I sometimes wonder if I am the only person that ever thinks about restroom doors. I always wondered why is it you need to pull a handle toward you rather than a push or a kick motion to open. We have all seen someone in a public place use the facility and walked right out the door without even pretending to wash their hands, last week I used a rest room that had a foot handle, it looks rather odd sitting next to the corner of the door just hanging there. Had I not seen one in use on a video I wouldn’t have even known what it is. But it is a saver of touching the door, that is for sure, and that more places need to get these and educate people about using them. I also think that all the automated things in the bathroom that flush, dispense soap, turn on the water and kick out paper towels or turn on the dryer are nice, but even with all the automation and the door opens in, you still have to grab a dirty door handle and turn and pull.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
I am all for gun rights and for concealed carry, absolutely I am. If you are proficient with a gun, and are safe with it. The state of Wisconsin wants to be like 26 other states and allow you to conceal carry without a permit. Right now, the state of Wisconsin requires anyone carrying a concealed weapon to obtain a license and take a training course. The bill that is currently being proposed would do away with the license requirement for someone that wants to carry a hidden weapon. Also, bundled into this bill is the allowance to bring a concealed firearm into places where they are currently barred such as a school unless a sign is posted barring them. I don’t think I have seen a school in La Crosse without those signs. I still think that this is not a good idea. I think that the process that we have now is fine and no changes need to be made for allowing someone to carry without the permit.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
I was shocked to read that in Wisconsin that a new bill would prohibit adults from permitting underage drinking parties. I always thought that this was the case. This new bill would address a social loophole that allows those under 21 to drink alcohol on premises that are owned or control by someone who is of legal drinking age. Wisconsin already has more than the national average of youngsters drinking about a third of 12 to 20 years olds are drinking alcohol and about 20 percent drank 5 or more at once. I have seen billboards and yard signs that say Parents who host lose the most, specifically targeting those that allow underage parties in their houses. Breaking this law would cost you 500 bucks for the first offence and more and increasing fines of up to 10 k and 9 months in prison.
Monday, March 27, 2017
A couple of girls were not allowed to board a plane yesterday morning because they were wearing leggings. I think that this is a good time to look at the fashions that are out there and are unacceptable. I know I am going to look like the old fuddy duddy here but I am not a fan of many of the clothes that are main stream these days. I am going to start with the one that drives me the most crazy the pants down below the butt. My parents always had my brothers and I wear belts, if not Dad would say something to us if we didn’t have on a belt. Here is another one that bugs me hats that are not worn either front or back and that don’t have a bend in them. Pants with words on the butt, shirts that show too much and pants with rips. While I am at it what about people wearing their pajamas out in public? I know I am not the only one who thinks this way, and maybe it makes me old in saying it but, put on some damn clothes and sit up straight, while you’re at it get off my lawn. I guess I am getting old.
Friday, March 24, 2017
You have a week to drive down Cass Street before the construction begins on the newest roundabout in the city of La Crosse. This roundabout should be called an oval about as it will be more oblong than the typical round about. I for one was not a fan of the traffic circles but as I now go through one every day coming in to work, I really don’t mind it. There is a bit of a learning curve but after maneuvering around the circle a few times you realize that they are quite easy to maneuver. Cass Street will be closed from 4th street to 8th street while the at least 3 month project is being completed.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Many of us use it, some don’t, I was slow to get to it, but started because of my job. I am talking social media, maybe it should be called time sucking media. Some love it, some hate it, most of us tolerate it. Since social media became big a handful of years, it seems to be the way that kids and even adults communicate. I am guilty of it, and if you are reading this on Facebook, I am guessing you are also (especially if you respond). It has brought out the voyeur in us. How often have you clicked on someone’s profile to see what they are up to, even if you didn’t really know them? I have a bunch of Facebook friends who are people in my life from way back in elementary school, to relatives to radio listeners, to friends of friends. We can check up on our old friends without them even knowing. Follow our favorite celebrity, our kids, or even the local radio guy. I am not saying it is bad, because it is not, it gives many of us an outlet, in fact I don’t know if I could even watch a tv show now without checking on my Facebook. I am just kidding about that but there are many who I bet can’t.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
When Walmart first came to the south side of La Crosse we were all worried about the impact of the small businesses on the South Side of town, I live on the south side and I think that the area has done well with new smaller businesses. We are now hearing about some of the big box type stores doing things to change up the way they do business because not of Walmart but because of the ultimate category killer, Amazon. I love my small businesses and not a big fan of the big box stores especially the ones that have poor customer service, for example the Kmart in La Crosse, the last time I was there is the last time I will be there. The store smelled and had horrible customer service, horrible. After reading an article this morning that said that they face "substantial doubt" about its ability to stay in business unless it can borrow more. I don’t think that this is their issue. Also, look at the Malls losing the anchor stores as they down size, it is weird to think that the ultimate category killer is a business that started in 1994.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
There is a huge problem sweeping the country and I am assuming the world, if you are affected, know that you are not the only one dealing with this problem. I was talking with another parent about it and was told that I was not alone, pretty soon other parents were chiming in about their kids and I now realize that it is an epidemic. Kids just don’t pick up after themselves and if they do it is half-assed. How many times have you heard yourself telling your children to pick up that plate or toss that wrapper in the trash only to either find that wrapper on the counter next to the garbage can or even worse how about finding the wrapper on the top of the garbage can lid? How much extra effort is it to lift the lid and toss your piece of trash into the can? And if the can is overflowing, take the bag out, put a new one in and set the bag outside, you don’t even need to take it out to the trash, the next person out will. Kids do your parents a favor and look to see what needs to be done and do it without being asked, and do it right. As a parent of 4 I do know that this too much to ask.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Over the weekend we got to see some good sports and some poor sportsmanship. From what I saw the athletes were classy but some of the student spectators were less than classy. Students in the student section of the state high school basketball game had lots of screaming excited fans from all over cheering on their favorite teams, and I am sure that Cederberg wasn’t the only team to carry a sign that says something derogatory towards a rival team but the sign I saw both on tv and all over Facebook yesterday was “LAX SUX” #pridechs. Ok, I am not a coach but a parent, but if I saw that as a coach of the team that was holding the banner I would address that as poor sportsmanship like. I believe I would say something about it. Congratulations to the boys basketball team at Central High School on your first state championship in 92 years. And as a person who didn’t grow in La Crosse, but chose to live here I can tell you that LAX doesn’t SUX.
Friday, March 17, 2017
They say that 11 percent of all Americans claim some Irish ancestry, pretty amazing since Ireland is roughly the size of Indiana. Surveys also say that about 50% of Americans will wear green today, because wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, ya know. I was thinking about St Patrick’s Day and the parallels with the state of Wisconsin, the two things that most people associate with Saint Patty’s Day is Beer and Whiskey drinking, guess what we are pretty good at that here in Wisconsin. And wearing of the Green, show me a true Wisconsinite that doesn’t have a Green Bay Packer shirt or hat, also if you think of it on St Patrick’s Day there is green beer sold, and regular beer is gold you put the two next to each other and what do you have? That is correct Packer colors, while we may not all be Irish or have Irish ancestry, today as a Wisconsinite we are all Irish. So top of the morning to ya.