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The Smiling Lawn

 

Walking through a neighborhood, I made a "smiley" sighting:

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AND TO THIS DELCARATION...........


One of my favorite movies is National Treasure, another in a long line of Jerry Bruckheimer masterpieces.  Bruckheimer is a film-maker extraordinaire, and has proven time and again that excellent cinematic entertainment is possible without heaping gobs of gore, violence, or gratuitously overdone sex upon the viewers.   Treasure is certainly fanciful, but is full of winsome adventure, romance, history, and humor, and is a great film for for all ages.  


There is a pivotal scene in the movie where Ben Gates (Nicholas Cage) and his sidekick Riley are gazing at the original Declaration of Independence in the National Archives.  While reading aloud an exerpt,  Gates pauses to comment to his friend, "You know - people don't talk like that anymore".

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Vantastic

Our van is used for more, than just, basic transportation:

When hunger strikes, it becomes,

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Taxpayer Tea Parties, as American as Mom and Apple Pie

Conservatives, Holidays, History, Constitution, Government / Bureaucracy, Special events, TAXES

It's Independence Day! A day set aside to celebrate the birthday of our nation.

The second paragraph of The Declaration of Independence states:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." 
 

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"Extra-ordinary"

 

A common house, a standard lot, a "nothing special" van;

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What's Happening: July 06 to July 13

 07/08/09
Jazz in Cutler Park

Enjoy this free music concert in Cutler Park in Historic Downtown Waukesha.  Acts vary each week.. Cutler Park, Waukesha; 7:00pm- 9:00pm; www.jazzincutlerpark.org

07/08/09
Badgerland Water Ski Show

FREE water ski show.  Fun for the whole family.  Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water.  Bring your own seating.  Show lasts about an hour and a half.. Frame Park, Waukesha; ; 414-640-6361; www.badgerland.org

07/08/09
Waterfront Wednesday's Concert Series

Free concert series every Wednesday June- August on Pewaukee Lakefront Park Pavilion/Beach house.. Pewaukee Lakefront Park; 6:00-9:00 pm; 262-695-9735; www.positivelypewaukee.com

07/09/09
Civic Band

Civic Band concert sponsored by Aries Industries. Cutler Park Waukesha; 8:00 - 9:00 pm; 262-524-3737; www.ci.waukesha.wi.us

07/09/09
Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Show

Enjoy an entertaining water ski show complete with colorful costumes, music, and a live emcee announcing the acts. Free family fun at Lakefront Park, Downtown Pewaukee. Pewaukee Lake; ; 414-322-8713; www.pewaukee.waterski.org

07/10/09
Freeman Friday Night Live

Enjoy an evening of live music and extended shopping hours. Head to Historic Downtown Waukesha to listen to a variety of bands, shop the specialty stores and boutiques and enjoy the many eateries.. Historic Downtown Waukesha; 6:30pm- 8:30pm; 262-547-1060; www.downtownwaukesha.com

07/10/09
Cinema in the Sand
*POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER*
A free family friendly movie will be shown on the beach area of Pewaukee Lake park. Pewaukee Lakefront Park; 8:45 pm; 262-695-9735; www.positivelypewaukee.com

07/11/09
Summer Saturday Society (Ages 3-5)

Discover the toys and recreation from Waukesha County’s ethnic groups by making take- home projects, exploring artifacts and exhibits, games, and special activities with your young historians! . Waukesha County Museum; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; 262 521 2859; www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

07/11/09
Waukesha Farmers' Market

Eat Fresh, buy local with the Waukesha Farmers' Market on the banks of the Fox River. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and crafts available for purchase.. Riverfront Plaza, Historic Downtown Waukesha; 7:00am- 12:00pm; 262-549-6154; www.downtownwaukesha.com

07/11/09
Farm & Winery Days

Mason Creek Winery; ; 262-367-6494; www.masoncreekwinery.com

Call Senators! Can voters' ire dampen US Senate's Cap-and-Trade Tax vote?

Energy, Global Warming/Climate Change, Going Green, Government / Bureaucracy, Legislation, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, United States

While evidence mounts that the planet is NOT warming, the US House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade (Tax) Bill anyway, by just 5 votes. The Cap-and-Trade Tax bill then went to the US Senate.

According Ben Lieberman's testimony before the Senate Republican Conference ,

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Free Summer Concerts Continue in the Parks

Numerous Milwaukee County Parks continue to offer free concerts throughout the summer season.  Those who attend are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and something to snack on as they unwind and relax.  The concerts will continue through the last week in August.  I have found the quality of the music and performances to be excellent.  Here is a sampling of some concerts coming up soon:

Humboldt Park, "Chill on the Hill," Series will present "Christopher's Project" on July 7,  "Limberhorn" on July 14 and "Sue DeBaco and Wise Fools" on July 21st all from 6:30-8:30pm.

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Breaking "NEWS"

 

A criminal is on the loose!   The summer sun is hot!

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Brewers will Weather the Storm

The headline "Storm Brewing" and the awful creative picture of Brewer manager, Ken Macha, in a rowboat  in shark infested waters is an example of amateur journalism.

Baseball history in Milwaukee/Wisconsin is etched in stone about the Milwaukee Braves (World Series champions and Yankee killers) leaving for Atlanta because, in part, the the press was overly critical of the team.

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Lyme Disease Still a Threat

Communicable Disease, Prevention

There were 1,487 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Wisconsin last year and state health officials urge everyone to take precautions against tick bites.  People are more likely to be exposed to ticks between May and August when more time is spent outdoors. 

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria carried by deer ticks which are found in many parts of Wisconsin, including the eastern part of the state.    Early symptoms usually start within a month of exposure and often (but not always) include a "bulls-eye" rash near the site of the tick bite.  The rash expands in size over a period of days or weeks.  During the rash stage, other symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, muscle and/or joint pain may be present.  Antibiotics are used to treat Lyme disease and are more effective with early treatment.  If left untreated, complications such as meningitis, facial palsy, heart abnormalities, and arthritis can occur within a few weeks to months after infection.

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At last, an honest assessment of Tea Party attendees

Conservatives, President Obama, Special events, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Well, isn't this refreshing; a report on the Tea Party movement from someone who attended and gets it!

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Unshared Vision

 

I'm trying, but it's difficult.  I don't see things your way:

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Currie Park Golf Special

If you want to save some time as well as some money on gas, I would recommend you check out the present special being offered at Currie Park Golf Course, 3535 N. Mayfair Rd.  As we say at the Parks, "Stay local. Play local.  For residents and non-Milwaukee County-residents alike, golfers can play 18 holes with a cart for $25 Mon.-Fri anytime and weekends after 2pm.   Or if you only have time for 9 holes, then play 7 days a week after 4pm with a cart for only $15.  For more information call the golf office at (414) 257-8024 or go to countyparks.com 

Dim WE Energies

Yesterday the JournalSentinel newsstand copy and the internet version both gave us the good news that WE Energies announced a 7 percent rate increase. This should be a call to arms for local tax payers. What would we think if the headline read: "7% property tax increase proposed ". This would spark a minor insurrection and state legislators would have TABOR enacted in no time. So far, I haven't heard a word of protest. This 7% increase wil be loaded onto the residential electric bill of property tax paying home owners beause of a projected 13.6% drop in electricity sales to LARGE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS. Why not make the big users make up the shortfall?  WE Energy pays no local property taxes in spite of the fact that they have tens of thousands of utility poles, transformers and other facilities in the city that are tax free. We energies pays only a nominal permit fee for pavement cuts to access their facilities. Not only that, but their heavy equipment puts stress on local streets every day. and street obstructions are usually cauaed by utility trucks. 

Now for those profits! Their profits increased by 7% in  2008 ($33.56 mil) and another 1% in 2009 ($3.6 mil) while revenues are declining!  Why doesn't this compute? In a severe recession let profits go.

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Guess who turned 50 this year? How about a party?

Just for fun!, Special events

Barbie, the eternal 20-something fashion doll born in 1959, turned 50 this year. Although Barbie made her debut in March of 1959, the celebrations seem to be continual. (You can tell the baby boom is aging when our toys hit the big 50!)

This week, Barbie collectors and fans are meeting in Washington DC for the National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention's Fiftieth Anniversary Gala party. A friend of mine is there right now celebrating everything Barbie. It sounded like fun.

That got me to thinking...if you have daughters and are looking for something fun to do this summer, why not hold your own Barbie 50th Birthday party?

Invite a few friends over for lunch and don't forget to invite the Barbies too. If it is barbecue / picnic fare, then guests and Barbies dress for that. If your gathering is more like high tea, then the girls and Barbies could don their best. Maybe they could try to dress alike?

Moms could come too--maybe some still have their Barbies--then you could do Barbie Through the Decades.

Barbie is somewhat controversial in some circles, but I really enjoyed mine. I still remember the excitement on the day my sister and I went to the downtown Boston Store to purchase our dolls. The price was $3.00! The outfits in the little catalog/magazine ran $1.00 to $6.00. Most were in the $2.00 - $3.50 range. They were beautifully made.

My sister and I would play Barbies together and with our friends from about 4th grade through Jr. High. Mattel didn't have the Barbie Dream House back then. Instead, we used our imagination and whatever we could find to simulate a house, etc.

Although I was just a child, I was enamored by the attention to detail in the clothing construction and accessories. Pictured are my 2 favorite Barbie outfits: the casual outfit featured real cork mule sandals and blue jeans with top stitching and a zipper fly, the coat and dress ensemble included a purse with comb and brass compact. The compact, the size of an aspirin, was monogrammed with a B and opened to reveal a mirror and powder puff. (Wish I knew where that went!)

I noticed that I have something in common with both Barbie dolls. When I dressed them up for their photos today, I had a hard time getting their pants and dress zippers zipped! Could it be Barbie is suffering from middle age spread too?

Have fun.

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Bicycle Riding Ordinances

Bike, Safety, Wauwatosa Ordinance

Recently I was off duty and running errands when I saw several scary situations as it relates to people riding bikes. Two to three people on one bike that only had a single seat and a toddler in a bike seat that appeared to be shifting back and forth and the toddler did not have a helmet on and an infant in a pouch carried on the chest of the rider. Yes, I know Wauwatosa does not have a bike helmet ordinance and most of us survived our youth without wearing helmets. But think about that unsuspecting toddler if that seat came off the bike or the bike was to go down for one reason or another. If as an adult you decide not to wear a helmet I respect that but please consider teaching your children to wear them and put them on your toddlers if they are riding in a bike seat or in a bike trailer.

Wauwatosa Ordinance 11.48.020(A) excerpt states it is unlawful for any person who propels or operates a bicycle on any street or alley in the City of Wauwatosa to carry or permit to be carried any other person upon such bicycle except a bicycle built for the operation of two or more passengers and having two or more sets of pedals.

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RE-SCHEDULING

 

This day began like all the rest, with dishes in the sink.

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Ahoy Kids, there be Buried Treasure in Brookfield!

Just for fun!, Family, Special events

That's right. For children going into K4 through 6th grades this fall, there be Buried Treasure to be found in Brookfield. Actually, Buried Treasure is the theme of this summer's Vacation Bible School at Brookside Baptist Church next week, July 13 - 17th, 6:25 - 8:30pm.

There will be skits, games, refreshments, missionary stories, Bible verses and Bible lessons. The kids have a blast. Take a look at some of the things they did last year.

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What's Happening: July 13 to July 20

 07/15/09
The Caring Place, Inc./ Caregiver Chat Good Nutrition For Yourself and Your Elders

Presented by:  Jennifer Hartnack, Dietician at WestWood Health and Wellness Clinic. The Caring Place, 810 N. East Ave; 4-5:30pm; 262-542-6388 or 282-928-2314; www.caringplacewaukesha.org

07/15/09
Jazz in Cutler Park

Enjoy this free music concert in Cutler Park in Historic Downtown Waukesha.  Acts vary each week.. Cutler Park, Waukesha; 7:00pm- 9:00pm; ; www.jazzincutlerpark.org

07/15/09
Badgerland Water Ski Show

FREE water ski show.  Fun for the whole family.  Come watch beautiful chorus lines, fast paced barefoot waterskiing, ariel jump acts and pyramids built on the water.  Bring your own seating.  Show lasts about an hour and a half.. Frame Park, Waukesha; ; 414-640-6361; www.badgerland.org

07/15/09
Waterfront Wednesday's Concert Series

Free concert series every Wednesday June- August on Pewaukee Lakefront Park Pavilion/Beach house.. Pewaukee Lakefront Park; 6:00-9:00 pm; 262-695-9735; www.positivelypewaukee.com

07/15/09- 07/19/09
Waukesha County Fair

The oldest county fair in Wisconsin celebrates rural heritage with barnyard animals, crafts, farm displays, live music, and classic carnival rides and food.. Waukesha County Expo Grounds; ; 262-544-5922; www.waukeshacountyfair.com

07/16/09
Civic Band

Civic Band concert sponsored by Wisconsin Energy Foundation. Cutler Park Waukesha; 8:00 - 9:00 pm; 262-524-3737; www.ci.waukesha.wi.us

07/16/09
Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Show

Enjoy an entertaining water ski show complete with colorful costumes, music, and a live emcee announcing the acts. Free family fun at Lakefront Park, Downtown Pewaukee. Pewaukee Lake; ; 414-322-8713; www.pewaukee.waterski.org

07/17/09
Freeman Friday Night Live

Enjoy an evening of live music and extended shopping hours. Head to Historic Downtown Waukesha to listen to a variety of bands, shop the specialty stores and boutiques and enjoy the many eateries.. Historic Downtown Waukesha; 6:30pm- 8:30pm; 262-547-1060; www.downtownwaukesha.com

07/18/09
Waukesha Farmers' Market

Eat Fresh, buy local with the Waukesha Farmers' Market on the banks of the Fox River. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and crafts available for purchase.. Riverfront Plaza, Historic Downtown Waukesha; 7:00am- 12:00pm; 262-549-6154; www.downtownwaukesha.com

07/18/09- 07/19/09
Maxwell Street Days Flea Market

Over 650 sellers offering a variety of goods. Field Park-Hwy 83 & NN-Mukwonago; 8am- 5pm; 262-363-7758; www.mukwonagochamber.org

07/19/09
Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Sodas, Sundaes, and floats; Museum open to visitors. No charge for museum visit.. Clark House Museum, Pewaukee; 1pm-4pm; 262-691-0233; www.pewaukeehistory.org

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