Ever just taken the time to think what you are grateful for in life? I don’t think that I have ever really just stopped and thought about it, I mean really think about it. I have to do a presentation on how being grateful helps to relieve stress, and was really thinking about the different way that it does, then it hit me the things that I am grateful for in life help me to not think of the extra things that are weighing me down on a regular basis. Think about it, the things in your life that make you think, hey I have it pretty good are the stress relievers in your life. For me when I am filled to the limit with the daily crap that gets me down I grab my phone and open the photo album, and scroll through the things that make me happy, the things that I am grateful for. What are some ways that you have found to relieve stress in your life? For me, it was talking through things, but now I think I am going to focus on the beauty around me and the things that I am grateful for.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
I have a few things on my mind this morning. First of all, I was thinking about how crazy things are here in the United States, we are not united at all. We are tearing this country apart day by day. What makes a kid bring a gun to school? Why are we seeing so many of these types of crimes happening? What pushes that kid to the edge? Another shooting yesterday the third since the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The awareness is at an all-time high yet kids are still being pushed to the brink by bringing firearms to school. The second thing I was thinking about was the bombings in Texas what causes someone to become a serial bomber? And why would someone want to harm innocent people? Why? I was also randomly thinking about a new technology that allows homes to be printed for under $4,000 and this home will take less than 24 hours to print, and when finished the homes would be between 6 and 800 square feet. I thought if I ever could afford one of those machines that I would donate one to help end homelessness.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Much ado about nothing. The city of La Crosse leaders were worried about the effect of the shorter alternate side parking and what kind of effect that it would have on the bottom line. Guess what the shortened alternate side parking season brought in even more tickets, that’s right more people got tickets in the shortened alternate side parking in the city. In 2018 we had 31 days less of the pain in the ass trying to remember what side we were supposed to be on. This past season consisted of the 120 days of November 15th and March 15th. In those 120 days 14,719 citations were written or about 123 per night. Not bad city of La Crosse at a minimum of $147,190 for people parking on the area in front of their homes that they already pay taxes on. I say minimum because the tickets start out at 10 bucks each and go up from there. For those of us that remembered to park on the right side of the road kudos to you, for those of you that didn’t, better luck with the parking lottery next year.
Monday, March 19, 2018
I read a scenario about how a guy was golfing with his boss and the boss was losing, and getting mad that he was being beat by his subordinate. The question was do you let up on play to let your boss win? If I was a competitive person I wouldn’t let me boss win in that situation. And not being a competitive person I would play to the best of my ability and try to win but not win at any cost. I have never been a person who cared if I won or lost unless I am playing cards, and if you have played with me you would say that I don’t care if I win playing cards either. I end up winning about 60% of the time, so in my mind I am winning, right. Back to the not playing as hard in order to let your boss win, I believe is a mistake as you were probably hired for your drive or your creativity, and taking a knee isn’t what any good leader would want.
Friday, March 16, 2018
There are a lot of things that make it on to social media as new some call it fake news I call a lot of them human interest stories. I watched a video yesterday that had a young lady get out of a car and run through a parking lot only to save a spot in the lot. A person driving a car and trying to get into that parking spot was insistent that the person without the car move so that they can have the parking spot the person who was in the slot refused to move it started escalating and then the video ended without resolution. My question is who should get that slot? The person who ran to get it or the person in the car, why did you pick what you picked?
Thursday, March 15, 2018
When I was a kid we had a toy store in town called Storkville and on special occasions such as after your birthday with your birthday money or before Christmas to beg Mom for the latest and greatest of toys. There were also a few days throughout the year like when Grandma and Grandpa came into town or if we were good. Those memories fade as you get older, you grow up, you have your own kids you move, you forget about the toy store. Well today the toy store that was at one time the big dog in the toy store business announced that they will be closing all their stores in the United State, Toys R Us are closing the doors, and with that over 30 thousand people will lose their jobs. I am not sure what the demise of the toy store, was it introduction of tablets, and other video devices or the prominence of online retailers such as Amazon. Or could it be that toys have been being made cheaper and cheaper and that the now a day toys aren’t as fun as playing with tinker toys or Lincoln logs?
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Milwaukee Washington’s basketball standout Deontay Long is being allowed to play against La Crosse Central on Friday. Long had been charged being party to an armed robber, a class C felony that carries up to a $100,000 fine and or 25 years in prison. Long has admitted to being a there and taking part in the robberies. The Milwaukee Public Schools athletic code states that “being charged in court of any act in violation of, or subject to, penalty under Wisconsin State Statutes, will result in suspension from athletes for 25% of the season." They say as of now his college prospects are on hold. During the plea hearing in January, the court gave Long permission to play at the state tournament the team made it that far. The WIAA code of conduct reportedly has no restrictions on athletes who have been charged with crimes. What are your thoughts on this?
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
More and more stores are offering the self-checkout lanes, am I the only one who doesn’t like it? These days we are responsible for finding our own items anyway. The other day I was at a department store picking up something and thought about an ingredient that I needed for dinner and thought I would look in the limited food area, I didn’t find it nor did I see anyone who worked for the store to help. I finally flagged down someone who told me that they didn’t know. I ended up making a special trip to the grocery store to buy. Btw at neither place did I use the self-checkout register, and if offered I use the lines where bagging is offered at the grocery store. Here’s the thing, you can’t carry on conversations with the automated cashier, well you can but people look at you weirdly. Plus, I feel if I am going to be checking myself out I should be eligible for the employee discount, and finally think of the jobs that it is taking away.
Monday, March 12, 2018
It is pretty sad that a father has to defend his decision to make his son walk or jog to school after the kids was kicked of the bus. I am not sure if you heard the story about the dad who made his son run to school after getting kicked off the school bus for bullying other kids. Good to see that parenting is alive and well in Virginia. Bryan Thornhill the father of the ten year old has faced backlash for his decision to make his son run to school. I guess I am not sure I understand why he is taking so much backlash for a punishment that is going to be a life lesson. I am guessing that his son will think twice about bullying the next time that he is presented with the chance to do so. For the naysayer that don’t think that he should have make his son run what would you have suggest that he do? Spank him? Take away his phone, have him go without something? I personally don’t think that the punishment was to harsh. The dad followed him to school to make sure he made it, I would guess that it was just as hard for the dad as it was for the kid.
Friday, March 9, 2018
It’s the semi-annual mess with your sleep weekend. Daylight saving time ends on Sunday morning at 2 am, and Standard time begins. Notice I called it daylight saving time and not daylight savings time, it is singular as in a singular time change that disrupts my sleep for a few days. Why oh why can’t we be like parts of Arizona, parts of Indiana, and all of Hawaii and leave the time alone. I hate changing the clocks. There I said it I hate messing with the clocks because when I can never get them exact. I was contemplating on marching to my own drummer when it came to the time, but there are too many variables such as work and kids events. TV is covered because I TiVo everything and really never watch that live. Another thing that I dislike is that this weekend will be jipped, as this Saturday and Sunday will only consist of 47 hours, and I will get one less hour of sleep. Ok that is a lie I am going to take a nap or two over the weekend. I have asked both of my US Senators and my Congressman about doing away with the time change all together, one man isn’t going to make that change who will stand with me on doing away with the time change?