Friday, May 22, 2015

Survivor and medical marijuana

Getting some passive blow back about the Water Tower having "Columbus Water & Light" on the side of the tower.  My answer was "Well, it IS their tower, not the cities tower".  Does is really matter?

It's not like it says "Columbus, brought to you by Columbus Water and Light"  "Weight Watchers Columbus" , "Waste Management Columbus"  

The word "Columbus" will be LARGE.
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As you all know I have applied for the show Survivor a few times and the season 30 final' was great.  In fact according to Graph TV this was the best Survivor ever. 

One of the jury final speech's will go down as one of the best ever after Susan's Hawks season one speech. 

 

 Another interesting thing happened in the reunion show.  Dan (the guy with the BIG beard) was a total ass who cut down woman ALL THE TIME (even though he said he didn't).  But after he was voted off the show he was going after the Survivor producers about "taking things out of context".

WELL - that did not sit well because Survivor does not bend the facts at all so they went after Dan publicly and called him out and showed the non-edited material and showed the world that he is, in fact, an ass.  Telling someone their mother is a whore was NOT taken out of context and it was NOT a joke among other jokes.

I only watch 3 non-scripted shows.  Amazing Race which is more travel adventure.  Survivor which is watching people spend 39 days of horrific conditions and actually surviving AND playing the game (you only get 1/2 a cup of rice a day along with anything you can find along the way)  and now in June the best strategy game in the world Big Brother which is like Survivor indoors.

If you have ever played a strategy board game in your life you really need to watch Big Brother. It seems weird at first but after a few days in the house people forget about the hidden cameras and the game begins.  Serious human strategy game play and once you see 3 shows and see how the personalities are interacting you will be hooked.

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I was watching a morning show yesterday and a segment came on about a new radio station in Colorado.  K-HIGH.   The station switched from sports talk station to an all marijuana talk station.  Here is the kicker, the station is owned by a far right winger.

They asked him about this and he said he would have never ever thought in a million years he would do this.  The question was about the profits?  He said, yes profits are extreme but that was not why he switched.

It seems his daughter had some sort of serious health problems.  The doctors, as a last resort had her try medical marijuana and he said within 12 hours she had shown a huge HUGE improvement. This completely changed his views.

My 1st wife had osteogenesis imperfecta a form of degenerative bone disease where you are in pain 24/7 every day of your life.  We tried everything to ease the pain and the only thing that worked and brought ANY reduction in pain was medical marijuana.

My dad died of lung cancer. You die gagging on your own phlegm and you spend the last 4 months of your life gasping for one more breath. Before he went to the hospital never to return home the only thing that helped his pain and vomiting from chemo was medical marijuana.

The use of medical marijuana is endorsed by among many others are

The American Medical Association,
The American College of Physicians – America's second largest physicians group
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – America's second largest cancer charity

I'm not saying marijuana should be legalized but I do say that AT LEAST people should be open the the thought that there is room in our culture to have a more serious look into Wisconsin becoming a Legal Medical Marijuana State along with 24 states.  From my personal experience with loved ones it DOES work.

OH - the station is K-HIGH  I believe. You can find it on the internet if you are not in Colorado.

Nuff said.

Weather - we have a really dry air mass over us which will really cool things off tonight. Tomorrow there will be a small trough moving our way that might give us a tiny shower but nothing to get excited. More cloud trough then anything else.  Air is too dry for much else. Clouds  will keep the temps lower then they could be.  

Sunday the jet stream aims everything at us with several rounds of showers during the day.
Nice and warm next week, 80s Wednesday and Thursday, chance of T-Storms an and off.

Have a GREAT 3 day weekend.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

NFL, Wayward Pines, City Council

Well, the NFL has made sweeping changes in rules which will effect games dramatically!

If you are going for a 2 point conversion and you fumble the ball backwards and then because of your giant butter fingers both teams keep fumbling the ball 98 yards in the other direction and then the original team falls on the ball in the end zone 98 yards from there they started the defensive team gets a 1 point safety!   

A game could end with a score of 6 to 1. 

But the big news is that instead of kicking an extra point from the 2 yard line where there is a 99% possibility that you will make it.  You will NOW have to kick it from the 25 yard line where the completion percentage drops all the way down to 97%.  Maybe higher since you will have all the time in the world and will be from the middle of the field!  

WOW - it's going to be crazy!!  

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Wayward Pines - If you did not catch the 1st episode last week they are playing #1 at 7:00 and #2 at 8:00.  Pretty good. M. Night Shyamalan says there is a beginning, middle AND ending and everything will be answered.  I really liked the show!  Sort of Twin Peaky, Lost-ish but with an actual thought out before hand plot. 

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City Council.  

Many people are surprised when they find out that when your sewer clogs so dramatically that the road needs to be dug up, that YOU pay for road repair. Yea - you have to take out a $5000 bond, find a plumber that not only fixes your sewer BUT will repair the road and it's all on YOU!  

95% of all towns have an ordinance in place that says the home owner is responsible for the sewer line up to where it enters the sewer system WHICH is typically in the middle of the street.    

Water is different because there is a valve at the property line so there is a firm dividing line. Not so with sewers. 

WELL - Thanks to Alderman Thom and if the votes from the rest of council go through that is about to change.  

I contacted about 14 other towns and asked them what they do and there was another list that was presented to us of about 20 more and it was about 95% having homeowners spring for the road repair.

WTF!!  

Just because everybody else does it that way does not mean it's the right way.  There are many pros and cons. For instance, that is the price you pay for buying an older home. Personally that is exactly one of the reasons I would never buy an older home. I don't want all that headache of fixing things. Why should I have to pay for someone else to save money. That is the risk you take when you buy an older home. 

In fact that was my original thought on this subject. If the homeowner does not pay then it falls on everyone else to pay for it. SOMEONE has to pay right?

HOWEVER - this is something very few people even know about!!  When I was looking into this, my main question was, how often does this happen in a city.  It seems on a bad year maybe 5 times in Columbus. 

So my feeling was that the city can absorb this $25,000 (I have never been able to pin down how much this costs on average - it's like a secret) without too much pain while a home owner would have to, all of a sudden, come up with $5,000 to $10,000 on their own which in MY case - would totally blow my budget. 

Yea - why should I have to pay for someones else's problem, but then again why should THEY have to pay for fixing a road that they don't even own. Of course the home owner pays for fixing roads already sort of  so there is THAT argument. 

I feel it's sort of an insurance policy. I'm not totally on board with the new ordinance in question, perhaps 55% on board.  I will have to play a new yearly tax for something I will probably never have to worry about but it will help others so . . . it's a good thing.  

No one knows how much this will impact the average tax payer.  It's an unanswered question but if it helps people purchase older homes in older neighborhoods its a good thing.   

Raising city taxes responsibly  :-)  

NOTE - I am for this even though it sounds like I might not be,  There are a LOT of pros and cons but in case  I feel  the pros beat out the cons.  If there were  LOT of these cases I might not be so for it.  

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The street lighting design looks like it will go through even though some numbers were mis-spoken in the presentation. The final vote has not been taken but I'm caustically (LOL) cautiously optimistic.   

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New city website is starting to get traction. I really hate one company and their design as I believe they are not intune with how Joe Public looks at websites and the other I felt was MUCH more useful.  Images are good but they should never be the main thing for a city website.  City websites are about content, not photos.  Photos should be used to augment content, not a main theme. We shall see what is presented to us.
   
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OH OH - lots more STOP signs coming your way.  In the last four years their have been 16 accidents in this area so new STOP signs will be installed on S Lewis Street, S Charles St and a few on Hibbard St.  Don't worry, they will be installed with traffic flow in mind so it would take a half hour to go from on end of a street to the next.  

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Oddfellows River Clean up will be June 20th.

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The base of the Columbus water tower beautification project will begin this weekend in preparation for the new paint job the tower we will get early this summer. The current plan will look something like this. 


 KIDDING KIDDING 

Actually. the plan is to have the tower painted something like the Waunakee Water Tower.


But instead of Waunekee on the side we will have
Which if you think about it makes much more sense.  The blue on the bottom side actually has a reason. With a white tower that bottom side gets dirty and this hide the dirt.  The tower painted silver has been in place since the early 70s??  It's time for a change.

I TRIED to have Columbus be a little more forward thinking but we are stuck with our own backward thinking ways.  The "it would cost too much"  excuse!!!   But this would make a statement would it not?


Speaking of Water and Light.  Many of you have noticed that Tower Drive has a new bump in the road.

It was decided that with 151/73 bridge being smoothed out our quota of bumpy roads was shrinking so there needed to be more road repair.

ACTUALLY this was to bring new water to that area for new homes and more importantly this fixed a small logistical problem in our water delivery system to the area with more redundancy.

There was a problem where if a water main was, for some reason, cut off there was no satisfactory backup in case of a major fire at the Hospital. This creates a solid loop and alternate source.  

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Weather - we made it!!!  Highs in the 70's for at least the next 10 days, rain on Sunday.

Cheers
Rod





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MGE

The biggest news out of City Council was that Micheal Clark agreed with me which put me outside my comfort zone a little.  I will have to say something controversial to rectify this situation - two worlds colliding and all that!  :-)

More on this in a bit. 

I attended the annual MGE Stockholder meeting yesterday.  Not that I have any stock in MGE but my father in law does and I was invited along.  I have finally become a 1%er. Actually I think I was in the 1% of the 1%  IN AGE.  Seriously, I was probably 15 years younger then the average person attending and just getting into the Marriott was a thrill ride.

The older generation was all over the place randomly walking in front of any moving vehicle they could find as other vehicles were trying to park their cars between the lines with very little success. 

There were buses transporting people 200 feet to the door where 20 people with wheel chairs were waiting and lines for other people that had misplaced their tags. 

All this was happening in a slow motion molasses like crawl.  Picture Pac Man in slow motion.  Once we entered the huge room we were escorted to the ALMOST front row.  The only table in front of us was maned by the CEO mucky mucks which seriously all looked alike.  If I backed up my chair fast  I could have knocked the head dude. TABLE 7 BABY!!  



So we sat down and I got up to try a muffin which was the talk of the car and we had a choice of 3 kinds of Blueberry muffins and 3 kinds of bran muffins that all looked exactly the same. . but I agree, they were good.

So then the presentation starts and there is something about voting for directors and blah blah blah and then the microphone is handed over to a new guy to talk about how great MGE is.  

WAIT - isn't that the SAME guy? is he clone? I'm starting to get freaked out a little. 

So Clone #2 is talking about an annual return of 22% in the last 5 years for MGE and there are some pretty cool graphs that our Water Czar would be proud of.  

Finally the question and answer period starts. One question is about all the protesters as we entered the parking lot. 

WELL - it seems 90% of the people attending had no clue there were protesters which is not surprising since 90% did not see the slow movers "darting" in front of their cars either.  There was a question about the Tesla battery and how that would effect MGE and the answer was a vague "we like all technology, new technology is always good" which coming from a clone seems to be the correct way it was programmed to answer that question.  

Somewhere around Table 800 there is applause for some unknown reason on this answer or perhaps Clarence finally made it back from the bathroom.  One of the two.   

The meeting is over and food is served which was pretty good even though it was full of vegetables  BUT, it was actually very good, but nothing will ever beat the Filet Mignon literally the size of my head that WE Energies served us when I went to that meeting. But I digress. 

It seemed I was the only one that ate most of my lunch as there were plastic baggies at each table and most people ate a nibble and then stuffed the entire plate into plastic bags for later. 

But then the real excitement started.  The exiting of the conference room which was sort of like watching door gravity take hold.  Each attendee was given two LED light bulbs (I'm pretty sure they got the idea from Columbus Water and Light on that one)  and a really cool pen. 

I made the mistake of needing the bathroom from all the coffee I drank (fantastic coffee - I had forgotten how good REAL coffee is - not the crummy Kurig coffee). The problem came when I tried to leave the bathroom and the crush came.  It seems everybody knows everybody and no matter where you are it is always the perfect time to stop and talk even it if just outside the bathroom door. 

You can't just tell two 90 years old's with walkers to "move it buddy" as they probably jumped out of a plane in WWII with bullets whizzing over their head to save your ass so . . . .

MEANWHILE - one of the people I was with has reentered the conference room in search for more pens because they were so cool and he forgot his. (Aldermen Clark saw how cool they were last night as I played with mine during the Sewer Utility Financial Report which I had seen once already a few days earlier).  

He came out empty handed and disappointed as some other guy was always a table ahead of him and had a dozen in his had. 

I drove the group home safely.  

I reality it was a very very good event and I gotta say it was handled very very well for something catering to so many elderly.  I'm not sure if the Guinnes Book of Records has this but the combined age of the attendees had to be near 100,000.    

And that is as much of the story I am willing to tell. OH - there is more LOL 

Well done MGE.

SO - I'm all typed out and have things I need to do today - I'll get the the good news City Council tomorrow.  At least the Council of the Whole was good and good for the citizens of Columbus. 

BTW - I talked to more people about the 96 gallon garbage bins.  Most say that size is ridiculous for weekly garbage but good for recycling. 

Warmer weather coming - last day of non-warm. Hang in there.

Rod