Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Crime Doesn't Pay

Just ask former Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee.

He was just found guilty of bribery, extortion, attempted extortion and wire transfer fraud. I think that justice has been served.

He spent most of his term as alderman shaking down store owners in exchange for the owners keeping their liquor license. One store owner got tired of it and became an FBI witness. Good for you for standing up to him. That took alot of guts. I wish there were more people like that.

I can't wait to see what kind of sentence he receives.

Monday, June 16, 2008

What Comes Around....

You all have heard the stories of my boss and what an idiot she is.

Got the news last week that she is no longer our boss and we now report to her boss. That is good for us. I like T, our new boss. He actually listens to what we have to say and trusts our judgement. She has now been moved to "special projects". This means that you are out the door in a couple of months. We see this happen every so often.

When we went to T about a month ago, he took our issues seriously and it turns out that they had to get their ducks in a row before they made any moves. It turns out that in April out of 24 business days she was only in the office 4 of them. Now she has the ability to work from home and that is fine on occasion but to only be in the office 4 days out of the month is crazy. That is the trouble when you have teams that are scattered around the country. No one really knows when you come or go.

Now we could have told T that this has been going on for a long time but I think that after they pulled her badge records they found this out for themselves. She did not take the news so well and is pissed at me since she thinks that I led the charge. I sorta did but it was her arrogance that got her into trouble in the first place.

We also discovered her online dating profile. Now I won't post a link of it on here but I sent it to a few of you. It was scary funny. Talking about how she loves her job and how good at it she was. Also saying that she is so religious and such. What a crock of shit. I told L and J that we should create a fake person and pretend that we are interested in her. While they thought that would be funny, they weren't so keen on the idea. Oh well.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Wii, Wii, Wii All The Way Home

So last week when I came home from walking the dogs, I find a Wii on my kitchen counter. Since my dad was already there that day and no one else had a key, I knew it had to be from hubby.

Funny part was that when I came back into the house I had gone in thru my office and and never went into the kitchen for over an hour. It was then that I noticed it sitting there. I took it out of the box and hooked it up. Gotta love it when they are easy to set up.

Starting off playing some baseball. I swung and missed alot. Did a game of tennis, still swung and missed alot. Next came bowling. That was fun!! I rolled a 172 my first game. Way cool. There is some skill involved with this one. Played a few more games and moved on to boxing. This is way fun!!! I was punching and sorta dodging hits. I had KO's my first two games.

Since it was Wed and almost time for trivia, I put it away for the day.

When I woke up the next morning, I felt like I went 5 rounds with Mike Tyson. My shoulders and back were freaking sore. How can a video game be that stressful on my muscles?? How can I be THAT outta shape.

So today, I go and pick up the Wii Fit from P&K. I hook it up and begin the body test. In the Wii you can create your own little person called a Mii. I made it look like me. Well once I finished my body test my Mii suddenly got fat. It looked even more like me. Pudgy!! WTF?? I don't want to have a fat Mii, I liked the skinny Mii. So that tells me one thing. I need to work out more, eat less and lose weight so my Mii can get skinnier.

I do like the Wii Fit. It has balance games like slalom skiing and ski jumping, they rock, even if I do suck. The yoga is a bit hard. The aerobic ones are kinda fun. I suck at the hula hoop. Steps are cool. They really do get your heart rate up.

Overall, Wii is a cool thing. it gets you moving, which can't be a bad thing. It is addicting. If you have the means to get one, you should.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Coming Home

Every day when I come home to work, I look forward to two things. See the boys and seeing what my dad has done around the house.

On Saturday, I came home from the Trek100 ride to find that my dad had installed the two new lights outside the doors and changed out the light fixture in the ceiling fan in the kitchen.

Today I came home to find my gutters fixed. The transition strips from the hardwood floors to the laminate in the kitchen and the tile in the bathroom were also installed.

It is always a surprise to see what he has done next. I know that I am very lucky to have someone who knows what he is doing (he was a carpenter for many years) and is willing to come over and fix things when need be. I have my dad-to-do list and whenever I make a run to Home Depot and spend money I call him up and tell him what I have purchased. He then plans out his week to stop over and demolish, install or fix stuff.

My to do list now has on it:

  • Install mailbox (I need to buy one first). it is currently on a pole and I want it installed on the side of the house.
  • Fix the leak by the hot water heater. There is a slow drip.
  • Fix the glass block in the window wells that are cracked
  • Remove the old caulk from the seams in the driveway and replace with something else.
  • Put soffets in the roof.
  • Put in new windows. I have three of them that have leaks. With all the rain we got, one of them has water between the panes of glass. Once again, I have to buy those first. This may be a late fall project as it will be a bit pricey.
  • Put insulation in the attic. Also a fall project as the attic is now way to warm to be hanging out in.
  • Rip the carpet up in my office.
  • Fix the garage door. It doesn't want to close right. Not sure what the issue is but sometimes it take me 5-6 times of opening/closing it before it will go down all the way.

If it were not for my dad I would be spending a TON of coin hiring people to do things. Needless to say his Father's day gift will be nice.


Would you rather....

Lick the tongue of a random dog for 30 seconds


steal a bone from a pit bull?

I have to go with the stealing the bone. No one said it was a mean pitbull.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Poker, Bikes and Arks

Once again the weekend has flown past.

Friday, I played poker. Finished 2nd again. Made my money back. I am in third place overall and if it weren't for my dismal start I would be firmly in second place. I am only 3 points behind the second place person. The guy in first place has taken 2 firsts, 3 seconds, and a 5th place. I'm a long way back from that. I am really happy with how I am playing. Laying low early and playing only strong hands. Then when the guys weed each other out, I can start to play more marginal hands and get away with them. I think that even after six weeks, these guys underestimate me. Which is fine by me.

Saturday, dawned warm and humid. Hubby and I rode in the Trek 100 (it is still not to late to donate). It was a good time. We ended up only riding 21 miles. It was a bit too warm out and my ass was no where nearly in shape to be able to ride further than that. We hung around after the ride and drank beer from the Delafield Brewhaus. The Dock Light was yummy and refreshing.

Here is a pic of me before the ride, holding a picture of my cousin, Scott who died last September from cancer at the age of 42. I wore my Vegas jersey for him (his picture was in my pocket of my jersey during the ride) as I knew how much he loved to go there and went at least twice a year. Don't you just love my pink bike :)

We had to cut the day short as severe storms were moving in. The evacuated the area and sent SAG support out to pick up any riders still on the course so that they could get back before the weather hit. We got back to my house about an hour before the storms started. Which was good. Was able to get the dogs out and walked a bit before the deluge. According to my rain gauge, I got a little over 5 inches of rain in less than 3 hours. I emptied it about 8:30 pm and recorded another 1.5 inches more about 6:30 am the next morning. I emptied it again around 9:30 that night and had 3.25 more inches of rain from two storms during the day and early evening on Sunday.

I had to go and get some gutter extensions to help keep the water out and away from the foundation. I only have a little water in the basement. I was happy about that.

Lake Delton in the Dells did not fear as well. The lake is literally gone. The lake had risen about 20 inches and the water made its own channel around the dam and literally emptied the lake. You can see the lake and read more about it here. It is crazy to see the lake bed now, there were even fish flopping around.

Here is a picture from over by where we used to live. I used to ride my bike down this road all the time. There is a little creek that runs through here. Not that you could see that now. There has to be at least 10 feet of water in those fields.

My parents home is blocked in by the water as well. The roads are flooded from the river. They had their sump pump clog up and ended up with about 4 inches of water in the basement. Thank goodness it was all rainwater and not sewage. They are slowing drying out.

That's about all for now. Have a good week.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

It's Not too Late

Thanks for everyone who has so generously donated to the MACC Fund's annual Trek 100 Ride for Hope. The ride is coming up quick on Saturday. For those of you who have not yet donated, do so now.

Since the weather has been kinda lousy, I have not been out riding very much. I may end up doing only the 20 mile route.

I am riding in support of two people. Even though they are not chronologically children, they still have that child-like spirit.

1. Gambino, who is now breast cancer free. Rock on, girlfriend!!

2. My cousin, Scott, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 42, this past September.

My fundraising goal is $500. You can click here to go to my web page and make a donation on the secure website. Your donations are 100% tax deductable (who can't use more tax deductions) Check with your employer to see if they will match your donation. Many will do so.