Are we really gonna do this?

BAM!  Wisconsin is the home of the Harley-Davidson Company. . .we are living here in Wisconsin part of the time at the moment. . .curiosity abounds regarding the H-D brand, the culture, the vibe, and, of course, THE BIKES!

I had to do the riding class at the Harley-Davidson dealership in Madtown, a.k.a. Madison, Wisconsin.  I just had to…can’t sit around in Wiskonsen without seeing what this is all about.

The folks at H-D Madison are warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful…plus, they want to sell gear and motorcycles, and they can see me coming from a mile away–another dopey enthusiastic potential customer who wants to do everything as safely and by-the-book as possible with the possibility of taking one of these beautiful machines home for further practice and enjoyment if all goes well…jaaaa!

Somehow I passed the course…WOW!  It’s two-and-a-half days long…it’s comprehensive…it’s immersive…it’s invigorating…it’s exhilarating…it’s nerve-wracking…and it’s exhausting…but we are in such good hands the entire time while studying and discussing and learning the basics of competent and safe motorcycle riding that the time flies like the wind blowing through our hair out on the open road. . .mmm, aaahh!

When in Rome, baby!!…might as well take advantage of our time here by experiencing the Harley-Davidson thang on the roads where it was born.  Just like learning to make pasta in Italy…like learning snow skiing in the Alps…like learning mountaineering in the Andes or Himalaya…like learning scuba diving in the Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef…like learning automobile driving in Detroit. . .like learning theater acting in New York City, etc….might as well learn motorcycling in the rolling hills of Wisconsin, the home of William Harley and Arthur Davidson.

I highly recommend the riding course at the H-D dealership in Madison. . .if you ever find yourself here in the midwest of the U.S. for an extended period of time, then check them out–you will love everything that you find there–I gar-ron-taaaayy!!

I send you safe riding vibes from Madtown. . .feel them. . .they will make the hairs all over your body stand on end.

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It’s lovely out there.

Polkafest…New Glarus–

 It’s Polkafest here in New Glarus, Wisconsin. . .the sun is shining–lots of bees and things and flowers about…the breezes are warm…the midwest folk are chipper and joyous…and beer, bacon and cheese are everywhere for us to sip and gobble. . .WOW, not a bad day to be in our favorite dairyland town.

New Glarus is a must-visit if you ever do a tour of this great state. . .they have their own brewery making delicious beers–Spotted Cow and Moon Man are two of our favorites. . .our favorite restaurant in the whole state is here: Glarner Stube–absolutely wonderful. . .and the people here love to dance the polka–it’s the ‘fountain of youth…keeps the women young,’ as stated to us by a spright local of about 75 years of age…jaaa!!

I send you bacony cheesy beer-soaked vibes from Polkafest in New Glarus. . .feel them. . .they are good for your blood circulation.

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Skyward and forward–

MMM!  The sky has opened up over here at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin home…his vibes must be streaming down and around to help us celebrate his 150th birthday.

We contemplate crossing the Rubicon in a Rubicon. . .or just driving across the Wisconsin River for another photo on the other side…of the river, not the “other side”–wherever or whatever that might be.

And we feel honored and gratified to have the opportunity to be here now as the celebration begins for a great architect…a great builder of stuff…and a great pain-in-the-ass:-).  What great person isn’t a pain in the ass at least some of the time?  Go ahead…name one. . .I bet you can’t.  Or better yet, come on out here for a visit…you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaayy!

Anyway, we send you magical birthday vibes from Taliesin here in the rolling hills of Wisconsin about an hour west of Madison. . .feel them. . .they can take you higher.

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Smoke ’em if you got ’em–

Summer is arriving…perfect time for sittin’ in a backyard and smokin’ up a Cuban cigar–a small Cohiba in this case.  Smooth…velvety…potent…rusticly fragrant…and oh-so stimulating–mmmm, aaaaahh!

Cuban cigars are available to us now here in the U.S.. . .not everyone is happy about this…in fact, lots of folks are unhappy about lots of stuff.  I only wish that all peoples of planet Earth could sit in a green backyard somewhere and puff on one of these babies. . .puff away–just like all things are going to do at some point over the next four billion years or so.

While puffing away one is able to focus on the small things that are good all around us. . .so many things are good. . .and so many things are bad–same as it ever was.  So just puff away and enjoy the passage of time, if you can.

I send you smokey vibes from the rolling hills of Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they make it slightly easier to see what is good right here, right now.

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Delectable Italian…Miami Beach–

WOW!  We are having our final meal for this visit…tonight it is truffle pasta–a ravioli of sorts–WONDERFUL!…a branzino, a dover sole, a prosciutto bread thing, and a bottle of white Friuli–FABULOUS!

Cecconi’s is the name, and magic is their game. . .delightful setting, spot-on staff, extremely delicious food, and totally appropriate drink.  Restaurants like this make us go, “mmmm…aaaaahh!”

Please consider eating here the next time you visit Miami Beach. . .Cecconi’s is located inside the Soho Beach House up on 43rd Street and Collins Avenue…right next to the Fontainebleau Hotel.  So easy to find…so hard to leave.

I send you mouthwatering vibes from Cecconi’s down here in Miami Beach. . .feel them. . .they are good for whatever ails ya.

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Born 150 years ago today–

Happy 150th birthday to Frank Lloyd Wright…a dude who many consider to be the greatest American architect of all time.  The greatest?–maybe…the most ornery, fascinating, and strong-willed–most definitely.

Celebrations are planned for the entire summer throughout Wisconsin, but today here at Taliesin–his main home for 50 years or so, on his actual birthday, things are quiet and serene. . .mmm, aaaahh!  A few folks are here taking advantage of the half-priced tours that are being offered this week, but mostly I have the place all to myself. . .just me and the ghosts of the Wright family. . .WOWEEWOWOW!

Frank was born just a few miles from here in a town called Richland Center.  His family owned large swaths of land in Spring Green on the banks of the Wisconsin River…he chose a hill in Spring Green overlooking the surrounding hills and valleys to build his dream home, Taliesin, and a dream home it is.  Great place to visit. . .magical place to wander and drive through seeing, smelling, and hearing what Frank saw, smelled, and heard as he developed and refined the Prairie-style approach to architecture that made him famous.

Please come on out here some time and see this place before you pass to the other side with Frank. . .you will love it, I gar-ron-taaaayy!

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#1 Cuban cuisine…Miami–

BOOM!  Here we are at the famous Versailles in Miami, Florida, and this place is delicious. . .yes, it is!

Versailles is where all the politicians pop into when courting the Cuban vote down here in southern Florida…the Bushes have been here, Clintons, Obama, Trump, etc.  Gotta stop in, have a cafe con leche, and press the flesh while getting an earful or three on what to do with U.S.-Cuba relations, how to help the Cuban population in southern Florida, where to buy the best cigars and so forth and so on. . .but on top of all of this is the fact that this place serves GREAT FOOD…oh yeah!

During our visit we gobble Cuban sandwiches–this one is my favorite so far down here…we gobble meat-filled croquettes–totally delectable…gobble a bunch of eggs with pappas–YUM!…and suck down multiple cups of cafe con leche–really strong black coffee with lots of milk, my favorite in all of Miami…jaaaa!!

The staff are solid and welcoming…the atmosphere is lively and bustling…and the history is palpable–apparently lots of folks have used this restaurant over the years as a meeting spot to plan the overthrow of Castro…but now he’s dead, and his brother is retiring so what-to-do, what-to-do?

I strongly recommend a visit to Versailles the next time you visit Miami. . .you will be treated well, you will eat well, and you will leave with a real taste of Cuba in your mouth and in your soul.

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