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Published on November 19 2007

Sent to me by a former Minnesotan. Yep. One who got smart and came out from behind the Cheddar Curtain into the light.
98% OF AMERICANS SAY "OH SHIT" BEFORE GOING IN THE DITCH ON A SLIPPERY ROAD. THE OTHER 2% ARE FROM MINNESOTA OR WISCONSIN. THEY SAY, "HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS SHIT."

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Published on November 16 2007

Wausau Daily Herald - Bruce Springsteen to perform in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE AP — Bruce Springsteen is returning to Milwaukee. The musician and the E Street Band will be playing at the Bradley Center on March 17th.The Journal Sentinel reports this morning that tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. November 26th. Tickets will cost $65 or $95, and that doesn’t include service charges. They’ll be available at the box office or at Ticketmaster outlets.
$95 also doesn't include parking. Now ask me if I care. Brooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooce is coming to town!

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Published on November 10 2007

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Published on October 29 2007

Against Denver. *In* Denver. On Monday Night Football. With an 82 yard play in OT. :-D 6-1, wooHOOOOO!!!

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Published on October 7 2007

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Published on September 30 2007

"How 'bout dem Packers?" P.S. It was really really nice to see the crowd in the Metrodome, the fans of the hated Viqueens, applaud Favre when he completed the pass. Some things are more important than the rivalry, even if I do have a couple of friends who won't talk to me for a week after their team's loss today! PackersNews.com - Favre sets NFL TD pass record at 421
MINNEAPOLIS — Brett Favre is No. 1 — with a bullet. Favre broke Dan Marino’s record for career touchdown passes today, zipping No. 421 to Greg Jennings in the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings. He hit Jennings on a 16-yard slant for the score with 4 minutes, 56 seconds left in the quarter. The Metrodome crowd gave Favre a long, gracious round of applause. Marino congratulated Favre in a taped message shown on the scoreboard.

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Published on September 17 2007

This week September 17 through September 23Libra Tuesday brings a chance to make some profound choices about your values and about the kind of company you keep. You may have known about this for some time, but an event may push you to take action. It looks like the outcome will be positive, enabling you to move in new circles and enjoy an uplifting social life. Mars in Gemini makes the perfect time for exploring new vacation destinations and absorbing the delights of cultures you have never experienced before. You may also want to try out a new class.
Why is it every week the stars think I should try a new class? Are they shilling for some online University?? Ah yes. The Fall Ride. I honestly didn't take all that many pictures, since I've discovered it's hard to run the camera with both hands on the handlebars! Not to mention, it was so chilly all weekend that the lens kept fogging up. But here is a quick little shot of the Thunder Parade Friday evening as it makes the turn onto our main street. That line of headlights, although you can't see it, is about four or five miles long.
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s4012227.JPGThere were so many gorgeous bikes to drool over. Some of them were true works of art!! This is just a little shot of one of the lowest, widest-rear-ended choppers I've ever seen. I'll bet that tire was close to 300mm wide. It definitely drew a crowd.s4012230.JPG And here we have a little guy enjoying his first ride on a "Harley" at the kids' play area. If you could only have seen the grin on his little face--we are looking at a future buyer, for sure. He had the same grin as on every other face I saw this weekend!

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Published on September 13 2007

It's here--the biggest event of the year for this little town, rivaled only by our great Independence Day celebrations. It's the 26th Annual Fall Ride, both a celebration of the end of summer and a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The ride raised nearly $150,000 dollars last year! Last year's event also brought about 45,000 riders to the area, so yes, the low rumble is considerable. We're just not used to this!! So what do we do at this little event?
    Well, we got yer street dances and bonfires. We got yer Poker runs. We got yer Harley Plant tours and stunt motorcycle shows. We got yer Harley Demo rides--I plan to go drool on the Fat Bob. Saw one in Marquette last week and promptly fell in love. That flat paintjob and low chrome look gets me every time. And those tires, wow!! We got the Harley Traveling Museum, which is going to be replaced shortly by this. We got yer Thunder Parade. We got all the vendors you can imagine, selling everything from leather to tshirts to chrome goodies. We got Sammy Kershaw tonight and 38 Special tomorrow night at Bubba's Big Party. We got yer raffle bikes, a 2007 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide. Second place is a 2007 Harley-Davidson 883 Custom. (By the way, the Ultra? I already have the winning ticket. Just FYI.) And we have more gorgeous custom motorcycles to see in town than anywhere else in the Midwest.
In short, we got yer fun. Pics will follow over the next couple of days. KB, we're going to get you on two wheels yet! ;-)

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Published on September 8 2007

What a trip!! We had a great time--my poor repeatedly sun-and-wind-burned nose may never recover. Day One was great. It was my first time riding long-distance in a large group, so I was a little nervous. I didn't want to fall back and miss a stoplight, nor did I want to run up anybody's tailpipe. The crew put me in the middle to keep an eye on me, and once I got used to our staggered formation, I had a great time. The weather was warm, there was little or no road construction, I didn't have to worry about routes or map-reading, so I could just kick back and enjoy the ride. We did about 400 miles that day, over to Lake Michigan, up the western coast from Marinette, across to Escanaba and Manistique, then on up through a beautifully new-paved road past Tahquanemon Falls to a little town called Paradise. (Yes, there were many jokes about "how long til we reached Paradise". Sigh.) The motley crew in Paradise, minus one taking the picture and one who was wandering around someplace:
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As I said, the riding was great on Day One, as was the beer-drinking around the campfire, listening to Lake Superior a few yards away. In fact, we had so much fun that the motel owner had to come out and tell us to pipe down our raucous laughter. Ooops. Such a rebel biker gang we are, eh? The riding may have been great on Day One, but Day Two was another story.
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Yes, Precious (the soggy blue Harley submarine in the foreground) got a bath. As did the other five bikes and all of their passengers. Repeatedly. We figured we got completely soaked and dried at least three different times that day. You will hopefully not ever see photos of me in my el cheapo rainsuit-- not only because it's *white* and makes me look like the Michelin Man but also because I absolutely refused to let anyone within camera range. Not to mention, it didn't work too well keeping me dry, lol. There's just something... refreshing ... about ice water running down gas tanks at 60mph to puddle in the area where the posterior meets the leather. We only managed a couple hundred miles that day due to the many stops under whatever awnings we could find. We did manage to go out to Whitefish Point to check out the lighthouse and shipwreck museum. We saw this there, and yes-- the museum played that song. I didn't even get my camera out of its little waterproof bag, since everything at the lighthouse and museum was hidden by the low clouds and downpour, so sorry no pics there. At any rate, the hot shower at the end of the day made all the sogginess worthwhile, although I think my boots might dry out sometime in 2009. Maybe. Day Three, although it dawned cold (and early, due to my room's previous occupant resetting the clock to TWO HOURS EARLIER than the correct time), was another great riding day. Thankfully, all my clothes which hung over the heater all night had dried enough to keep me warm through the morning. We left Marquette and took the slow scenic route back home. I need to have more fun like this. But after waking up at FOUR AM, first I'm going to go take a nap.

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Published on September 4 2007

Yes, I have been remiss (what does that phrase *mean*, anyway?) in blog posts. I can only cry "busybusybusy" and "too much gallivanting around the Northwoods". And that doesn't even include the upcoming motorcycle trip later this week, wherein eight or ten intrepid papermakers and their various spouses and hangers-on make like a biker gang and head off to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for three days of biker gang activities. What exactly papermakin' biker gangs *do* in yooper country is still to be discovered. I can't wait to find out, and of course I will photograph the daylights out of them and then blog them, lol. I wonder if the "fifty mile rule" will be invoked? I wonder if they'll try to jam my camera down my throat? Pray for good weather, folks. Mad wants to *ride*. These pics, however, are from the last couple of weeks; various shots around our great inland ocean. The only thing missing is the salt smell. I'd put one of me in there, but I got so sunburnt while out on the water this weekend that I'm afraid the fiery glow would crash all your computers! The peeling will follow. Sucks when you forget your sunscreen. { gallery [Superior] }

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