Passion = Truth? How Jeffrey James Francis Ircink Sees The World? Let me explain. I love when people are passionate about something. That surging of emotion is the one honest measure of what truth is. It's a truthful display of how a person really feels about something or someone at that particular moment. That passion IS truth.

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Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
Playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Sugarin' 2014"! Tappin' maples!

Spent the long weekend tapping trees, sorting through equipment (what we have & what we can't find), putting up additional lines, chopping wood....the set-up before burning sap into syrup is labor intensive. As we got a later start than usual this year, we were glad to see the sap is still running. My guess is our take won't match 800 gallons like last year, but as we tell our father - it's all about the journey. Back we go next weekend to burn that sap into syrup!

Brother Jas checking lines.


View from the cabin.

Me - with tubing. I know - the beard. Never had it that long. It's for a Shakespeare play I'm doing in Milwaukee this June.


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"Sugarin' 2014"! Laying lines!

Laying out the tubing to collect maple sap is a bitch. It does make our job easier once we start collecting maple sap and burning it. It's this - or going up to each tree and grabbing a bag or bucket and hauling that all the way back to our burner. I'll take the lines.

The snow came half-way up our calves and was crusty on top, making the trek up the hills slow going. About 3,000 feet of tubing later, we're finished! Next trip:  tappin' maples!

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Brother Jas by the fire.

Me & my coffee.

Zol #1 shot.

Zol #2 shot.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Have another beer, Joe Zepecki!

Joe Zepecki. As of October 29, 2012, Zepecki was the Obama Campaign Wisconsin Communications Director. Not sure if he's still working in that capacity. Apparently he's working for the Wisconsin gubernatorial campaign of Mary Burke (D) who is running against incumbent Governor Scott Walker (R). Numerous quotes from Zepecki have him attributed as "Burke spokesperson", so he's working for Burke's campaign in some capacity.

I've been a supporter of Scott Walker going back to his years serving in the Wisconsin State Assembly. But forget that for a moment. Make believe I have no idea who Scott Walker is.

In a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article ("Poll shows little shift in race for governor", 3/27/2014), Zapecki stated,

"Not only are Walker and his allies' unprecedented amount of early, false, negative attacks on Mary Burke not working, voters know, by an overwhelming margin, that Walker's economic plans aren't working either."

Let's say, for argument's sake, that Zapecki's statement is 100% truthful - that some of Walker's attacks (and political advertising) have been false. Assume that's true. Now look at Mary Burke's first television advertising campaign, unveiled on March 5, 2014. The narrator in the commercial states, "under Walker, unemployment’s up," while the graphic on the screen changes from 4.8% to 6.2%. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the federal government’s official jobs counter, is footnoted as the source.

With me so far? So I went to the BLS and checked the stats myself. Walker assumed the governorship in January 2011 when the unemployment rate was 7.7% and it now stands at 6.1% (January 2014). So one would look at these numbers and deduce that "under Walker, unemployment rates have gone down from 7.7% to 6.1%." Correct? (The 6.2% was the last recorded stat before the January 2014 numbers were released.)

So where did Burke get the 4.8% number from? This is a gut-buster (to me anway) - that figure was an unemployment rate when Burke worked for then-Governor Jim Doyle (D) from 2005-07).

So pray tell, Joe Zepecki - how is Scott Walker responsible for fluctuations in the Wisconsin unemployment rate during the Doyle administration?

Back to what I mentioned earlier - let's say Zepecki's statement about the Walker administration above is true. If Mary Burke feels Walker isn't doing his job and that she can more effectively manage Wisconsin's affairs, don't you think her first priority would be to NOT do what her campaign is saying Walker's campaign is doing? Do the opposite? Wouldn't she want to set a good example and not skew, embellish or blatantly lie about statistics as important as unemployment rates? You would think her spokesperson, Joe Zepecki, would know this. I mean....he did accuse Walker's administration of spreading false attacks.

Fucking hypocrisy at its zenith. The stats don't lie.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, Brother Jason!

Boy - the years fly, don't they? Here's to my baby brother (2 1/2 years younger). A fine man, indeed! Click on READ MORE! to see lots of candids of brother & brother.

The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Tour in Milwaukee
Bristol Renaissance Faire
4th of July in Greendale, WI
Milwaukee's Irish Fest
Rendezvous in Mauston, WI with Dad & Uncle Fran Ircink
Santa Barbara
Greendale's Village Days with Cousin Tom Waite
Bowhunting in Necedah, WI
Los Angeles with actor Bo Svenson
"Sugaring" west of Dodgeville, WI (maple syrup)
Fishing in Lake Tomahawk with Uncle Fran Ircink
Staged reading of my play "Reveille" with Dave Hranicka
Camping in Mauston
Milwaukee Film Festival
Wine tasting in Buellton

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Carter Paul Nowak! Powitanie!

Congratulations to Cousin Joe Nowak (Aunt Ev Ircink's 2nd youngest son) and his wife, Ashley, on the birth of their first-born - my 2nd cousin - Carter Paul Ircink. "Powitanie" is Polish (as is "Nowak") for "welcome". Cheers!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Separated at Birth? U.S. Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon & Tom Hanks.

U.S. Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon (top) & Tom Hanks in "Saving Private Ryan". Probably one of the best SAB's I've come up with.

Lawrence Gordon was killed while fighting during WWII. His remains will finally be brought home. Read the story here.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

"Diary of a Cemeterian".

"...Great is Life, real and mystical, wherever and whoever;
Great is Death—sure as life holds all parts together, Death holds all parts together. Has Life much purport?—Ah, Death has the greatest purport."

- from Walt Whitman's "Great are the Myths"

One chapter completed in my book. There's a sort of calm associated with writing about death.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Mikaela Shiffri. USA. GOLD!

USA's Mikaela Shiffri triumphed in the women's slalom - and made history by becoming the youngest medal winner in this event. Another hot-tay from the winter olympics in Sochi.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Primitve hanger.

Saw a utility light in the garbage at work. Couldn't let it be. Cut off the extension cord and pried off the metal protector cage and now it's hanging in my kitchen.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Jamie Anderson. USA. GOLD!

Sochi. Jamie Anderson (USA). Hot. I mean - Gold. Women's Slopestyle.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Separated at Birth? Sven Kramer & Taylor Lautner.

Sven Kramer (top), Dutch speedskater. Sort of a dick, I'm guessing. Could be wrong. Taylor Lautner, actor. Sort of a jag. Could be wrong on that as well.

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51.43 seconds?

Eric Heiden from Madison, WI was the golden boy of the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, NY. He won 5 gold medals...every event in speedskating. No one has accomplished that feat since. Now, the guy below is Sven Kramer of the Netherlands, who just set an Olympic record in the 5,000 meters at the winter olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Kramer's time? 6:10.76. Heiden's gold-winning time in the 5,000 meters was 7:02.29. 51.43 seconds slower than Kramer's time.

That's more than a lap distance.

Whatever. Heiden is still the king. Always will be.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, Minnie!

Minnie Driver's birthday was yesterday. I had the good fortune to see her perform three times in Los Angeles in 2009 before I moved back to Wisconsin. Yeah - she sings, writes and performs guitar. One of the best voices I've had the pleasure to hear in years.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday!


Kitchen junk drawer. Needed a cleansing.
4 Chapsticks
8 eye drop bottles
9+ pieces of candy
12+ batteries
2 eyeliner pencils (?)
5 matchbooks
4 glue sticks
I should have a sale. throw them all back from whence they came...

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Glen Mar Post-Xmas Bailiú!

It's tough fitting parties in during the actual Christmas season so I had a party after the holidays last weekend. It was just as festive. Above:  Dad & Bob Wallner.

Paula Wallner, Mom, Aunt Ruth (Ircink) and Jackie Rindall.

Brother Jas, Rick Nowak & Uncle Bob Nowak.

Sue Nowak & Aunt Ev (Ircink) Nowak.

Darryl Rindall.

Mary Beth (2nd cousin) and Bernie Schroedl.

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