Saturday, April 28, 2012

Need A Little Help Here

So I come back to my house after a lovely evening out with Rebecca, Ness and Al, and I see this on the bathroom floor.
Really, Justus?  You can't even pick up the towel off the floor after taking a shower.  So I have come down to three possible reasons as to why Justus could not pick up the towel off the floor.....he obviously is one of the following but I have yet to determine which.  Help me decide.

Which is it?

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Volleyball Playing Looper

Last night I went to my nephew, Zach's, volleyball game.  Here are some of photos of Zach in action.

 And here are Sarah and Joey at the game.  Sarah is a big fan of the camera.
 Here is the 40 year old and Joey.

And later last night, Zach learned that he was hired to be a Looper.  "A looper?" "A looper..a caddy....a jock."  Yes Zach's first job will be at a golf course serving as a caddy.  The next Danny Noonan.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

40 Years Old

Sunday was Chucker's 40th Birthday.  Here is the birthday boy.  

And what is a family gathering without a little kickball.  Here is Joey pitching to Trevor.
 Trevor is the son of Jacob, a friend of the family.  We let Trevor kick a Home Run every time he was up to bat.  You would be hard pressed to find a happier kid Sunday afternoon.

So this birthday party was bitter sweet for me.  It was the last one where I could laugh at the guest of honor because next year it will be me.  It seems only like yesterday when my sister, Deb, turned 40.  I remember walking in the door and laughing.  Her response was, "Just wait Mr. your time is going to come."  And it will be too soon.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Living with Justus

Here are a couple things I have noticed since Justus has moved in. I learned that he believes in ferries. Apparently there is a garbage ferry who takes out the trash and a dishwasher ferry who unloads the dishwasher.
Last weekend Justus invited some friends over for a cook out. Justus was manning the grill.
One of his friends asked me, "Do you guys take care of the yard? It looks really nice." I laughed and answered, "No, we don't take care of the yard. I do."
Justus put on a pretty good spread that day. However he has this thing with dish towels. This is a picture of the sink after he cleaned up. Count them, he had to use 6 dish towels to make the meal. I don't get it.
Here this isn't surprising. You probably can't read the expiration date on his gallon of milk. It is 3-13-12.
He also has a full unopened gallon in the basement fridge with an expiration date of 4-17-12. Today is the 18th. Then again, maybe Nate is coming over. And I know Nate can put down a gallon of milk in 20 minutes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Freeman Party Update

Here is a quick update on the Freeman Party. I posted an announcement last month, and I have sent out invites via Facebook. I get out the Evite today and I think there are a couple snail mails that I have to send out as well. But it is official, the date will be June 2nd starting at 2:00 p.m.
And here is some great news, I just ordered the pig for the party. That gets me really excited. My family had a pig roast for each of our high school graduations. Which means my family is way over due for a pig. I was hoping to get a picture with the pig while it was alive but I was told that that would not be possible.

Monday, April 09, 2012


It was a good easter weekend for me. Friday I had a half day of work and then I went to Brewers Opening Day with my college roommate, Mark. I took my camera to the game but didn't take any pictures. Saturday was rather low key. But Saturday night I did head over to Nate's for some quality ping pong. Easter Sunday I was at my brother's for bunch and then dinner at my sister's house. Most of the kids were there and we were outside most of the day playing 500, kickball, football and bongo ball. Here are some pictures.
I added a little twist to 500, 2 balls.
Princess.Crusher and E.Hollywood playing kickball.Crusher.BonesawHere is the shot that Fuss kicked and took me right out. As I told the doctor in the emergency room,"The last thing I saw was this yellow orb coming right at me." Just kidding. It takes way more than a kickball to take me out. Although it did hit me right in the chest before I could react.E.And I added a little twist. The losers lined up against the shed and the winners got to take shots at them.And then there was some football.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Is It, Or Isn't It?

Here is the newest from Justus. He keeps calling his Honda CRV, a truck. This is what a CRV looks like.
What do you think?
Is this a truck?
Of course, don't you see the bed?
Not even close.
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Friday, April 06, 2012


I wanted to give a quick run down of the final standings of my NCAA pool. First congratulations to my brother, Chucker, for winning. For those that lost, don't feel to bad. I paid Chucker Tuesday night at a local watering hole and we blew half of his winnings on beer and wings.
Here are the standings:
1. Chucker - 114 points
2. Dan - 102
3. Bubs - 100
3. Heather - 100
5. Kelly - 95
6. Justus - 94
7. Rickie - 89 (Not bad for picking Missouri to win it all)
8. Tim - 84
8. Doug - 84
10. Glenn - 83
10. Tom Brady - 83
10. Lid - 83
13. Stacy - 82
14. Roman - 78
15. Boomer - 74
16. TJ - 73
17. Tree - 72
18. Borky - 65
19. Deb - 56
20. Mrs. Bortke - 44

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

As Requested

A loyal blog reader requested that I divulge the best way to get down to Miller Park, especially with the construction. This advice would be for those that would be coming to the ball park from the west. As you may know there is construction from 70th street down to I believe 25th street. Your best option would be to take US 45 north at the zoo interchange. Then take the first exit and head east on Bluemound. Obviously you will not be the only person with this game plan. That is why I would head north to Wisconsin Ave at the earliest opportunity. Then take Wisconsin east until it merges with Bluemound just before the Valley Bridge. Take Bluemound east for a couple blocks until you get to Story Parkway and then on to Yount Drive. From there you can decide if you want to park in the Molitor lot (or the Bluemound lot as I call it) or you can continue down and under I - 94 and park in one of the preferred parking lots. If you like to tailgate even after the game starts, the Bluemound lot is the place to be, it takes security longer to get over there to kick everyone out of the parking lot and into the game.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Come See What's Brewing

I looked and I don't think I had this contest last year. Winner will receive one Oakland Gyro. And to be the winner you have to make your prediction for the Brewers' final regular season record. I am going with 86 - 76. Other predictions for the year. Ryan Braun has a 40 (home runs) - 40 (steals) season, only the third one ever. Greinke and Gallardo both win 20 games. And why not, the Brewers win the World Series.
And speaking of what is Brewing, I am headed back to opening day for the first time in close to 10 years. Should be interesting.