Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Airplanes and Ferries

IMPEACHMENT. That word appeared in print in the news today. It appeared in so many different publications that I cannot neglect to mention it. For the first time since the onset of the Iraq debacle I sense that impeachment is distinctly possible. It's an ugly word, we're in an ugly war, and our country is in an ugly mess.

Take your car for a boat ride. Go to Merrimac, Wisconsin. Take Hy.26-Hy.151 to Columbus. Get on Hy.60 west to Lodi(Home of Suzie the Duck). Take Hy.113 north. There are other ways-but that one is the fastest. The car ferry, run by the state, is totally free. It is a real treat. Drive on, get out of your car and feel the breeze. There are snack shops on both sides and a county park on the south side. I think the Ferry-Xing Tavern still sells T-shirts. It is 3miles south of Devil's Lake State Park. There are many free and inexpensive things to do and see in the area.

The Circus Parade---will be held Saturday June 25 in Baraboo, Wisconsin...another free one! Baraboo is of course home to the Circus World Museum. Trivia: The very first appearance of the Ringling Bros. Circus was in what city? Ans: Mazomanie, Wisconsin.

SMOKING. Will it take a new library director to get those smelly ashtrays away from the entrance of the Oshkosh Public Library? Would it be possible to ban smoking on the property? They do this in Appleton. While I am at it, why don't they ban smoking at the at the bus transfer center downtown? That is so gross to see the bus drivers, who the children look up to, race off the bus for a smoke between runs.

THE MOVIE AIRPLANE is 25yrs. old. I don't know about you but that makes me feel real ancient. It seems just yesterday that I was young and toking up with friends to watch this movie over and over. What brought about 'Airplane'? It was a low budget ($65,000) flick called 'The Kentucky Fried Movie'. If you liked Airplane this is a must see. It all started in Madison, Wisconsin in the late 1960's with "The Kentucky Fried Theatre". The 'Theatre' was a precursor to 'Theater Sports'. That evolved into the movie, and then Airplane. You know the rest.

As someone who performed professionally in the music business for twenty years, take it from me, go to Waterfest this Thursday. It just might be the best show of the year.

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