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Daily Dose of BS Oct 1 ebola
Oct. 1, 2014 5:36 am

This is how it starts isn?t it?  This is how the zombie apocalypse starts.  Illnesses and sicknesses from all around the world converge on the United States and we use all our resources to combat them.  Are we on a crash course for doom?  We now have a case of Ebola in the good old USA.  And this isn?t the ordinary run of the mill Ebola that has made its way quickly through Africa, this is the new let?s sit in a body for a few days before presenting itself Ebola, a strain that makes us question even going outside and coming in contact with people.  Of course I jest about it being the zombie apocalypse but how far off from that are we, how close are we to following the path of the dinosaur and becoming extinct?  Could you imagine what the next world humans would be like?  And what they would think about our technology?  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 30 stuff
Sept. 30, 2014 5:35 am

My goal today is to have a super day.  I knew yesterday that today would be a challenge.  It started with a few of my scheduled events getting moved and changed but worked out.  I have a morning ritual on my way to work and timing of the lights, they didn?t work my way this morning, I got into work a few minutes later than usual.  Every morning I put my backpack in the office, grab my computer, my big water glass and fill it up with our bottled water and head to my studio, well the water cooler was leaking last night so they took the water out and grabbed the fan from-you guessed it my studio so now no water or fan.  Most people would just shake their head and think first world problems and if you do, you would be correct, but I like most people like things to fall into place, but if they don?t I can and have to move on as to we all do.  So laugh at these issues or not but know I will not let these or any problem stand in the way of me having a good day, cause that falls on me.  Enjoy the day.  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 29 Oktoberfest
Sept. 29, 2014 5:35 am

Well we did it.  We made it through the shortened Oktoberfest celebration, what did you think of the new shortened fest?  I liked it, I didn?t find myself at fest any less than other years, in fact it looked as though there were more people out each of the 4 days, as to not miss anything.  I walked the Mapleleaf Parade on Saturday, it was typical we were number 124 in the parade and supposed to line up by 8am for a 10am start to the parade, we didn?t even start to move until after noon, which made for a long morning.  At least the weather was awesome.  I did have fun seeing many people that I haven?t seen in quite a while.   My biggest issues with the fest isn?t with fest at all but with the get as drunk as possible mentality of too many.   The drunk and disorderly folks especially around the college area left their garbage strewn all around.  I thought that West Avenue looked like a dump site.  Pick up after yourself.  And remember a community fest isn?t about getting a drunk as possible and wrecking the beauty around you.  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 26 toilet paper and crying
Sept. 26, 2014 5:32 am

I hate having a cold.  My eyes have watered more in the past week than they did the last time I cried.  Yes I am man enough to admit that I have a cry once in a while.  I don?t think there is anything wrong with that.  One thing I do find wrong is the toilet paper companies and the smaller rolls and the process that they are attaching the beginning of the roll to itself, what kind of herculean process are they using to press this paper into itself?  I put a new roll on this morning and thought I had the flap going in the right direction, over the top in case you were not sure.  But the roll had me fooled, after busting thru the first couple of sheets, I finally got the roll free, and guess what it was on the spool backward, of course I corrected it.  Also when it comes to these rolls why is it that the process now goes through to the next layer also?  I don?t ever remember this being a problem in the past.  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 25 Oktoberfest
Sept. 25, 2014 5:31 am

I finally finished watching the series Dexter, I think this is the first time I have seen a series from first episode to the last, at times I liked this series but by the end I was ready for it to end.  Have you ever watched an entire series of a show without missing an episode or watching out of order?  Another chapter of La Crosse Oktoberfest begins today with the Torchlight Parade that winds through the North Side of La Crosse.  We are also seeing a few less days but the same amount of things jam packed into the days.  Oktoberfest runs today through Sunday, maybe Oktoberfest could end like Dexter, with Ice Cream.  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 24 wednesdays
Sept. 24, 2014 5:41 am

We are at the half way of the work week.  Good old Wednesday, a downhill slide to the weekend if you will.  I personally like Wednesday because it is a half-way point, and at our house it is CCD night.  Productive I read a stat that said Wednesday is the 3rd most productive day of the week it goes like this Tuesday is the big day with 51% feeling productive, followed by Monday then good old Wednesday at 15%.  For me Wednesday is my longest day at the office I have to stick around for a brainstorm meeting then off to take on the day.  It is funny that Friday has only 1% of the population being motivated, for me I am pretty motivated on Fridays too, motivated to get my stuff done and get out of work that is.  

Daily Dose of BS September 23 ageing
Sept. 23, 2014 5:33 am

Ageing is not for the faint at heart.  Those that used to know me knew I used to have lots of hair, natural curly black hair and a baby face.  For many years I shaved my head bald on a daily basis, and would grow it back every year or two just to prove to myself that I am not getting old.  Guess what the last few times I grew my hair back the male pattern baldness was there but not too big, the bright spot was that my hair wasn?t greying but my younger brothers hair was, both of my brothers heads of hair was speckled with grey hair, but not mine.  Well not mine until September 1st when I decided to grow my hair out for my annual old man check.  What the heck happened?  I used to have long natural curly hair, no bald spot and only distinguished grey hair in my beard, now I got greys creeping in to what few hairs I have left.  I think I will blame the kids as I never had grey hair before children.  I also didn?t used to have bags under my eyes.  I guess I found the secret of getting old, it?s the kids fault.  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 22 parade season
Sept. 22, 2014 5:31 am

Well it has begun.  The parade week has begun with the King Apple Parade yesterday, had the chance to with the rest of the La Crosse Radio Group and Bauer?s Market hand out thousands of apples.  Up next lighting up the vehicles on Thursday night for the Torchlight Parade on the North Side of La Crosse kicking off Oktoberfest 2014.  The Edelweiss Parade is Friday morning leading to the tapping of the Golden Keg, then the gran-daddy of all parades begins on Saturday Morning with the Mapleleaf Parade.  Rumor is that almost 250,000 people line the streets of La Crosse for the Mapleleaf.  I like our celebrations of fall for the area with Applefest and Oktoberfest, what are your favorite memories of fest?  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 19 driving
Sept. 19, 2014 5:34 am

When you have a vehicle that you drive with your work info plastered all over it you tend to drive more cautiously because your contact info is all over the place.  Yesterday afternoon I was driving the radio station Scion Ion, and yes I do fit in it, to a remote to sell Oktoberfest tickets, when I needed to switch lanes, I looked around there were a few car lengths in between the truck in front and the car behind that I wanted to slip in between, I put on my blinker to move over then did.  Waved to the guy behind me to say thanks, and he flipped me off.  I did the shrug shoulders thing he did it back, and then flipped me off again this time while on the horn.   I then had to turn into where I was going to be doing my remote and the guy followed right behind me, I am thinking ooh ooh I am in my station car and really can?t do much, thank goodness he continued on, as I glanced to make sure he was going away I noticed a bumper sticker from another radio station holding his bumper together, maybe he was just saying hi.  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 18 live for today
Sept. 18, 2014 6:06 am

There is a new poll that was just released that asked which decade of the 20th century people would most like to go back to, the one most people pick is the 1950s. It was an age of stay-at-home wives, novel household appliances, and suburbs.  Most people surveyed seem to yearn for their youth. Over 50% of those over 65-plus want to revisit the 1950s or 1960s, while those 45-to-64 look towards the 80s.  It makes sense to me as when I think of the good old days I yearn for the 80?s a time in my life where things were much simpler, a time when I didn?t have to worry about life as it was run by my folks.  I really don?t miss those days but look back to them as a simpler time.  I try to live in the moment and not live in the past.  It is funny that my 16 year old said that to me last night when we were discussing some issues from his past.  Live in the moment and do not dwell in the past, Dad.  I guess we can learn by listening. 

Daily Dose of BS Sept 17 nlf in news again
Sept. 17, 2014 5:37 am

The NFL in the news again for abuse, this time Adrian Peterson suspended from the Vikings for using a tree branch when disciplining his 4 year old child.  The Vikings have now reversed course on its handling of their star running back now putting him on the exempt commissioner?s permission list, this means he is suspended indefinitely from all team activities while the running back?s child-abuse case is under investigation.  I wonder if he was suspended because of the pulling of advertising dollars that the Vikings pulled their star running back?  I think it is pretty sad that the team didn?t just say when it happened that they would cut ties until all these issues are worked out.   I said it a few weeks ago and will say it again today, it is not ok to hit.  Men, women, children and animals are not a punching bag, if you are looking to punch someone or beat someone up join a boxing gym. 

Daily Dose of BS Sept 16 be on time
Sept. 16, 2014 5:30 am

In sales I think it is important to be on time early in fact but not too early.  Being on the radio I am used to being at a place on time.  If I am not here to push the buttons or hit the top of the hour there is a problem.  In most businesses schedule it important, why is it that medical is different?  I am not busting the chops of all in medical but very rarely is an 8:30 appointment started at 8:30.  I was scheduled for a health assessment for 5 this morning so that way I could get on with my radio day, I got there at 4:50 tried the doors, walked over to another building, walked back tried the doors, sat in my car listened to the top of the hour news rechecked the doors and had to abort my appointment cause as I mentioned before I got a schedule to keep.  I know that this isn?t the end of the world or anything, but it is a start to the day with an irritant plus I am now going to have to do another 12 hour fast, and for a big guy that isn?t the most fun thing.  I think I just figured out why the magazines at the clinics are so old they are on a different time than the rest of us.  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 15 binge tv
Sept. 15, 2014 5:37 am

When I was a kid binge tv watching was pretending to be sick to stay home and watching ?The Price is Right? then catching the reruns of ?Gilligan?s Island? and ?I Love Lucy?.   DVR?s have changed that so has Netflix.  My wife and I started watching Dexter a few months ago kind of on and off, in the past two weeks we have watched two seasons.  That isn?t the binge part on Friday night we sat in front of the boob tube and watched 5 episodes of Dexter.  Thanks Netflix that is five hours of time I will never get back.  Then on Saturday we sat down and watched 2 more.  At least yesterday there was no binge tv watching oh yea it was Sunday and with Sundays this time of the year it means football, at least the weather is getting cooler. 

Daily Dose of BS Sept 12 credit cards
Sept. 12, 2014 5:42 am

Another big box store with another credit breach.  I also heard that hackers got access to over 5 million gmail account passwords.  What can be done?  What can we as consumers do so that way we are not taken advantage of by these crooks?   Reports say that the latest data breach at the Home Depot could end up being one of the largest ever for a retailer and could affect consumers as far back as April.  Last year when we heard about the breach at Target we were shocked as it was the first of the big boys that got hacked now it is just getting to be common place.  I want to know what happens to these numbers once they are hacked?  Does someone end up using these for evil?  Are wars paid for by the stolen credit cards?  When the Target hack was announced we got a new credit card because we used it at Target getting ready for Christmas last year, with this hack, I am not sure if I used Home Depot since April of this year?  Are we ever going to be totally credit safe?   Is this just something that we are going to have to learn to live with?  Can you live without your credit card?  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 11
Sept. 11, 2014 5:38 am

We will never forget.  We will never forget.  How often have we heard those words, how often do we reflect on what it is that we will never forget?  I think that with each passing day we tend to forget a bit more about what happened on that Morning of September 11, 2001.  Here it is 13 years since that day, at first we were all patriotic then as the calendar pages turned the patriotism waved and today we are back to the complacent ways that we had prior to September 11.  I think on this day we should reflect and think about the freedoms we have as Americans and not about the hassles that we now have to go through to keep ourselves safe since that day.  September 11th will always be a day of remembrance, and a day of reflection for me.  

Daily Dose of BS Sept 9 NFL
Sept. 9, 2014 5:40 am

It is never ever, ever, ever ok to hit a woman.  Ever!  I think that the NLF finally got it right by indefinitely suspending Ray Rice from the game.  When I first heard that Rice was suspended for two games for knocking out his then girlfriend I was appalled at the NFL.  A man should never hit a woman and this man is a professional athlete so he works out for a living.  The NFL should have jumped on at least a full year at least suspension to begin with, then went from there.  I feel often that the professional athletes and those that are famous live by different rules than the rest of us.  People often want to be around those that are famous and tend to look the other way too often, I think that that the famous need to be held to a higher set of standards than us common fold.  Way to go NFL but it is a bit late, it feels like you caved to the pressure.  Remember it is never ok to hit a woman or a man.  Let?s stop domestic violence. 

Daily Dose of BS Sept 8 parking
Sept. 8, 2014 5:45 am

I just got back from vacation.  I had both the big city and the quiet not bothered by anything vacation.  I started off in Chicago for a few days of sightseeing and over paying for parking, I then went to my favorite place in the whole world my cabin, in the middle of nowhere, no running water but peaceful, got a lot of work done, ah but back to reality.  When in LaCrosse you take parking for granted, you want to park by a store you go in you shop you leave, maybe just maybe you pay a few cents for parking.  In Chicago you see where you want to go you see a parking garage, it is either full or priced right out of your budget.  I saw a few places that had 20 dollars an hour for parking, 20 dollars.  I am happy to live in my small town where I only get charged for parking if I am in the lot for over 2 hours then what is it 50 cents an hour?   For parking we have it pretty easy in LaCrosse.  

Daily Dose of BS Aug 28 Labor Day Travel
Aug. 28, 2014 5:36 am

Over 34 million people will be traveling this weekend according to AAA.  I don?t get it, why travel on a holiday weekend especially when we live in God?s Country.  In my mind since we are living in the upper Midwest we are lucky, there are 4 seasons, bluff or coulees, trees, grass, rivers and lakes.  I think we have it all, including high taxes but that is a different topic.  I can understand when people from other parts of the country travel to here, but for us to go elsewhere on a holiday weekend, that is crazy, as everyone is on the road, as I mentioned earlier 34 million people are going to be on the road, I can?t imagine having to deal with idiot drivers from not only here but from across the states rushing to get to their cabin or lake home faster than everyone else, going that extra 15 mph to add an extra hour of drinking time.  If you are one of the millions on the road this weekend please travel safe, slow it down and enjoy what you got.  And if you?re a kid that starts school on Tuesday enjoy your last few days of freedom. 

Daily Dose of BS Aug 29 birthday
Aug. 27, 2014 11:06 am

The more things change the more that they stay the same.  Today marks the beginning of my 47 year on earth.  I am now 46 years old, it has been 7 years since I smoked a cigarette, 19 years since I have become a father, 26 since I have been on my own and 28 since I have been in high school.  Age to me is a state of mind as when you are young you think that 40 is old and now I have many friends who are 50 and even 60 years old.  I saw the Beloit College mindset list, the list that shows what todays college freshmen have known as fact.  I was surprised by what these kids know as fact.  Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996. Things that this group of college freshmen know  ?Press pound? on the phone is now translated as ?hit hashtag.?,  The water cooler is no longer the workplace social center; it?s the place to fill your water bottle. ?Good feedback? means getting 30 likes on your last Facebook post in a single afternoon.  Their collection of U.S. quarters has always celebrated the individual states.  I don?t know if things are better or worse off now-a-days but I am interested to see what happens to the world in my next 46 years.  

Daily Dose of BS Aug 27 words
Aug. 27, 2014 6:03 am

Words are important they can make you stop or go, laugh or cry.  Words are what we speak and what we understand.  George Carlin once had a bit of the words you can?t say on television and for the most part I agree with that.  I do find myself saying words on that list too often.  Even though words are powerful they still are only words and we have to power to be offended or to not be offended by what people say.  I think that words have cut deep for most of us but the way we choose to react is what makes us who we are.  Some go over the top to try to prove what you said was wrong or at least partly wrong, some blow it off others try to out talk you or get you to dig yourself into a hole however you respond to words, good for you.  Because after all they are the we communicate.  

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