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Dismembering The County Grounds

 

By Jim Price

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Have enough fans jumped off the bandwagon so that I can fit again?

Brewers players, Milwaukee Brewers, Nutjobs

Considering that your Milwaukee Brewers made the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons, I am genuinely crushed that I can't talk reasonably and rationally about the team this week.  From "They suck" to "Their horrible" to "They suck", it seems to be the only conversation I can have about the Brewers this week.

First the set-up...  I have a week or so of vacation days left and three months in which to use them.  So when it was announced that the Brewers were playing Wednesday afternoon, I immediately took a half-day vacation and invited everybody that I knew that fit into one of these categories:

  1. Unemployed
  2. Retired
  3. Work from home
  4. Worker bees with possible vacation time to burn

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Follow up on School District Investment

Did any of you see the article about the school districts involved in that investment debacle?  They are now suing the company who sold them the package.  Do you think this will keep the money from coming out of our pockets?

 

Bring your dog for a howlin' good time!

Do you have a handsome lobster outfit like the one modeled by Nimbus?  Dig out the doggie costumes and head to Halloween Howl!!!  It's the premier Halloween event for dogs and their humans, featuring a canine costume contest, tricks for treats, bobbing for hot dogs, a bone dig and more!  The little sheriffs and ballerinas are well worth the $20 registration fee, which goes right back to the animals at the shelter. There are two sessions this year on October 17, too! Sign up for 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. or the later session from 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dog must be well-socialized for this indoor event.  Register here!

EUGENE KANE

First and foremost, I want to make it very clear, I am not a fan of Eugene Kane.  He appears to me to be a very angry person, continually expressing his viewpoint against certain individuals.  Although some of us have written about race in the past, it seems like his negative posts are allowed, even encouraged at times. 

With that said, I "accidentally" came across an article titled "White gangs don't scare up e-mails, calls" which was written by you-know-who.  (http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=802328)  Part of the article states:  "I braced myself for the usual torrent of commentary from those people who send messages whenever stories like the “chicken grease trial” of black drug dealers or the assorted crackdowns on violent street gangs by Milwaukee police or any random act of violence by black people hit the headlines.  But after hearing about the culmination of a 20-month investigation by Milwaukee police, state and federal agents that resulted in numerous charges against 16 people affiliated with the so-called (name deleted) gang, I wondered why my usual suspects were missing in action."

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Another Professional Bowlers Association season is upon us

Bowling, PBA Tour, Television, USBC Masters, YouTube

I was going to bore everybody with a preview of this 50th anniversary PBA season.  There are significant format changes, a local player (Chad Kloss) back on tour as an exempt player for a second year, and Milwaukee losing not only is tour stop, but the stop was a "Major" tournament to boot.  As a matter of fact, I wrote numerous update pieces during the USBC Masters qualifying at this point last season.

As I was mentally outlining my preview, it occured to me.... nobody cares, otherwise Milwaukee wouldn't be a FORMER stop on the PBA Tour.  So I cobbled this together instead.  Lots of fun... Enjoy!

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ADOPTED Welcome Autumn with Pumpkin

Are you looking for someone to cuddle up with this autumn? This winter? For many years to come?

 

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Customer Service?

Alright, I will admit, that sometimes, maybe once a week, I make the unhealthy decision to go through a fast food joint. Yep, I cannot control myself. It's just something that gets me through to the next week.

I know minimum wage isn't all that much. I am sure it's more than enough to cover your basic cell phone bill and/or car insurance, right? So, although most of these kids will work your basic 20 hour work week, there is something so irritating about the type of customer service provided today at most of these types of establishments.

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I am Joe the Plumber

2008 Presidential Race, Barack Obama, John McCain, Television

Ok, so I'm not really a plumber, not named Joe, from Ohio, or looking to buy the business in which I am currently employed.

By now, most everybody knows (and if you don't, read this) that Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher is not named "Joe", is not a liscenced plumber in the State of Ohio, has a lein on his property for back taxes, may not be a registered voter, and is bald.

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Two Things Good for You Now

I joined Weight Watchers with my mom 9 weeks ago.  I've already lost 17.6 pounds.  The program is working so well for me that I was scolded a couple weeks ago for losing too much weight, too quickly.  (I lost an average of 4 pounds each week for two weeks, which, apparently, is a big no-no.)

My scolding not withstanding, I'm loving this!  I am back in dress pants and jeans I haven't been able to wear for over a year.  Whoo Hoo! 

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PLAY ON! RECAP

The West Allis Players would like to thank all those who attended and participated in our last production of Play On! to help make it a success.
 
 " We had a delightful group of actors and crew, some of  whom have not  acted or worked on a production in several years, says director Dave Dombrowski. This is my 51st production sins starting in 1965 and my 7th production for The West Allis Players . What a pleasure it was to work with the cast and crew ." 
 
Many audience members stated that this was their first time to one of The West Allis Players production and how they liked the performance. We appreciate all your support and look forward to seeing at next production of Agatha Christie's  A Murder is Announced. More on this in upcoming blogs and on our web site at www.waplayers.org.
 
Also check our web site for the Children Series starting in December.

TO FORGIVE OR NOT TO FORGIVE?

 

That is the question!

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Staying Warm at Home this Winter

Heating assistance, La Casa Esperanze, Menards, Montel Williams, SDC, WE Energies

I recently heard that heating costs will be going up this coming winter. That includes all who heat their homes with oil too. In the New York Post today there's an article about how people are cutting back on needed prescriptions just so that they can eat, stay warm and make their rent or mortgage payments. This is crazy. I found out quite by accident that IF the need is there, many drug companies will provide your medications for FREE. I know this to be a fact because I did it. Also Montel Williams speaks about a website that will help you get your needed medications.

On to the heating situation. There is energy assistance available. If you have a computer go to WE Energies site. The info is there, or call the Social Development Commission site on N. Richards Street. The main problem that I heard though is the wait. There are apparently so many people in need that people begin to wait hours ahead of the doors opening. I don't know if this is because of the beginning rush (applications for heating assistance began on Oct. 15) or, if this is how it'll be until the money runs out.

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Baby, It's (gonna be) Cold Outside

James family, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, Vier Pogo Squad 51, West Allis

I am trying to like my kids more (today, at least).

When I was growing up, the worst thing about a cold day for trick-or-treat was having to wear a big winter coat over that wonderful Superman costume that had been handcrafted by some machine in China and purchased at the Chase Avenue K-Mart.  As I grew up, that is one of those images that is kind of depressing.... some parent spent good money on a cosutme - or worse, put hours and hours of love and care into a costume - that would be hidden by a jacket and mittens.

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Caravan of Costumed Canines

Come watch four-legged ghouls and goblins stroll down Wisconsin Avenue at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Halloween parade! On Friday, October 24 at 12:00 p.m., see little lobsters, princesses, rock stars and other dogs-in-disguise strut their stuff.   All the dogs in the parade will be walked by cats, so you don’t want to stray from this photo opportunity!  Plus, they are all available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society.  The public is invited to this free parade and treats for our little trick-or-treaters would be much appreciated! They love Lean Pupperoni or other soft, healthy dog treats.    WHAT:            Halloween Dog Parade  WHERE:         Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI    WHEN:            Friday, October 24, 2008 12:00 noon  

The WHS Halloween Parade is one of several fun events offered at the Wisconsin Humane this month.  October is Adopt-a-Dog Month and the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies are hoping to place 500 dogs in new homes in just 31 days! Many of the dogs available for adoption are some of the last remaining that were rescued from Puppy Haven Kennels, the largest breeding facility in Wisconsin, when WHS closed the operation to find good homes for them.

We tricked, we treated, we laughed, we cried...

2008 Presidential Race, Barack Obama, James family, John McCain, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, Taxes, Vier Pogo Squad 51, West Allis

The thousands of you - well, make that the 18 of you that actually read my blog post from last week - may be wondering how the pre-Hallowe'en weekend worked out.  Well, do I have a story for you...

Thursday evening, (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Baby Brother, St. Jon, called with another potential doin' for the weekend.  I had forgotten that Downtown West Allis was holding its Meet & Treat from 10:00 AM to Noon on Saturday along W. Greenfield Ave. 

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"It's a Holly Jolly Christmas" Challenge

We are half way to goal for the West Allis Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 6, 2008, thanks to Quad Graphics' ($2,500) and WaterStone Bank's ($2,500) contributions.

We are asking the citizens of West Allis and all the people, who come to watch the parade, to donate one, single dollar ($1.00), so we can continue a wonderful, holiday tradition.

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GIFT-FREE CHRISTMAS

As a child, one of my favorite times during the year was Christmas.  Why, you might ask?  Well, let me tell you.  It had to be the gifts.  The night before Christmas, knowing the very next morning we would wake up to goodies underneath the tree.  What memories!  The Barbie Dream House, the Light Bright, among other dreams which came true.  Santa always did us proud. 

Yet, with the economy the way it is, it appears to me that families are downsizing.  Shows on how parents are now having to say "no" instead of "yes" are popping up on a daily basis.  Overindulgance has been a part of society because of the all-mighty credit card.  I recall working retail years ago.  Parents would come through my line to charge at least $500 worth of gifts for Johnie and Suzie and state they hadn't even covered HALF of what their children were requesting from Santa. 

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SINGLE PARENTS BEWARE!

Alright folks.  You know it's time we get real.  I am sure most of us heard about the family tragedy of Jennifer Hudson.  We know that her mother and brother were shot and killed in their family home.  We also know that for days her 7 year old nephew was missing.  He was found in the back of an SUV on Chicago's West Side on Monday.  He, too, had been shot and killed as well. 

In doing some research, I found the myspace page of Jennifer's sister, the mother of this 7 year old boy.  Her name is Julia Hudson, and the link to her page is:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=95546805

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Kittens, kittens, everywhere!

Molly and her five baby kittens were among fourteen cats surrendered by a single family this week to the Wisconsin Humane Society. The 5-week-old black and white kittens are named Pumpkin, Elvira, Boo, Candy Corn and Casper. The kittens and their mother will go into foster care until they are old enough for adoption; the other adult cats will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before becoming available.

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