Thursday, April 23, 2015


A number of FAILS to report today.

The first FAIL was the installation of a new water bubbler where I work.  There was a bubbler there but it was a few feet higher.  this one seems a little low.

water bubbler FAIL

The 2nd FAIL is the weather reports. Looks like a spring surprise has happened.  Saturday will totally suck.  The war between winter and summer is on and winter took this round.

This is what I wanted to post yesterday (another fail) and shows that big blog of crappy cold that broke off and landed on Wisconsin.

And this is what it will look like later today as it starts to swing away.

There are no blobs in the 10 day forecast.

FAIL #3 are the Milwaukee Brewers!   WOW - if you combine last year and this year the Brewers have won 13 of their last 51 games. 13-38.  But the BAD part is that the future looks even worse.

They have no prospects in the farm system to look forward too and they certainly can't trade bad players for better bad players.

I'm never a fan of firing a manager but I have become less and less of a fan of even tempered Ron Roenicke.  I mean the next manager will still have the same players right?  Maybe fire Doug Melvin but Milwaukee is a small market team and this is what happens to small market teams.  Up and down.

Lose for a few years and restock the farm system, get good enough so you can contend, trade away prospects to fill in weakness for a few years to go all in to have ANY chance and then pay the price later.  Well, we are now paying the price.

FAIL #4.  Seems our Governor really stepped in a bunch of doo-doo in an interview with Glenn Beck.

He said he wants to limit legal immigration.  This position will really hurt him among Republicans and it's NOT what the Koch Brothers and the Chamber of Commerce who are funding him want to hear. Immediately after that comment the GOP was all over his butt condemning it. In one sentence he has alienated elected officials and donors.

But wait you say.  I thought the GOP was against immigration.  WELL, yes and no. it all depends on how you word the surveys it seems.  

That is the problem with ALL surveys (even the one our city had). It's all about the wording.

The gallop poll said 50% of the GOP wants to decrease immigration but did not say legal or illegal. The Pew research had the same question but instead of a YES or NO they gave choices and it seems 53% of people who say that are Republicans want to increase or stay the same, legal immigration.    
So you see Walker is against what the GOP wants when he says limit legal immigration.  Of course he can back track but he is already being labeled as a flip-flopper when the Koch Brothers tell he what he is suppose to say.        

If he comes to your house tell him to take off his shoes as he will track crap all over it.

FAIL #4 - my stomach.  At Anytime Fitness Tuesday I did 110 leg lifts.  After working out 6 times in 9 days I was feeling pretty darn good and did a little too much.  OUCH.  I need a cane just to stand up. I feel like I had a hernia operation.

FAIL#5 - I'm still waiting for the predicted crash in gas prices that was promised when our rivers would flow with too much oil.  hmmmmm

NON-FAIL #1 - My mom.  Her operation went great.  She had throat/swallowing problems and it seems some sphincter muscles in her throat were not operating correctly.  Being 87 years old yesterday she was pretty sure she was going to die on the operating table because a friend had an operation like this 60 years ago and it went poorly.

WELL - I guess they inserted something in her throat to open it up more and then Botoxed some muscles which will hold for 6 months and her muscles will be strong again.  She felt GREAT yesterday and was very happy (could be the drugs also).
Extra non-news.  DJ found a lot of stuff on my grandfather including all his school records. He was a
My grandfather
full blooded Menominee Indian and was adopted.  Was a radio operator in WWI and was a Mason in the Billings Lodge (along with my father).  The funny thing is that he seemed to run away from school a lot as a kid.   I really don't know that much about my family. Never really met any of my relatives at all.

Something people forget when they talk to seniors is that they were not always seniors. At one time they were young trouble makers doing their own thing.
American Pickers has contacted a few people in the area and one in Columbus.  Maybe we will be on TV. Bring out your trash.

OH - speaking of trash - Council is debating on whether we will have all citizens have trash bins for auto pick-up. Free of charge for everybody.  95 gallon bins which seems silly to me since we have 2 bags of garbage a week.  We don't even fill up a 50 gallon bin! LOL  But, free is always good so . . . .
OH - a big thank you to the police officer that stopped in front of me the other garbage day.  There were trash bins blocking the road and he not only stopped to remove the bins but also picked up all the loose garbage flying around (I helped a little).  Well done officer.

Please join officials from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the City of Columbus for a meeting to discuss the planning and coordination needs of area businesses for the 2017 reconstruction of James Street, Columbus
WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 9 a.m.
  WHERE: Columbus Community Building, 161 N. Dickason Boulevard
*NOTE: this is the first of several meetings planned between the DOT and City businesses along the James Street corridor on this matter.    

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wagner Farm and the Popcorn Cart #2

I'M FREEZING - I'm sitting in my room and my hands are frozen!!   This sucks. The slow slow warm-up begins tomorrow.  Nothing to get excited about except it's not THIS. 

There were 10 of us that drove to Glenview ILL yesterday to visit the Historic Wagner Farm which is a 19 acre 1920s-30s farm in the middle of the Metro Chicago conglomerate.  A working farm where kids from the city can come and see what a cow looks like and actually milk one and see all the things farms do.  Quit extensive actually and a very very cool place. 

We were down there because they had purchased a popcorn cart which happens to be the same one that was in Columbus and critically injured the 15 year old who's name I don't remember because I left my press guide in the truck (booo!).  And I find out that child was a classmate of Alice Schmidt.  

The people in Glenview purchased the old unknown cart and started to refurbish it and when doing extensive research found the Columbus connection.  What we attended was the coming out party of a 1.5 year process involving $40,000 and they were pretty darn proud of their popcorn cart.  About 70 people attended the celebration and our delegation was very welcomed. 

In fact there is yet more excitement in the works as there is a good chance the ILL popcorn cart people will bring the sister up to Columbus for the 4th of July Celebration to sell popcorn and we will transfer the plates on our cart to the REAL owner of those plates.    TOGETHER AGAIN! 

iPhone 180 degree pano of the event. 


You will say why all the excitement over a popcorn cart?  Well ,there are only 10 left in the country and they were a pretty big deal at the time. They are a part of Columbus history.  George Hasey purchased his first cart, a Dunbar Wagon in 1928 for $1650 which in today's money is about $22,000.

I'm not going to go into the whole history and save that for Alice who is writing an article for a magazine and maybe the newspaper. 

Here is Alice being interviewed by a reporter from the Chicago Tribune. 

I'm still going through all the photos I took. Not a lot of breathing taking snapshots actually!  Just photos of the event. 

All in all a fine event and people really enjoyed the camaraderie of working together for one goal, keeping history alive.    


I won't bring you down about speaking of the Brewers! 

Gotta run. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Road trip

My two favorite sayings (this week)

Politics is the art of compromise. 

A fart is a scream from trapped poop. 

Heading down to the Flat Lands with members and former members of HLPC to represent Columbus for some popcorn cart function.  I don't know the entire story but the second popcorn cart, the brother the cart we have in Columbus has been found and restored in Illinois and I believe 7 of us are making the pilgrimage for the function.

Was that vague enough?  Basically I'm the guy with the camera. 


Heard a rumor that Columbus is making a round-a-bout at the Travel Center.  Not true.  While I love round-a-bouts as they are so much easier to navigate then stop signs, much safer and far more prettier, there will be stop lights. Next year.  


Bike Night happens in two weeks and Dickason will be closed off from 5:00PM to 10:00PM. The goal for event #1 is about 150 motorcycles. Being the 1st event it's a conservative number. Depends on the weather.  


WEATHER - as of 7:00AM Columbus received officially 0.75 inches of rain. Shouldn't get a whole lot more. Maybe a sprinkle tomorrow and then we start a long slow warming gaining 2 or 3 degrees a day for a week. Sunny Thursday through Sunday with light winds. 


Columbus is an awesome town.  Being an aldermen all you hear about are complaints and problems and you really need to separate politics from real life as much as possible or else you will be constantly annoyed and be slowly driven crazy.  

We took a long walk around town Friday night. Smelling the smells of people doing laundry and cookouts.  Hearing the train in the distance and a dog barking. Children playing and stopping at the mini library's that have popped up. Wonderful wonderful town. 


Couple new stores opening up downtown.  One is a AAA but not sure what kind of AAA.  The other is still in the works and will appeal to young people of all ages. The only store of it's kind in a 50 mile radius and personally I'm excited if the sale goes through. Should bring people from other towns to Columbus instead of Madison.  Holy Cow Batman! 

What we could use is more manufacturing as we have a rail hub and a few highways.  I'm going to attend a forum in Madison called   "How We Grow Matters"  put on by the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission.
"learn about how other regions have developed and implemented growth strategies that achieve measurable results on the ground. Given that Madison metro region continues to grow by almost 7,000 people a year, learning and applying such lessons is especially important."
I love stuff like this.  Columbus is the outer ring of the Madison onion. As Madison grows Sun Prairie grows and as Sun Prairie grows so will Columbus. No one wants the growth like Sun Prairie has and that won't happen but slow and steady is always good.  As long as Columbus is prepared to grow then growth is not a bad thing.


NOTE - Bowling Alley has been sold, it's a start.

Although I like this saying also