Category “Photos”

Small Accident

Saturday, April 20, 2013 17:38

Someone had a slight accident near my house:



Been Visiting New York

Saturday, April 6, 2013 14:17
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New York

Population of Wisconsin: 5.7 million
Population of the city I’ve been visiting: 8.2 million

I’ve been froclicking in New York the last week. It was fun, but now it’s time to get back to work.

Flooded Street

Monday, September 10, 2012 8:07
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This is a a photo I snapped a few weeks back before I moved. The street I used to live would often flood, but that didn’t stop cars from using it anyway. Below is a video.

Visiting the Domes

Friday, July 6, 2012 18:57
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I visited the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory today with my wife and in-laws. Here I am with my Mother-in-Law standing in front of the plant “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ Asparagaceae).

Me and mother-in-law


The dog had to stay at home:


House for Sale

Sunday, June 24, 2012 7:37
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I’ve been very busy with the house lately, getting ready to sell it. Here are some photos:



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Vacation Photos

Sunday, April 15, 2012 3:30

I’ve been on vacation. I figured I’d share some photos:

vacation photo

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What a Difference a Year Makes

Thursday, February 2, 2012 22:40
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One year ago today, my city was hit with the worst blizzard of my lifetime. A year later? 40 degrees and calm. Here are several comparison photos. First, you’ll see today, February 2, 2012. And then second, February 2, 2011.



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Kitchen Cabinets

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 7:19
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Keely, Pat, and I completed one of our summer projects, painting the kitchen cabinets and installing new hardware and contact paper. Originally the cabinets were stained, but now they’re white. Here are some before, during, and after photos:

stained cabinet

painting cabinet

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stained cabinet

painted cabinet

It was a lot of work, but at least the painting helped us learn karate.


Monday, September 5, 2011 20:32
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My car, Antares, has been fixed! It cost (the people who hit me) thousands to fix, but thankfully the frame and the engine suffered no damage, so it drives just as good as always.

Here we are in October of 2001, back when I had just bought her new, and I had a sweet mullet:

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Another Car Accident

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 17:30

Hi, I’m J.W. and I’m a car accident magnet!

I was just in my second car accident in a week. (I’m fine… again.)


I know, I know… you’re probably thinking, “J.W, you really need to learn to drive.” And if I tell you that the other drivers were at fault, you’d probably be thinking, “Well, you must not be driving defensively.” (I’d be thinking the same thing if I were you.) But the thing is, one came when my vehicle was at a stop light, and the other while I was a passenger. So what gives?

It all started last week, when my wife I had finished a day of work. Our kitchen was a disaster, because we’ve been painting our cabinets, and so we decided to go to Subway to get subs for dinner. I was driving, and we stopped at a red light with some traffic in front of us. Everything was fine for two or three minutes, and then just as the light was changing, a truck hit us from behind. It was quite a jolt and quite a surprise.


The truck was a commercial truck, and the driver – clearly upset – told the police exactly what happened and admitted he was totally at fault. And now I’ve spent the last week contacting the necessary people and getting the ball rolling for the car to be repaired. It was the first time I had ever been in a vehicle that was hit by another, and the first time anything had happened to my car, Antares, in the ten plus years I’ve owned her.

This morning, I got an estimate on the damage from my dealer, and then my wife and I drove to a meeting in another town. This time, although it was the same car, my wife was driving and I was the passenger. As we approached an intersection where we had the right-of-way, the driver of another car became confused. She was approaching from our left and had a stop sign, but I don’t think she saw it, because she nearly hit another car before stopping. Then she hit the gas and hit us.


She was a teen girl about 16 years old, and after the collision she was very distressed and didn’t know what to do. My wife and I tried to calm her down, and then a police officer came, and we went though the whole post accident thing again with an accident report, calls to insurance, and estimates from a body shop. All told, it will cost more money to fix my car than what it’s worth; but because the damage stems from two different accidents and will be paid for by two different insurance companies, I’ve been told they won’t declare the car totaled. And, fortunately, everyone is okay – and I shouldn’t have to pay for anything. (Which is nice, since I just took collision off my car a few months ago!) Really, though, I hope people stop hitting me – although I do have to say I’m getting to be an expert at handling the aftermath of car accidents.

Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to use my car to travel to Gen Con next month, and until the damage is fixed, I’m going to look like the world’s worst driver.

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