Friday, January 6, 2012

Bus fares will increase and service will be cut

Racine bus fares to rise, service faces trims

Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 6, 2012 2:04 p.m.

Racine - Bus fares will increase and service will be cut Sunday for the Belle Urban System, the city announced.
Regular adult bus fare will rise from $1.50 to $2, accompanied by increases in fares for younger, older and disabled riders and in discounted pass rates. Also, evening service will be reduced and summer downtown trolley service will be eliminated.
Those changes were authorized by the city's 2012 budget, in response to cuts in state transit aid, the city Department of Public Works said.

I don't know if there are any bus riders out there but I thought I would post this, I found it in the JSOline, didn't see anything in the Journal Times about it.

Click here for JSOnline Article

Four for Fridays

Happy New Years folks! Welcome to the the first Four for Fridays of the year! It's been a long and exhausting week so far. Just hope the the rest of the year isn't this way... Here are some random questions for you.

1) So, how was your new year celebration?

2) If there is one city you would like to visit, what city would that be?

3) What was the last major project that has been done to your residence?

4) What is your main focus on a song that you are listening to? The lyrics or the instrumentation?

Enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Friday & Weekend

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Hoezo parkeren.wmv"

That's exactly how I park.

(Google translates "hoezo parkeren" as Dutch for "why parking".)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my New Year babes! How are you? It’s been nippy the last few days, but there’s still no significant amount of snow on the ground. Hip Hip Hooray! Unfortunately, no snow cover in winter is bad for wildlife and the landscape. So, I suppose, we should hope for some snow, right? Oh dear, was that me just making the case for snow? Perhaps the hangover from New Year’s Eve hasn’t worn off completely yet.

Of course, you know that our gallant Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions this past Sunday. And Mr. Matt Flynn did some remarkable things while Mr. Aaron Rodgers rested on the sideline. Huzzah, huzzah, we are rich with talent. Our extraordinary Packers have won themselves a bye this weekend, so the game to watch is Saturday night’s match up between the Lions and the New Orleans Saints. The winner of that game will meet our green & gold on January 15 for the divisional title. I don’t care who wins, because the poor fellows will have to meet our monsters of the midway the following week. You call that winning?

I know this is the time of year when many people make predictions about the year to come, but I usually refrain from such things. Pay as you go, pay for what you want to know. In any case, I’m particularly glad that I’m not involved in any of that 2012 nonsense. I happen to know for a fact that the world does not come to an end this year. That’s next year. Tee-hee! Of course, I’m fooling. It’s the year after that. No, stop me. I can’t help myself.

I don’t dabble in mass predictions because humans really can’t handle the truth. We are better off not knowing the future of the universe. For those so gifted, however, we should also take advantage of our innate psychic abilities to help others on a personal and economic level. Thus I offer my services to the world. Discounts may apply and you know I will always help a fellow Irregular free of charge. Rates vary for others. Contact me for estimates: Contact me within the next 30 minutes and I’ll throw in a free personal reading.

Thank you so much for reading my blog, dears. You have no idea how much I prize our friendship. I cherish every moment you spend here. Time makes our relationship better, like fine wine.

Dress for the weather my friends. There’s not too many slippery spots out there now, but when they appear, be careful. None of us wants to take a tumble. The hospital doesn’t always have spare parts for irregulars. Septilateral!

Open Blog - Wednesday & Thursday

Is that JTIsland?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Telephone Etiquette

Is it rude not to listen to the messages in your voicemail or on your answering machine, but return the calls and ask, "Why did you call?"

I have a friend who did that for years. He got a lot of complaints, so he just disabled his voicemail Now, you can call him, but you can't leave a message. Often, his ringer is off. When, or if, he answers or calls you back is up to him.

So, back to the original question: is it rude to take messages, but not listen to them before returning calls?

I don't mean to make a point here. I don't know if there even is etiquette anymore. I just want to know what Irregular minds think.

One for the Dog Lovers

Imagine you are a singer and you accompany yourself on the piano. You have a small dog who is your constant companion and who watches as you rehearse.

Got the picture?

Now, imagine that you're away for a few hours, leaving the dog alone at home with the video camera on. Here is what happened while you were away.


I went to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum today. Got to try a little different type of photography with some success...hummingbirds, in flight!

There is a bush outside my living room window that attracts hummingbirds when it blooms. Will have to try some more this spring when the blooms come.

It's Here - 2012 - HAPPY NEW YEAR

Let's hope we have a good year. Holidays went by fast. Then it starts all over again. Anyone have any Great 2011 Stories? Here's hoping that we will not have much snow. I'm more of a summer fan. Skip the Snow & Cold Weather.

What do you do in the winter? Besides working how do you keep busy? I myself like to keep busy on the internet. Everyone stay warm, Don't forget about your pets, keep them inside.

Open Blog - Monday & Tuesday

Who will be the first to post in the first Open Blog of the New Year?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Some New Year's/New Year Eve Photos

Just a few photos for you. First, from New Year's Eve, the glow of sunset, Venus near the horizon, the Moon and Jupiter (above and left of the Moon) taken with my fisheye lens.

Next a green flash from the setting Sun with the telescopes of Kitt Peak visible on the mountain just to the left.

A post Sunset shot of Kitt Peak.

Finally, Venus setting over saguaros near the bottom of the Catalina Highway.

Here's to a great 2012!

Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.

Useless Information

Did you know:

UPS trucks (drivers) HARDLY EVER make a left hand turn.

Corrected for the Wackman......

Happy Leap Year

Happy New Years to all