I'm looking forward to the weekend, like most I'm sure. But what makes this weekend special is that its a camping weekend and what makes this camping weekend even more special is that its... kid free! If you're like me and you're at home everyday tending to children, a kid free weekend is a time for crazy celebration. That means beer, bonfires, cheddarwursts, tubing, and whatever else happens to come our way. I'm just praying that everyone keeps their clothes on this year, but you never know with a group of recently graduated college students. Public nudity isn't always a bad thing, especially if you're Mila Jovovich, but none of us were blessed with her ridiculously good looks.
Besides watching Mila Jovovich strip down one of my other favorite things to do is camping. I have not done much of it since I moved to Wisconsin, but back home in Tennessee I spent a lot of my time outdoors. As a lover of nature and the outdoors, it is definitely a difficult transition moving from Tennessee to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I am constantly missing the mountains, its rivers and waterfalls. The Smoky Mountains have some insanely, beautiful hiking trails! If your ever looking for somewhere to vacation its definitely a nice place to go.
Anyways, I hope everyone has a nice weekend! Maybe I will get a few good shots that I can post to our photo website. Don't worry I'll keep it PG
Well its no longer winter in Wisconsin, so that means road construction season is in full force. Our road is currently reduced to gravel with a maze of sewer parts and huge mounds of dirt and more gravel. Normally I wouldn't really care but a few things about this project really piss me off. I can deal with the inconvenience of parking on a different road and walking a little ways, that's no biggie. What pisses me off is if you drive around our neighborhood, well all of Oshkosh really, there are dozens of roads that are nothing but potholes. There's no more than a square foot of concrete in-tact for blocks on these roads. They've obviously been ignored for decades. They don't get plowed or swept, they're an eyesore. Honestly, I wish I was exaggerating. Despite all these other roads in dire condition, they chose to re-do our road and sewer, which was in decent condition until they ripped it up last week. There were one or two potholes per block and I really had no complaints.
The worst part about this, is that home owners are stuck with the bill. Excuse me, but what the hell are property taxes for if they're not paying for road construction? I haven't even looked too closely at the bill yet, because frankly, I can't pay it with all the medical bills I'm trying to cover. It's in the ballpark of $2000 though. Oh, and if we don't pay up front, they charge 8% interest. So we're paying quite a bit for work we didn't ask for or need, and being charged a ridiculous interest rate to boot. THANKS.
Amidst a global economic crisis, the unemployment rate is at an all time high since the great depression. So explain to me why there are construction workers picketing on my sidewalk. That baffles me. They're complaining about having to work weekends (which pisses me off too), working long ~12 hour days, and being under-staffed for the work. Why our city is choosing to over-work construction workers instead of hiring more is beyond me. All I know is that all of this nonsense means our road is probably going to be ripped up for longer than it should be. Not cool.
Ok, I'll try not to make a habit of ranting but I just had to get that out. Hope you all have a fun construction season!