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City of Neenah at Work

Question for you, When is the best time to do road work on the 2nd busiest intersection (Highway 41 and Breese wood – downtown Commercial and Main is busier yet) in Neenah?

My answer: Saturday. Otherwise midday (8am to 4pm) during the week.

City of Neenah’s Answer: Rush hour on a weekday morning.

This is the second time they’ve done minor rework during rush hour on a workday. Last time it was replacing the light bulbs in the stop lights. This time it was filling in some pot holes with asphalt.

Both of these tasks take a few hours and can easily be accomplished during the work day without affecting morning and evening commuters.

Instead they cut traffic down to one lane and create a backup over a half mile onto the highway endangering hundreds of people with a potential traffic accident.

I saw one semi truck this morning that couldn’t break in time actually – the driver pulled onto the shoulder and proceeded to pass stopped cars before he came to a stop.

I don’t mind road work, really. But at the same time I would expect some better scheduling done to prevent potential safety issues and some forethought of ‘how is this going to affect drivers?

City of Neenah – The rest of us actually want to get to work. Can you please look at our saftey before you do this again?


The day after I posted this story a bus was rearended by an SUV due to the issue. Apparently it took 2 days for whatever they were doing to get done – both days requring work during rush hour. The bus was empty so no childern were hurt, the driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Sprained Ankle

So last Wednesday night I managed to sprain my ankle in a rut in my backyard. I don’t mean twisted, hurt, etc – I mean the ‘hurt so bad my toes are turning back and blue’ sprain.

Yes – I’m telling the truth about my toes. The tops of my toes are actually bruised along with pretty much the rest of my foot.



On Thursday morning I called into work and told them I’d be taking the day off and I called up my mom who happens to live across town (My wife had to work) so I could get a ride to the local clinic for x-rays and a doctor’s opinion. I swear I heard a ‘pop’ when I fell.

X-rays came back clean – no fracture.


So crutches and limping for the next few weeks!

Fast forward over the weekend and I’m back at work on Monday now. I can limp along without crutches as long as I wear this ‘aircast’ thing the doctor gave me, which is a huge plus over crutches and not be able to walk at all.


So for the next few weeks, or however long it takes to heal, I get to wear an air-cast and limp around everywhere. I’m just praying that I’ll be able to walk around easily by the time my vacation starts in 2 weeks!

Staining the Deck

Over the holiday weekend my wife and I stained the deck in our backyard. When we bought the house I figured we needed to get it done, but I wasn’t really sure how badly it needed it…

The deck looks amazing now.


Only problem is the sunlight. The deck gets nearly direct sunlight from dawn to dusk all summer long, as a result we don’t really use it too much.

So next up – adding a pergola so it looks even better and with the added shade from a canvas ‘roof’ of some sort we’ll be able to use it even more often!