Monday, February 29, 2016

"Man arrested for 2nd OWI allegedly almost 4 times the legal limit"

From RacineUncovered:

Filed under: Uncategorized |

Michael Barton-RCJ
Michael Barton, 35 of Wautoma, has been charged with OWI (2nd), Disorderly Conduct, two counts of Resisting or Obstructing an Officer. He was given a $500 cash bond along with a $2,000 cash bond.

"According to the criminal complaint on February 29th, Deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department were patrolling the area of 4 Mile and Douglas Ave, when they observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. The Deputy using his radar documented the vehicle doing 52 mph in a 35 mph zone.

"Deputies were able to stop the vehicle and make contact with the defendant, when the defendant stepped out the his vehicle, the Deputy could smell a strong odor of intoxicants. When asked how much the defendant had to drink he replied he had 'one beer', he was asked to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, the complaint states.

"According to the complaint while doing the test, the deputy observed several signs of impairment. The defendant performed a Preliminary Breath Test, the result was a .308. The defendant was then arrested and transported to Wheaton Franciscan for a legal blood draw, when the defendant became disruptive and a signed warrant was served on the defendant and he began to resist more. The blood draw was completed by hospital personnel and turned over to authorities.

"While being transported to the Racine County Jail, the defendant allegedly began yelling profanities and threats to the Deputy and began banging his head onto the plastic headrest, he was turned over to Racine County Jail staff without incident, the complaint reads."

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I hope he got the "special" ride in transport.

I blew a .24 during my first, only, and last, OWI.  In AA, you can hear people who claim to have blown over .4.  I believe that much is death for most people, but maybe an alcoholic could work up to it.     

Sunday, February 28, 2016

"2 fall through thin ice on Eagle Lake"

From The Journal

2 hours ago  • 

"DOVER — For the third time in a month, people have broken through thin ice on Eagle Lake."

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We should start a pool on the latest date that a person and/or vehicle breaks through the ice on a Racine County lake this winter/spring.  The person who comes closest to the actual date without going over it wins.

"George Carlin - Religion is bullshit [HQ DVD-Rip][Subs"

By popular demand:

"On Site with Lueb Popoff"

Very pretty!

"Racine County Supervisor Monte Osterman Still Owes The City of Racine $1,951.11"

From News the JT Can't Use:

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JM - 21


            Thursday morning 8 a.m. February wet and icy but warmer than it should be, gray squirrels climbing the hawthorn tree outside my window and the birds cheeping and chirping while my cat watches attentively.  No Mass this morning they’re having some sort of communion service or something I’m not sure and less sure of what I want to do.  More than a little depressed and worried and anxious.  Today this morning I’m haunted by remorse of the recent, guilt over the time I’ve spent sober but not particularly productively the time I’ve spent in denial of my true nature, beyond the denial of alcoholism, beyond the denial of what I am on to the denial of who I am.  I know now that I am a child and I know that I am to write, but I carry so much guilt and dark matter, so much sorrow for what I have done, yes, and today especially for what I have failed to do.  Crimes of omission.  I am sure there is no way to amend this situation but to do what I am doing now, to write, no way out other than straight ahead, dead ahead, full steam ahead, but the guilt clings to me like a piece of wet newspaper stuck to my shoe, and the anticipation of the future, the fear of what my omission has or will cause in the future, damn near paralyzes me.  Eight years on Social Security, and only now do I realize how precious the time has been, only now do I realize that I might well have wasted so much of it.  Spent so much time and effort trying to prove something, I don’t know what, trying to prove I deserved to work myself to death in hard physical labor rather than take this gift from God and honor the act of creation with it.  And now, now, of course, now I fear and fear that I’ve shamed myself once more, once more the gift will be taken away, broken, savaged, destroyed – that is after all what I deserve – and now brought to the mountaintop, brought to the understanding of what my intended destiny is or was, it will be denied, it will be withheld, it will remain out of reach as I toil and scrape at meaningless tasks designed to humiliate and subjugate me, designed to break my spirit and blacken my soul, rot my being with endless concerns over money and material and fear of hunger and abandonment and the rags of nothingness, the blight of mediocrity. 
            I pray and pray and pray.  I await a medical exam from Social Security that I am convinced will unhinge every positive aspect of my life.  I fear and half expect a prison term.  Kafka comes to mind often. 
            I pray and pray and there are moments, days, of spiritual succor, belief that no matter what, somehow, some way, it will be all right.  His will is not to damn but to ennoble, to uplift, to love. 
            And then I fear that I just have not prayed enough, that there is not enough for me, that, well, I guess I do not so much fear that there is no God, but rather I fear that there is a God.  What a terrible thing to feel, to admit, to endure, to await and wonder wild-eyed in the wilderness, in the desert of the self
Sometimes I find writing redemptive, though, sometimes I hope this will save me, that this small act of creation will honor the Lord enough to buy me more time, to allow me to make up for the past, to forestall the inevitable long enough to allow me to grow a little, unfold a little, perhaps even flourish a little, perhaps, perhaps even to prove myself worthy of love.    

"Making Charcoal"

This is a job I may be able to do part time. Orbs Premium Charcoal Briquettes. Handmade to perfection. I can take out all my aggression on busting those sticks/small logs into smaller pieces..  With a rock.   Burn, Baby, Burn!

You see that guy walk around the forest barefoot - Jesus, I always wore my boots in the landscape.  I"m surprised he didn't say, "Ooga! Booga!" and pound his chest.  I would.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

JM - 20

3/15/98 10:12 PM
it sounded very loud the phone it rang not one of those weaselly dribbling beeps but a clang like Alexander Graham Bell clambering out of the grave it was my sponsor John asking about my buddy Bill who had a heart attack last night this morning or so and is in the hospital awaiting surgery tomorrow John talked about his heart attack five years ago  and I said uh-huh over and over uh-huh but I was really thinking about this afternoon when I visited Bill and a few other people were there and we said the usual polite things and Bill’s brother Rick was cracking wise trying to lighten the mood while his sister Pat was all serious the mother figure the adult the calm eye in the storm Bill had just found out how serious his condition was and sometimes we made eye contact and I wanted to say all sorts of things to him but couldn’t ‘cause mom-Pat probably would disapprove and I wasn’t sure what was appropriate I figured family had priority so I didn’t say much and when it came time to leave I shook Bill’s hand he had to reach across the bed and the tubes and IVs and shit were dragging all entangled along his arm I was careful not to squeeze too hard didn’t want to break anything what I really wanted to do was hug him but I was afraid that would really break something important what I really wanted to do was say I love you but I didn’t out of fear and embarrassment in front of his family so I left the damn hospital thinking what if he dies what if he doesn’t make it and I didn’t say I love you because of some stupid inhibition I’d feel like shit boy that’d be awful after five years sober together the first three or so going to the same meetings over and over and talking and talking and trying to work our programs and growing and encountering all sorts of problems and trials and errors and good times and bad times but most important real times real sober and relatively sane and unsure and okay with that because we trusted God and we trusted AA and each other until it finally kicked in and we had some time under our belts and life bloomed a little and Bill got a house and a boat and fished and fucked and I went back to school and got to drive again and started working again one way or another so that we both were getting comfortable with sobriety and spirituality so how could I be ashamed to say I love you to him as I left the hospital I damn near cried not for him but for being so chickenshit I promised myself that would never happen again I’d not let another occasion like this lapse I haven’t come this far so close to someone else to not say what’s important John was still talking and then he was through and I promised to let him know when I knew anything more about Bill and after we hung up I realized I hadn’t said I love you

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Retired Racine judge calls out Walker on Lincoln Hills incident"

From The Journal

"MOUNT PLEASANT — Retired Racine County Circuit Court Judge Richard Kreul was caught off guard when he heard a 2012 letter he sent to Gov. Scott Walker about a sexual assault at Lincoln Hills had surfaced.

"That surprise turned to outrage after learning the governor never saw the letter and that years passed until investigations into problems at the Irma youth prison began.

"'I guess the expression would be, "They swept it under the rug," Kreul said this week in a phone interview from his home in Texas, where he moved after retirement.

"The revelation of the letter and memo about the sexual assault involving a Racine County youth added more fuel to the firestorm over Lincoln Hills, which was part of a discussion Thursday during a Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) legislative breakfast at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St.

"State lawmakers representing Racine County sparred on Lincoln Hills while pointing to the county as a potential model for statewide juvenile corrections reform"

Hang the bastards!

"I Bet You Can't Jump The Barn"

Press Release

                                                                                         Contact: Ken Otwaska 262/6643680
                                                                                                           Gary Feest 262/9302667
                                                                                                          Jon Hansen 262/4988954

                                           MT. PLEASANT EMERGENCY RESPONSE
                               Are All Resources Available Being Considered By Fire Chief?

MT. PLEASANT, WI February 25, 2016  In a recent presentation before the Mt. PleasantVillage Board of Trustees, South Shore Fire Chief Robert Stedman discussed the issue of emergency response times. This presentation was offered in light of a contract negotiated in December for additional service in Elmwood Park and public criticism over increased emergency response times in certain areas of Mt. Pleasant.

“We do the best job we can,” Chief Stedman said. “We use the resources we have.”

Stedman did not take questions that evening. We would have liked to ask him if South Shore Fire Department is using all the resources that are currently available beyond just the ones we have?

Mt. Pleasant resident and former Village Technology Committee member, Rees Roberts wrote an OpEd this week detailing a meeting he had with Chief Stedman during the summer of 2015. In the meeting Mr. Roberts says he discussed at length the PulsePoint smartphone app which alerts certified citizens of a person within close range who is in need of emergency CPR.

At the time of the meeting, the Madison Fire Department had just implemented PulsePoint with great success. Last week, Mr. Roberts writes, the Greenfield Fire Department announced it is introducing the program to Milwaukee county and the city of Milwaukee is seriously considering PulsePoint as well. .

PulsePoint is low cost and requires no extra steps for dispatchers. The software runs in the background of the emergency dispatch computer system. PulsePoint first responders are volunteers, trained and certified in CPR. Their training and close proximity to an emergency cardiac arrest incident has been used over 100 times in Wisconsin.

Unfortunately, Mr. Roberts reports his idea and conversation with Chief Stedman resulted in no action or further discussion. We believe this was a missed opportunity in which Mt. Pleasant could have led the state with an innovative idea to save lives.

In Chief Stedman’s presentation, he remarked that large portions of Mt. Pleasant particularly in the southeast and northeast areas are outside the American Heart Association recommended 4 minute lifesaving response zone. The Elmwood Park Fire/EMS contract adds roughly 200 more' households to our area of coverage.

The risk of fatality from cardiac arrest increases 10% for every 60 seconds that CPR is not administered. Just a few minutes longer can mean the difference between life and death.

As candidates for Mt. Pleasant Village Trustees, we believe “the best we can” is only good enough when you have exhausted every idea and resource available. Programs like PulsePoint are worth pursuing and discussing if we are going to be serious about lowering emergency response times and providing better service to the people of Mt. Pleasant.

As Village Trustees, each of us is committed to listening, respecting and engaging with the ideas and questions of residents in our community. Public safety is and always will be a top priority and no idea is too small if it means we function more effectively as a village. We believe Mr. Robert’s idea is a valid one and we would seek to join Madison, Milwaukee County and the city of Milwaukee in pursuing PulsePoint as a possibility for Mt. Pleasant.


Ken Otwaska
Candidate for Mt. Pleasant Trustee/Seat #2

Gary Feest
ReElection Candidate for Mt. Pleasant Trustee/Seat #4

Jon Hansen
Candidate for Mt. Pleasant Trustee/Seat #6

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Real Fairy Tales

"RCCC has received numerous comments about it's content."

From Racine County Court Corruption:

"We really wish you would use the comment section of this blog instead of hiding behind emails.

"Many thought that the DSAT shot on Brian Whathisname was offensive. Too bad, It was a joke! what was offensive was the incompetent, malicious, selective prosecution of bullshit zoning ordininaces because a nosey neighbor didn't like bees."

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Otwaska - Feest - Hansen for Mt. Pleasant

Saturday, February 20, 2016


Racine County Youth in Governance representatives will host a public input session to collect concepts and ideas that will be incorporated into designs for a new Racine County flag. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, in the Auditorium at the Ives Grove Office Complex, 14200 Washington Ave.
The public is encouraged to attend and share design ideas and symbolism with the committee. The final flag design will likely be offered to the Racine County Board of Supervisors via resolution for possible adoption in April.
For more information, contact Racine County UW-Extension at 262-767-2929, or committee Chairman Monte Osterman at 262-308-2766

Poll - "Journal Times editorial: Are the Mitchell Park Domes a necessity?"

From The Journal

"February 17, 2016 8:00 pm  • 

"In our households, if we’re being smart with our money, we first pay for absolute necessities and take care of standing commitments before we spend on things which can wait, or indulge on non-essentials.

"Milwaukee County is faced with asking itself whether the Mitchell Park Domes are essential."

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

JM - 19

I don't want to wrestle.

When I was 12 or so, my mother worked at the old Eisendrath Tannery.  There, she met a woman named Peggy and they became friends.

Peggy was in her middle 20's, part Native American, and attractive.  She was married to a guy more than 20 years her senior named Harley.  Harley was a toothless, shriveled up man.  Why these May-December marriages occur, I do not know.  Peggy also had a younger brother, Tom, who had just turned 21, legal age for alcohol.

My parents began to "hang" with Peggy and her husband.  Often, they would come to our house first and then all go to a bar later. Sometimes, Tom would accompany them.  I loathed it when that happened.

No matter if I was doing homework, or watching TV, or working on a model, or whatever, Tom would say that I wanted to wrestle.  Then he would proceed to "wrestle" me to the floor and pin me and hold me there, and hold me, and hold me, and hold me.  He was 21, I was 12, it wasn't much of a contest.

I hated it when he pinned me and would start saying things like, "So, you wanted to wrestle, eh?  You're not so tough now, are you?"  I remember one time seeing Peggy, Harley, and Tom approach the house,  I grabbed my jacket and ran out the back door.  I don't remember what I did, but I probably hung out at a friend's house for a couple of hours.  When I returned home, it was dark  They were at the bar.  Good.

One weekend night, I was dosing off to sleep.  The living room lights were on and the door was unlocked.  This was standard practice for weekend nights because my parents would return home drunk.  It was easier if they didn't have to fiddle with keys.  As I was dosing, I heard the living room door open and close.  That was odd, because when my parents came home, I always heard the car, a huge, '58 DeSoto Adventurer with a semi-hemi and dual quads.  (Gas was cheap.)  The head of my bed was just a few feet from the garage.  Usually dad dropped off mom at the sidewalk and then drove the car in.  I would hear the car as the front door opened.

But not this time.  I just heard the door, no car.  Suddenly, there was a silhouette in the doorway of my bedroom.  It was Tom, Peggy's brother.  I don't remember what he said, but he laid down next to me in the bed. The bed was a twin and I scrunched up against the wall to avoid contact with Tom.  Tom just scrunched up against me even more.

He smelled of beer and cigarette smoke.  I figured he had been at the bar with my parents and Peggy and Harley.  He must've realized I was home alone and this time we were really going to "wrestle."  I kept telling him that my parents were due home any moment (a lie).  Miraculously, I did suddenly hear my parent's car pull into the garage.  I don't think Tom heard it or believed me when I said they were home.  I jumped out of the bed, put on my robe and went into the kitchen and turned on the light there.  The back door was there.  I kept telling Tom he should leave because my parents were home.  He didn't believe me.  We were near the back door and I had opened it.  Suddenly, Tom dropped to his knees and opened up my robe at the same moment as our front door opened.

I looked down and Tom was gone.  My mother asked me what I was doing by the opened back door in the middle of the night.  I told her what had happened and she told me it was just a dream and I should go back to bed.  I kept protesting that it was real.  By that time, dad was in the house and my mother told him in Latvian what had happened.  He looked at me and said, "Go to bed."  I realized the futility of any more protests.  I just did what they said and went to bed.  The next morning at the breakfast table, there was no mention of the previous night.  I wanted to say or ask something badly, but my fear of my father kept me silent.  That was the end of it.

Many decades later, after my father had passed away, I asked my mom one day if she remembered the event.  She did.  I told her what had happened was the truth and not a "dream."  She said, "I know."  "Then why did you tell me it was a dream?" I asked.  She said, "Because that's what you did back then."

What I didn't know is that my father sought out Tom, but couldn't find him, so he spoke to Peggy and Harley about the incident and told them that he would beat the shit out of Tom if her ever saw him near me or our house again.  I guess that ruptured the relationship because I never saw Peggy, Harley, or Tom again.

"50 Caliber ring of fire"

From Knuckledraggin My Life Away:

"News The JT Can't Use - Too Hot To Handle"

From News the JT Can't Use:

"Representative Cory Mason Votes To Maintain Mayor John Dickert’s Sanctuary City Status For Illegal Aliens"

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My email: "FYI ROCKFORD"

Why is Racine taking advice from one of the most notoriously corrupt cities in the Midwest? 
Is Transform Rockford connected to local officials that are subjects of an FBI investigation into corruption?
Rockford also has allegations of illegally shutting down African-American bars: 
Rockford also has fraud in their city government: 
Rockford also has more claims of corruption connected with their police department: 
Rockford also has Facebook pages and blogs dedicated to pointing out corruption: 
Look who wants to play.
Find their connections.
We have more infiltration from the local newspaper which would be fantastic for the administration, wouldn't it? Nothing but great deeds of the board would be presented which would be biased for the community. We have spouses with connections- marketing that has been contracted to the district previously. We have legal minds and some connections to religion, too. So many dots to connect. At this point, there's only one we would support out of the lot.
Rockford area voters went so far as to get an Anti-Corruption Advisory Referendum on the ballot, passing with 85% approval. 

And this one also: 
The FBI probe into Rockford and Winnebago County is happening RIGHT NOW as Racine looks to Rockford as a model to transform under the guise of Visioning a Greater Racine. The claims of widespread big rigging, kickbacks, fraud, misconduct and other allegations have spurred the need for a hotline to report additional instances, as there are concerns about massive cover ups. 
"A toll-free hotline will be rolled out, as soon as this week, allowing county employees and the public to anonymously report instances of fraud, ethics violations or misappropriation of funds. The board lowered the threshold — from $30,000 to $12,000 — for spending by county department heads without the board's approval, and purchasing card spending limits were lowered for employees who are authorized to use them."

New Online Home for the Racine County Republican Party

"Lincoln Hills failed to give Racine County details of youth's abuse for weeks"

From The Journal

4 hours ago  • 

"RACINE COUNTY — County officials were not given the details of a Racine County youth’s 2012 beating and sexual abuse at a detention center in northern Wisconsin until nearly three weeks after the incident occurred, county officials stated Monday.

"According to an email sent to The Journal Times, county Human Services Department staff were informed on Jan. 17, 2012, by staff at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys in Irma that the youth had 'been transferred for disruptive behavior' but were given no other details.

"Beginning on that same date, department staff began making repeated requests for additional information, the email states.

"It was not until Feb. 1, 2012 — more than two weeks after the Jan. 13 assault — that department staff were told what had happened.

"'The Racine County Human Services Department acted promptly in attempting to notify the subject youth’s mother of the assault,' according to the email. 'The exact date/time of notification is unknown.'"
“Almost 50 years in the legal system and I’ve seen and heard a lot, so (I’m) not naive as to what ‘prison’ is all about. But the indifference in this sordid tale is absolutely inexcusable.” 
— Retired Racine County Circuit Court Judge Richard Kreul in February 2012 letter to Gov. Scott Walker
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Sex offenders should have their nuts nailed to the wall inside of a small shack, be given a rusty knife, and then set the shack aflame.  But that's just my opinion.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Do Not Feed Hallucinogens To The Alligators"

I wonder what the story behind this sign is?  Who would feed hallucinogens to alligators, and why?  Pretty soon the alligators will be crack addicts.  Who did it so often that a sign was required?  Finally, how do alligators act when they're tripping?  So many questions, so few answers.   

How about BB Guns and Roses?

Reverend Edward Everett Hale

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"Calling All Artists!"

From Racine County Eye:

By Joanna Margosian in Arts, Business · February 9, 2016

This year will be Downtown Racine Corporation’s 15th year of Community Art! For each of the past fourteen years, DRC has announced a new community art project. But this year, because of the huge success of last year’s community art project, and because we can definitely use more banners in Downtown Racine, and more importantly because there is much more to show about Racine, we are continuing the Celebrate Racine Campaign.

Once again we are looking for depictions of art representing Racine County. Special consideration will be given to those works that show historic innovation, a recognition of events and people that helped make our community the great place it is today. We are thinking about people, products and places as they were in days gone by.

Why Community Art?
Community art creates attachment to one’s community! Cities gain value through community art – cultural, social and economic value. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Community art provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.
And, it’s free. There are no tickets. People don’t have to dress up. It can be viewed alone or in groups. Community art is open to everyone, and again this year will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

The Project – Celebrate Racine
This year’s community art project is a civic beautification initiative that strives to engage community members, showcase the beauty of the region, and highlight local and regional artists. Up to 50 original works will be selected. Those selected works will be enlarged and reproduced on light pole banners. The banners will be installed on the light poles throughout downtown from June to October, 2016. The banner collection from 2015 will be re-exhibited throughout downtown as well. Your friends, family and all of the visitors to downtown will be able to admire your work for the entire summer.

The original selected submissions will also be featured in a gallery exhibition during the summer. Sponsors and guests of the Preview Party in June will be given the opportunity to purchase the selected original artworks. The original works not sold at the Preview Party will be sold during an exhibition in July. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Downtown Racine Corporation’s ability to deliver quality services, energetic community events and enhance the community’s vitality and economic growth.

Call for Artists
Using the theme Celebrate Racine, artists are invited to submit two dimensional entries from the following visual art categories:

Appropriate content:
Landmarks, Architecture, History, Traditions, Innovations, Attractions, Landscapes, People and Events

All works submitted must be original (no reproductions), not done under supervision, not made from kits or patterns.
All submissions must have a finished size of 15” wide x 30” deep in a portrait orientation. All submissions must be suitable for framing and permanent display. If the appropriate
medium is canvas, the canvas must be stretched and fastened to a wooden frame. If the appropriate medium is paper, the paper should be a high quality,
non-acid, cotton based paper. Submissions on paper must also be mounted on archival (acid-free) mounting board. Entries in the Digital Art category must be submitted on canvas.

The Schedule
Call for Artists – February 5, 2016
Deadline for Receiving Entries – April 4, 2016
Jury Results Emailed & Announced – April 18, 2016
Artist and Sponsor Preview Party – June 4, 2016 (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens – June 7, 2016
Exhibit Closes – September 30, 2016

Download Official Rules and Application:   2016_Community_Art_Project

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How I Spend My Days

"Gateway Technical College Debt Watch"

"Gateway’s General Obligation Debt Now At $65M" 

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Gunfire, hi-speed chase, car burst into flames as it crashes on Main Street into store front!"

From Racine Community Media


"It happened at 2:30am bar close time at 5th and Main Street in downtown Racine! Guns, Drugs and crime are at an all time high in The City Of Racine, please be vigilant and stay safe Racine."

Friday, February 5, 2016

For Sale, From My Personal Collection

"Baghdad On The Lake
(Shock and Awe)"
Watercolor by John Nowicki
31" X 23"
Framed and Glassed

John Nowicki is an award-winning watercolorist who has two pieces in the currently running Watercolor Wisconsin at Wustuum Museum.  His work also often adorns the walls of Salute Italian Restaurant in downtown Racine.  He has sold work to both the diners and the Salute family.

I had a hell of a time getting a decent picture of the painting because of reflections off the glass.  The above pic is about as good as it's going to get.  If you're interested, stop on by.

Charlie likes the painting, too.

Close up:


Thursday, February 4, 2016

My Psychiatrist Is Retiring

She said my case had pushed her to the brink and it was either quit, or commit suicide.  "Chicken," I said.

Ha, no.  She is retiring, but as she put it "because she'd been promoted to grandmother."  She sent all of her clients a letter last month and gave us six months notice.  She was so generous with the notice time because she acknowledges the psychiatric shortage in our area.  I saw her yesterday, Feb. 3, probably for the last time, although a May appointment was scheduled for me, she wants me seeing a different mental health care provider by then. 

When I told her I hadn't made an appointment with anybody yet, she pulled out a printout and circled some doctors' names, and crossed out others.  The third psychiatrist she recommended for me was "telepsychiatry."  I never heard of it before.

It looks a little odd, but I think I could get used to it. Being the provider, I mean.

It'd be cool to have, like, Alfred Hitchcock for a telepsychiatrist.

I'm willing to try it to see if it helps.  I'd better see the same shrink every time, or fuck that shit.  That would seem like customer service more than healthcare provision.

Soon, we'll be talking to robots instead of humans.  Maybe we already are.