My brother Zack has jumped into the world of Blogging. I’d like to welcome him to the Blog Roll. His Blog is called “The Broken World”. But he’s on the blog roll simply as Zachary Hill, there at the bottom of the roster. Easy to find. He’s going to be posting parts of his novels as well as his artwork. Zack is a prolific writer, so you’ll want to throw a bookmark on this one and check back often.
This is about the day I almost died… and the day that I too became a Packers fan.
It was a cold December day many years ago. I was in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I was in a family restaurant that was within a stone’s throw of that famous stadium.
The joint was filled with a hungry and talkative lunch crowd. The place was loud with conversations, tinkling of silverware against the flatware, and waitresses buzzing around the tables busy as bees.
The guy across the table said, “So, who’s your favorite football team?”
I remember I had just picked up a french fry and before I popped it into my mouth, I said “The Niners.”
The whole place got absolutely silent. I heard the dropping of a fork on a plate and in the distance a dog barked. Angrily.
You see, that’s Green Bay. By and large, that’s Wisconsin. They love the Packers. No other team has a Home Town like the Packers. No one.
I got two chews on that fry before I quickly said “After the Packers of course.”
Large bearded men sat back down and the waitresses started waiting again. Conversations picked back up and the angel of death turned and walked away from me.
I learned an important lesson then. If you don’t like the Packers – just STFU. I spent a lot of time in Wisconsin, Especially around Appleton, Osh Kosh, and a Rhinelander. But I will always remember that day in Green Bay. I learned to love the Packers too.
I would like the thank Martin White for the awesome banners that he made for me. Those banners have been (and will continue to be in the archived site) the “look” of MadOgre.com for a very long time.
But now we are going to a new MadOgre.com and I think it would be nice to have a new Banner or two that gives the new site a new fresh modern – yet appropriately ogrish – look and vibe.
Unfortunately I have zero talent for making digital banners. So I need a bit of help with this. Anyone?
Green Bay. Just sayin…
Take a look at the US Chill Map, and take a look at Utah.
That little -4 on the map. The coldest place in Utah… yeah… that’s me. But the -4 is a bold faced lie. Because it was -18 this morning as I was eating breakfast. It was 33 in Anchorage Alaska. It’s always warmer there than here in the winter. Anyone hiring Ogres in Anchorage? Seriously, I could move up there right now.
I’m already tired of the constant barrage of news coming out of Egypt. Most of which right now are not about what’s going on, but about how mistreated the American Reporters are. These poor unfortunate “journalists” getting attacked and threatened. I wonder if it’s just a matter of time when the topic is rampant shark attacks, that these reporters are going to be out on surf boards and then will be shocked that a shark takes a nibble. This is the same thing that they are doing right now. Attention Whoring in their desperation for ratings. A guy goes into an Anti-American Mob and is surprised that he gets attacked? This is a stupid thing to do. How about you go into a Cafe in down town Green Bay Wisconsin this Sunday with a Steelers shirt? That would be a stupid thing to do. How about going to a Biker Bar and proclaiming that “Harley’s Suck!” and “Hey, Village People! Sing YMCA for me!”. Let me tell you… the beating you would get… you earned that. These reporters, they are earning their welts as well. The Democratic Way was mishandled from way back so this eruption is no surprise. The leader was a dictator that was crushing his people and his government was evil and corrupt. The problem though is that the Muslim Brotherhood is taking full advantage of this in a move to gain power. They offer a better way of life, they are making promises that sound good to the masses of impoverished people to gain their support.
They will win. Egypt is lost. And this situation could have been prevented years ago.
The old MadOgre.com site is still here.
The Stratosphere in Las Vegas: I have to tell you guys, I had a better room at The Terrible’s last year. I checked in faster and easier, I had the phone and wireless without asking. I had a more comfortable bed there too. Here at the Stratosphere, I was hit with with extra fees for everything… And they wanted me to pay a 250 dollar deposit for the phone. WTF? Next year, The Terribles again… I’ll never come back to the Stratosphere. I don’t like being itemized. I like be treated like a Guest. The food in the Stratosphere tasted like crap. They have a 50’s style diner that sells overpriced burgers that, well, you can get a better burger by microwaving a prepackaged one at a gas station. The novelty of going up real high in a tower, yeah, I got over that in my tree house as a kid. So what was the upside to it? It was easy to find. The parking was easy to get in and out of, and it put me right out near Paradise Road which allowed a pretty easy run to the back of the Venetian to get into their parking for Shot.
I have a separate SHOT report that wrote up, so here, I’ll just talk about Las Vegas. I really liked the New York New York hotel. That place is nice. Bigger rooms, nicer rooms, but better yet, you actually had good food in the place. They have a New York style deli that actually makes New York style sandwiches. As much as I liked the Ribeye at Smith & Wollenskys, that “New York Sky High” was awesome. They had some fried clams and fried calamari that was fresh and done to perfection. Very good to say the least.
I keep looking at all the themes that I can use here and I’m thinking “I don’t like any of these because they are not what MadOgre was”. But I’m thinking wrong. I need to look for a theme that is what I want MadOgre to be.
Please forgive my slow progression into the 21st century. I’m upgrading the whole site. I’m working on this as I have time.