Thursday, December 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

Well, it looks like I have been so busy lately that I even missed a huge milestone for my blog--
20,000 visits!!

I know just how to celebrate -- I'm going to get up early Saturday morning and help my friends move! Yeah, there really is no better way to reward yourself than to get up early on your day off and carry heavy things in the snow.

But seriously, I've got to do something. Can't think now. Brain is fried. Perhaps you, my fine looking readers, could give me some suggestions?

In the meantime I will leave you with the post that has BY FAR brought the most hits to my blog via search engines:

Energy Efficiency

Why don't they combine wind & solar power by putting solar panels on wind mills?


Lyvvie said...

I suggest cake!!

Congratulations!Many more!

Leon J. de la Garza said...

energy efficiency..

something i care about..
mostly the "not polluting" part.

if i had enough money, id put solar panels here in my house.. we definetely get our share of sun..!


you should....uh.. rock all night maybe? to celebrate?
i dont know..

have a good one

Michael Manning said...

Congratulations, Sylvana! And I can tell you frommoving across 6 states that wind and solar power is the future. Have a nice celebration!

"AG" said...

Merry Christmas, Sy!!!!!!!!!!!!

SierraBella said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Shannon said...

Merry Christmas!!

Heather said...

Hope you had a nice Christmas!

I suggest buying yourself something nice to celebrate then post pictures of it so we can all see!! Congrats on reaching 20k!

Sylvana said...

Hope you all had a great holiday season. I myself have been WAY TOO BUSY!! And I didn't even get to celebrate my blog milestone yet!

But, that may change shortly...

Wacky Wisconsin

Thursday, December 06, 2007 | 0 Comments

Crandon man bail set for donut truck theft

SSB called me at work when he heard this on the radio. This has got to be the most classic news story that I have ever heard! Apparently the guy from my neck of the woods was in Madison, got drunk, went into an Open Pantry, shoved some giant pickled sausages down his pants, was asked to leave and did so, stole a donut truck outside the store, did some laps around the parking lot, led a large group of police cars on a chase around the westside of Madison, came back to the parking lot to do a few more laps, and finally rammed the truck into a median. Could you imagine seeing this scene? All while the chase was going on, donuts were flying out the back of the truck and raining down on the chasing cop cars! Hilarious!

OK, I know car chases and drunk driving are dangerous, but you have to admit, this is still very funny!

Here's the story from Madison's "Capital Times" :

Mike Miller — 11/29/2007 3:33 pm
Cash bail of $2,100 was set today for Warren G. Whitelightning of Crandon, the man who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through Madison's west after stealing a Krispy Kreme Donut truck when he was drunk early Saturday morning.

Whitelightning was officially charged in Dane County Circuit Court today in a criminal complaint alleging several offenses. He is being charged with shoplifting eight giant red hot pickled sausages from the Open Pantry on University Avenue, stealing the doughnut truck, ramming a University of Wisconsin Police car, attempting to elude pursing officers, operating after revocation, his fourth time drunk driving, and a hit and run.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Verveer conceded that the scene described in the criminal complaint of several squad cars chasing a donut truck around the west side could elicit laughter from many.

"Because what you have is two different police agencies chasing the defendant in a stolen Krispy Kreme donut truck with donuts flying out of the back of the truck," he said.

But he said the episode, "really is a danger to the community given the great recklessness of this stunt."

Verveer said the chase was captured on tape by video cameras in the pursing squad cars and predicted the tapes would hit the popular YouTube web site when they are released to the public. "But the truth of the matter is the defendant could have badly hurt members of the community with his reckless driving."

The episode began, according to the criminal complaint, when Whitelightning stumbled into the Open Pantry about 3 a.m. Saturday and went to the aisle where pickled sausages were. As the store clerk watched, Whitelightning pulled his hoodie up over his head and turned his back on the clerk, and dropped a box of the giant pickled sausages on the floor. He next took two six packs of beer and put them on the counter, then turned around. The store clerk took that opportunity to put the beer behind the counter and asked Whitelightning to leave, which he did.

Moments later, the clerk and Krispy Kreme driver watched as Whitelightning drove the truck around the parking lot twice then left on University Ave. Police were called.

Several officers were involved in a subsequent chase on University Avenue at speeds which at times reached 80 mph on University Avenue and lesser speeds on nearby residential streets.

At the corner of Kendall and Chamberlain Avenues, it appeared the truck had stopped. When University Officer Aaron Chapin stopped behind the donut truck, Whitelightning suddenly put the truck in reverse and backed toward Chapin. Chapin could not get out of the way because other officers were approaching, the complaint says, and Whitelightning rammed the truck into the squad car at about 10 to 15 miles per hour. Officer Chapin suffered neck and back injuries in the wreck and was treated at UW Hospital.

The chase ended when Whitelightning, going outbound on University in the inbound lane, suddenly crossed a cement median and nearly overturned, then sped on Locust Drive and stopped in a Copps Food parking lot. Whitelightning got out of the truck and lay down in the parking lot until police handcuffed him and put him back on his feet.

If convicted of all counts, he would face up to 9 1/2 years in prison on the felonies and an additional 26 months on the misdemeanor counts. Whitelightning also faces several traffic citations.

Go here to see the full video!!


Lyvvie said...

Maybe he thought the police would be distracted by the donuts and quit the chase??

SierraBella said...


Irb said...

Wait. His name is Whitelightning? Seriously?


Shannon said...

It's stories such as these which make me proud to come from Wisconsin.

Leon J. de la Garza said...

hehehehe.. that is funny, i can't say no..
it's been i a while since i heard from yoU!

everythink A-OK?
cool.. hope so..

i uploaded an english podcast today, if you feel like listening..

anyway, have a great rest of the week!

Sylvana said...

Lyvvie, as I watched the video I kept expecting that very thing to happen.

Sierrabella, exactly!

Irb, yeah, that is his name. I especially like that they threw in the "G.". The name sounds like some writer of great classic literature -- or a drunk guy that steals a donut truck.

Shannon, Wisconsin definitely has a very good sense of humor!

Leon, I'm around -- barely, but still here. Working 70 hours a week doesn't leave much time for blogging :( I will try to stop by to hear the podcast. It's always fun to hear how the people I meet on the web actually sound!

Anonymous said...

The story could only have been better if his name was "Donut G. Whitelightning."

Hey, all the best to you and your crew there Sy.