The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has paid a company $50,000 to come up with a new slogan to promote travel to Wisconsin. For the 50 large, the company came up with "Live life like you mean it!". Great! Except it's the same slogan that Bacardi has been using to sell rum for the last umpteen years!
Last year, when the Department of Tourism folks first mentioned they were hiring a firm to create a new slogan, we put it in the hands of Rick and Len Show listeners. Here's some of our listener's suggestions. Let us know which one/ones you like better than "Live life like you mean it!"
Wisconsin: Illinois charm with Canadian sophistication.
Here's a couple of shows you shouldn't miss this weekend... BOXKAR live at Waverly Beach in Menasha tonight (3/13). The boys will be rockin' hard with the big sound and light show because they're filming a video at the show! VIC FERRARI AND THE WISCONSIN ALL-STAR SYMPHONY at Sentry World in Stevens Point Saturday, 3/14. It's the last show of the tour with a huge stage production that's really tremendous fun. Get tickets at vicferrari.com or at the door.
Join the St. Baldrick's Festivities this Sunday at at noon the Crystal Ballroom in the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Fond du Lac or at 11am at St. Brendan's in Green Bay. There will be music, fun and head shaving! Yes, head shaving!
St. Baldrick's is the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Each year, thousands of volunteers across the country shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends and family. You can stop by to watch, to help, to make a donation or to get your head shaved! Almost $30,000 was raised last year at both the Fond du Lac and Green Bay events and they're hoping to top that this year!
People have been e-mailing us asking about the food that was purported to be an aphrodisiac that we served our Lay-cation Game contestents last week. It's called ceviche and God help me, I never thought I''d be putting recipes on this blog but here goes.
Preparation time: 15 minutes to prepare, 6 hours to let sit. Ingredients 2 lbs of firm, fresh red snapper fillets, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, completely deboned 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice 1/2 purple onion, finely diced 1 cup of fresh peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes 1 serrano chili, seeded and finely diced 2 teaspoons of salt dash of ground oregano dash of Tabasco or a few grains of cayenne pepper CilantroAvocadoTortillas or tortilla chips
Method 1 In a non-reactive casserole dish, either Pyrex or ceramic, place the fish, onion, tomatoes, chili, salt, Tabasco, and oregano. Cover with lime and lemon juice. Let sit covered in the refrigerator for an hour, then stir, making sure more of the fish gets exposed to the acidic lime and lemon juices. Let sit for several hours, giving time for the flavors to blend.
2 Serve with chopped cilantro and slices of avocado with heated tortillas for ceviche tacos or with tortilla chips.
Optional: Can use shrimp and or scallops as a substitute for some of the fish. Can use a firm cod in place of the red snapper.
Wow, is this a wicked WAPL trip! Too much fun with a totally cool group of Rockin' Apple listeners. I think we've packed about a month's worth of hijinks into a few days and about a year's worth of drinking into every day. Tuesday was my birthday. I don't think anyone was made such a big deal out it since I was ten and my Dad took a bunch of us to see Bid Daddy Don Garlits race at Minnesota Dragway. Thanks to our crew here it lasted several days and I turned 48, 49 and 50. Wednesday I felt like I had turned 70.
Our resort, the Iberostar Tucan is the bomb. Everything you need and lots of it. Our friends at Fox World Travel and Apple vacations have been awesome. We have been able to avoid most uf the technical challenges we sometimes encounter in foreign lands and, considering that we are not engineers, that's a miracle. I'm a drinker, not a genius, Jim.
This morning we played what we call The Vacation Game, which is like The Newlywed game except out couples have been married for 22, 25 and 26 years. But they still act like kids as do we all.
Yesterday we did the "Lay-cation Game, in which four couples ate ceviche (supposedly an aphrodisiac) and the raced to their rooms to see if it worked. Gary and Colleen were back in seven minutes and both looked very satisfied. A half hour later the other three pairs returned but `they had all switched partners. Very interesting! Join us one more time from the Mexican Riviera Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. Roxanne and Elwood will also have the 2009 International incident wrap-up from 3 to 5 p.m.
Then we have to fly home on Saturday. My Mexican work Visa is good for a month, however, so you might not see me until the end of the month. I should have a tan by then.
While Rick and Len are sitting on their lazy asses in Mexico, the politically incorrect and very funny Danny Bevins will join Ross in the studio for the 9-o-clock hour of the Rick and Len show on Friday. Check out this clip of Danny, then make your reseervations to see him Thursday, Friday or Saturday night at the Skyline Comedy Cafe in Appleton. Just call 920-734-JOKE.
Join us Thursday, as some of the couples from our trip play a Newlywed-like game we call the Vacation Game. What a great way to get the most intimate (and embarrassing) details from our listeners International Incident experience.
And Friday is Chirizo los Semana!(That's Weenie of the Week, Mexican style!) Plus, we'll get to hear our fellow travelers do their best impressions of the howler monkey's that live in the trees here at our resort! Don't miss it!!!!!
We ALWAYS have a great time on these flyaway trips but this year is by far the biggest blast I've ever had on one. The weather is beautiful. The Riviera Maya location is fantastic with so many awesome and varied things to do. And the resort, the Iberostar Tucan is as close as I've ever come to paradise on earth.
But here's the deal. It would all be for naught, if the listeners who came on the trip were a bunch of dull, stick-in-the-muds. (That's what I'm here for!)
Each year we've done one of these trips, we've been blessed with listeners who were warm, friendly, fun and funny! And I gotta tell you, this year's group of over 100 is the warmest, friendliest, most fun and funniest ever! During the first three days of this trip I have laughed harder that any other 72 hour period in my life. Not more than a few minutes go by around these people without hearing or seeing something that is funny enough to curl your hair (even the hairs that are already curly!) I'm even 99% sure they would be just as funny if I weren't drinking. Hell, I think they might even be funny if they weren't drinking. (But when would I ever find out?)
They have these large black birds here at the resort that are kind of brazen. I believe they are fan-tailed grackles. Some of the grackles will actually slip into the buffet areas and try to steal food. Occasionally, you'll see one of these bad boys grab a chip from the salsa bar or a bread stick off the salad bar and fly off. However, yesterday, one flew into the restaurant as I was eating breakfast. It landed on the table next to mine, grabbed 3 sugar packets from the table dispenser with his beak and and took off.
What he was doing with the packets of sugar I can't say for sure. If he was simply eating it, don't be surprised if someday you see a Mexican fan-tailed grackle replace Wilford Brimely as the spokesperson for diabetes supplies. However, I have another theory.
I think the grackles are stealing sugar to make crystal meth that they then sell to the howler monkeys. That would certainly explain why they're up so early in the morning making their god-awful sounds.
If you find yourself thinking “Hey, I didn't know you used sugar to make crystal meth” , then you must be making the Crystal Light meth!
TOP 10 REASONS WISCONSIN IS BETTER THAN BEING HERE IN RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO.
10.Lifting shovel after shovel of wet, heavy snow is better for building strong back muscles than lifting beer after beer after beer.
9.Amid the sweet smelling hibiscus and dahlias down here, your farts really stand out so you can't get away with blaming the mill like back home in Kaukauna.
8.Seeing a howler monkey in the treetops or on your balcony is nothing compared to the bunch of baboons you work with back home every day.
7. Swim-up bars are nice, but you can hang out at Anduzzi's all day long without getting pruney fingers.
6.It takes a more powerful stream to write your name in the sand than in does to write your name in fresh snow.
5.It's much easier to keep your beer cold while ice fishing on Winnebago than when relaxing on a white beach overlooking the Caribbean.
4.You can safely stroll down the Lake Michigan surf in March without fear of having your delicate sensibilities offended by the presence of hot, topless European sunbathers.
3.Northeastern Wisconsin residents are smart enough to put salt on icy roads instead of wasting it on the rims of a seemingly endless supply of delicious, thirst-quenching margaritas.
2.Back home you can simply turn on the radio and listen to Murphy and Maino, whereas, down here in Mexico you have to go into the jungle among the wild parrots to hear that kind of mindless chatter and squawking.
1.Sure, zip-line rides, para-sailing and water skiing are all fun but they all lack the shear heart pounding excitement and suspense of driving to work on ice covered Highway 41 with some stupid douche bag right on your ass.
So I finally figured out how to work a wireless internet thingy and so now I can blog from the 2009 International Incident in Riveiera Maya. What a fab resort this Iberostar Tucan is! Best ever WAPL trip yet with about a hundred intelligent, beautiful and always on their best behaviour Rockin' Apple companions. During today's Rick and Len show I enjoyed 48 spankings for my birthday...and a "pinch to grow and inch. Like I need any more inches! Then we did a group catamaran cruise with a stop for snorkeling. And jumping from the top rail of the double-decker. I leaped twice. Greg Louganis I am not. Rick and I also visited the Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza on Sunday. Very impressive. We had heated discussions about which if us would have to be sacrificed on the ancient altar. In the end the Mayan God of good taste rejected us both. The resort hasn't yet run out of alcohol but I might invest in tequila and cerveza immediately. Stock is sure to rise dramatically. Check out the broadcasts this week from 7 to 9 a.m. live on the beach. Elwood and Roxanne are on the air from 3 to 5 p.m., too. Wish you were here but since you're not, I'll have one for ya. Each and everyone one of ya! Adios muchchos. For now at least.
The Oshkosh band The Willis (as in "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?") will be headed to New York City this week to play a test show for The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon is replacing Conan O'Brien as O'Brien moves to the Tonight Show to replace Jay Leno. Steve, Todd and Eric (the pretty Eric) joined us on the Rick and Len Show Monday. The hook-up with Fallon is the song Jimmy Fallon - the Plan on The Willis' album Bathtub, Lightbulb, Heart Attack. It's about a guy who makes a demo in hopes of meeting Jimmy Fallon. Funny how fiction becomes truth sometimes! If Fallon and his guys like the band, they may be asked back as the musical guest after the show hits the air in early March. Check out The Willis at myspace.com/thewillis.
Friday morning (2.19), Michael Kosta, who's appearing at the Skyline Comedy Cafe in Appleton, will join Rick and Len in the studio. Michael is described as being "very tall, very handsom and very funny". That makes him EVERYTHING Rick isn't. To see Michael, book your reservations at 920-734-JOKE!
Michael is a former pro tennis player turned comedian and virgin slayer! To see Michael, book your reservations at 920-734-JOKE. Check him out here....
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