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Ever know a guy or gal who is known as a "Do Gooder"?  You may have even carried the title yourself.  Its basic premise may be a negative or positive connotation.  One who beholds the title is a man, woman or child who performs acts of kindness within their family or community. 

Which type of person has the ability to be so in touch with the needs of others?  Is it in all of us, or a select few? 

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Budgets and Pregnancy

Been reading articles in West Allis now and found a few interesting ones about the district.

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Am I finally noticing my mortality?

Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, Injuries, James family, Reno, Uphill (both ways), West Allis

Sometimes my blog posts are for fun.  Sometimes they are to prattle on endlessly about nothing much.  Sometimes I'll post something that I may find interesting, but you couldn't care less about.  And sometimes, its cathartic.  This may one of them.

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Day Zero Project

Have you all heard of this?  The details are below.  I'm finding it pretty interesting and I'm going to give it a try.  You can visit my blog to keep track of my progress - and I encourage you to come up with your own list. Have some fun with it and pass it around to your family and friends.

About The Project

Welcome to Day Zero, the home of the 1001 Day Project. A unique challenge that inspires you to set and achieve your personal goals in life.

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.
(copied from the Day Zero Project web page)

Older woman - younger man

After many years of exposure, the older man/younger woman syndrome has finally become mainstream. 

Initially, the older man/younger woman partnership left one being labeled a “dirty old man” and the other a “gold digger”.   Today, it is the norm, almost celebrated.   Hugh Heffner is still going strong. With his set of three girlfriends, two of which are twin sisters, I am sure he has no plans of slowing down. 

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The stigmata, bunny eggs and Brad Beach

Bradley Center, Catholic church, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, Religion, US Cellular Arena, YouTube

A headline talking about Jesus' wounds, eggs supplied by bunnies and the Wave mascot means only one thing - Easter is on its way!

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Laughter: Good Medicine

Laughter, good medicine, Blue Collar Comedy Tour, George Carlin, Dane Clark, Jon Stewart, Bill Cosby, Sunday Funnies

It's dawned on me over the past several months that I've been way too serious. I haven't been finding the humor and funniness in my life and in the same things that other people do. At first I thought that their sense of humor wasn't the same as mine, but, then I caught myself not even cracking a smile while reading the Sunday Funnies. This realization caught me by surprise. It wasn't "them", it was ME. I had a true light bulb moment then and there.

I started to think then. What makes me laugh? Who makes me laugh? Granted I'm alone here a lot and my life has its share of problems. But, life can be funny in its own way and nothing is insurmountable. Something had to change. So, tonight, while I was channel surfing. I found on the one country channel I get, a ten year compendium of the guys on The Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Suddenly, I was laughing, out loud even. It felt good sitting here alone to hear the sound of laughter, mine no less. Later tonight there's a new Blue Collar Comedy Tour show on and I will be dvr'ing it.

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Road Construction Woes

I know road construction is a necessary evil.  I understand that when we come out on the other side of the rubble, we'll have better roads to travel upon.  But I'm truly not prepared to have work done on Greenfield Ave. and the Zoo interchange almost at the same time.  Basically this will mean I won't be able to go anywhere without tripping over orange cones for the better part of four years (if I remember the time frames properly). 

It's bittersweet.  I'm excited to have the Hyundai eating potholes filled.  And if they widen it and put in a bike lane, that would be nice.  And certainly the zoo interchange could use some work, but the thought of fighting traffic where it is already sometimes challenging isn't making me do cartwheels.

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People, places and things...

I like....

How often do you hear about a place to avoid?   Bad service, food or atmosphere. Once it sinks in, it is hard to remove the stigmatism. We avoid going, believing that what was stated, must be true.

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Remember when things cost what they said they would cost?

Free market, Milwaukee Brewers, Naughty businesses, Other blogs

(Side note; this is one of those rant-y blog posts.)

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A fly on the wall at a Wave game

Dan Devine, James family, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, US Cellular Arena

(All photos courtesy of My-Sugar-Na's camera, although I took them.)

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West Allis Ala Carte 'Senior Idol' Looking For Local Talent

Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District (DWA-BID), working with the City of West Allis and WAWM Chamber of Commerce, are proud to announce the 3rd Annual West Allis Ala Carte.  This event will take place on Greenfield Avenue from 70th to 76th and adjacent side streets on Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 12noon to 6pm.

Organizations such as West Allis Women's Club, hosting their 'Chocolate Fix' baking contest, CAAD (Citizens Alliance Against Drugs) will host CAAD Crafters, West Allis Arts A'Fair, West Allis Celebrations Committee and many other organizations and restaurants will be present to "kick-off" the summer in West Allis.

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Penis and Vagina. 


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Breaking news now?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, West Allis

Check your Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sunday (March 28th).  Read every article on every page, top to bottom, including the ads.

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Zoo interchange

Nanny State, Bowling, James family, Local news, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nutjobs, One Idiot is Offended, Taxes, West Allis

For now, let's set aside the fact that everybody with half a brain knows that the transportation fund has been raided for years, and that every proposal for reconstructing the Zoo interchange has been a Cadillac plan, and with each time they remove an option (like the heated seats) which doesn't actually appease the masses, the price tag goes up anyway.  Those are serious issues, but the fact is that because they happened, we how have to deal with how to survive for two months until the emergency repairs are complete.

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Need of Change!

I would first like to apologize for not writing a new blog soon.

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School Investment Blunder

Have you all seen this article?  It's the first follow up article I've stumbled upon regarding the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District investment deal that went awry.  Apparently, the bank got tired of waiting for the various districts to pay them and took money from trust accounts. 

Sounds like the payments made aren't going to be near enough to cover the debt (they took $1,552,092 from WAWM) and, like others who posted comments on the actual article, I fear this means the taxpayers will be picking up the balances. 

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What Easter Used to Be

Rupena's, The Outpost, Polish Sausage, black jelly beans, Menard's, Peeps, Easter Lamb, Butter lamb, Chocolate Easter bunnies, Mass

Easter nowadays, to me, means black jelly beans, Polish sausage for breakfast, a butter lamb when I can find one and a bit of chocolate. By the way for that Polish sausage ishould be either Rupena's or The Outpost kind. Both are pretty good. I'll be getting mine tomorrow. I got my black jelly beans at Menard's of all places yesterday. They are soft and full of that lovely licorice flavor. Maybe I'll find the butter lamb tomorrow too when I get my Polish sausage.

Growing up there were so many Easter traditions, most of which are long gone. This being Holy Week, if you're religious, had a different activity from Thursday through Sunday. There were processions, long church services, lots of singing and the best of all the blessing of food on Holy Saturday afternoon. Mom filled the basket with Polish sausage, butter lamb, a special round loaf of bread, some colored eggs and whatever else she thought needed blessing. The church smelled magnificent. The priest would walk up and down the aisle on either side and sprinkle all with holy water. I'll never forget how the church smelled on Holy Saturday.

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Medicine Collection Day

Milwaukee County residents are encouraged to bring their prescription medication, over the counter medication, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials and pet medications to Miller Park (lot by the Sausage Haus) on Saturday, May 8, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  DO NOT bring illegal drugs, biohazardous materials, needles/sharps, personal care products (shampoo, soap, lotion, sunscreen, etc.) or household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

Keep the medication in the original package or bottle.  You may cross off your name and address but do not cover up the name of the medication.  To comply with federal law, certain drugs have to immediately be turned over to local law enforcement for disposal.  You will be asked to fill out a short form with your name and address, verifying you're a Milwaukee County resident.

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West Allis Shredfest

There will be a West Allis Shredfest on Saturday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at State Central Credit Union, 10015 West Greenfield Avenue. Up to three boxes of personal papers, including old checks, bank and credit card statements, old tax returns, and receipts may be brought in. For more information see the following web sites: or

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