Miles's Episodes 5 and 6 Wrapup: Guilty Pleasure Songs

I've been meaning to provide a written wrapup of the two-part podcast series on Guilty Pleasure songs for a while now so I'm happy to finally steal some time to write this.

First, I want to reiterate the criteria we used to define a "Guilty Pleasure" song. Gary defined it as a song that would cause him great embarrassment if he was heard singing along in his car when he sat at a stop light. I asked if he meant any person (as a particular audience might make one song embarrassing but a different listener would bring no shame) and he clarified: he meant any listener.

When my turn to explain came, I defined the guilty pleasure song using categories. The first, was the "wrong demographic" factor.

Wrong Demographic Factor

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Podcast Episode 4 Wrapup: Wisconsin

This is a follow to our 4th podcast recorded on November 15th, 2013.

In this episode, Miles and I talk about Wisconsin. Since we had just spent a weekend up there, it seemed like an easy choice.  If you've never been to Wisconsin, you could consider this a good guide to vacationing there.  No need to consult any other guides, we cover it all!



For those of you who have never been to Wisconsin, please enjoy this picture of its location.

We touched on several areas where we have spent time, most of which were in the mid-to-south areas of the state.  Pretty typical for 2 guys visiting from Chicago.  I did mention the northwoods area of the state, however, as well as the central area which covers Madison and the Dells.


This area is the most often visited by folks driving up from Chicago, as it's home to some nice boating lakes, as well as the state's main city, Milwaukee.


The Lake Geneva area includes several other lakes, including Lake Delavan and Lake Como. A bit to the East, you hit numerous smaller lakes including Paddock Lake, where Miles and I stayed a few weeks ago. Williams Bay is a town located just West of the town of Lake Geneva, where my grandparents owned a summer home that we would often visit as kids.

Miles mentioned going to the Wisconsin State Fair several times, which is located just outside Milwaukee.  Additionally, Summerfest is held along the lake every summer, bringing in some of the biggest names in music.


This area of Wisconsin covers Madison and the Wisconsin Dells.  Approximately a 2-3 hour drive from Chicago to this area.


Madison is both the State Capital, and home to one of the largest "College Towns" in the midwest, the University of Wisconsin.  

Drive about 1 hour North and you'll hit the Wisconsin Dells, which is essentially a poor man's Disneyland.  Think waterparks and mini-golf.


I consider the Northern section of Wisconsin to encompass Green Bay, and the North Woods.

North Woods

This map (thanks to Wikipedia) shows how the North Woods covers roughly half of the State of Wisconsin. 

I discussed spending some time up in Amberg, and eating at a resort on an island as well.  After doing some research, the resort is now owned by The Four Seasons,  but was previously named the Miscauno Inn when it opened in 1905.  The property is lcoated on the tiny island of Miscauno, on the border of Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan.  The property itself has some pretty interesting history with Al Capone which you can read about here.


Here's an approximate of where the Island is located.

To listen to this episode, head over to the Podcast section of the website.

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Blog Episode 3 Wrapup: Vacations

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Favorite Vacation Type

Natural Phenomenon (Grand Canyon) - 50%
Beach Escape (Hawaii) - 0%
Culture Experience (SF, Chicago) - 0%
Historical Experience (DC, Boston) - 50%
Summer Home / Cottage - 0%
Theme Parks (Disney, Dells) - 0%

Total votes: 2
The voting for this poll has ended on: December 20, 2013

This is a follow up to our little-heard 3rd podcast episode originally recorded on November 4th, 2013.

In that show, Gary and I discussed the idea of vacations and what they mean to us. We started with childhood vacation memories: what made them great and how our parents' choices in vacation destinations shaped how we choose to recreate today.

What Kind of Vacationer Are You?

When I thought of the subject for an episode, the answer to this question was at the heart of the idea. What makes for a great vacation personally? Does it mean bringing a family to a theme park for officially licensed sweatshirts and beanies? Does it mean surrounding yourselves with the sounds of foreign languages being spoken or the smells of exotic foods and intoxicating drinks? Does it mean peace and quiet via an escape hatch into nature or paradise resorts?

Any place can be a great choice for a vacation and, as we found out, Gary and I had some common themes in our ideal vacations and some differences as well.

The Escape Vacation Paradise by the Beach

This is the kind of vacation my wife loves. Lots of beach time, closing your eyes and stopping the world for a while. For me, fair weather on vacation is great but it shouldn't be the main attraction of a vacation. Hawaii and Mexico are not hurting for visitors though, so clearly not everyone agrees with me. I personally never took this kind of vacation until my honeymoon to Hawaii.

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No Podcast for Monday, December 2nd

Apologies for all those faithful listeners looking forward to this week's podcast. We recorded a post-thanksgiving episode on Sunday but, due to technical problems not discovered at the time, the audio is unlistenable. We'll be back next week with our first in a series about #ChristmasMusic!

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of guitars and stuff. I know guitars in pictures makes me happy.


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Podcast: Episode 2 (Candy Bars) Wrapup

So Gary and I had a spirited debate last sunday when we offered our individual list of candy bars. For a readers digest version, I thought I'd post the lists here. To hear the justifications (and the strong objections), you'll need to listen to the podcast.

Gary's Top Ten Candy Bars

  1. Nestlé crunch
  2. Mr Goodbar
  3. Heath
  4. Oh Henry
  5. Milky way
  6. Butterfinger
  7. Peanut M&M's
  8. Reeses peanut butter cups
  9. Baby Ruth
  10. Snickers

Miles's Top Ten Candy Bars

  1. Kit Kat
  2. Milky way
  3. 3 musketeers
  4. Twix
  5. Snickers
  6. 100 Grand
  7. Payday
  8. Take Five
  9. Crunch
  10. Whatchamacallit
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