Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
An SBD Dauntless dive bomber that was lost during training exercises over the lake during World War II was pulled out in Waukegan.
Inch by inch a piece of history emerged from a 60 year slumber in Lake Michigan, and veterans Chuck Downey and Grant Young didn't want to miss this moment.
Imagine being there when that piece of history was lifted out of its watery grave.
Full article can be read here. There is also a video that shows it being brought up and a little history.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Your result for The Verbal Obscenity Test...
You are 23% capable of making other people's ears hurt!
So, how'd you do?
I'm impressed, you've managed to get through life without having your use of the English language tarnished by foulness! No Courtney Love-style socialising for you. You're not inclined to burst into fits of verbal rage, and I'm guessing this makes you less likely to get punched by others. Which is awesome, since being beaten up is such a drag anyway. Just a helpful hint: swearing all the time is definitely a bit boring, but pulling one out every once in a while can pack a nice punch. Don't be afraid to use a little rough language on occasion, just to show that you mean business.
What occasion, I hear you ask? Well, some people find talking dirty arousing. Sometimes swearing can be helpful in looking tough when one of those hoodlum-types approaches you. Using some language on your boss may also be effective in stirring things up, but maybe that's just me. Either way, be careful, as getting your timing wrong can result in getting fired, or sleeping alone for the next month. Use your good judgement! Also, for the record, this is the category that I, the maker of this test, scored in (hard to believe, I know, since it's a test about swearing). So I personally support your choice to be careful in when you cuss!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
As WISN 12 News was interviewing a West Allis man about his past arrest for carrying a gun in the open, police confronted him again Tuesday night -- one day after the state's attorney general ruled it's legal.
"I'm totally opposed to it. I do not think we need more guns on the streets," state Rep. Leon Young said. (who cares if he is opposed to it, it's perfectly legal here!)
Milwaukee's police chief said he'll go on telling his officers to take down anyone with a firearm despite Van Hollen's finding that people can carry guns openly if they do it peacefully. ( so if you are legally carrying a weapon in the open, expect to kiss the pavement, frequently)
rest of the article can be found here. You might also want to read the previous articles associated with that story.
Due to the recession in 2009 the government will start deporting all the mentally-ill people to save money.
I started crying when I thought of you.
Run my little crazy friend, run!!!!
Well, what can I say??? Someone sent it to me, and darn it, I'm NOT going alone!!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
They are calling for 2-4 inches of spring white chit (and I don't mean flower petals folks)
By Friday they are calling for 70 degrees. You just have to love Wisconsin. Snow one day, doors and windows open the next.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I was working on the boom line, so I knew I wouldn't be required to do a whole lot of thinking, thank gawd. We have 5 areas we rotate through on the line: blower, vacuum, shredder, hardware1 and hardware2. I started at the vacuum, then rotated to the blower area. Things seem to find be fine, other than being tired, the day was progressing quickly.
After lunch, I rotated over to the hardware1 area, my co-worker Kathy was on hardware2. This is where I started thinking I was losing my mind. I looked over at her and said "I hear crickets". She looked back at me, and promptly burst out laughing. (not a good sign)
I said "don't you hear those crickets?" She didn't hear anything. So for almost an hour I tried doing my job, hearing those annoying creatures chirping. (this is through mandatory hearing protection mind you)
When we rotated jobs again, I ended up at the shredder, next to my team leader for the day. I look at him and said, "you know, earlier I heard crickets." (at this point I was expecting another person laughing at me) He looked at me and said "yeah, the shredder chirps, but you can only hear it when you're on hardware."
Holyyyyy chit, here I thought I was really over the edge, into total exhaustion, mind shut down, auditory hallucinations tired, but I just have very good hearing it appears.
At 4:30p.m. I headed to my jeep, crawled in and set that sucker to automatic pilot.
(as I write this, I am extremely happy blogspot has spell check, as I'm sure it would not have been legible otherwise)
below is a picture of what we were making today.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Last month the company I work for bought 2 more paper machines, so they would be less dependent on other companies for product. Once again a group of employees had a fit. They obviously do not grasp what is important.
So I have decided to list the perks this company gives us. And let you decide, if we truly have it good, during this economic disaster or not.
1. Health insurance (yes, it may be a high deductible plan, BUT the company puts $360/quarter in our health savings account) (includes a free yearly exam) $34/bi-weekly
2. dental insurance $17/bi-weekly
3. vision insurance (free pair of glasses every 2 years and free yearly eye exam) $7/bi-weekly
4. 80 hours paid vacation Plus 16 hours paid personal time off.
5. 401k company matched up to $750/year
6. $50 a year for safety glasses.
7. $100 a year for safety shoes.
8. $0.13 for every hour worked the year before, if you go the whole year without a work related injury. (my safety bonus was $360 after taxes. I worked a lot of OT ;) )
9. small monthly safety gift (value anywhere from $5-$20) if we go without a work related injury during the month.
10. Christmas party (dinner, drinks and gifts)
11. summer golf outing (lunch, drinks and prizes)
12. cookouts during warm months
13. assorted free paper products when available
Please keep in mind, this company employs approximately 120 people, and has not laid off one person.
Now, my question to you is this, am I right in thinking we have a great company, or do you agree with the "others" that they should have gotten a raise?
Monday, April 6, 2009
The incident caused the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to be evacuated as a precaution.
The rest of the story can be found here
Life is never boring here.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
The rest of the poem can be found here