Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Day

Here I am, on the edge of 2009, alone with my kid watching The Three Stooges reruns. In retrospect, this is often my loneliest day of the year. Yeah, I have my son, but it's not the same. I often miss the companionship and comrade of friends and family on this day. Somebody to bring in the New Year with. Kinda sucks...

It's been a roller coaster of a ride this year for me. It started off like any other year for me. Basically doing the day by day grind. In March, I got hurt on the job by getting my finger crunched in the press that I was working on. I was put on light duty for awhile until I healed.

Also, In March I met a blogger on Facebook. After spending hours every night chatting online, we developed an attraction for each other. We met on my birthday in June. What followed was the most beautiful relationship I have ever known. I was on cloud nine. We criss-crossed the country seeing each other. We made plans for our future.

All this came crashing down in October when the relationship ended. I fell into a deep depression over my loss. All areas of my life was affected. My job, my son, and myself fell into self neglect. It was a low point in my life. I began to wonder where am I at this point. If it wasn't for some close friends and family I'm not sure where would I'd be now. So. I decided to make some changes.

Starting the beginning next year, I'm going to be going through therapy to put a handle on my emotions and clear my head. After that I'm going be making some major choices in my life. Hopefully I'll find the true happiness that I'm looking for.

You know, it's funny how things change and sometimes they come a full circle.....

Monday, December 28, 2009

By a Thread

One of the Christmas presents that I got for myself this year was Gov't Mule's By a Thread CD. The hardest working man in rock and roll has done it again! Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes and his band put out another put another album of great materiel. This album is awesome! I have only listened to this album twice and it has me blown completely away.

I haven't really gotten a chance to really pick apart this album yet, but tunes like Steppin' Lightly, Broke Down on the Brazos, and Any Open Window light me up with some killer guitar solos! Bluesy numbers like Railroad Boy and Outside Woman Blues move me. There is not track on this album that that I don't like.

For an excellent review on this album, Mike from From Redlands to Maplewood did an excellent job!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Packers Week #17

The Packers just massacred the Seattle Seahawks 48-1o today in the confines of Lambeau Field. Seattle looked very helpless on the field. Their quarterback Matt Hassleback got picked off four times while the Packer's running three running backs tore up the griddion.

It gets better-the Packers are in the playoffs! YES! They clinched the spot with win over Seattle and New York Giants loss to the Carolina Panthers. More on the game here.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Rush Frankfurt, Germany 1979

Each week I'm going to try post a review of one of my bootlegs that is in my collection. This week's boot is Rush from Frankfurt, Germany in 1979.

Before I start rambling on about this show, I'm going to explain about my bootlegs. They are unauthorized recordings of bands in concert. I obtained them in many different ways. I got them off of the TV, radio broadcasts, the internet, other people's recordings and however I get them. 90% percent of these recordings are on my cassette tapes, stuffed away in a dresser. To me these recordings are priceless. You just can't get them anywhere.

I love listening to live music. It gives me a whole new perspective on any bands sound. In the studio, you can splice, add, edit and make any changes to create the perfect sound. In concert, you got only one chance to get it "right" To me, it's the imperfections and and the improvisations that give the bands their character.

Well, enough with my ramblings and on with the show! This concert was recorded live during their 1979 Hemispheres Tour. Rush was stunning their audiences with their epic 20 minute pieces like 2112 and Hemispheres. Not only they showcased these songs, they blazed through tunes like Xanadu, By-Tor and the Snow Dog, La Villa Strangiato and Closer to the Heart. A very impressive set list if you ask me!

Here is a video if my favorite Rush song, La Villa Strangiato, recorded live during that tour.

Here is the set list on my tape.
A Passage to Bangkok
By-Tor and the Snow Dog
Something for Nothing
The Trees
Cygnus X-1
Closer to the Heart
A Farewell to the Kings
La Villa Strangiato
Working Man
Bastille Day
In the Mood

Friday, December 25, 2009


While many of us are at homes with our families, celebrating the birth of Christ, I'm celebrating my rebirth. As some of you may aware, I have been struggling with forces deep inside of me for awhile now. I'm seeking help from the outside to help me to look inside of myself. So many mixed emotions inside of me has caused me a great amount of confusion within me. I hate being this way.

As result, I'm looking forward to get rid of this confusion. To get a clear head. I'm seeking answers to the questions that I have. I hope to find the answers so that I have the confidence to be a better man than I ever was before.

From that point on, I may be taking on some radical changes in my life. I don't know what, yet. All I know is, all options in my life will be open. My goal is to find my true happiness... Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Wishing all of my family, friends,and all those that read here a very Merry Christmas! May your holiday be a special one!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

At Last!

At last! I'm done! My four day weekend is here! After working my butt off doing ten hour shifts, I'm finally going to get some well deserved rest. Sleeping in is my main goal.

I'm not too sure of my holiday plans, yet. They keep changing. Going up north to visit my folks seem unlikely at this point, seeing there may be a major storm rolling in. I wouldn't recommend traveling far in Wisconsin snowstorms, especially to the northern parts. So I may be staying home, celebrating with friends this year.

So how is everybody celebrating this year?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunset at San Clemete

I posted these pictures some time ago at the JTI. I don't why I didn't post them here. Oh well. I took these pictures during my last trip to California. I really liked how these pictures turned out. I took them with my SonyDSC-H2 12x Cyber-Shot Camera (yeah, it's an expensive toy) Hope you like them!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Blind Faith

I remember as a teenager, walking down the street listening to this album on my Walkman, thinking music doesn't get much better than this. The truth is-it doesn't. The one and only Blind Faith album remains among the best albums in my collection.

Born out of the ashes of the broken up bands Cream and Traffic, this album consists of Cream's guitar god, Eric Clapton and drummer extraordinaire Ginger Baker. The soulful voice of Traffic's keyboardist/vocalist Steve Winwood sends shivers down my spine! Family's Rick Grech fills the spot of the bassist perfectly. What a supergroup line up this is!

There is not is wasted note on this record! The guitar solos on Had to Cry Today blows my mind! The rollicking piano solo on Well All Right has gotten me dazzled! Tunes like Can't Find My Way Home and Sea of Joy gives me the chills!

The band only lasted a year, only to record this album and do a tour in 1969. A damn shame. I kind of wonder what music they would have created if this band stayed together.

Packers Week # 15

It was nail biter of a game today when the Pittsburgh Steelers edged out the Packers 37-36. It was the final play of the game when Pittsburgh's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown to wide receiver Mike Wallace with no time on the clock. Ugh! The Packers shoulda won! It was a great game though. More on the game here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Aerosmith:Woodstock 1994

For the hell of it, I decided to throw in my Aerosmith-Live from Woodstock 1994 bootleg tape into my tape deck and let it rip! What an awesome show! Probably the highlight of Woodstock 1994. I remember watching this show on pay for view TV. Cost me $ 5o, but it well worth it! Got a T-shirt and a lifetime of memories of an excellent show! I remember working all my electronics in overdrive by videotaping and audio taping this entire show.

The Aerosmith show was awesome! They played at their top form that night. Steven Tyler came on stage wearing some flambouant outfit and a tophat and proceeded to the stage by storm! They ran though numbers like Toys in the Attic, Draw the Line, and Sweet Emotion (complete with guitar solos from Dazed and Confused and Peter Gunn) Words could not descibe how awesome this show was!

Wish I could show the WHOLE thing!

The setlist:

Intro/Eat the Rich
Toys in the Attic
Draw the Line/F.I.N.E.
Rag Doll
Monkey on My Back
Mama Kin
Morning's Coming
Shut Up and Dance
Stop Messin' Around
Walk On Down
Janine's Got a Gun
Love in the Elevator
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
Sweet Emotion (with Dazed and Confused and Peter Gunn)
Come Together
Dream On
Living On the Edge
Walk This Way

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Lastest on Becker

Last January, our then mayor of my wonderful city was arrested on charges of attempted sexual assault on a minor and possession of child pornography. Since then has resigned as mayor, gotten divorced by his wife, sought "treatment" in Pennsylvania, and worked on houses in Racine. Whatever.... To me, mostly what has he done is brought disgrace to this city.

I remember meeting the the mayor before this all began. (I'm still washing my hands) I was horrified and shocked how delusional he was! At that point the crime rate in my city was sky high and all he was worried about getting art projects developed. I asked him if he ever walked in the ghetto areas of my town at night, (which I have) all he had to say that he rode shotgun in a police car during the day! Yeah right, find crime that way.... It's like finding cockroaches in the light.

After hearing about this sex scandal, it was a relief to to city to be rid of him! I feel sorry for his daughters, who are about the same age as the alleged accused. The transcriptions he wrote to "her" makes me what to puke. I can not fathom to what he has done to his family.

Now, he may getting off with a slap on the wrist.....Bullshit....

More of the stories are here and here. Please dig deep to understand all of this.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Man's Best Friend

Thump, thump, thump! I hear this every time I put my keys into the lock of my door. Behind it, is a happy dog that is glad to see me after a long day of work. As I'm walking in, Harley is dancing away and wagging her tail so hard that she is knocking things off the coffee table. Immediately, I walk over to my computer to check my e-mails and the dog is following me. As I'm looking through my blogs, Harley is nudging me with her nose wanting attention. Scratching her on top of her head, I'll say "Hello Harley!" and she'll end up trying climb up into lap trying to lick my face. So, I let her outside so she can do her "business." This is kinda routine for me. Yet, it amazes me.

How does it amaze me? The loyalty. the love, and the dependency that she has for me. Is as if she worships me. Unconditionally. I kinda feel blessed by it.

One thing that comes to mind as thinking of this, what if we worshiped God like that? Loved God unconditionally like that? I mean, we are free thinking people here. Sentient beings. Would the world be a better place if we thought this why? I know, it's some crazy thoughts, but I couldn't help from wondering..

I got Harley almost almost eight years ago, when she was a puppy. Small enough to fit into the palm of my hand. I remember reading an add in my local newspaper about Golden Retriever puppies for sale. Did a little research. I found it would be compatible to have a Golden for a pet and we traveled to Green Bay to this spectacle. It was love at first sight. My son named her after the motorcycles that went though my alley behind house when he was a little boy. Since then, Harley has been a faithful companion to me.

Tonight, I know she is going to lay down in bed beside me and bring me comfort in knowing that somebody loves me, for who I am unconditionally.....

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Wheary Lights

A long running tradition here in Racine, is to see the Wheary Lights at the zoo. I remember seeing these lights (the waterfall) when I was a kid. My folks use to drive my sister and I to the north side (where I live now) to see this spectacular display of lights. Back then, they were displayed at George Wheary's place in a residential area. 25 years ago, the lights where donated to zoo. Since then the zoo added on some pieces to to the display.

The waterfall stands 24 feet tall and uses over 2,000 bulbs.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Manic Nirvana

Well, Every week I'm going to try to post up a record review. Something random from my album collection and see how that goes. This week's pleasure goes to Robert Plant's fifth solo album Manic Nirvana. Everybody that knows me knows that I'm a die hard Zeppelin freak. I live, breathe, and eat Zeppelin. So, it's fitting that I get all the post Zep stuff.

This album here, in my opinion, one of the better solo releases. It's more hard rocking with a Zeppelin "feel" to it. Remember this, prior to his 1988's release of Now and Zen Robert Plant has been trying to get away from the Zeppelin legacy and make it on his own as a true musician in his own right. He has made some good results-especially NOW. More on that in a later blog.

The album starts off with the rousing Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You) and never lets up. Tunes like Nirvana completely rock! "Liar's Dance" reminds me of "Going to California." "Your Mama Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night" has lyrics taken from "Black Dog."
Anniversary has a killer guitar solo! To me, it's wonder why this album turned up in the cut out bins years later.

I saw Robert Plant at Alpine Valley for the second time during this tour. Not only did he play his solo stuff, he pulled out six Zeppelin tunes! What a show! Yes, I do have this concert on tape!

This video here is a showcase of my favorite song off the album, "Tie Dye On the Highway" from Knebworth 1990. Yes, I got that show bootlegged well.

Packers Week# 14

The Chicago Bears were taken down by the rival Packers 21-14 today at Soldier Field. It appeared at the end of the first half, the Pack was going to run away with this game. Chicago nearly came back, but the Packers defense held up and saved the day. More on the game here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Music Collection

It all started out in 1977/78 with a copy of Kiss "Love Gun." The seed of it what is it today. A twelve year old boy, eyes wide open with wonder to a whole new world. A world of full of music and the mystery behind it. Yep, that's me, the twelve year old. It was the first notes of tunes like "Calling Dr. Love" by Kiss, "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas, and "Rock and Me" by Steve Miller Band that got me interested. It changed my life. It became an obsession. I HAD to discover and explore music.

In my younger days, I remember hanging out at a friend's house playing cards, smoking weed, and listening to rock and roll. This guy had a HUGE music collection. This guy had everything! He turned me on to SO much music, it was unbelievable! I said to myself, I'm going to beat this guy in music collecting. Since then, I scoured thrift shops, rummage sales, recorded off friends and the radio, bought albums left and right-anyway I can obtain music.

Since then, I obtained a MASS of music-with some incredible finds! Like the original copy of The Beatles "Second Album" and the Rolling Stones "Let it Bleed" with a poster still in it-for a quarter each! My music collection grew to over 2, 000 different titles. That's eight crates of vinyl, over 400 CD's, a dresser full of cassette tapes (many of them bootlegs) , not to mention computer downloads.... I don't own an I Pod and I can't use it for a medical reason. (to be explained later on this blog)

The funny thing is, I never grew up listening to rock and roll. My folks listened to Oliva Newton-John, John Denver, Marty Robbins, and other country classics. I never really heard the Beatles till I was a teenager!

So what is your music collection like? How did you get started?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Not Much Here!

Monday, the National Weather Service announced winter storm warnings for my area, saying that we could get 9 to 12 inches of snow! Now that's a lot of snow-enough to shut down the city! So I ran around town to get the supplies I need to wait out a possible two day storm, waiting in long lines to get things like groceries and gas. Man were those lines long!

So, I woke up this morning early expecting to be hammered with all this snow. Instead, we got about an inch or two. (I'm thinking the lake had something to do with this.) The surrounding communities got slammed! Madison got 16 inches of snow! WOW! Thank God, it didn't any worse than it is around here!

Now we waiting for the arctic freeze that will plummet temperature to the single digits. I hate winter. If it's not one thing, it's another...

Packers Week #13

Sorry so late in posting this, I went to bed immediately following the game. Then, I forgot about it. I've been so absent minded these days. What I do remember is that the Packers played a hell of a good game-especially in the first half. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked sharp on the field!

Sunday, December 6, 2009


One album I've been listening a lot of lately is Pearl Jams' sophomore effert Vs. While it may not be well known as Ten, but it holds it's ground pretty good. This album is a solid, raw, and aggressive piece of work. The energy it feeds leaves you standing on your feet with your fist pumped in the air. Tunes like Animal and Go gets me going crazy. The delicate moments like Daughter and Elderly Woman leave me breathless. There is not a wasted track on this album!

The one tune that gets to me is "Rearviewmirror" To me, the song is about the people that used and abused you. It's about once you have it figured it and left that person behind (like my ex-wife) That when I give the finger and tell them off.

Sorry that my rage is showing, it's that a couple of people have been ticking me off lately....

Friday, December 4, 2009

My 100th Post!

Wow! This my 100th post! When I started this site, I had no idea how long this site would last. I'm happy making it this far. I remember starting blogging about two years ago at my local newspaper out of boredom. It turned out to be a lot of fun! I made a few friends. Soon some of us became disenchanted with the site and formed the JT Irregulars. That's when I got to meet some bloggers. Since then, I branched out and explored other sites. I' ve made many more friends and even found love. After getting support and encouragement from a"special" friend, I started the site. It's been an adventure so far....

I want to take the time to THANK my family, my friends, and ALL of the people who read and commented my site. I could have never done it without your gracious love and support. YOU GUYS ROCK!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Moms are the Best!

My mom sent this to me via e-mail yesterday. This brought tears to my eyes.

The Most Beautiful Rainbow
As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that
wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You
will have your heart broken probably more than once and
it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so
remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight
with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things
an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast,
and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too
many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've
been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset
is a minute of happiness you'll never get back. Don't be
afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.
God bless you Mom!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wonderous Stories

I think I'm going to lay off the heartbreak love songs songs for awhile and keep on working on a more positive attitude. I'm gonna need it to get me through the holidays. That's when my depression hits me the worst. So today, I'll introduce "Wonderous Stories" by Yes.

Taken from their 1977 release, Going for the One, Wonderous Stories is one of my favorite tracks from the album. The tunes may be shorter than the stuff that were on the previous albums, but they are all good. Songs like Going for the One features guitarist, Steve Howe, on the slide and vocalist Jon Anderson on the harp on the tune Awaken. This album also marks the return of keyboard extraordinaire, Rick Wakeman into the fold, who blew me away on the church organ on Parellels.

With this tune, I can imagine myself at a campfire, listening to a wizard telling me stories and fables of the ancient. Sorta like the Lord of the Rings thing. Tunes like The Battle of Evermore by Led Zeppelin, The Wizard by Uriah Heep, and Kings and Queens from Aerosmith come to my mind...

Monday, November 30, 2009

When the Stars Speak

It's been awhile since I put up a poem/song up on this site. This one was done about 24 years ago when I was about 19. Hope you like it!

I've heard questions before me
And no answers around me
Life seems a mystery to me
I want to fulfill my life
With answers of the unknown

Voices said...

When the stars speak,
I'll tell you a story

Is there anyone to ask
About the stories of untold?
I've asked many of kind
The teachers and the preachers
And the local madman

Voices said...

When the stars speak,
I'll tell you a story

Hey there, dear Mr. Madman,
Tell me that old, old story
Glassy eyed and laughing
And then he walks away
Tell me what made you that way...

He said...

When the stars speak,
I'll tell you a story

I guess when I look to the wind
The sun rises above the ground
The light rays will spark my mind
And the story will come clear
To my surprise, the wind said...

When the stars speak,
I'll tell you a story.....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cry of Love

There is one band I've been listening to a lot of lately is called the Cry of Love. This southern jam rock band came into the scene in the early 90's with their debut album "Brother." They broke the airwaves with tunes like Bad Thing and Highway Jones. Unfortunately, their lead singer, Kelly Howland, left the band after the first album and was replaced by Robert Mason on their second album, Diamonds + Debris. That album yielded some good tunes like Sugarcane and Georgia Pine. Unfortunately the band split up after the second effort. Guitarist Audley Freed soon joined the Black Crowes for their album Lions and did his time for the Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes tour. This first video is Broken Toy, a song not on any album from them. The other one, Highway Jones, I just love it.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nope, I Didn't Go

Nope, I didn't go the the benefit that I wanted to go to. Instead, I got stuck at home watching my son while my ex-wife deals with my "daughter's" issues.

Apparently, she got kicked out of her bio-mother's house (no surprise here) She is a sweet girl with a kind heart. But make no mistake-this girl here is a drama queen. She is very opinionated and her free speaking mind often gets herself into trouble. When this happens, this 24 year girl gets herself into a jam and expects everyone to get her out her out of it. This is NOT how I raised her. I admit, I'm ashamed of this.

To further explain her situation, I met AC when she was four years old when I was dating my ex-wife. When she was eight, her mother (my ex-wife's sister) dropped her off on us and vanished for three years. Presumably, to follow her drug induced ways. Since then, my ex-wife and I raised her till our divorce five years ago. She has struggled with many issues her own identity (she's half black) and the abandonment of her own parents. We did the best that we could to help her out.

Since our divorce, AC has been struggling with self independence and financially. She has moved around from place to place, never staying at a place for long. This is not good for her and her daughter. They need some kind of stability in their lives.

Knowing that she needs stability in her life, I try not enable by helping her out by giving her money and giving her rides. Being her "Dad" it's so hard not too. If she ever wants to be self independent I have to.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Stumple Upon

Lately, out of boredom, I've been playing around my StumbleUpon add on to Firefox. It's a feature that I have playing around with lately. I've come up with good stuff. For those who don't know what is, it's a search engine that throws "everything" at you. It's kinda like a random thing that opens up a whole new world for you via the Internet. Here is something that I stumbled upon and I thought it was quite funny.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Take it Easy

Sorry that I've been blogging a lot lately. It's been kinda like therapy to me lately-just letting it all out. I've been listening to a lot of my stuff lately (see sidebar) .I have it set for a certain station and it's bringing me back memories of how cool classic rock is. I missed it so much!

As I was listening to this station, one of my favorite bands came up. The Eagles. I remember seeing the Eagles at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI during their 1994 Hell Freezes Over Tour. It's only an hour drive (or less) from where I live. Anyways, it was a GREAT show! The vibes were unbelievable! It was like a peaceful, easy feeling. The audience was singing along with the music so loud that Don Henley announced that " Do we have to sing?" And that included their solo stuff! It was the most laid back concerts that I have ever been to. And YES, I do have a copy of this show in my music collection.

Packers Week # 12

The Packers totally dominated the Detroit Lions in this fantastic feast of a game today! The Packers played well on all sides of the ball with quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing for 348 yards and three touchdowns. The final score was 34-12. More on the game here.

It Snowed!

photo courtesy of Pete Setclowe

I woke up this morning to a total darkness. The power had gone out in this place. Somehow I stumbled around and found my way outside to see how much power had gone out. To my surprise, I saw an inch of this white slushy stuff on the ground. YUCK! I hate snow! In all the years that I've living in Wisconsin, I never liked the snow. The stuff's cold and dreary. Shoveling it and driving in it is a bitch. Just seeing it is a firm reminder on how depressing it is that your stuck inside of your home with nothing to do. I just hope this isn't going to be a long winter.

The power was restored three hours later.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

A special wish to my family, friends, and all those who read here a very Happy Thanksgiving! Looking forward to the turkey and the Packer game!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thoughts for Food

This weekend is the 2nd Annual Thoughts for Food Fall Harvest Benefit. I've been to many of the springtime benefits over the years and they are always a blast! So I may go this one and blog about it. I always have been a big supporter of the local music scene. I've seen many of these bands from time to time, including my fav, Mean Jake!.

Monday, November 23, 2009

At the Crossroads

Since October 19th, my personal life has been in shambles. Much of it is in confusion and pain. I'm not sure what to do anymore. I've made many mistakes in past and many of them have caught up to me. I've been doing a lot of soul searching here trying to find answers to the questions that I have. All I found were more questions. Life has so many paths to follow.

So here I am, sitting in the crossroads of my life, smoking a cigarette-thinking of the path to follow. I know want I what in life per say, but getting there is the hard part. There are so many obstacles and "walls" in way of my true happiness. So where do I go from here? Which way is the right way? I 've been trying to use my better wisdom to make the right choice. And that is hard to do.

In my soul searching (and after a recent conversation with a friend) I came to realize and accepted a few things. Some of these things are something I had already knew, but I didn't want to hear. Like-

-You can't really always get what you want-
-Hopes and dreams don't always come true-
-The Lord works in the mysterious ways-
-Love doesn't always conquer all, but it can sometimes divide the heart and mind-
-Sometimes you can't always go down the road you chose-

I keep talking about "walls" in the path. This wall that I have before me is way too hard for me to break. My fingernails are chipped and my chisels are broken. It'll take a miracle to get to the other side. Now I must go down another path. It's not the path I had chosen, but it's a way out of my personal cell. Who knows were this path is going lead to?

So I flipped my cigarette and I am starting to walk down this path....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Packers Week# 11

The Packers trashed the San Francisco 40Whiners (I can say that, right?) today 30-24 at Lambeau Field. The Pack dominated the 49ers with a near perfect game in the first half. San Francisco nearly came back in the second half. More on the game here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wish I Would Have Gone

Some words were spoken about attending a Bruce Springsteen concert last Sunday night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Things changed before then. My friend, the Rock and Roll Guru attended this show. They play the entire Born to Run album! Here is his review on the concert. I wish I would of been there!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures

I've been hearing a huge buzz about this band lately called Them Crooked Vultures. The band features Led Zeppelin's bass player John Paul Jones, Nirvana's drummer David Grohl, and the singer/guitarist from the Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme. I think they sound rockin'! What do you think?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Oh Deer!

Twice this week, I almost hit a deer on the way to work in the morning! I hate it when that happens. Crashing into a deer can cause some serious damage to a car. My folks hit a couple a deer a couple of years ago and it did over a $1ooo worth of damage. Yikes.

Now is the time of year the were the deer is on the move. It's mating season. The bucks would running around in search of a mate. Although deer are active all times of the day, they can be mostly be seen during the dawn and dusk hours. That's way you have to be extra careful when you drive.

Here in Wisconsin, we have a hunting season that draws thousands of hunters to the northern parts of the state. The idea of a hunting season, seeing that there really no natural predators, is to trim the herd to a more manageable level. The wolf population is endangered in the state (yet, they are making a comeback) and the bear, well, they can't do it all. Without the hunting the deer population would increase and cause problems. One the problems would be starvation in the winter. Too many deer and not enough food. The other would be car accidents.

Sorry, I would want this to happen to my car!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Packers Week # 10

The Packers stomped the Dallas Cowboys 17-7 today at Lambeau Field. I dozed off during the first half of the game and missed much it. I watched the second half with excitement as the Packers' defense bore down on Dallas' quaterback Tony Romo. I thought the game would a complete shut out till the very end when Dallas finally scored. More on the game here.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Impromptu JTI Meet

Today we had an impromptu JTI meet. Was kinda nice to these guys again. That's one of the coolest reasons to be a part of this team. We get to see each other! We are kinda like family here. This family started on our local newspaper blog The Journal Times. It's a big site with its issues. Many of the issues were over censorship, trolls, and the lack being able to express an opinion without being blasted for it. The blog got ugly. We tried to negociate a truce with the paper, but were met with a deafening silence. Some of us got banned. Tired of it all we decided to form our own site.

Oh fun we having with this site! Now we are free! Free to write whatever we wanted to. Free to express ourselves. Free to push the envelope a little bit. We respect one another's opinion. All without the fear of being banned! Isn't that great! We have been at for almost two years now. our membership has grown to over 30 bloggers from all over the world! WOW!

It was Lizardmom's idea to have this meet. She contacted me to make some arrangements. She fired off a blog and some e-mails and viola! A meeting! Tonight's meet was rather small. Only SER, OrbsCorbs, kkdither, and myself made it. We were supposed to go bowling instead, we ended up yaking for a couple of hours. It was fun getting together with my friends! I needed it!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Some Autumn Pics

It's about past peak season in southeastern Wisconsin. It's still pretty though.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Packers Week #9

The Packers were beat by the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-28 today. Aside from the special teams, the Packers looked solid in the first half. I'm so glad that I missed the second half due to an appointment. This has not been a good season...

Prison System Overhaul

I'm a strong believer of an overhaul of our country's prison system. It seems to me that our prisons and jails are overcrowded with non violent inmates that can rehabilitated. Many of them are drug addicts. Our war against drugs is dysfunctional. As long as there is a demand, there will always be a supply. So why feed into this? We need to take the demand away. We need to focus on rehabilitation and prevention. Studies have shown that it is cheaper and more cost effective to rehabilitate than it is just lock them up for their crimes. We Americans as a society need to stop thinking of this "just lock 'em up'" mentality and start thinking outside of the box. Some of these "prisoners" could use a second lease in life.

The state of California has already started a program that works. I've seen it.

Here is an excellent article on the subject. Check it out, please.

Still Thinking of Her

I still think of her quite often. Trying not to. It's hard... All it takes is a song, a photo, something on TV, a sight around town, a plane in the sky and the memories come rushing back. Many good memories... A memory of a love so strong that I thought it could conquer all.

The pain of loss is still there. I don't know if it would ever go away... Still trying to pick up the pieces and move on... The sadness is still in my heart. Some days are better than others.