Archive for September, 2011

Hobbit in 5

Friday, September 30, 2011 21:10
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Here’s Simone with the latest Hobbit news:

Hobbit in 5

Monday, September 26, 2011 6:59
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Here’s the latest news for The Hobbit, courtesy of The Hobbit in 5 and its new host, Simone Boyce:

Boundary Waters Fire

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 17:02
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Sunset

The Boundary Waters in Minnesota is a favorite vacation spot of mine. I’ve gone there about a dozen times, beginning in the 1980s and here and there throughout the years, with my last trip there in 2005. (I took the photo above during a trip in the 1990s.) I haven’t been there in a while, and I haven’t been following the news related to the area, so before today I couldn’t have told you what was going on in the area.

But when my wife and I came home from work today, there was a lot of smoke in the air. She wondered why, and I didn’t know, but I said I’d look it up online. I expected to find the answer to be something local, but it turns out the Boundary Waters is to blame! Since that’s in northern Minnesota and I’m in southeastern Wisconsin, that’s a bit of a surprise. But apparently, a fire there has gotten so out of control, the smoke has spread all the way here. It’s so bad, the Brewers are closing the roof in Miller Park tonight to protect the fans.

I promise I always put out my fires! By the way, the photo above is Alice Lake. The fire is just to the south of the lake – not more than a few hundred feet.

Rebekah Platt Leaves

Monday, September 12, 2011 21:14

Rebekah Platt has left the weekly Hobbit news show “Hobbit in 5” to work at Disney. “Hobbit in 5” will continue with a new host, but we will miss Rebekah.

The Barrel Roll Play

Monday, September 12, 2011 21:02
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Green Bay has been practicing the barrel roll play for years; glad to see it finally used in a game.

Where I Was 10 Years Ago Today

Sunday, September 11, 2011 7:08
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I was working third shift at the time, and I remember filling out the paperwork for first shift in the early hours of the morning and thinking, “9-11… that’s an interesting date.”

At 9:00am Eastern, I punched out and headed out to my car. I always had talk radio on, because they have all the news headlines the first five minutes after every hour, and so I’d get updated on everything important that happened during my five minute drive home. But when I got in my car, the radio was buzzing about… something. Unfortunately with radio, it’s hard to understand what’s going on when you join in mid conversation because they can’t put a crawl on the screen like television. I was trying to put the pieces together when the second plane hit the towers.

When I got home I turned on the television and watched the remaining fallout before going to bed.

That night, I bought a newspaper (as I regularly did) before going to work. Because I worked third shift, my newspapers were always a day out of date (because I had to settle for the morning newspaper that came out 20 hours before I went into work). I remember looking at that September 11 newspaper and thinking how very, very different the next day’s newspaper would look – with all the things on the cover of the 11th’s newspaper likely to be pushed to page 9 or 10 the next day.

I was right. And I still have the newspaper from September 12, 2001.

Packers outlast Saints 42-34

Friday, September 9, 2011 6:54
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP)—As far as Aaron Rodgers is concerned, that should just about silence any further questions about why the Green Bay Packers didn’t work out as a team during the lockout.

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New Orleans v. Green Bay

Thursday, September 8, 2011 6:55

So the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers appear to be underdogs going into this NFL year. Philadelphia is the new it team. New England is the darling of many to win it all. Even Atlanta, Detroit, and a few others seem to be getting more attention than the forgotten Packers.

Bring it on.

The season kicks off tonight on NBC!

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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

painted cabinet

stained cabinet

painted cabinet

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

Green Bay Packers Schedule

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 7:00

The Green Bay Packers will host the New Orleans Saints to kick off the NFL season on Thursday night! NBC is spending millions to promote and produce the game, so it should be fun – the closest the city of Green Bay will come to hosting a Super Bowl.

Here are some thoughts on Green Bay’s schedule and the schedule itself:

– The Packers will be the first team in NFL history to play on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. It will be nice to see the Pack perform for the nation on all the holidays!

– Five of the first eight games are on the road

– Looking to the middle of the schedule: Three games in ten days? Egads! That’s a lot.

– Lots of late games this year! And five games are in prime time or on a holiday. I suppose that’s to be expected when you’re the champs.

Regular season

Thursday, September 8 vs. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 7:30 p.m. NBC

Sunday, September 18 at Carolina Panthers 12 noon FOX

Sunday, September 25 at Chicago Bears 3:15 p.m. FOX

Sunday, October 2 vs. DENVER BRONCOS 3:15 p.m. CBS

Sunday, October 9 at Atlanta Falcons 7:20 p.m. NBC

Sunday, October 16 vs. ST. LOUIS RAMS 12 noon FOX

Sunday, October 23 at Minnesota Vikings 3:15 p.m. FOX

Sunday, October 30 Open Date / bye week

Sunday, November 6 at San Diego Chargers 3:15 p.m. FOX

Monday, November 14 vs. MINNESOTA VIKINGS 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Sunday, November 20 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS *12 noon FOX

Thursday, November 24 at Detroit Lions 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day FOX

Sunday, December 4 at New York Giants *3:15 p.m. FOX

Sunday, December 11 vs. OAKLAND RAIDERS *12 noon CBS

Sunday, December 18 at Kansas City Chiefs *12 noon FOX

Sunday, December 25 vs. CHICAGO BEARS 7:20 p.m. NBC

Sunday, January 1 DETROIT LIONS *12 noon FOX

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