Love is in the air, Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Funny how guys think that this is the one time a year to be romantic, the one time a year to gift flowers, or something special the one time a year - to show our love. Guys, we can be romantic and loving and still be men ya know. There is nothing wrong with going the extra mile anytime of the year to say something nice, drop off a little gift or just let your loved one know you love them - after all a year is 365 days long. For those who are new to this way of thinking, you still have the weekend to get a special valentine treat, but remember you have 364 other days to show your love as well. What is the most romantic gesture you have ever given or received? This year, I am going to stimulate the local economy and take my wife out for dinner, and maybe a movie, if not its roller dogs and Netflix. By the way what’s good on Netflix these days?
Friday, February 12, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Do we hand out too much Narcan? Narcan is the drug that reverses the effects of heroin and other opiates. I have even heard that as part of the needle exchange at The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin in La Crosse, that not only are needles handed out but also Narcan training is available. According to the La Crosse Tribune that in the first 40 days of 2016 26 doses of Narcan was used on 16 patients. Is handing out a lifeline the right thing to do? Should there be a certain number of times you can administer it? I am like the rest of the community and wonder out loud when the news reports say that bad heroin has hit the streets wonder isn’t all heroin bad?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I think that bathroom doors in public places should swing out. Here is the reason why. How often have you been in the bathroom and the person in the stall next to you flushed opened the door and left the bathroom without washing their hands? I find this sickening, I don’t want to touch their filth…this is also the reason I don’t eat popcorn at bars. I know this is just another look into the weirdness that is me. I wash my hands every time I use the restroom, not because I splashed on my hands but because it’s the right thing to do. No one wants your personal germs and waste on anything that you touch when you are done, and when you don’t wash your hands you are spreading germs. Have a great day and don’t forget to do as the sign says in most public restrooms employees must wash hands before returning to work.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
I am guilty of it, I think that most of us fail to be seen. I have a black jacket, I wear blue jeans and sometimes I have on a dark hat. It is hard to see people who are wearing dark clothing, especially when the person walking isn’t paying attention to their surroundings because of texting or talking on the phone, look where you are going and don’t walk out in front of someone on the roads, remember your mom taught you that. Speaking of being seen, why is it that so many people don’t use their fog lights when there is fog, my friend Diane reached out to me yesterday and said it was hard to see so many of the cars out there when they are driving around without lights when there is fog, heck turn on your lights when driving period, it will help you to be seen, I just have to remember to do it, on two of our vehicles it happens automatically but my everyday car, not so much. Speaking of being seen, it is an election year this year, we should practice on being heard as well.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Last time I was at the cell phone store I had to sign in and show my I.D., even though I knew the guy working. Hard to believe but when buying a case of beer a few weeks ago I had to show my I.D. I got pulled over a couple of months ago, guess what, I had to show my I.D. Check writing, which I don’t do much of but still I.D., get on a plane, rent a car, a hotel room or a house, you need an I.D. When I bought Sudafed I needed an I.D. It is pretty clear to me that you need an I.D. for just about everything you do, oh wait everything but to vote, that changes this year in Wisconsin. Do I think it is a bad idea? No. Why would I? There are people who will complain that showing an I.D. will stop certain people from voting, now personally I wouldn’t want that but I did some research and you need to have a photo I.D. to apply for food stamps, welfare and unemployment. I am just saying that I would guess that most adults have an I.D. and if they don’t there are programs out there that will help someone get one.
Friday, February 5, 2016
This coming Sunday is finally Waffle Bowl Sunday, it is also big game day, a national day of tv, wings, other high calorie tasty treats and lots of alcohol. My family however has a totally different menu when it comes to the big game, it started many, many years ago. At the Schmidt house we have a family tradition of waffles, and sausage on the day when football plays its big game. I remember the year we started it, it was right after reading the Sunday paper I glanced at a glossy newspaper ad that had a waffle maker on the front page, we went to the store and bought it, as a family we have been making waffles every single Waffle Bowl Sunday since. I love Waffle Bowl Sunday, because even if your team isn’t playing in the big game you can still waffle back and forth and enjoy the plays and of course the commercials. I even left a party a few years ago when the Green and Gold was in the waffle bowl to go home to have the breakfast of hotels with my family. Have a great Waffle Bowl Sunday no matter how you spend it and go team go.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Has cultural sensitivity gone too far? There is a school in St Paul that is kissing off Valentine’s Day and other holidays as a way of being more culturally sensitive and inclusive. Some of these schools around the country are teaching our kids to not have any beliefs, how are we going to raise this generation now if they cannot celebrate holidays, or other beliefs, I know let’s have a culturally generic celebration 4 times a year, spring, summer, winter and fall. But we cannot call it anything because we don’t want someone 50 years or 100 years down the way to take it away. Heck I am surprised that we are still able to celebrate our birthdays and that someone hasn’t complained that it is Johnnies special day today and no one can be special everybody has to feel the same. Well if that is the case do you have a sore ankle today because mine is bugging me?
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Ever heard smile and the whole world smiles with you? My mom used to say that to my brothers and I, there is now some studies out there that support this. These studies show that during conversation we tend to mimic those around us. I guess that this makes sense as if you watch a salesperson they will nod and smile when you are talking with them, inviting you to sign on the dotted line. It works with others as well, note when you are in a classroom setting or a work event heck even in your own home and someone is happy you want to smile with them, same goes the other way as well, if someone is in the room angry they tend to bring the rest of the group down, it guess what I am trying to say is turn that frown upside down, and make it a great day.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Am I the only one that thinks it is weird to cancel school the night before for the threat of the shoe dropping? I woke this morning to 25 degrees and no snow, the weird part is every school in our area is closed. Today is ground hog day and I am wondering if kids want life to be like the movie and relive the no snow – snow day. I haven’t seen that movie in a long time, I should find it to watch today with the kids. Ever thought about the history of the first ground hogs day? It dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, however the first documented time in America is 1841. I hope that the ground hog sees his shadow, or is it not sees his shadow. Anyway I am hoping to enjoy a bit of ground hog at the Moose Lodge later today, the Lions Club is serving a Ground Hog dinner. All I gotta say is it is yummy.
Monday, February 1, 2016
When I was a kid I always heard that if you put a penny on a train track that it could derail a train. I am not going to lie, as a rebellious teenager I tried it. As soon as we ran away the feeling of guilt overtook the thrill of doing something bad. The sudden urge to run back toward the oncoming train to rescue the Lincoln from the oncoming train, only to be reminded of the almost certain decapitation of an arm or worse. Thank goodness that the derailment didn’t happen, in fact a quick google search shows that it has never happened, but as an adventurous boy it could have. Again, thank God that it didn’t happen. With more trains moving through the country, there have been more and more derailments there has even been a couple close to home. Shouldn’t the railroads be required to make the manifest public as soon as a train jumps the tracks, I for one would like to know. Especially since there are tracks about 100 yards from where I work.