Remember to put the glass down. As we head into a weekend and a new month, reflect on the things around you but also remember to let your big worries go. Life is short and we don’t know when it will take an unexpected twist or turn, and honestly every time that I have worried about something, every single time I wasted time and energy on negative feelings, what I worried about didn’t happen or if it did it wasn’t as bad as I made it out to be. Next week I am taking the week off from work to get a few projects done around the house, but if I don’t get them done, or they don’t go the way that I had planned I am going to try to remember that it is ok. It is ok to not carry the weight of even the smallest of worries, I am going to try to remember to put the glass down.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
I guess we will have a few months to catch up on our favorites as the end of the season for tv is here. I always hate when this time of the year comes around and the shows that I enjoy watching disappear into thin air, never getting wrapped up only airing the last show leaving you hanging there waiting for what is going to happen next. There was a show that was on a few years ago that dealt with 6 degrees of separation and I started watching it on week one, by week 3 I was hooked, the show was cancelled in week four never to be seen again. This kind of tv programing bugs me since it usually takes a few weeks for a new show to hit. I see this year in and year out as the network programmers look to fill space. I have an idea, if you cancel a show in midseason, sell it to Netflix or Hulu, so that way we can at least finish the season.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
I just talked about it a month ago, when the city took out the trees in Riverside park, and now they are in the news again, the city of La Crosse has a hate relationship with the Ash Tree, and the Emerald Ash Borer. The latest plan calls for the removal of 2700 ash trees over the next 5 years. The city of La Crosse will be eradicating the Ash Tree from the fabric of the city. I am guessing that when we drive down most of the city streets we will notice the clear cutting of the Ash trees from the roads and boulevards. It saddens me to think that all these trees will soon be gone from our beautiful city, a tree city, and that our lovely canopy of leaves and shade will for a long time be missing from the city streets. I think the next time we plant trees for shade that the city should look at different species so that way we don’t get stuck in another Elm and Ash situation.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Did life turn out as you expected? I think that mine is better than I expected. I had dreams early in my career of being a DJ in a major market, and tried finding a few jobs in that, but ultimately decided that I loved talk radio and the city of La Crosse. Money is not a motivator, but freedom for me is. Here is something to think about, what is your biggest motivator? What gets you up in the morning and what sustains you for the day? As I said for me it is the events going on daily that when done correctly I have the freedom to do what I want later in the day or on the weekends.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Today is earth day and a day to celebrate Mother Earth, what are you going to be doing to save her for the future generations? I have been recycling, and I am shocked about how painless it is. Our world is much like our bodies if we abuse it, it won’t be around forever. I know we do many things to the earth that we shouldn’t but I want to just focus on one thing, one little piece, the cigarette butt. I hate when someone who smokes tosses out the cigarette butt out the window of a car. While I am on it I really dislike any litter, it annoys me to no end. When you have garbage find a receptacle do not just toss on the ground, you are making needless work for someone else and you are polluting our world. Also remember to pitch your gum where someone isn’t going to be stepping on it.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Are we ready for new money? For the first time in about a century there will be a big change in money with the proposed replacement of Andrew Jackson on the $20 dollar bill with Harriet Tubman, and also to add women and civil rights leaders to the $5 and $10 dollar bill. I wrote about the need to keep pennies many years ago, I think I am going to rethink that one, either round it up or round it down to the nearest nickel. Also since I am talking about money I think we need larger than the one hundred dollar bill, cause when you make a bigger purchase and it is a cash purchase, you got a pretty big wad of cash, and also with the way inflation is, to buy your weekly groceries you need at least a hundred bucks and with an election coming up and the uncertainty of all that, we will need bigger than a c-note.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
I don’t carry a lot of cash, I use my credit card and then pay it off, as my parents used to say those that understand interest make it those that don’t pay it. I try and pay things off as the bills come, once in a while it takes an extra month to pay but not too often. The card that I have been using is one where I get points at a specific store, and then end up getting free stuff the more I spend the more I get. Since about last year there has been a chip on the front of the card and if you try swiping it when there is a reader present it doesn’t work and you have to insert the card in the slot and wait, and wait and well you get the drift. How is a chipped card going to help with credit card fraud if everyone isn’t using it and if the old technology is still on the card? And ever wonder how soon the credit card thieves will learn to steal your new information.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Good old police work and a gps chip helped the UWL police department to bust a couple of bike thieves. Just about 30 bikes were found after a bait bike was placed in with others and was taken by the thieves, I don’t know about you but I am all for using technology and surveillance for stopping thieves from taking what isn’t theirs. I know that the city of La Crosse has new cameras up down town and that people were complaining about them when they were going through the fund raising process, I guess the way I look at it is if you aren’t doing anything wrong then what do you have to worry about? You know with more and more people posting things for sale on craigslist and on facebook, we have to be more diligent on making sure that what we buy from a private seller is bought and paid for by them not by someone else.
Monday, April 18, 2016
At 10th and State Street there is a fenced in piece of property that has been kicked in and beaten down for many years. You drive by once and it is in great shape like every fence should be then you go by a week or two later, usually after a weekend and there are fence boards missing off the fence. I have seen this going on and off for the past handful of years, and honestly the more I see it get wrecked the more I get mad about the situation. I really don’t understand why people have to wreck other people’s property? It isn’t theirs, it doesn’t belong to them, they don’t maintain it, it has no sentimental value to them, yet people think it is ok to wreck other people’s property. I just don’t get it. If you’re a vandal, shame on you.
Friday, April 15, 2016
You hear the chat of buy American, pride for America, but do show that pride with your dollars? Are you going out of your way to make sure that the products you buy are built in the good old USA? I am not sure that I have ever looked to see if something that I was buying is made here or globally. I take that back I will look where my canned mushrooms come from, and I don’t even know why I do but once I saw the can I was buying say that they came from China and that kind of seemed weird to me, and I don’t even know why it was, maybe I was thinking how did they get here, and why are they from China, do they really grow mushrooms that are that much better than the ones grown here, where are they really growing? Anyway back to the topic at hand, do you search to see where your products are made, and do you buy based on that?