Social media and texting have been a big part of my life for the past I would guess 7 years. I am going to attempt to do something I have never done before, on Monday when my vacation officially starts until Labor Day I am going to attempt to not text or not go on to facebook. This is going to be tough for me as I have been tied to facebook for work and pleasure for many years, in fact my facebooking and texting have gotten so bad that I will miss parts of life because I am looking at the stupid screen on my phone. Vacation this time around isn’t anything special just going to be taking a staycation hoping to get a few things done around the house, also plan on carrying on a tradition that my parents started when I was in school, on the first day of school I have always taken the kids out for breakfast, and don’t plan on disrupting that tradition. I hope I can make it from August 31 – September 7th without texting and facebooking, any ideas on how to do it?
Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Work place violence played out yesterday on live tv, kind of hits home to me and my coworkers. We aren’t on tv but anyone in radio has been on location broadcasting and not really aware of all the surroundings when doing so. When I heard the audio of the shooting yesterday I got goosebumps then later in the day I saw the tv news coverage unfold, and then seeing the shooters go pro video posted on his social media, this scares me. What kind of copycat type killing are we going to see now? What kind of demented, over the top things are we going to see next unfold live right in front of our eyes? I guess to me hearing and seeing this play out in the same week that we had a murder in La Crosse makes me think that there are people with no regard for life all over the county, and that makes me sad. Life is a gift we need to live it.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Do we really need preseason games in the NFL? With Jordy Nelson out for the year, I scratch my head and wonder in disbelief and wonder what the reason behind having meaningless games in August. The NFL expects their players to give it their all for the 16 regular season games, then up to 3 more for a couple of teams leading to the Championship game, the one you cannot say without getting in trouble from the NFL. Now there are 4 preseason games added to that giving up to 23 weeks’ worth of hurt that could be thrust upon these players. Most of the time the preseason games are a couple plays with the players that everyone wants to see and then 3 plus quarters of the second and third string players that won’t be around for the whole season. I guess I look it as have maybe one or two preseason games, then let’s get on with the games that matter.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
I am not a financial planner nor do I play one on the radio, however my dad is one and I have many friends who are. On Monday the market opened then immediately lost over a thousand points. What does this mean to the typical person? Well in my understanding is that if you were to sell your shares of stock when your shares were down, then you lose some money, however if you were to buy stocks when the market was down, it would be like buying those stocks on sale. When the market has big swings you don’t really lose money or make money unless you decide to make a sale on that day at that time. My dad once explained it to me if you buy a stock for 100 dollars and you lose 50% you are down to 50 bucks but if you gain 50% you are only at 75 dollars. I guess the way I look at it for me, is that I don’t need my stocks today, so I am going to just let the shares ride, so no loss, except for on paper.
Monday, August 24, 2015
On Friday we had our first murder in La Crosse in almost 2 years. With all the crazy stuff going on nationally all the anti-cop rhetoric and the whole you shouldn’t talk to the police sentiment that is being preached to youngsters. There is a fear that is setting in, a kind of challenging fear, one that is almost a fight or flight mentality. I have heard some say that we as a community are close to a breaking point, some say that the police have no idea what they are doing and others like myself that applaud the local police department for what they are doing. I had the chance over the weekend to talk to a few people who live in the neighborhood where the shootings have taken place, in fact one of the women I spoke with owned a home right next to the apartment where Randall was finally captured. And she said her neighborhood has been slipping into the toilet for years. Are you ready to fight for our community or roll over and play possum?
Thursday, August 20, 2015
I am guessing that you have heard the old saying wait 15 minutes and the weather will change, right? I saw a report the other day that said that this year we should expect a snowy winter. Big woo we live in Wisconsin and that what winter is around here. Funny thing about the weather we all complain about it but there is nothing we can do about it. My buddy Bill Graul has said many times that with the forecast we always hear what we want for example if the weather guy says we could see a trace to an inch or rain we edit the forecast to benefit our day if you really wanted to go and do something outside and you needed to sell it to someone you would say there is only a trace chance of rain however if you didn’t want to do the outdoor activity you would say that we are getting an inch of rain I heard the weather person say so.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
About every eight days I have the same problem the bar of soap is too small to use, I have tried morphing the smaller sliver of soap into the bigger new bar of Irish Spring and you end up with a lump on one side of the soap. What are we supposed to do with those little slivers of perfectly good soap? Think about the wastes that go on in the bathroom alone. Let’s say you’re on the thorn you look at the paper and damn there are about 3 squares left for you to finish your job, three squares are not going to make a dent. What do you do with those 3 extra squares? I don’t know, I leave them for the next guy, not really, but sometimes I do. Think of tooth paste, if you squeeze from the middle you miss lots at bottom and sides, I squeeze from the bottom then about half way done I start the roll of the tube, then try to get the last drop out, but there is still the bit at the top that you can't get. Which leaves me with the deodorant pack, if you make it down toward the end of the deodorant you will either break the piece off at the bottom or you will hit the sides of the container with your armpit. Bathrooms truly are a place full of waste.
Monday, August 17, 2015
I moved to the 900 block of 5th ave 23 years ago when I first moved into LaCrosse, it wasn’t the nicest neighborhoods, but it was home for a couple years. I never felt unsafe, I never had anything stolen or in the case of this past weekend, I never got shot at nor did my house ever get shot at. What is our city becoming? Our family had discussion at dinner last night about the multiple shootings in the city over the weekend, and my youngest asked if there were shootings everyday like we had in bigger cities like Chicago? I told him unfortunately yes there are shootings in big cities all the time, in which he responded why. That is a dang good question, why? I read a blog yesterday that said if we rode our bikes more and had more green space that this wouldn’t happen. I hope for humanities sake that they were only kidding.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Houses didn’t used to have flair and inviting look that they have now, when you go to build a house now or go to remodel an older home you want your home to have a certain look, you want it to be individual and to have the style that the homeowner likes, right? Sometimes the general contractor makes the look of the home the way they want it, and not taking in the account of the people that are going to be living there. I kind of feel that is how an entrance to a city should be also, don’t you? The city of LaCrosse is facing this same type of thing with the exit 3 work that will be going on over the next several years. The Mayor wanted the city council to reject the Wisconsin DOT plan for rebuild, the city council doesn’t want to spend the money to even have it looked at. Where were these folks when the plans were being drawn up? Didn’t they attend the meetings to give their ideas for the planning? Do you think the city should pony up the cash to make the changes to the exit?
Thursday, August 13, 2015
I am not and have never been a fan of the spray. I am talking about the masking scent that lots of people spray in the bathroom after destroying a toilet. Almost every place that has a can sitting there has someone who likes to press the button, and pressing the button is fine for a moment, the goal of having the cover up there is not to see how much of the can you can empty into a little room. I am not sure why I don’t care for the stuff. I just know that it doesn’t make the room smell like flowers. I also don’t care for the natural smell either, but that is what the fan is for. Speaking of bathrooms, I think that the public restrooms are learning after many use the paper towel to open that door, putting the garbage can by the door- that is a brilliant move. You know what would be even smarter don’t you, have the doors push out.