Saturday, April 8, 2017

Carolyn Johnson Sorenson (1929-2017) Warren High School class of 1947



1947 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Sorenson Roger A (Carolyn) pit hlpr National Forge h29 Glade av
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Sorenson Keith emp New Process r1609 Madison Av
  • Sorenson Roger & Carolyn; emp Wrn Borough h1609 Madison Av
  • Soreson Steph J & Barbra E; processor New Process h21 Buchanan St 
  • Swanson Dale A & Nancy L   (Dales Auto Aligning) h12 Hinkle St

The popularity of Carolyn is graphed here.  As for Roger, he enjoyed a run of 55 years (1921-1975) among the top 100 names, peaking at #22 in 1945


Other Class of '47 graduates:
Rose Gleason King Font.  (1/2/2017)
Thomas Hampson.  (12/22/2016)
William Nordin.  (12/10/2016)
Barbara BovaKerr.  (11/22/2016)
Wilbur Nordin.  (11/16/2016)
Elwood Beckwith.  (10/28/2016)
Robert Huck.  (3/24/2016)
Lois Sigworth Conaway.  (3/23/2016)
Leroy Weaver.  (1/26/2016)
Betty Uplinger Hagberg.  (10/4/2015)
Betsi Conaway Preston Yerkes.  (6/15/2015)
Frank Shanshala.  (4/28/2015)
Joyce Mack Phelps.  (12/2/2014)
Henry Blick.  (8/29/2014)
Robert Songer.  (1/19/2014)

Washington Post: Shoppers seeking out $88 shirts, $95 sunglasses


Sources:  Warby Parker, Bonobos

The troubles at the American mall are coming to a boil.  (Washington Post, 4/5/2017)
It doesn’t help any of these legacy bricks-and-mortar companies that customers are increasingly seeking out under-the-radar labels with a more specialized, boutique feel. The likes of Bonobos, Warby Parker, Shinola and Marine Layer are picking off shoppers that might once have filled their closets with goods from more ubiquitous chains.

Not to mention this $800 watch from Shinola.

In many areas, the problems have already boiled over.

Now you see it.  Now you don't.  (Photos by Retiring Guy)

Related post:
UPDATE: The deadest of dead malls is gone, razed.  (1/3/2016)

UPDATE: Randy Hopp mug shot and library board election results



Reported in Gail Borden candidate accused of stealing hundreds of campaign signs.  (Daily Herald, 4/6/2017)

Related reading:
Illinois Public Library District At of 1991.  (Illinois General Assembly)


Original 4/6/2017 post, "Welcome to the Elgin Illinois archives of campaign yard signs" starts here.


Reported in Library candidate charged in campaign sign theft: police.  (Courier-News, 4/5/2017)


Related articles:
UPDATE. Randy Hopp's objection only serves to shine a light on his negatives.  (1/7/2017)  
UPDATE. Randy Hopp participates in tangle at candidates' debate.  (10/15/2016)
Randy Hopp not running for a library board seat this year, now shooting for Kane County Board.  (2/26/2016)
Randy Hopp may continue to use the Gail Borden Library, but he will not be serving on the board.  (4/9/2015)
The Randy Hopp saga returns.  (1/8/2015)
Randy Hopp is no longer a Gail Borden library trustee.  (5/27/2013)
Elgin Library trustee Randy Hopp not yet fit to stand trial .  (5/23/2013)
Sign this guy up for anger management classes.  (1/19/2012)
Library board member from hell is here to stay. ( 6/19/2011)
Add Elgin Community College to the list of places where Randy Hopp is banned.  (5/2/2011)
Gail Borden's 'board member from hell' is back in the news again.  (3/26/2011)
Crossing t's and dotting i's aren't enough for this library board member. (1/15/2011)
The strange saga of Randy Hopp, library trustee.  (5/23/2010)

Greetings from Phoenix, Arizona, where teen recreates opening scene from La La Land, asks Emma Stone to prom


Postcard from Retiring Guy's collection

Phoenix teen recreates 'La La Land' scene to ask Emma Stone to prom.  (Fox5, 4/5/2017)
Jacob Staudenmaier, 17, is a fan of the 2016 film “La La Land." He decided he wanted to recreate the famous opening sequence where we are first introduced to random singers, dancers and characters played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Like the film’s opening sequence, the recreated scene features cars that appear to be stuck in traffic.




Yellow arrow indicates the approximate point in time of initial distribution of Phoenix postcard shown at top of post.

Source:  Wikipedia

The follow-up
Emma Stone Responds to Arizona High School Teen’s Viral ‘Prom-posal’.  (Variety, 4/7/2017)
“Jacob, thanks for making the greatest proposal I have ever received,” Stone wrote. “I can’t tell you what an honor that was and how much I smiled through that entire beautifully orchestrated video. I’m in London working, but I hope you have the best time at prom, and I’m grateful you thought of me. Thank you. P.S. I do see Gosling around the eyes. Love, Emma.”

Greetings from Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah


From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

Great meals in Monument Valley.  (San Juan Record, 4/4/2017)
Originally, the site where the Stagecoach Dining Room is located first started out as a movie prop when John Ford began making movies down in Monument Valley. 



It became the mess hall for movie crews and cast. The cook would prepare the food, ring the bell (still displayed out front), and everyone would come in to eat family style. Read more: San Juan Record - Classifieds, Events, Businesses in Monticello, San Juan County, Utah - Great meals in Monument Valley.



Monument Valley in the Movies.  (CBS Sunday Morning)

Movies directed by John Ford filmed in Monument Valley
  • Stagecoach (1939)
  • My Darling Clementine (1946)
  • Fort Apache (1948)
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
  • Rio Grande (1950)
  • Wagon Master (1950)
  • The Searchers (1956)
  • Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
  • How the West Was Won (1962; multiple directors)
  • Cheyenne Autumn (1964; Ford's last film)

Friday, April 7, 2017

So many birch tree wedding ideas lead to so much poaching


Source:  Pinterest

Thousands of birch trees have been poached from the Northwoods.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/6/2017)
Thousands of trees have disappeared since last fall, stripped branches and stumps left behind at the crime scenes as the beautiful trees are sold to decorate homes and businesses and grace wedding tables.

Go faux.

UPDATE: Wisconsin voters pass majority of school referendums on spring election ballots


Wisconsin voters continue to approve more school referendums as $700 million OK'd this week.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/6/2017)
In all, voters agreed to take on an additional $464.7 million in new debt for building projects — on top of the $1.35 billion approved last year — and to contribute an additional $235 million for operating expenses. Of the 65 questions before voters Tuesday, 40, or 62% passed, including a near-record $181.3 million sought for the burgeoning Verona Area School District in Dane County.  [emphasis added]


Original 3/5/2017 post, "Dear Capital Times, That's pretty slim evidence", starts here.

(Apparently, you need to enter your own data)

Total passed:  122.
Total failed:  32
Passage rate:  79.3%

The Capital Times, on the other hand, thinks that a 60% -- 3 for 5 -- success rate deserves a 'falling' rating.


What a bunch of gomers, especially when the second entry in this category is the egregious teeth-whitener John Humphries.

Maybe the CT should wait for the results of the 65 referenda on the April 4 ballots.

Truly questionable deductions.




'Falling' debuted at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending June 8, 1963.  It spent 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at #22.  What a crime!

Are you a rich, balding white man? You have a 75% chance of being Trump's next chief of staff



Exclusive: Trump eyes new chief of staff; House Leader on short list.  (Axios, 4/7/2017)
(All to be taken with a grain of salt for now, I suppose.)  Insiders tell me that the possibilities for chief of staff include:
  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who developed a bond with Trump as one of the earlier congressional leaders to support him, and remains a confidant. 
  • Wayne Berman of Blackstone Group, a Washington heavy-hitter who was an Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, and a key adviser on eight presidential campaigns. 
  • David Urban of the Washington advisory firm American Continental Group, and a former chief of staff to the late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Urban helped Trump win an upset victory in Pennsylvania, and was in constant cellphone contact with the candidate throughout the campaign. 
  • Gary Cohn, Trump's economic adviser and the former #2 at Goldman Sachs, who has built a formidable team and internal clout.

Trump team will likely find a way to blame Obama for disappointing March jobs report


The Hill, 2/3/2017
The White House is taking credit for January’s robust jobs report, saying that companies ramped up hiring amid optimism that President Trump would be more friendly to businesses than President Obama. 
The economy added 227,000 new jobs in January, far greater than the 175,000 jobs economists had expected.

The February report
The White House celebrated Friday’s job numbers, which exceeded expectations and were the first to be released under President Trump’s watch. “Great news for American workers: economy added 235,000 new jobs, unemployment rate drops to 4.7% in first report for @POTUS Trump,” press secretary Sean Spicer said on Twitter, citing Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics figures.


It's gonna be hard for Trump's budget director (and former Freedom Caucus member) Mick Mulvaney to pour this glass of whine again.

CNN Money, 3/12/2017


Meet the Congressional frat boys otherwise known as the Freedom Caucus


96.77% white, all male.






Related posts:
Mark Meadows.  (3/30/2017)
Jim Jordan.  (3/30/2017)
Justin Amash.  (3/30/2017)
Joe Barton.  (3/30/3017)
Andy Biggs.  (3/30/3017)
Rod Blum.  (3/30/2017)
Dave Brat.  (3/31/2017)
Jim Bridenstine.  (3/31/2017)
Mo Brooks.  (3/31/2017)
Ken Buck.  (4/1/2017)
Warren Davidson.  (4/1/2017)
Ron DeSantis.  (4/2/2017)
Scott DesJarlais.  (4/2/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/2/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/3/2017)
Tom Garrett Jr.  (4/3/2017)
Louie Gohmert.  (4/3/2017)
Paul Gosar.  (4/3/2017)
Andy Harris.  (4/3/2017)
Jody Hice.  (4/4/2017)
Mark Johnson.  (4/4/2017)
Raul Labrador.  (4/4/2017)
Alex Mooney.  (4/4/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/5/2017)
Steve Pearce.  (4/5/2017)
Scott Perry.  (4/5/2017)
Bill Posey.  (4/6/2017)
Mark Sanford.  (4/6/2017)
David Schweikert.  (4/6/2017)
Randy Weber.  (4/7/2017)
Ted Yoho.  (4/7/2017)

Donald Trump declares war on Freedom Caucus: The Ted Yoho edition


The last in a series.



Source:  Ballotpedia

Florida's 3rd Congressional district
Source:   govtrack

Trump won 56.2% of the vote in Florida's 3rd Congressional District.  A mere squeak of an advantage to Yoho.  


Other Trump declares war on Freedom Caucus posts:
Mark Meadows.  (3/30/2017)
Jim Jordan.  (3/30/2017)
Justin Amash.  (3/30/2017)
Joe Barton.  (3/30/3017)
Andy Biggs.  (3/30/3017)
Rod Blum.  (3/30/2017)
Dave Brat.  (3/31/2017)
Jim Bridenstine.  (3/31/2017)
Mo Brooks.  (3/31/2017)
Ken Buck.  (4/1/2017)
Warren Davidson.  (4/1/2017)
Ron DeSantis.  (4/2/2017)
Scott DesJarlais.  (4/2/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/2/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/3/2017)
Tom Garrett Jr.  (4/3/2017)
Louie Gohmert.  (4/3/2017)
Paul Gosar.  (4/3/2017)
Andy Harris.  (4/3/2017)
Jody Hice.  (4/4/2017)
Mark Johnson.  (4/4/2017)
Raul Labrador.  (4/4/2017)
Alex Mooney.  (4/4/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/5/2017)
Steve Pearce.  (4/5/2017)
Scott Perry.  (4/5/2017)
Bill Posey.  (4/6/2017)
Mark Sanford.  (4/6/2017)
David Schweikert.  (4/6/2017)
Randy Weber.  (4/7/2017)

Donald Trump declares war on Freedom Caucus: The Randy Weber edition



Source:  Ballotpedia

Source:   govtrack

Trump won 58.2% of the vote in Texas' 14th Congressional District.  Advantage Weber.  


Other Trump declares war on Freedom Caucus posts:
Mark Meadows.  (3/30/2017)
Jim Jordan.  (3/30/2017)
Justin Amash.  (3/30/2017)
Joe Barton.  (3/30/3017)
Andy Biggs.  (3/30/3017)
Rod Blum.  (3/30/2017)
Dave Brat.  (3/31/2017)
Jim Bridenstine.  (3/31/2017)
Mo Brooks.  (3/31/2017)
Ken Buck.  (4/1/2017)
Warren Davidson.  (4/1/2017)
Ron DeSantis.  (4/2/2017)
Scott DesJarlais.  (4/2/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/2/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/3/2017)
Tom Garrett Jr.  (4/3/2017)
Louie Gohmert.  (4/3/2017)
Paul Gosar.  (4/3/2017)
Andy Harris.  (4/3/2017)
Jody Hice.  (4/4/2017)
Mark Johnson.  (4/4/2017)
Raul Labrador.  (4/4/2017)
Alex Mooney.  (4/4/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/5/2017)
Steve Pearce.  (4/5/2017)
Scott Perry.  (4/5/2017)
Bill Posey.  (4/6/2017)
Mark Sanford.  (4/6/2017)
David Schweikert.  (4/6/2017)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus: Two views of the Lyric Apartments from a sunny East Mifflin vantage point



Photos by Retiring Guy






2/20/2017 update starts here.

From East Washington and Brearly


Photos and video by Retiring Guy






Not cheap




1/10/2017 update, "Stone House development, the Lyric Apartments, takes shape", starts here.

From East Washington and Brearly.


Photos by Retiring Guy

From East Mifflin and Brearly.




Original 8/23/2016 post, "Another development starts to rise along East Washington Avenue in Madison Wisconsin", starts here.

In the very early stage.

Photos by Retiring Guy

New plans unveiled for Madison Dairy site on East Washington Avenue.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 9/12/2015)
Stone House Development has submitted plans with the city for a 10-story building that would include 200 apartments, more than 12,000 square feet of retail space and a parking facility for 355 vehicles on the former Madison Dairy Produce Co. site, 1000 East Washington Ave.


This stretch of the East Wash streetscape has changed considerably during the past few years.  (Constellation in foreground, Galaxie in center-right background.)




Related posts:
Madison East Washington Festival Foods is open for business.  (4/13/2016)
The balconies of the Constellation.  (4/19/2015)
The Constellation burns in reflected sunlight.  (1/11/2015)
The Constellation rises above the treetops.  (9/7/2014)

Other "Towering Isthmus" posts:
VIDEO UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus, Old National Bank Capitol Square development.  (12/22/2016) 
UPDATE.  Another look at Ovation 309.  (10/22/2016)
UPDATE.  Oh, the sun shines bright on my hubbA hubBa home...".  (10/15/2016)
'Boutique' just means you can't afford to stay there.  (10/15/2016)
UPDATE.  Uncommon, the final shot.  (9/16/2016)
UPDATE.  Capitol's Edge Apartments, the final shots.  (9/16/2016)
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus, Anchor Bank Capitol Square development.  (8/9/2016)
AC Hotel Madison at East Washington & North Webster (view from Capitol observation deck).  (7/4/2016) 
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus: hubBa with cranes wingspan.  (7/4/2016)
UPDATE: The Towering Isthmus: Uncommon eyesore. (5/5/2016)
UPDATE: The Towering Isthmus: Capitol's Edge Apartments.  (2/27/2016)
UPDATE:  The Lux on West Johnson Street.  (1/15/2016)
UPDATE:  Madison Plan Commission rejects 10-story boutique hotel to take place of Pahl Tire.  (10/14/2015)
UPDATE:  9 more stories to go.  (9/26/2015)
670,000 square foot development risin' on the 800 block of East Washington.  (4/19/2015)
Sleeping and entertainment destination to rise in the middle of this photo.  (1/11/2015)
A behemoth hogs the skyline from Bascom Hill.  (12/14/2014)
Cranes at dusk.  (12/11/2014)
UPDATE: The Towering Isthmus: The Towers of Porta Bella.  (11/23/2013)
The Hub, the new hulk in town.  (11/16/2014)
North Bedford Street Project Still in the Proposal Stage.  (11/11/2014)
Coming soon: Another chapter in The Towering Isthmus Saga? (9/19/2014)
Blue Velvet.  (9/10/2014)
The New Edgewater Hotel gets ready for its fireworks celebration.  (9/10/2014) 
Among the first wave of towers on the Isthmus.  (9/9/2014)
For those of you who haven't stood at the intersection of West Gilman and State Street in Madison Wisconsin lately.  (9/9/2014)
A tree grows on West Gilman Street.  (9/9/2014) 
Nobly or otherwise, this is no longer the question.  (9/8/2014) 
Deconstruction complete at 17, 19, 25 North Webster and 201 East Mifflin Streets.  (9/7/2014)
The towering isthmus (left to right).  (8/27/2014)
The Towering Isthmus (and the 3 cranes): For folks who can afford the view.  (7/22/2014) 
That Was Then, This is Now: The 400 Block of West Gilman.  (7/18/2014)
New housing rising.  (5/8/2014)
Cranes over Porta Bella.  (4/22/2014)

UPDATE. Frst 2 houses under construction in Back Nine Phase 4t of Community of Bishops Bay


The signage designating plat 4.


Lot 164, looking northwest.



Lot 137, looking north-northeast.


2/20/2017 update, "Lots are available in the Back Nine Neighborhood Phase 4 Plat of the Community of Bishops Bay", starts here.


Photos by Retiring Guy




9/28/2016 update, "Welcome to the Back Nine Neighborhood Phase 4 Plat of the Community of Bishops Bay", starts here.


A closer view of the sign

The obligatory video



As seen from near the CTH Q entrance to the development, a 5th apartment apartment building rises.




7/19/2016 update, "Sandhill cranes inspect back yard of this new Community of Bishop's Bay home", starts here.


Catch up with all the action at Bishop's Bay Community News.


7/15/2016 update, " Not-so-affordable views at the Community at Bishop's Bay in Middleton", starts here.

Looking southwest from 'Congressional Hill'.


If you're in the market for a 5-bedroom, 4-bath, 3866-square-foot home, this is your neighborhood!

Unfortunately, this iPhone panorama ended with some washed-out clouds.  Looking north toward Waunakee, where the kids in this new Middleton development go to school





Panoramic view.  Middleton's Northlake Neighborhood in foreground, The Community at Bishop's Bay across County Highway Q.  (5/8/2016)


With a little bit of zoom.


Related posts:
Frederick's Hill, Pheasant Branch Conservancy.  (9/29/204)
A View of Waunakee and Middleton from Frederick's Hill.  (9/26/2014)

 
Original 3/20/2016 post "The Community at Bishop's Bay in Middleotn continues to grow",  starts here.

Although the development is within the City of Middleton, it is also within the attendance area of the Waunakee Community School District.

All photos by Retiring Guy.  (This one taken last Thursday, the rest today.)

The red arrow marks the approximate position of where I stood when taking the above photo.


I stood next to this metal sculpture while snapping this photo.



The development will eventually extend beyond the silo seen in the distance center of this photo.



The development is once again a site of this year's Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes.  



Multi-family housing, too.


Related posts:
Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes: The beginning and now.  (5/22/2015)
Bishops Bay Branch Library in Middleton's Future?  (10/23/2012)