Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fish Aaaahhhn!!!

One of my pleasures growing up was fishing. Truth is, I never outgrew it, just moved away from it. Being home for a while this summer and reconnecting with old friends has rekindled the joy of fresh water fishing again. Maybe part of it involves memories with my pop too. He loved fishing, and loved taking me along. Whatever the reasons, fishing in small lakes and rivers is a sort of zen that one never loses. Time stands still when you fish. Everything else just melts away.

Tonite I went out in the late afternoon and caught more bass and bluegills. Nothing large enough to take home. Just large enough to enjoy finding, landing, and releasing.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

4-6-3-2 Triple Play

The triple play is a rare enough event in baseball, but the other night here at home with Mom (the ultimate baseball fan) we witnesse our "home team" Milwaukee Brewers pull off an even more rare form of one... a 4-6-3-2 triple play against the LA Dodgers.

I stumbled across this ESPN analysis and multi-camera replay video of it tonite. Good fun.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Like Riding a Bike

The title expression is usually associated with, "something you never forget". But in this following case it might not apply. You're more likely to lose these abilities over time...if you ever attain them in the first place! Which is unlikely for most of us.

Simply incredible stuff. Beautiful photography as well.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rotten Apple

The "new" iTunes Store

I came to the iPod party slowly years ago, having first used a variety of generic and then Dell MP3 players for a while before succumbing to the Apple juggernaut.  But eventually all those old systems failed to hold onto the pace Steve Jobs' people were setting and I relented and bought an iPod.  My god!... 80 Gb on such a small device!  What a revolution it was!  One little box no bigger than my first transistor radio that could hold my entire CD collection, 200+ albums and still be less than half full.  It was a world of difference better than hauling CDs around in my car for play on a portable device.  It was a new paradigm... the new world. 

Friday, August 12, 2011


Some great time lapse photography here, and ideas for anyone with a digital camera, tripod, cable release, and a little time on their hands. Shooting at night under a full moon can produce stunning results. From the National Park Service.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Supper Club Redux

Feil's Wine Barrel

We had brunch at Feil's today and really got our money's worth...especially at the dessert counter, where we followed up a traditional midwestern breakfast with brownies, grasshopper pie, some sort of caramel-peanut high calorie square, apple tart squares, cherry cheesecake, and a lemon bar.  By the time we got home the sugar crash had claimed us both for naps during most the Brewer's game.

Going to and from the restaurant you pass through the German-theme bar, and the barrel above.  Yes this dispenses wine, not beer, although it wouldn't be an honest German establishment without a wide variety of beers and steins and ambiance.  And no, it's not a complete barrel.  We found out they had to cut a lot of it down just to fit in the space.  Three types of wine are dispensed here: Rose', Chablis, and the Lake Niagra mom likes.  The owner, Herb Feil, was kind enough to allow me behind the bar to grab this shot with my 20mm, and while I was there gave mom the full history of the place, a few anecdotes, and some souvenier post cards.  It was his father, the baker from Wangen, West Germany who established the restaurant many, many years ago.

Ah, summertime in Cheesehead country.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tower Construction

Being out of state for a while gives me a chance to catch up on a few of those videos I mentioned a while back.  Here's one of them.

I was asked to put something together for the Western Regional FAA Annual Conference in San Francisco this past May, and decided to use some of the photos I've done of the FAA's new air traffic control tower project at Kona International Airport.  Since I'm currently travelling I don't know for sure how much the project was affected by the recent budget hubbub in Washington, D.C., but I assume they may have had to shut down for at least a few days somewhere along the way.  Hopefully everybody is back again and getting paychecks.

The FAA conference was held on June 6.  The video is current through about May 24th or so and shows progress panoramas and a couple time lapse videos of interesting elements of the project.  The contractor's work is scheduled to complete early this fall.  From there the FAA will proceed with installation and testing of their electronic equipment.  Full operations out of the new digs should be ready to begin sometime in Fall 2012.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Supper Clubs

Feil's Supper Club

Wisconsin, the land of "supper clubs" and the Friday night fish fry.  And no, you don't have to be a member to eat there... you just have to bring your wallet.  This one is near Randolph, WI, and is also the home of many Meals on Wheels deliveries.  Feil's makes great bread too... over a million loaves and counting.  German heritage (maybe Austrian too), as may be obvious by the "chalet" construction, with great food.

It was nice to drive by one of these and see it open for business... many are boarded up and for sale these days.

This one has my mom's favorite wine too... the "original" Lake Niagra "Niagra", a rich, semi-dry New York white table wine.

Taken from their web site:

Feil's Supper Club offers original old-world recipe homemade bread, serving white and onion rye. Enjoy tap wine and a 30-item salad bar including cheeses and soup. Our featured menu item is the "Herb's Special" - a center cut Sirloin Steak topped with a mountain of our famous homemade onion rings or mushrooms. Fridays we feature a Fish & Broasted Chicken Buffet and Sundays we offer our very popular Sunday Brunch.

N8743 State Road 73
Randolph, WI 53956

... I guess I know where Sunday brunch will be this week!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Lazy Lake, Fall River, Wisconsin

For the next few weeks I'll hang out here in the midwest with mom after the passing of my pop.  The memorial image for him is below and was taken along the western shoreline of the Big Island, Hawaii on the evening I received the news.  He's in a better place now.

Lazy Lake in Fall River is about 5 miles or so from where I grew up and is great for fishing all year around.  It's known for excellent crappies, bluegills, and probably a few other game fish as well.  Whether the water is open like this in the summer or completely frozen over in the winter there always seems to be somebody out with rod and reel trying to pull something out.  One of the things on my list of things to do this summer while back is get out once again and fish for bass.  I'm hoping to talk one of my old high school buddies into going with me.  It's been a long time since I've wet a line in these waters.

So it's that and doing things around the house for mom for the next few weeks, the same house I grew up in.  Pretty amazing that they have been here that long, but nice.  It's always just the way I'd remember it.