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Published on September 13 2006

There's a deep throaty rumble in the distance this morning, something far away. You can feel it getting closer, though. IT'S FALL RIDE TIME!!! I hope to be posting some pictures from 'Sconsin's "Little Sturgis", even though I'll be working this weekend. Still might get a little riding time in, though. "Precious" will be out there in the crowd!!
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Published on August 13 2006

All You Need to Know: THE YOUNG MAN AND THE RIVER
It’s easy to forget about all of the bullshit that plagues our day-to-day existence when we’re surrounded by that much happiness. We become kids at recess – not a care in the world…and those three days every year are our 10 minutes on the schoolyard. Our time to play. Our time to stretch out our legs. Our time to scream for no reason. Our time to call each other “gay” over and over and over again. I don’t know why we do that, but we do.
Terry writes a great piece about his river-rafting trip to 'sconsin. I especially loved the last two paragraphs. Okay, it may be overusing the metaphor just a little to compare "life" to a "river"; but every word is perfect.

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Published on July 27 2006

Yep. We're "average". And damn proud of it! CNN.com - The most 'representative' state: Wisconsin - Jul 27, 2006
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Looking for a state that is a microcosm of the whole country? You won't find it in Iowa or New Hampshire -- there are 25 states that come closer to average statewide measures on important characteristics such as race and income. In fact, a politician looking for that mythical microcosm -- the most typical state in the country -- should look no further than Wisconsin. So, what makes Wisconsin so special -- or, to put it another way, what makes Wisconsin so average? It is about as close to the average state as you can get on most of the 12 measures included in this study.

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Published on July 23 2006

Could it be that we might get our first rain in nearly two months???????? or do I need to go out and do the naked raindance thing???? from the National Weather Service:
Overnight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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Published on June 7 2006

Just a few pics I snapped while driving through a nasty rainstorm yesterday. I had to quit taking pictures and keep a death grip on the wheel during the worst of it, since I was driving the big red waterski--nothing like 12" wide tires to give you that glare-ice-in-the-summertime feeling on a wet road. And yes, it's blurry. 'vettes are rough riders, and I never was good at operating a camera one-handed. looking ahead Clouds are getting a little uglier here... uc This is about where I put the camera down and hung on. I slowed to about 25 mph at one point, looking out the side window for the white lines to find the road. rain And when I got home, I found this in the back alley--a tree down on the wires. Of course the power was out. And the cable. And my internet!!! :-(( wire down

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Published on May 30 2006

Wausau Daily Herald - Group plans search for elusive Bigfoot
Some believe that somewhere in the depths of Wisconsin's forests lives a reclusive and seldom-seen, hairy biped with large feet. And one group is determined to find it.
They're looking for the guys who wear plaid flannel shirts and don't shave from two months preceding deer season until the day before Easter? They're in the right place here, then.
The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization will hold two, three-day expeditions next month in northern Wisconsin. The researchers hope to track, collect evidence of and possibly spot the elusive creature. The organization has heard 30 reports of a 7- to 10-foot-tall sasquatch in the state and is asking people to come forward and describe their experiences. So far, the organization has no published reports of sightings in Marathon County, but that does not mean one hasn't been spotted here, the researchers say.
I haven't read any reports of kangaroos here, either.....but that doesn't mean they haven't been spotted here. What would we do without researchers???
"They are a good organization, but to pay $400 to be frightened by raccoons -- I am always skeptical of situations like that," he said. Participants pay a $400 fee to camp with the organization and follow along as its members collect data. The expeditions are June 22 to 25 and June 29 to July 2, according to the group's Web site. The first expedition is full.
Where do I sign up?? This has *got* to be waaaay more fun than snipe-hunting!! Yes, I hang my head and admit that when I was 11 years old, I was suckered into a snipe hunt. Rattling my paper bag, shining my flashlight into it, making "snipe calls", the whole embarassing routine. Hook, line, and sinker. Can we say gullible??? My only defense is that it provided weeks of hilarity for the many adults involved in this adventure, and I did NOT pay $400 for the experience.
Bigfoot Field Researchers has reports that people can access online. Before it posts any claims, it investigates them. According to the Web site, Lincoln County has had one report, while Price County has had four and Oneida and Vilas counties have had two each.
Well, that got me...I had to go see about the sightings in this area. This one came from an area I'm quite familiar with; I've spent quite a bit of time camping up there. Here was this witness' description of his second (second?!?) Bigfoot encounter:
"The sounds I heard a half hour or less later were definitely not bear sounds. There were several sets of high pitched squeals coming from the same direction sometimes they seemed closer sometimes they seemed farther away, like two animals communicating. My friend claimed they were elk mating calls, but I have heard those before and am pretty sure thats note what these sounded like, this coupled with the loud, heavy footsteps made me think it was a bigfoot. I don't think elk would be hanging around making mating calls if it was a bear I heard."
Yep, if I heard squeals and heavy footsteps, the very first thing I'd think of would be Sasquatch, too. Not to mention the fact that elk are about as common as Bigfeet and kangaroos here. But that doesn't mean they haven't been spotted here after all!! Do you know how badly I want to go out to the woods to hand out paper bags and flashlights to these people???? bigfoot article

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Published on May 30 2006

It just feels that way. I think it's the heat--after a few hours of working out in those temps (add a *few* degrees for being inside a large metal building with steam flows of 200,000 pounds per hour), I'm just all drug out by the time I roll in. #1 child begins her orientation for her "summer kid" work out there today. She's probably even less suited to 100-degree temperatures than I am--but she's on straight day shift with WEEKENDS off!! I'm still trying to figure out how she managed that! And if it takes all summer, I *will* get a picture of her in her gawd-awful neon blue T-shirt with "STUDENT" stamped on the back in 6-inch letters. We can spot the college kids from across town in those things. :-D Thankfully, only low 80's for high temps today. It's not even JUNE yet--maybe Al Gore was right!

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Published on May 13 2006

Went on a little roadtrip yesterday afternoon with my mother--I just had to escape Toni Morrison for awhile, and Mom is usually ready to go anywhere if she doesn't have to do the driving. We don't get to hang out enough, so sometimes these little trips are in order. We made a stop at Herrschners, which is always a slightly dangerous place for me. Especially if I have money. I managed to get out of there with only minor damage to the checking account, only picking up three skeins of yarn for a shawl-in-progress. I can browse in there for hours if left alone, fondling the merchandise. :-D The real danger came on the trip back, when we swung off the highway to this place. They must have known I was coming, because as we walked in the door a woman walked out from the back room carrying bags of cheese curds. Fresh curds. Warm cheese curds. Oh my god, WHITE cheese curds. 'Scuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin. Ok, better now. Carrying my two precious bags of warm, squeaky cheese curds (I swear, they were squeaking in the bag!), I wandered around the rest of the retail store, looking at various offerings of cheeses and sausages shaped like beer bottles. And then I found it. Lemon curd. Lime curd. Oh my. This was one of my favorite treats back in England. I think the English used it in every dessert they made, from tarts to trifles. It was on everything. It's sorta like a custard, sorta like a jam--and tart and sweet as a lemon drop candy. Mom asked what you do with it, would you put it on toast?-- but I had to honestly tell her that I never bothered with spreading it on anything. The only way I remembered eating it was right out of the jar with a spoon. Good thing I didn't have a spoon in the car.

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Published on May 11 2006

Yesterday...temps in the 70's and sunshine after a bit of rain in the morning. I wore shorts and a tank top for my bike ride. Got a little (welcome) sun on the legs. :-) Today....the temp is 32 degrees and we are in the midst of an ice-and-sleet storm. I am outfitted in full sweats and my sheepskin slippers over wool sox, and if you think I am setting foot out in that mess, think again! :-( I'm buried in an English Lit paper, anyway. UPDATE: I absolutely refused to take any photos of the stuff that fell out of the sky, but local photog Tom was braver than I!!

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Published on April 29 2006

With Favre back for another year, da Pack went for AJ Hawk in the first round. So far, so good! Draft Tracker

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