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Sunday, November 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 48.0° F  Fog/Mist


A hospital holiday

Hospitals are scary. Hospitals in Madison are petrifying. The incident at St. Mary'sin summer of 2006 took all the fun out of the phrase "naughty nurses." And the suicidal gunman parading around the UW hospital last fall was more unsettling than bedpans. No one ever dreams about going to the hospital unless babies or boobs are the outcome. >More
 Madison does Thanksgiving

Money, it's a drag. So is tryptophan, but on a whole different level. When it comes down to it, traveling is expensive. And when it comes to sailing the skies around Turkey Day, this fact is inflated like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. When I looked into going home back east, ticket prices were jacked up more than $200 over the normal price. >More
 She came from another planet at Belleville UFO Day

Belleville has the makings of the perfect podunk town, and I mean that in the kindest way. It is a quaint place set on a pretty lake, its main street nestled next to the water and lined with old-timey buildings. People mingle in front of shops like one big family; hands wave to the neighbor, who is most likely the cousin of a good friend, whose daughter's elementary school teacher is your mom. >More
 Madison mystic Janet Merino mystifies at The Psychic Gallery

The other day, on my way to Urban Outfitters to steal home decorating ideas, I was distracted from my mission by the swankest storefront on the 100 block of State Street. I became really excited for a hot minute. Had some interior designer read my mind and perfectly decked out my dream pad? Then I glimpsed the placard: The Psychic Gallery. >More
 Hunting for quilts at Olbrich Gardens

If I were to go to a quilt show, would I find older ladies there getting rowdy? Or are these theoretically boring activities the damnation some folks subject themselves to in repentance for the hedonistic ways of their youth? I went to the Quilts in Bloom: Fall Quilt and Flower Show at Olbrich Botanical Gardens to find out. >More
 How do you like them apples?

It's September, and already autumn is spitting game in Madison. Schools have captured all the children. Coats have captured all our tans. Night has captured our voices swearing at the thermostat. The elements might try to scare me from havin' fun outside, but guess what, fall? You can't hold me. I went apple picking, punk! >More
 There are things to do in Madison that don't involve funnels or wads of cash

Ever since I got to this state I've been drowned in beer culture. I never really drank that much before, aside from copious amounts of Mountain Dew in high school. But tasty local microbrews like New Glarus and insanely cheap drink specials -- $1.50 beers at Brothers on Tuesday!? -- make it hard to deny the golden glow of liquid courage. >More
 Sifting and winnowing for cats

I go through all this trouble because there is the possibility that some trash collector is going to rummage through my garbage, find a nugget of badness, and fine me. I do this out of the goodness of my heart and wallet. >More
 Making a mess on Moving Day

Last week, I found a flyer on my porch from the City of Madison entitled "All Right You Kids Knock It Off!" It explained, "Every August you students move out of your apartments and leave behind a huge mess. What would your mother say if she saw all that trash piled up on the street?" It even had the cutest, frowning clip-art man you ever did see. >More
 Looking forward to Moving Day 2007 in Madison

There are going to be couches -- couches! -- on the sidewalk blocking pedestrians. People might actually break bones lifting heavy object up cumbersome stairways. The stores will sell out of Scrubbing Bubbles and 409. The days leading up to moving day might even turn average Joes and Janes into freegans! >More
 The mean streets of Madison

Many months ago, there was a warning on the local television news about a rapist who attacked a woman at 5:30 a.m. Wearing only a T-shirt and jeans in wintertime weather, the man came into her home and brutally attacked her. >More
 Finding endangered species at the Henry Vilas Zoo

Going out in public is fabulously weird. On a recent trip to Henry Vilas Zoo, as I passed by a black swan I overheard a father agree with his son, "Yes, birds are very tasty." Somehow this didn't seem like a zoo-friendly observation, but the truth is the truth: Birds are tasty. And this fowl comment did make an important point -- the kid made a real connection between animals and his surroundings. >More
 Culver's has some killer food -- or does it?

Driving long distances in Wisconsin can be hazardous to your stomach -- and your mind. When eateries are few and far between on long stretches of highway, the gurgling sounds from the gut summon obscene thoughts! How to roast the cow in the field or sauté the hairy dude in the passenger seat become hallucinations in times of hunger. >More
 Hitting the waters of Lake Wingra in a canoe

I've been categorized as many things in my life: Incense burning hippie; indie rock; anti-hipster hipster; total bitch. I took it to a whole new extreme on Sunday as a canoeing enthusiast. >More
 Scoring with the Brewers at Miller Park

A few weekends ago I was convinced to attend a Madison Mallards game on Star Wars Night. While I've never had any interest in sports, my love for kitsch reeled me in. >More
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