From chocolate-covered bacon and 40-ounce Schlitz to the path to happiness, Forons waxed poetic about the fineries of life this week. The economy may be in shambles, but at least we have pickle-and-mayo sandwiches.
Funny and absurd
Stupidity level: High
Post by Crow Fri May 01, 2009 12:20 pm
I can't quite put my finger on it, but the level of stupidity downtown is particularly high today. It's difficult to quantify, but voices are louder, overheard opinions seem dumber, and traffic is moving in a way that suggests the drivers ain't quite right.
Anybody else noticing this? Or am I just particularly susceptible to irritation today?
Re: Your favorite offbeat snack stuff?
Post by hintzilla Fri May 01, 2009 1:08 pm
A halved pickled egg is one of my favorites. Sometimes with a squirt of sriracha, but plain most of the time. I haven't had any on hand in quite some time, I should do something about that.
This next one isn't one of my favorites, but I have a friend who loves it. Before I even go into it, yes, it sounds terrible and makes no sense on paper, but somehow it actually manages to taste good. I've heard it called a glop sandwich. It's peanut butter, mayonnaise, and pickle slices on bread. The first time I tried it, my friend wrapped up the ingredients in a tortilla, and while I was pretty reluctant to try it at first, I was really caught off guard by how good it was. Since then, there have been a few times where I've made the sandwich version, and as long as you use good pickles and don't put on too much mayo, it's pretty good.
Re: My name is Foron, for we are Many.
Post by blunt Sun May 03, 2009 12:01 pm
I am the genius that whipped you complacent kittens into shape and rallied for a cute name and identity for the Daily Page users and set up a poll for said suggested names. Nevermore or chance (my 3D life ((drink, drugs, dementia))hinders me from remembering which), came up with the name we all voted for: Forons.
However, I did make up the term "judas priest."
Re: Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)
Post by Ducatista Mon May 04, 2009 2:39 pm
Offer your friends this deal: "Buy me a cheap mug and pay for my drinks all night long, and I won't drag you to a theme bar on my birthday."
You'll drink free, and nobody will have to go to the Gritty.
Smart and sharp
Big tobacco wins again, with the help of anti-smokers.
Post by Stubby Sat May 02, 2009 2:13 pm
Big Tobacco Wins Again
But not in anyway you might think.
It appears as if the US government is now the strong arm division of big tobacco companies. The FDA is about to crack down of the sale of electronic cigarettes, a nicotine replacement device that is said by people who would know about these things to be 1% or less the danger of tobacco. The law winding through the US senate "The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act" would place an outright ban on e cigarettes.
A wonderful example or our government, working in league with tobacco and pharmaceutical companies, to take away a much healthier alternative to the over 45 million people addicted to nicotine in the US. All for the love of money.
Roxbury Tavern Chocolate Covered Bacon
Post by kulgar Sun May 03, 2009 9:46 pm
If you are headed out to Devil's Lake or north on Hwy 12 and have a need for Lake Louie (or OK plonk), decent sandwiches or the odd dinner depending on the night of the week, give the Roxbuy Tavern a try. Had the best bison burger last week (the Great Dane overcooks them thinking they are beef) with great, what was a potato an hour ago, extra crispy fries and sides.
The only in Wisconsin dessert composed of two scoops of vanilla on shortbread cookies and two slices of chocolate covered bacon was memorable. The bacon actually tastes more like salty toffee with a bit of smoke and, balanced with the full fat ice cream, it's a hiker's night cap. Share it with friends, one will last you a lifetime.
The owner banned smoking years ago, so do that on the Bluff before you get there. Canoe kitsch, mistmatched chairs and flatwore they stole from Gordon Commons. Why go to a chain in Middleton when you can have great food at decent prices in a one of a kind, soon to be forgotten, real old fashioned bar.
Re: Laws against noise pollution?
Post by boston_jeff Mon May 04, 2009 8:10 pm
I'm reading a book about happiness that touches on this issue. Its based on philosophy and psychological science, pretty interesting stuff. A common happiness formula in contemporary social psychology is a combination of biological setpoint (S) plus the conditions of your life (C) plus voluntary activities (V) you participate in.
H = S + C + V
So the goal of happiness research is to figure out what aspects of C and V can increase H (in the absence of gene therapy to boost S). Based on current research, noise is one of five aspects of C that reliably affect our happiness (the others are commuting, lack of control, shame and relationships). This finding also supports the idea that homes right in front of traffic lights are more difficult to sell. Traffic driving past your home can be noisy, but typically it is less so than adjacent to a traffic light. When cars stop at lights, then start up again, often revving or playing loud music, the noise is more aversive.
Who's Running for Mayor?
Post by Dulouz Tue May 05, 2009 8:44 pm
some talk on this board has suggested that the Mayor could be vulnerable do to his alienation of the left and right. Can he hold the middle?
It is still a couple years away, but what are the thoughts?
for me, I think that a Hendrick challenge from the left and a Blaska challenge from the right could set up a situation in which a moderate like Schumacher or Johnny Winston might be able to smell enough blood in the water to make a stand.
All four could make it through the primary. The difference might be the candidates' vision of Madison and how many people sit out the election if their guy doesn't get through the primary.
does the Mayor even want to run? He doesn't really seem to enjoy it or have any great vision any more. What would an open primary look like? I assume Schumacher (I mean the dude's on 12 committees, he has to be gunning for Mayor) and Winston would jump in. Who else?
Re: Ald. Schumacher and his sub-sixer beer ban
Post by Dulouz Wed May 06, 2009 10:36 am
Trader Joe's, Cap Center Foods and other grocery stores are exempt because the City cannot put conditions on a Class A license, only the state can do that. This would only effect Combination B Licenses (liquor and beer) which includes taverns, restaurants, liquor stores and convenience stores.