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Ep. 91 The “Hunt Cast” with Alex!

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Time for the annual Wisconsin Whitetail Deer Hunt “HuntCast”. My loyal listener Alex Aguilar sits in with me to chat with family and fish as we prep for our annual Deer Hunt. Listen, Share and repeat! Enjoy!

 

Ep. 85: Me and I

I discuss current events and the on-goings of my friends.

 

Ep. 77: Emily Galati

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I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking comedy, writing, Last Comic Standing and the weather with comedian Emily Galati. Emily is hilarious and a blast to chat with. Many thanks to Emily for her time and please catch a show of her’s when she is near you. Now listen, share and repeat. Thanks!

Model 5890 Microwave 1980-2016

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Panasonic Model 5890 Microwave passed away January 20, 2016 in Black River Falls, WI. Purchased by Ed Olson at a JC Penny in Appleton, WI in 1980; Model 5890 resided in Hortonville, WI until 2011 when it moved to Black River Falls, WI where it lived and worked every day until its passing. Originally acquired to heat the occasional leftover and cook boxed meals, Model 5890 loved the job of heating of family meals, steadfast preparation of hot dogs, the warming of bottles of 4 grandchildren and endless last minute snacks. Model 5890 rose to promise and fame by standing the test of time and duration over its life by having its lighting bulb replaced only twice in its 36 years of service. Always there when a need arose, Model 5890 had the stains to show the love of a fast, warm meal. Survived by its brother; a Roper Washing Machine, Model 5890 will be missed. A small service will be held at Eddie’s Garage in Black River Falls, WI on Saturday January 30th. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for you to warm a meal in your own personal microwave on January 30th in Memory of Model 5890.

Ep. 72: Guest Host Alex!

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One of my most devoted fan of the show Alex take over during our family’s Whitetail Deer Hunt and Fish Fry. We had fun & hope you do too. Enjoy!

Ep. 64: The Roast of Tyler Sitar

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I and some comedy brothers roasted our buddy Tyler Sitar on his 30th birthday. It was fun. Many thanks to the Fox River House in Appleton, WI. Check out the Degenerate Monday show when you can. Share and enjoy!

 

 

Ep. 27: Simon Zais

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I had the pleasure of working with and talking to comedian Simon Zias! Simon is a great young comic, on his way to New York City who is a blast to talk to and a pleasure to work with. Listen to Simon and I discuss comedy and his amazing and interesting life. We recorded and then had some pipe time in my backyard. Many thanks to the Skyline Comedy Cafe for our weekend and many thanks for listening. Spread the word and enjoy!

Father’s Day

19240_1285542269240_5988089_nHowdy-Do!

So it’s Father’s Day and I hope this finds you spending some time with those gents that are close to you.

For many, Father’s day is a day to reflect on that “male figure” in their lives. Whether it is your Dad, a Step-Father, a friend or just that someone who was always there for you, I hope you are able to think of them in fine ways.

For many others there is the ability to see and send time with your Dad. If you are able to do so I hope you have a great day. I for one am one of you. As you read this I’m spending some time with my Dad and my sons’ Tyler and Kyle. I hope you are having as good of a time as I am.

But for the lucky and for the privileged there are a few of us that have a combo of all of the above. You have several individuals that have influenced you in your life, whether it be for a few moments, portions of your life or all of it, you may have had several “father’s” help you along the way. I’m one of those people.

From a young age family was instilled in me. My Dad was close to his Dad, which in turn has transcended onto the relationship I have with my Dad. But along the way others came into the mix to help shape me. Now in no way am I saying I’m the “Man of all Men”; however I am lucky to have had the influence I’ve had.
My Dad’s brother, my Uncle Leonard played a major part in my life and my growth as a man, and still does. I would spend weeks during my summer vacations as a kid helping (or annoying) he and my Grandfather on the family farm. As a farmer Leonard had to have patience and for some reason he always did and does with me still. I learned how to change the oil on a truck from him. He has shown me how to operate various types of machinery that I still can maneuver. He’s help teach me about the outdoors and how to be patient and how to get a job done right, just like his Dad did.

My other uncle David who much like his brother Leonard (both my dad’s younger brother’s) was like a big brother to me in ways while I was growing up. I recall he would come to visit me and my parents while he was attending college in La Crosse, WI and we would watch cartoons together. Later in life as I suppose we both grew, he has taught me how to be kind and how to stay steady in a way. To this day seeing both of these two men excites me as I think about what was as well as what I will learn from them today.

My Step-Father Harry is very near and dear to my heart. He has taught me to cherish the little things in life. He has directed me on how you succeed even when you fail. He has shown me how to golf and without his support I or my sons could barely swing a club. Harry has taken me in as if I was his own and has always had the ear to listen to me when things are on my mind. He has shown me that Bud Light is by far the superior beer of choice when on a golf course or while watching a game. He loves my kids as well as me and I love him dearly.

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Phil Zuleger, my ex-wife’s father met me when I was 16. I was a funny kid and I’m sure he wasn’t sure what to make of me at first. Phil has always been there and still is to this day. We’ve hunted many acres of woods, fished many miles of water and laughed hard along the way. Phil has always been there to listen as well as lend a hand with “handy man” help I many need. I’ll always cherish Phil, his family and his friendship.

This brings me to my Dad, Ed Olson. It’s hard to describe into words how to explain what my Dad means to me. He’s my Father, he is my friend and he’s always there for anything. Through the past few years we have not been geographically as close as we used to. Several variables sent my Dad back to the beautiful area of Black River Falls, WI back to where he grew up, just down the road from my Uncle Leonard. As we may now be miles apart, we still talk every few days to catch up. From he looking to see what’s new with me and I the same to him or to what’s new with the kids and such, it’s always nice to touch base. One of the greatest things he has taught me, besides how to strive to be a good man, a good parent and a good partner, he’s taught me to never fear what life throws at you. He’s seen some shit in his day and much like his Dad taught him he has shown me that you will get knocked down, and it’s a matter of dusting yourself off, tightening up you boot straps and move on to get your shit done. He’s the master of it and I applaud him for it.

All of the above men have shaped me. As we all age together I see all of them as parts of me. I love you all and I thank you all. My only hope is that through our lives together I do not let you down as you all are hard acts to follow.

So do me a favor today. Think of that person who shaped you, man or woman. Give them a call, send them a though or stop by to see them. Shake their hand or give them a hug and tell them thank you for all of the lessons they have given you. You will thank me for it later.

Thanks all. Have a good day!

Work Out

Howdy-do!

White GoodmanWell here we are within the month of May. That time of year when people get out and about to enjoy the fresh air and revel in what will soon be summer. With this brings us what I’d like to call “Spring/Summer Work-Out Season”. You know, that time of year when the sidewalks are packed with dog walkers, pace walkers, runners and even families just out for a stroll.

I myself do enjoy a nice walk and activity and I like to join in as much as I can. I love walking or riding my bike with my kids around the block or to a nearby park or maybe a walk through the woods to enjoy the outdoors. For some it’s making the time due to busy lifestyles. For many it’s the drive to stay healthy. Which got me to thinking: What’s the true motivation to “Get Active”? For many activity makes people feel good, helps people sleep better, make people look better which in turn will make you feel better about yourself, which is great; I commend that.

But for myself I can struggle with the drive to do so. Overall I’ll get it done, get in some “work” as the true athlete may say, but I have to work on it. I used to play softball 2 nights a week and throw in some golf with that and there you have an active week. Now, I’m shuffling kids here and there, taking care of household things and by 8pm and grabbing a sandwich before bed.

OliviaNow, if you toss at me the $500,000 “workout bonus” the great Aaron Rodgers receives per his new contract, hell I’d work out too. I’d be that ass bag at the gym asking to “get in a set” and push you off of a machine for half a mill. I’d be the Monica Seles of the gym grunting and groaning my way to more muscle mass to count my dough, baby! I’d crank up the Olivia Newton-John “Let’s Get Physical” on my iPod and get that work in for a nice hot paycheck. Man I’d run like Forrest Gump! Anything I’d need to do to get paid!

Added, when did getting out and about take on an entire new wardrobe? I see people in spandex/dry-fit shirts, pants, gloves, hats and even shoes it seems. All of which are specific for “working out”. And by God you can sure as hell spot these folks as the colors are neon, man. Lit up like a pack of teens running to a rave. Then there are the TV ads for various types of “programs”. I personally like the “Insanity” commercials. Watching and hearing of the near vomit stages people get to I guess is amusing. I personally would like to try it but I also think I’d need to be in fact insane to TRY the Insanity workout. Regardless of your desired attire, whatever makes you comfortable and safe is all good by me.Dan A.

Many people find the drive in being active in becoming better at an event, like a better time of a 5K, half marathon or triathlon. One of my dearest friends Dan Andraschko (or “The Dutch Duke” as I like to call him) recently finished his 19th half-marathon. 19 for Christ sake! He’s an animal with this shit, and he’s good! I’m just amazed how he turns in such great times while running in those wooden shoes. And man, those blisters, but he’s a bad ass and he’s got drive and that’s what matters.

This past winter I had what was a staph infection in my right leg. Now I wish I had a great lore-like story of how I got that; something like I cut myself while in flight off a dismount of a pommel horse in Amsterdam, but there isn’t one. So I lost some time and now I’m trying to make up for it. Going for a walk, then a faster pace, get in some golf if I can and then add in some yard work and it makes me feel good. For me, being active is about weight control and my kids. It’s just how it has to be for me. Whatever it takes for you to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors or activity. By all means find that “it” that will make you go and get after it. In all, we mere mortals do not have the prize of $500K to stay in shape. In all we need to take that $500K in value of a better healthier life, to feel better for ourselves and to in some ways do it for our kids to get them active as well.

richard_simmons2As well, Damn right Rodger’s gets $500K to work out. About time my man got paid!

Now, go have some fun in the sun and I’ll catch up to you if I can…

Mahalo!