Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Drunkest City? Green Bay

This is a touch old, but still relevant.  According to a recent study, Green Bay was found to be the United States' most drunken city, based on self-reported incidents of binge drinking.

Wisconsin also took in honors as the most drunken state in the union, with the following cities ranking as the drunkest in the country:

#1 Green Bay 
#2 Eau Claire 
#3 Appleton 
#4 Madison 
#6 Oshkosh 
#9 Wausau 
#10 La Crosse 
#12 Fond du Lac 
#15 Sheboygan 
#20 Milwaukee

Titletown, indeed.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Michelle Carter is a Murderer, Not a Free Speech Victim

A couple of days ago, Michelle Carter was convicted of manslaughter for promoting the idea of suicide for her "boyfriend."

Actually, she was more than promotional.  She craved that he kill himself, and ordered him to do so:

There are some claiming that poor Michelle is the victim in this episode, as she was just practicing her First Amendment rights.  While we sometimes find that language repugnant, it is just speech, and it is protected.

I'd link to these pieces, but I don't want to give their authors any credence.  Sick.  All of them.

Poor misunderstood Michelle, huh?

Sorry, dear, but you can't yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater because people might be trampled to death.  In the same vein, you can't tell a depressed, suicidal person repeatedly to "just do it" because they just might take their lives.  

You did.  He did.  Now go to jail.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wish I Was Wrong

Exactly one week ago, I wondered if we could ever get along.  Just a scant couple of days later, last Wednesday, a 66-year-old Illinois man opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, and nearly killing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. James Hodgkinson, a leftist driven by the hate of his political rivals, was killed by police returning fire, however he still also shot Two Capitol Police officers, a congressional staffer, and a lobbyist. 

It has been reported that investigators found a hit list of GOP lawmakers’ names on Hodgkinson’s body.

What did these people do to deserve being shot?  They voted in a manner and held political beliefs that this guy didn't like.  That's it.

This is the start.  There will be more.  Why am I so confident?  Simple.  There are those on the Left that are claiming that someone that lives a life promoting "hate" deserves what comes to him.  Even if it is being shot on a baseball field. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Song Share: Foo Fighters - Run

The latest from the Foos.  Bad video.  Good tune.  Can't wait to have it show up on a run.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The End of the Whirlwind

  • On March 2, I accepted my new position after a long courting and negotiation
  • On March 13, I turned in my resignation to my old employer.  I fully expected to have been perp-walked out the building that day, as they did with every other employee that resigned, but my boss had an "Oh shit!" moment and felt the need to keep me on.  It was the best two weeks of my work there.
  • On March 24 I had my last day at work, and moved into a hotel in Minnesota for a week.
  • On April 3, I moved into a rental house until May 17.  In this period I had additional trips to Green Bay (3 times), a weekend in the Cities, and a weekend at the duck camp.
  • On May 18, I moved into our cabin on Leech.
  • I moved out of the rental on May 23, and headed back to Green Bay to close the move.
  • On May 25 we moved back to the cabin.
  • On April 10 we moved out of the cabin and into a hotel.
Though it all we logged countless hours on the road and mileage back and forth.  I lost countless hours of sleep trying to get comfortable in unfamiliar confines.  We spent way, way more that we could have expected, but in the end it is worth every penny.  It has been beyond crazy.

Thankfully, all of that comes to an end.  Today we close on our new home, and our odyssey comes to a conclusion.  

It was long, hard, uncomfortable, and lonely.  However, though it all I met some incredible people, took on a great new role in a fantastic company, and finally feel at home.  Yes, it took a lot, but given how things worked out, I would have done even more had I needed to do so,

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Tear Down this Wall" at 30

It was 30 years ago that Reagan uttered these famous words.  A couple of thoughts:

  • What a mensch.  Where the hell are men like this today?
  • 30 years?  In some ways that feels way too much, and in some ways that feels not nearly enough
  • It is hard to believe that Reagan demanded it, and the USSR complied.  Granted, things were already tipping that way, but once Reagan made his case, too much momentum was applied and the wall had to fall.
  • It is damned hard to imagine a Berlin wall: a wall designed to keep people in, not keeping people out.  What a massive change in our lifetimes!

I do not miss the cold war and all that it represented.  I do miss the hell out of a leader like Reagan.  We've not seen anything like him since he left office, and we are poorer as a people for it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How's Work Going?

Here's an example.  Last week we had our annual sales conference, which was Renaissance-themed.  Every conference has a theme, and while not all dress up, those that did not were a handful and were dutifully scorned in fun.

Here's a photo from the event:

Included in this photo are a co-CEO, the company President (and my boss), two of our top sales reps, our newest employee, and me.  

One of our top sales reps always wanted to go to Machu Picchu, so that's where the company is sending her.  The message was delivered via two rented alpacas which sported the signs "Alpaca your bags!" and "You're going to Machu Picchu!"  The alpacas were there for about 5 minutes as the program ran late and, according to one of the CEOs, "alpacas don't do well in the dark."

Another rep always wanted to run with the bulls in Barcelona.  That's where she's going.  Thankfully no bulls were on hand for that announcement.

This is how our company rolls.  This is how appreciation is shown to each other.  This is how we celebrate our successes.  This is our culture.

How's work going?  How do you think it's going?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Can We Ever Get Along?

Is there any common ground anymore?  

Our living environment is one of constant grievance.  No matter what the subject, approximately half of us believe one thing, and the other half believes something else.  Cubed ice?  Bullshit!  Crushed ice, you Nazi!

Not only that, but it is also becoming way too common to also believe that those who don't agree with us are evil.  We heap the absolute worst of humanity on those on the other side of the fence, invoking things like racism, sexism, homophobia, and Nazism.

All because we've lost our ability to get along.

Part, if not all of this has been driven by electronic communications.  From the safety behind the screen, we're well beyond the arm's length of retribution from those that we push too far.  Likewise, we've appeared to have lost the ability to even talk to each other anymore.  It is much more convenient to get online and immediately conduct a social scorched-earth policy against those with whom we have even a minor disagreement.

Where does it end?  All that hatred has to go somewhere.  Personally, I think it is only a matter of time before this hatred spills from social media to the streets.  It seems a natural human progression, that is, unless there is something that can bind us as humans.  

I don't see it - not anymore.  It seems like the only thing we have in common is the blood that runs in our veins, and perhaps, soon to be running in our streets.