Over 34 million people will be traveling this weekend according to AAA. I don’t get it, why travel on a holiday weekend especially when we live in God’s Country. In my mind since we are living in the upper Midwest we are lucky, there are 4 seasons, bluff or coulees, trees, grass, rivers and lakes. I think we have it all, including high taxes but that is a different topic. I can understand when people from other parts of the country travel to here, but for us to go elsewhere on a holiday weekend, that is crazy, as everyone is on the road, as I mentioned earlier 34 million people are going to be on the road, I can’t imagine having to deal with idiot drivers from not only here but from across the states rushing to get to their cabin or lake home faster than everyone else, going that extra 15 mph to add an extra hour of drinking time. If you are one of the millions on the road this weekend please travel safe, slow it down and enjoy what you got. And if you’re a kid that starts school on Tuesday enjoy your last few days of freedom.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The more things change the more that they stay the same. Today marks the beginning of my 47 year on earth. I am now 46 years old, it has been 7 years since I smoked a cigarette, 19 years since I have become a father, 26 since I have been on my own and 28 since I have been in high school. Age to me is a state of mind as when you are young you think that 40 is old and now I have many friends who are 50 and even 60 years old. I saw the Beloit College mindset list, the list that shows what todays college freshmen have known as fact. I was surprised by what these kids know as fact. Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996. Things that this group of college freshmen know “Press pound” on the phone is now translated as “hit hashtag.”, The water cooler is no longer the workplace social center; it’s the place to fill your water bottle. “Good feedback” means getting 30 likes on your last Facebook post in a single afternoon. Their collection of U.S. quarters has always celebrated the individual states. I don’t know if things are better or worse off now-a-days but I am interested to see what happens to the world in my next 46 years.
Words are important they can make you stop or go, laugh or cry. Words are what we speak and what we understand. George Carlin once had a bit of the words you can’t say on television and for the most part I agree with that. I do find myself saying words on that list too often. Even though words are powerful they still are only words and we have to power to be offended or to not be offended by what people say. I think that words have cut deep for most of us but the way we choose to react is what makes us who we are. Some go over the top to try to prove what you said was wrong or at least partly wrong, some blow it off others try to out talk you or get you to dig yourself into a hole however you respond to words, good for you. Because after all they are the we communicate.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I am a big fan of it and breakfast foods in general. I have been eating yogurt most weekdays since the beginning of the year and it has made a difference I am down about 25 pounds. As I mentioned I like a good breakfast and will wander out on weekends to try new and bigger better breakfasts but then back to the healthy yogurt during the week. If you live in La Crosse you know about the Unk’s mess at Marge’s on Rose it is about five pounds of potatoes with ham, onions, peppers and eggs, enough for a family, and I have fed the family on it. In Mindoro there is Top Dawg and their Dawg Pile, which is very similar to what they have in the Unk’s Mess. In Algoma Wisconsin they have a Hash Brown Sandwich at Dean’s Dairy inn. Yesterday my buddy Tom and I road tripped to Pork’s Bar in Desoto Wisconsin for me to attempt the Pork’s Challenge it consisted of a pancake, four pieces of Texas Toast, 5 biscuits, 4 sausage links, 4 eggs, American Fries, and all smothered in sausage gravy. I finished about a quarter of it before I tossed in the towel. Where is your favorite big breakfast?
Does having Burger King talking about moving to Canada make you not want to shop there? I was thinking about this over the past 24 hours, as a not so often burger fast food eater I came to the conclusion that if Burger King moves its headquarters and in return their corporate tax base to Canada I will no longer shop there. Not that my few bucks a year will make a difference but every dollar counts, right? I heard of some other companies are doing this as well like a drug company from the twin cities that was looking to do the same thing. We as a country are working to heal and to see businesses want to pull out and move to another country is counterproductive. If they are still working on keeping their brand strong in America I think that they should re-think this decision. I am betting I am not the only red blooded American to think this.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
It is amazing how much we use internet technology in such an old school job. Our national programming on our talk radio station comes over the internet, all five of our radio stations get special programming and commercials sent over the internet. News, sports, weather and more - all internet. So when our internet goes down here there are issues, I also believe that some of our phones are internet based also. Its kinda scary that when internet is down our show prep goes down also, plus when the internet goes down we can’t check emails, or go on facebook. Plus how are we supposed to watch cat videos?
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ferguson Missouri is in the national media yet again today. This protesting is continuing and is reminiscent to me of the Rodney King riots. I am not sure I get the mob mentality that is going on here; I think that I am getting to old. When I am unhappy something I work to try to fix the problem not to add to the problem by rioting and pillaging. I guess I am lucky that I have a soap box to stand on to share my opinions, to share my ideas and thoughts. Oh wait we all do it is called social media, more specifically facebook and twitter. Let’s work on starting to mend what ails us and stop trying to drive that wedge deeper than it already is. In the words of Rodney King, can’t we all just get along?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I heard this morning that payday is a killer of the 18-35 year old age group. I tried finding that story to grab info for my daily dose but couldn’t find anything. Weird I thought immediately about drugs and alcohol but it also said that more young people used payday for more life experiences. I have always hated payday, don’t get me wrong I like money but I hate the day, cause it shows or actually is written proof that you are not making enough. Plus I hate going to the bank.
Monday, August 18, 2014
I read over the weekend that they are now looking into “paying” people to vote. I am not against it. With our primary election last week and the low turnout kind of bums me out. I read that in Los Angeles that they are offering up cash and prizes for those who took the time to vote. I like it. Why not offer up a discount on taxes or property tax relief if you show up to vote. I bet that people would vote for a deal like that. We need to do something to get people out and to get them to the polls. What do you think?
Friday, August 15, 2014
I feel violated. I went to my post office box to pick up mail for my business, in the mail was my visa bill, I have my usual charges, internet, phone, domain names, a few business lunches and a charge for Google and Youtube for an advertising campaign. Huh? I use Google as everyone does as a free service, I called my Visa company and talked to a nice lady in Florida, it was raining there yesterday. I got put over to their fraud department, ya gotta love the music on hold in 2014 it was just noise, no song I have ever heard before with interruptions from a poorly recorded voice telling me to fax my info in. Who has a fax machine anymore didn’t they go the way of the countertop answering machine or the VCR? When the dispute people finally answered the phone 25 minutes later they were helpful but if they are that busy because of people filing claims of inappropriate charges don’t you think that they would add more operators? I hope that I get a positive solution on this, and hope that whomever is hacking in and using others credit cards knows what a hassle this is. My suggestion is to check and double check your billing statements.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
When driving into work this morning I heard a noise that I wasn’t used to hearing. It was grinding and was coming from the back, I was about a mile from work so I continued on, after all it is dark at 5am. I pulled into the radio station parking lot walked around the back of my car and low and behold I have a flat tire. I could have swore and carried on but am not going to let this bother or bring me down. I used to think why me and wtf, but as I am getting older and looking at all that goes on around me I realize that a flat tire every once in a while puts life into perspective, I mean there are people out there, people in my town that can’t afford a car or can’t put food on the table or make ends meet. Here I have a flat tire on my way to work, meaning I have a car and a job and place where I call home. If the tire is the worst problem that I have today I would chalk today up to a fantastic day. I figure that life is all about perspective and how you perceive your problems and deal with the issues that come up daily is how your life will go. Embrace the day, as it is a gift.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
They say 15 percent showed up yesterday to vote, I bet it was less than that. I went at 6 last night and was voter 54. At 6 pm I was voter number 54 that is ridicules. I don’t get it. I see on that after the latest open meeting to talk about the library that they are now talking about keeping full hours at the library, for the next year because of carryover funds and no health care cost hike. Ok it is good for this year; let’s come up with a long term plan so we are not talking closing the library every year. I got some exercise equipment for my radio studio, I got a stability ball, a 70 pound stretch band and have some dumbbells that I have been using for the past few months. Does anyone have any small area exercises that they could share?