Saturday, August 6, 2011

White Deer and Two Fawns

A month ago, I posted some pictures that Bill Bielefeldt submitted of a white deer and her fawn on Lake Gilmore:

Bill has submitted more photos, along with the note, "Here are more white deer photos. She has picked up another little one."

There are 15 photos in all. If you want copies of them, send an email to:

What the God Says Through Me

You won't hear my poems at the poetry reading,
You won't hear my poems over the radio.
If you want what the God says through me
Come alone with me into Quetico
          and we'll canoe across lake after lake
          where there are no roads or houses
To a perfect lake with a perfect island
Where you and I will pitch our camp
          and catch fish for twilight supper.

Sitting around the fire at night
Ask me to read something I wrote
For this is the place to hear me,
More stars overhead than you ever saw,
          no other light in the woods for miles,
          no other sound but the loon
And the night wilderness smells of September.
This is the place to hear my voice
          if you want what the God says through me.


"Antler (born Brad Burdick, 1946, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA) is an American poet who lives in Wisconsin.[1]
Among other honors, Antler received the Whitman Prize from the Walt Whitman Association, given to the poet 'whose contribution best reveals the continuing presence of Walt Whitman in American poetry,' in 1985. Antler also was awarded the Witter Bynner prize in 1987. Antler was the poet laureate of the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for 2002 and 2003.[1] He leads poetry workshops and gives readings across the United States and in other countries. He is also an advocate for wilderness protection and other causes, and continues to spend much time camping and exploring the wilderness areas he loves.[2]"

Also see:

The Early Days of the Web...

Following up on Orbs post about the 20th anniversary of the web, how many of you used Mosaic, the first graphical web browser released in 1993? I was using that one pretty quick after it came out. You can still find a little line deep in the Internet Explorer documentation about it being based on Mosaic.

A few years ago, I want to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications for a meeting. They have a plaque commemorating their role in the development of Mosaic and the web as we know it.

Happy 20th birthday World Wide Web!

"(CBS/What's Trending) - Happy birthday Web! Twenty years ago on August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee presented a project for organizing information in what later became the World Wide Web. Now as the Internet turns twenty those of us at What's Trending are giving it a big thank you for revolutionizing the world as we know it.

"There have been some definite downsides to the Web such as a reduction in privacy and Internet predation, but the good has far outweighed the bad. Online agencies have created millions of jobs across the globe, opened people up to different cultures and ideas and created a transparency in terms of politics that has never quite been achieved in the past.

"Through social, economic and political actions online the world has become an entirely different sphere than what it was 20 years ago. News travels faster than ever, every single person with access to the Internet has a voice to vent frustration or foster a following and social interactions have become more varied and far reaching.

"The Web has changed the way people think and revolutionized the world as we know in a short twenty years. From clunky modems to Smart phones it has come a long way, the only question is how far will it continue to evolve in the next twenty years?"

OMG! Happy Birthday to the second best thing to happen to me in the last 20 years. I love you. May you live forever, wild and free.


A Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other, and finally they got married, and had a little sweet Potato, which they Called 'Yam.' Of course, they wanted the best for Yam.

When it was time, they told her about the facts Of life.

They warned her about going Out and getting Half-baked, so she wouldn't get accidentally mashed, and Get a bad name for herself like 'Hot Potato,' and End up with a bunch of tater tots

Yam said not to worry, no Spud would get Her into the sack and make a rotten potato out of her & then just say 'later tater!

But on the other hand she wouldn't stay home and become a Couch Potato either. She would get plenty of exercise so as not to be skinny like her shoestring cousins.

When she went off to Europe , Mr. And Mrs. Potato told Yam To watch out For the hard-boiled guys from Ireland and the greasy guys from France called the French fries.

Yam said she would stay on the straight and Narrow and wouldn't associate with Those high class Yukon Golds, or the ones from the other side of the tracks who advertise their trade on all The trucks that say, 'Frito Lay.'

Mr. And Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University ) so that when she graduated she'd really be in the Chips.

But in spite of all they did for Her, one-day Yam came home And announced she was Going to marry Tom Brokaw.

Tom Brokaw! Mr. And Mrs. Potato were very upset.

They told Yam she couldn't Possibly marry Tom Brokaw because he's just.......


Friday, August 5, 2011

Ohhhhhhhh Crawish ettoufe

Once you've tasted this delightful dish, nothing compares. I air freighted in 5# of tails and fat. Tonight my house smells like heaven. What exotic foods do you crave?

Four for Fridays

Hello everyone! Here's the moment everyone is waiting for-yep For for Fridays! Hope everyone had a pleasant week. Here are some random questions....

1) What do you like the most off of the grill?

2) Have you or do you keep a diary or journal?

3) What is your favorite bedtime story?

4) What do you prefer? A hot and muggy summer day or a raging winter blizzard?

Enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Have one on me.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A few flower pots...

For years many have passed this house and marveled at the floral display at 3725 No. Vassault St. in Tacoma. Last year there was no display and we had wondered if the Asian man who owns this house was ill. This year the display was back in force and we stopped this past Sunday to photograph it. We went up to the owner and told him how much we had enjoyed his garden all these years and he invited us to tour his creation. We found the backyard to be as beautiful as the front. He is Vietnamese, shy, very soft spoken, and speaks very little English, so we couldn't discuss too much with him about the garden.


Here's something to make you think and find out how smart you are. Don't fret if you 'FLUNK" There are nine questions.

This is a quiz for people who know everything! I found out in a hurry that I didn't. These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers.

1. Name one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader - until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only three words in Standard English begin with the letters ' dw' and they are all common words. Name two of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

9. Name the 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 'S'.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


What a waste of a good fight. BAH!!! While I was napping early this evening, my BIL and nephew stopped with a trailer and got all the yard waste. My best buddy J stopped over Monday with bailing twine, and I sent him home! He thought it was funny and laughing. "I know you Huck, you actually are enjoying this." Well, I do like a good fight, and it's been ages... had my camera all set to go with the wireless bulb and everything for tomorrow.

I think my BIL and nephew need to go back to the compost site and bring it all back. Yeah! That's the ticket! Shucks, now to make sure they come to the house for the rest of the trash. Always someone spoiling my fun. And having the Madame on my side was euphoric.

BAH, and BAH! I say.

"From now on, I will stick to the theory,"

Just too funny. Lucky thing curiosity didn't kill this cat.

Stupid Fight

Been very hectic, I haven't even been back to Tucson since the JTI gathering. But today was the last day of the conference so I head home tomorrow.

The last plenary today was Neil Degrasse Tyson talking about his twitter adventures. One of the things he mentioned was a site called Stupid Fight. Stupid Fight runs some stats to see who has dumber followers on twitter. Kim Kardashian or Ashton Kutcher? Obama or Palin? Now you can find out.

I am happy to say it rated my twitter followers "Smart as a Whip", easily outdistancing Tyson. Of course I have only a couple hundred followers, many of them astro friends so I benefit from small number, self-selected statistics.

So go ahead and have a Stupid Fight.

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my cherubic chinchillas! How are you? Have you been enjoying our summer weather? Yes, hot and sticky, and violent storms in the evening. That’s normal for August in Wisconsin, my dears. I will take it any day over subzero temperatures and a foot of snow. Well, maybe just one day like that in August would be fun. Wouldn’t that be something? Not subzero, but, let’s say, one day of snow in August in Racine. Oh my, that’s perverse. I hope Mother Nature isn’t reading this. I don’t want to give her any crazy ideas.

The coming week in Racine is chockfull of entertainment. As usual, I have taken a screenshot from the wonderful people at the Journal Times in their online story, “Your guide to summer fun in Racine County,” (By the way, my journalistic colleagues, I edited out your double post of the date Aug. 7.) As you can see at right, the fun starts tonight for you Cracker heads with an Animals Crackers Jazz Series concert at the Racine Zoo. Though not in Racine, tomorrow the State Fair commences. That is one place I cannot avoid putting on pounds. They will deep fry and/or put on a stick anything edible. And if I’m there, I will put it in my mouth. Oh dear.

The events just go on and on from there. The Music and More Concert Series and Music on the Monument continue downtown. This Friday is also a First Friday downtown. On Saturday the Kiltie Klassic takes place at Case High School Hammes field. Sunday is the Starving Artists Outdoor Art Fair at Gateway Technical College while Armenian Fest takes place at nearby Festival Park. The day ends with a Racine Concert Band concert at the Racine Zoo. And I still didn’t mention everything, just the major events. So much to do, so little time. Enjoy, enjoy!

I briefly want to touch on Mr. Huck Finn’s fight with City Hall over his garbage collection problems: shame, shame on you, you naughty, nasty, negative city employees! Heed the message I am transmitting to you telepathically, or face the wrath of Zoltar!

Finally, my dears, I’m posting the video below as a reminder of some of the hazards of summer activities. I know that this is an old video, but it is still relevant today:

Oh my, at least I didn’t post that pool scene from Caddyshack. (Psst,

Have a beautiful week, my wonderful Irregulars. Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog. As my Vulcan friends say, “May you live long and prosper.”

Visited by beings from another planet? Contact Madame Zoltar:

Savor the season, my family. There are many events to enjoy, many sights to see. I love each and every one of you. Grammaticaster!

Open Blog - Wednesday

Go, little bug, go!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Vilnius Mayor A. Zuokas Fights Illegally Parked Cars with Tank

Awesome! Seems to me I might know one or two people from Lithuania. Wouldn't it be great if lyijg John did that?

It looks like I was wrong on gold. Not going down.

When the new extension/limits budget bill was made the talk went, gold would sink or valley" before heading up again. It was called the time to buy. This morning gold prices took off like a rocket. We've tapped 1,640 and looks like we'll go past this new record. Silver after a very short correction down to 39 has bounce over 41, another record. I read talk about a QE and wondered what the bloggers were talking about. You need to get past the man''s rhetoric, but what he says makes a lot of sense with where we are headed. We may still see a correction, but only the Madam might know what's going on. It seems we are standing on our heads and the world is no longer making sense.

On QE and what it means for Americans

JT political agenda?

I've noticed that since Racine Uncovered and other sites have started making JT more honest in their reporting, the JT still works at obfuscation. They reported the impending sale of an uptown art building. It will not be for uptown art however. It will become a new Chinese restaurant/apartments/cabinetry wholesale store. After just 18 hours on the JT site, it has been buried and you need a very specific search to find it. Dickert the "smooth" (as baby shit) Realtor/Mayor managed to lose over $420k on the deal and it doesn't do anything for the artist relocation program. The sale hinges on the common council vote, but has gotten a unanimous thumbs up from the planning committee.

ADA fight, round one

Saw my doc, she filled out her form, plus wrote a letter explaining my hands issue and tying, but said "Tying bags." The issue is tying string around bundles. The gal that took the paperwork said, "The supervisor has to come out and see you." I was thinking fine, bring him out. No not out to see me in the office, but to my home to see "What 'I' could do." Huh? What I can do I just did. I played the ADA card. My doctor filled out your form, I filled out your form, and there is a cover letter that spells out specifically what the problem is. Now the issue is those bundles. I go back to the VA tomorrow and she can write a new letter even more explicit. Do you need a more explicit letter? Now I've done what I can do to help. Get those garbage men to do their jobs.

I still had to give my email as a contact and I guess he still wants to come out. Fine, if the stuff is still there Thursday night, I'm going to the media I expect a visit from the Unit shortly. Then I am really going ballistic. I never pushed the lawsuit from last year, but everything is sitting ready to go.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Question, The Debate, and The Answer Is....

Here is a question that has at one time or another crossed many peoples mind, but has yet been to be answered in a public quorum. So I thus pose it to you, the Irregulars.

When people shower, more times than not they are alone, in private. And being in private people tend to do things that can be kept under lock. Things like.....tinkling in the shower. I mean who is going to know? So here is the question posed to our distinguished panel: If you pee while taking a shower, is it mandatory for you to wash your hands afterwards?

And your opinionated responses are..........

Sad, sad day. I killed it. sniff... snork

I was just... Oh it's so terrible. I read about pruning the sucker branches off tomato plants so more growth goes to the tomatoes. I was doing like the video and a vine came with the branch. It had wrapped around the branch and was hidden by the leaves. Mine baby, oh mine baby.... It's dark green and has a heft, but never grew much past 2-1/8" in diameter. So sad, so sad. Guess I'll have to eat it.

Change is coming to Unified

Shaw is leaving Unified. I'm sure there is more to come. JT now has a story. Teachers were notified a little while ago via email.

I'm curious to hear KK's take on this, being a vested interest.

Open Blog - Monday

Aw come on, Mondays aren't that bad. Welcome to August.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Unofficial Monday Open Blog

My Garbagemen ADA fight.

I stopped at City Hall and visited the Public Works gal that had the ADA forms. Tomorrow my doctor will sign her copy and help fill out mine, and there will be a specific statement on my inability to tie a knot. This form also makes the garbage men come up to the house just like in the old days and get the trash. After I see how it works, I have several old and infirm that are going to get the paperwork too. Nothing like a good old bare knuckles brawl.

After running off the cliffn three years ago...

Wiley Coyote has finally looked down. Japan has started converting U.S. Bonds to other currency. You all know your post WWI German history. You've all read about the Great depression. It starts with other countries bailing on your currency. Laugh at my mantra to be prepared, but please try to prepare a little teensy bit.

With Japan starting to bail in earnest. It has a very good chance of getting ugly. Please, at least stock up on some things. Ask yourself what you really need, what you don't and what you might crave if it went into short supply. While you might buy a lot of what you crave, do yourself a favor, and use it as a barter when you meet people weaker than you and just gotta have it.

I did a general inventory and even I feel ill prepared. I can just barely afford to lose half my income if I really got squeezed with the SS, but it'd be an ugly existence. After reading all the economics at play, my opinion is that we have a 60% chance of getting The Great Depression ugly. Food riots are just a wrong hiccup away. Time to pay the Piper, and the elite aren't stepping up. You know who will do the paying.

Say what you want and feel about this issue EXCEPT with us/them comments. I'm tired of grade school politics and will delete them. Lets keep this focused on survival.