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A Birth Certificate shows that we were born . 

A Death Certificate shows that we died

Pictures show that we lived!

Have a seat . . . Relax . . .  I Believe...

That just because two people argue,
It doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
It doesn't mean they do love each other.

I Believe...
That we don't have to change friends if
We understand that friends change.

I Believe....
That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe...
That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I Believe...
That you can do something in an instant
That will give you heartache for life..

I Believe...
That it's taking me a long time
To become the person I want to be.

I Believe...
That you should always leave loved ones with
Loving words. It may be the last time you see them..

I Believe...
That you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I Believe...
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe...
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe...
That my best friend and I, can do anything, or nothing and have the best time.

I Believe...
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
But that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe...
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had
And what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I Believe...
That it isn't always enough, to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe...
That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I Believe...
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
But, we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe...
Two people can look at the exact same
Thing and see something totally different.

I Believe...
That your life can be changed in a matter of
Hours by people who don't even know you.

I Believe...
That even when you think you have no more to give, when
A friend cries out to you - you will find the strength to help.

I Believe...
That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe...
That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I Believe...
'The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything.

Thank you God for all the wonderful people who help us throughout the journey of life...

Author Unknown

The Wave has been saved. Now what?

Milwaukee Wave, MISL, Xtreme Soccer League, YouTube

The Milwaukee Wave kicks off their 26th season this Sunday (12-6) with a game against La Raza de Monterrey.

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West Allis Gets a Police Dog

Did you see the article about our new Police Dog?  Don't be surprised if you see Diesel around town (although he's mostly going to be on the graveyard shift). 

In my admittedly limited knowledge of police dogs, it would seem they are quite beneficial to the force and the community.  I would expect they are valuable giving chase to criminals on the run to keep officers on the trail as well as sniffing out drugs and other items.  I've watched COPS enough to see them in action -- criminals seem to be less likely to give the officer trouble when they have a growling German Shepherd staring them down, baring sharp teeth. 

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West Allis PD Joins ICAC

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was joined by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, West Allis Police Chief Mike Jungbluth and Oak Creek Captain of Police John Edwards to announce that Wisconsin’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Affiliates (ICAC) has grown to and surpassed 100 partners. Attorney General Van Hollen praised and thanked Sheriff Clarke, Chief Jungbluth and Captain Edwards for their department’s commitment to child safety and the fight against the epidemic of crimes against the smallest and most vulnerable citizens.

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Go buy a dog

Free market, Gambling, Local news, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, My-Sugar-Na

(Side note; I need to be really, really careful here, lest I become known as a bleeding heart and an animal lover and any of those other similar horrible, horrible designations.)

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“If he would just apologize”, my friend stated.  “If she would say she was sorry, I would be able to forgive”, another mentioned. 

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     As we approach 2010, it is the time of year when the "New Year's" resolution thought process begins or is underway for many individuals. Resolutions are a commitment to fix or improve a part of your life or the lives of others. Commitments take determination, hard work, and the discipline to stick to the plan, do what is asked, and to follow through on what you stated to yourself and / or others you were going to do. A total commitment is a harnessed passion and a true belief the goal is attainable, no matter how long it takes. Minor set backs are viewed as an opportunity to take two steps forward.

     Resolutions and commitments are not easy. It is the reason there are individuals, groups, and organizations out there as support systems networked together with the same / similar mission or purpose. To be successful, reaching out to them may be one of the hardest obstacles to conquer. Once the first hurdle of asking for the help is crossed, the hurdles to follow become easier and easier. Before you know it, you have formed a "family" of alliances bringing your resolution goal closer and reinforcing your determination to keep to the game plan for the commitment you made. 

“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”  - Author Unknown

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Refuse and Recycling for the Holidays


  • Our offices are closed and refuse and recycling will not be collected on Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, and Friday, January 1, 2010.
  • The Municipal Yard will be open to accept drop-off of materials on Saturday, December 26.
  • Please note the holiday schedule below and plan ahead to set out your refuse and, if appropriate, recyclables by 7:00 a.m. according to this modified schedule.
  • Be aware that a snowstorm may further alter this collection schedule.
Monday, December 21 Monday, December 21
Tuesday, December 22 Monday, December 21*
Wednesday, December 23 Tuesday, December 22*
Thursday, December 24 Wednesday, December 23*
Friday, December 25 Saturday, December
Monday, December 28 Monday, December 28
Tuesday, December 29 Monday, December 28*
Wesnesday, December 30 Tuesday, December 29*
Thursday, December 31 Wednesday, December 30*
Friday, January 1 Thursday, December 31

 *Refuse and recycling collections are affected by weeks with a holiday. Crews may work ahead or fall behind the normal route schedule during these weeks. Any refuse or recyclables not collected should be made available on the next scheduled work day.

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Everyone likes a quicky

Football, Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, Craps, Fantasy Football, Free market, Gambling, Green Bay Packers, James family, Las Vegas, Local news, Milwaukee Wave, MISL, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, NFL, Reno, Television, Vacation, YouTube

If you read my entry from earlier this week, and ended up adopting a greyhound, send me a photo and I'll feature it in a blog entry... An update on that entry, Snopes indicates that unadopted dogs will not be abandoned or euthanized, but I'll wait to see what is happening on January 7.... Speaking (one last time) of the end of greyhound racing in Wisconsin, the sport lasted 20 years here, and there are no other dog tracks near here.  If you've enjoyed greyhound racing over the last 20 years, treat yourself to one more go-round... The Wave tries for their first home win this season (and to bring their record to 2-2) when Phildelphia comes to town Saturday at 6:00 PM.  Former Waver Don D'Ambra is the KiXX coach, and a quarter of their roster are former Wavers (Anthony Maher, Joe DiBuono, Richardinho and Angel Rivillo - also a former Milwaukee Rampager)(Side note; that linked video for Rivillo was awarded as the Fox Soccer Channel A-League Goal of the Year in 2002)... After the game, Genesis Rewired performs.  Genesis Rewired is just like Genesis, but Phil Collins has been replaced by a sound alike Martin Levac.  It worked for Journey and Alice in Chains... Gettin' our Christmas tree this weekend... Watched the evening news (aka the Bleeding Heart or Scare People Needlessly Entertainment Program) lately?  Me neither... Love the MLB network, especially their "All Time Games", which is their way of saying "We have no current baseball, so watch this 30 year old game and pine for the days without advertising all over the stadium walls and dugouts, and when pitchers and batters swung free and easy (versus overly mechanically like current players)"... Haven't played craps since getting back from Vegas a month ago.  I've heard that Potowatomi hasn't removed those extra 7s from the dice, yet... Jinxing myself here, but if I win my Fantasy Football League game this weekend, I make the playoffs for the first time in years... How 'bout them Packers?... In the last month, the Pittsburgh Steelers have lost to Kansas City, Oakland and Cleveland.  Anyone else thing they're going to paste the Packers by about 31 points on 12-20?... Only have two Christmas gifts to buy, and to date I haven't stepped foot in a brick and mortar store... Speaking of going to shopping malls, how 1980s... Not to sound self-serving, but I did a hell of a job snow blowing ice on Wednesday after work.  Then as I was halfway through, a guy driving a plow drove through the neighborhood and finished my job for $20.  That's service!... My most recent concert experience was Alice in Chains at the Eagles Club in September.  I am going to see Barry Manilow in Chicago on Thursday.  Can't say I'm not well rounded, but keep the jug band stuff away from me... Sucks to have a buddy that's younger than me with cancer.  He's back in the hospital for round three of chemo. They say its treatable, and he'd better be in Reno on May 19th to bowl the USBC Nationals with us... Speaking of which, if you are one of the 17 people that read my blog, and are a bowler, and have a high average, and aren't already locked in with a team for Nationals, and are interested in being seen with me, let me know because I need two more bowlers this year... Reno also had a foot of snow this week, and Las Vegas had temps dip below freezing.  I guess winter is here.  Does this mean global warming is real or is a farce?... I'm hosting 19 people for Christmas this year.  Do you think the addition on my living room (which I haven't started yet can be complete in a week?)... Remind me to blog about good versus horrible Christmas songs.  I could just link to where I mentioned about them two years ago, but what would be the fun in that?

Sunday night special

Football, Fantasy Football, James family, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, West Allis

Three things tonight (in reverse chronological order)...

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Grading System

Sorry for the break from writing.  I, too, am in school and I had to get some rather large projects finished up.  My semester ends Thursday.

This blog I wanted to talk about the grading scale that the schools now use.  I am mainly talking the high schools and middle schools.  Elementary schools are using that 1,2,3,4 thing which could be a whole other blog (don't really get it, let's do A, B, C, or D and I will know how my kid does!).

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I am so tempted

Nanny State, James family, Nutjobs, One Idiot is Offended, Other blogs

(Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Daughter, Gooey, has a concert at her school tonight.  I am tempted to come home right afterwards and blog about it.  (Side note; If you know me, I would link my last report of her concert on my blog.  But I can't seem to find that posting from October.  Can you?)

West Allis Hale Interact Club Food Drive

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No, I didn't go

Nanny State, James family, One Idiot is Offended, Nutjobs

I thought about going last night.  But other "stuff" got in the way.  My biggest concern now is how to make it up to my daughter.

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Downtown West Allis Coloring Contest

One of the great benefits of the Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District (DWA-BID) usually occurs around the Christmas Season.  Our organization has been doing a Holiday Coloring Contest for a number of years.  All students in the WAWM School District are invited to participate.  The completed coloring forms are returned to area businesses and displayed in our storefront windows.  This year we received the biggest response yet.  Approximately 225 students displayed their talents and creativity.

Although the toughest job went to our team of judges, I was given the opportunity to present the winners with their prizes.  With a bucket filled, to the max, with items either purchased or donated by DWA-BID merchants, my assistant and I got to see firsthand the surprised and eager faces of the children who won.  We also presented a special treat for the winner and his/her classmates to enjoy.

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Know of Someone Looking to Work for the City of West Allis?

Within the next five to ten years, the City of West Allis anticipates losing approximately fifty percent of its workforce through retirements. If you know of someone interested in seeking a career within City government, please pass this information on so they may begin preparing for their future. The City employs individuals in a variety of capacities including, but not limited to, police and fire, laborers, administrative and clerical, engineering, nursing, and executive, managerial, deputy, confidential, professional and supervisory individuals.

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All I want for Christmas....

is you. 

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Thoughts of Christmas past

Free market, James family, Nostalga, Religion, Restaurants, Television, West Allis

At I sit here during the early evening on Christmas Eve, I am quite bored (Side note; that should make you feel good, I blog only when bored.)   I am not sure what to do right now (especially as the rain picks up) but for most of my life my Christmas Eve plans were standing... Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were intertwined days with a 6-hour nap in between.

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West Allis PD pursues Final Accreditation


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Teachers exempt from hard economic times?

Sorry to say, but teachers are not excempt from the hard times that is facing ALL of us. These teachers should not be asking for these increases, understanding the economy, this is just NOT the time for increased salaries or better benefits.

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