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Coming to you from the capital of Wisconsin

That’s a really lovely drive at night – up some big road, approaching the capitol building, much like going up any one of the approaches to the US capitol. Beautiful lit, a really gorgeous building. Impressive!

And I had no idea Madison was on an isthmus – I look forward to seeing it in the daylight. On the drive back to the airport.

The flight was fine. Michael The Baby did very, very well, and confounded the skeptics who doubtless looked up from their laptops and cels and spreadsheets with dread as we approached. Of course, the flight to Detroit takes like fifteen minutes. At the Detroit airport, our gate was right across from 3 gates for international flights – London, Frankfort, and scads and scads of people going to Amsterdam. HEY! I’m GLAD to be in…Madison! I ate a wrap of some sort in the waiting area, bites alternating with setting the things down and chasing the baby, who does not want to stay near me, but, for example, gets sight of a bottle cap that some woman has lain down beside her baggage at the window, and durned if he isn’t going to get that bottle cap. No matter where I set him, no matter what direction I point him, he twists back around to get the bottle cap. I suppose I could say, "Hey lady, pick up your bottle cap." But I don’t.


Sat on the runway in Detroit for at least thirty minutes. My goal had been to keep the baby awake the whole time so he would collapse in the hotel and sleep for hours and hours and hours. That thirty minutes on the runway did him in – and me, too, and so I let him fall asleep. So far, though, my fears at a wakeful night have not been realized. He slept most of the way here in the car, slept through check-in, and is now on his king-sized bed…collapsed.

As always, I am so grateful for those who take the time to smile at a baby and ten minutes out of their lives to play peek-a-boo over an airplane seat. As I’ve said…little things make other people’s lives easier. LIttle things.

Oh…and on the elevator up to my room, a young man said to me, "Are you Amy?" Well, yes. Turns out he is the Loyola sales rep here in the exhibit Gee, how did he know it was me? Did Loyola say, "Look for the wiped-out looking woman barely hanging on to an inexplicably heavy baby?" Or what?

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Cranky Lawyer

posted September 30, 2005 at 12:47 am

Make sure you take Michael the Baby to Michael’s Custard for a yummy ice cream (i.e., custard) cone!

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posted September 30, 2005 at 6:28 am

Isn’t the capitol someting?
I believe I was taught in my Wisconsin childhood that there is no state capitol building grander and that the only government building rotunda that is larger is in Washington, DC.
Hope you guys got some custard….mmmmm….frozen custard.

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posted September 30, 2005 at 6:30 am

I get to Madison about 2-3 times per year and never tire of the impressive view when approaching the capital. Glad you enjoyed our state. Come back soon!

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posted September 30, 2005 at 9:04 am

Cancel my previous comment–my daughter will not be able to get to the event today.
Ah, well. Next time, perhaps.

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M.Z. Forrest

posted September 30, 2005 at 10:00 am

Make sure you make it the Avenue Bar on East Washington Ave. IMHO, they have the best steak in Madison.

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posted September 30, 2005 at 10:07 am

Well, considering I’ll be home by 9pm tonight…no extra trips will be possible.

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posted September 30, 2005 at 11:44 am

If there was only one thing this Madison born friend of the badger could bring back from Wisconsin it would be Cheese Curds, and lots of them. Fresh bite-sized blobs of cheese that squeak when you eat them. I hope you got some before you left.

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posted September 30, 2005 at 10:22 pm

Cheese curds, frozen custard – well, since my fellow Badgers are bringing up our delicious, artery-hardening state specialties, let me add brats with plenty of saurkraut (or not, if you prefer – they’re also good with mustard and onions), washed down with a Leinenkugel’s.
Enjoy your visit to our state, Amy! I only wish I could get away to see you!

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