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Monday, October 31, 2011

Day 304, Oct. 31: Eerie

 10 Memories
from Halloween
Not all of these will probably be "eerie," but I wanted to tempt people into reading the post.
1. State Street: I had heard about what it was like on this Madison street on Halloween night, but until I walked down it in 1977, I never imagined. I went as the Squeeze Box (a cardboard box over my head with holes for the eyes and mouth)
2. Gary Gets Beat Up: As high school juniors, five of us went out and tossed a few eggs. Well, we got chased through backyards. Four of us escaped. Gary got caught and a black eye.
3. The Creepy Old Farmer: About three years ago, Kris and I dressed up. I had a long old gray beard, overhauls and a farmer's implement cap. I hustled a couple of young women from work who didn't even recognize me, until I lowered the beard.
4. Jay the M&M: One of our first trick-or-treat experiences with our oldest son, Jay, was dressing him in a child-size M&M costume. It was very cute, though not very manly.
5. The Haunted House: Before we were married, Kris and I went to a historic home above our favorite former nightspot, Isabella's. It wasn't really haunted, but many people wore some very cool costumes.
6. Counting Coup: As the boys became old enough to carry their own bags, we'd have fun at home later dividing the candy and treats into organized piles - as father and sons.
7. Costume Party: Early in our marriage, my first wife, Jane, and I went to a real costume party. She dressed as a pirate woman and I went as a PeeWee Herman type of character. ("I know you are, but what am I?")
8. High School Party: Barely dating for the first time as a senior (I was dating a freshman), we were invited to a party (of freshmen). 
But I got my first kiss!
9. Farmers vs. City Kids: As sophomores in high school, my main group of friends once again got a hold of some eggs. But so did our farmer friends and our first cars took the brunt of it 
before we washed them off.
10. Handing Out Candy: About four years ago, I held down the fort here on Hill Street and handed out candy while Kris had to work. It was the first time I ever gave out more than 2-3 items as my old house at Napier Street never got any trick-or-treaters hidden up on our hill.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day 303, Oct. 30: Heart-breakers

10 Heart-breaking Losses
In Sporting Events
For the second straight week, the Wisconsin Badgers football team lost games on Hail Mary passes. Both make this list of heart-breakers I've witnessed or been a part of.
1. Sportsman's to Stoughton Lumber, 1978: We had a huge lead in this city slow-pitch city tourney semifinal and I just missed a couple of shoestring catches that got by me. Nearly cried, man.
2. Boston Red Sox to New York Mets, 1986: Even though I will never blame Bill Buckner's error for this loss, it's still the toughest one I suffered through watching.
3. Green Bay Packers to Philadelphia Eagles, 2003: We had them 4th and 26! Play the stupid "prevent" defense and get burned by McNabb. Lose the game.
4. Boston Red Sox to New York Yankees, 1978: Freakin Bucky Dent. I skipped a college class to see Carl Yastrzemski hit an early homer in this extra playoff game, only to see Dent's HR win it.
5. Green Bay Packers to Arizona Cardinals, 2009. It was 51-45! Score 45 and lose! Man this was a tough one; and I missed Bible Study to watch it (God probably wanted to teach me a lesson)
6. Wisconsin Badgers to Michigan State, 2011. We were still undefeated and I thought we could win it if went into OT. But the Hail Mary bounced their way.
7. Green Bay Packers to NY Giants, 2007 (in OT). Freakin Favre. His interception on a stupid decision early in OT led to the Giants' victory.
8. Wisconsin Badgers to Ohio State, 2011: After making a miraculous late comeback to take the lead, we see another Hail Mary beat us. I was used to it by then.
9. Boston Red Sox to Cincinnati Reds, 1975. Game 7 World Series loss, after the breath-taking Game 6 win  behind Carlton Fisk's home run.
10. Wisconsin Badgers to Georgia State, 2001. A first-round NCAA tourney BB loss. We're seeded No. 6, they're No. 11. Blew a 13-point 2nd half lead to lose, 51-49.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Day 302, Oct. 29: Mad-Town

 My 10 Favorite Things
About Going to Madison
I've already mentioned in a previous post that Madison was my favorite Wisconsin city. Here are 10 reasons why.
1. It's usually on a trip with Kris (though today, I managed to get on her nerves - sadly only hours before I told her how well 
we travel together. Sorry, kls)
2. State Street. You can't help but like this unique stretch of shops and people. And the view of the Capitol is quite impressive.
3. The Capitol. It's really quite magnificent, a lookalike to our nation's capitol (though purposely a few inches shorter in respect to D.C.)
4. Henry Vilas Zoo. For the size of the city, this zoo is top-notch. It includes all of the main animals in a nice, clean layout. 
And it's still free!
5. Camp Randall Stadium. I've seen many great (and horrible) games there over the years. And it looks very imposing 
when no game is being played.
6. West Towne. This almost always is a stop for Kris and I. It's a classic mall with lots of diverse shoppers and stores.
7. East Towne. I don't get there very much anymore, but it was my hot spot as a young driver and on rare trips.
8. Sundance Shopping Center. This has moved into my Top 10 in just the past couple of years. It's a place Kris and I almost always stop, as we did today on a beautiful sunny day.
9. The Beltline. It's not exactly fun all of the time, but boy you can make time on it and it brings back memories of cruising 
with the boys in high school.
10. The drive from Dubuque. What used to take a solid two hours with slowdowns in several towns now takes 20-30 minutes less. The southwest Wisconsin countryside is beautiful and often includes what Kris and I call "cow conventions."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Day 301, Oct. 28: 300 Near Misses

300 Songs That Just Missed
Making My Top 300
Many of these really did just miss making my Top 300. And, I did it so quickly, I found out after I was done counting that there's actually a few more than 300. Enjoy.

1940s and earlier
Cheek to Cheek, Fred Astaire
Foggy Mountain Breakdown, L. Flatt & E. Scruggs
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky, Vaughn Monroe
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams
It Ain't Necessarily So, Guy Lombardo
Moonlight Serenade, Glenn Miller
Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland
Shine on Harvest Moon, Seger Ellis
Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Sons of the Pioneers
You Are My Sunshine, Gene Autry

Battle of New Orleans, Johnny Horton
Four Walls, Jim Reeves
Hound Dog, Elvis Presley
Oh Donna, Ritchie Valens
Mack the Knife, Bobby Darin
North to Alaska, Johnny Horton
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Platters
Tequila, Champs
That’ll Be the Day, Buddy Holly & the Crickets
Your Cheatin’ Heart, Hank Williams
Walkin’ After Midnight, Patsy Cline
Young Love, Sonny James

Angel of the Morning, Merilee Rush
Born to Wander, Rare Earth
Bright Casino Royale, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Dawn, The Four Seasons
Delilah, Tom Jones
Devil Woman, Marty Robbins
Eight Days a Week, The Beatles
Elenore, The Turtles
Foxey Lady, Jimi Hendrix
Goin Up the Country, Canned Heat
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? Bee Gees
I Can’t Explain, The Who
I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party, The Beatles
I Fall to Pieces, Patsy Cline
I Started a Joke, Bee Gees
It’s Not Unusual, Tom Jones
Linus & Lucy, Vince Guaraldi
Lover Her Madly, The Doors
Man in the Street, Don Drummond
Phoenix City, Rolando Alphonso/Skatalites
Ramblin’ Rose, Nat King Cole
Return to Sender, Elvis Presley
Ribbon of Darkness, Marty Robbins
Sail on Sailor, The Beach Boys
She’s About a Mover, The Sir Douglas Quintet
So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright, Simon & Garfunkel
Sunshine Superman, Donovan
Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
Suzie Q, Credence Clearwater Revival
Sweet Hitch-Hiker, Credence Clearwater Revival
Unchained Melody of Love, The Righteous Brothers
Walk on By, Dionne Warwick
Walk Right Back, The Everly Brothers
Watermelon, Leo Kottke
Wendy, The Beach Boys
Windy, The Association
Words of Love, The Beatles
Yesterday’s Gone, Chad & Jeremy
You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice, The Lovin Spoonful
Zorba the Greek, Tijuana Brass

Already Gone, The Eagles
American Pie, Don McLean
Anticipation, Carly Simon
Aubrey, Bread
Baby Hold On, Eddie Money
Bad Time, Grand Funk
Beach Baby, First Class
Bohemian Rhapsody
Bright Side of the Road, Van Morrison
Candida, Dawn
China Grove, The Doobie Brothers
Cindy Incidentally, The Faces
Could It Be I’m Falling in Love, Spinners
Don’t Call Us, Sugarloaf
Don’t Cross the River, America
Don’t Stop Believin’, Olivia Newton-John
Down on My Knees, Bread
Downstream, Supertramp
Early Morning Rain, Gordon Lightfoot
Everything is Beautiful, Ray Stevens
Excitable Boy, Warren Zevon
Fly Robin Fly, Silver Convention
Goodbye to Love, CarpentersHold Your Head Up, Argent
Gypsy Wind, Dan Fogelberg
Honky Cat, Elton John
I Feel Love, Donna Summer
I Think I Love You, Patridge Family
I Want You to Want Me, Cheap Trick
I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight, Atlanta Rhythm Section
I’m Not in Love, 10 c.c.
It’s Over, Boz Scaggs
Jazzman, Carole King
Jessica, The Allman Brothers
Jump Into the Fire, Nilsson
Just Because, John Lennon
Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel
Lido Shuffle, Boz Scaggs
Little Trustmaker, The Tymes
Last Night (I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All), The Fifth Dimension
Long Tall Glasses, Leo Sayer
Lost Without Your Love, Bread
Love is Strange, Paul McCartney & Wings
Low Rider, War
Maggie May, Rod Stewart
Mamma Mia, ABBA
Me and Mrs. Jones, Billy Paul
More Than a Feeling, Boston
Morning Has Broken, Cat Stevens
Movin’ On, Bad Company
Never Rains in Southern California, Albert Hammond
New Kid in Town, The Eagles
New York’s Not My Home, Jim Croce
Oh Caroline, Cheap Trick
Old Days, Chicago
Part of the Plan, Dan Forgelberg
Rainy Day People, Gordon Lightfoot
Reason to Believe, Rod Stewart
Ring My Bell, Anita Ward
Rock & Roll Lullaby, B.J. Thomas
Rock & Roll Baby, Stylistics
Sad Sweet Dreamer, Sweet Sensation
Sand in Your Shoes, Al Stewart
Sister Golden Hair, America
Slow Ride, Foghat
Some Kind of Wonderful, Grand Funk
Southside City Midnight Lady, Doobie Brothers
Space Truckin, Deep Purple
Star, Stealers Wheel
Still in Love With You, Al Green
Stuck in the Middle, Stealers Wheel
Sunshine on My Shoulders, John Denver
Sure As I’m Sitting Here, 3 Dog Night
Take it Easy, The Eagles
Then Came You, Dionne Warwick & the Spinners
The Boys Are Back in Town, Thin Lizzy
The Killing of Georgie, Rod Stewart
Time Passages, Al Stewart
Top of the World, Carpenters
Uncle Albert, Love is Strange, Paul McCartney & Wings
Take Me to the River, Talking Heads
Tusk, Fleetwood Mac
Walk on Water, Neil Diamond
Wasted Words, The Allman Brothers
Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon
Yo-Yo, The Osmonds
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, Bachman Turner-Overdrive
You Are Everything, Stylistics
You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder
You Are the Woman, Firefall
Young American, David Bowie

Addicted to Love, Robert Palmer
Amor, Julio Iglesias
Back in Black, AC/DC
Bwana, Lindsey Buckingham
Cold as Ice, Foreigner
Come on Eileen, Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Drivin My Life Away, Eddie Rabbit
Dude Looks Like a Lady, Aerosmith
Durham Town, Roger Whittaker
Everybody Wants You, Billy Squier
Eye in the Sky, Alan Parsons Project
Good Thing, Fine Young Cannibals
Hot Child in the City, Billy Idol
I Don’t Care Anymore, Phil Collins
I Wanna Be a Cowboy, Boys Don’t Cry
I Want to Be Free, Queen
Kiss on My List, Hall & Oates
Let’s Go, The Cars
Love Shack, The B-52s
Maneater, Hall & Oates
Mickey, Toni Basil
My Best Friend’s Girl, The Cars
My Prerogative, Bobby Brown
Nervous and Shakey, The Del Fuegos
Pride & Joy, Stevie Rae Vaughn
Promises, Eric Clapton
Puttin on the Ritz, Taco
Roxanne, The Police
Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Clash
Somebody’s Baby, Jackson Browne
Start Me Up, The Rolling Stones
Tell Mary, Leo Kottke
The Challenge, Christine McVie
The Tide is High, Blondie
The Voice, The Moody Blues
Think About Me, Fleetwood Mac
Totally Wired, The Fall
Twice as Hard, The Black Crowes
Urgent, Foreigner
What I Like About You, The Romantics
Whip It, Devo
White Horse, Laid Back
Who Can It Be Now? Men at Work

A Day Without Rain, Enya
Amytriptline, John Vanderslice
Are You Gonna Be My Girl? Jet
Big Yellow Taxi, Counting Crows& Vanessa Carlton
Blue (Da Ba Dee), Eiffel 65
Bouncing Around the Room, Phish
Breakout, Foo Fighters
Bungle in the Jungle, Jethro Tull
Can’t Make Up My Mind, John Gorka
Carpool Lung, House of Large Sizes
Cold Hard Bitch, Jet
Counting Backwards, The Velvet Teen
Courtin in the Kitchen, Gaelic Storm
Daria, Cake
Dreams, Cranberries
Eleanor, Jet
Every Precious Moment, Kraig Kenning
Fly Away, Lenny Kravitz
For You, Barenaked Ladies
Hands, Jewel
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? Bryan Adams
Heavy Metal Drummer, Wilco
If I Had a Million Dollars, Barenaked Ladies
Lack of Water, The Why Store
Laura, The Scissor Sisters
Lazy, House of Large Sizes
Learn to Fly, Foo Fighters
Little Goose Polka, Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen
Lovely to See You, Moody Bluegrass (various artists)
Man on the Moon, R.E.M.
Me and My 424, John Vanderslice
My Invisible Gun, John Gorka
No Way Down, Bent Scepters
Orinoco Flow, Enya
Please Forgive Me, David Gray
Shopping, Barenaked Ladies
Silent Singer, The Matney Sisters
Slow Hand, Burbanks
Somehow, Somewhere, Someway, Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Song 2, Blur
Steal My Sunshine, Len
Stone Ranger, Reggae Cowboys
Take it Like a Man, Bent Scepters
The Minstrel Boy, James Galway
There She Goes, Sixpence None the Richer
Upside Down, Barenaked Ladies
War on War, Wilco
Walking on Broken Glass, Annie Lenox
What’s the World Coming To, Fleetwood Mac

Any Other Day, Astaire
Banana Pancakes, Jack Johnson
Beautiful World, Colin Hay
Bend and Break, Keane
Blue Eyes, Cary Brothers
Brighter Than Sunshine, Aqualung
Bubbly, Colbie Caillat
Burning, The Whitest Boy Alive
Cannot Say Enough About You, Mercy Me
Chocolate, Snow Patrol
Clocks, Coldplay
Come Back Margaret, Camera Obscura
Coming Around, Travis
Daughters, John Mayer
Don’t Dance Her Down, The Fiery Furnaces
Ellie Mae, Townhall
Everyday I Love You Less and Less, Kaiser Chiefs
Feel Good Inc., Gorillaz
Fidelity, Regina Spektor
Fireflies, Owl City
Follow Me, Uncle Kracker
Girl, Beck
Gorgeous Behavior, Marching Band
Guilty of the Crime, Eagles
Haven’t Met You Yet, Michael Buble
Halloween, Matt Pond PA
Hollywood, Collective Soul
I Don’t Care Anymore, Wayne Hancock
I Predict a Riot, Kaiser Chiefs
I Summon You, Spoon
It Was You, Lindsey Buckingham
Jacksonville Skyline, Whiskeytown
Judy and the Dream of Horses, Belle & Sebastian
Know Your Enemy, Green Day
Last Chance, Maroon 5
Letters, Marching Band
Like Dylan in the Movies, Belle & Sebastian
Little Bit, Lykke Li
Masterfade, Andrew Bird
Mexico, Low Stars
Miracle of Love, Eurythmics
Myriad Harbor, New Pornographers
Nature Boy, Connie Evingson
O’Valencia, Decemberists
Paper Thin Walls, Modest Mouse
Sex on Fire, Kings of Leon
Sing, Travis
Somebody Told Me, The Killers
Somewhere Only We Know, Keane
Spitting Games, Snow Patrol
Sweet Sweet Heartkiller, Say Hi to Your Mom
Sweet the Sting, Tori Amos
Take Me Out, Franz Ferdinand
The One You Love the Most, Brett Dennen
The Party’s Crashing Us, Of Montreal
Tiny Little Fractures, Snow Patrol
Tulsa, Wayne Hancock
Valedictorian, Matt the Electrician
Wrap Your Love Around Me, The Village Green
You Know I’m No Good, Amy Winehouse
You Only Live Once, The Strokes
Your Heart is an Empty Room, Death Cab for Cutie
1-2-3-4, The Plain White T’s
16 Days, Whiskeytown
5-22-02, Golden Smog