As we head into another hot weekend with Rhythm and Booms and Phish at Alpine Valley, we have some laughs, with thanks to our wonderful caption contest winners, starting with the honorable mentions:
We had a lot of great use of word play this week, like the cow-go carrier and the cowpool lane! Sam K What Stella decided was a good fix when Carl the milkman went on vacation for 3 weeks. Although, poor Bessy got a sore back every time she had to ride in the cow-go carrier
Kurt Beatrice didn't understand that the passenger had to be inside the vehicle in order to use the cowpool lane.
This one makes perfect sense. JRay78 one too many spotted cows.....now we have a tipsy cow
The MacGyver award goes to Kim for this caption. Kim Skinner After being awarded the winning bid at the first Cows on the Concourse, Eunice finds a unique way to get her prize back to the farm. She proclaimed, "You can do just about anything with a little creativity and some twine."
James is very funny. James S. Ethel thought that "America's Dairyland" on the license plate just wasn't a strong enough message.
Any caption that quotes an old Woody Allen routine deserves credit! brianp The joke was on me. It was the Berkowitzes.
But this week’s WINNER, with his Madison-centric caption is:
Kraig Whenever Bessie ran off from the pasture, Lillian was certain to find her passed out at Mickey's Dairy Bar
Have a great weekend and see you at Warner Park on Saturday!
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Jun 29 2012 9:05AM
Yesterday both CNN and Fox News ran into some problems reporting the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s health care plan. They got it wrong.
Is it because reading a ruling from the Supreme Court is probably a little tricky?
Is it because we live in a society where ALL INFORMATION MUST BE DISTRIBUTED IMMEDIATELY IF NOT SOONER?
I bet it’s a combination of both things. These days it’s harder and harder to pay attention for more than 142 characters in a Tweet. We want the information now, but we really don’t want many details.
I find it happening to me. A few days ago I was reading a short sports story about the White Sox and found myself drifting after the first few paragraphs.
This is rather scary.
We want information so quickly, but we don't want too much of it. That's dangerous. With all the misinformation floating around on Facebook, I feel like we don't really get the whole story anymore. Think about how many times you've seen a chart or graph on Facebook that simplifies a rather complex subject. Many people see the simple and often times incorrect information and take it as fact. They don't do an additional research.
The health care debate is a lot more then: Obama is giving help to freeloaders or Republicans hate poor people. Sadly, it seems like that's what it's reduced to.
I think I’m going to try an experiment this weekend. I’m going to pick up a copy of the New York Times and actually try to read several articles from start to finish.
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Jun 28 2012 6:27AM
I must start this blog telling you one of my new favorite movies is Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson. It is truly an amazing film and has made my personal all time top 10 list.
I’m telling you about Moonrise Kingdom for two reasons. First, I really think it’s a great film. Secondly, I don’t want you to think I’m an idiot when you read this next sentence.
I can’t wait to see the new movie Ted.
Have you heard about this one?
This movie is a total home run in my world. First of all, it stars Mark Wahlberg. I want to be friends with him. Secondly, it stars Mila Kunis. What guy wouldn’t want to be friends with her?!
Third, it stars a talking teddy bear named Ted. I still own a teddy bear named Teddy. Granted he’s stored deep in a closet somewhere in my house, but I still have him.
The creator of Family Guy, Seth McFarlane wrote this movie (I can’t really call it a film). It’s about a kid who wishes his teddy bear would come to life. The bear comes to life and the two continue to hang out into adulthood.
It’s silly and most likely filled with bad dirty jokes, but I still can’t wait to see it. Don’t judge me.
We didn't always have soda around our house, but we always had Kool-Aid. From the time I was around 8, I'd make it for myself if the pitcher was empty. We always had a wide variety of flavors available, and we always had plenty of sugar.
Black cherry was my favorite, and orange was the worst. It tasted like bad Tang.
I remember if you saved up the packets and sent them into the company, you could get free stuff. I'm pretty sure all my brother and I ever got was free T-shirts, but that was pretty cool.
I often had Kool-Aid stands with other kids in the neighborhood, but this usually ended in some kind of fight about how we'd split the profits. (Not that our parents made us pay for the ingredients..it was all profit).
I also remember pouring out glasses of Kool-Aid for my brother and me, being painstaking careful to make sure we each got the EXACT same amount, down to the milliliter.
I'm not sure what that was all about--we could always make more.
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Jun 27 2012 10:28AM
The other day I was in the grocery store and Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” was playing. Another customer walked by me and was singing along:
I could be an actor but I wound up here.
I just have to look good.
I don’t have to be clear.
Come and whisper in my ear.
Give us dirty laundry.
It’s a great song and great commentary by Henley on tabloid journalism. So what the heck does this have to do with writer Nora Ephron passing away? It’s simple. Good writing stays with you. That guy in the grocery store knew the words because it’s good.
I can’t say I’ve memorized all the lines to Ms. Ephron’s movies, but I can say her movies have definitely stayed with me long after I left the theatre. After I saw the movie “When Harry Met Sally” the audience applauded. You know it’s a good movie when an audience cheers even though all those involved in the film can’t hear it.
Ephron wrote many films including “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Julie and Julia”, “You’ve Got Mail” and “Michael”.
Every time I would see an Ephron film, I pictured her writing these clever stories from her home somewhere in New York City. I had no idea she had been married to Carl Bernstein (Woodward and Bernstein fame) or that she had written a number of plays.
I did know that her stories made me think about relationships and how to make them better. The end of “When Harry Met Sally” where Billy Crystal finally tells Meg Ryan they should be together still gives me chills:
“I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
As June Dairy Month draws to a close, we offer THIS photo for this week's caption contest.
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In between one-off shows scattered around the world over several months, The Flaming Lips found time to record a series of unique and experimental sessions for an album featuring a diverse cross-section of heavy friends from every corner of the musical cosmos.
Two years ago today, June 26, 2010, was one of the best days of my life.
Sure, it was alomst 100 degrees with no shade. Bottled water cost 5-dollars, and the lines for the bubbler were extremely long.
I got to see a star-studded list of rock stars at the 3rd annual Crossroads Guitar Festival just outside of Chicago. From Sonny Landreth to ZZ Top, John Mayer to Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck to Ronnie Wood...I was floored by all the talent.
Not to mention Mr. Eric Clapton himself!
When Clapton and old Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood performed Voodoo Chile, I remember my boyfriend Mike quizzed me to see if I knew the connection between Winwood and Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Chile. Of course I didn't..but I do now. Winwood played on the original record.
Enjoy! And if you haven't seen the concert on DVD yet..go buy it, or get it on Netflix. Just turn off the air conditioner and watch it over the next few days to get the feel of the real experience.
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Jun 25 2012 4:36PM
Soon we will be a nation of morons. Apparently kids at Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, Louisana (cue the banjo music from Deliverance) will be taught the Loch Ness Monster exists.
One news report says the sea monster is being used to debunk the theory of evolution. The Herald Scotland even has a passage from a textbook being used by the school. It reads, “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the 'Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? 'Nessie' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur."
However, I don’t think they go far enough. How about adding these facts to the lesson plan to help kids understand the world.
Bigfoot not only wanders the forest, but he’s a big fan of the Oakland Raiders. You can seem him in the stands most Sundays. Here is a photo of Bigfoot taking a "break" at a game.
The Chupacabra aka Goat Sucker is actually the main character on a television show on NBC called The Apprentice where he tells people “You’re fired.”
The tooth fairy is actually U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan demonstrating how universal dental care should be administered here.
Oh, spring, you dirty little flirt. You gave us a taste of your sunshine and warmth yesterday, but now you are gone, faster than doughnuts in the breakroom of a radio station.
Are you as ready for spring as I am? Take my little test and see.
I am addicted to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy," and I didn't think I could like it any more than I already did.
Until I saw this video. Yeah, it's pretty shallow humor, but it put a smile on my face! Andthat's not something...
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You may have driven by that seemingly rundown brick building on East Washington Avenue hundreds of times, but you probably never got to go behind the scenes at the iconic recording studio that brought us so much great music in the 1990s.
What are you doing Sunday March 9th? Why not spend the afternoon supporting a great cause, and enjoying some fantastic music?
It's a benefit for the family of a young Madison girl, Anna Mischnick, who is battling brain cancer.
The event goes...