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!
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
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
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.
Just like that, our first Wisconsin Christmas is a wrap! The one thing I wanted more than anything else was a white Christmas. Elliott came barreling in with cold so fierce by Friday morning, there was no way any of that snow already on the ground was melting. The result? That perfectly picturesque Hallmark white … Continue reading Oh, there’s no plate like ham for the holidays.
I was video chatting with my supervisor a few days ago, trying to troubleshoot a blog scheduling error. I'd uploaded a blog to the TobacCo website and scheduled it to post next month, but it went live immediately. Even though, on the website, the post date showed January 11, 2023. Our blog module at work … Continue reading Jellyfish Clouds Mean Snow
Say what you will about Janesville — and I've said plenty, mostly unflattering ("Chainsville," anyone?) — this city of 65,000ish half an hour from Fort Atkinson does boast one pretty big draw: cheap gas. We're not talking two or three cents cheaper, either. Gas prices in Janesville are always dramatically lower than anywhere else in … Continue reading Blogging Buddies, Boilers, & Brothers
I don't think saying "criminals are stupid" is exactly a hot take. Sure, there are exceptions, but they're usually confined to the bad guys in Hollywood scripts like Oceans 11 and The Italian Job, the ones who plot intricate heists that nobody in the real world could ever actually pull off. I've watched enough true … Continue reading Like Walking Through a Box of Animal Crackers
Well, Wisconsin finally woke up and remembered that it's November. After a record high of 71º on Thursday – I actually took a walk around the neighborhood in shorts and flip-flops – reality (and a cold front) came crashing in on Friday, when it was almost 40 degrees colder. We knew we'd pay the price … Continue reading And we’ll have a barrel of fun!
Halloween is a BIG deal in our new town. Fort Atkinson has a citywide decorating contest and a lot of people go all out. Walking through the neighborhoods is wild. I'm impressed by how many people get into the spirit. There are lots of inflatables, which I've always found kinda lame. Great if you have … Continue reading Boo-tiful Days & Bewitching Nights