Thursday, April 26, 2007

Reading in the bleachers

Jamie started baseball tonight. Chilly by the Boom.
Michaela's knee is well enough that she went to softball yesterday and gymnastics tonight. Mary made tatonka for dinner tonight. Thanks T&C.

Good readings:

  • This column made me think of this oration:

    Ray, people will come, Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway, not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. "Of course, we won't mind if you have a look around," you'll say. "It's only twenty dollars per person." They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it; for it is money they have and peace they lack.
    And they'll walk out to the bleachers, and sit in shirt-sleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game, and it'll be as if they'd dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they'll have to brush them away from their faces.
    People will come, Ray.
    The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Ohhhhhhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.

    -Terrence Mann (James Earl Jones) in Field of Dreams

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Webcam up

We got a Philips Webcam for about 25 bucks at Wal-Mart. It was easy to hook-up.

Weekend Report

We had a good garage sale last Saturday. Sold some bulk, some unused stuff, some of Tony & Carmen's stuff. Mary's been here for a couple of weeks, she helped out with the sale. She's been sewing-up a storm. Quilts, curtains, quilts and quilts.

Sunday, Dad & I sold Tootsie Rolls for the Knights of Columbus. Then Jamie & I went to see Andy Laska's new house and pick up a paper mill tarp from Craig Sackett. We stopped out to Mom & Dad's, and Jamie ran the woodsplitter for half a trailer. Then we picked up Michaela from Kathryn Brown's house, where she had smashed her knee while Heelie-ing.

John 13:34

A thought.

Some will say, "duh." Others will say, "Aye."

Love is understanding.
Jesus Christ taught us to understand one another. To see each other's perspective. The Perfect Love He spoke of is the complete knowledge of another's mind. Like everything else in life, we must strive to be god-like. And like everything else in life, we will fail to attain this goal. But we must try. And when we are at one of these peaks near godliness, enjoy the view.


Well, I guess I've been busy.

Things I meant to blog these past days, (entered under separate titles):

Jamie's First Communion is this coming weekend, so this column struck a chord.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

from Tony:

"on the trip out here, i didn't realize we'd be seeing mountainous terrain in western north dakota---it was a shcok and an awesome sight at the same time! unforgettable fire-"bad" happened to be playing on the cd player at that time---what a memory was made! courtney and i were in the truck and the rest behind in the car. courtney was amazed! we rolled through there about 5:30 pm so the setting sun was making the colors pop on the painted canyon---what a sight! we stayed in glendive montana that night which was a town on the eastern edge of montana, surrounded by rim-canyons,as i call them--whiteish-red sandstone ledges about 500-1,000 feet high i guess(like the badlands),360 deg. around--went for a walk from the hotel that evening about 7:30 and saw a beautiful sunset,and there seemed to be a calming aire in the region---perhaps that type of land formation makes one feel protected as if in a bowl,with fish! ; left there next morn. at 8:30 and traveled on--turned on unf. fire again, grabbed some coffee and headed west ---mountains got bigger,greener, and more amazing the closer we got to billings, and then-wham! what pile of rocks! i don't remember them being so damn high-those rocky mountains---utter amazement on my part and the others in the other car! john denver was most certainly not full of shi%!@! for future reference:"bad",indian summer sky", and" elvis presley and america" are excellent "cathartic experience" songs evoking something primal and spiritual (in me at least), and i imagine ,others, as well.... so we made it past butte,mt. that day, and ended up in deer lodge,mt (pop. 3000) at a super 8 . that night a snow storm (14")was supposed to hit the passes we were to traverse the next day. we thought we would be stuck there for 2 days, but for some reason courtney got up around 6am and we look e at the radar, and decide we could make it past the sotrm, since we were heading down in elevation. so we took of by 7:15 hoping , and 20 minutes into the days driving we hit heavy, wet snow and carmen called me on the walkie talkie and said,"let's turn around, i don't like this"....i knew we were going down in elevation and the radar said we would be just on the front edge of the storm and we would drive out of it in 20 we decided to keep going, and luckily ,as we drove on and dropped in elevation, the snow turned to rain and the nervousness was over. so we trucked on towards thru idaho,(cour d' alene was a beautiful area) and kept going thru spokane and then down to the wash./oregon border where we stayed at kennewick/pasco. last day of travel was down the columbia river highway (beautiful) and only about 4 hrs. drive that day--though we did blow a trailer tire 10 miles east of portland, just as i was passing a semi! spare worked all the way to mcminnville, and that's that! i'd say total travel time for us (w/ a flat, and missing a turn in portland-10 mile goof up--) going about 71 m.p.h. was about 34-35 hours(5 days). without the trailer, i guess you could go 80 mph most of the way. speed limit was 75 most of the way from st paul to oregon state line. i know for certain, i wouldn't want to do that drive w/ a trailer again---too much to worry about---anyways, tell shelly to get well----sounds like the junk i had on the trip out here---stuffed head,endless painful coughing, lots of phlegm, general tiredness/weakness---took me 2 weeks to lose fun!"


We had a good quick trip to Platteville. We left yesterday morning. I got to play with my gadgets. I had downloaded a couple of PRI shows to our PDA. I sent that to the truck's stereo system to listen to on the drive. I also had downloaded my first geocaching "route" data to the PDA and GPS unit. I told the software where I would start and finish, and the route I would take. It gave me all the info on all the caches within 3 miles of that route. We stopped for a few in Mosinee. Got a couple in Portage after lunch at McDonalds (with a big climbing room for the kids.) I also used my phone for: talking to Dave, text-messaging him, using a live-internet google map, and taking pictures. Boys and their toys.

We arrived in PV around 4 and met the Gibsons and Majeri at the Country Inn Suites. Nice place. Also arriving for a fun evening: the Snyders and too many Malones to count. The kids had a great time with all the cousins in the pool. And the adults had a good time at Uno's.

We went to Arthur Haus for brunch after Mass in honor of Austin and Margaret Baxter's 90th birthdays. They had a computer slide-show presentation and Steve Malone had an announcement. Dennis Cooley, UWP Foundation director, and John Baxter's godson through the RCIA, was so inspired by John that he wishes to create a John A. Baxter Memorial Scholarship at UWP.

Mary's staying with us for a few weeks. We had a nice drive home, including finding a few more caches with the Gibsons.

Great weekend.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Cuttin' wood

Jamie, Kayla and I went with Dad to Rosemary Butkus' house on Long Lake Rd. We got a truckload of firewood. We went back to Mom & Dad's house and split the wood, and Mom had a venison dinner waiting for us.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

The McMinnville Ronyak's Home

Tony and Carmen sent some pics.

He Is Risen

We had a nice, relaxing Easter. We woke up to find that the Easter Bunny had left stuff all over our house. We went to Mass with Nick. We went to Mom & Dad's for an egg hunt and dinner. Carmen's mom, Karen was there. We watched the Masters. Then we hauled a load of garage sale stuff home.


Saturday, April 07, 2007

Unifying Theory

Monday, April 02, 2007

Construction Season

They're tearing up Wall St. in Eagle River, the main downtown street. I'll have to be creative with my driving for a couple of months.

Also, the GNTH posted some of my geocaching pics:

Kids and Dave in Green Bay

Logan & Jamie (halfway down the page)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Ideal Nature

Yesterday Shelly, the kids, and I took Eric with us geocaching. We distributed travel bugs to the GNTH caches. We went to three around noon, then we went to Friendship House for lunch, then the kids and I visited the other three. We also placed one at Fredrich's Landing on the Wisconsin River in McNaughton.

This morning I was inspired during Mass, so I wrote to my Congressmen this afternoon.

An open letter to my representatives in Congress:

Dear sirs,

While attending Mass this morning, listening to the Passion of Jesus Christ, I thought of how This Man knew what was right. He spent His life helping others understand what is right. He acted to ensure that His society do what is right.

The powerful in His society had inherited and furthered a system in which their power would be preserved. The teachings, philosophy, and history of Jesus Christ are beyond the scope of this letter. What I need you to continually remind yourself is this: that you must do what is right.

What is right is that which furthers the existence of those who would further the existence of others. One who works only for his own good is not right. Those who work only to further the gains of his family, his company, his own kind are not right.

Do not let our society, our system of governance be shaped to protect the interests of the self-serving who have inherited and retained a lofty perch.

6.6 Billion. 300 Million. The population of our world and our nation. These numbers are difficult to hold in the human mind. But I'm sure you have met many people, heard many stories. Many of them you hold in your heart. Be ever vigilant to represent these persons. Stand in their name. Do what is right.

You gentlemen, my representatives, I respect. I have seen you uphold ideals in the face of political attack. Continue to lead your nation, to make our world right.


Bernard Ronyak
Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Senator Russ Feingold
Senator Herb Kohl
Congressman Dave Obey
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Washington Post