I’d like a stamp, and make it a double!

There have been so many overhyped storms this winter, it was a shock when we ended up with more snow than predicted last weekend. How much? Close to 10" here in Fort Atkinson. A day or two earlier, they were predicting 1-2" tops. And this morning, the icing on the cake: -9°. The wind chill … Continue reading I’d like a stamp, and make it a double!

Climate change is the ultimate buzzkill.

Last week, the following email landed in my inbox. Thank you for your support of Ice Castles! We regret to inform you that due to unseasonably warm temperatures and rain this winter, Ice Castles Wisconsin will not be able to open on our targeted dates. We apologize for the disappointment this may have caused. All … Continue reading Climate change is the ultimate buzzkill.

What a Dick!

Things are moving at breakneck speed with the house purchase now. We're rocking and rolling, as the kids say! (Or maybe they don't, but they should. Rock 'n roll will always be cool.) We wrote the earnest money check today. The home inspection, well inspection, and septic tank inspection are all scheduled for Friday. It's … Continue reading What a Dick!

David Byrne as a Metaphor for Life

There are few moments in life more surreal than signing a “Residential Offer to Purchase” on a home, but that’s exactly what Tara and I did on Thursday night. You know the Talking Heads song "Once in a Lifetime"? The one where David Byrne spouts lyrics like, And you may ask yourself, “Well, how did … Continue reading David Byrne as a Metaphor for Life

Will the Real David Crosby Please Stand Up?

RIP, David Crosby. In light of the legendary rock star's passing, I thought I'd repost this blog entry that was originally published on Sep. 17, 2014. I love that the original comments are still here. A couple of you might recognize yourselves! Last night, we saw Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Keller Auditorium in … Continue reading Will the Real David Crosby Please Stand Up?

Life is like a box of Swiss chocolates.

Last weekend we visited Norway and had such a great time, we decided to stop by Switzerland next. Or at least the closest thing to Zurich here in America's Dairyland. That would be New Glarus, Wisconsin, a/k/a "America's Little Switzerland." All we knew about New Glarus was their brewery. It's the home of Spotted Cow … Continue reading Life is like a box of Swiss chocolates.

O’er the Rampart we watch.

I was scrolling through Facebook today and somebody announced the birth of a new baby in the family. We are THRILLED to announce today's arrival of Baby X! she gushed enthusiastically. 7 lbs, 8 oz., 19 1/2 inches long. I think it's time to stop sharing a newborn's weight and height. Doesn't every single full-term … Continue reading O’er the Rampart we watch.

Because you can never have too much mustard.

When a friend asked me on Friday whether I had any weekend plans, I replied, Going to a Viking-themed bar and the National Mustard Museum tomorrow. You know, the usual. I wasn't kidding. I forgot to mention the trip to Atomic Antiques, a cavernous vintage store dedicated to all things Mid-Century Modern, which happens to … Continue reading Because you can never have too much mustard.

Rekindling an Old Romance

Libraries are interesting places. Where else can you walk up to a counter and have the person working there hand you a bag full of stuff that doesn't belong to you, and let you take it home for free, no questions asked? Sure, you can't keep the loot forever, but what's the worst-case scenario? You … Continue reading Rekindling an Old Romance

Midnight is overrated anyway.

Just a friendly reminder from our favorite cranky Jew: get all your "Happy New Year!"s out of the way by tomorrow, otherwise that ship has sailed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4rkzyGFFo0 I happen to agree with ol' Larry D. By January 4, you're beating a dead horse. You'd never wish somebody "Happy Halloween" on November 1 or "Happy 4th … Continue reading Midnight is overrated anyway.