Saturday, Dec. 26th, 2009

Saturday & Sunday: Holiday Hijinks!

If you’re looking to stretch your Christmas fun into a whole weekend of holiday hoopla, have you considered dinner theatre? Do it. Fanny Hill is running their holiday show, "Rudy's Holidaze Reunion" through Jan. 10.

Check out the madcap pot: Marsha and Rudy decide to get the Poznarski clan together for the holidays. Marsha reluctantly agrees to let our hero Rudy handle some of the details, knowing full well with Rudy's "help" the event may very well make the Titanic look like a pleasure cruise. Add to that the "unexpected guest" effect and you are in for some holiday hilarity.

So yeah – hijinks aplenty! There’s a show tonight at 8pm and a matinee on Sunday at 1:45pm. More details.

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Wednesday, Dec. 23rd, 2009

The warmest of wishes!

If you liked the video above, watch V1 staffers reading the holiday stories of local third graders (video). And if you liked that, listen to us reading kids' holiday stories (audio). AND if you liked that, check out all these sweet holiday tunes from local musicians.

Stay warm, drink nog, eat sugar, give gifts. Happy holidays, Chippewa Valley!

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Has A Grudge Against Dogs
Dec. 12, 1905

Has A Grudge Against Dogs
Eau Claire Weekly Telegram | Dec. 12, 1905

The supervisors’ report shows that nearly $200 paid by the county within twelve months for sheep killed by dogs. These worthless, hungry, mangy, vermin-eaten, bowlegged, lopsided, snarling, speaking, night-prowling, noisy, tow-lived, swift-footed, annoying, shot-dodging, oath provoking, poison-defying, backsliding, sorry cuts ought to be annihilated totally and forever and let the sheep have a chance. Let the work of exterminating go on day and night, including Sunday.

Chad’s Take- Alert PETA! 

About a year ago I wrote about an article that told of someone in Eau Claire poisoning the neighborhood dogs. The unknown culprit was responsible for causing the death of several dogs while many others suffered prolonged sickness due to the poisoning. The case was never solved, but perhaps the authorities should have questioned the person who wrote the above article, as it seems like they have a hatred for Chippewa Valley dogs as well.

On a more personal note I also thought that this article would make the perfect companion piece for all of the Christmas cards you receive from your friends and family where their dog is posed with them around a roaring fireplace. Even though this person is obviously upset with the loss of sheep in the community, I think their rant was a bit overboard, redundant, extravagant, superfluous, melodramatic, excessive, bitter, out-of-line, mean-spirited, over-the-top, cantankerous, ill-tempered, discourteous, gruff, blunt, crude and a bit rough.

Anyway, I hope this heartwarming article brings some bizarre holiday cheer to you and yours.

Keep an eye out ... 

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Virtual reindeer tipping!

Well, Christmas Eve is tomorrow and you may be having some trouble focusing on work/wrapping presents/watching your soap operas. So to help keep you in the holiday spirit while you’re wasting time, we point you towards a fun little "Reindeer Tipping" flash game. Basically, you’re a little Ebenezer Scrooge running around, tipping over Santa’s cute animals as they sleep. If you do really bad, Santa runs out in his undies to beat you silly. You might as well hunker down, wait for today's impending SNOWMEGEDON, and play a few rounds.

Tell us your high score and watch out for the penguins with bazookas! PLAY NOW.

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Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, 2009

New Wis. identity 7th worst?

The blog Brand New, which claims it offers you “opinions on corporate and brand identity work,” has posted their picks for the best and worst identities of 2009. And guess who’s sitting at number 7 in the WORST roster? Yep, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s $50,000 identity makeover – focusing on the logo so much of Wisconsin loves to hate. They say:

  • Poor choices in color and typography and even poorer decisions in configuration and scale make this one of the strangest logos of the year. Live like you mean it, but design like you mean it too.

Also on the list: Yale University Press, Kraft, MSN, Bing, and the City of Philadelphia. Good (bad?) company. Brand New talked about our new identity back in March, giving it a negative, though less harsh-ish review. Among other things, they point out that “Some people are offended that it was a male doing the cartwheel, ostensibly emasculating the entire Wisconsin's female population.” I never thought about that. But then again, I’m just a dude from Wisconsin.

P.S. We heard about this news over at As Seen in, a blog both handsome and charming.

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