Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Speedo" and "Duke of Earl"

These songs popped into my head today. Now they're in your head, too.



[ih-reg-yuh-ler] Show IPA
without symmetry, even shape, formal arrangement, etc.: an irregular pattern.
not characterized by any fixed principle, method, continuity, or rate: irregular intervals.
not conforming to established rules, customs, etiquette, morality, etc.: highly irregular behavior.
not according to rule, or to the accepted principle, method, course, order, etc.
Grammar . not conforming to the prevalent pattern or patterns of formation, inflection, construction, etc., of a language; having a rule descriptive of a very small number of items: The English verbs “keep” and “see” are irregular in their inflections.
Military . (formerly, of troops) not belonging to an organized group of the established forces.
flawed, damaged, or failing to meet a specific standard of manufacture: a sale of irregular shirts.
Botany .
not uniform.
(of a flower) having the members of some or all of its floral circles or whorls differing from one another in size or shape, or extent of union.
deviating or experiencing deviations from a normally regular or cyclic body function, as bowel habits or menstruation.
(of a stock or commodity market) of mixed market activity; showing no clear up or down trend.

a person or thing that is irregular.
Commerce . a product or material that does not meet specifications or standards of the manufacturer, as one having imperfections in its pattern.
Military . a soldier or combatant not of a regular military force, as a guerrilla or partisan.
1350–1400;  < Late Latin irrēgulāris  (see ir-2 , regular); replacing Middle English irreguler  < Middle French

ir·reg·u·lar·ly, adverb
qua·si-ir·reg·u·lar, adjective
qua·si-ir·reg·u·lar·ly, adverb

Open Blog - Weekend

That goes for everybody.

Friday, March 21, 2014


"Cleveland Cavaliers PreGame Court Projection HD"

Published on Mar 18, 2014 
"Quince Imaging, in partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers' Q-TV team and Think Media Studios, projected full court video in anticipation of the halftime ceremony honoring Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
For more information visit:"

At first I thought they were going to play a game on the court as the video played.  I don't think you could.  It'd be too distracting.

Btw, with a name like Zydrunas Ilgauskas, I had to check if he 's from the Baltic States.  Yup.  Lithuanian.


LAST BUMP UP/Reminder!
I called in the 'reservation', we're listed under "JTI"
just let them know when you arrive and they'll get us all together :)
Looks like about 12-15, but we can fit more, come on out! 

Hi all!
Hale Bopp will be in town next weekend. 
Details are being emailed hopefully today
(I lost so many when I swapped op systems :(  )
Save Saturday, the 22nd, watch your email, 
or you can reach me at

with any questions. 
I can also reply with my cell number in case of question that day.
I would like to have a head count by Thursday, so I can 
call and give a heads up to where we are converging, thanks!
If you didn't get an official email, we may be missing your email address,
(I promise, nobody will be left out) 
please contact me and I'll fix that  :)
Hope to see you all soon!

Four for Fridays

Hello everyone and welcome back! The word for the week is overtime.... and LOTS of it! The days are starting to blend together. Anyways, here are your weekly questions...

1) Would you ever buy a hybrid car?

2) Ever had to pay a library fine?

3) What is your favorite flavor of gum?

4) What celebrity do you think should retire?

Enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Do the TGIF dance!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Former Alderman’s accuser jailed"

From The Journal

"RACINE — A southern Illinois woman who accused former Racine Alderman Keith Fair of choking her one night during an argument is back in Racine County — this time behind bars.
"The Carrier Mills, Ill., woman failed to appear in court on Jan. 15 to testify against Fair during his trial. The trial then was called off and Racine County Circuit Judge Allan 'Pat' Torhorst issued a material witness warrant for the woman.

"During a hearing on Thursday, her bond was set at $5,000 cash, court records show. Fair’s case goes back to court March 28.

"The woman was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday afternoon after the material witness warrant finally was served on her. But the case was called earlier, and the courtroom was locked and dark at the scheduled time.

"Messages were left for District Attorney Rich Chiapete on Thursday, but he couldn’t be reached for comment.

"Neither Fair nor defense attorney Vincent Bobot attended the hearing.

“'We found out late yesterday,' Bobot said Thursday afternoon, adding he was tending to other cases at that scheduled time. But he said he planned to contact Fair to discuss possible trial dates for his case.

“'My client still maintains his innocence,' Bobot said.

"The woman remains in the Racine County Jail, which she was booked into on Monday, jail logs show. Racine County prosecutors charged her that day with cocaine possession and disorderly conduct in connection with a domestic incident with another man on Sunday in Racine."

Read more:

"No Jail for Crime Stoppers Head Who Ate Evidence"

I don't think that lawyers give a damn if they hurt our country, a person, or a million people, just as long as they get $$$. Our adversarial "justice" system encourages animosity between parties, making more money for the lawyers the longer and the more the parties fight.

I also thought that tips to Crime Stoppers were completely anonymous so that even the police don't know who the tipster is. Perhaps they run it differently in Florida.

Weekday Funny

Open Blog - Spring


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

IPad present for Grandpa

That'll keep the hard drive clean.


Paraprosdokians – Winston Churchill loved them. They’re figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR’.

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure..

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

17. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

Dear Madame Zoltar

Madame Zoltar is not feeling well and hopes to return next week.

Open Blog - Wednesday

There it is again, I think.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Local Loyalty - Seebecks

Welcome back!
Have I mentioned how much fun I've had interviewing and meeting new people? This adventure is my favorite so far, in the way that I was able to be part of something exciting and very special.
 It was an accidental honor, for which I'm ever grateful.
Let me explain. 
Monday, the 10th (last week), was so gorgeous out, I decided to hit the streets and find some new places to check out. 
I visited some friends back on Main Street and asked their input. 
2 of my friends referred me to 

402 Main Street, Racine
Mon. - Fri. 10-6
Sat. 10-4
Sun. closed, tho may open in the summertime.

What made this so special to me, was that it was the very 1st day they opened, and I got to share in that! The light flowing in from the sun made it so bright and cheery. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the variety of artists and their work, was so much to take in. 
The floor plan is very open, so just standing in one place, you see so much, it took my breath away! The flowers you can see in this picture were my absolute favorites. I need to go back and get one for my desk, simply gorgeous!!
Seebecks is new to Racine. However, Pleasant Prairie was the original home to Seebecks Gallery, the parent of our own Seebecks. 
They have been in Pleasant Prairie for 23 years. 
The wonderful store here is a vast array of artisan gifts, jewellery, paintings, custom framing, and so much more. 
While I got to be part of that momentous day, this week is actually their Grand Opening Week! 
Here are the special days that are being featured - 

All week long, take 20% off all your purchaces (except Pandora)
I'll be there Friday to pick out my flowers!

Monday, 17th
Pick a nugget from our pot of gold and receive an instant additional dollar amount off your purchase.  
Tuesday, 18th 
Take 30% off your framing orders all day.

Wednesday, 19th
Dawn Sprong, creator of the Blessing Bracelet, will be in store with new merchandise 4-7pm, Buy 2 bracelets, receive a FREE pair of earrings.   

Thursday, 20th
Nora Fleming will be in store signing her unique platters from 5-7pm. Buy any serving piece and receive a FREE mini. 

Friday, 21st
Join us for our Ribbon Cutting Event from 5-7pm. 

Saturday, 22nd
Raffle drawings at 4pm.

Don't forget, 20% off all purchases this week!
Who does love a sale??

Of course, no interview is complete without the 3 words they choose
to describe their business - 
1. Colorful 
- very! Especially the flowers that will soon be on my desk!
(can you tell I can't wait to go back and get them??)
2. Artisan-made
I love that everything was handmade, not factory made.
3. Comfortable and inviting. 
(ok, that's a 2 some, but I agree whole heartedly, and said it's ok!)

I hope you get a chance to stop in and check them out. 
Please let them know you saw it here!!!
As I was finishing looking around, someone from the Journal was right behind me, so you may have already seen a write up. I don't get the paper, so I don't know if or when it ran. 
So PLEASE, let them know you did see it HERE!!

A very special thank you to you, Vicki, for sharing of your time with me on such a special day!!! I'll see you soon!


Open Blog - St. Patrick's Day

Betty O'Boop.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Daffy's Southern Exposure"

Synchronicity. Drew's blog below about winter weather and ducks made me think of Daffy Duck. I looked up some cartoons on YouTube and there was a Daffy Duck cartoon about starving in winter.

Grebe Rescue!

Tender Heart and I birded Racine's harbor Saturday afternoon after a LONG day at the ER with my step-daughter (she's fine, a sprained knee). Things were happening there! I counted over 80 Greater Scuap floating in the water. Combined with a few Redheads, some Buffleheads, a couple of Ruddy Ducks and Common Goldeneyes. There were a few Common Mergarsers and Red Breasted Mergansers. A Mute Swan. Some Canada Geese flew in... Sorta like a paradise for waterfowl in the calm waters.

Out of the blue, a small duck like bird flew in and landed rough in the icy shore. I recognized it immediately as a Pied Billed Grebe. My first of the year! I thought it was odd having a grebe on ice, seeing that their legs are so far back on their bodies that they can't walk very good, more less take off from there.

Then I saw a young Hispanic woman walk out from behind her beat up van with, what appeared to me, was a bag a bread. I yelled out of my car window. "These guys eats fish!" She walked up to my car and told me that she had just released the grebe. With a towel in her hands, it made sense. She didn't know what kind of bird it was, but she had found it on the road by the airport. Definitely, the wrong place for it be! She had taken it to humane society, the animal shelter and even to the police. NO ONE would take it! I was SHOCKED! Perhaps no one knew how to take care of a fish eating grebe or the shelters were full...

Whatever the reason it was...The grebe somehow scampered off the ice and into the water. Safe and sound! It dove into the water and popped back up. It was fine. The grebe then looked back at us for a moment as if to say. "Thanks!" We watched it drift towards the flocks of waterfowl...

I applaud the efforts of this lady! She had made the right call to release this grebe here at the harbor (where there was open water) when all other options failed. This rescue made my day!


"The Daily Kos Weighs In On Jerry Bloom and John Dickert"

From Racine Exposed:

"So imagine the shock and amazement at Racine Exposed, when it was discovered that The Daily Kos had published an article by Giles Goat Boy which painted Jerry Bloom as a virulent, angry white racist and Racine Mayor John Dickert as his 'sweetheart'. 

"His writings are racist, sexist, and offensive in almost every imaginable way.

"Here’s one more detail. Bloom’s Christian book and retail business was so successful that he decided to build an 80,000 square foot facility in Racine in 2009, and he got a nice sweetheart land deal arranged by Racine’s mayor."

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Also, from Racine Community Media:

"In an amazingly shocking statement, City of Racine/ Skies Fall representative Justin Jy Christensen, takes to Facebook to address community concerns over Belletv/Channel25. Tells city of Racine taxpayers 'stop with the taxpayers money routine…..It’s not like it’s $100,000 of your money!!!!!'"

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