Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Fish Tales

Critters, Fish'n, Friends

My earliest memory of fishing was getting up in the dark with my dad and picking-up grandpa and driving all the way to Port Washington to sit along the break wall with cane poles to catch perch.  Sometimes the fishing was good.  Sometimes not so good.  Whether or not it was good or not so good a stop was made at Smith Brothers for smoked chubs for grandma. 

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The Trouble with Mice, Tourists and Pirates

Fish'n, Friends, Life Is Good, Tosa Tall Tale

It was recently that a coterie of deer camp, pheasant hunting and fishing buddies reconvened for some quality male-bonding time in the north woods.

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Friday Morning Fish

Fish'n, Humor, Silly People

Gone fishing...

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Gas Pains Talks to the Candidates for Governor

Conservation, Fish'n, Hunt'n, Politics-Other

Some time ago I vented a bit over the failure of the State Legislature to override Governor Doyle’s veto of a measure to return the appointment power of the DNR Secretary to the Natural Resources Board.

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Hunt Fish Vote

Critters, Fish'n, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Politics-Other

That headline is from a bumper sticker I have.

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Taking the Good With the Pads

Fish'n, Outdoors, Friends

Pardon me while I make a brief commercial announcement -

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On The Road Again - Island Life

Fish'n, Family, Life Is Good

As our stay on Grand Isle drew to a close one of the fellas on the block said - Tom, you're a helluva fisherman. You fit right in with us folks.  You even speak some French.  You should buy a place down here. 

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On The Road Again - Doing The Blue Crab Shuffle

Fish'n, Family, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking

If you clean a mess of fish there is a really good way to recycle all of the heads, guts and stuff that's left after you have retrieved your valuable and tasty fillets.

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On The Road Again - Fishing!

Fish'n, Family, Outdoors

I like fishing.

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Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Fish'n, Terrific Cooking

Do you like Fish'n?

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The Garden Chronicles - Sweet Corn!

Fish'n, Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

A bit late but worth the wait. 

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It's a Man's Life

Fish'n, Friends, Outdoors

There is an old saying about a bad day of fishing being better than a good day at work.  I'm not so sure about that since I happen to love both.

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Conservationists Descend on MadTown

Conservation, Fish'n, Forestry, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Personal, Politics-Other, Public Policy, Representative Cullen, Senator Sullivan, Terrific Cooking

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters held their annual Conservation Lobby Day in Madison on Wednesday.

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A New Kind of Fishing Pole

Fish'n, Odds and Ends, Outdoors, Rubbish

That's it. 

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