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aug 23rd 2013

We are proud to name as this week’s Rick and Len Weenie of the Week…whomever stole the defibrillator from the Fugleberg boat launch in Oshkosh. It was one of 24 automated external defibrillator purchased through a community fund raising drive and one of 10 placed around town to save the lives of persons in cardiac arrest.  


For both stealing a life saving device and proving some people’s lives don’t deserved to be saved.

For not behaving like decent human beings…which might be a bigger shock than you could get from the defibrillator.

And for stealing something for which they certainly have no use since they clearly have no heart…which would be

Like Larry Flynt stealing dancing shoes.

Like Barbara Walters stealing tampons.

Like Justin Bieber stealing a belt hanger.

Like Bradley Manning stealing a suitcase…and men’s clothing.

Like Jay Cutler stealing a jockstrap.

Like the Duggar family stealing birth control.

Like the Vikings stealing trophy polish.

Like the Duck Dynasty guys stealing aftershave.

We are proud to name whomever stole the defibrillator from the Fugleberg boat launch in Oshkosh as this week’s Rick and Len Show Weenie of the Week.
posted by: Rick and Len at 10:17 am Comment On This Post

aug 21st 2013


10. “My dog ate my activation button.” 

9. “The storm was at 12:30 in the morning and I was afraid those noisy sirens might wake someone”.

8. “Didn’t realize managing response to emergencies was responsibility of Director of Emergency Management.”

7. “I did activate the sirens, but being exposed to all that loud music during Mile of Music left most county residents too deaf to hear them. Oh wait, the storm was before Mile of Music. Oops. Never mind.” 

6. “Was watching a rerun of my favorite episode of Nancy Grace, the one where she was upset about something and didn’t hear the storm approaching.” 

5. “The storm did not occur during regular business hours and Outagamie County had not authorized overtime.”

4. “Pushed the wrong button repeatedly. Turned out I wasn’t activating the sirens, I was just playing with myself.” 

3. “Activation button not easy to find when you have your head up your ass”.

2. “I’m a big Packer fan and figured if I really dropped the ball people would think I’m Jermichael Finley”.

1. “I was in my basement for my safety because, in case you hadn’t heard, there was a big storm coming.”
posted by: Rick and Len at 12:00 am Comment On This Post

aug 20th 2013

We are proud to name as this week’s Rick and Len Show Weenies of the Week… The Manitowoc Department of Human Service who (as best as I can tell from the Herald Times article) are the ones who attach the ankle monitor bracelets to juveniles in secure home detention. They are so chosen as Weenies of the Week after a 16-year Manitowoc boy allegedly burglarized a neighbor’s home on Saturday taking an iPad while he was wearing an ankle monitor bracelet.

The monitor bracelet didn’t register anything as suspicious since they had apparently set it to allow the boy to roam 150 feet around the residence. The neighbor’s home was only about 30 feet away giving him about 120 feet of leeway. After the incident, a worker reset the monitor bracelet, so the boy could only roam 75 feet…which, by my calculations, means he would still have about 45 feet of leeway if he wanted the break into the neighbor’s again. (That ought to hold ‘em!)

Of course, there is no way the Manitowoc Department of Human Service could have known the boy might be trouble other than the fact that police records show that since 2005, there have been... 216 police calls involving the same juvenile!!!


For giving the kid enough rope to hang THEMSELVES.

For being as clueless as a cold case file.

And for having a harder time seeing this coming than Stevie Wonder with a bag over his head despite it being as predictable as an episode of Murder She Wrote.

We are proud to name the Manitowoc Department of Human Service as this week's Rick and Len Show…Weenies of the Week!
posted by: Rick and Len at 10:24 am Comment On This Post

aug 19th 2013

August 12th City of Portage
Police cited a man who made in abrupt U-turn to yell and swear at a driver  who stopped to allow a turtle to cross the road.

July 24th City of Chilton
A girl wanted to speak to an officer because her friend threw a rock at a duckling. It is unclear as to whether or not the rock struck the duck.

August 11th City of Marshfield
A 19-year-old man was cited for disorderly conduct after he upset two women by dancing under a parking lot light while wearing thong underwear with small American flags attached to the front and back. The man admitted to police that his actions were inappropriate.

August 13th Village of Stratford
Police responded to a report of a 45-year-old man who loosely wrapped his dog in blue packing tape. The man initially told police he let his dog out of this fenced backyard and someone took it. He said he searched for the dog and when he found it, it was wrapped in the blue packing tape. The man eventually admitted that he actually wrapped the dog in blue packing tape himself. The dog was not injured in the incident. The man blamed his actions on "personal issues".

August 7th City of Waukesha
A dispatcher received an open 911 call and heard “a lot of yelling and laughing but also hearing someone say something about getting a knife and another say he would get his gun.” When police arrived at the house, they found a man who accidentally dialed 911 on cell phone while he and others were playing video games.

August 8th City of Waukesha
A caller reported seeing a man walking back and forth between Subway and George Webb’s yelling at people through the windows. When police found the man, he said he was just “thinking out loud.” George Webb staff said the man was in a bad mood, but had not caused any problems.

August 8th City of Waukesha
A caller told police that they found a note in their mailbox that said, “Sorry for stealing from you. I love you and you’re amazing” along with $30 cash. The caller was advised to check if anything had been stolen and to call back. Police also advised them to check if the $30 is counterfeit.

August 12 City of Beaver Dam
Police responded to a report of a man dressed in women's clothing taking pictures of himself in the lingerie section of ShopKo.
posted by: Rick and Len at 11:00 am Comment On This Post

aug 10th 2013
An almost perfect Sturgis bike rally day, WAPL style. It started with a plan to ride the Spearfish Canyon.That meant first finding Nemo. Nemo, South Dakota. No problem there but the left turn from Nemo Road to Nemo Road got missed. That's not a typo. That meant we lost Nemo already. I can't dial in my usually automatic compass after fully one billion sharp turns. The photo here is the stop we made to make sure we were onto Nemo's trail again. So on to Deadwood, another missed turn and backtrack in Lead and we found it It was such an invigorating ride up the gorgeous Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Cruising at slow speed alongside babbling brooks within canyon walls geologically older than the Grand recharges a guy.

Rolled into Sturgis with an idea...put the broadcast unit in my backpack with microphone and headphone wires coming out of it (don't try this in an airport) so I could be on the air from anywhere, even while moving. It worked like a charm.

I chatted up the owner of the famous Knuckles saloon whose wife is from Stevens Point. This is the bar which puts up a boxing ring and invites bikers to fight each other. He told me that they don't let drunk people into the ring but wouldn't you sort of have to be?

I also had a bouncer and pretty waitress on the air. And some cops. All while the sound of thousands of bikes provided a fitting soundtrack.

After the show we found a bench on a corner of Main Street and sat there for an hour watching the freak show and admiring the stunning motorcycles going by in an endless procession. You have to take time to smell the roses. And Harley exhaust.

We had to hang tight for awhile because of heavy storms in the area but we managed to avoid the worst of it. That's been my good luck on the entire trip. Thank you, biker gods.

No work on tap for day four except to post some insightful words and inspiring pictures later. Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake and Custer State Park are all on the route we have planned. Stay tuned. 

posted by: Rick and Len at 1:23 pm Comment On This Post

aug 9th 2013
Joined Rick and Ross for an underwear-clad appearance on the radio followed by a marginal free flophouse breakfast which included a European lady, German maybe, who was just dominating the toaster area. Have to when surrounded by folks who, while as good and kind as anyone, are all wearing black shirts splashed with colorful words and pictures and all expressing the same thing. But everyone here IS sharing the same thing. Sturgis.

The communal and almost opiate nature of maybe 400,000 people connected by love of motorcycling and the instruments by which it is practiced must be a powerful glue because I interacted with nothing but friendly, engaging and pretty damned interesting people.

That so relatively few arrests and crimes (other`than those sort of things which might be criminal in most other instances but aren't when here) is a testament to hope that humans can coexist even when thrust together in the sometimes trying circumstance that crowds of this size present. Sort of like hippies, really. Only with bikes, not vans. But the twain do mix at Bike Week...and pretty well.
Okay, enough philosophical waxing for cripe's sake.

Had`a spectacular ride to Deadwood in the morning cool of slightly higher elevation. Short sleeves were enough. A chicken fried steak lunch (GRAVY!) served by an instantly joyous waitress with brown eyes as big around as the cholesterol number I was attaining instantly.

Out of Deadwood at a leisurely pace to Sturgis and the Full Throttle Saloon. Instant familiarity after three full days there last year. I told the office security woman who I was without saying, "Don't you know who I am?" and she radioed Jesse from Jackyl. In about two seconds she said go through the backstage gate. I did and got a warm welcome from Jesse. He said go ahead and set up in the Puh Pow Saloon. Yeah. Puh Pow!

Told tales with John and Elwood (I'll join them again Friday from 3 to 5). Saw incredible things which defy explanation.  Pictures sometimes say more than words and these certainly leave me without many words which would help.

So I guess I look nervous in pictures with pretty and outgoing girls.I get it. But don't mind the dork...enjoy the pretty girls. And the weird ones.
posted by: Rick and Len at 11:28 am Comment On This Post

aug 9th 2013

We are proud to name as this week’s Rick and Len Show Weenie of the Week…Green Bay Packer Jermichael Finley who started throwing wild roundhouse punches at teammates during practice in training camp this week. Fortunately, he failed to make contact, but still…not wise!


For throwing punches and risking injury to the hands he needs to not catch passes with.

For trying to punch a teammate but having that opportunity, not surprisingly, slip right through his fingers.

And for learning that it’s a lot harder to drop an opponent with one hand than it is to drop a ball with two.

We are proud to name Packer Jermichael Finley as this week’s Rick and Len Show…WEENIE OF THE WEEK!
posted by: Rick and Len at 10:40 am Comment On This Post

aug 8th 2013
Because I got delayed by storms in Minnesota, some of them similar to the ones back home, it was a 17-hour trip here. I arrived too late to get to Sturgis in time for the Afternoon Road Show so I set up in my Rapid City hotel room and did the show from there.

My brother and I then got on the bikes and headed to action central. We rode through Vanocker Canyon to Sturgis and it was very cool. All hills and curves.

We met up with my cousin Kevin who is working here with Victory and Indian motorcycles. We had dinner with Kev at One Eyed Jacks.

We then wandered Main Street and took in the sights and, unfortunately, the smells of the 73rd Annual Bike Rally. There is excellent freak watching here. Who hauls a bike trailer full of wiener dogs to Sturgis? Then back to Rapidin this yea City for some much needed lie down prone time.

Day two will bring a morning ride, perhaps to Sylvan Lake and then into Sturgis to seek out Jesse James DuPree from Jackyl. He feigned real excitement at Rock USA when he learned that I was going to be here again this year. He's in residence at the Full Throttle Saloon as usual. We might catch the Jackyl show there Thursday night...or maybe Skynyrd elsewhere.

Then again, I might need more fish and, um, chips!
posted by: Rick and Len at 1:40 pm Comment On This Post

aug 5th 2013

July 19th City of Neenah
Police responded to a report of a disturbance on Winneconne Avenue. When they arrived, a man would not allow officers to enter the home. An officer finally kicked in the door and discovered...two teenage girls arguing about a cell phone.

July 26th City of Wisconsin Rapids
Police responded to a report of a bag of vomit and needles. (Vomit and Needles – bad name for a band. Worse name for an entrée.)

July 26th City of Wausau
Police officers armed with assault rifles responded to a report of a man being held hostage. The man had sent a text to his mother asking her to wire some money because he was being held with a gun to his head. Police cordoned off the neighborhood for more than an hour before learning there was no gun and no hostage. Just a guy trying to trick his mother into giving him some money.

July 27th City of Marshfield
Officers responded to a report of a fight in progress. A 47-year-old woman reportedly became agitated and attacked a 38-year-old man. The woman was transported to the hospital after accidentally punching herself in the face.

July 19th City of Menasha
Police responded to a drug complaint. The man who called police told him that he had tried to buy marijuana from another person but the person failed to give him the marijuana he purchased.

July 30th Village of Port Edwards
A woman called the sheriff's department to report her teenage son threw a chair in the oven.

July 30th Town of Saratoga
A man walking in the woods called authorities to report encountering a cow named... Trixie.

July 29th City of Wisconsin Rapids
Officers who responded to a hold up alarm at an area restaurant, found an employee who had gotten stuck in the freezer and pulled the alarm to have someone come get him out.

July 26th City of Waukesha
A man called police to report strange and frightening noises outside his apartment. The culprit was identified as a bullfrog.

July 30th City of Waukesha
Police investigated a report of a man making employees at a Mobile station feel uncomfortable. Employees called police to say the man kept staring in the store and making Star Wars references by asking employees to join him on the “dark side.”

July 30th City of Waukesha
An officer reported disorderly conduct by the owner of a bicycle shop after he observed the man making rude gestures out the windows of his business at the passing officer. According to the officer, he was patrolling downtown and saw the bicycle shop owner, “jumping up and down in the front window of his store making obscene gestures and screaming obscenities.” The officer said the man would not exit his store to speak with him about what had angered him.

August 1st Town of Grand Rapids (Wood County)
A woman called police to report she believed her son might be drinking while playing mini golf.

July 27th City of Waukesha
A man called police asking them to remove his girlfriend from his residence because, “she is driving him crazy with gossip.”

July 27th City of Waukesha
An employee at the Academy Hair Salon called police to report a disorderly woman who became angry and started yelling and cursing and refused to leave because stylists were unable to dye her hair the color she requested.
posted by: Rick and Len at 10:56 am Comment On This Post