Monthly Archives: April 2007

Driving In Wausau – A Grand Experience

Eds Note:  Dr. Rent’s post this week has nothing to to with rentals — unless you count rental cars.

John H. FischerBy Dr. Rent

This weekend I was on the go.  This is a very busy time for landlords:  move outs, move ins, spring cleaning, lots of stuff going on.  It got in the way of me finding time to post last weekend, and most of my personal errands (such as grocery shopping) had to be done today (Sunday).

Below is my top ten list; some friendly suggestions for driving in Wausau.  Yes, I know it was Sunday so Sunday drivers were to be expected, and yes I know that I am a quite aggressive driver… but still… I think these suggestions will help.

1)Wausau area traffic moves at 5-10 miles over the posted speed limit.  I am willing to go the posted speed limit, but if you are running at 5 miles or more under, you are more of a hazard than the speeders.

2)For those of you about to pass those not complying with item 1, using your turn signals to indicate lane changes IS NOT giving information to the enemy.  I would be more than happy for you to pass them first, you are ahead of me… but don’t just jump in front of me without signaling.  99% of us will slow down to let you in if you signal.

3)That 99% thing in item 2 does NOT apply if, because of construction, lanes are going to one lane, and we have all already merged into that lane, and you pass 30 of us to where the barrels start.  We will remember you and you won’t be let in until all 30 of us have gotten by.

4)One way streets apply to everyone, sorry.

5)If you know you are going to have to turn left… it is strongly suggested that you get into the left lane more than one block ahead of time.

6)I understand if you are new to the area, you may not know if the left lane or the right lane is the best way to go… but I GUARANTEE that you are better off choosing one and being wrong than you are riding the center line.

7)Construction zones are dangerous, even a lead foot like me respects construction zone speed limits.  If I am doing 55 in the construction on the freeway and you blow past me like I am going backwards… don’t be too surprised to catch the attention of the troopers who like sitting in the construction zones.  Fines are double.

8)There is no right turn on red coming off Stewart onto 1st St. by the mall, don’t honk at me if I don’t run the red.  The same is true where Business 51 turns off of Schofield Ave by Krueger Floral in Weston/Schofield.

9)It was over 80 and yes, some people look really REALLY good in tank tops, but if traffic stops suddenly in front of you… your rear-ending that guy will get her attention, but not in the way you want.

10)To the motorcycle going up Franklin Street at about 15 miles an hour looking at all the cool houses, THANK YOU for pulling way over when a car came up behind you.

Have a safe summer driving season Wausau!

Dr. Rent

Race Ya!

On a gorgeous day yesterday, some downtownies were at play on the 400 Block.

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Friday Dudley: April 27, 2007

In the gloaming.

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A Walk into History

By Christine Martens

The Marathon County Historical Society has created a new guide for a walking tour of the Andrew Warren Historical District. This guide is great- complete with photos and stories of the people who originally owned the homes. It comments on architectural style and architects as well. The guide is free and can be picked up at the Historical Society (on McIndoe Street), local B & B’s and the Visitors Center (the tee pee building near Cedar Creek). And just incase your are concerned, the tour does not take you up the Franklin Street hill- maybe in their next guide.

The Marathon County Historical Society is also hosting guided walking tours on Mondays in May. Give a call to them at 842-5750 for more details or www.marathoncountyhistory.com.

Happy Birthday Wausaublog!

By Bill Coady

There have been more than a few times when I thought that I would not be writing this post for the Wausaublog.  There have been a few times when I thought the Wausaublog was not going to live another day, but here it is a year later, and it is still standing.  Or perhaps lying down or maybe even on life support, it is kind of hard to tell right now.  I have been very busy with other projects and the same seems to be true of the other contributors.

The blog was started a year ago in response to a perceived need for a blog about Wausau, not just from here.  Pat Peckham was doing a story for the City Pages and contacted Dino to see if anyone had a non-corporate blog about Wausau and between the two of them, they could not find one.  So, for no other reasons than impatience and a love for my adopted hometown, I stepped into the breech and started the Wausaublog and registered the domain name.

My original intention was to simply provide a “clothesline” that people could hang things on, but that vision never really jelled, and somehow it became a fairly personal effort.  It was never my intention that the blog would be about me in any way, shape or form, but surely you know what road is paved with good intentions.

Doing the Wausaublog over the past year has been an amazing experience for me.  I have met many people I would have probably otherwise never met.  People who have enriched my life in ways I cannot even begin to fathom.  For this I am deeply grateful.  I have learned more about and been more aware of the wonders of Wausau over the past year than in the 8 previous years of residence here.  I am grateful for that as well.  I guess I am most grateful for the opportunity to try different things have a chance to find what my passion is, and perhaps where my talent lies.  I have been taking pictures for a long time, but this is the first time my work has been recognized professionally.  I have a long way to go in that department, but my confidence in that area is growing, and I have the comments and support of readers of the blog to thank for that.  You know who you are.

It has not been all roses, either.  Along the way, apparently I have manage to tick off and disappoint people, but I guess that is also part of life’s rich pagaent.  The blog has suffered through ups and downs in activity as contributors have come and gone for their own reasons and my ability to keep up with daily postings has waxed and waned.  I guess we will have to see what a second year will bring.

I have said from the beginning that I am not the right person to be writing a blog about Wausau.  I am not a native and being a full time dad, live a somewhat sheltered life.  I still continue to feel that way.  But I do get out more now and continue to keep my eyes and ears open, and I will continue to write about our fair city and especially take pictures of it.  And when I do, I will post them here.  And I hope you will keep reading and commenting.  And I especially hope you will consider writing something yourself or even starting your own blog about Wausau.  The more the merrier.

Thanks Wausau and I hope to be able to celebrate a second birthday on a bigger and better Wausaublog.

And that’s a Wrap

Bill CoadyBy Bill Coady

I had the pleasure of sitting down with James Rubino, the organizer of the Wausau Film Festival after it was over last night.  He was pleased with the turnout for the event and is planning further film events here in Wausau.  He is hoping to have have quarterly showings of local films at an intimate venue like Kelly’s with a larger annual festival.  Certainly ambitious plans, but if realized it will add very much to the already vibrant arts scene here in Wausau.

About 120 people attended the 4 showings of the festival, which James considered pretty good for the first time out.  It may be that the perfect spring weather held down attendance during the afternoon showings, the 7 pm showing was completely full, and the folks at Kelly’s were kind enough to allow an extra showing of some of the films after 9 pm, which also attracted a pretty good crowd considering it was not on the original program.

Audience members were enthusiastic about the films, as I chatted with James at the end of the last showing, he would ask people as they left what they thought of the event and which films they liked best.  Every one gave the event as a whole a thumbs up, and picked “Tractor for Sale”; “The Magnificent Donut” and the “big budget” “West Bank Story” as favorites.  James also mentioned that among the younger set, “Ghost Tag” got rave reviews as it is somewhat of a music video featuring the music of local bands.  If you missed the festival, you can check out the films by going to www.jcrubino.net, where James has links to all of the films that were shown.

But interestingly enough, James gives the internet mixed reviews when it comes to filmaking.

“It is great for communications among filmmakers,” he said, “and good for getting the word out about a film,” but he feels it “would be a shame” if that is how people experienced film.

“It should be a community experience,” he went on, citing similar thought expressed by Ken Burns in his recent appearance in Stevens Point.  “There should be a shared experience with film — maybe you will start laughing after you hear the person next to you laugh, too.”  Especially if that person is snorting through their nose at “Chad Vader,” I have to add.

Community was a big theme in why James put together the film festival and throughout our conversation.  James feels that there is the underpinnings of a very good film making community here is Wausau.  James feels that with some sponsorship and underwriting that a community film making effort could really take off here.  James feels the talent and creativity is here, and judging from the films that were shown, I have to agree.  James also feels that perhaps one avenue that really needs to be explored is the collaboration between local bands and local film makers.

It is true that Wausau has a tremendous arts community, including such wonderful institutions such as the Leigh Yawkey-Woodson Art Museum, The Center for the Visual Arts, the Wausau Conservatory of Music, Wausau Dance Theater and many others.  It would be nice if soon there was a similar place for film makers and their art, and I think that James and his crew that put together this first film festival are off to a good start to make that happen.

Friday Dudley: April 20, 2007

A little later than I like to post these, but hopefully worth waiting for.

And speaking of waiting, I also added a few more pix to the CW 360, you can check those out as well.

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