Layabouting is a personal journal, written for family and friends, an eclectic mix of daily life, politics and random thoughts, a mix that reflects my life’s journey.

A friend says that I’ve had a diasporic life — six years a soldier, twenty a lawyer, twelve a computer professional.

The journey has been eventful and interesting, with many unexpected twists and turns.

A mentor told me once that I was an iconoclast, living in paradox.  It is as good a description as any, I guess.

I’m now retired, living in rural Wisconsin with my partner, Michael.

We live on land settled by my great-great-grandfather before Wisconsin was a state.

I am of this land, and I am at home.

2 Responses to About

  1. Brian Landers says:

    Editor’s Note: This comment refers to the post “Measure Twice, Cut Once, Brian“. Following normal anti-spam practices, I close comments on posts more than 14 days old. I thought that Mayor Lander’s comment was important enough to post and reference. I also posted the body of his comment with the original post.

    A friend pointed out your web blog article on my Mayoral term this far, which I just read. I understand that as a political figure, even in a small community, I get subjected to various opinions based upon incomplete facts and rumors. Therefore, you should note that not everything you posted was accurate. Your statements about me not fully researching privatization, and other issues, are apparently based on stories in the Dells Events. You should know that the Dells Events has historically printed poor information and misquoted people. Their reporters were caught in fabrications of stories, and their lack of journalistic integrity lead to the printing of not one but three forged letters to the editor. Last month, I watched one of their reporters sleeping in one of our public meetings. (Nice) Unfortunately, the Dells Events is not a beacon of journalistic integrity, and the only thing you can count on as being accurate are their obituaries. The information you have regarding Bob Hall is extremely inaccurate. The cost of the wages and benefit alone for our cemetery sexton is $85,00 annually. This does not count the additional cost of equipment, fuel, and supplies for the work he is assigned to do. The cost of the bid for grounds-keeping and maintenance service for the cemetery was just over $30,000 annually. These figures were placed on our city website under my direction. The decision on garbage service was tabled for a year when our city treasurer, public works director, and assistant public works director could not give us a firm number on the current and future cost of commercial trash pick up. One thing they did agree on was the residential cost, which figured to be over $120,00 annually. The bid from Columbia County was approximately $75,000 for residential service. For the commercial side, I trusted the Treasurer’s numbers, which showed a significant savings, by as much as $400,000 a year if you count residential and commercial collection savings. We do plan on addressing this in 2013 budget, as we have instituted a more measurable cost of this service this year. As to your comments about the signs, I made it clear the public right of ways were not open to political signs. This has been settled by the Supreme Court for several decades. I obviously have no objections to your exercise of free speech, but my point was that city right of ways are not permissible for the posting of political signs. I don’t know what Chief Ward said to you, but the next few times I saw your group collecting recall signatures, I did not see any signs posted in our public right of way. Your compliance showed me that you either accepted it as wrong, or you were kind enough to oblige to the Chief’s advisory. Lastly, accusing me of not doing my homework insinuates to your readers that I do not take time to educate myself on the pros and cons when I propose something. You have no idea how much time and research I spend on behalf of the citizens I serve. My wife can I attest that I spend countless hours and sleepless nights pouring over documents, statistics, laws, and deep in thought. If you ever attended any of the city meetings in which these issues were discussed, you would hopefully find that my positions were based on statistics and facts that I discovered or gained from reliable sources. I also explain to my fellow council members, and my constituents, potential risks or downfalls with these issues. I am glad that you seem to support my cause for better housing and being a voice for those less fortunate in my community. However, I would appreciate if you gathered all the facts on the issues you may personally disagree with, before you criticize me of not being informed and prepared. Our city meetings are posted online and open to the public. I hold open office hours weekly, and I am always a phone call or e mail away. We have enough politically charged media and blog writers who use their venues to create further division among our citizens. Please use your responsibly and with correct information. Thank you.

  2. Stevie DeCloux says:

    I love your work, especially the Dell House, I’m glad that it’s not only me interested in the old place. You took pictures of Liquor cellars the Dell House ruins are completly submerged. Every year me and a group of people get together and sift through the water looking for artifacts (with Premission of Wisconsin University). This year our team found several gun casings it was quite fascinating, I highly recomend trying it sometime.

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