Good corporate (stooge) citizen with the dream to be a published author one day but the realism to know that a good MBA will go a long way.  The novel I had in-progress for the last 6+ years looks remarkably like a book recently published by Dean Koontz.  Since I don't have the legal backing to take him on, I'll focus my energy on the wonderful, wacky world of West Allis.  Thanks for the memories.

I am a writer with more talent than drive and more ideas than completed stories. I am writing the forthcoming Arizona and Utah novel as I currently work on this West Allis project. While I have not worked to get published, I have written two film scripts, about a dozen short stories, and over 100 poems over the past two decades. I have also written humorous articles for Real Wisconsin News. Actually, I have started to work to get published, and it ain't easy.

I started by putting all of my stories on Amazon. Even some on Google Books. I also created author profiles on various book sites. When I'd gotten most of my old work online, I made my author page (McNewsy) a subscription-only website so that the droves of adoring fans could someday pay for a subscription--likely after I'm dead and someone "discovers" what I was capable of writing. I then focused on my teaching lessons, putting around 300 of them online for folks to buy. Of course, I should have started with the lessons, since those actually sell. Even my best-selling Kindle book is a lesson unit. Realizing that non-fiction sells better than fiction, I tried my hand at writing a simple guide for churches to build their own websites (since none of them seem to want to hire me).

 

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Articles, reviews, advice, and legitimate research to go along with some back-handed comments. Think of us as Jacksonville's mother-in-law.
  • Alleys in Jacksonville Confirmed
    There are alleys in the Springfield area of Jacksonville
    I was driving in the Springfield area of Jacksonville when I finally saw my first alley. As I drove around a bit more, I saw more of the handy passageways, nestled behind homes. I'm not sure if this is exclusive to Springfield or if I've missed the miniature roads in other parts of town, but I'd been under the impression that alleys never made their way to Jacksonville at all.


    If you want to see some alleys like the one pictured, then head over to Springfield before all the alleys become parking lots or bike paths.  Or something progressive like community gardens. It looks like there are some paved alleys behind such local businesses as Hyperion and Main & Six brewers. Also in the residential neighborhoods to the west of Main Street. Park your car and take a stroll through an alley if you've never done it before.

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    Educabana on Teachers Pay Teachers (mostly ELA lessons)
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    Brian Jaeger - Resume (I'm always interested)

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  • Advice From Your Driver: Lawyer Up
    I was listening to a lady today as she described her recent car accident. She had a green left turn arrow, but she was hit by someone who seemed to have been disobeying the law. While I think she was being truthful, I also think that she's probably in some trouble if she doesn't lawyer up.


    I don't particularly like lawyers. None of us do, I suppose, especially if we're ever on the wrong end of a lawsuit. Which is exactly why this woman needs a lawyer. The police officer on the scene did not issue a citation to the other driver, AND she was driving her friend's car, who is now complaining of back pain. PLUS, she was on the phone, answering INSURANCE COMPANY questions. That's all a recipe for disaster! Why? Read on...

    She claims she had a green arrow, which should put her in the category of little to no fault, but if she still had that arrow, the man who hit her should have received a ticket for failure to yield. While she does have two witnesses in her car, that apparently wasn't enough for the responding officer, which means she might need more witnesses. I assume lawyers know how to find these people...I sure don't. I nobody stopped to corroborate her story, then she's suddenly potentially AT FAULT. Or at least 50% liable.

    Also, her friend will probably have to sue her if the fault of the other driver isn't established. She just got done giving all the details of the accident to her own or her friend's insurance company. The only people worse than lawyers are insurers. They will work with each other in order to avoid any responsibility or extra payments. This woman should not want to deal with her own or her friend's insurance. On top of all that, her own insurance will probably go way up. That sucks, especially if she wasn't really at fault.

    If you get into an accident in Jacksonville, get a lawyer. If it's a fender-bender, at least call the cops and your insurance (I made the mistake of trusting the at-fault party).

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    Passive Ninja - Web Design in Jacksonville
    McNewsy - Creative Writing
    Educabana - Educational Resources
    Brave New Church - Church Website Design
    Voucher School - Pros and Cons of School Vouchers
    Luthernet - Web Design for Lutheran Churches
    Sitcom Life Lessons - What we've learned from sitcoms
    Mancrush Fanclub - Why not?
    Epic Folktale - Stories of the unknown
    Wild West Allis - Every story ever told about one place
    Educabana on Teachers Pay Teachers (mostly ELA lessons)
    Real Wisconsin News - Satire from Wisconsin
    Zoo Interchange Milwaukee - Community website
    Chromebook Covers - Reviews and opinions

    Brian Jaeger - Resume (I'm always interested)

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  • No Locals at Local Hotels Could be the Answer
    I was reading an article about a hotel policy in Milwaukee aimed at keeping parties, prostitution, and other illicit activities out of a hotel. The policy is not to allow anyone who lives within 30 miles of the city to book a room. It was kind of a secret policy, apparently, and local government officials are probably going to stop it, but maybe the hotel chain that was doing this has an idea that could work for Jacksonville.

    Wouldn't it be interesting to know the statistics associated with a policy like this before it gets universally condemned? Did calls to police go down? Were there fewer underage drinking parties that annoyed other guests? Did the hotels lose a lot of potential money? 

    I'd say that Milwaukee should ask the hotel some of these questions in order to find out if such a policy would be good for the community as a whole. And Jacksonville ought to pay attention to any answers that come from such an inquiry.

    I get it that a family might have a house fire or some other problem and need a local place to stay, so there probably needs to be a way to circumvent a policy like this. However, if we are serious about cleaning up some of the hotels in the areas known for illicit activities, then there may be some merit in a ban on locals.