Every single one of us has seen someone texting and driving, and I am guessing that many of us have also broken the 2009 law and have texted and driven. I know I have, I try not to but I have. Last year federal court deemed a law similar to our texting and driving law unenforceable because it implied texting only and there are so many other things to do while on your phone. You could message, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, email, and the list goes on, and on and on. A new bill would seek to ban smartphone usage while driving, so basically not using a device to enter, transmit or access data while driving. That would encompass most of what people are doing while driving. The bill would allow you to use your phone and your smartphones navigation program but that is it. The new fines would jump from $20 up to $100, with a max of $400. I am not sure that the fine would make much of a difference, but if the cop could confiscate the phone, then we would see more compliance.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
As we keep adding roundabouts around La Crosse, it reminds me of the game Frogger. I used to love playing that game trying to get the frog across the street, and over the logs on the river, pretty soon we are going to be able to play the game of Frogger for real on South Avenue. How so you ask? Well, the city and the state will acquire land and then build up to 4 roundabouts between Green Bay Street and Ward Avenue. And for sure we will be jumping or at least running out of the way of cars. Maybe we could kill two birds with one stone and put a parklet in. Here is something else to think about, If we keep adding roundabouts and collecting property we won’t have any more houses on South Avenue, then the city and state could do what they want.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Here’s a big shocker the city of La Crosse has hired a consultant to look at South Avenue. The most shocking part of the hire is that they not only back the DOT’s plan for roundabouts but they think that another roundabout could be added in the mile stretch of road between East Avenue and West Avenue. WHAT? Another roundabout? They would like the 4th added for the people living on South Avenue so that they wouldn’t be forced to drive convoluted routes through their neighborhood to access South Avenue. Again, What! If we keep adding roundabouts and collecting property we won’t have any more houses on South Avenue, then the city and state could do what they want, make the whole thing a gigantic roundabout make the speed 5 miles an hour that way bikes, cars, dogs, cats, goldfish, and pedestrians can all share the road, not allowing anyone to get anywhere faster than the next, it would fair that way for everyone. Give me a break.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Father’s Day was the other day and 22 years ago today I began my journey as a father. Weird to think about it, you are a part of adding to the population of the earth. Just because you were a part of the creation of that baby doesn’t make you a Dad, in my mind. Being a Dad is being there, helping out when you can, the easy stuff that is no problem, but the tough love that is what separates. Hanging in there and not giving up. Being a Dad isn’t always the easiest or the job to do but it is the most rewarding job I have ever had. Happy Birthday to my 22 year old son, Hayden Schmidt. You have irritated me, pushed me, angered me, loved me, made me happy, proven to me time and time again that I am wrong, brought me joy, smiles, and lots of love. I am so proud of you and proud of the person you have become. I look forward to seeing your continued growth as a Man.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Actions speak louder than words. We say that winning isn’t everything but our actions show that yes winning is everything. My son’s baseball team had a tournament over the weekend, and they brought down a handful of kids from the next group up. I know that my kids are never going to be professional athletes but they give it all, they show up to practice, they go to the games, they are suited up and ready to give 110% of their ability. They are part of the team, and the coaches are always on the kids to be a team. When they bring in other kids, ringers if you will in order to win a tournament, isn’t that defeating the purpose of team work? Isn’t that showing the kids that their effort, and contribution to the team aren’t worth anything? Doesn’t it show the kids that in fact winning is the only thing. The thing that irritates me the most about this is that the coach, when confronted by my son as to why he didn’t play was told that they tried to get all kids in. I call BS there were 3 games and 5 kids that didn’t play a single bit of baseball over the weekend and the 5 kids that were called down played the entire tournament, and they still didn’t win it. This type of coaching not only pisses off the parents and the kids but shows the kids that it is all about winning. I hate to say it but when I go to a little league game sure I like seeing all the team play, but really most of us go for the chance to see our kid play. Let kids be kids.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Back in 1993 Prince changed his name to the symbol of love an unpronounceable symbol. In a court battle that started a year ago Portland resident Jamie Shupe became the first legally non-binary person — identifying as neither male nor female. The option, which will be available starting July 3, this year will make a difference for non-binary and transgender people using an ID marked “M” or “F”. I have a friend who is transgender, in fact I had lunch a few weeks ago with him. When we were talking, I said that when we first got to know each other I was full of questions of why, and how, but as the relationship became friendship I found that we didn’t even talk about that anymore. I opened up on how being friends opened my eyes to the struggle that they have to go through with everything on how people looked at them to what bathroom to use. A horrible situation to be in, could you imagine not knowing where to go to use the bathroom. While I don’t know the daily struggles that they are going through, I do have more of an understanding.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Big shocker here, fried foods are on the increase, obesity is on the rise across the globe with America leading the way and French fries have been found to cause a higher mortality rate. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week double their risk of an early death compared to those who avoid them. I am wondering if the risk factor isn’t the fried potatoes but all the stuff that goes with that fried food? Speaking of fried food, some buddies and I went out for some wings last night and we didn’t have any French fries so we should be fine, but who do you think has the best wing around?
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I don’t know about you but my phone got 2 Amber Alerts on Saturday. Two alerts after many years of none. Sure I looked at it after the first one, then thought I am far enough away, and I am not out driving, then put my phone away. About an hour later there it goes again with another glance at the phone think to myself what the heck, and for a brief moment I thought why am I getting this alert when I am over two hours away. Then as soon as that thought came and went, I thought those poor parents and shame on me for thinking this way. I bet that many of you thought the same thing, a quick thought of why am I getting this to immediate regret for thinking that. I thought what if it were my kids that were in danger I would want everyone and their sister to help. Wouldn’t you? Do you think that services such as the Amber Alert help or make us less sensitive to that around us and the more of them we get the more deaf we get to the system?
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
With no disrespect to Bob Dylan but -The line it is drawn, The curse it is cast, The order is rapidly fading, And the first one now will later be last, For the times they are a-changin'. Look around at our community. Look at the buildings, the roads, the people. I hate to sound like my dad but things are changing, and I wonder if they are changing for the better? I drive from the Southside of La Crosse everyday winding my way through the streets of La Crosse, and then through Onalaska to get to work. Every day there is progress being made on our streets, in our neighborhoods and with the residents - we are evolving but evolving into what? The buildings that were once part of the skyline are now reduced to rubble, the roads that moved people through the community are now being built for more people but at a slower speed, and many of the people don’t even look up from their phones to check the progress. Yes the times are a changin but are they changin for the better?
Monday, June 12, 2017
As hot and humid as it was over the weekend, thank God for Air Conditioning. I must admit that the air is on at my house and will be for the next few days. I do like to be able to fall asleep and not wake up in a pool of sweat. I miss the old days when my kids were younger as with yesterdays heat, it would have brought out the sprinkler and a second hose for a water slide. Instead of playing in the back yard 4 of us went to the La Crosse Loggers game, at least we got to see a win and a walk off homerun. Try to keep cool today, what are some of your favorite ways to beat the heat?