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Historic hotel coming down

Tuesday, May, 20 2014

And that was after the original one burned down.

A piece of history will come down in Menasha, as the decision has been made to get rid of this grand old building in favor of something new, modern, and hopefully money-making for Menasha.

Cash is all well and good, but I'm a fan of old buildings oozing with character. I know they aren't efficient or cheap to renovate and keep functioning. Hell, we bought a house like that! I live it.

It saddens me to see a grand old building go away forever, but it is worse when it gives way for something that doesn't respect the spot. It's still unclear as to what exactly will take the place of this grand old lady.

I'll talk about this today on the show at 4:30-ish with the president of the Menasha Historical Society.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 26 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Vacation has ended

Sunday, May, 18 2014

Well that went fast.

And now it's back to PhilCasting, a.k.a. work, because I'm broke after a week on Sanibel Island. You know things have gotten pricey when you're paying $16.95 for a crunchy grouper sandwich. Oh, it comes with a pickle spear and a few chips. Yikes.

But the weather was incredible, warmer than usual last week. We hit 90-92 degrees every day, and the night-time low temp was always right around 80.

Speaking of weather, Reggie informed me that we had another bout of heavy rain last week and that some listeners were calling asking about my basement, which is prone to flooding in those situations! Thanks for asking. We got home late Saturday to find one lone puddle in the middle of the floor, meaning it must have come up through the floor again. No damage done.

Now, back to the vacation report....

I walked the beach every day for hours, collecting sea shells, seeing turtle nests, watching dolphins and just relaxing in general. I'm proud to say I really did disconnect from the internet, news and not a tweet was to be had on Twitter, not even a look.

A highlight of the trip was looking at a special house there. I'll have the  story on the Monday show. Plus, what one rather odd moment stuck out in my head from the entire trip. It involved being at a place in the Sanibel Harbor called Gramma Dots and a family there.

Now back to the oddity of socks. Wearing socks. Socks just feel very wrong to me right now. Wrong but necessary here, that's for sure.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 26 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Visiting Mike

Friday, May, 9 2014

I admit, I feel a bit uncomfortable writing about a writer.

Having for some time now fashioned myself as a bit of a word butcher, I get the sense that I'm kidding myself when I think I could do what, oh I don't know, an actual writer on the NY Times Best-Seller list does!

But here it is, my feeble attempt at writing about a writer named Michael Perry.

Words like "down home" style would probably be used to describe his books, although my guess is Mike himself wouldn't go for that whole stereotype thing.

This is his latest effort.

I'm not a reader, but I enjoyed every word of "Visiting Tom".
Maybe that's because I could have written it about my late neighbor at the lake house and just called the book "Visiting Eddie" instead.

To this day I can still hear Eddie's voice explaining to me how to use what he called a 'convincer', a large pipe placed over a wrench to add force when attempting to loosen a rusty nut.

There are a lot of Toms and Eddies out there, and for that I am grateful.

Ironically, for a guy who writes so much about everyday family life, I suspect Michael Perry gets no where near the amount of time he would like with his family here in Wisconsin.

These days he is either on a book tour, doing live radio show appearances or playing with his band called the Longbeds.

His traveling road show stops in Appleton on Friday, May 16 at the PAC. CLICK HERE for more info.

If he can squeeze me in, Michael will be on the PhilCast (his second time now, earning him the title of 'Friend of the PhilCast') at 3:45-ish today, Friday, May 9.

If you miss it, catch the podcast of the segment at

Now I better use spell check....he's an author for cryin' eye ay.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 27 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Meet Maddy

Thursday, May, 8 2014

Here's Maddy in the studio with me....

What a great service dog.

And here is a link to Compassionate Canines....

....check them out and help out if you can.

Maybe your dog has service in its future?

posted by: Phil Cianciola 27 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Sludge-belching beast

Wednesday, May, 7 2014

CLICK HERE to see it.
It's almost so bad you can smell it through your screen.

PhilCast listener Patrick posted a video after hearing me talk Tuesday on the show about this stinky run-in I had with some sort of sludge-belching beast while on my bike ride through the countryside.

What's in the video is exactly what I saw...and SMELLED on the ride. You nailed it Patrick.

A manure transfer huh?
He should know...he says he works on a farm and that the company that built and runs that transfer system is from Chilton.

I think I can still smell it in my nose today.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 27 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

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