this one is on the side of our local community radio station, wdrt. some people come him the space cowboy. well, i don’t know if anybody else does but my brain does which then, for better or worse, cues “the joker” by steve miller band and the opening lyric ( more weird neuronal associations. maybe because it’s on the side of a radio station which makes me thing of song lyrics? ):
“Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah
Some call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
Cause I speak of the pompatus of love”
and today i learned steve miller made up the word pompatus after mishearing a vernon green lyric.
a sign that fall will be soon upon us! getting the rink prepared for ice on october 26th. i’ve been helping for a few years and yet i always forget how much work it is.
laying down the cooling lines and setting up the boards while praying i’m not the guy who pinches a line and causes a leaker because i’m pretty sure the other guys who have been doing this since time began will mock me endlessly in a mostly good natured way.
cheese curd stand that, in my humble opinion, sells the best fried cheese curds at the vernon county fair.
i like the vibe of the booth design combined with the salt-of-the earth characters and have been waiting for something like 7 years to get this shot at night with a wisconsin nighthawks feel.
we walked with odin and some hockey buddies in a local parade to raise awareness for the hockey association. even though i’m losing count of how many parades i’ve walked over the past couple of years, i don’t mind since it’s all for a good cause.
because i know a guy in marketing at organic valley, we had some organic fuel to hand out along with flyers and association swag. it’s always fun to hear an ever increasing number of people proactively yell out how much they love it.
big day for odin today. it was the first day of fifth grade and after years in the local waldorf school he had his first day at public school and loved it. we’re still very big supporters of the waldorf school and couldn’t say enough about how central the experience has been in developing the wonderful, caring boy that he is today. to use a hockey analogy, this is about skating to where the puck will be.
in the morning he was appropriately nervous and while a little bummed to not be able to wear his contacts ( NEW SCHOOL! NEW LOOK! ) since he washed one down the shower drain the night before and we don’t have backups yet ( *cough* someone might have told him not to take a shower with his contacts in *cough*. lesson learned the hard way. ) he was taking it in stride.
he traded his half block walk for a half mile bike ride or walk. i don’t him i’d be more than happy to walk him to school, all the way to his locker and give him a hug as he walked into his class.
with a little glimmer in eye he said, “no poppi, that’s o.k. i can get to class by myself.”
between the regular hockey season, clinics and off season practice we’ve been watching odin play hockey for 10 straight months. odin loves every minute of it ( he’s skating in the red socks in this picture ) but i can’t say i’m not going to enjoy taking a month or so off before the regular season starts up in october.
both amazed and not amazed that this type of sign still exists in 2015.
one day and 1,400 or so miles later we’re back in the wisconsin where the delicacy found at gas stations is fresh cheese curds instead of salt fish.
the scenic commute in these parts never gets old.
i run by a lot of utility poles in town and i’m almost certain that only one has this wireless device attached to it. i run by this particular utility pole more often than not and i think the device is new. or newish. i’m sure it has some non-conspiratorial, valid purpose and it’s going to drive me nuts until i find out. it has line of sight with a water tower that has other wireless antennas on it and the county jail so those are the ( perhaps red herring ) clues. any guesses? i doubt it’s wifi. some sort of dispatch unit?
and surely i don’t have to explain the title reference to you?