Channeling Harry Houdini–

IMG_4769IMG_4770IMG_4772IMG_4773BOOM!  I can lift heavy weights with ease just like Harry Houdini. . .I can make a magic wand float on the palm of my hand just like Harry Houdini, but I will never be Harry Houdini. . .no one ever will be, for there was only one master of illusion, escape, sleight-of-hand, mystic de-bunkery, and overall showmanship, and that was the man himself: Erich Weiss, aka, Harry Houdini.

We are overjoyed to spend time in his ‘hometown’ of Appleton, Wisconsin touring the museum they have here to honor this great dude.  If you ever find yourself toolin’ around in these parts, then be sure to stop in at The Museum in the Castle–that’s what they call it–and check out all of the good stuff they have on display. . .if you enjoy magic or anything slightly magical, then you will love this place–I gar-ron-taaaay!

I send you deceptive vibes from the Harry Houdini exhibit here in Appleton, Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they are easier to figure out than you may suspect.

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Houdini’s “hometown”–

IMG_4768 IMG_4766 IMG_4763 IMG_4760Harry Houdini always told everyone that he was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin.  But the fact of the matter is that he was actually born in Budapest, Hungary.  His real name was Erich Weiss, and about a week or two after he was born his father loaded the family onto a boat sailing for America.  The father had a gig set up to become the first rabbi in Appleton. . .they arrived in Appleton, set up shop, and little Erich grew up here as a Hungarian immigrant.  He had such fond memories of this town that it always lived in his heart as the place where he began the process of becoming Harry Houdini, one of the greatest magicians and escape artists of all time.

Little Eric–he dropped the ‘h’ so his name would look more American–began learning about magic and prestidigitation at a young age here. . .performed shows around Appleton. . .but the family eventually left Appleton and moved to the east coast–New Jersey and then New York where Eric gained great fame performing amazing escapes and spectacular illusions and sleight-of-hand…he could do it all.

Eric Weiss admired a French magician from the 19th century called Robert-Houdin. . .he read everything he could on this intriguing French dude. . .his admiration led Eric to change his name to Houdini, Harry Houdini, and the rest is history.  Google ‘Harry Houdini’ to learn more if you are curious.

Anyway, we have to stop in Appleton and see the Harry Houdini museum they have here. . .lots of fun to step inside some of his most famous effects like the Milk Can Escape and the Full Body Cage Escape–or whatever that full body thing is called.  As a child I read “Houdini On Magic”–one of the great tomes for a budding young magician to devour–plus every other book on Houdini that I could get my hands on.  He was, is, and always will be bigger-than-life. . .a true legend in the world of magic, escapes, sleight-of-hand, and seance de-bunkery. . .and it is a great honor to finally have the opportunity to spend a little time in the place that Harry Houdini held in his heart all of his life as his real ‘home.’

I send you magical vibes from Appleton, Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they will drive you to do whatever you want to do today and every day.

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Door County ROCKS!

IMG_4753 IMG_4749 IMG_4748 IMG_4743The barns are huge and pristine…the people are as sweet and delicious as local cherries…the cows are as happy as pigs in sh**–er-uhm–as cows in lush pastures…and the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye and even higher–I…AM…CORN. . .jaaaa!

In short, it is lush, relaxed, vibrant, and absolutely charming up here in Door County, Wisconsin.  The locals work hard, and the interlopers–that would be us–do their best to show their appreciation by being respectful to everyone they meet, dropping lots of cash into the economy by buying local products and utilizing whatever services are offered and needed, and by simply coming here each and every year to be a part of this fabulous area.  What an honor to tool around here–thank you for welcoming us, Door County…we will not forget ye. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

Please come to Door County some time before you leave this planet. . .you will love it–I gar-ron-taaay!!

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Stupendous clouds…Door County–

IMG_4775 IMG_4758 IMG_4746 IMG_4725WOW!  The skies up here in Door County, Wisconsin are kickin’ our butts. . .we love ’em all–jaaaa!!

In fact, the skies everywhere are most wonderful. . .so wherever you are right now just go outside and Look!…Look up at the sky!!…see all that is around you right NOW, and say, “thank you!”

I send you jaw-dropping every day vibes from the roads of Door County. . .feel them. . .they are good for your well-being.

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Antique tractor show…magnifico!

IMG_4740 IMG_4739 IMG_4731 IMG_4745“When in Rome. . .,” right?  Right.

We just happen to be hangin’ in Door County, Wisconsin when the big antique tractor show is taking place. . .most wonderful!  The sun is shining, the sausages are grillin’ , the motors are runnin’, the people are chillin’, and we are honored to be continuin’ our search for America just outside the town of Sturgeon Bay at the Valmy Thresheree.  The Valmy Thresheree is a fairground of sorts where antique and modern farming equipment are on display in a museum-like setting.  Folks are treated to demonstrations, instructional talks, and lots of opportunities to learn about old motors and best practices for improving new equipment for the planting, cultivating, and harvesting of grains and veggies grown in the area. . .totally fascinating–jaaaa!

The big event of the annual antique tractor show here is the pig wrestling competition on the last day, which unfortunately we are missing.  A bunch a dudes and dudettes climb into a muddy pen with some pigs and attempt to catch them.  Everyone gets muddy–the people more than the pigs–and a good time is had by all.

Some folks are against the pig wrestling part of the show as this stresses the animals unnecessarily, but as I noted above, “when in Rome. . ..”  Just come on in and enjoy everything that is happening.  If you have a problem with any of it, then just mosey on out of the grounds, jump in your car, and drive away. . .cheers!

I send you gear head and farm animal vibes from the antique tractor show at the Valmy Thresheree here in Door County, Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they are a big part of what makes our planet go around and around.

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Door County rehab–

IMG_4694 IMG_4695 IMG_4714IMG_4713BOOM!  A friend of ours is refurbishing a place called Chateau Hutter up here in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, which is in the famous Door County section of the state.  Door County is known for delicious cherries–the best that I have ever tasted, wonderful summer homes on the water–sort of like the Hamptons of Wisconsin but much lower-key, and for grand farms and open spaces that are great for relaxing and contemplating the mysteries of the universe. . .mmm, aaahh!  We are honored to have the opportunity to spend time up here with our friend.

Chateau Hutter was built by a dude called John Hutter about 80 years ago or so.  It has a bit of an infamous reputation as Mr. Hutter engaged in many fights with local community members to get it built.  He won the battle to have it built, but then the vengefulness of his neighbors came through as they blocked all efforts on his part to advertise the resort in local rags, blocked all attempts on his part to expand the property, and eventually the business dried up.  Our friend’s father acquired the entire 90 acre property after Mr. Hutter gave up on it.  He then engaged in various battles with the locals as well–won a few, lost a few–and the business went nowhere under his supervision–though he did manage to build a cozy house up on a bluff that overlooks the whole property–magnifico!

Our friend’s father recently passed, and now it is up to her to make good things happen here and rebuild goodwill with the local community members. . .we are confident that she will succeed because her intentions are good, her will is strong, and she is full of positivity and magic.

Google ‘Chateau Hutter’ to learn more about this property and Door County. . .plus, be on the look out for the revival of this place into something warm, creative, and life-affirming…jaaaa!

I send you up-and-coming vibes from Chateau Hutter in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they will help you leap out of bed each and every morning with a skip in your step and a sparkle in your eyes.

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#1 breakfast…Packertown–

IMG_4673 IMG_4671 IMG_4667IMG_4670BAM!  This is it, the number-one-rated breakfast joint in all of Green Bay, Wisconsin: The Pancake Place located just outside the heart of town.

There is a line when we arrive at about 11:30 a.m.. . .I hate waiting in line for breakfast, but we have read wonderful things about this place so we dive in and wait.  We are seated after about thirty-minutes–not too bad. . .we order coffee, and they bring a big pot for us–YES!. . .we order the locally-sourced and freshly shredded hash browns, and they are delectable–really tasty with bits of peppers and onions mixed in and perfectly seasoned.  My wife gets some simple eggs over easy and sausages with her hash browns, and I go for the ‘classic’ stuffed hash brown plate that includes ham, bacon, onions, peppers, and eggs my way–today I have them over extremely easy so that I get lots of runny egg yolk happening, and all of this is topped off with a side order of sausage gravy just to add that extra bit of mush and creaminess that makes brekky so good. . .mmm, aaaahh!

This stuff is tasty. . .really good–the potatoes are apparently grown on a farm that the owners run nearby, which provides extra freshness and delectability. . .we are glad that we waited for the top-rated breakfast in all of Green Bay.  We, of course, recommend that you do the same if you ever find yourself hangin’ out in Packertown. . .find The Pancake Place, put your name on the list, and wait for the goodness that they serve up here–it’s well worth the effort. . .jaaaa!

I send you hearty vibes from The Pancake Place in Green Bay, Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they are oh-so good for your belly.

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