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Skipping Meals: Dwindling donations mean…

DayOldBilly

Want to help out and see a great show at the same time?
Come to Stage Fright 8 on Nov 22 at the Metro.
We recreate the movie ‘The Last Waltz’
With 30 local musicians, and all proceeds go to the Community Table.
For more info, go to
Volume one tickets.org

Best Annual Event

DayOldBilly

replied to: wheres the tribute to 'the last waltz'????

Listed by it's true name, Stage Fright. Thanks for thinking of us.

How Local is Local?

DayOldBilly

Walking through the market today I noticed some interesting things in the backs of many vendors vans and trucks. One stand had some gorgeous red potatoes for sale. In the back of their van, there were three 50 pound bags of potatoes. Did they pick them from their garden and thenbag them in commercial bags to bring to the park to sell? And in the back of other vans there were boxes labeled spring mix, green pepper nd more. The same kind of boxes that many of us have gotten from any supermarket when we move. Did the people with these boxes pick the green peppers, wash them, food grade wax them and then bring them to market?
Before they require the prepared foods to be local, they better be sure that all of the produce sold down there is local as well, and not just bought from a food supplier like Bix produce, Sysco, Indianhead Foods or the like.

Why is Sonic closed? Only been around for…

DayOldBilly

replied to: Sonic had great Chicago dogs and their…

J-me, the onion rings are very easy to replicate. In the original Sonic recipe, they dipped onions in melted soft serve ice cream (hence the sweet vanilla-ey flavor of the rings), then bisquick, let that dry for a little while (10 -15 minutes), then another dip in the ice cream, then bread crumbs, dry another 10 minutes or so, then fry.
If your ice cream is to thick, thin it with a little water.
Of course, this is no longer how it is done, they have replaced the ice cream with a powder batter mix, but the flavor profile is the same. We had to make them this way for a few days once when we ran out of the batter mix, and the flavor was almost identical.
Hope you try it and have good luck with it.
They came up with this recipe over 50 years ago as a way to use up the left over ice cream from when they cleaned the soft serve machines every day.

Why is Sonic closed? Only been around for…

DayOldBilly

I was the General Manager at Sonic so I do know the reason we closed. Calvsie half of it pretty much exact.
First off, we could have lasted forever on the business we had, huge in the summer, slow in the winter. It wasn't ideal, but it was sustainable.
The reason we shut down was because the Sonic corporation pulled our license. The owners hadn't paid the corporation any royalty fees for almost a year. Financial tom foolery indeed.
Left myself and all of the great people who worked with me unemployed, without even getting our last paycheck.
Hope that clears things up.

Another Last Waltz

DayOldBilly

For anyone interested in this years line up, here it is.

as The Band -
Lucas Fischer - Robbie Roberston
Jeremy Holt - Rick Danko
Levi Felling - Levon Helm
Billy Angell - Garth Hudson
Eric Pierson - Richard Manuel

with the 'Big Pink Horns' a 6 man horn line, led by
Sue Orfield and
Dave Burki


Guest Starring
The Ukelele Club of Eau Claire - performing the Last Waltz Theme
Nick Fennel (Dead Dogs) as Ronnie Hawkins
Caleb Horne - Dr. John
Trevor Ives (Meredine)- Neil Young
Sarah Maurer (Sassy Magoo)- One of the Staples Singers
Sarah Spindler (The Pheremones)- One of the Staples Singers
Faith Ulwelling (Left Wing Bourbon)-Another Staples Singer
Mike Richson (Tongue)- Neil Diamond
Miss Dee-Lovely as Joni Mitchell
Mark J Bachler - Paul Butterfield
Randy Sinz (Sue Orfiled Band) - Muddy Waters
John L Nietz (Downers Grove)- Eric Clapton
Molly Barnes Knowlan - Emmy Lou Harris
Adrian Klenz (Blues All Stars)- Van Morrison
Nick Foytik - Bob Dylan
Joey G. - Ringo Starr
Dave Schoenrock - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Strolling Iowa

DayOldBilly

Look to the city of Sheboygan for a cautionary tale on pedestrian malls.
In the late 70's - early 80's, the city of Sheboygan ripped up over six blocks of Eighth Street in the heart of their downtown area, and paved it with some truly gorgeous bricks. They installed benches, planted trees, grasses and flowers. They built a huge multilevel fountain next to the library. It was a very beautiful project.
The downtown area died within a decade. People complained there was no parking. They cried that they had to walk a couple of extra blocks to get to Prange's or the Walgreens because they could no longer park on the street in front of these business. They simply stopped coming to the downtown area.
Sheboygan has since ripped up everything, and rebuilt Eighth street,(at a much greater cost than it took to build the project in the first place) but the downtown area is very slow in recovering.
I'm not saying that this idea would/will fail, all I am saying is that while there are some great successes in pedestrian malls, there are also many failures. We need to explore all of them to find out why they succeed or fail before we go blindly into some hugely expensive renovation project.

Yep, Sonic Is Open

DayOldBilly

Just to correct a little of your information.....the rolling jackasses are paid more than minimum wage. In Wi. the server minimum wage is $2.33 plus tips. All of our carhops make much more than that, in fact, more than the $6.50 minimum wage. Plus tips. In fast, none of our employees are payed the state minimum wage.
Also our food is delivered by some of the same food distributors as other places, but a vast majority of it is made in our own processing plants in Oklahoma,and shipped to the distributor. So, sorry, it is not the same food you can get anywhere, it is unique.
However, I truly enjoy your misplaced anger, and encourage you to keep venting, just make sure you are accurate about the facts, or your rants become invalid.