Mr. Big Stuff

Blaska feels like king of the hill today. This unhandy man installed a ceiling fan at his son’s condo and, by Gawd, it works! O.K., it was a three-day project. Deduct one man point for consulting the instructions. Multiple times. Sure, Blaska forgot to flip one of the circuit breakers back on and everything in Number One Son’s refrigerator spoiled. But the ceiling fan WORKS! It’s ALIVE! as Dr. Frankenstein exclaimed. 

How many merge signs do you see?

The very same day brought more highs to the high life. John Nolen Drive narrows to two lanes at Lakeside Street before crossing Monona Bay. There is signage. The signs are red capes to the bull-headed daredevils who see a challenge. Pass all the cars lined up in the lane that does not merge and quick duck in. 

Sure enough, on this heaven-sent day, one such road warrior — likely an ally of Vladimir Putin — is looming very large very quickly in the passenger side rear-view mirror. Good Citizen Blaska wrestles his well worn (and paid for) Explorer SportTrac to the right, blocking the interloper’s outside passing move while still claiming the center lane. Praise be Dale Earnhardt! Thou shall not invade Crimea!

Light turns green and Blaska leads the parade of model drivers leaving the rival Mr. Big Stuff sadder but wiser, as the Music Man would sing.

Platinum Subscriber Bonus effluent:

• Long live King Charles v3.0. May his reign last as long as his mother’s!

• Has anyone ridden the flex lane on the Beltline highway? Is it fun?

• The Lovely Lisa brought me blueberry pie from the Norske Nook in DeForest. Always remember, kids. They wouldn’t make it if it wasn’t good for you.

• You’ve got the throne, Charles v3.0, now use it! Unleash your inner Henry v8.0! Declare martial law! Round up the socialists and lock ‘em in the Tower!

Blaska’s Bottom Line: There’s something to be said for remaining above politics. That explains, we think, the affection here in the Colonies for the late Queen Elizabeth v2.0. That, her links to history, and her sense of duty. Some republics elect a president who is largely ceremonial for the same reason. Israel is one.

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25 Responses to Mr. Big Stuff

  1. richard lesiak says:

    Our monarch? Obama; of course.


  2. Kevin S Wymore says:

    Condi Rice should be Queen.


    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      “Condi Rice should be Queen.”

      Solid thinking/wise choice there, Kevin, but if that comes about, how would she destroy KamelHo in ’24…?

      The gotch

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  3. One eye says:

    I give idiots in traffic a wide berth. Much rather have them ahead of me than behind me.


    • Bill Cleary says:

      One eye,

      Driving down the beltline at certain hours of the day is almost plain suicide. Today, I’m driving down the belt and doing about 65 mph and being passed by people going 80-90 mph who are weaving in and out of traffic.

      I used to take the belt all the time when I worked at different work sites. I don’t take the belt anymore than I have to and it is a rare occurrence when I do.

      Lowering the speed limit on certain roads is just B.S. Traffic enforcement is the only answer.


      • One eye says:

        Bill I’m reminded of the saying “Be careful what you tolerate. You are teaching people how to treat you”.

        On a personal level too much tolerance often comes down to self esteem issues. Can that apply to an entire city? I think so.

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  4. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Anyone who worships Hopeless Changey…THE_MOST_DIVISIVE_POTUS_EVAH…unquestioningly embraces breathtakingly laughable cluelessness.

    The Blogge Idiot worships Hopeless Changey.

    Solve for X

    The Gotch

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  5. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Before anyone extols inbred King Charley’s horse sense/bona fides as a Major Player on the International Scene, bear in mind he’s a Dyed_In_The_Wool Warmalista AlarmaCYST:

    Quoth he: Just 96 MONTHS To Save The World

    When did he say this?

    Exactly 158 months ago today!


    The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      cute post. why not just spell out your thoughts like normal folks.


    • nemoofthenorth says:

      North of Hwy 64, we had hoped that the cultist rantings of the Bonnie Prince II had a hint of truth, but no. Walking the steaming lake’s shore this morning underscored the cold in the air. Then, while taking a picture of the sea smoke and wondering when all the Mann Made Global Warming predictions were going to manifest in…you know..actual warming, an eagle had to go and photobomb the image. Today’s date (9/11) added more than a bit of poignancy to the moment.

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      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        Nice pic, nemo. We’re just south of U.S. 2, and it’s a getting a bit…um…challenging to wash off in Weber Lake after a run!

        That pud Mann? At least he hasn’t issued any Last Chance slobbberings of late.

        Bonn 2001: A Global Warming Treaty’s Last Chance. Time Magazine, 16 Jul 2001

        Montreal 2005: With time running out for the global climate, your meeting in Montreal represents a last chance for action. The Independent, 28 Nov 2005

        Bali 2007: Bali could be the last chance to avoid the worst effect of global warming, said Tony Juniper, executive director of Friends of the Earth. The New Zealand Herald, 3 Dec 2007

        Poznan Poland, 2008: The world will “suicide” if it cannot strike a strong climate pact soon, The Age, 9 Dec 2008

        Copenhagen 2009: The world faces a final opportunity to agree an adequate global response to climate change at a U.N.-led meeting in Copenhagen in December, The Telegraph, 10 Aug 2009

        Cancun 2010: Jairem Ramesh, the Indian environment minister, sees it as the “last chance” for climate change talks to succeed; The Telegraph (UK), 29 Nov 2010

        Durban 2011: Rev. Dr. Olav Fyske Tveit, who leads the World Council of Churches, says the upcoming climate conference in South Africa is mankind’s ‘last opportunity’ to address climate change. Spero News, 27 Nov 2011:

        Doha 2012: Tomorrow: the earth’s last chance with climate change? The Examiner, 25 Nov 2012

        Warsaw 2013: Is the Warsaw Climate Change Conference a last-chance summit? Sustainable Mobility, 14 Nov 2013

        Lima 2014: Last chance: Change needed for climate negotiations in Lima 2014. WWF Global, 23 Nov 2013

        Paris 2015: The UN meeting in December is “the last chance” to avert dangerous climate change, according to the Earth League. BBC News 22 Apr 2015

        It gets worse.

        The JoKe administration’s Climate Czr’s Carbon Footprint is off the acharts:

        Lurch’s Carbon Footprint is ENORMOUS

        Ah Lefty; so MUCH hypocrisy, so little time!

        The Gotch


        • nemoofthenorth says:

          Thanks, Sir!  That eagle gave me quite a start when he broke the morning quiet. Our lake is going below 70°F soon (pronounced “now”). It can mostly take the fun out of swimming, diving, or skiing. Mostly. My personnel swim/no swim lake temperature is 62°F. I’ve found that people who swim in lakes under that temperature are either driven by a task (lift/pier removal) or a little tetched. And speaking of tetched, thanks for slapping up our favorite progressive pud “Richard the Chickenhearted”. I know you are not supposed to feed the troltards, but it can be funny when done well and you do it well, sir.

          My idea of moderation…


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  6. A Voice in the Wilderness says:

    This royal talk reminds me of my trip to London years ago. Companion and yours truly were in the Tower viewing the crown jewels where there was a fast line and a slower line for those wishing to savor the experience, when a tourist shouted out, gesturing towards the jewels which were in their shatterproof case, “Are they REAL?” A Beefeater guard yelled back in a booming shout, “They better be!” Seemed like a stupid question , but as an old blues song goes, my mother could be jivin’ me too.

    I think Melania could be Queen of America. She has that regal bearing. But if she hated being First Lady, she probably wouldn’t want to be a monarch.👸


  7. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    ERII embodied devotion, duty, dignity, and respect for tradition. In other words, the values scorned by leftist ideologues and other architects of a nihilistic culture that’s bent on destroying what’s left of the world that produced someone like her.

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  8. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    There’s been ~seven (7) straight days of erudite commentary complementing Blaska’s superb reportage at the Stately Manor, the pleasant entirety of which ended rather abruptly today.

    This eerily corresponds with the return of the Blogge Idiot from ~ one (1) week of lock-up/rehab.

    Happenstance…coincidence…or Enema (sic) Action…?

    The Gotch believes it’s the latter…….

    The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      someone had to get this boring column off dead center. ” Today I drove over the Wis river bridge in the Dells. Tourists don’t know how to use the merge lane. Then I helped change a roll of paper towels for a friend.” blah blah blah. Like crotch droning on about pickles.


  9. richard lesiak says:

    The Peckers did what? GO CHICAGO.


  10. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Son: “Dad, what’s a quarterback?”
    Dad: “Couldn’t tell you son, we’re BiPolar bares fans.”

    Guy set his DVR to record “The Biggest Loser,” it kept taping midgets of the midway games.”

    The best way to keep bares off’n your property? Set up Goal Posts.

    What do you call 52 guys sitting around watching the NFL playoffs? The BiPolar bares.

    One more thing:


    The Gotch


  11. Kibitzer says:

    Bravo on the ceiling fan!

    I once installed one in my kids room and accidentally pinched a hot wire in the junction box.

    I got a shock every time I opened the refrigerator in the kitchen!!


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