In Case You Wondered…

Being a regular viewer of the cable TV show American Pickers I am very aware that people collect just about everything in the world. Being as how the USA is driven by consumer spending it’s not surprising that we have some of the biggest collections in the world.

In case you were wondering there is even a museum in Madison Wisconsin dedicated to a mustard collection. Who would have thought!  But it is quite a fascinating place to visit if you are in the northern hinterland.  Here is a sampling of what they have.

As usual click on any picture to see a larger slideshow view

 

EAA Airshow..

EAA stands for Experimental Aircraft Association and they are located in OshKosh Wisconsin. Having married a northern Wisconsin girl over thirty years ago I have driven past their headquarters many many times.  They have an annual airshow at the end of July each year. The attendance for the week exceeds 600,000 people annually.  It is THE premiere event in the U.S. for those who love small aircraft. Thousands come and camp out on the grounds for the entire week!

I was determined to get to the show this year after passing by it for so many years. It was a very unique experience and kind of balanced out all the in-law visits that happened the rest of the week. 😉

Here is a small snippet of the total photos I took the day I was there. Click on any one of them to see a larger slideshow view along with some narrative…

Wisconsin Cows…

5star-banner  Sometimes 5star images including the one below come from overlooked places. When we do our annual visit to northern Wisconsin to see the in-laws my brother-in-law takes us on a leisurely trip into the hinterland. On one of those recent trips we came across a herd of dairy cows and stopped to say hello.

Since Wisconsin is known as the “Dairy State” this scene is somewhat common.  I enjoyed our “up close and personal” visit to my dairy producing friends and I kind of think this picture is well deserved of its 5star Status

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Something About Domes…

Milwaukee State Capital DomeI don’t think I am the only one but I am one who is fascinated by capital dome art. Almost every State capital has a dome on its top. This one came from the Capital of Wisconsin in Madison.  I wonder how many hours were spent by someone in a  Micheal Angelo position painting these guys. One of my long-term projects over at InSearchOfAmerica is to do a catalog of all the capitals we have visited.

Cows, Cheese, Brats &….

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Northern Wisconsin – Cows

Of course farming and dairy are very much a part of the heart of America. What State do you think of when you see cows?  Usually, except for my west coast friends, it is Wisconsin. My wife was born there so we return often. She recently got a refrigerator magnet there that proclaimed that Wisconsin is Cows, Cheese, Brats, & Beer. That isn’t very far off the mark for how I see it…

Cows, Cheese, Brats &….

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Northern Wisconsin – Cows

Of course farming and dairy are very much a part of the heart of America. What State do you think of when you see cows?  Usually, except for my west coast friends, it is Wisconsin. My wife was born there so we return often. She recently got a refrigerator magnet there that proclaimed that Wisconsin is Cows, Cheese, Brats, & Beer. That isn’t very far off the mark for how I see it…

Mustard Museum??

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Madison, WI – Mustard Museum

Who would have thought that mustard is very American. If you don’t believe me just visit the Mustard Museum in Madison to see how many companies there are in the U.S. that make mustard.  There are literally thousands of jars there from around the country and the world.

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Northern WI – The Dairy Industry

I know there is a State currently hanging onto the west side of our country that claims to have happier cows than those in Wisconsin but I kind of thing that is just advertising rhetoric. The cows we come across regularly on our annual trek across northern Wisconsin seem to be pretty happy critters. And they make some darn fine cheese too. 🙂

Lake Winnebago…

I just returned from a trip to northern Wisconsin. The picture above is from a large orchard adjacent to Lake Winnebago (shown in the background). We were there for a wedding but managed to get some touring in. Like so many others the apple orchard is suffering from the worst conditions in 30 years. The majority of their crop was lost.

Pay and Benefit Cuts (not for us)….

I just read an article about the governor of Wisconsin. He is going all out to bust the teachers and workers unions and it looks like, through a technicality he has done it.  It seems just too ironic to find that they did this by declaring that it had nothing to do with money when that was the reason he said he wanted to do it in the first place!  The main point in his arguments were that state employees and teachers must take some pay and benefit cuts in order for the state to meet its budget. The teachers and state employees had already said they were willing to do this but that was not enough for the governor.

The totally ironic thing about this is that he and the State senators who rammed this through have apparently have not shown any willingness to do the same thing themselves! It seems their benefits are even more plush than the workers they are asking to sacrifice but they don’t see any need to sacrifice themselves! So they think it is mandetory that others lose benefits for the greater good but theirs are immune?  How sanctimonious is that????

These radical Republicans who the people of Wisconsin naively voted into office seem to think that collective bargaining is a privilege given by the legislature. The people of Libya are desperately struggling to pull personal control out of the hands of a dictator while Wisconsin seems to want dictators to run things and do away with people (in the form of unions) controlling their lives.

But what do I know…