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Classic Bike Shop

just because, photo hunt

The location of the photo is the Classic Bike Shop, which is located at N90 W16519 Roosevelt Dr. Did you know where it was? The correct guess was Rollie's Bike Shop, which I believe is the same place.

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The Other Landmark Credit Union

finance

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we recently switched from a bank to Landmark Credit Union. While we were at Landmark opening the accounts, we were set up with online banking. Login names and passwords were created, as well as I had to choose and then answer three security questions. The questions were the usual kind. For example: What street did you grow up on? What is your father's middle name? What was your kindergarten teacher's name? etc.... The point is that I had to answer all of these questions, and then the banker took a screen capture of my answers and printed it for me. Yesterday I set out to login to Landmark's website for the very first time. I did not write down my password, but I figured that I could remember it just fine. They emailed me my login name, so I had that. This was going to be a piece of cake.

However, I couldn't recall the website address was for Landmark, so I typed in what I thought it was: www.landmark-cu.com. The welcome screen to Landmark Credit Union appeared on my screen, I found the login area and typed in my login and password. Instead of being directed to my account, I got the screen that said that my password was wrong.

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What is happening here?

Presidential Politics

 Pledge?

 

Is The Customer Always Right?

movies

At 10 a.m. this morning I stood in line at the Brookfield Majestic to purchase tickets to the 2:40 p.m. showing of Bee Movie for my family. It's on the UltraScreen and I wanted to sit in the VIP Reserved Seating, which costs a little bit more, but is very nice. I had tried to purchase my tickets on line however their website stated:

"The UltraScreens® feature VIP reserved seating and general seating.
When you buy a VIP reserved seat the best available seats will be automatically selected. In case of sell-outs, the VIP reserved seats automatically selected may not be next to each other. If you purchase your tickets online, neither reserved nor general admission seats can be guaranteed to be together for sell out showings."
 

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Update to - What is happening here?

Presidential Politics

 And the answer is at:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/anthem.asp

Photo Hunt: Angles

photo hunt

Here is the next photo hunt! Do you know the location where this photo was taken? Here are your clues: Once again it's somewhere in Menomonee Falls, a place that you should really check out. 

To play either leave a comment with your guess (note: I'll hold all correct comments in moderation as to not spoil the fun), send me an email to winelush@gmail.com, or just play along at home. I'll reveal the location on Wednesday. 

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A Bit of History - Interesting People

History and more...

 Part 1      S. P. Schlafer   

My great-great-grandfather Simon Peter Schlafer was born of  immigrated Bavarian parents in 1850.  His father worked on the Erie Canal after arriving in this country. Later his dad, Jacob, bought a 160 acre farm in Germantown and with additional purchases the estate grew to 240 acres.  If that wasn't enough to use up the daylight hours, Jacob was also involved in a sawmill operation with several local partners.

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S. P. Schlafer - Part 2

History and more...

 After marriage, Simon P. Schlafer and his bride moved from Germantown to Menomonee Falls, but they returned a year later to his father's farm and operated it for four more years.  Apparently farming was not uppermost on his mind, and he then purchased the Menomonee Falls Mill with one M. F. Lepper.  For the next nine years they operated the mill and upgraded it with a roller process.

In 1890, Simon sold his interest in the mill and in 1891 he and his brother J. L Schlafer and J. G. Huebner built a competing mill across the river.  The Enterprise Roller Mills, constructed from local lime stone,  had a full roller process and  newer technology than the Lepper mill.

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Photo Hunt: Menomonee Falls Library

photo hunt

The location of the Photo Hunt is the Menomonee Falls Library, which I'll admit, might have been too easy. Did you get it right? Karen got it right with minutes of the picture posting. Karen, I'm going to have to work harder to stump you now.

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Movie Reviews and Wine Tastings

movies, wine

I've spent some time in front of the movie screen lately, here's a recap of what I've been watching:

The Game Plan, starring Dwane "The Rock" Johnson, and a super cute little girl named Madison Pettis. This is a Disney movie, which I didn't realize until we decided to see it. I absolutely loved this movie! It's great for all ages, my 6 year old daughter enjoyed it, as did my husband. The Rock plays a bachelor football player who doesn't know he has a daughter until she shows up on his doorstep. Kyra Sedgwick is fantastic as his agent.

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Hooray for the writers strike

Random thoughts

 Now I can catch up with the piles and piles of DVDs and tapes that have been faithfully recorded which are waiting for someone (me) to view them.

All hail TIVO!

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My Own Identity

finance, just because

The last 24 hours has been rather hectic. It all started last night as I was making my deposit at my Landmark Credit Union, which as you might recall, I just switched to a few weeks ago. Everything was okay in my life before I pulled into the drive thru lane at Landmark, but it quickly changed as events unfolded and I found out that my accounts were siezed, my debit cards were disabled, and every single check that came into my account would need to be verfied with the issuing bank. And it would be this way for SIX MONTHS!

Folks, I'm one of those people who ALWAYS pays EVERY SINGLE bill on time. My credit history is cleaner than clean. They couldn't give me an answer to why my accounts were being treated this way, but promised that someone would call me as soon as they found out. As I drove home from the credit union steam was coming out of my ears. I was so upset. Is this how they treat all of their new customers?

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Photo Hunt: Hidden in Menomonee Falls

photo hunt

Here is the next photo hunt! Do you know the location where this photo was taken? Here is your clue: Formerly a patron saint.

To play either leave a comment with your guess (note: I'll hold all correct comments in moderation as to not spoil the fun), send me an email to winelush@gmail.com, or just play along at home. I'll reveal the location on Wednesday. 

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Photo Hunt: MidAmerica Bank

photo hunt

This week's Photo Hunt was right there on Appleton Avenue, high on the roof of MidAmerica Bank ..... formerly known as St. Francis Bank (there's the clue). Did you get it right? Margie R. was the first to email me with the correct location. Congratulations Margie!

 

Mr. Yuck

wine

This month’s wine club tasted wierd and wacky wines. All of those bottles should have come with a Mr. Yuck sticker on them. This is what we drank, and I use that term loosely, because I’ve haven’t dumped so much wine since August of 2005 during chardonnay night.

Choya Umeshu Plum Wine. Have you smelled varnish lately? You’d better make sure it’s not plum wine because that is what was wafting out my glass. It tasted, in a word, nasty. A few of the ladies each tried (as in ate them) one of the six marinated plums that were floating in the wine bottle. I imagine that could only be compared to eating the worm from the bottle of tequila.

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Photo Hunt: Eight

photo hunt

Here is the next photo hunt! Do you know the location in Menomonee Falls where this photo was taken? No clues this week!

To play either leave a comment with your guess (note: I'll hold all correct comments in moderation as to not spoil the fun), send me an email to winelush@gmail.com, or just play along at home. I'll reveal the location on Wednesday. 

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Menomonee Falls Loses Long-Standing Record

The blow was dealt on election day.  Voters in the town of Richfield exercised their franchise and chose to prevent any potential loss of area to annexation by neighboring communities. The planning has been going on for quite some time.  First, approval was needed from the State of Wisconsin.  That happened several months ago.  Then town leaders offered a referendum, and on November sixth the vote was cast. 

Richfield will hereafter be a village and not a town. Good for them.

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Photo Hunt Reveal & Thanksgiving

family, holiday, photo hunt

The photo hunt was the street lights located at the confusing intersection where Appleton Ave., Menomonee Avenue and Pilgrim Road all come together. Both Paul Wickesberg (Paul's Falls) and Margie R. correctly identified it this week! Paul told me in his email, "Did you know that years ago former public works director, Dennis Droese, actually named them? They were known as Huey, Dewey and Louie." I, of course, did not know this. Did you?

I was gambling with the photo this week. I thought it would be either too easy, or very hard. Every day I drive down Appleton Avenue as I head home from Germantown and can see the glow from blocks away! However, my husband never even noticed the lights until I made him stop the car so I could take a picture. I wondered how many others have passed them countless times without really seeing them.

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This is going to be a great Christmas

Merry Christmas

 Black Friday has come and gone and I took no part in it.  I didn't set foot into any store.  My wife slept late and we just goofed off all day and started decorating our home for the season.

For so many years, 'the holidays'  were "the hurry days" for us.  Every minute of December was scheduled so that we could get it all done.  Planning, shopping, wrapping - just not enough time.  And I hate big crowds. Stresses built day after day until somewhere around the 29th of December. Then the big letdown would hit.

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Real Estate At A Premium

 It was a bit chilly for the kids and families attending the annual Christmas Parade on Sunday afternoon.  Nevertheless, everyone seemed to have a good time.  If you missed it check out Falls Cable Access this week for multiple reruns and watch it from the comfort of your own home.

One big question is on my mind, though  - something I just don't understand.  Why must one stake out a claim for territory and mark off their private space on the sidewalk the day before the parade?  It is not as if there isn't enough room for everyone.  There were lots of open areas where nobody was standing - just crying for occupancy.

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