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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Just go back across da St. Croix then

by Bert

Does anybody else know a transplant from Minnesota, probably a yuppie from Minneapolis, who can't resist ripping the culture of Wisconsin? It's annoying, isn't it?

The Journal Sentinel has a community columnist (along with bloggers, they are the minnows in the media pond) named Steve Paske. He's probably a great guy once you get to know him. And god bless him for teaching in the public schools.

But on Dec. 12 the paper ran his column ("America, Your Obesity is Costing Me") complaining about the eating habits of cheeseheads. The piece managed to work in his low body-fat percentage and dwelled upon his lilly white lifestyle. He drinks a beer but once every two weeks, runs and bikes, blah, blah, blah.

I am proud to say the column -- which, yea, I know, was not incorrect in saying that Wisconsin contains fat people -- provoked Wisconsinites to write peevish letters that described Paske as "smug" and "self-righteous" and preachy. As my barber would say: "yea, hey?"

His column today that disagreed with the need to cancel school when the thermometer points below zero -- which, yea, he's right again -- was more of the same.
I come from Minnesota, and I can tell you that as kids,
we were at the bus stop with our shirts off on days like these. A minus 30 wind chill is like the breeze you feel when you open up the oven. Back home, they didn't even consider closing the school until that number hit minus 60.
. . . Even in my weakened adult state, I was able to get out and run two hours Sunday.

See what I mean about the annoying?

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