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Daily Dose of BS Dec 22 gift cards
Dec. 22, 2014 5:37 am

You know it isn?t too late to teach an old dog new tricks.  I used to be of the belief that gifts should be special ? that you went out and purchased a gift that you contemplated for a time and then bought.  I used to not like gift cards, not at all.  Life is short and busy we don?t have time to go out and buy exact thought out gifts for everyone on our lists, we can for our spouse or kids but that is about the reach of it, right?  Unless you have a friend that you know will love that item isn?t a gift card just as good or even better because then that person will be able to get what they want.  We all know that the 26th of December everyone who got the wrong size or the wrong item will be standing inline trying to either exchange or return that item that crazy aunt Ruthie bought for you.  This old dog has changed, have you?  

Daily Dose of BS Dec 19 gift of time
Dec. 19, 2014 6:03 am

What do you really want for Christmas?  I was asked that a few times over the past couple weeks.  You know something I really don?t think there is anything that I really need.  I think the sometimes we get caught up in the getting during the holidays rather than the giving.  If I am asked again what I want for Christmas I think my answer will be for you to volunteer a few hours somewhere, it doesn?t matter where just volunteer your time helping someone else out.  This way we can pass on what skills we may have, or give someone a break when they need it.  The gift of time, it is funny that we really don?t know how much time we have so to me it is one of the most precious of gifts.  

Daily Dose of BS Dec 18 sony
Dec. 18, 2014 5:36 am

I always thought that we are not to cave into the terrorists.  Isn?t this what Sony is now doing?  Word came down yesterday after the big movie chains backed out of showing the movie ?The Interview?.  What I don?t understand is why they even used a real dictator name when making this movie, I think that just asks for problems.  Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has suggested that Sony release the film online for free with a voluntary contribution to help to fight Ebola.  Did Sony do the right thing by caving to the terrorists?  I don?t think so, but if my back were against the wall like theirs would I do the same thing?  I don?t know.   Circling back to my first thought about not caving in, isn?t any strong negotiation for a raise or a new car kind of a smaller attack on a business?   And once we give in there have we lost? 

Daily Dose of BS Dec 17 life too short
Dec. 18, 2014 5:36 am

I was reminded yesterday that life is short. I think that all too often we take people for granted and just assume that they will be around as long as you need them. If you have experienced loss, you know that this is not the case, we lose friends and loved ones far too fast. I was saddened when I found out my neighbor for the past 19 years Mike Michael E Hansen Artie had passed, it opened my eyes as we have kids the exact same age, we live in the same neighborhood, we are close in age and we talked when we ran into each other at different events, around the neighborhood, and at school, and lended a helping hand when needed. I couldn?t imagine what his family is going through, the kids, Michelle Cooper-Hansen, Mike?s extended family. He was far too young to die. This unfortunate death makes you think, that we need to embrace those around us and really let them know how we feel. It also reminds me to live life, not to put off till tomorrow what I can do today, to experience all that is around and to enjoy those around me. In case I don?t get the chance to say it, thanks for being in my life. Now go live yours. 

Daily Dose of BS Dec 16 Santa
Dec. 16, 2014 6:01 am

A kid sitting on Santa?s lap goes against everything that we teach our kids. Yesterday I got to help with North Pole duties and saw first-hand how some kids are afraid to go sit on the big guys lap, yet other kids are up and ready for the challenge. We are constantly telling our kids to stay away from strangers yet here we bring our kids to sit on the lap on a big loud man wearing red proclaiming Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas. The thing about being a fly on the wall at the North Pole was that the old school toys were the ones that kids wanted the most, don?t get me wrong there were lots of asks for an Ipad or tablet, but legos and barbies were the most consistently asked for presents, the weirdest ask that I heard was for a Hillshrie Farms Smokies, cause the kid wanted to make something he saw on Pinterest.  Also was nice to see a few kids ask for a surprise present.  It is also nice to see that kids still believe and they were there with a smile and I also noticed when Santa said Merry Christmas that kids and the parents smiled and said Merry Christmas back. If you have not been through the Rotary Lights yet this year, bundle up grab some canned goods, and take a stroll through the park to enjoy the sights, the sounds and the atmosphere of the Rotary Lights at Riverside Park- and don?t forget that Santa and the reindeer are there until December 23.

Daily Dose of BS Dec 12 gas
Dec. 12, 2014 5:35 am

A few months ago you couldn?t buy gas 3 gallons for ten bucks, this morning you can buy 4 gallons for under ten bucks.  Personally I think this is great, however it makes me wonder why did we have to pay the inflated prices for so long.  How long will we be privileged with the lower priced gas?  Are these prices because the oil sands fields in North Dakota are starting to take a bite out of the opec nations strong hold in the oil business?  Are fuel prices being manipulated so to manipulate the American economy?  Are we being flooded with crude?  Can we save it for a rainy day?  When are the prices going to stop, when they do are the prices of other goods and services going to drop as well?  AND finally with the prices being lower are you living a more meaningful life?  Don?t get me wrong I love the lower priced gas, but what is the true cost? 

Daily Dose of BS Dec 11 spend local
Dec. 11, 2014 5:34 am

I am assuming that you have a commute into work every day.  Day in and day out, in your car, back out of the garage, down the driveway and off to work.  I do this every single day.  On my drive in today I started thinking about the economy and how many businesses that I drive by each and every day, and for the most part I just drive by.  I don?t think about who is doing what inside each of these businesses that get thousands driving by daily.  Today my thoughts were on these businesses and how our local economy is tied to their existence.  If we spend money at a business owned by our neighbors it helps them out, their kids and their employees, in turn the money we spend at these local businesses gets spent here and there and there and we see these dollars turn many times.  On your way into work or way home from work today take notice at the businesses around you, stop in and say hi and spend some dollars local.  

Daily Dose of BS Dec 10 end of the year
Dec. 10, 2014 5:38 am

We are fast approaching the end of 2014, at the beginning of the year I made the resolution to work out more and to eat better.  I can honestly say that I have followed through on both of these things, and I plan on doing the same for the next year.  My dad used to always say the getting old isn?t for the faint at heart, I didn?t know what he meant ? at the time, it is weird how at 46 I am starting to understand.  I used to be able to sleep without a cpap machine or hear without hearing aids or not hurt the next day after having beers the night before, those things have all changed.  As the year wraps up and the Christmas cookies get set out, my goal of moderation is being pushed and tested, but I can really truly say that for the most part I have succeeded in my year long quest for better health. 

Daily Dose of BS Dec 9 salvation army
Dec. 9, 2014 5:43 am

Have you walked past the Salvation Army Bell Ringers and not made eye contact?  I was watching people yesterday afternoon walking by one of the bell ringers and lots just walked right on by with their heads hung low.  I don?t get it.  I understand that we are inundated with people with their hands out asking for help with this that or the other thing but a charity like the Salvation Army helps many in our community.   You don?t have to give each and every time that you walk by a bell ringer, because I am guessing that you have given at another red kettle, even so, if there is someone out ringing the bell don?t feel as though you have to walk by with your head low, say hi, and give a nod of thanks and a wish for a great holiday season for their time ringing the bell.  Most of the people who are out ringing the bell are doing so as a volunteer.  By the way if you are looking to help out with the red kettle campaign bells2ring.org 

Daily Dose of BS Dec 8 travel
Dec. 8, 2014 5:37 am

I read a story over the weekend about most disappointing travel destinations.  I was shocked that Los Angeles was on the list as was the pyramids, according to the story you can see the pyramids from a fast food restaurant.  I guess when I have gone on vacation I have an idea in mind of where I would like to go, and really don?t have much in expectations because when you set them up in your head you most often are disappointed.  A few years ago, my wife and I decided to take a trip to visit our friends in Nebraska, on the way we stopped at all the places we drove by every time we traveled through South Dakota, we had stopped at Mt Rushmore a few times when traveling back between Nebraska and Minnesota but never stopped at Wall Drug or the Badlands, there was also the Corn Palace and other drive by spots.  We hit many of them on that trip and honestly didn?t have much expectations going in and wasn?t too disappointed in the Corn Palace or Wall Drug, they are just as expected tourist places.  The Badlands on the other hand I could have spent a week there.  Have you ever had the disappointing trip that you looked forward to? 

Daily Dose of BS Dec 5 Christmas
Dec. 5, 2014 5:39 am

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church I am too old for fairy tales.  From American Atheists.  Those are pretty hard hitting words.  I wonder how many true atheists are truly out there or how many people say they don?t believe in God because of the social pressures of not fitting in.  I am not going to change any minds by telling you that I believe in God, nor am I going to make anyone switch the way they greet you in the Christmas season.  I get that it is a choice I can choose to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, I choose to say Merry Christmas, and in doing so I am not pushing my religion on you nor am I expecting you to change to my way of thinking.  I am just wishing you peace at this time of the year.  I really don?t get the war on Christmas as the day and I also don?t like the expectations that we have all come to require during the Christmas season, why are all the gifts exchanged, between people then with the stores.  You know that is happening, right?   Merry Christmas season.  

Daily Dose of BS Dec 4 cameras
Dec. 4, 2014 5:37 am

Another week another grand jury decision, I think that this is the reason that police would want to wear a camera while at work.  The cops have a job that I would not want to do, there is no respect from lots of the community at large they are called names and they are yelled at and they are not respected, but if someone does you wrong, who is the first people who get called.  I don?t get it.  These brave men and women take an oath to uphold the law, and they do, I will admit that there are some bad cops as there are bad you name it, not every group has everyone good.  But for the most part the people I have come into contact with that carry a gun and a badge are great people.   Everywhere we go there are cameras on us, from stores, to atm?s to walking by people?s houses, to your walk in the woods.  We are on camera more than we know.  This is why I don?t understand the concern over cops wearing cameras, they say that storage is the issue; what if when they bring on cameras on cops that the video is kept for only a month, unless there is something brought up on a certain piece of video then it is kept indefinitely.  

Daily Dose of BS Dec 2 spices
Dec. 3, 2014 6:36 am

I just read this morning that spices last for about a year if left whole and about 6 months if grounded up. I will bet that your cupboard is full of out dated spices. I know that mine is. I get a wild hair a few times a year and buy a new spice mix an use it a few times then off to another flavor. I was making chili the other day and noticed that the spice cabinet is getting a bit full with this blend and that blend I did end up using the last of my cumin for the chili. I posted on facebook the other day about what I like putting in my chili as a garnish I like fritos, a little cheese and fresh cut onions. I was surprised at the variety of other toppings that people liked some of what I found weird but want to try are avocado, cinnamon, blue cheese, chipotle and bacon. I also like to add noodles on the last day with a few cut up hot dogs, I think my mom used to do that when I was a kid. 

Daily Dose of BS Dec 3 girl scouts
Dec. 3, 2014 5:35 am

Back when I was in Scouts I went door to door to sell first coupon books then popcorn.  I was one of the top sales people in my pack then troop I had a goal.  I really wanted this cool pocket knife and I worked for it.  Knocking on doors and ringing doorbells, it taught a skill, one that to this day I use daily.  Make eye contact and don?t mumble.  Getting in front of people helps to build confidence, and teaches you think on your feet, if not for learning those skills back in the 80?s I am not sure what I would be doing today.  I heard that the Girl Scouts are going to open up cookie sales to online selling, great but don?t expect me to buy any cookies from a website.  I don?t even buy from the sheet that is brought to work and put up with a note asking you to buy.  Want me to buy your cookies or popcorn come and sell me your stuff.  I buy from almost every kid that comes to the door unless my kids are selling the same item.  Getting the confidence built up is not a bad thing, but teaching kids that the easy way to go sell is online, that to me is a mistake.  

Daily Dose of BS Dec 1 shopping
Dec. 1, 2014 5:39 am

We had Gray Thursday otherwise known as Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, NFL Sunday now Cyber Monday.   Wow that is a lot of consumer spending.  Oh wait the big sales didn?t bring in the masses like they used to also Sunday saw less people at those Masses.  What?s wrong with this picture?  I added money to the economy Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  I did as was suggested in the bible on Sunday I rested.  Wednesday was the toasting of what I am thankful for with friends, Thursday brought the last minute trip to the grocery store, Friday I attempted to pick up a few deals with Black Friday and was surprised at the lack of people, and Saturday did some local shopping.  Cyber Monday sorry I got nothing left to give, it is back to work after a four day weekend.  Am I weird but by Saturday afternoon I was ready for work and by 2 the morning I was waiting for my alarm to ring as to start the day.  Happy back to the grind Monday.     

Daily Dose of BS Nov 26 tipping
Nov. 26, 2014 5:32 am

I partook in one of my guilty pleasures yesterday and I guess didn?t tip enough.  Yesterday after work I went and had a pedicure.  I love them, not that I get them all the time but over  the past several years I have had on average 2 per year, my favorite part is the calf massage, if you have never had one I suggest getting one.  I tipped the woman who did my pedicure three bucks, a friend of mine yelled at me telling me that three bucks is less than the 20 percent that I leave for someone bringing my food and they didn?t have to touch those disgusting feet.  I responded they get paid for doing the job where does tipping stop?  Do I need to tip each and every person who does their job?  Aren?t the employers expected to pay at least minimum wage?  I get and know that food servers get a bit less but they make it up in tips, I didn?t think I need to supplement everyone?s wage; I don?t get tips for doing my job.   

Daily Dose of BS Nov 25 ferguson
Nov. 25, 2014 5:33 am

Do you believe that there could have been an outcome in the Ferguson Grand Jury announcement that wouldn?t have led to violence?  Last night at 8:15 the verdict was announced that the Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Darrin Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.  I would have hated to be on that jury as there was never going to be a peaceful outcome.  If a guilty verdict would have been handed down rioting in the streets would have happened, look at most major cities after their team wins the big game, there is always a disruption.  The verdict that did come down caused pandemonium in the town as well.  When it boils down to it how is this protesting going to help the cause?  What good can possibly come from violence?  And doesn?t this just add to the negative stereotypes?  I promote peace and communication not sticks and wars.  

Daily Dose of BS Nov 24 no deal
Nov. 24, 2014 5:42 am

It?s funny I haven?t heard too much about exclusive black Friday deals this year in comparison of other years.  I love a bargain but this year seems well, a bit over saturated when it comes to quick come into my store and buy some junk that you don?t need or stuff that you think you need.  I have heard ads that say check out black Friday deals all week or a week of black Friday bargains but have yet to see a deal that will get me up at the crack of dawn to fight the crowds of people.  This Thursday is my favorite holiday, as there are no expectations, only family and fellowship, some people spend that time after dinner before dessert planning the black Friday hunt, we are just going to kick back, play a game or two, watch a movie and call our family that we couldn?t be with.  

Daily Dose of BS Nov 21 the hunt
Nov. 21, 2014 5:39 am

You can feel the excitement of the people headed to the woods this weekend.   In Wisconsin the official state colors change from Green and Gold to Blaze Orange for the next nine days.  We will be hearing stories about the elusive thirty point buck, and hopefully tales of great sportsmanship and stewardship in the woods and at deer camp.  I go to deer camp for the camaraderie and the fellowship, I grew up in a non-hunting family and didn?t go hunting for the first time until about 20 years ago, since then I have only missed a few deer camps, the funny thing is I don?t hunt.  Two of my three boys do and the third is interested, so he will be spending time in the woods with some of the more experienced hunters.  If you are going to be out in the woods this weekend or at any time in the next 9 days, please be safe, and remember it?s about the memory, make those memories and go back and relive them when needed.  

Daily Dose of BS Nov 20 Spark
Nov. 20, 2014 5:36 am

It has been a sad month at the Schmidt house, we found out about a month ago that our trusted loved companion Spark has lymphoma.  He is the first family pet for our kids and he was the greatest springer spaniel that you could have.  Always eager to please and offer up kisses and unconditional love.  As I write this a lump in my throat is forming and the warm tears are rolling down my face, my lip is also quivering.  I would have never thought that a dog could bring so much love and joy into a household.  After the diagnosis of his cancer we asked our vet and our friends how will we know when it is time, they all said you would know.  Well last night we knew.  We all spent time holding and crying with Spark last night, we even all went out for ice cream.  I am going to miss my tail wagging buddy, he was my sole companion every afternoon, he heard the good and the bad.  For almost 10 years Spark brought life, love and smiles to all of us.  I miss you already buddy, and I love you.   We will be together again my friend.  

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