain of having to control their costs. By issuing
Water Utility Revenue Bonds or manipulating property values, Water
Utility revenues are redirected to the general operations of The City of
Racine and the costs are silently passed onto the surrounding
communities. That’s wrong. A financially sound Water Utility that
provides safe and clean water to a region is too important and too vital
a function to be left in the trust of Politicians who may allow their
ambitions and dreams of development to jeopardize the Utilities
financial health and continuous operation."
I don't understand our Water Utility. It seems to be an organization that's outside of city control. When they lose customers, rates go up. When they gain customers, rates go up. That must be why they always have the newest trucks and equipment.
Alaskan Fireplace was originally Builders Showroom Building Supply, opening in 1992 near the old Kohl's Grocery Store , near Elmwood Plaza.
In 1997, they moved to their current location and became Alaskan Fireplace.
As the whole big hullabaloo (I know, awesome word, right?!)
came up with the impending Y2K, fireplaces were quite in demand,
and have continued to be popular, whether wood, gas or other.
Even we (hubby and I), thought it best to have a safety net for heating back-up, just in case the electrical grid should fail. I've been acquainted with them since 1999, when we too, were looking for something for our basement. If the grid held up, at least we'd be able to have supplemental heat for our otherwise chilly basement when entertaining. I'm still very glad we did, love it as much today as I did the day we got it!
When we went in, we didn't know what we needed or wanted, but they quickly helped us, held our hands, listened to what need we had and showed us the options and things that would work well for us. They were absolutely wonderful from very start to finish and I know they're there if we ever need anything.
Alaskan Fireplace even did our fireplaces at work!
Small world, AND a great company!
Their hours are -
Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. 10-5
Sat. 10-3 and
In 2009, they joined with Fireside Hearth and Home.
They have been, and continue to be the biggest supplier of fireplace and hearths in the area, so they are unique and the only ones like them.
As I spent time with Ken and we talked about his business, I asked what he'd want people to know about them. Alot of that is covered above. They are very service oriented, and they do whatever it takes to care for their customers.
When you research something like fireplaces, don't just research the actual thing but also the company behind it. They're the ones coming into your home and installing it, don't you want to know who they are too? :) You'll have complete confidence in Alaskan Fireplace, I can guarantee it from personal experience.
The 3 words Ken chose, came in the version of a phrase -
"Small town values".
That explains the whole taking care of their customers,
something alot of places have gotten away from.
Besides their website (clickable link above), they are also on Facebook.
I know it's not every day you go out and get yourself a fireplace, but if you have the need, these are your people and your place to go. You won't be disappointed!
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