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feb 28th 2013
Our broadcasts today included a Spit or Swallow contest and a listener-delivered top ten list. It's always nice when your traveling companions do your job for you (thanks, Dennis)!

I did the local bus back into Zihuatenejo again and did a little shopping and then enjoyed a couple of Sol beers with Scott from Fox World Travel and a couple of International Incident ladies by the harbor. Muy Bueno.
There was a touching renewal of vows by some listeners after the Afternoon Road Show and a nice dinner with a flaming Spanish Coffee desert which was a cool show.

I took a few photos of the stunning sunset which is a daily magnificence here on Mexico's Pacific Coast. Never gets old! I accompanied the SUNSET with a tasty Tequila SUNRISE (because I like to be contrary).

The beach bar here is a welcome part of the experience. It is open until 1:00 a.m. (although I have yet to see it past 11 p.m.). Most resorts close up everything by the ocean after dark sets in. I think that's a shame because there's nothing better than crashing waves and and evening breeze with a good cocktail and better friends.
I haven't been my usual self on this trip in that I have yet to awake with a hangover. I kind of like it but it is a foreign experience!

I heard tell that one of our crew caught a six-foot sailfish today and that the staff at the resort will be preparing it for dinner Friday night. A Wisconsin fish fry on the beach in the winter is a good thing.
I think this one may rank as the best International Incident ever. 
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feb 27th 2013
(Len's daily letter home)

Trips like this eventually reach a certain, I don't know, terminal velocity of sorts. For some, it's the plateau of constant intoxication whereby people aren't sure if you are drunk or always like that. For others it is the fear that there's only a couple of days left and you haven't yet done all that you intended to do. I, however, know that I am having a ball, I have more balls yet to attend, and I have several days to enjoy my balls. Uh...hold on. I should rephrase that. But I have the balls not to.

So day two of the broadcast went well. Tequila shots and screams of "aye aye aye aye aye aye" at 7 a.m. may have had something to do with my assessment of said show, but so far, so good.
I jumped on one of the local buses to Zihuatenejo today (90 pesos, or about 80-cents) so I could ride with the locals and enjoy some local flavor rather than just take a cab like most tourists do. I saw a few others from the 'APL crew in town who did the same.

There was lots of walking the dusty streets in search of a purse (hippie-type handbag) for my daughter back home, which was successful. Some cheap ice cold beers, about an hour of traipsing the non-tourist streets and another transmission-grinding bus adventure back to the resort later and it was time for Elwood and Ross's 3 to 5 p.m. show from the beach.

I tried out some blue pants tonight with a Charlie Sheen-type sport shirt. I think the pantalones azul rocked but the jury is still out. Some clerk at Kohl's is gonna get an earful if people talk smack about 'em. But when else are you going to try something like blue pants except for when you are a million miles from home and no one you know will see you? Except for 200 crazies from Wisconsin who are with you.

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feb 26th 2013
10. Turns out, Fluorescent pink is not the most flattering color for my thong.

9. Ross gets awfully handsy after a couple Cosmos.

8. View of the Pacific ocean is so breathtaking it can present a hazard to those who suffer from asthma or other upper respiratory conditions.

6. Daily alcohol abuse diminishes a person’s ability to correctly count backwards.

5. Trying to keep up with this group, you'll drink so many tropical drinks your liver will sprout a tiny umbrella.

4. Feed 200 Wisconsinites a steady of diet spicy food, beans and beer and this place eventually starts to smell nastier than Satan's taint.

3. Instead of using fresh mint leaves, one of the local bars makes their Mojitos with rum and lightly used dental floss.

2. While the sound of the waves crashing against the shore outside your room when you're trying sleep is relaxing, you also find yourself having to get out of bed more times each night than a 10 peso hooker.

1. The beach is made up entirely of sand brushed out of the ass cracks of previous International Incident guests.
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feb 26th 2013
Rick and I had a successful first day of broadcasting on the beach. We had an overflow crowd of Rockin' Apple listeners at the show (probably less for us and more for the bloody mary and mimosa bar). More to come Tuesday from 7 to 9 a.m.

I chilled after a late breakfast of huevos and chorizo (if you have to ask you don't know what's good for you) and then enjoyed Ross and Elwood's afternoon show from 3 to 5.

I joined some International Incident friends for a wonderful steak dinner at the resort's Blue Water Grill and then had a couple of Manhattans for an apertif. In other words, a perfect day.

Tomorrow I plan to hit Zihuatenejo to do some souvenir shopping for the family. 14-year-old daughters are more discerning than they used to be but I think I can fulfill the "order.
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feb 25th 2013
So we're here at the Sunset Dorado Pacifico resort, and it's awesome and gorgeous and warm and full of alcohol-fueled fun.

However... It's taken me a while to relax after some pre-travel hell.

First there was the story I've told on the air about needing to get a Mexican Work Visa in order for us to broadcast. Of course the only place one can aquire a Mexican Work Visa is at a Mexican Consulate. And the nearest Mexican Consulate is in Chicago. And it's only open in the morning. It's something we've had to do every year that the International Incident was in Mexico, so I was prepared for it. I double checked all the paperwork from Fox World Travel, I got photos taken for the Visa, I double checked all the paperwork I needed from our company's Business Manager, and I double checked the equipment list documents I needed from our Engineering department. I drove late one night after work through some rough weather to crash at my parents' house in Illinois, fully prepared to drive into the Mexican Consulate in Chicago early the next morning. Until I realized that the ONE thing that I was totally responsible for  - my passport - was still sitting in my apartment in Wisconsin. Dammit.

So after another week I tried again. TRIPLE-checked all paperwork and checked every five minutes to make sure I had my passport with me. Drove to Illinois. Crashed at parents' house. Drove to the Mexican Consulate in Chicago. Bypassed the massive waiting lines directly into the appropriate office... where I was told, "You don't need a Mexican Work Visa. They changed the rules last year." Double dammit.

Oh well. A few hundred extra miles on my car and a chance to see my folks. No big deal.

All ready to go this past Friday. Equipment, luggage, passport, paperwork, all packed and ready. 40 minutes until our bus to Chicago was set to leave, I got off the air with John and checked my voice mail. One message from my bank's fraud protection services. I assumed it was because I had taken a decent sum of cash out of some ATM's to bring on the trip. No such luck. Someone had gotten hold of my debit card info and proceeded to empty my account with online purchases from India, Turkey, Italy, France, and a slew of other International locations. This is not what we mean when we call this trip the Internaitional Incident!

Despite this seeming like the worst possible timing just as I was leaving for a week in Mexico, it actually turned out to be a blessing (not the credit fraud - just the timing). Had I received the call even one hour later, I would have been on the bus to Chicago, unable to race to my bank's branch and fill out the paperwork to start the dispute process. Thankfully I got that handled, got to the bus, and am now sitting beach-side in Ixtapa with money in my accounts back home.

Huge thanks to Liz with Fox World Travel for making sure the bus out of Appleton didn't leave without me, and thanks to the crew of listeners on that bus who immediately poured me a gargantuan White Russian to help calm my nerves. Although they are partly to blame for the massive hangover I had on the flight to Mexico the following morning... but that's a different story.
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feb 25th 2013
(Len's daily letter home)

Vacation...I mean this "work trip"...started picking up steam today. Elwood and I and some fine fellas names Mak, Greg, Bill and John hit the Marine Ixtapa Golf Club for some beer and golf. Greg was medalist with an 83. I was 2nd best with 100. Elwood says his score was about the same as his bowling average.
Many of us gathered The General's Sports Bar near the resort to watch Jimmie Johnson win the Daytona 500. A bar full of thirsty cheeseheads made for a very happy day for the general. A couple of people in our group won $100 in their race pool.

Rick and Ross joined a good-sized crew for a sunset dinner cruise while Elwood and I joined some Rockin' Apple listeners for dinner at the seafood restaurant. I had a spinach and goat cheese stuffed Pescado, which is a tasty whitefish. Combined with the lobster bisque, it was sublime. The chow here at the Sunscape Dorado Pacifico is the best I've had at any of the International Incident resorts and I think this is year nine.
The broadcasts start tomorrow (Monday_ 7 to 9 am and 3 to 5 pm). Join us vicariously.

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feb 25th 2013
Love this resort. I ate at the Italian restaurant on the property and it rivaled the best back home (with a few flairs we usually don't get.)

I did my usual half hour walk on the beach without sunscreen to get the tan going, then gooped up and sat by the pool for awhile with beer in hand. I, of course, missed a couple of small spots which show me what the rays of the sun can do this close to the equator. Good beer here, (the resort's house beer is Negro Modelo) and there's pretty good whiskey too. I might dive into some of the more fruity stuff next, maybe a Dirty Monkey. Day three has golf on the agenda. I'm joining Elwood and several of the guys...if they wake up in time for our 8:30 tee time.

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feb 18th 2013

January 29th City of Neenah
A 23-year-old man sought police assistance at his apartment after he found a bone in the wall of his kitchen. The bone was exposed when the man’s son knocked off a portion of a board while playing. Investigators sent photographs of the bone to a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh anthropologist, who identified it as a rib bone from a pig.

February 14th City of Shawano
A woman called police and reported that someone had broken into her home, stole her cigarettes and replaced them with different ones that looked just like hers.

February 11th City of Shawano
Police received a report of a pregnant cat that was walking funny.

February 9th City of Portage
Police responded to a report of the theft of a cake shaped like Spongebob Squarepants.

February 4th City of Mayville
Police responded to Mountin’s Piggly Wiggly where an 82-year-old man was caught in the act of stealing a copy of USA Today. The man admitted to stealing copies of the paper sporadically over the last two years. He immediately paid $104 in restitution. The manager told him he was not allowed to return to the store which upset him more than paying the restitution.

February 3rd City of Wauwatosa
A 37-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for punching another woman at Mo's Irish Pub. She accused the woman of bumping into her without saying “sorry”.

January 31st  City of Wauwatosa
Police arrived on the scene of a car accident to find the driver pleading with a witness to not arrest him. The witness informed the driver he was not a police officer. A police officer, however, did arrest the man after he blew a .25 on the Breathalyzer.

January 26th City of Waukesha
A woman called police and requested assistance in removing a “a naked picture of her 17-month-old daughter on Facebook. The picture of the toddler was posted by her grandma and she is refusing to take it down.”

January 31st City of Waukesha
A “hysterical 13-year-old” boy called police because his mother was “upset with him for being mean to her.” The boy told police this mother had taken away his iPod because he called her “stupid”. He wanted police to make his mother return the iPod.

January 30th City of Waupun
A person at the Kwik Trip recorded two instances of shoplifting, one on January 27th and the other on January 29th. On each accession, a man that they know was with a woman allegedly  stole a “Lunchable” snack pack.

February 1st City of Stevens Point
A 20-year-old woman was cited for excessive noise. The woman told police she was having a loud party to get back at her neighbors, who have loud parties.

February 6th City of Stevens Point
A 15-year-old boy was cited with retail theft after police say he walked into the dining area at a grocery store where he ate two doughnuts and Cheese Whiz, then left without paying.
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feb 15th 2013

We are proud to name as this week’s Rick and Len Show Weenie of the Week….the unidentified 51-year-old Oshkosh man who allegedly stole some cigars from the Paper Tiger on North Main Street on Saturday. When police went to the man’s home to confront him, he reportedly grabbed a nearby cup of urine and threw it at an officer. That’s right. He had a nearby cup of urine.


For quickly escalating  the situation from “You’re in trouble” to “Urine trouble”. 

For not understanding that urine is NOT something you throw at a police officer…it’s something you leave on the streets of Fond du Lac. 

And for not realizing that just because some people call police pigs, it doesn’t mean they want to smell like wee-wee all the way home. 

We are proud to name the Oshkosh man who threw a cup of urine that he just happened to have sitting around the house at a police officer as this week’s Rick and Len Show…Weenie of the Week!
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feb 8th 2013

We are proud to name as this week’s Rick and Len Weenie of the Week…Horace Fields, who was confronted by a homeowner when caught in the act of allegedly trying to steal a television from a North Morrison Street home in Appleton. Fields then reportedly grabbed the homeowner’s cellphone and fled. Police followed his footprints in the snow and tracked him to a home on North Oneida Street where they called the number of the stolen cellphone and followed the sound of the ring to Fields’ coat pocket.  


For reportedly leaving behind so many tracks, police could have followed him with a train. 

For allegedly making himself easier to follow than the plot of a Dick and Jane reader.

And for apparently not realizing that when you’re about to be arrested for burglary…your stolen phone has the right to remain on silent.

We are proud to name Horace Fields of Appleton as this week’s Rick and Len Show…WEENIE OF THE WEEK!
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feb 4th 2013
January 20th City of Waukesha
A caller reported a “vehicle in the area that has the gas nozzle hanging out of the gas tank.” A woman “drove out of the Speedway with the gasoline nozzle still in the vehicle. She then put the nozzle in the back of seat because she “had to get home for a bowel movement.” The nozzle was returned to Speedway.

January 30th City of Shawano
Police received a report of a “strange man” that has been coming by Sacred Heart School on more than one occasion. The man claimed he needed to see a priest because he had the devil inside him. He was initially given some Bible information about the devil.  However, he returned and  spoke with a priest and according to police dispatchers that  may not have ended well.

January 24th City of Oak Creek
A convenience store employee called police after a 51-year-old man became loud and boisterous, kicked a shelf over and chased the employee around the store with his wheelchair after he found out his lottery ticket wasn't a winner.

January 30th Village of Mattoon
Police received a call from someone at Donna’s Village Pump where a drunk man reportedly walked in, grabbed a beer out of the cooler and just sat there drinking it.

January 20th City of Glendale
Police were called to a home where obscene drawings were made on the driveway using either whipped or shaving cream. Police report that some rubber bands were also found on the driveway and lawn.

January 26th City of Greenfield
A resident called police after he heard a man singing Christmas carols very loudly. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the late January caroler.

January 20th City of Waukesha
A woman called police to report that her 12-year-old daughter was “throwing furniture and biting the cats.”

January 26th City of Beaver Dam
Police received an anonymous report that a man was exposing himself at the Wal-Mart Supercenter. Police made contact with the 26-year-old man who told officers that his pants had fallen down accidently and that it was not intentional. The police report did not indicate if the man was at the store to buy a belt.

January 28th City of Wisconsin Rapids
A caller told police a woman was microwaving cats and then putting them in the freezer. Authorities believe the call was unfounded.

January 29th City of Wisconsin Rapids
A woman called police to report the front door of her neighbor’s house was open. Investigating officers found the people inside were hot, so they had opened the door.
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feb 1st 2013
January 30th, Orange City, Florida
A 19-year-old man was arrested on drug paraphenalia possession charges while driving a tow truck.  Police say dispatchers overheard a conversation about drugs on their radios and one of the men involved mentioned the word Harry and said he was driving a tow truck.  Police pulled over the suspect a few minutes later, searched the tow truck and found a crack pipe. Police say the man wasn't hard to find, since the sign on the side of the tow truck read "Harry's Towing."

January 6th Hungry Horse, Montana
A man who called to ask for police assistance indicated that he could not physically detach his drunken girlfriend from himself. The man told police that his girlfriend was really drunk and would not let go of him.

January 11th Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Officers helped a drunken man who was jaywalking and got stuck in the snow on a median. The man was given a ride across the street by police.

December 19th Evergreen, Montana
A man called police to report that his ex-wife attempted to run him over in a parking lot. At the time of the call he did not want to press charges against the ex-wife because they were grocery shopping together.

December 17th Athens, Georgia
Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute between a woman and her naked boyfriend who were embroiled in an argument about “Democrats and Republicans. When asked why he was naked, the boyfriend explained he had just lost at a game of strip beer pong.

December 12th Rome, Georgia
A 27-year-old man named Bill Cook was arrested after a manager at the Wendy's restaurant on Martha Berry Boulevard complained that he was acting strange and disturbing other customers.  When police asked for the man’s ID, he provided bogus information. In a search, officers found a note in his pocket, reading, "How Bill Cook intends to rob the Wendy's on Martha Berry Boulevard and get away with it," followed by lists labeled "Plan A" and "Plan B."
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feb 1st 2013
We are proud to name as this week's Rick and Len Show "Weenie of the Week"...
The unnamed individual responsible for a giant eight-foot snow sculpture of a penis and it's attendant testes which are standing at attention in a front yard in Lodi, Wisconsin. Police have twice advised the homeowner to take it down but as of the last time we checked it was still up. Very, very...up. The homeowner calls it "Peter." 
One neighbor says he doesn't think that ordering the sculpture's removal would violate the homeowner's first amendment rights to free speech...unless instead of "Peter,"  he called it "Art."

So, for putting up an eight-foot tall ice-hard you-know-what for everyone to see...when some of us are already more than a little self-conscious about length and girth issues...

For refusing police requests to bring the lurid display to a conclusion, perhaps because they think it would be really weird to lay hands on it now...

And for leaving a 96-inch fully engorged man thing up in his yard for at least three days, when everyone knows you're supposed to call a doctor if it lasts more than four hours...

We are proud to name the Lodi resident who has an eight-foot weenie made of snow in his front yard...or maybe the man junk scultpure this week's Rick and Len Show "Weenie of the Week."
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