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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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June 15: Picture of the Day

June 15, 2010 at 09:12 AM

The start to this week has not been good.

My once-beloved Sirius satellite radio is becoming a real annoyance due to what has so far been horrible customer service. What happens in the next few days will decide whether I start a personal war against Sirius. Stay tuned.

Then last night we got drilled in baseball and kicked it around much of the night.

So this morning, driving early in the mist and fog, I needed something hopeful to come my way.

And he did, running across the road and then darting into the ditch. “A pheasant?” I pondered. Surely not.

But it was. That’s only the third time in six years of living around Elmwood that I’ve seen a live rooster pheasant along the road. Each of those spots s etched in my mental GPS. Here’s hoping the next pheasants I see will be a hen with a huge brood of little roosters at her side.

Thanks rooster. You pulled me through. Thoughts of fall and birds and dogs are always happier than calls to the Phillipines or India to customer service agents who have no vested interest in a company that pays them.

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