Today is slicing of the golden Brat, and many are hitting up different places getting ready for Oktoberfest. As we roll through town today hitting up whatever prefest, festivities please think before you hop in a car. We are going to be seeing many people drinking to excess this weekend. It unfortunately is a fact. I contend that you can go to Oktoberfest and either drink just a couple to be social or not drink at all. I have been on both ends of the spectrum over living in La Crosse for the past 24 year, I gotta say the years that involved less drinks were just as fun and maybe even more fun than the ones that had overindulged Bob. I understand that at festivals and especially ones where everyone seems drunker than the next person, you feel the pressure to drink to excess, as I try to show my kids in moderation it is ok, but don’t let it get away from you. Think before that last drink.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Starting Saturday in Wisconsin it will be illegal talk on a hand held mobile device while driving through a work zone. This new law is part of the effort to reduce distracted driving and make a safer working environment in Wisconsin. The first ticket will cost you $40 then it jumps up to $100 after that. According to the Wisconsin DOT holding a phone up to the ear takes precious attention away from the road, that drivers need to stay focused and alert at all times. In the four years from 2011 to 2015 there were 47 people killed and 3,592 injured in a total of 9,664 crashes in Wisconsin work zones. The DOT goes on to say that the more we work to eliminate distractions and focus on driving the safer each of us will be. This also goes for texting and driving. Remember it can wait. Be safe and give your undivided attention to the road.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
I have been seeing and hearing more people talk about the throwing away of your vote, that if you vote for a third party candidate that it was like throwing your vote away. Huh? You are telling me how I can vote now. There were a few long discussions posted on Facebook and a few conversations that I was a part of that seemed to have no end. I stepped back and just let the them run their course. Explain to me how if I do my homework, and believe in a candidate that if I vote for them it is like voting for the opposite of who you want to win? I am not really sure I get your logic? First of all, you want me to vote, then you want me to vote for your candidate and if I don’t then we can’t be friends? WHAT? This is America, right? Here’s my deal, do your homework, then vote who you want to. If it is a 3rd, 4th or 5th tier candidate or a first or second. VOTE. Guess what your candidate may or may not win, if they don’t accept the will of the people, then work to change it for the next election. Don’t try to recall the will of the people, guess what elections are just that there are winners and losers. Be gracious no matter how it ends.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
They were expecting 100 million people to watch the debate last night. I was one of them, were you? I think I expected more from Lester Holt. As the moderator of a debate I would expect better time management and also better control of the floor. I don’t think I could have done any better, but I wish there was more professionalism. I did notice right off the bat that both candidates had a look about them, that Trump looked tired and Clinton looked bored and what was it with the snuffing from Mr Trump and the creepy smile from Mrs Clinton? I asked on Facebook last night who won the debate and I am not sure who did, but I know who did not. I don’t think that America has won, not at all with these choices. The two candidates are polarizing and as a county we do not need people to pull us apart, we need someone to bring us together.
Monday, September 26, 2016
I own a handful of websites, and host many others through my business. I hate hackers. I don’t get what hackers get out of putting malicious programs on someone’s site. I also don’t know why these hackers are always trying to hack someone’s email? We heard last week that 500 million yahoo accounts were hacked. This one hit close to home for me as I have used a yahoo account since I have had email I really think that hackers are making our world a tougher place to live. Thank goodness I listen to the radio or I wouldn’t have known that yahoo got hacked. I got no email from them this past week saying that my email may have also been compromised. We hear of other hacks or compromises in business about every other day. I am not a fan. These all compromises all hurt us, especially the attacks on small businesses. Lots of hackers are breaking into small business websites and emails. This is costing us all, time, effort and energy. And what are they getting out of some of the hacks? I don’t get it.
Friday, September 23, 2016
An umbrella wouldn’t have helped the last few days. If you were outside in the rain you got wet, if that is all that happened to you, you were lucky. In the 24 years I have lived here I have never seen rains like these, there have been some big rains and many multiple days of rains but I really don’t recall these types of rains. And I am not sure if we are just seeing more pictures faster now than we did in the past but everywhere you looked the past couple of days there were pictures of over flooded streets, yards that are now water front property, trees down, mudslides into many different areas from yards, to streets, to the woods to the DeSoto football field. Not to mention the deadly mudslide that took a house down and closed the roads. The old nursery rhyme keeps playing in my head, it’s raining its pouring the old man is snoring he bumped his head and went to bed and couldn’t get up in the morning.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Things are moving, the earth, the roads, the economy. If you have driven anywhere in the La Crosse area lately you will notice construction, be it road, home, business or industry. I hope that with all the work being done in and around our little piece of heaven – that the work now will add some good paying jobs to the work force in the future. We have a 3.5 % unemployment rate which is sixth lowest in the state. But while we have such low unemployment we also have many who can not afford to pay their bills. My hope with all this construction that we will build some good paying, skilled jobs, that will afford people to do the things that they would want to do with their free times rather than the things that they do because it is all that they can afford.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Ever thought about things that you used to use that have gone away? I am thinking about the phone book. I don’t know about you but I used to look forward to the phone book being delivered. I would grab it and look through it to see what new information was being offered this year. I was a weird kid, and sure I am a bit weird now as well, that is ok as I am ok with who I am. Back to the phone book thing, I would read about the city, the county and the state. The information was right at my fingertips. Plus I always checked to see if our listing was right, I would then check on my Grandparents numbers and my friends, I even remember looking for “famous” peoples phone numbers they were never in there. The world at least my community was right at my fingertips. I grew up in the Twin Cities so the phone book was lots bigger than the La Crosse phone book. I remember going to look up the family’s information and finding another person with the same name as my dad who lived on the same block name and almost the same address for example they were on 1235 east Main Street when we were on 1234 west Main Street. I am sure I wouldn’t find that now…because no one uses the phone book anymore, infact I don’t remember the last time I grabbed one. Do you? I like now that any info you need for the world is at your fingertips…on the internet.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Howie Mandel does it, I see political candidates doing in now as well as business owners and sports stars. I very much dislike the fist bump, and I always get caught with it, meaning I bump back. I think I am old school when it comes to hellos and meetings I like the good old fashioned hand shake and eye contact, but it has to be a good handshake with a firm grasp, hand not too sweaty. I had a handshake the other day that I had to wipe off afterward, and I don’t like that. A while back I was at an event and saw a dad of one of my sons friends and said hi, he turned said hi to the other guy at the table shook his hand gave a few pleasantries to him looked up to me, gave me a fist bump and a nod then moved on. I have been kicking myself since for allowing this to happen. After that I have been saying I’m not comfortable with the fist bump. Is that rude of me to call the fist bump out?
Monday, September 19, 2016
It is 2016 and it is important for us to be vigilant and protect ourselves. With the terrorism that happened over the weekend we have to go back to the see something say something that was all so important after the past terrorism that was perpetrated against us in the past. The see something say something is probably something that we shouldn't have ever given up, even in our own neighborhoods. Tomorrow night I will be hosting a Crime Stoppers Forum at the Weber Center focusing on neighborhoods. As we look around and see the issues with our world today it makes me wonder are we ever going to find peace, in the world, our country, our own backyards? What can we do to make our families and our friends safe?