June 10, 2012

At the Monona Café...

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... late evening... write what you like.

69 comments:

AllieOop said...

Was this taken from near the Olin Park Pavilion? If so, that's where my daughter will be getting married and having her reception this fall.

Ann Althouse said...

"Was this taken from near the Olin Park Pavilion?" Probably a mile north of that.

Dick Stanley said...

What's all the stuff in the water?

Craig said...
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Petunia said...

Lots of weeds and algae in the water for so early in the season. I hear they've already had to close a beach on Lake Waubesa due to cyanobacteria blooms.

Yay.

chickelit said...

The lake looks well nourished. It's all that accursed runoff. A river runs through it. Reap the harvest. Dry it and burn in that titanic power plant. Sell the ashes back to the farmers.

Steve Burri said...

Hey, I got nearly the same picture with different filters!

bagoh20 said...

I have never been, but I think I would like Wisconsin. Maybe I will visit your fine state this year. It seems to have developed a certain glow lately - a kind of light. To this outsider, Wisconsin is like a run away stagecoach that some level-headed souls have just wrestled back under control. I might like a ride.

Petunia said...

Come on over, bagoh20! Summer is prime time around here. Fall is nice too.

Do you like airplanes? Anyone who likes airplanes should see the Oshkosh airshow at least once.

bagoh20 said...

"Do you like airplanes?

Licensed pilot, so yea! Oshkosh - That's a great excuse for a visit.

Penny said...

Weeds and algae?

Looks like ice to me.

Course it's very warm here, so the thought of diving into something cool is obviously attractive.

Penny said...

Not being much of a swimmer here, I'm left to dive between my sheets.

AllieOop said...

Oshkosh, by gosh. Seems like there hasn't been an airshow there without a couple crashes for quite a few years.

bagoh20 said...

I'll come to Wisconsin with the goal of getting in enough trouble to make it into a post on Althouse. To be responsible for the headline:

"For the first time in Wisconsin history a California man was arrested in Madison and charged with..."

It's a dream I have. I just need a worthy crime.

AllieOop said...

Lewd and lascivious behavior.

AllieOop said...

Breaking and entering Brennen's and stealing all the cheese curds.

bagoh20 said...

Oh yea, I wanna try cheese curds and some of that other funky food you people stuff in your pie hole.

AllieOop said...

Having one too many Wooly Mammoth's at the Great Dane and starting a brawl with a group of liberals plotting to retake the Capitol.

bagoh20 said...

I have no idea how to be lascivious. It sounds like it involves at least one gay man and a feather boa, NTATIWWT.

AllieOop said...

Pie hole?! Well, alrighty then. Find your own fun.

bagoh20 said...

Who's house? Our house!

bagoh20 said...

Does Wisconsin have a mountain?

bagoh20 said...

Maybe just a little one.

bagoh20 said...

Maybe a speed bump with ranger station on top?

AllieOop said...

Closest thing the might be the cliffs of Devil's Lake.

bagoh20 said...

Where do lovers go for a view?

bagoh20 said...

Or to hide from the adults?

AllieOop said...

Holy Hill on Washington County, Hogsback Road, twists turns and huge drop offs on either side, lots of rusty cars and dead bodies in the gullies.

Used to ride on the back of my boyfriend's Harley at great speeds on that road, pretty scary.

bagoh20 said...

Is there ice cream?

AllieOop said...

Lovers? Well when we wanted privacy we climbed down a steep bluff to a secluded Lake Michagan beach and made a bonfire, in Vermond State Park, in Ozaukee County.

AllieOop said...

The best frozen custard in he country, Kopps in Menomonee Falls, although some Madisonians say they have better frozen custard than we do at some little hole in the wall place they have, forgot the name .

AllieOop said...

Michigan, yikes how could I misspell that?!

AllieOop said...

Good night, I'm dreaming of some of that frozen custard with a Wooly Mammoth Chaser.

You really should come here in winter and go ice fishing, hehe.

bagoh20 said...

I wonder if I'm too old to out run the cops? I would like one tell me that I need to straighten up and start taking life seriously. They used to do that. Would it be considered a bribe if I paid him to say that?

AllieOop said...

Hmmmm, don't know how to answer that one.

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Palladian said...

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Craig said...

Used to ride on the back of my boyfriend's Harley at great speeds on that road, pretty scary.

Spent a Saturday morning on that road last August. Planned it three months in advance from eleven time zones away, but the tower at Holy Hill was closed for renovation so not much of a view. Had lunch on Main Street in downtown Hartford. My great great grandfather traveled from Beechwood to Hartford in 1864 with four other men from that village to volunteer in the Union army nine months before he died. His pastor lived just a mile or two west of Hartford.

rcommal said...

There are some things in this interview that have always stood out.

edutcher said...

You guys drove out just to turn around and come back?

Aaaaggghhh!

Where are the videos driving down thew highway to the tune of 60s rock 'n' roll?

Where are the picture essays we've come to know and love?

You'd drive The Blonde crazy; she never goes anywhere that she doesn't stay a couple of days just to depressurize.

PS Hope you had fun.

Aridog said...

Bagoh2O ... you'll find Wisconsin a very pleasant place. My favorite locales are in and around Madison, down to, say, Fort Atkinson. Otherwise, I'm fond of the Superior/Duluth locale on Lake Superior, and of course, Green Bay and outward as far as Kewaunee on Lake Michigan. It's not all spectacular (like mountains), but very comforting & satisfying in a rustic sort of way.

If you go, enjoy it all.

Rusty said...

bagoh20 said...
Does Wisconsin have a mountain?


No. But if you're coming up through Illinois you'll think they do.


bagoh20 said...
Is there ice cream?


Hellooooo. Dairy State.

Michael Haz said...

We need a "Tell Bagoh20 What to See in Wisconsin" thread.

I'll add to the others who recommend spending a day or two at the EAA AirAdventure in Oshkosh. It is marvelous for pilots and non pilots alike.

Last year thay added an aerobatic display flown after dark, with flames on each plane, and napalm-like explosions and flames along the runway. Incredible!

Forget ice cream. You need to seek out forzen custard - a Wisconsin speciality.

Rusty said...

bagoh20

Wisconsin has some very nice trout water which you can pass on the way to even better trout water in the U.P.

MadisonMan said...

BagO -- I'd say go to Lake Michigan. Sit down on the I hope deserted beach, stare out over the great expanse of fresh water, and ponder life's mysteries. Nice way to spend 15 minutes.

Rusty said...

MadisonMan said...
BagO -- I'd say go to Lake Michigan. Sit down on the I hope deserted beach, stare out over the great expanse of fresh water, and ponder life's mysteries. Nice way to spend 15 minutes.


And get crapped on by a seagull.

There is oil under the Great Lakes. Also record size Whitefish. Not under the lake, obviously, but under the water. During WW2 they built submarines and mine sweepers on the shores of Lake Michigan. You can take a tour of a submarine in Manitowoc. There is even an aircraft carrier sunk in it's fresh water depths.

ndspinelli said...

"Green Acres is the place to boat, green algae always help you float."

Progressives have the worst lakes in the state. There's a much nicer lake just east of Madison, Rock Lake in the nice town of Lake Mills.

AllieOop said...
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AllieOop said...

Don't forget Door County and Peninsula State Park, some of the best views of the state. Ride the ferry to Washington island. Stay in a Bed and Breakfast in Ephraim, then go to a fish boil in the evening. Try some of Door County's cherry wine. Oh yes breakfast at the place with the goats on the roof, have Swedish a pancakes with lingonberry syrup.

AllieOop said...

My lake has no algae, has a beautiful view of the setting sun especially from the middle of the lake on the pontoon boat. A Wisconsin cheese and sausage platter and cold microbrews are always served.

Skinny dipping optional. Best done after dark.

ndspinelli said...

Allie, Door County is one of the best places to visit. But, dear woman, fish boil and cherry wine? You're not having rum and diet creme soda for breakfast, are you?

AllieOop said...

Ok, skip the fish boil and cherry wine, truth in advertising.

Nate Hagerty said...

A nice shot of America's "4th Smartest City".

Charlottesville sends you greetings :).

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/6/prweb9572733.htm

bagoh20 said...

Thanks all. Wisconsin may well be in my future.

Petunia said...

Oshkosh. Go early, go often. Stay all day and top it off with an aviation-related movie on a gigantic inflatable outdoor screen. Last year they showed "Airplane!", complete with introduction by Robert Hays and a cardboard cut-out of Otto the autopilot.

Come to Madison to see the beautiful, unoccupied Capitol building. Avoid the lakes, though, they're disgusting in the summer. But definitely get out of Madison and see the rest of the state, which is for the most part a sane, nice place.

AllieOop said...

All the lake dwellers in Lake Country, Waukesha County, WI. must be pretty stupid to pay huge property taxes just to live in million dollar homes on disgusting lake property, LMAO. Those dumbass conservatives.

Michael Haz said...

Skinny dipping optional. Best done after dark.

On the sandbar on Lake Nagawicka.

Or anytime in Mazomanie, along the lower Wiscosnins River.

Michael Haz said...
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Michael Haz said...

Holey cheese! We forgot to recommend Summerfest, the best outdoor music festival in America!

Michael Haz said...

All the lake dwellers in Lake Country, Waukesha County, WI. must be pretty stupid to pay huge property taxes just to live in million dollar homes on disgusting lake property, LMAO. Those dumbass conservatives.

Yeah, those saps who payed a lot of property tax money into the school system your kids attended.

AllieOop said...

Well I don't really think they're saps, it's worth every dime of property taxes to live here on our Beautiful Lake. And my kids were indeed fortunate to have excellent schools!

Some may think our lakes are disgusting in summer, they just haven't seen my lake.

AllieOop said...

Of course, Summerfest! And all the ethnic Fests that come after, I recommend German Fest, of course. Mayor Maier, Milwaukee's most beloved mayor, Summerfest is his legacy.

I used to have cookies and milk in his kitchen served by his wife, they lived next door to my aunt and uncle only blocks away from my childhood home.

Rusty said...

Michael Haz said...
Holey cheese! We forgot to recommend Summerfest, the best outdoor music festival in America!



Well. It was until folks started to beaten up for being the wrong color. If I want good music and a broken nose I'll go to Chicagofest it's a lot closer.

Michael Haz said...

Allie said:

All the lake dwellers in Lake Country, Waukesha County, WI. must be pretty stupid to pay huge property taxes

Well I don't really think they're saps

AllieOop said...

Michael, I was being snarky in response to This comment by Petunia;

"Avoid the lakes, though, they're disgusting in the summer."

6/11/12 10:35 AM

I don think for a minute my neighbors are stupid or saps for living on multimillion dollar properties. Again I was being snarky in response to her negative comment about our beautiful lakes.

leslyn said...

Brule River trout fishing in Douglas County (the town of Brule, where else?), canoeing to Lake Superior, tubing down the Apple River, and don't forget--outdoor theater in Spring Green west of Madison, and Frank Lloyd Wright's house nearby.

Come back through Madison for ice cream at the U and walk over to the Terrace to enjoy it. No ice cream like Wisconsin ice cream.

leslyn said...

The one thing it's missing is a potted palm. From Florida. They're very quiet.

leslyn said...

Don't forget Lambeau Field. Sacred ground.

Patrick said...

Is that wedding Allie mentioned turning into a double? I mean, could one blog really be responsible for two weddings?