Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dog Man In Wisconsin

This is one of my old stories but it's cool and erie...check the link above to the real cool website...Its fun....

First off for the story I had to borrow this photo. Its not mine so whoever owns it if I need to take it down let me know.

One thing that really fascinates me besides Big Foot is Dog Man. There are many stories which I have not read of people who have seen him and or think they have photos of him. The other night I thought of him again when I was in Illinois. We were driving down for some fun when on the side of the road in Elgin IL. I see a coyote. At first I did not know what it was so I Just thought "hey a dog". But a coyote does not move like a dog...It was cool because he was right off a red light near a freeway. And only when I rolled down my window and yelled did he look up. This made me think of Dog Man (I'm not sure why but I did). I have never seen a coyote so close /so in your face. When you see something like that you have to look twice....How a thing moves speaks volumes. And in my head it was like slow motion. I cant imagine what people think when they see Dog Man.

Recently in Peru or somewhere they just discovered a bunch of frogs that have never been seen. I don't know why but I believe in Dog Man because I think there are a lot of things out there we don't understand. I have a hobby (because I work two jobs/ drive a lot/ and try and create fun for myself) that when I drive to work I look for UFO's/Dog Man /or Big Foot.

Maybe I will never see any of either...... The point is have you ever gone hunting and feel like your being watched? The woods can be a scary place and for all those people who believe in Dog Man......I have to admit I do too. There was this one time when I was hunting up North and I quickly turned to look....I thought I saw a grey shadow to my right. No hunter was there so I quickly passed it off to my imagination. The funny thing is the same thing happened to me a few years later while standing in the same area. Have you ever been hunting and then looked quickly in an area and thought you saw a shadow? If it happens to me once I dont think much of it. But when it happens twice I think something of it.......

Maybe its not a dog, maybe it's not Big Foot....But I do believe with all the areas of the world that are still non discovered, why cant Dog Man exist? Somewhere recently I think I saw a photo of a giant fricken pig that was shot in Texas or somewhere/ the fricken thing was like 2000#....Where did he come from? How long was he in a woods and not seen by anyone?

I will tell you this. When I hunt I watch out for the number one thing and that is Hunters. Then I watch out for Deer...And sometimes when I 'm a bit leery or have that feeling I'm being watched........I watch out for Dog Man.

The Black Widow

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Dog......"The Bastard Child" Mr X

About 8 years ago now my wife and I did Invetral and to make a long story short we lost our first child. To make things worse she came to me and told me she wanted to get a dog (we will call him Mr X). Not just any dog but a Shitzu. Now I grew up in the country and a real dog to me is like a Collie/Australian Healer or a Pit Bull.

On the first night this thing starts whining and next thing you know he's sleeping in bed with us. Mr X is no dummy...I started potty training him and to do that I would get a treat and use a key word like Good Potty...Each time he went Potty he got a treat...But now that little bastard has taken it to the next level. Mr X will go out the patio door and then he will look back at the house to see if I'm watching. If he thinks the coast is clear he comes back to the door (without going Potty) and starts wagging his tail. Basically he is saying give me my treat now ...I've been good. If you don't give him his treat he barks like this if to say..." hey Dumb Ass give me my treat".

Before I go to bed I always give Mr X the opportunity to go Potty. Sometimes Mr. X will do this but sometimes he wont. Mr X has started this thing were he will get up at 4 in the morning and do his thing. Whether or not he goes you can always count on one thing. He will sit at the edge of the lawn and wait for me to yell. I can yell and swear at him to get in the house but he wont move...What he wants me to say it "TREAT TREAT TREAT"......Those three magical words makes him dash for the house.

If we play a game on the floor with our kids Mr. X will show up...He absolutely has to be part of the family and involved if he can.

Then there is the stroller episode. See after a while we had twins and we got a two seat stroller. Mr X on hot days will only walk so much so we started putting him in the back seat with our son. After a while Mr X got so lazy he would automatically try to get in the back seat of the stroller without walking at all. If a neighborhood dog would pass us by on our walk Mr X would start barking at him as if to say...Your lucking I'm in this stroller or I'd kick your ass..

Finally our kids got to big to ride in the Mr X did not...We still pushed him in that thing and let our kids walk. I don't know if it was embarrassing for him but it sure was for me.

Dogs are the coolest animal I think in the world. Often I take my kids to the zoo but when I get home I realize I already have a piece of zoo at home. The amazing thing about dogs is no matter what breed you have they all have their own personality. Dogs cant understand all words but they really get the tone of your voice and they also understand a lot of expression in your face....

I often wonder if Mr X would pass away If I would get another dog?. Maybe I would but I know I will never get the same personality.

The Black Widow

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Et Tu Bute/ This Boss Was Bad II

Et Tu Brute (You Too Brutus)

The thing about being stabbed in the back is you never know when its coming. For 4 years now I have worked for the worst boss in my 20 years of manufacturing. Today he was finally let go do to some bad decisions against our major investor (my boss cost his boss a boat load of money). See that's the thing about a BAD BOSS. They can mess with the employee's and stab them in the back and treat them like crap as much as they want to. But when they mess with the big boys and their money( it's Et Tu Brute time for them too).

Whenever I get a new boss I think hmmmm.... does he sound like he knows what he's talking about? Sometimes I am wowed....But then after several months I am not wowed anymore. You see I was never the smartest kid in my class and never would be. Howver I pride myself on the ability to learn new things. If I didn't know how to fix a problem at work I would write it down/ take notes and keep those records on how an issue was finally resolved. If the same issue would come up again I now had a way to solve that issue on my own. No matter how much a boss tries to impress you/ unless he is a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist you can learn his job. I am really not impressed with anyone anymore nor should you be......

See all this mumbo jumbo my boss fed me when I started I found out after 6 months its the same mumbo jumbo. He tells the same story every time but to someone new. Not only that but when there was a problem my boss was ready to fire someone/ not fix the problem so it would never occur again...No just fire someone. It got to be comical like Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner..First you fire him then rehire him etc.. I have a new theory I developed this year and that is the 6 month theory. What it means is not only should I be able to do a job and do it well in 6 months. But it also means I should know how my boss will react to the same issues over and over again by that 6 month time period. And I should be able to plan accordingly for the worst type of situation if it comes up (the one that he does not like).

Anway for the last 3 weeks I could not sleep at all. I could not figure it out until I found out my boss was getting fired....Why? For the last 6 months has done nothing. But since he was walking on pins and needles so was everyone else. I came to a realization I hated my boss so much I could not even concentrate on my job. You had to worry about making him mad and then you could be fired before he got the axe. So I have several projects that never saw the light of day which was not my fault, but if he knew about I would be on the street.

Maybe this is whats wrong with this type of boss. He is only interested in covering his ass and not fixing a problem. He was only interested in finding someone to blame. I tell you now in 20 years of Manufacturing this can stifle a company...

Well at any rate I slept great last night...

Remember Et Tu Brute!!!!!!!!!!! Sooner or later we all get what is coming to us....

Today.....My Boss Got His...

The Black Widow

Hunting Made Fun

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


No childhood would be complete without your first car. Maybe I should not tell this story but its too funny not too..See I never had a Mustang or a GTO for my first car in High School I got a Delta 88 Rocket. Very similar to the photo above but my car was pea green. At first I hated the car (I got it from my Aunt for like $50.00) but the more I drove the car the more it grew on me. First off the car had a large V8 engine. When I got the car it never ran on all 8 cylinders but only 7 due to some oil in the 8th plug.When you punched it you could tell it would miss a bit. But for $50.00 I had it over 120 mph a few times when I was really having some fun. The front right wheel well was ripped up and the car looked like shit. It looked like someone had taken a huge can opener and lifted up on it several thousand times. But when I parked I never had anyone park next to me. They must have thought anyone with a car that looked this bad must have a bad driver.

We lived on a farm back then and each summer our dirt roads became very dusty. One day while driving down the dirt road dust started coming in the back of the car. I had to take evasive action and opened a window. This in turn created cabin pressure and kept the dust from coming into the car. Lucky for me I was able to think on my feet that day or I could have died from all the dust. Anyway the car was very large and a few times my friends and I took the car we had anywhere from 6 to 8 people in it. We would drive to Marshfield WI/ go shopping and then back home. That dam car had enough room for 12 people if you really crammed them in. Sometimes (and I know everyone has done this) we would put like 4 people in the car and hide the other 3 in the trunk before we went to the all night drive in theatre.

In the winter I would throw some bags of salt in the back and it would go through a lot of snow. That car was so heavy it was probably better than a front wheel car of today. If you think of a big green Sherman Tank that is really what my car was like. Except that it could go a bit over 120 and a tank cannot.

All good things must come to an end. And one summer day they did when the car finally died. See my friends and I were really goofing off and we decided to jump a bridge in our town. The bridge was an old wooden bridge built like a brick shit house. At one time as I recall someone tried to burn the bridge down. But it was built with railroad ties covered in oil (it was like invincible and could not be burned). Anyway I think we hit the bridge doing about 50. We were air born and that's when I think I shit myself. It seemed like a good idea at the time but then when we were air born I remember thinking we were going to die.

The good news is we jumped High Bridge with no problem. The bad news was when we landed we dropped the tranny brace/ the transmission and the muffler all in one fell swoop. Everyone was ok and so to be honest I was very lucky for that/ since looking back on it this was the dumbest thing I did in my life (well wait...that's another story)..

The brakes worked ok and I was able to stop the car. We got a tow from a guy who use to drive school buses in town. I think I finally sold the car for $50.00 and that guy put on another 20K miles. He was a mechanic of course and sold and bought cars all the time.

Whats the moral of this story? The great thing about US cars back then is a kid could change his own oil, spark plugs etc. The engine area always had a lot of room and most cars were built to last 12 years or more. My dad drove the same car ars for many years it was a big old blue chevy station wagon with a tree on the column (I remember 3 cars growing up total).....Today you cant work on your own car...You have to pay someone to do it.....And sometimes if your lucky you can get 5 years out of a car. Bottom line is nobody works for the same company for more than 20 years and cars are not built like they use to be.

To bad we cant just go back in time just a litte...............................................................................
The Black Widow


Disclaimer (The Black Widow reserves the right to start any sentence without a capital letter and or can start the sentence with the letter I as so he see's appropriate). oh and don't forget he/ that means me/ also reserves the right to use run on sentances.... basically i dont care about English I'm German and Irish.....

SHARK (Hunting)

We have all had some friends who have some cool nicknames in high school but I never heard of anything better than my friend Shark. Shark was a year ahead of me in school and I met him because his brother was best friends with mine. When Shark would come out on the basketball court we would all chant....Shark..Shark...Shark.... It was like a total mental thing for the competition because they thought Shark might be a great player. he was not but still a totally cool person and lots of fun. Shark and I did many fun things during high school but there was one story that I always remember him for.

Every year our hunting group splits up and some drive the woods and some post. On this one hunt it was up to Shark and I to post on the South end of a 40 acre woods. To the South of the woods was a corn field and in the middle of that corn field was a large clump of trees we were suppose to hide in. Shark did not show up on time so I ended up posting the tree area by myself. This drive was being pushed to the South. So basically I'm sitting there for about 20 minutes in the freezing cold and watching to the North.

No deer and no birds/ I got nothin....Twenty minutes later I see the drivers coming out to the North of me and the post is done. Shark never showed up so I think I'm going to walk out now and head to the truck. As I walk back to the road there is Shark sittin there in his car. I'm like Shark what are you doin just sitting here (Shark was hung over and late and did not think about waiting for us with his gun).

The drivers just came out so I said to Shark"It's going to be while before they come back to the truck"..."Get your gun and lets get back to the posting area and we'll have a chat while we wait for the others". As we start to walk back to the posting area just for the fun of it sure as shit....what do we see? Yes you guessed it a huge buck (A thirty pointer????).....If Shark had been sitting where he was suppose to in the first place we would have gotten that buck. That's the thing about Shark he's so easy going and easy to get along with we just laughed....Shark was like "SHIT" "I was thinkin I should wait for you guys in the woods but I stayed in the car"....No second chances in deer hunting Shark....kill or be killed.

Hunting is not only about helping the deer population and having fun. Hunting is about making some long lasting memories. Each year when I get the chance to hunt Shark pops into my brain. When I hunt I sit and think about many things going on in my life and the time that has gone by. Its really more like a time to reflect on life for me than it is to kill a deer. Family mostly is what I think about / well and work....eek..

I never said Shark was a great hunter but he was and still is a great friend...The real moral of this story is always wait for your hunting party with a gun. You just never know where and when a buck will pop up.

The Black Widow

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Ultimate Knife Fight (Steven Segal vs. Everett McGill)

Hands down the most awesome and funny Knife fight I have seen in my life.....

Last year I did a survey with my friends of actors in movies and the ultimate fights they are remembered for. Two of my all time favorite actors have always been Arnold and Steven Segal. But today I thought of another fellow (Everett McGill) who just moved up to number 3 position in my all time favorites.
My favorite fighter in the movies has always been Steven Segal. The reason is he literally slaps the shit out of every opponent.
Tommy Lee did a great job as a supporting actor in Under Siege one. But I think the biggest winner for supporting actor ever was Mr Everett McGill (Under Siege Two).
And in my eyes was one of the ultimate villains in a movie of all times..

First off the guy plays a wicked bad ASS....Not only can he sell the fact that he will kill you/ he looks in your eye like he's going to get off killing you. So add to that the power of Steven Segal slapping your ass around and you got a great fight.
So he and Steven meet in the train car and McGill pulls out his knife...Segal pulls out his knife and Mcgill has this look on his face like he just stole candy from a baby. They start fighting and beating the shit out of each other and finally about half way though the scene Segal cuts McGills coat.......And this is what I will remember forever......
McGill says something like "Dam You ruined my coat".......
Segal starts slapping the shit out of him again and finally Segal kills McGill and says "Nobody beats me in the Kitchen".....Corny as hell/ hilarious and will remember it forever.
Do you think this happens in real life? I will say I'm sure it does. After 13 years I went back and I'm reading a book called Vengeance. Its about the 1972 Olympics and the Israeli secret service who tracked down some of the people responsible for Munich. When you think things are really
messed up at your job and you can't stand people. Please remeber at least you don't have another human hunting YOU>>>>>or so I would hope.
Steven Segal vs Everett McGil (The Ultimate Knife Fight).
The Black Widow