Friday, September 27, 2013

• September 27, 2013 •

Good morning! Busy day again yesterday. It feels odd saying it was busy when so much of it was spent watching TV. That's not "busy". BUT ... we don't have a DVR, so if I wanted to see the season premier, I had to stop what I was doing & park in front of the TV. It's just like the old-timey days. The days before DVRs. Most of you are probably sitting there asking "just how old ARE you?! What do you mean 'BEFORE' DVRs?! To answer your question ... I'm 47. When I was little we had a black & white console TV in the living room. I watched Saturday morning cartoons because that's the only time they were on, we only had channels 2 - 13 & not all of them were used. We had 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, & 13. I liked 5 & 11, they were the "fun" channels. 13 was good for Sesame Street & the Electric Company (miss that show). It also had Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, but I was never a fan of that one. We would have to get up & walk across the room to change the channel. There were no remote controls. I remember the day we got a color TV. WOW! COLOR! I remember when we got a VCR. I remember the day MTV hit the airwaves & yes, they played MUSIC VIDEOS back then ... 24/7. Before DVDs & CDs when my music collection was made by recording songs from the radio. Every song had the sound of the DJ at one end & on the other the sound of another song either beginning or ending & slightly overlapping. Yep ... to sum it up, I'm old. Anyway, I managed to get the mail, clean the house, go for my mile & a half walk, take the dogs out, sync Quicken, & pick someone up from the library before racing home to be here to hit record & watch the season premiers of Big Bang Theory (a double header), Crazy Ones, 2½ Men, & Elementary. When hubby got home from work I was in the middle of the News @ 10. Yesterday's Sims game was the fisherman career & my Sim Olivia has been doing well. She caught her 1st perfect fish & put it in a fishbowl. 12 more to go (each must be a different type of fish) before she fulfills her lifetime wish of having the perfect private aquarium. This morning I woke up, took the dogs out, went to work, came back & loaded up Glenwood Cottage. My Sim Faith is in the university towards a technology degree.

Appleton, Wisconsin:
Borrowed from Appleton's Website @
Appleton shares its history with Lawrence University, for the two grew simultaneously. The close relationship established in the early years continues to exist.
Fur traders seeking to do business with Fox River Valley Indians were the first settlers in Appleton. Hippolyte Grignon built the White Heron in 1835 to house his family and serve as an inn and trading post.
With the financial backing of Amos Lawrence, the Lawrence Institute was chartered in 1847. Samuel Appleton donated $10,000 to the newly founded college library, and in appreciation, his name was given to the community.
Appleton was incorporated first as a village in 1853 (John F. Johnston, the first resident, village president) and later as a city in 1857 (Amos Storey, Mayor).
Among the 36 individuals who have served as the city's chief elected official, John Goodland, Jr. had the longest tenure, with 18 years in office. Dorothy Johnson, Appleton's first female mayor, was elected in 1980 and served for 12 years. Timothy M. Hanna is the current mayor.
Education was, and continues to be, a priority in Appleton. In 1850, Daniel Huntley taught in the first free public school. The St. Mary Catholic Church opened the first parochial school in the community in 1864. The first 4 year high school began operating in 1876 in the Hercules School and Kindergarten was initiated in 1898 in Lincoln School. With population growth came the need for additional facilities. Today there are 24 public and 13 parochial schools.
Lawrence University's 84 acre campus, with 32 instructional, recreational and administrative buildings, 1200 students drawn from 45 states and 38 foreign countries, and a faculty of 114 men and women, lies east of the city's attractive, lively downtown. Students and faculty members supply the community with an endless array of music, drama and sports activities.
Appleton traditionally has had a commitment to vocational education. The Vocational School was established in 1912, and the first facility in the United States to be built exclusively for this purpose was erected here in 1917. When the State of Wisconsin was divided into vocational, technical and adult education districts in 1965, the local program was expanded and the Fox Valley Technical College was established.
Area business has been responsible for Appleton's economic prosperity and progressive attitude. The paper industry, beginning with the building of the first paper mill in the city in 1853, has been at the forefront of the development of Appleton, In order to provide electricity to this industry, the nation's first hydro-electric central station began operation in Appleton on September 30, 1882. Not too long afterward, in August of 1886, Appleton was the site for another national first, the operation of a commercially successful electric streetcar company. Electric lights replaced gas lamps on College Avenue in 1912.
Our community also made history when Alfred Galpin put together his own telephone in 1877, connecting his bank and his residence. Later, a druggist installed several phones in his store, linking them with those in other offices. This Wisconsin Telephone Company purchased this exchange in 1881.
Retail trade has also contributed to the area's progress. Because stores have always been concentrated on College Avenue, businessmen actively cooperate with city government in downtown redevelopment. A major convention center, the Paper Valley Hotel, was opened in 1982 and a shopping complex, The Avenue, commenced operations in March of 1987.
From its beginnings in 1853 as the Appleton Crescent, now the Appleton Post Crescent, the newspaper has provided coverage of the political, educational and industrial arenas of the community.
Cultural growth was encouraged early in Appleton. Central to that development has been public library service. Beginning in a reading room above a grocery store on College Avenue, the Appleton Public Library has developed over the years into a gathering place that offers opportunities for the entire community to "Learn, Know, Gather and Grow". Today it is located at 225 North Oneida Street and has a 360,000 volume collection including a wide range or popular and educational resources. In addition to materials, the library offers free computer access, notary service, meeting rooms for non-profits, study rooms and serves as a WIFI hotspot. The Library's webpage ( offers remote access to a "digital branch" that provides research databases, digital downloads and links to many unique local resources. The Library collaborates with many local organizations and has an extensive event calendar with programming for all ages.
The preservation of Appleton's history has been the work of the Outagamie County Historical Society. Its museum contains artifacts of Appleton's famous native son, escape artist Harry Houdini and author Edna Ferber, who grew up in Appleton. The museum showcases Appleton's heritage as a progressive, industrious community in Wisconsin's Fox River Valley.
The residents of our community are proud of Appleton's past and present, and they manifest a great confidence in its future and a dedication to its ongoing betterment.
Appleton’s first permanent settler was Hippolyte Grignon who built the White Heron to serve as trading post, inn and home for his family. Amos Lawrence chartered the construction project of Lawrence University which is now a successful educational institution. The project brought in many workers and their families who, once the construction was finished, made the Appleton area their home. The City’s name originated from Amos Lawrence’s wife Sara Appleton and his cousin Samuel Appleton. Since its incorporation as a city in 1857, Appleton has been a hub of economic prosperity and progress.

Appleton Fire Department was created in June 1854. On this date, the Council passed an ordinance intended to prevent fires and to regulate the fighting of fires.
The City was divided into two fire districts. East of Appleton street was district one. Everything West of Appleton street was district two.
Fire Wardens were appointed to each district. Their job was to seek out fires in their area summon enough volunteers (and get enough water) to help fight it. The hope was that the fire wouldn't spread too much or get out of control too fast.
Today, we have six districts and we are a full-time career department with trained firefighters at each fire station 24 hours a day-365 days a year.
The Appleton Fire Department responded to 89 calls in 1895. Now we respond to over 3,000 each year.
In 1901, the Appleton Fire Department budget included $820.32 to care for the horses. The line items were listed as grain, hay and bedding, shoeing and harnesses. Today we have eight vehicles that respond on a daily basis for service calls in the City of Appleton.
Fur traders seeking to do business with Fox River Valley Indians were the first European settlers in Appleton. Hippolyte Grignon built the White Heron in 1835 to house his family and serve as an inn and trading post.[6]
Appleton was settled in 1847 and incorporated as a village in 1853. John F. Johnston was the first resident and village president. Home to Lawrence University, Appleton grew along with the school. With the financial backing of Amos A. Lawrence, the Lawrence Institute was chartered in 1847. Samuel Appleton, Lawrence's father-in-law, donated $10,000 to the newly founded college library, and his name was given to the community in appreciation.[7][8]
The community was incorporated as a city on March 2, 1857,[9] with Amos Storey as its first mayor. Early in the 20th century, it adopted the commission form of government. In 1890, 11,869 people lived in Appleton; in 1900, there were 15,085; in 1910, 16,773; in 1920, 19,571; and in 1940, 28,436.
The paper industry, beginning with the building of the first paper mill in the city in 1853, has been at the forefront of the development of Appleton. In order to provide electricity to the paper industry, the nation's first hydro-electric central station, the Vulcan Street Plant on the Fox River, began operation on September 30, 1882. The power plant also powered the Hearthstone House, the first residence in the world powered by a centrally located hydroelectric station using the Edison system.[10]
Shortly thereafter, in August 1886, Appleton was the site for another national first, the operation of a commercially successful electric streetcar company. Electric lights replaced gas lamps on College Avenue in 1912. Appleton also had the first telephone in Wisconsin, and the first incandescent light in any city outside of the East Coast.[11]
Appleton's Valley Fair Shopping Center, built in 1954, laid claim to being the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States, although this claim is disputed by other malls. In 2007 most of the structure was demolished, leaving only its east wing and a movie theater. A Copps Food Center now stands in its place.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.82 square miles (64.28 km2), of which, 24.33 square miles (63.01 km2) is land and 0.49 square miles (1.27 km2) is water.

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 72,623 people, 28,874 households, and 18,271 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,984.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,152.5 /km2). There were 30,348 housing units at an average density of 1,247.3 per square mile (481.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.5% White, 1.7% African American, 0.7% Native American, 5.9% Asian, 2.2% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.0% of the population.
There were 28,874 households of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.7% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.
The median age in the city was 35.3 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.
Crime Appleton Wisconsin United States
Violent crime 234.7 257.0 429.4
Murder 1.4 2.5 5.0
Forcible rape 29.9 19.6 28.7
Robbery 25.6 85.8 133.0
Aggravated assault 177.8 149.1 262.8
Property crime 2,680.2 2,608.2 3,036.1
Burglary 465.2 472.9 716.3
Larceny-theft 2,163.8 1,977.4 2,060.9
Motor vehicle theft 51.2 157.8 258.8
 Appleton is governed via the mayor-council system. The mayor is elected every four years in a citywide vote. The council, known as the common council, consists of 16 members, called alderpersons, all of whom are elected to two-year terms from individual districts. Effective 2013, the council will consist of 15 alderpersons, as a result of redistricting approved by the common council. The current mayor, Timothy Hanna, was re-elected in 2012 to his fifth four-year term, having first been elected in 1996.
The city is the owner of Valley Transit, a network of bus lines serving the Fox Valley. There are also several taxi operators in the city. Valley Transit operates routes that generally operate from as early as 5:45 AM until as late as 9:50 PM Monday through Saturday. Frequencies are usually every hour and every half-hour on certain routes during peak morning and afternoon times on weekdays. There is no service on Sunday.
# Employer # of Employees
1 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans 1,831
2 Appleton Area School District 1,690
3 Appleton (formally Appleton Papers) 1,535
4 Miller Electric 1,300
5 Outagamie County 1,243
6 Appleton Medical Center 1,230
7 St. Elizabeth Hospital 1,037
8 West Business Services 1,000
9 Valley Packaging Industries 940
10 Voith 770
The city of Appleton has 24 neighborhood parks and four community parks in its park system. The neighborhood parks range in size from two acres to 16 acres, while the community parks range in size from 25 acres to 139 acres.
Memorial Park is the largest of the community parks, covering 139 acres. The park's facilities include: seven baseball/softball fields, playground equipment, an indoor ice skating rink, a sledding hill, a picnic pavilion, a catch and release fishing pond, grills, and a warming shelter.[14] The park provides the firework display for the Appleton community during the 4th of July holiday.
City Park, established in 1882, is the oldest park in the Appleton park system. The Trout Museum of Art uses the park for its Art in the Park showcase. The show features over 200 artists that draw over 25,000 art enthusiasts annually.[15] Pierce Park is the site of weekly Appleton City Band concerts held during the summer, and of the annual Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet. Pierce Park and Telulah Park each feature a disc golf course. Erb Park and Mead Park each feature a public aquatics facility. Jones Park is the site of the finish line for the Santa Scamper run held during the annual Appleton Christmas Parade, and features an outdoor hockey rink in the winter.

In New Orleans, a topless dancer ... is suing a plastic surgeon for $1.5 million. According to the topless dancer, she went in for a bust lift & according to her complaint, she now lost her job because 1 is now larger than the other. But there's a silver lining to this. Even though she lost her job, she was hired as Ronald Reagan's cheerleader when the found out that she leaned to the right. -Johnny Carson 1980

I take as my guide the hope of a saint: in crucial things, unity-in important things, diversity-in all things, generosity. -Inaugural Address of President George H.W. Bush

Keep 1 big drawer empty in the living room & swoop any unsightly things (mail, magazines, etc.) into it.

Most counterfeited items entering the U.S. every day top 10:
  1. Shoes
  2. Electronics
  3. Apparel
  4. Handbags, wallets, & backpacks
  5. Media
  6. Computers
  7. Cigarettes
  8. Watches & watch parts
  9. Jewelry
  10. Pharmaceuticals
Phrase "How do you like them apples?" originated when Allied soldiers of WWI lobbed mortar shells known as toffee apples to kill an enemy.

Teach Me Sushi:
This app is a follow up to the Teach Me Sushi app that was featured as the iTunes App of the Week.
This app contains the following rolls:
Shrimp tempura
Volcano roll
Spicy crunchy tuna
Naruto roll
Vegetable nigiri
California roll
Philadelphia roll
Watch a video of the app here:
•8 Tutorial videos teaching you how to make advanced sushi rolls step by step
•Visual step by step photo guides on how to make the different rolls
•A shopping list calculator that will tell you how much of each ingredient you need to buy depending on how many people you are making sushi for
•An equipment list to make sure you have everything you need before you get started
•A built in rice timer that will time how long you need to cook your rice for and then how long to steam it for. Giving you perfect rice every time
•A map based on your GPS position that will show you where you nearest Japanese Supermarket is for you to buy your ingredients from
•An FAQ video in which we answer 4 of the most frequently asked questions from the first Teach Me Sushi app
Once you have made your first few rolls – why don’t you upload them on our Teach Me Sushi Facebook fan page and share your creations? (
We’re also around on this group to answer any questions and respond to feedback at any given time

You might meet a Gemini who has a crush on a Leo w/ mob ties to a Taurus who recently knocked off a Virgo. W/ friends like that I wouldn't even get out of bed today.

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