Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Wiccan New Year!!

Halloween comes from the Celtic tradition called Samhain which was the end of the  . . Old Year in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man  (home of a bucket list music festival) so this is the start of the new Wiccan year and it is believe that this was the date that faeries and spirits could enter our world.

Many people set and extra plate at the table.

This is the #1 kid holiday and no matter how cold it was this was the night I would look forward too all year.  Not as big as Christmas but pretty close.  I have more memories of Halloween then Christmas.

Since this is a good day for witches here is a poem from my moms book

Snapshots Along the Way which is now on the top 9,323,382 books sold on Amazon . . . and with zero advertising!!!!

Geneology

My ancestor, Lydia Gilbert
was accused of witchcraft in Hartford
in November of sixteen hundred and fifty-four.
Her son was the Marshall of Hartford.
He arrested and jailed his mother.

Her accusers sat as her jury.
She was convicted and sentenced
to die on the gallows at Albany Street and Vine.

In Hartford the hanging of witches
was one of the duties of Marshall.

There is no written proof of her hanging.
That page has been torn from the records,
but in January her husband left Hartford, alone
He moved to the village of Nayuag.
In sixteen-sixty he died there
Without ever seeing his son, the Marshall, again.

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WELCOME TO COLUMBUS Motoclasico 


It's been in the works for a few weeks/months. The Columbus First National Bank Building, after a lot of renovation will become the home of Motoclasico.   Jose Rivera will specialize in restoration and sales of classic motorcycles along with retail sales of bike apparel and an online website presence for his own line of classic bike related apparel.

Jose has a background in marketing and understands that Columbus is not a hot bed for tourism . . YET.  But see's what many people see in our downtown, an opportunity.

In the CDA we were talking about what Columbus needs in our downtown and unique and interesting shops was the hot topic.  Not hardware stores and so for (not that we have a choice in the matter). We want outside money coming in and not money that is already here.  Motoclasico fits this bill perfectly and it's a fantastic location for this business.

The plan is to open in mid winter after morphing the Bank into something else.

Looks like Hydro Street will have some classic bike images on their walls next summer.

And then speaking of images.  The new Columbus Area Historical Society Christmas ornament is ready.  I took this image last Christmas and maybe I'll go out this morning for more winter scenes for 2016 (I have 2015 all ready).


Here is last years Columbus Historical Society ornament . . .



This was sent all over the U.S. and I THINK they might have a few left, not sure.

If you wait a little bit they will be signed and dated by  . . .me (blush) but really, they are good without my scribbling on the back.

Collect them all, trade with your friends.

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Did you know that on Hollywood there is a $1000 fine and or 6 months in jail for using Silly String today?   City Ordinance "use, possession, sale or distribution of Silly String in Hollywood from 12:01 AM on October 31 to 12:00 PM on November 1."

Halloween is the second most commercial holiday in America behind Christmas.

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Anti-Affordable Care Act people must HATE it that it's working.  OH - MY INSURANCE WENT UP!  Well, that is because YOU HAVE MORE COVERAGE!!!!

Check out these to maps

This shows how many did not have insurance coverage in 2010


And this is what it is in 2014


States that embraced the AHC planned expansion of Medicaid (not Wisconsin) saw a 40% drop in uninsured people.

Have a great weekend, stay warm.  Columbus had 1 inch of snow as I reported to NOAA and CoCoRaHS.  Butternut in Price County had 3 inches. It looks like we got the most snow in the area.  YEA!  

Rod

Thursday, October 30, 2014

16/60 - no real news

Seems some people love to argue publicly here AND on Facebook!  What can I say!   And who says my opinion isn't popular?  Are we in a popularity contest now?  Do I kick and scream over other peoples opinions?  No.  Life is way way to short to get angry and point fingers. Wasted effort.    
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Anyway.

I attended the 16/60 reconstruction meeting last night and there was really no major news.   Seems some people getting a new road do not want to have to pay for it.  

Well attended - no real news

On the Columbus Journal there was an article about the 16/60 reconstruction and a comment was "WHY DON'T THEY FIX THE ROADS INSTEAD OF THIS"

wait . . what??  Do they understand what the 16/60 reconstruction is.   And I'm going to start asking people who complain - What road exactly do they want fixed, or is it just a general complaint without really thinking about it.  People want roads fixed UNLESS it's their road that they will have to pay for.  

In the past there was little communication between the three departments.  A road would be fixed and then a year later torn up because no one asked the sewer people or Water and Light people what THEIR plans were.  Hopefully we are getting a grasp on this and all sides are now talking and coordinating.   

It seems people want everything RIGHT NOW!  Well, in the real world things take time. Old towns have old roads, it's a fact of life. We're not Cottage Grove - they have GREAT roads because they grow and put new roads in but then THEY complain to their government because they don't have a downtown like Columbus. Has there ever been a town where the citizens didn't complain about something?  Not that I've ever lived in. 

Even without Enerpac stalling road construction for a couple years Columbus has been slowly improving and hopefully the pace will quicken. Folsom and Mill Street are being talked about and that is about 1.3 million dollars.  But it seems we have a ton of money now that we can borrow. 

I personally don't like borrowing money for anything, even roads. A 1 million dollar loan at 2% interest will cost another $214,220 over 20 years.  BUT, if that is what people believe will make Columbus vibrant, so be it.  I attended a town hall type meeting that the Library put on last week with about 20 people. I sat in the background and listened to them list off all the problems with Columbus. Roads were not even mentioned as one of the 20 problems,  the lack of a bike path was though!

I suppose now I will be called anti-road.  No - there are many things to focus on and roads are only one thing. 
  
If we do borrow money why not THEN borrow money to fix the 100 year old pavilion which will give us a pay back with extra rentals. Then the extra we get can go for roads . . . . down the road.

How about combining the Senior Center and Library into one building and have a Community Center, use the old library as a museum. That would save money.  How about seat belts for school buses or maybe hire another adult to ride on school buses (I suppose that would be a school board issue).  Maybe a new Fire Station?  

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Well, I would love to anger more people but I have a brand new bed arriving and some work to do with the old platform and like 500 screws to unscrew with a hand held screwdriver.  My tool box is at The Workshop.  

Carry on, be calm. 

  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Evil Cloud Seeding - I think we can all agree!

Quote of the Day - John Gruden "Anything goes on any given Sunday especially on Monday Night". ++++++++++++++++++

I was going to write a blog yesterday but felt like crap with flu like symptoms. I immediately felt like I should call Chris Christie because he seems to be a doctor now and knows what Ebola symptoms are and what to do by watching FOX news.

But then I thought that I really did not want to be in quarantine and maybe it was the 42 Twix bars and 21 Kit Kats washed down with beer during the Packer game that was the problem. It certainly FELT like Christie's ebola.

But then I was think and it could have been even more evil.  We all saw it Saturday - it was clear as a bell. 



YEA - illegal cloud seeding right over my house by someone in the Columbus government.  Was it our Mayor?  The Police Chief?  Another Aldermen trying to keep me quiet?  Staff ( you gotta watch those guys like a hawk)??? 

All I know was I was standing on my deck and as I watched the evil chemicals flow over my house I was getting warmer and warmer AND IT'S OCTOBER!!!  Yea - that's science man!!!

Let me explain why it could be any one of those above causing this. 

First the Mayor - the prime suspect. 

This guy has been trying to corrupt me ever since I got on council with our differences of opinions but then last night I agreed with him on a few things!  Yea - seems like the chemicals have taken hold doesn't it.  He said some things that made sense, AND I AGREED! (unlike when he says things that make sense and I disagree)  OMG - the cloud drugs are working. 

You see in Columbus we have this HUGE 16/60 reconstruction coming soon and the powers that be have been anticipating about a $4 million price tag.  WELL, we found out last night that the price tag will be more like $600,000.  SAVING 3.4 million dollars which staff says we now have all this money we can spend now.  

Wait . . . . isn't this like not having any money, taking your car to the shop and instead of a $400 price tag it's $60 so now you can go spend the $340 savings? 

ANYWAY - The Mayor says he would not be so quick to come to the assumption that the price will be a mere $600,000 and perhaps we should wait for high fiving the State Government (who has no money at all) at least until Tuesday.  So yea - I agree.  

Then it could be our Police Department seeding above my house.  After all they spent $10,000 over budget on gasoline alone (budget $20,000 used $30,000). Never mind seeing their squad cars STILL zipping up and down 151 catching speeders before they enter Columbus. Perhaps the cloud seeding was to blind me of this.  Just seems wrong to protect residents by stopping speeders outside the city limits. 

A fellow aldermen who I agree with on most things but he sees absolutely no good in Enerpac which I see as a calling card to the world, intrinsic value  - a giant beautiful billboard building that shows Columbus is a home to world class companies and to take us seriously.  And no - I would not have approved of the sweetheart deal they got from PREVIOUS administrations but it's there so let's not bash it.  BTW - the last thing you want on a city council is a bunch of individuals that all agree on everything. We had that for many years and I think it's why we have 6 new council members now!

Staff???   Yea - here is the thing - they assumed 4 million and at the moment the deal is $600,000. Well, perhaps they SHOULD have said 8 million and we could have saved a LOT more money and fixed a many more roads! They seeded the clouds to cover their error.  

I think it's Crombie though! He is in charge of everything? Next time you see those trails run inside the house or all of a sudden you will be agreeing with EVERYBODY!!  Look what happened to me!! 

DAMN YOU CROMBIE!!! 

  

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As I said I felt horrible yesterday but had to leave to Madison with an appointment for the sweet sting of the needle.   I had part deux of my tattoo at The Blue Lotus which I am really impressed with.  

For anyone wondering about tattoos and since I had 3 hours to think about this yesterday let me say one thing.  That first half hour hurts like a SON OF A BITCH!!  No getting around it. but then your endorphins kick in and seriously, it's like a prescription to Oxycontin, you feel the pain . . . but who cares.  Plus as a side effect my stomach problems and headache all went away! 

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Speaking of the above 8 million we could have saved. 

Today the NBA kicks off and I got this NBA system that we could really use that extra 7 million in savings to make some real money - just sayin.    The Bucks are 426 to 1 to win the NBA!! seems like a good bet!   I don't even like the NBA but it's all about numbers.  +121 units last year but I tweaked the system. 

30 years ago yesterday Micheal Jordon played his first game for the Bulls and had 16 points.  In his 2nd game against the Bucks he scored 21 points and on the final seconds to win the game he shot an air ball.  In his 3rd game, also against the Bucks he scored 37 points, changed the game of basketball forever and never looked back!

Did you know that Jordon did not make his highschool basketball team and that he was the one that started the baggy short trend.  WHY?  because he insisted that he wear his University of North Carolina shorts underneath his Chicago Bulls gear during every game.

OH - and then there is the Bucks and their young super dude Giannis Antetokounmpo. He's 20 years old and still growing.  he is listed as 6'9" but is actually 6'11" because he grew another 2 inches this summer.  He has 7'4" wingspan and 10 inch hands but get this.

There is a video where he took a steal at the foul line and dunked the ball on the opposite of the court, 72 feet away with two dribbles!