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Solar Eclipse 2017 is Tomorrow!

The family and I are on our way to Douglas, Wyoming to take in the total eclipse of the sun (sing it with me!) I was checking out the Sky and Telescope Market Place and came across an invitation from Boy Scout Troop 1935 enjoy the views of the eclipse from Douglas Middle School in Douglas, Wyoming. According to the ad, the school campus offers more than 10 acres of lush lawns and practice fields and is situated next to the North Platte River with vistas of Laramie Peak and surrounding mountains. Sounds good to me! The total solar eclipse will last for two minutes and twenty-three seconds in Douglas. We are looking forward to it!

Lots of Snow in Milwaukee

Leading up to Christmas Ma Nature has heaped the snow on here. After a few nominal snows in the 3 to 4 inch range we got 14 inches last Friday with more on Saturday and another 5 inches today with more coming. At this rate, with 8 days left in December we are on track to have our snowiest December ever! I like it. A lot of folks have been complaining but snow days, and the ensuing few days after, give us all a very good excuse to slow it down a bit.

Whitefish Bay Snow Day
Whitefish Bay Snow Day

As far as playing in the snow Garrett only lasted about 10 minutes. I assume he will grow to love it as most kids do. Sydney was another story. While I spent about 6 hours out in the snow on Friday mostly moving it from one place where it was a hinderance to another where it wasn’t, clearing off cars, getting doors unstuck and such, Syd was building a couple of nice snow forts. Between clearing off the sidewalks and the plows clearing the street there is about 4 feet of snow on the parkway between the sidewalk and the road. Perfect for digging out forts.


General Sydney
General Sydney

Sydney also gave her snowshoes a try but it looks like she is ready for the next size. While the snow was very soft and powdery it looked like she was sinking more than we thought she should be.

Saturday greeted us with -8 degree temps and -35d wind chills so outside activity was curtailed and a plan to go sledding was put on hold. It looks like the snow will be here for a while so hopefully we can get out and sled.

What I learned About Selling Baby Clothes on eBay

I have an 8-year old daughter and a 1-year old son (as of this writing) and have wanted to sell some of the clothes they won’t be using anymore on eBay. I’ve had good luck selling other items on eBay and did a bit of research to figure out what the best listing strategies might be for selling boys and girls clothes on eBay.

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Got the chicken Pox. At 43!

Well, I thought I’d never had them and was a bit worried when my 10-month old son contracted the chicken pox a few weeks ago and after a couple of weeks began to think that I must have had at least a mild case in the past that gave me the immunity but, alas, nope. The little buggers attacked with a vengeance last Tuesday so I went to the doctor who confirmed what they were.

After I told a few people I started to hear comments like “ohh! that can be bad if you’re an adult!” and “my friend had that when he/she was XX years old and almost died!” Yikes! I did a bit of research on the net and found, for the most part, healthy adults should weather the storm OK. It is folks with other, more serious, maladies that could have a problem or the really old folks. I guess it is some consolation that I got them now instead of when I am 80. “Kilt dead by the Chicken Pox” doesn’t seem like a great epitaph.

Later on Tuesday I got a call from the doctor saying there was a drug that may help if taken in the first 48 hours. I said bring it on. Acyclovar (sp?)

For most of last week I was miserable. Fever, hot/cold, achy, tired, plus, the little buggers popping up all over and itching, especially on my scalp, like mad. The most affected areas are my face/head and chest as well as my upper arms. There are a smattering elsewhere but maybe the drug arrested the outbreak before it got to my extremities. I did get a couple on the bottoms of my feet though. That sucks!

Now getting better but still really tired.

More later.

Good to be back!

Yeah, it has been a while. Quite a few life changy things and more work than normal, coupled with not feeling tip-top for the past week or so, has been a challenge.

My dad passed away peacefully on April 6th after declining health related to Alzheimer’s and an auto accident about 15 years ago that left him partially immobilized. I set up a site to honor him and will be adding stories and photos as time goes on. I sure do miss that guy.

A little over a month later my son, Garrett, was born. I wish he could have met my pop and vise-versa. Garrett is super cool and while he does not do much more than eat, poop and sleep he is beginning to smile a lot and seems to be more aware of what is going on around him. He’ll have to have a site soon as well! I already set up an email for him it is garrett(at) if you want to send him a note.

Finally, I’m catching up on work and have a couple of big projects just about done. Working on something for over a year is a task I have not done for quite a while and I am looking forward to wrapping up. More when that is done.

Happy New Year, All!

Wendy, Sydney and I spent a pretty quiet night at home for our New Year’s Eve. It was the first that Syd stayed up to watch the ball drop on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Show. She even made it to midnight local time and so got to celebrate twice!

I’m looking forward to 2006. I’ve got a few resolutions in mind that I’d already started working on in late ’05. Some will last. If the past is any indication, some will not. I do what I can!

2006 will see the birth of our son in May and that looks to be the biggest event we are likely to see for the year but I imagine there will be other memorable times as well.

I hope you and yours have a happy and prosperous 2006!

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