I have to confess a prejudice: for the last 20 years, I’ve been harboring a resentment for Wisconsin, because of a kid named David Simon; he was the guy Julie Scott broke up with me to “go with” a few weeks after the conclusion of the 6th grade. David frequently wore University of Wisconsin sweatshirts with little pictures of walking badgers or fighting badgers on them. Because I have had to live with the embarrassment of having had my little brother see me cry after getting off the phone with Julie that day in June 1987, I have hated David Simon and all he stood for ever since. Now that that’s out of the way…
Yesterday’s presentation went great. Afterward, I began the two-hour trek through farmlands and foliage to Madison. I enjoyed finding sub-$3 gas and the terrestrial radio Wisconsin has to offer. I switched to XM four years ago to escape the suckdom that is Atlanta terrestrial radio. So, a nice change here.
Checked into my hotel and went out to the Great Dane brewpub. Cuddled up with the Octoberfest; watched FSU win; observed the happy hour professional crowd turn into the college student “the weekend starts on Thursday night” crowd. Twittered a lot. Made friends with couple biking to Chicago together. Ate cheese.
Got to chat with them briefly after the show, as I was the only person still in the balcony when they came from backstage to the front of the venue, via the balcony, to wait for the throngs to que up for pictures and autographs. Sometimes being lazy and anti-social is beneficial.
Found a badger, meaning I completed my three objectives for this trip:
Oh yeah, I finally saw a couple black people! They were at my hotel, and I told them I’ve very glad to see that they are thriving and happy here in Madison. I also told them that if they are EVER mistreated in any way to feel free to come to Atlanta with me. I found this, which convinced me that, perhaps, the state is not a bunch of racists:
I suddenly felt infinitely better about paying sales and hotel taxes.
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