More Random News

Here is some more news that you may not have heard that is cluttering up my inbox.

We May Not be that Special. Turns out Earth-like planets may be a lot more common than we first thought. So if there are more Earth-like planets, maybe there is more Earth-like life?

Schwarzenegger puts foot in mouth. Apparently he was talking a California State Assemblywoman. Some people just like to make too out of some stories.

The Hobbit. Looks like The Hobbit, the prequel to the Lord of the Rings is going to get made. The are trying to get Peter Jackson to direct. In other news, they are going to make a Terminator 4…

Hell Frozen Over? Today, it looks like CBS finally realized that when you start a game after 3pm, it isn’t going to be done by 6pm. For years now they have been trying to start 60 Minutes at 6pm. It would hardly ever happen when they had a 3pm game. Never happened when they had a 315pm game. Well tonight, they have 60 Minutes schedule to start at 630pm. Looks like they won’t mess up there schedule for the whole night. Here’s hoping they do this for the rest of the year.

A Pulse. Finally, it looks like the Packers may have a pulse this year. Didn’t win, but moved the ball. Granted it was against the Saints, but who knows.

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A Little Quiet This Week

Alright, all my busy readers scattered around the globe, I’ve been busy working, boating, skiing, practicing for the tournament, teaching people how to ski, making home made pizzas and editting music. Will give a recap of the weeks past events and preview of the State Tournament before I head out for Rapids on Thursday.

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Summer is Here!!!

It appears that summer is finally here. Yes, finally here. The weather last week seems to have finally pushed spring out and summer in. Last week featured a variety of crazy weather. Storms pretty much daily. Mad-City managed to get in our practices between storms, downpours, etc, but dodging bolts of lightening just isn’t that fun. Wednesday’s practice was cut short because of some severe weather that moved through. Thursday’s was delayed due to storms moving through.

Friday, summer began. Beautiful weather, hot, clear, blue skies. Saturday, just like Friday. Our practice Saturday morning was very likely our warmest practice of the year so far. The air temp was already in the 70s. A very nice change from the 50s and 60s we had been practicing in. Sunday, was just hot and humid. We put out a good show, but nothing special since our practice up to this point had been limited.

Then on Memorial Day, I played uncle. I took my sister and her family out to the lake. We taught Anna, my seven year old niece, how to ski. She got up on the boom on her first try. The first two times she skied I dragged along side of her on the boom so she was a little more comfortable in the lake. The third time, she went by herself and did great. Next time she wants to go on the short line. Both of my nephews also skied, but they had both gone before.

All in all, a good Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer.

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How to feel good about loosing $50

Or “Can you leave your wet suit and thermal shirt on the sun deck and take off in your boat and have them still be there when you get to the dock?

The answer is no.

Tonight, I hit the lake with John and T-Bell for a quick set in the evening. John took a slalom set out in the main lake. I took a few foot runs in the bay. Actually managed a couple decent one-foots, but nothing significant. It was just nice to get out. The weekend weather didn’t cooperate much, windy, cool, cloudy, scattered showers, you name it. But Sunday was OK, 60, partly sunny and windy, but do-able.

I was the last to ski and once I got back into the boat, I pealed off my suit and shirt and just left then on the sun deck and proceeded to dry off and change as we idled back to the main lake. Once past the bridges, I was now dry and had forgotten that my stuff was still on the back of the boat, and not actually in the boat.

T-Bell passed the no-wake buoy and took off. About half way back to the landing, we hit a good wave, John’s water flew all over, and (unbeknownst to me) my suit and shirt probably flew off the back off the boat.

We get to the landing, trailer the boat, everyone starts handing stuff out of the boat, wiping it down, putting things in their vehicles and mine. Five minutes later we’re all ready to leave. I hop in my truck and drive home.

I get home about 630. I’m tired and hungry, so I just back the boat into the garage and go inside to start cooking some dinner. While cooking and eating, I start watching a show. I finish dinner and then finish the show. Its now about 730 and I head outside and get everything put away. I unhook the boat, put the truck in the garage and start emptying the it. Find my shorts and gloves. No suit, and no shirt. I hop up into the boat and check… No suit, no shirt.

Call John… Did you happen to grab my wetsuit? Nope.

Call T-Bell… Left a message about if she had grabbed my stuff… still haven’t heard anything yet.

Then I call John back and we decide to head down to lake to look for it. I grab a dry pair of shorts and life vest, just in case we see and it is floating out in the water a ways. I’m foolish enough to jump in with floatation when the water is cold and do some skiing, but not so stupid as to take a swim at dusk when I don’t have flotation on.

Now it is after 8 and the sun has been set for 20 minutes or so and it is getting pretty dark. John starts from the north end of the shoreline where we think it may be on and probable had about 20 minutes of looking in before I started from the south end. I walk about 100 yards of the shore, and who’d a thunk it, I see a wetsuit floating right along the shoreline. I grab a big stick and fish it out of the water. Needless to say, it stunk.

We finish looking, but there is no sign of the shirt.

So, realizing I may have lost both a $200 wetsuit and a $50 thermal shirt, coming out with only losing the $50 shirt feels pretty damn good.

One other thing, this is a mistake I’ll never make again.

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Full Circle

When I was much younger, when there wasn’t a hockey game that my brother or I were playing in, our Friday and Saturday nights consisted of cooking up a tombstone pizza and watching either a) a Badger hockey game or b) The Dukes of Hazard.

Back then, the hockey team was really good. They had Chris Chelios playing D and a very young Jeff Saurer coaching. They even rated regular coverage on Channel 3 (CBS). We watched both (hockey and Dukes) religiously.

Now tonight, many, many years later, I’m at the UW Band Concert. Part of the Badger celebration, because that what’s the UW Band Concert is, a celebration of the Badger year that was, revolved around the Badger Men’s and Women’s hockey teams winning their national championships. Both teams and both trophies were there. Crowd on their feet as the band played loudly (that is the only way they play).

And then, one of the many special guests, Tom Wopat, one of the original Duke boys is getting ready to sing The Day the Music Died and somebody yells out “Play the Duke’s theme”. Tom goes “I’ll get to it.”

He finishes up the one song and then goes into the Duke’s of Hazard Theme. And that got me to thinking of the “Good old days”. Friday nights, pizza, hockey and the Dukes.

Funniest part was, I almost had a Tombstone for supper. And amazingly, Chelios is still playing D. Dude is getting old and still plays like a stud.

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The bird is back, and now it has a little friend. To recap, there is a big fat robin that has been attacking my sliding doors in the back. And I mean attacking. Throwing itself into the window repeatedly for hours on end. I get tired watching it. Feel sorry for it to, because it isn’t going to win. It just means I need to go clean the windows again because I don’t like looking out windows covered in bird crap. And cleaning the windows actually contributes to the fact that it attacks it again the next day since it can now see it’s reflection again. I put some decals up on my sliding doors to “help” deter the birds from attacking it, but my sources say that the bird is still at it. Plus there are traces of it having been there. There’s crap on the window and crap on the deck furniture.

But now, the bird has a new partner in crime. There is small robin that is now attacking my roommate’s window in the front of the house in the morning. Today, she wasn’t too pissed off, she was already awake and getting ready for work when the attack began. But she typically works till 3am and sleeps in, so she may not be so forgiving in a couple days when the bird begins it attack at 6am and she’s only been sleeping a couple hours. The kicker was the bird was still throwing itself at window when I was leaving for work at 830.

I gotta give it to these birds, they are persistent. They see another bird and they attack it relentlessly. And now they have the house surrounded. One in the front, one in the back.

Now if anyone reading this has any ideas on how to keep these birds from crapping all over my windows and generally being annoying, please let me know. I’m open to suggestions.

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Man vs. Bird – Day 3

Well, the bird was back this morning. It is a single robin that is the source of my frustrations now. Today, I awoke to the sound of a bird flying into a window, repeatedly, once again. Turning the lights on worked a little bit yesterday, but I don’t think it is the ultimate solution. It was still crapping all over my deck.

So today I went in to ask some of the local experts at a store that sells lots of stuff related to birds. The old guy I talked to pretty much suggested what I had read yesterday, and they had some falcon silhouette decals to put on my windows, so I purchased them and have placed them on the two sliding doors. I managed to hose off most of the bird crap, but there is still some more out there that I need to hose off tomorrow.

As I’ve looked out on the deck this evening, the robin is still there, but now it is sitting over in the corner of the deck and isn’t flying into the window. It seems to be looking at the decals. I have seen it fluttering a little bit in front of the window, but so far it hasn’t attacked it.

Hopefully these decals work.

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The Bird… Again…

So I’m home early enough that their is daylight again, and pretty much since I’ve been home, a bird has been flying into my window, almost looking like it is attacking another bird, except it’s my window. This has been going on for a solid hour now, and needless to say, it is has become annoying.

So I opened up google and typed in “birds flying into windows” and learned a wealth of information. Some of which I already knew. I knew they see reflections and either see a reflection of the sky and try to keep flying or see a reflection of another bird and try to attack it. What I didn’t know is that to help prevent this the sites listed a few different solutions. One, leave your windows dirty. This obviously isn’t working. I haven’t washed the windows in a long time. Two, hang stuff outside the window. Since this is a sliding door it wouldn’t be very practical. I’d like to be able to go in and out and not run into stuff. Three, turn on a light inside to make the inside brighter than the outside and help reduce the reflection. These is easy enough to do, and seems to be working because since I turned on the light, the bird hasn’t been attacking the window. I guess I’ll be leaving a light on for the next few weeks because the fourth thing I learned is this is most common only in the spring (which is now) and fall.

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Blind Bird?

A couple days ago I noticed that it looked like birds had been flying into the doors based on the crap that’s on them.

So while I was cooking dinner tonight, I kept hearing a sound like something was running into the windows. So finally, I’m just kind of looking out onto my deck (there was still daylight out there, which is also a nice change), seeing that there is all kinds of bird crap that I’ll need to hose off this weekend (if I’m lucky, the rain will do that tonight), and then see a bird that just keeps flying into my sliding glass door.

It would just kind of hover in front of the window and then fly into it. Hover and then fly into it. It did this for about 10 minutes. The kicker is, it just wasn’t the one sliding door it kept flying into. I have two doors that go out onto my deck, one on one side of the room and one on another side, and it was flying into both of them. Between these repeated attempts at futility, I saw the bird sitting on the corner of the table on my deck, and now have a really good idea about why there is all kind of crap right there. This bird must have been doing this for a long time.

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