Many millions of people will have their heads tilted away from their cell phones later this afternoon. About 1:11 is when the eclipse will be at its peak in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I remember when the eclipse of 1979 got us out of class and in the playground at Falcon Heights elementary school with our homemade solar projectors. What a cool memory. It really irritates me that there are scammers out there selling fake eclipse glasses. But you can always go old school and poke a hole in a note card then grab another note card as the screen and line them up in order to see the eclipse. In La Crosse, Wisconsin, we will get about an 85% covering and from what I have seen from the National Weather Service that we will have a 42% cloud cover. The DOT also reminds us that motorists should also be prepared, and spend time focusing on the road, in fact some DOT dynamic message signs in Wisconsin are flashing this message: Don't Have an Eclipse in Judgment. Drive Safely.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
I have been noticing a disturbing trend with work being done around the city. There are a lot of out of town and out of state work trucks working on local projects such as roads, water and parks. The other day I was watching the work being done at the new ball field at Houska Park. I didn’t even know there was a new field going in over there, it looks great, but I noticed that there was a Winona business doing the landscaping. I am guessing that there are a lot of La Crosse based businesses that pay taxes right here in La Crosse that would have loved to do that job. I get that some of the other work that is farmed out to other businesses from other communities and states because you have to be competitive but for a smaller business that is putting in trees, and doing beautifying an area, wouldn’t you think that even within a range that giving the job to a local person that will be spending money locally would make more sense? I haven’t noticed for a while but a few years ago the police cars came from a dealership in Eau Clarie again, wouldn’t it be better to buy from a local dealership?
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Roger Burzinski the man who was shot and killed by the La Crosse Police Department on Sunday evening wasn’t a stranger to breaking the law. Burzinski was a career felon, with an extensive arrest record which includes convictions for possession of a firearm by a felon, second-degree sexual assault of a child, battery to police, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, fleeing police and armed robbery. And if I recall correctly his brother also tried killing a La Crosse cop by swinging a knife at him. It is too bad that Burzinski’s actions ended his life the way that they did, but it is also crappy that he put the child in danger that was in the car that he hijacked and the stress that he put on the parents of that 1 year old child and the stress that the shooting has now put on the 2 police officers that were involved in the shooting and also the stress to the families of all involved. Was the right action taken?
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Racist? Villain? Hero? You cannot change history. You can’t, I know many have tried with their own, but what we have done are things that we have done. I don’t know my family’s history when it comes to slavery, I hope that we never had any slaves, I am not sure if my family has ever been involved in the creation of any positives in the world either. I only know what I know. If we were involved in any wrong doings that I haven’t been a part of there is really nothing I can do about it at this time. Sure, I can say that I don’t agree with what they did but there is not a thing I can do to change it. I get that there are statues up all over the country honoring the memory of this person or that person, but how many of the statues are really seen? I just spent a week in Washington DC where there is a statue on just about every corner, and I really couldn’t tell you what statues I saw or where they are or who they honored. Maybe it is just me but if there is a statue that you don’t like or don’t agree with, isn’t it just as easy to ignore it or not search it out than to bring it down and try to change the past? We can’t deny that it happened, we can only try to not let it happen again.
Monday, August 14, 2017
More gun violence in La Crosse, last week there was a home invader shot, yesterday there was an armed carjacker that was shot and killed by the police. Whatever happened to La Crosse being a quiet community with everything swept under the carpet? Isn’t that the way it used to be? If there was a problem we looked the other way? Now it seems that the world has different glasses on instead of looking the other way we are looking at another way to make everything a problem, I don’t feel that either of these ways of looking at things are the right way to look at the world. I think that political bias and political correction has snuck into every aspect of our lives and that because of that we are not able to get things done. Are things spiraling out of control because we offer too many breaks, a slap on the wrist instead of sentencing worthy of a crime?
Thursday, August 3, 2017
I once heard someone say you never see a successful person leave a shopping cart in the parking lot. Ever since I heard that I have tried to put my cart away. Not that I didn’t put my cart away before but there have been times I am sure in the past where I have left it to do what it wants. No more. When you put away your cart it kind of makes you a servant leader, you see others first and the big picture, it also shows that you have discipline, you see it is the simple things that add up to the big things, if you put away your shopping cart you have a goal, when you finish that goal you have simple success, with that success you have a feeling of accomplishment, with that accomplishment, you have the feeling as though you can do the next big thing, you set another bigger goal and go through the same steps, the snowball effect is amazing. And to think that it all starts with putting away your shopping cart. If you are not a cart returner, I grant you a clean slate, move forward putting away carts, remember it is the simple things.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Simple question today. Do you trust the government? Any government? I remember the Van Halen song Right Now and on the video there is an animation of someone pushing someone over with the words “Right Now, our government is doing things that we think only other countries do” Those words have stuck with me since that video has come out. Now we see all the turmoil in Washington DC and even in our states, it makes me think that they weren’t really that far off. In the news today Rex Tillerson Says the U.S. Wants Dialogue With North Korea at 'Some Point'. What do you suppose that this means? There are 3 Americans being held there. Are we going to negotiate with them?
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Waking up on the wrong side of the bed seems like a stupid thing to say, I get up every morning on the same side of the bed, if I were to get up on the wrong side I would have to crawl over my wife and that I am sure would go over like a lead balloon. Most mornings I feel as though my attitude first thing in the morning is going to dictate where my day goes, if I start off with a crappy attitude then the day seems to go the way I thought it would go, therefore I try to have a good attitude for the day. I read an article awhile back touting Purpose, Control, and Optimism. If you feel a sense purpose, and control and you are optimistic you can tackle anything. So when your day is derailed from the start, look at reigning it back in by refocusing your day and start with purpose, control and optimism.
Friday, July 28, 2017
The old Jimmy Soul song “If you want to be happy” Starts off with if you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife, so from my personal point of view, get an ugly girl to marry you. This doesn’t really hold true these days, firstly because there are no ugly people we all have redeeming qualities, secondly because studies say that money can’t buy happiness but at sure can buy you free time and that is what makes people happy. In our 24 hour a day world the thing that makes us most happy is time. A study published from the National Academy of Science, found that people who spent money on time-saving investments like having things delivered or hiring someone to do your yard instead of tending to the yard themselves, or paying for a cleaning person to come in a couple times a month makes for greater life satisfaction. That wasn’t only true for only the rich, but everybody benefited from buying time. What time savor can you not live without? For me it is the Tivo, dishwasher and when the kids mow the lawn.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
I have to admit I was kind of shocked when I heard the tweet storm from the President yesterday regarding the ban on transgendered people from being in the military. His 3 tweets said this “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow ... Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming ... victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you,” his decision reverses a decision from former President Obama and caught the Pentagon off guard. I wonder what happens to the already enlisted men and women in our military that are struggling with their identity. I read one report that one soldier felt fired. The Pentagon hasn’t released data on how many transgender troops there are, however the Human Rights Campaign says the military the “largest employer of transgender people in America.”