The singular, A-number-1, positively, absolutely most important time in a young man's life is upon us. For that reason, I can't blog for awhile.
BJ and PeeWee are 8-year-old Schipperkes who are seeking a family with room for two! These inseparable sisters will keep you laughing as they play together with their favorite squeaky toys. At 8-years-old, they already know the ropes and understand basic cues like "sit" and "come." You'd never guess that they are 8-years-old, despite the cute gray beards they've both developed. These two are quite spunky, outgoing and play off each other's energy in very silly displays of play.
This past weekend, I went to dinner and my friend and I decided to go for a walk. It was Friday night and the weather was slightly chilly. I had not truly dressed for the occasion, but fortunately had remembered a light jacket in the trunk of my car. As we walked along the river, we noticed a flurry of activity. I love the east side, especially along the lakefront. Walking is what I do, usually around the pond and also the four sets of stairs from the pond area up to Prospect. It literally takes your breath away, and no, I am not only talking the scenery. After 25 sets, a total of 100 flights of stairs, you are literally drained and exhilirated all at the same time. Occasionally, I will sit and do your average people watch session, but normally it is in and out for me. No matter what, I always feel safe.
Getting back to last Friday. My friend and I are casually strolling along the river. It is quite a stretch, but I love to walk. We reach a point that I have heard of so often. Yep, you got it, I see "The Fonz". How cool is that? The statue sits on the river, with a plaque very close to it. Within 15 feet of the sculpture sits a woman, on a chair of some sorts. She is wearing a smock with the words "Miss Katie" across the front. She is around 5 feet tall and has a cute roundish face. She reminds me of my grandmother, yet younger. She is comfortable, yet I wonder. Who is this woman? And, why is she here? Does she need help, does she have a home? So many questions run through my mind. She offers to take a picture of my friend and I next to The Fonz. "No thanks", we respond. I am slightly hesitant to hand my electronic devices to strangers. Although she seems safe, the inevitable always pops into my mind. The traveling adventurer, the seemingly harmless "photographer". One hands over the camera, and the next thing you know, the photog is running as fast as he or she can with their new possession. Quite a few things ran through my mind. Yet, a journey of an adventure began. Miss Katie begins to describe The Fonz, head to toe. She mentions in his right thumb-print there are initials, representing Henry Winkler and his wife. Also, along the hand are initials of I believe the creator and his wife as well along with a heart. Miss Katie pulled me in. She began to describe her family history. At one point I glanced down and noticed a smock. Inside she carried paints. I questioned her motive for being in this particular place. She stated that she paints faces and arms. I request that she paint my arm and she happily obliges.
Calvin and Hobbes will exceed your every expectation when you visit them at WHS. Large in both size and personality, it's hard not to fall for these confident, affectionate and outgoing cats. Hobbes has a luxurious coat of thick fur, so perhaps that's why he's first to greet you at the door. This kitty LOVES being groomed and will need brushing to keep his coat healthy and shiny. Calvin is never far behind Hobbes and will eagerly crawl into your lap for chin rubs and neck scratches.
These amazing cats have lived together their whole lives and have formed a deep bond of love and friendship. We don't want to split them up. Do you have the room in your heart and home for two? See them at www.wihumane.org.
On September 4, 2008, the Executive Board was reinstated by a unanimous vote. Claudia Derringer, Second Vice President, decided to step down. Her compassion, dedication, and hard work will be missed. The General membership requested the appointment of Patti SanFillippo to Second Vice President, and she accepted.
The 2008-2009 elected positions are as follows; Bill Potocic - President, TJ Meyers-Jansky - First Vice President, Patti SanFillippo - Second Vice President, Marge Larson - Treasurer, Sue Jean Ceel - Secretary, Dave Wied - Past President, Scott Adrian - Officer, Joyce Halliburton - Officer, Eric Christensen - Officer, Sheila Kuchenreuther - Officer, and David Radowicz - Officer.
On Tuesday evening, September 9th (Side note; coincedentally, I was at County Stadium exactly 16 years earlier watching Robin Yount get his 3000th hit), I took (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Son, Mitten to the Brewers game. It was a cool but comfortable evening, but with the Miller Park dome closed, it was a great night for baseball. And except for Jeff Suppan and some guy that I've never heard of going to a 3-1 count on every batter before every batter started fouling off pitches, we had a great time. (Side note; on Saturday, September 6th, My-Sugar-Na and I watched the Brewers beat the Padres in 2 hours and 7 minutes. By comparison, at 9:14 PM on Tuesday, we were in the top of the 6th inning.)
As the game meandered on way past Mitten's bedtime, Ray Durham (who clearly doesn't respect a child's need for sleep) hit a game-tying 3-run home run in the 7th inning, and the hapless Reds and ice cold Brewers played on into the night.
Cruise on down to Pier Wisconsin for a lovely evening of good cheer and good deeds for our four-legged friends. Benefiting the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies, the Paws & Claws Gala will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008.
Emceed by The Biggest Name in Milwaukee Radio, Phil Cianciola from 620 WTMJ, the annual fundraiser for the Wisconsin Humane Society boasts an impressive array of silent and live auction items, Bartolotta’s finest fare and live music. You’ll meet cats in ball gowns and dogs in tuxedos! There’s even a raffle and the top prize is sensational!
Ok, so I may be dating myself here, but I recently attended my 20 year high school reunion. Yep, believe it or not, Laura "Hendricks" decided to go for it.
I had gotten a couple of emails from previous classmates throughout the past couple of months. I was excited because not only had I know most everyone in the graduating class, but had also attended grade school with a few as well.
I might have a line on a ticket for myself for tonight's Brewers/Cubs game at Wrigley.
Refreshing everybody's memory, the Brewers are now 4-3 at Wrigley, and I have been to two of the Brewers losses there in April. Also, I have been to four Brewers/Cubs games this season, and the Brewers are 0-4 in those four games.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Animals and those creepy alien-type things on Stargate: Today I am pleased to turn over my humble little blog to my favorite wife, My-Sugar-Na! Please give her your undivided attention.
With the current election closing in on us, most of us are pretty set regarding who we are going to vote for. One of the main concerns of us as an American people is our National Security and the War at this time.
Being a member of the United States Army, I can honestly state I support our troops. I have many friends who have not only served, but have been deployed numerous times. I received an honorable discharge in 1991. My children's father served a 1 year tour in Kabul, Afghanistan which I believe changed his life. My children and their father kept in touch via letters and email.
The Executive Board met for the first time last evening, 9/18/08
The planning is in process for this year's Christmas parade in West Allis. We have been organizing & bringing the parade to the downtown streets for over 10 years. The sweat equity is a lot of fun. Working with the Business Improvement District and the WA/WM Chamber of Commerce, to bring an entire day of community activities together, is well worth our efforts.
We wish parades would come free, but they do not. In order for us to put on a quality parade, we need to raise additional funds. WaterStone Bank has come forward with $2,500. Their gracious donation is a good start, but we still need $7,500 or donations of bands and attractions.
It's been a little while, I know, but I've been busy trying to soak up the last few bits of summer before we head down that all too familiar road. The pathway through the crunching red and gold leaves isn't so bad. It's the cooler temperatures that inevitably dead end in Wisconsin's winter wonderland that I fear the most.
Soon I'll be packing away my flip flops and capris and pulling out boots and mittens. It's sad. I absolutely adore summer. I absolutely hate winter. OK, so maybe hate is kind of a strong word, but I think it's justified here.
I've had several distractions in the past several weeks. I won't weary your minds with all the events but, for the most part, things have come back to normal whatever that word means.
In my travels around the East End I've made a few observations. The first one is that all the work that was supposed to be started on 60th Street beginning on Lincoln Ave. hasn't begun outside of some infracture work. Instead of the roadwork starting, the residents on either side of 60th St. got a patch job. I can't imagine how this patch job will hold up through the winter. Upon asking my alderman and the state representative who actually came to my house on a campaign mission, I was told by both of them that the money to pay for the work wasn't available. My questions are: Was it there when the city of West Allis had the big meeting at city hall with the engineers? Was it never there? If it was there what happened to it? Was it diverted to some other project that was deemed more important? Perhaps the city should let the citizens of the East End know what's going on.
When you hear the word "institution"
what is the first thought that comes to mind? Is it more in the
direction of positive or negative?
When I think of institution, I recall a conversation with a Great Aunt years ago. About 50 years ago my Aunt gave birth to a daughter with down syndrome. The doctors and nurses at that time had very different ideas regarding children who were "different" . They stated that the best care for my cousin would be to eventually allow her to be raised in an institution. Fortunately, my Aunt and Uncle disagreed and raised their daughter on their own. She is one of the most loving and kind persons you would ever meet. She is very active, holds a job and has a boyfriend as well.
Today, regarding the word institution, we now associate it with something which should be a very positive experience. The Institution of Marriage. I am sure you have heard of it used in that way, correct?
Marriage today is quite different than 50 years ago. Divorce was a curse word, at least in the Catholic Church. Men worked and women stayed home. Oh how times have changed. More likely than not, most children will have numerous step parents and siblings as well. It is more common than not to be divorced and multiple marriages are on the rise. Dissolution is not prejudice. It hits every race, age and sex. We have now opened the doors and the word marriage has a completely new definition. Instead of this union being approved between a man and a woman, it is now open for everyone regardless of sexual orientation. It almost appears that if you STAY married for more than 10 years, you are a rarity. Marriage extinction is on the rise and soon enough we will be at a 75% divorce rate for all persons.
What has changed something which was the core of our society? Can we pinpoint an exact point in time when this institution became so very negative?
Play On!" This comedy concerns a group attempting to put on a play while the overbearing playwright continues to make changes and changes -- and changes. Hilarious complications, anybody?
In the late 1990s, former County Executive Tom Ament proposed selling more than 300 acres in the County Grounds Northeast Quadrant (see map). Almost overnight, “Save the County Grounds" lawn signs were everywhere!
This outpouring of public opposition led to the creation of
a Northeast Quadrant Land Use Plan that set boundaries for a business
development zone of approximately 66 acres on the west end of the property and
set aside approximately 55 acres of naturalized parkland in the middle of the
property. To create holding ponds to address flooding, the easternmost section
of the property was allocated to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District. This plan was developed by Kubala Wasatko Architects and served as the consensus plan representing all interests.
If any one of us has ever lived in the City of West Allis, I am sure at one time or another you have spotted the WAFD logo on the side of an ambulance cruising down your street. You will notice, for those neighbors who are home during the day, a crowd gathering out of “curiosity”. I am sure each and every one of us hopes for the best possible outcome for any patient who needs assistance and transporting.