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Wrestling with Wrestling Manual

I just ran across an article about the world's oldest sports manual.  Columbia University researchers found a wrestling  instructional manual in Egypt dating back to 200 A.D.  It  mentions some of the moves still used in wrestling today like a headlock and underhooks.  However, I don't think researchers took a close enough look at the document. I think it is missing several key elements that makes wrestling great: 1) Ring girls.  Let's be honest.  One of the main reasons to watch wrestling is to see the girls in bathing suits holding up numbers telling us what round we're about to watch. 2) Costumes.  Whether it's a crazy mask or a boa or shorts that are just a little too tight, every good wrestler has an outfit. 3) Swagger.  Hulk Hogan is not great because he can wrestle.  He's awesome because he can rip his own shirt off his chest quickly. 4) Endorsements.  I would have never had the urge to buy a Slim Jim at the gas station without the help of the late Macho Man Randy Savage.  This commercial has to make the original creators of wrestling proud.
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500 to 15

Dying is easy, comedy is hard -- George Bernard Shaw's last words.   Writing or saying something funny is really tough to do.  Every morning Kitty and I will find stories and sometimes we come up with something funny to say, but other times...not so much.  I used to get mad that I couldn't think of something funny to say each and every time. Not anymore. This morning we chatted with Saturday Night Live's head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers.  He's coming to Madison tomorrow to perform stand-up at the Barrymore theatre.  I asked him how many people are writing jokes for the Weekend Update segment.  He told me he works with 3 other writers and they come up with about 500 jokes for the show and only about 15 of them are actually used. I know he was exaggerating, but I'm sure it's still a lot of jokes.  And let's be honest, not even all the jokes that do make it on the show are funny. Wow.  I guess this job is harder than I thought.  Somehow that makes me feel better. Listen to the interview here:
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Ultimate Baseball Stadium?

I recently saw an article about the new stadium the Florida Marlins will call home starting next baseball season.  It is pretty spiffy and you don't even have to like baseball.  One of the articles I saw says the park will have a beach and swimming pool named La Playa. Yes.  There will be an actual beach at the ballpark.  There will be a huge food court as well as shop and other things to do besides watching baseball.  It sounds to me like baseball is just one of the stops in the massive entertainment complex. In fact, you don't even really ever have to watch the game at all.  You can go hang out on the beach, go shopping and then stay in one of the hotel rooms in the park and never even get close to the game. Honestly, it's a little sad.  Baseball is still my favorite sport, but I understand some people find it boring.  But maybe we don't need those people at the ballpark.  I understand the idea is to get more people to the park and even if they don't watch the game, they still spend money and keep baseball alive for the purists like me who actually want to WATCH THE GAME.    I'm starting to feel like baseball is that lame movie at the multiplex cinema that is shown once a night at 9:30pm in the smallest theatre possible. Do you think there will be a day when they create distractions for the actual ballplayers and coaches so they're not too bored from the game.  I can see it now: Announcer:  "There's a fly ball to left field.  Left fielder Jeff Jones is there, but he's playing a game of skeet ball for tickets which he can redeem for prizes at the indoor carnival.  I guess he won't be able to catch that ball." One more thing,  the Marlins' park will also have twin 600 gallon saltwater aquariums on both sides of the backstop.   Don't worry the fish will be protected by bulletproof glass from foul balls, but there may be a bigger problem.   The designers better think about creating some distractions for the fish!  They're located right on the field and might be bored to death if they actually have to pay attention to the game!
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Pickleball Here I Come!

I was never really athletic as a kid.  I'm not exactly sure why.  I'm on the short side, but I probably still could have played something.   I didn't participate in any organized sports.  Actually, I was in a bowling league in junior high and high school which solidifies the fact that I didn't take part in any organized sport as a kid. I did join a kickball league here in Madison a few years ago, but would often feel pressure when those towering fly balls would come my way.  However, I've found a sport that I think is right up my ally. Pickleball. I talked about it on the air this morning and some listeners did play it in high school.  However, it appears to be more of a game for those around 10 years old or 80 years old.  I think I've found my niche.  I may not be athletic, but I think I could still put up a pretty good showing against those two age groups. Basically Pickleball is sort of like tennis, but you use wiffle balls, ping pong-like racquets and the nets are smaller.  It's called Pickleball because they guy who invented it had a dog named Pickle that would chase after the ball. I am dialed in and ready to play.  Now I just have to cruise the old folks homes and elementary schools looking for a team!
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Meet the Quarterback Copycat

Are you familiar with Madison musician Lucas Cates?  He's been making music for several years and touring with his band all around the country.  One of my favorite songs is 4everytime from an early album called Contradictory.  Along with some real talent and a great attitude, Lucas looks a lot like Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Although, I'm a Chicago Bears fan I have to admit I love this video.  Check it out:
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Rolling in the Deep...End Easily

It's refreshing to read about someone who has become famous, but not crazy.  The latest issue of British Vogue has a cover story about singer Adele.  Her latest album "21" has been selling like crazy.  She's touring the world and has millions of adoring fans, but appears to remain calm. Lady Gaga has talent but also has a lot of "extras" when it comes to her image.  Adele is the complete opposite. She isn't big on costumes or changing her look for the stage.   Here are some highlights of the interview provided by the website Just Jared that prove you can rocket into stardom, but still remain grounded.
  • On her weight: "I've seen people where it rules their lives, you know, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. And I just don't want that in my life."
  • On pre-show jitters: "I puke quite a lot before going on stage. Though never actually on stage."
  • On the pressures to look a certain way: "It's just never been an issue—at least, I've never hung out with the sort of horrible people who make it an issue. I have insecurities of course, but I don't hang out with anyone who points them out to me."
  • On having kids one day: "Most of my friends are boys. Like, if I ever have children, I want five boys. Boys love their mothers whereas girls can be so mean to each other."
Amazing.  She actually appears to "get it" at the ripe old age of 23. One more thing, she can really sing.
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Obama's Thursday Night Address NOT About Jobs

(Washington DC) - President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday isn't really about job creation. "America!  Are you ready for some football?!" is all the President really wants to say, according to Chief of Staff Bill Daley.  "He is really psyched up about this season.  He was very disappointed the Chicago White Sox crapped out and expects big things from the Bears," Daley said. Many expect the President to talk about the sagging economy and high unemployment while addressing Congress on Thursday prior to the start the first NFL regular season game between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints.  Obama had originally wanted to address Congress on Wednesday but was denied by Speaker of the House John Boehner.   Many thought Boehner made the move because of a debate between Republican candidates for President scheduled for that night. However, Boehner said it was simply because he had already slated Wednesday  night to catch up on Tosh.0 and Wipeout. "Those shows are so funny they make my cry," said Boehner. Meanwhile, the President seems pleased he will be the intro into Thursday Night Football.  Daley says the plan is quite simple.  "The President will walk into the House of Representatives and shaking hands with members of both parties while making his way to the podium .  He then plans on giving both Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Senator Herb Kohl a high-five," Daley said. "He'll probably do a little end-zone type of dance and then ask the crowd if they're ready for some football," Daley continued, "and then he'll look right at the camera and say 'Hey Green Bay F-U!'" Experts think the move will improve Obama's poll ratings, except in Wisconsin.
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Exclusive Interview with George Bush

Former President George Bush Has One Complaint About New Dick Cheney Book (Dallas) In an exclusive interview with Triple M morning show host Jonathan Suttin, former President George W. Bush says he has one simple complaint about Dick Cheney's new book entitled In My Time. "There really should be a lot more pictures.  In fact, I wouldn't mind if there were a few pop-up sections in the book.  You know,  like in that goat book I was reading the kids back on 9/11," said the former leader of the free world. When asked if he was upset with the way Cheney painted Former Secretaries Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, Bush simply said, "I didn't really get that far in the book.  It's 576 pages!  Come on, man!  What are you my school teacher?!"
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Sayonara Summertime

Can you hear that? It's the collect sigh of kids in the Madison school district as summer is coming to a close.  School starts again tomorrow so it's the last night of summer.  Actually, tonight is a school night.  So I guess summer really ended for those kids yesterday. I always remember at the beginning of summer thinking about how much time I had and how there were so many things I wanted to do.  Each year the summer went by too quickly and I always had a some regret that I didn't do more.  Why didn't I get in one more bike ride or one more game of softball or maybe just one more dip in the pool. I think this tends to be true with a lot of things we do in life.  We always look back and wish we did more.  I'm not sure we ever really feel fully satisfied.  Maybe that's a good thing.  After all, if we got everything we wanted there would be no reason to look forward to anything. Who am I kidding?  The "we wouldn't have anything to look forward to" speech is probably falling on deaf ears for those who are under 18 years old.
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Sports Stupid

I've always thought all of us who love sports are a little irrational and superstitious.  Do you have a "lucky" jersey you wear for every Packers game?  Do you have to eat the same snack during every Badger game?  Do you only get another beer when the Brewers are playing defense because you think it brings them luck? I stopped doing those things because I now know that standing in a certain part of the room or wearing a special hat has ABSOLUTELY NO IMPACT ON THE GAME. I thought I had really gotten over those irrational thoughts, but I guess I still have a little work to do. I saw an article about a group called AccuScore.  Here's the description from the article of what they do: AccuScore provides baseball predictions and projections by calculating the precise probability teams have of winning each game, their division, and making the playoffs. Using projected starting lineups, baseball predictions are created by simulating each game of the season, one play at a time, up to 10,000 to 20,000 times. In other words, they can give you a pretty good idea what teams will make the playoffs.  This season my beloved White Sox have had some struggles to say the least.  There are times where the team looks great, but then suddenly they fall flat again.  I've written off the team several times this year only to be sucked back into it when they start doing well.  This past weekend the White Sox swept the Mariners and now stand in second place.  I've fooled myself once again thinking they have a chance to win the division.  My heart says it's still possible.  What does AccuScore say?  They say the White Sox have a 4.9% chance of making the playoffs. But maybe math is wrong?  Maybe the White Sox will go on a tear and make the playoffs.  I better go get my lucky sweatshirt and wear it until the end of the season.
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Colonel Gaddafi Regrets Not Making Himself a General

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi Regrets Not Making Himself a General (Tripoli) AP - As Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year-reign ends, the dictator wonders why he didn't make himself the rank of General years ago. "What the @$& was I thinking?!," said the longest ruling Arab leader in history. "If I would have made myself a General in my stupid army, I could have lasted at least another 20 years!  Who the hell is afraid of a Colonel?!  Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H* was always getting outsmarted by Hawkeye.  I know because I just added that show from America on my state run network.  Can you believe my people complain I don't give them fresh entertainment?!  And what about Colonel Sanders?!  Sure he does chicken right, but does he kill millions of his own people correctly?  No way.  Unless, of course, you're talking about that Double Down Chicken Sandwich he created a few years ago.  I wouldn't even make my worst enemy eat one of those.  I am not a monster,"  said a rather bummed Gaddafi.
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A Purrfect Evening

Throughout my "career" at Triple M, I've been asked to do many things in the name of charity.  On Saturday night I was called once again to help raise some money for The Dane County Humane Society.   I was asked to sing Karaoke at Monte's in Verona.  At first, I was hesitant, but Gayle Viney of the DC Humane Society really got me when she said, "Do it for Baxter!". Lindsay and I went with our friend Jennifer who just happens to be a hardcore karaoke enthusiasts.  She got the crowd warmed up with a couple of songs including Blondie's "One Way or Another."  For a little while, I thought I might get out of singing because others were so into it.  However, my time came and I decided to go with Barry Manilow's Copacabana. I got into it a little more than I thought I would.  Luckily, I also had the help of Lindsay and Jen who served as backup dancers. No animals were harmed during this song.
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Airport Apartment

Did you ever live in a small apartment when you were first starting out?  Perhaps you had an extra tiny dorm room at school?  Maybe you were crammed into a small space at overnight camp? I lived in a small room with two other guys my sophomore year here at the University of Wisconsin in a fraternity.  My bunk bed was so close to the ceiling I couldn't sit up in bed.  I got into my bed via the top of a desk at the end of the bed.  It always worked well when one of my roommates was trying to study and I had to literally walk across his books to climb into bed. I never thought I would want to experience something like that again. I was wrong. There's a new invention at an airport in Moscow.  It's called a Sleepbox.  Instead of attempting to sleep on a chair or using your luggage as a pillow during a long layover, you can sleep in a small room complete with a tiny desk for work. Last summer Lindsay and I went to Greece for our honeymoon.  It was a fantastic trip, but the return flights home were a bit challenging.  We did not have a direct flight back to the United States.   It was more of a cattwampus flight back.  We had 32 hours of straight travel with a majority of it being spent on airport floors. I'm not complaining and I'd do it again in a second to see some far off exotic places, but I hope the Sleepbox catches on around the globe. If I ever get to use one of these, I'll just have to hang up a few sports and rock n' roll posters and I'll feel like I'm in college again.
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A Rainy Evening with Dan

Lindsay and I took a trip to Chicago this past weekend to catch Steely Dan at the Ravinia Festival.  Ravinia is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and is also the place for several "rock" concerts.  Things don't get too wild.  This yea the rock acts include The Doobie Brothers, Lyle Lovett, The BoDeans and Steely Dan. The set-up at Ravinia is a lot different then other outdoor venues like Alpine Valley.  Seating on the grass does not mean you get to see the actual performance.  People sitting on the lawn are there to chat and have a picnic just as much as they're coming to hear a concert.  Imagine Concerts on the Square on a much bigger scale plus it costs $20 to park. Don't get me wrong, Ravinia is a great festival and definitely worth checking out if you're ever in Chicago's northern suburbs. As far as the concert, the band took requests via the internet before the show.  I did not make any requests but my hardcore Steely Dan friend, Larry requested Your Gold Teeth. It was the very first song the band played.  The music sounded great, but any concert at Ravinia is competing with people chatting on the lawn.  Our party of 10 was no exception.  So it's hard to really review the concert fully, but I can tell you the chicken wings we were eating were fantastic. Sadly the rain kicked into high gear about 90 minutes into the show.  We brought umbrellas, but we were no match for the rain.  We decide to pack it up early and had to literally wring out our blankets before leaving.  As we were headed for the exit, they broke into Reelin' in the Years. Despite getting wet and Steely Dan having some stiff competition from the pasta salad for attention, it was a great night. Here's a video of Steely Dan from 1973!    Check out who's introducing the band!
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The Last Cheddar Fry

I was out to dinner tonight with my friend Rob and we decided to share an order of cheddar fries with our meal.  I always think this is a good idea because otherwise I would eat the entire plate of cheese covered goodness myself. Every single time I order something to share, I always wish I had ordered my own plate. Am I a bad person? I really don't have a problem sharing food and I even like giving a little of my meal to my fellow diners (the one's at my table not the whole restaurant) in exchange for a little taste of what they're having.  Even though I like to share, I still have dog bowl syndrome.  Are you familiar with dog bowl syndrome? If you've ever owned a dog, you know most of them eat everything that's in the bowl.  After every morsel is gone, they usually look for any crumbs around the bowl and may even lick the rug or floor in an attempt to get just one more little taste.  The entire process takes approximately 30 seconds. Sadly, I have similar habits.  I don't lick the floor, but I definitely eat everything given to me.  So in the "sharing cheddar fries" mode, I have to be careful not to shove every last fry into my mouth because there's someone else who is eating out of the same bowl.  As the fries dwindle,  I become more and more aware of how many are left.  I really try my best to be fair and not eat more than my share.  I usually think I do a good job of pretending not to notice how many fries are being eaten and act as if I'm just casually eating. Tonight I realized I'm not really doing a good job of keeping my dog-like tendencies in check.  How do I know?  After we were finished with our meal, the waitress came to clear our plates.  As she took the empty basket of fries, I stopped her so I could throw my used napkin in the basket.  After she left Rob  said, "I thought you were going to stop her so you could scrap the last remaining pieces of cheese off the paper." Ouch.
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As Easy as 1-2-3?

I just read an article talking about how technology is actually getting worse.  It talked about paying more in the future for our internet service and how some of our gadgets have really bad battery life.  The article also asked this question:  Are apps making us dumb?  I think there's a bigger question: Has all this technology made us dumb? Maybe a little. How many of your friends' phone numbers do you know?  I mean all 10 digits not speed dial number 3.  Because we have instant access to all information all the time, it almost seems like you don't really need to know the answers to anything anymore.  You can just look it up quickly on your phone. It reminds me of when I was a kid.  I wanted a digital watch and my dad said I couldn't get one until I was able to tell time on a watch with a face on it.  I could read a digital watch and say , "It's 10:53" if someone asked me, but did I really know what time it was? There's also the problem of accuracy on the internet.  We read something and instantly think its true because it was on-line.  I'm all for information being available to all people all the time, but I worry it's not accurate information and we forgot it as soon as we see it. That's all for now, I've got to call my wife at the office.  What's her number?  Oh yeah, 2.
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Best Summer Song

This afternoon I was doing a little work around the house and I suddenly heard the sound that unites children all around the world or at least kids in my neighborhood.  It was the ice cream truck!  I've been trying to watch my caloric intake and tried to ignore the tantalizing music at first. but it seemed as if it was getting louder and louder.  Was the ice cream guy parked on my driveway?! He wasn't on the driveway, but he was just down the street.  I gathered up some change and ran walked briskly to his truck.  There were a few kids standing in line and a few kids with parents nearby, but no adults alone.  I kinda felt stupid and thought about making up a story about how I was getting the ice cream for my nephew or something. However, I started to care less and less about my story and was more concerned with how long it was taking the kids to decide.  No parents were in line, they were standing off to the side.  I imagine they were trying to teach their children how to wait in line patently and how to order politely and how to exchange money with a clerk. DAMN THEM!  I WANT MY ICE CREAM.  CAN'T THESE KIDS MAKE A DECISION?!  JUST PICK ONE ALREADY.  YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO DROP HALF OF IT ON THE STREET IN FIVE MINUTES ANYWAY!!! Finally, it was my turn.  Hmmm.  Should I get the classic fudgesicle?  Maybe I should try that new Spiderman popsicle?  What about Sponge Bob Square Pants ice cream?! I could feel the eyes of the little children burning a hole in the back of my head as I was deciding. I went with the Oreo Ice Cream bar. After eating my treat in about 30 seconds, I was back in the house and dreaming of more ice cream.  I know I'm an adult.   I know I can purchase ice cream at the store anytime.  However, there's something magical about having your day interrupted after hearing the beautiful ice cream symphony and buying something on the spot. Click here for your own ice cream symphony.
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Stock Exchange Solutions

With the recent downgrade of the United States' credit rating from AAA to AA+ by Standard & Poor's, the New York Stock Exchange has made some adjustments in an attempt to prevent the market from crashing.  The changes include: * Giving the U.S. a couple of gold stars and smiley faces on its next homework assignment.  It may not be an as good as an AAA, but it will look nice when hung on the refrigerator. * Showing the movie Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd on the exchange floor to distract traders from selling. * Ringing the closing bell approximately 30 seconds after the opening bell is rung. * Opening a Hooters on the exchange floor in another attempt to stop traders from selling. * Locking traders out of the building in yet another attempt to stop the massive sell-off. * Mixing in some Fantasy Football trades in between actual stock trades. * Installing several Karaoke machines on the trading floor. * Surprise visit by Lady Gaga or The cast of Jersey Shore or The Kardashians or Sarah Palin or Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to remind traders America has a bright future. * Filling the room with Nitrous oxide about 20 minutes before trading begins.
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Taking a Gamble

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees is in hot water again, but this time it seems a little ridiculous.   In the past he's had problems because of possible use of performance-enhancing drugs, but this time he's in trouble for playing poker. Really? When I first heard the story it sounded like there could be a problem.  Published reports say Rodriguez was at an illegal poker game where some players may have been using cocaine and a fight almost broke out after someone lost some serious cash.  I picture a dark room with some mob guys hanging around and kneecaps getting broken.  That was until I heard who was at the game. Here's who was supposedly there: Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCapro, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. If they were all out to dinner this would be considered a power summit of studs. I understand baseball gets freaky about people gambling.   After all, it's only been 92 years since a few players on the Chicago White Sox fixed the World Series for money.
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Law & Order: Caged Unit

There are about 700 different versions of the television show Law & Order.   Here's a list: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Law & Order: Criminal Intent Law & Order: Trial by Jury Law & Order: LA There are even video games including: Law & Order: Dead on the Money Law & Order: Double or Nothing Law & Order: Criminal Intent However, I think the creators of the show are missing an obvious spin-off.   It's Law & Order: Caged Unit.  Have you seen the trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak?  He's actually in a cage for the trial! Apparently, defendants are put in cages for trials in Egypt.  Memo to myself:  Never do anything illegal in Egypt.  I'm certainly not defending Mubarak.  It appears he did some pretty awful things during his 29 years in office.  However, sitting in a cage seems to skew the whole "innocent until proven guilty" vibe.  Don't you agree?
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Movie Review: The Change-Up

I usually get annoyed with predictable movies, but not this time.  Previews for The Change - Up with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds has been running for months.  The story is not new, it's about two guys who have known each other since elementary school but now have very different lives.  Bateman plays a successful lawyer who has three kids, a hot wife and beautiful home.  Reynolds plays a low-rent playboy who makes money as a hack actor.  The two go out and wish they had each others lives.  Surprise!  They wake up and have switched bodies. It's been done in so many movies.  Off the top of my head,  I can think of four movies: Freaky Friday, Big, All of Me and 13 Going on 30.  Give me five more minutes and I can probably think of four more.  The point is not to display my random movie knowledge, but to illustrate the difficulty of doing a story that's been done so many times. Maybe I was just in a really good mood when watching the movie, but I really enjoyed it.  Bateman has always been a likeable character, even when he's an a-hole like in the movie Juno.  I really like Reynolds when he plays a smart-mouthed dude.  I didn't see him in The Green Lantern, but to me he doesn't really fit in that kind of a role.  To quote Vince Vaughan in the movie Swingers, "I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you're not sure whether or not you like yet. You're not sure where he's coming from."  That's the perfect role for Reynolds and that's exactly who he plays in this movie. The movie is raunchy and there is A LOT of foul language, perhaps a little too much.  However, I found myself enjoying it even though I knew exactly how it would end.
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World Famous...in my mind

I had my high school reunion over the weekend and it was great seeing some faces from the past.  I was pleasantly surprised when a few people, who I hadn't seen in years, knew about my little radio show here in Madison.  One guy said he checks into the show a few times a week despite the fact he lives in California.  It was great to hear and I started to feel pretty important, but then I ran into Suzanna Maloney. We weren't really friends in high school, but I remembered her and she remembered me as well.  She told me she lives in Madison.  I expected her to say she listens to my show every morning. Not so much. She didn't know I live in Madison.  She didn't know I was on the radio.  She's never heard of Triple M. Perhaps she just moved to Madison and wasn't familiar with the stations here? She moved here in 1993. We had a good laugh about it and it was a good lesson for me. It may be a small world, but everyone is pretty busy in that small world.
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What's Up, Doc?

For some reason it's always exciting to know a famous person shares your birthday.   Today is my birthday.   I don't know why, but it's thrilling to know that someone you'll never meet and have nothing in common with was born on the same day.  It can be a little disappointing when you discover no one you really like is born on the same day.  Mick Jagger, Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Stanley Kubrick, George Bernard Shaw, Kate Beckinsale, Kevin Spacey, Blake Edwards, Gracie Allen, Aldous Huxley, and Carl Jung are just some of the famous people born YESTERDAY. So who is born on the same day as me?  At first glance the list is not that impressive.  It includes: Maureen McGovern who's famous for the song "The Morning After".   Ho hum. Skater Peggy Flemming who was a great Olympic skater, but also had an awful joke about her name.  "What kind of booger skates?  Peggy FLEMming. Norman Lear was born on July 27th.  He created the television show "All in the Family", which featured the first sound effect of a toilet flushing on prime time television. New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez was also born today, but he is far from my favorite baseball player.  Why couldn't Harold Baines, Ozzie Guillen or Juan Uribe be born on July 27th? Despite a lame line-up for my birthday buddies, there is one person who shares this day with me that makes up for it. Bugs Bunny. I know Bugs Bunny is not real, but according to the book: Bugs Bunny :50 Years and Only One Gray Hare, Bugs was born on July 27, 1940 in Brooklyn near Ebbets Field..  Despite Bugs not being real he was still a big influence on my life.  Some people say "What Would Jesus Do?".  My mantra is "What Would Bugs Do?"  I've always loved his attitude and style.   He's kind of a cartoon mix of George Clooney, Humphrey  Bogart, Grocho Marx and Tom Hanks. Bugs Bunny cartoons were made in Warner Brothers golden age of cartoons with brilliant creators like Chuck Jones and voiced by Mel Blanc.  Bugs has been recreated the last few years for movies like Space Jam with Michael Jordan, but I prefer the old school Bugs like in this picture: In this cartoon, Bugs was being chased by a strange character simply named Monster.  He gets into a real jam, but gets out of it by giving Monster a manicure.  Brilliant. Bugs has also had his share of cross dressing to get out of trouble: I probably shouldn't admit this, but I've done the same:
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Too Much Money

I've always enjoyed the "sky's the limit" concept when it comes to salaries.  Of course, I haven't come close to reaching the sky.  However,  I like the idea that if someone was crazy enough to pay me 10 million dollars a year it could happen.  I've don't frown upon people who spend money on frivolous items. Until now. There's an opportunity for the wealthy to buy an iPad 2 for 8.1 million bucks!  Why is it so expensive?  First of all, it has gold and diamonds and the frame is made from shavings from a 65 million year old Tyrannosaurus Rex thigh bone. If you can afford this and are really thinking of buying I have two words: Screw you. Is this really necessary?!  The guy who makes this stuff is named Stuart Hughes. He's from England and has plenty of diamond incrusted things for you to waste your money on.  He has luxury aquariums, luxury furniture and even luxury yachts.  Aren't yachts already luxury?! The only thing that makes me feel better is the fact that iPod will become outdated within a year or two.  A far cry from the 65 million year old bone it is wrapped in.
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Restaurant Week Review: Steenbock's On Orchard

You don't really think of restaurants inside buildings on the University of Wisconsin campus as being anything special.  I'm not saying the food is bad, but they're designed as a place for a quick meal.  I've had plenty of decent sandwiches and salads on campus, but I don't expect to be greeted by a waiter and have a memorable meal. That's all changed now. Lindsay and I dined at Steenbock's on Orchard inside the new Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery building located between University and Johnson Avenues.  It's a member of the Food Fight Restaurant Group and the chef comes from Johnny Delmonico's. Before I describe the restaurant and meal, I want to mention who the restaurant is named after.  Harry Steenbock was a biochemist at the University of Wisconsin and he discovered a way to increase Vitamin D in food and other organic materials which led to the end of rickets.  He patented the idea with his own money and then was offered 1 million dollars (about 10 million today)  by Quaker Oats.  He decided the money should go to the University.  It went to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).  In 1927, WARF completed its first licensing agreement with Quaker Oats which allowed the company to fortify its breakfast cereals with Vitamin D. Okay, enough history.  Let's get back to the  restaurant. The decor has an Asian feel to it with wood floors, bamboo plants and zen-like music playing in the background.  Our waiter, Marcus took the time to describe not only the ingredients, but details about some of our food before it arrived to the restaurant.  Marcus told us the duck comes from a farm where the owner literally takes walks with the ducks.  Marcus then explained the average duck farm produces about 10,000 ducks a week and this farm produces 3,000 A YEAR. Chef Michael Pruett changes the menu regularly because he wants to produce dishes from local providers when the ingredients are at the "height of flavor".   There were so many choices, but Lindsay and I started with some Hamachi (yellowtail fish) which included some small jalapenos.  The combination of flavors was amazing.  We also shared a salad, but this was no ordinary salad.  It was truly a work of art.  It looked like a centerpiece for the table.  It was presented in a basket made out of potato fries and had edible flowers as well. We shared our second course which was pasta with short ribs.  The meat was sliced very thin (like pull pork) and the noodles were fresh.  I'm writing this review days after eating there and I'm still craving the pasta meat combination. I had the duck for the main course which included baby turnips and carrots.  Many times vegetables can be too hard or too soft.  I don't mean to sound like Goldilocks, but these were "just right."  Lindsay went with the scallops which had brussels sprouts and pickled onion and fennel and a delicious citrus beurre blanc sauce. For dessert we shared a chocolate molten lava cake complete with fresh berries and ice cream.  Yes, it was awesome. Chef Pruett also has two more eating options in the building.  One is a more casual lunch and dinner which is also part of Steenbock's.  With choices like lobster club and Russian Reuben sandwiches, it's got to be delicious.   There is also Aldo's Cafe which has more amazing lunch options. There is plenty of parking across the street in several lots including number 20 on University Avenue. There are even theme nights at the restaurant including a re-creation of the 11-course dinner served on the Titanic the night at sank.  All the waiters wore tuxedos, but hopefully Steenbock's will not sink.  With its fantastic wait staff, cool decor and absolutely incredible food, Steenbock's should be sailing along for years to come.
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The have always been classic rivalries throughout time.  A few that come to mind including the Capulets and the Montagues, the Hatifelds and the McCoys, Macy's and Gimbel's, the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. Another rivalry, at least in Chicago, is the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.  Granted the Sun-Times was considered less of a paper when it was purchased by Rupert Murdoch in 1984.   However, he only owned the paper for about two years before selling it again.  The Sun-Times has a little more of a tabloid feel to it and tends to be more liberal then the Tribune.  It's also the longest running paper in Chicago. It began in 1844 as The Evening Journal.  Okay, enough Chicago newspaper history, there is a point to this blog. It's just been announced the Chicago Tribune will now start printing the Sun-Times!  That's right the McCoy's are now going to make dinner for the Hatifelds! Former Bears owner and coach George Halas supposedly used to turn off the hot water in the visitors locker room whenever the Packers came to play.  He also allegedly provided them with towels that had huge holes in them.  I don't see this as being much different.  I know the newspaper business is struggling, but it just doesn't seem right .  If I was in charge of the Tribune, I think I would have a little fun with this situation. I think I might "adjust" a few of the Sun-Times' headlines just for fun.  For example, if the headline was supposed to read: ONLY QUARTER OF U.S. STUDENTS PROFICIENT IN GEOGRAPHY I might change it to something like: MONKEY GOES BANANAS OVER ORANGE It makes absolutely no sense, but that's what makes it great. Here's another: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER REGRETS HIRING FORMER NEWS OF THE WORLD EXECUTIVE I would change it to: LAWN MOWER SICK OF EATING GRASS ALL DAY What's a rivalry without a little fun, right?
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