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Sunday, March 13, 2011


Sunday, 8:30 AM.  I hate daylight saving time! 26 degrees, wind W, very light.  The sky is overcast and there is a half inch of new snow over some ice on the roads.  We are traveling to Milwaukee and Racine today and then to a forestry meeting in Wausau Wednesday, so there will be no further posts until Thursday.
    Yesterday evening Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was guest of honor at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner held by the local chapter of the Republican Party, at the Steak Pit in Washburn.  Joan and I drove down about 5:30 PM to see how the protest (of course there had to be a protest, what would the Northland do, actually welcome the governor of the state?)  I assume the governor flew into Ashland’s JFK International Airport (yes, you read that right), rather than drive the three hundred plus miles from Madison.  We thought about going to the airport to see him land, but decided against even more of a wild goose chase.  We tried to get near the steak pit but police had all the roads blocked and you had to have a ticket to the dinner to get to the restaurant. I hope the governor enjoyed Washburn hospitality, but that seems a rather remote possibility. The Steak Pit does have excellent food, though.
    There was already a huge crowd and more arriving by the minute in the vicinity of the restaurant. The now familiar AFSME union logo with the raised fist was readily visible among the homemade signs. Makes everyone feel welcome, doesn’t it, a clenched fist ready to poke someone in the nose. I wished for a moment that I had a “Don’t Tread On Me” rattlesnake flag to tie on the aerial of the truck, in self defense. Made me think of President Obama’s famous comment during the election campaign, “If they bring a knife, we’ll bring a gun.” 
    How’s this for a comeback…”If you bring a fist, I’ll bring a rattlesnake…” Gets a little ridiculous, doesn’t it? 

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