Saturday, September 26, 2015

"Madison Police Officer Signs Off In Unique Way"

From LiveLeak:

"No cops shooting people. No cops chasing some idiot till he crashes. Just one of those invisible good cops retiring in a memorable way

"Officer Derrick Jones served the Madison Police Department with honor for 15 years. He spent some of his days as a traffic enforcement decoy, crossing streets in marked crosswalks to educate drivers on yielding to walkers. That task earned him the nickname 'Duck,' which he referenced in his musical farewell.

"Officer Jones was struck by a vehicle one day in 2009 as he was leaving work and crossing a downtown street in the crosswalk. His injuries forced him to go on light duty for a period of time, a fact that also made its way into Jones’ rendition of the 'Boyz II Men' classic."


Open Blog - Weekend


Friday, September 25, 2015

"the littlest roar"

Keep practicing. You'll get there.

"Man sues wife over make-up"

Oh my!

Four for Fridays!

I am posting the Four for Fridays again because Drew has been working overtime again. Yes he is very busy with working overtime and taking me to my doctor and physical therapy appointments. I am just so thankful I have a very caring man in my life.

I am sorry if these questions have been asked before. Here are the questions.

1) Where do you rent movies from?

2) Do you have a favorite Disney Character and who is it?

3) When you went on vacation with your parents did you ever say are we there yet?

4) What childhood t.v. show would you like to see come back on t.v.?

Have a great day!

"For my commenters"

From Knuckledraggin My Life Away:

" Posted in funny pics | Leave a comment"

Open Blog - Friday

Oh yeah!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Years Of Unpaid Lunches and Breaks at Heart of Wheaton Franciscan Complaints"

From Racine County Eye:

By Denise Lockwood in Breaking, Community · September 24, 2015

"Employees at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital-All Saints have filed complaints with the state and received back pay from Wheaton over discrepancies with their paychecks that had occurred — in some cases — for two years.

"Four employees from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints have filed complaints with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for not being paid for lunches that they worked. The company also took pay out for breaks, but the workers did not take them. A payroll person from Wheaton Franciscan allegedly told the employees that their time cards were 'manipulated' by managers, according to records obtained through an open records request from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

"The employees — Tina Tyler, Laurel Ostergaard, Tria Braun, and Melissa Jozefowski — worked at the St. Luke’s campus on Wisconsin Avenue. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints paid Tyler, Ostergaard, and Braun for back pay, according to the complaint file.

"Jozefowski filed her complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce earlier this month, and Wheaton responded to her complaint Tuesday, said Anne Ballentine, vice president of communications and public relations.

"'Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare has diligently investigated and worked to resolve the claims,' Ballentine said.

"Racine County Eye also learned that a fifth person, who wished not to be named, also received back pay for working through lunches and breaks. That employee’s check was marked, 'settlement.'

"Ballentine would not comment any further on the matter. Calls made to Tyler, Ostergaard, Braun and Jozefowski were not returned."

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"Fort Worth Dog Train"

Top 10 Media Thursdays

" How to make your daughter turn off the cell phone. [*VOLUME*]"

From LiveLeak:

I don't know what kind of critter that was, but it's funny.

Open Blog - Thursday

Happy Hoppy.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This is Elmo.

He showed up one day and now he is here to stay. He is an interesting cat, like the rest of them.

Last night he had nerves of steel and came into our room where the dog sleeps. That was a first. Usually he waits until the morning to come near our room and that's to let us know he's hungry.

Hopefully there won't be any more strays because I don't want our house to turn into Old MacDonalds Farm.

Orbs, I may be seeking advice.

Life is fragile, handle with care

At first, I wasn't going to post anything about a horrible situation that has hit our family.  After thinking it through, I decided if it could prevent one death, it is necessary.

Last Sunday, while vacationing with her sister in Door County, my sister-in-law was stung by a bee. She immediately felt ill, told her sister she was dizzy, and collapsed in front of a restaurant.  CPR was started immediately, a first responder was walking down the sidewalk and jumped in and assisted. She never regained consciousness.  My poor brother has to do the most heart wrenching thing any spouse has to do.  Signing a form giving permission for life support to be removed is something I hope no one in this group ever has to do!  I've done it, I know the second guessing that you live with afterwards.  

To our knowledge, she hadn't had much of a reaction to bee venom.  Or, perhaps, had never been stung.  She was in perfect health.  

Please, if you've ever had even a minor reaction to an insect bite, discuss this with your doctor.  I had a bad reaction to fire ants.  I dismissed it as a one time thing.  I called my doctor.  He prescribed an epi-pen.  Turns out, I've been extremely lucky.  

Our family is devastated by this loss.  

"'Walk Like A Man' Four Seasons Frankie Valli {Stereo}"

Check out the dancers.

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my autumnal weather friends!  How are you?  Yes, the temperature continues its slide downward, but so slowly at times as to be imperceptible.  I love temperatures in the 70’s during the day, and 50’s for sleeping at night.  I think we’ve had a near perfect summer.  We just got the rain we could’ve used a little earlier, but I know that farmers are happy.  Autumn, already.  As Charlie Brown would say, “Good grief!”

As predicted here, our stoic and marvelous Green Bay Packers slipped by the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday.  Next will be the Kansas City Chiefs (how un-PC) on Monday, September 28, at home at 7:20 PM.  Once again, my prediction is that the Packers will make mincemeat of their opponents.  Once again, the Green and Gold will be triumphant!

This Saturday, September 26, is “Party on the Pavement” in downtown Racine: . I haven’t gone to the “party” much since the beginning, when the Downtown Racine Corporation wouldn’t begrudge me a booth.  But I always mention and promote the “party.”  And, of course, Junior and Señor Zanza always attend.  Plenty of girls and plenty of beer – they’re in heaven. 

The next day, Sunday the 27th, is when the real party starts for the JTIs.  Hint, hint, wink, wink. Try not to destroy any toilet fixtures, Mr. OrbsCorbs.

Well, our governor Walker dropped out of the presidential race.  Too bad.  I was hoping that he’d be so busy campaigning that he wouldn’t have time to damage Wisconsin any more.  I think those big words and hard questions of the debates made him look foolish, so he returned to the land where he is “king,” even though he’s an idiot.  (Political remarks made here are mine and mine alone.)  If only everyone in the U.S. could experience the Walker experience, then we might have a revolution.

The Pope is here!  No, not right next to me, but in Washington, D.C.  I think he’s going on a U.S. tour.  Just like the Rolling Stones.  He should use Robert Tilton for his opening act.  In all seriousness, he seems to be the most accessible Pope since anyone can remember.  He is devoid of pretense and truly loves the poor.  He’s like a Super Mother Teresa.  I hope he lives a long and productive life as the Pope.  Welcome to the USA, Pope Francis!

Finally, I want to make a comment on driverless cars, which are predicted to be on our roads within 10 years.  Google says 5 years for their car.  Here’s my comment: ARE YOU F*CKING NUTS?  The last thing I want next to me on the highway is a machine totally dependent upon computers and cutting edge technology.  What happens when the blue screen of death appears on the car’s console?  Does it explode?  Who’s to blame if there’s a pileup of driverless cars?  If you flip off a driverless car, does it get road rage?  I think driving is dangerous enough as it is, and the more we depend upon technology, the less self-reliant we become.

Thank you for reading my blog today.  I’d like to smooch each and every one of my readers.  I smooched my monitor.  You smooch yours and it’s like we’re trading kisses.  (Please, don’t smooch the monitor if you have any communicable diseases.)

Does the Pope smoke dope?  Ask:

Enjoy the weather while we have it.  I haven’t seen any tree color changes yet, but they’re sure to come.  Remember, wet leaves can be slipperier than ice.  Watch out for kids around school buses, and everywhere else.  Let fall begin! 


Did you push my button?

At 6 PM yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 22, someone hit my apartment's buzzer.  It buzzed and buzzed and buzzed.  I kept hitting the enter button, but the buzzing persisted.  In our building, the intercom to the lobby is permanently broken, so I don't usually let enter the occasional buzzer.  Sometimes people hit the wrong buzzer.  Sometimes it's kids hitting all of the buttons in the hopes that one will let them in.

Today, they kept at it, so I finally walked down to the lobby.  There was a kid there waiting for his pizza delivery.  He was looking at some sort of small screen toy like a smart phone or a tablet.  I asked him if someone had just been there and he said, "Yes."  I asked, "A guy or a girl?" "Guy," he said.

So, if that was you, next time push my buzzer thrice and head to the front door, putting your hand on the handle.  You should be able to feel the click to let you in. (It's subtle.)  I'll come down to meet you.

I wish the old telephone intercoms worked, but I know how susceptible to breakdown entry systems can be.  They should go wireless 

Open Blog - Wednesday

I love autumn, but I hate winter.

Monday, September 21, 2015

"Local author comes home to stay"

From The Journal

"RACINE — David Kherdian has come home to stay.

"Last May, the award-winning author and poet visited his hometown of Racine in celebration of his recent gift of collected works to the Racine Heritage Museum.

"While they were here, he and his wife Nonny Hogrogian (an award-winning illustrator/artist) met with people throughout the community, as Kherdian gave readings and presentations throughout the week. The connections the couple made during that time convinced them to pull up their New York state roots and move to the city where Kherdian grew up in the 1930s and 40s.

"'We discovered an arts community here that is active, alive and progressive,' said Kherdian, whose work has been published in more than a dozen languages around the world.

"'And we feel like we have something to give back to the community, so that maybe someone else can grow from it.'"

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Too bad he wasn't here when Why Not visited.  I believe she's a big fan of David Kherdian.

Charlie's back in his window seat.

He used it daily for 7 years at the old apartment.  Unfortunately, this type of window seat requires an old fashioned window sill to secure it.  The windows in my current apartment are too modern, and operated horizontally.

If I owned the place, I'm sure I could come up with some way to attach the window seat permanently to a window.  I didn't want to incur the wrath of management, so I just left the seat leaning against some other junk for nearly two years.

Then it hit me.  Maybe it would fit between the wrung of a ladder.  The ladder is actually a poor replacement for the cat tree he had at the old place.  When we moved, we had to leave it behind because of bed bugs.

So I tried out the seat on a wrung and it was an almost perfect fit.  More importantly, it fit between the forelegs of the ladder as well.  Supporting it there was gonna be a little wood work project.  Then I looked at two long, athletic shoe laces and a light went off in my head  (or maybe it was just another stroke).  I tied the shoe laces together and fashioned a "sling" out of them to support the loose end of the seat.

The first day, Charlie sniffed it and touched it with his paw. By the second day, he was back in the seat.  Unfortunately, this seat does not give him the view he had at the old place.

I'm very happy for Charlie.

Poll: Do You Want To Know About Political Corruption?

Some say we must root out evil wherever we find it, while others say it's always been this way and always will, so why get worked up over something you can't change?

Open Blog - Monday

Today doesn't exist.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

"Boy takes down hate preacher in the most Scottish way possible"

" Big ass brown bear up close and personal"

From LiveLeak:

You have to be nuts to mess with an animal like that. Notice how fast his claws and jaws were. He's a "big ass bear" all right, and I'd never fuck with him.

The parting gift of poop is just bad manners on the bear's part.