8.31.2010

Typed Trivia

Step 1: Choose your preferred edition of Trivial Pursuit™ (Genus II).

Step 2: Choose your preferred typewriter (Ezra Pound-Katie, Kevin Arnold-Whitney).

Step 3: Beginning with player on the left, draw card from front of deck, ask each of the 6 questions.

Step 4: All player type their answers as questions are read (N.B. points may be deducted for poor alignment &/or irregular margins).

Step 5: After 10 cards have been asked, pass answers to player on your right.

Step 6: Read answers aloud, allot 1 point for each correct answer.

Step 7: Lose to Whitney.


Round 1 - Head 2 Head Trivia (W-25, K-19)

Round 2 - Trivia 2.0: Back in the Habit (W-23, K-16)



Final Score: W-2, K-0

8.24.2010

Framing Day

Sometimes the big gold frame is exactly what you need to tie a whole set of family photos together.







Getting Off That Path

A couple weeks ago we took Tommy Schwinn and Pierre The Peugeot down to Milwaukee's famous Granary District to see what Barnacle Bud's had to offer. His PBR tall boys were refreshing, his oysters on the half shell were impassive, and his live Swamp Pop was both swampy & poppy. But what really got us was that view! The best skyline east of the Mississippi, north of the Menomonee, and west of Lake Michigan. You're not going to find a nicer spot along the Kinnickinnic River, just be prepared for when you have to take that hard left turn off the normally beaten path. 
The Beaten Path

Location of Barnacle Bud's

8.21.2010

It's a Sing-Off.

We are halfway there.

Concerned.


Probably about where my nose went.

Makin' a Day of It

At the beginning of August I found myself in Philadelphia, seven cancelled plane tickets to my name, and no distinct plan of how to get home. Katie was in a similar situation, but with fewer cancellations and more plans—The Train! It takes exactly 24 hrs and 7 mins for Amtrak to get you from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station to Milwaukee's Intermodal Station, so we decided to make a day of it.

It all started on a Wednesday afternoon a couple blocks from my parents house. At SEPTA's Queen Lane Station we climbed aboard the 12:09 R8—a commuter rail, the 1st of what wold become a long line of public transit. The 2nd came 24 minutes later as we pulled out of Philadelphia on Amtrak's Pennsylvanian, an inter-city rail. After a quick debate concerning our train drinking habits (covertly vs. overtly) we poured some whiskey into our iced tea and broke out the snacks on the train. 
Snack #1: Hot Fries
Other activities included watching "Mad Men" episodes in classic sepia mode, brushing up on our advanced business short-hand, photographing America's train stations, snacking, eating, snacking, snacking, and then snacking again later.

Harrisburg, PA: A Capital City
Snack #2: Blow Pops
Lunchables: American-fare, more whiskey. 
Snack #3: Goldfish (Flavor Blasted)
[Not Pictured: Snack #4: Beef Jerky]

Snack #5: Pretzel M&M's
8:05 PM: Pittsburgh and a 4 hour layover. Just the amount of time needed to add a couple more forms of transit to our repertoire, eat a home cooked meal, and debate the merits of wooden toilet seats vis-√†-vis water transportation—The T across the river (light rail, our 3rd variety of rail!) and the Monongahela Incline up the hill (Funicul√¨, Funicular).













At 11:59 PM we boarded the midnight train to Chicago, fell asleep, and woke up in Indiana. I'm not going back to Indiana. In Chicago we breakfasted on coffee and bagels in the sun, saw a Schmaling, missed a Skoczen, and jumped on the Hiawatha headed north. Milwaukee, here we come.

The final route, in two pieces:






Are you getting a load of my cross-country train travel luggage? They're perfect for toting a month's worth of clothes or all 4 of your bowling balls.


8.19.2010

When Sway Become 1

It's a song as old as rhyme. Two 'ballers meet on the fast-pitch field—she falls for him, he falls for her—and it's only a matter of time until 2 Become 1.  And we do a Sway about it.

Welcome to Sway Become 1:

8.13.2010

More Plays; More Densities

It's not like I'm going to stop talking about this awesome thing I came up with. The latest from the density factory:


A new hit:
Hot N' Fun (Ft. Nelly Furtado) - N.E.R.D.

An old hit:
I Want Love - Elton John

And a taste of what'll make it onto The Densitometer next week:
Bang Pop - Free Energy