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Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and extend the hope that 2010 will b e a much more lucrative year for all of us. every time I get a look at the totals of my credit cards I begin hoping that the Mayan prophecy for 2012 will come true. The photograph posted here is the cover of Wisconsin West Magazine, taken some one hundred years ago. It hangs in the hall way of the bungalow right above a wooden sign that says: "Dying is easy -- Comedy is hard."

A lot of miles have been traveled since that photo shoot took place. I can't even tell you the year it was taken. Early 1980's I think.

This afternoon Kim and I will be trekking out to lay in stores in advance of the impending HUGE snow storm that is supposedly heading our way tomorrow. I get the biggest kick out of he local weather reporters who think that they somehow have to make every report filled with impending disaster.

"Be certain you have plenty of groceries and canned goods. Don't go out unless you absolutely have to. Don't drive! temperatures are going to be terrible. The thermometer may plunge below zero! BE VERY AFRAID!"

Get over it, dude. you live in Wisconsin not freakin' Florida.

Just got news from Liz that a project she has been working on for me is completed and I will get a look at her handiwork at 12:30PM today.

some time ago, I was able to secure two DVD's that covered the entire 1961 Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants. it was recorded (in black and white, of course) by a Canadian Broadcasting team, complete with really kitchy early '60's commercials.

What makes this such a find and treasure is that it is a chronicle of the beginning of Vince Lombardi's tenure and dynasty as the 1961 championship was his first in Green Bay after arriving the year before and barely losing the 1960 Championship to the Philadelphia Eagles (Chuck Bednarik and crew.)

To that end, I recently contacted my reliable source for the most authentic throw back jerseys, Mr. Harv Harvison, who has a going concern in the Philippines and has supplied me with the following Packer jerseys: Don Chandler #31 (white away jersey), Ray Nitschke, #66 (white away jersey), Paul Hornung #5, (dark green home jersey) and ordered the one jersey from the backfield I am missing, #31, Jimmy Taylor. Note: I foolishly bought a Bart Starr jersey through Mitchell and Ness - not nearly the quality!



The Teacher asked young Patrick Murphy: "What do you do at Christmas time?

Patrick addressed the class: "Well Ms. Jones, me and my twelve brothers and sisters go to midnight mass and we sing hymns; then we come home very late and we put mince pies by the back door and hang up our stockings. Then all excited, we go to bed and wait for Father Christmas to come with all our toys.

"Very nice Patrick," she said. "Now Jimmy Brown, what do you do at Christmas?"

Well, Ms. Jones, me and my sister also go to church with Mom and Dad and we sing carols and we get home ever so late. We put cookies and milk by the chimney and we hang up our stockings. We hardly sleep, waiting for Santa Claus to bring our presents.

Realizing there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave him out of the discussion, she asked, "Now, Isaac Cohen, what do you do at Christmas?"

Isaac said, "Well, it's the same thing every year...Dad comes home from the office. We all pile into the Rolls Royce; then we drive to Dad's toy factory. When we get inside, we look at all the empty shelves...And begin to sing: What A Friend We Have In Jesus. Then we all go to the Bahamas ."




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