Vacation is a time to go happily and rest, relax and enjoy life. I did just that. Ever had a vacation go exactly as planned? I just came back from one of those, not a care in the world. I had the chance to go to Marco Island, Florida, with some friends both old and new, I got to fly first class for the first time, I also tried clams for the first time, and I also accidently caught 6 sharks, and a catfish during the hunt for the massive tarpon. I wasn’t able to land one but I got the brief opportunity to reel in with one of these fighting machines on my line. I learned lots, relaxed much and had a fantastic time. Then spent a couple days at the family land getting the garden prepared for the summer. Life is grand. When the alarm rang this morning at 4am I was ready to go back to work. Ok, I could have used a few more days off.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
The job that pays me offers me 21 paid days off a year, 3 weeks to do what I want, and I sometimes have a hard time taking all those days. I am not sure why, the years creep up quickly and with that being said, the vacation days keep accumulating. As Americans we are on the low end of vacation when it comes to the industrial countries no wonder there is burn out. Here are some signs that you need a vacation, that you are driving your family nuts with all your complaints, that you lost your sense of purpose at work, that you are having trouble sleeping, and that you would rather go get a root canal than go to work. We need to use our vacation instead of loose it, take a day every once in a while to either sleep in, stay up late, go to breakfast or just sit around in your jammys. If ya got the vacation use it don’t loose it. I am not saying that I am at the point of needing a vacation but, I am off to make memories, I will see you on the 24th.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I think we the technology owns us. My indication light for voice mail at work wasn’t lit this morning and I left myself a message yesterday afternoon. I had messages that were a week old on my machine and didn’t even know that they were there. I was wondering why people weren’t calling me back. Technology you gotta love it. I remember being one of the last of my friends families to get a microwave, and vcr. We used to have to wait for things to warm up and had to watch tv when it was on and movies at the theater, we had to sit in one place to be on the phone since it was in the kitchen and attached to a cord. My have things changed. Could you imagine trying to go back? I would go nuts, I am as guilty as the next guy wanting new and improved things and technology….hell I want my microwave to heat faster and my tivo to play at 2x speed so it won’t take as long to watch a show so I can get on and do something else…like nap because like the computers in your life sometimes I need a re-boot too.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Have you ever thought about life, I mean really thought about what we do on a regular basis? I do and I must be getting older because I think about life and the after life often. I spent some time with my mom a couple of weeks ago and was enjoying having conversation with her when we started talking about getting older and the pains that come with getting older. My mom and step dad mentioned that they had gone and bought burial spots and were excited that they were by a tree, I asked if that really mattered? It is funny but once I am gone I figure I am gone it doesn’t matter where my remains end up does it. I have told my wife that when I go I want to have a party and invite everyone, and have an open bar. What the hell, one last toast. Have you ever given any thought about this? I really try to live my life to the fullest and try to enjoy each and every day.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A couple of lessons learned as a kid would have helped out with yesterday’s shooting in La Crosse. First of all sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me. Which I know isn’t always the case because sometimes words do hurt, but don’t you think that we have a raised a bunch of thin skinned kids? I was picked on a lot as a kid, I really think that is what made me the man I am today. If you are reading this and were one of the people that did some of that picking, I forgive you. And thanks. Secondly this still rings in my ears, no playing with guns. I will say this again, no playing with guns. How hard is that? Let the crap roll off your back and don’t play with guns, two of the things my Mom would always say, would have diverted yesterday’s shooting in La Crosse. Apparently, the shooting was over a post on Facebook. Someone posted yesterday to watch what you say on Facebook, I guess that they weren’t kidding.
Monday, April 10, 2017
I am kind of old school. I don’t have cable tv and I still have a land line. It isn’t that I never had cable, I just thought that the expense of having it wasn’t worth it especially since there is services such as Hulu and Netflix out there and if you get Amazon Prime you also get streaming with that. There really isn’t too much that I can’t see within a short time of it being broadcast. As for the home phone I bought Ooma a couple of years ago and it hooks right into my internet and uses that to make it work. And really how many people do you know that have home lines anymore? My Dad got rid of his a few years ago, my Mom and one brother still have a land line but other than a few others that I know the land line is only in their homes because they get a bargain on getting their cable and internet if they have a home line. In fact less than 40 % of American homes have telephones and one in 5 have dumped cable.
Friday, April 7, 2017
I don’t know too much about the Syrian conflict but I do know what I have heard, and those reports say between 80 and 84 people were killed, including 27 children and 19 women. Another 546 people were injured, with chemicals that bombed an apartment building. In response, The United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria overnight, according to the Pentagon, civilians were not targeted -Syria says at least six people were killed at a military airfield, a spokesman for the Defense Department said that aircraft and infrastructure at the site were hit, including the runway and gas fuel pumps. and that the airfield was severely damaged, reducing Syria's capability to deliver chemical weapons. Should we have taken this step, why or why not?
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Another shooting in La Crosse. This was another one that was all too close to my home, I guess that all are too close to our homes. I was in class last night when I heard about the shooting? I excused myself and called my son who was at home at the time, and found out what he knew. One of his friends was working at the restaurant close to where it happened. Thank goodness that no innocent bystanders were harmed when this shooting took place. I am impressed with how quickly the La Crosse police took control of the situation and quickly 3 were in custody, I know that they were in active negotiations when I went to bed last night with a 4th suspect. When I interviewed one of the Sergeants last night I asked why the police were canvasing neighborhoods so far from the shooting as mine is about a mile from the crime scene he said they were following up on leads. It is weird to look out your front door, and see armed police officers in tactical gear walking and standing guard where your kids play ball, or ice skate.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Did you vote yesterday? Did you know that the PRAT Tax proposal passed its first hurdle to being passed? La Crosse county voters voted at a rate of 55 to 45 percent in the election yesterday to support of adding .5 percent sales tax to many of the things that we buy in order to generate money to repair the county highway system. According to the Wisconsin Revenue Department that this new tax would generate about 6.6 million dollars’ worth of money with the county planning on using about 5 million of it for road repair and the other 1.6 million being divvied up between the 18 municipalities in the county. I don’t even understand how this got on the ballot as the PRAT Tax was designed for communities not counties and is supposed to be based on the area getting 40% of their equalized property value from “tourism related business” I thought that the La Crosse area had about a 5%. This is only the first step but I am interested to see where it goes.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
I think that it is important to be involved in your community, from getting out and voting on election day to getting involved in a civic organization or a church. One of the things my parents instilled in my brothers and I, was to give back either monetarily or with time. I chose to work in radio so I have more time than money. There are tons great organizations out there that are in need of your time, and your money. Find one and help when you can. Today is Kiwanis radio day so as you pop around to the different radio stations in the La Crosse Market you will hear lots of different unfamiliar voices, talking about the benefits of being in the Kiwanis. The best thing about being a part of a service group is that if you are active in the group you are pretty much guaranteed to make some good lifelong friends, I am still friends with some of the guys I was in Boy Scouts with and my best friends are people that I was in the Jaycees with. My suggestion to you is be active within our community and let us all work to make our great communities an even better place to live, just a reminder that today is election day.