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A much needed "vacation"

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I had a chance to take a few days off from work, so I took advantage of the free time by loading up the car, dropping off Shiloh with his original foster mom, and driving down to Arkansas. 700 miles and 11 hours later, I found myself back at the house on the Thursday before Thanksgiving - a whole week of relaxation awaited. ...or did it?

It was great to see the "kids" back home - here's Squid (real name: Monica) sitting in front of her couch. She's getting to be an old lady - her back legs shake a lot, and she's looking a bit thinner than she used to be. Come to think of it, she's probably about 9 years old by now...

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And here's Regis - crazy as ever, but with a distinguished grey beard. Poor guy - he means well, and he is such a sweet and caring boy, but he really does have a screw loose somewhere in that head of his...

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And last but not least, Riley - the "spark plug" of the group. She's always at an "eleven" - ready to rock, rowdy, and rambunctious. Yet pull out a blanket and she'll be more than happy to settle down, burrow underneath it, curl up against you, and snore for hours.

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With the animals fully greeted and reacquainted with their "out of state Dad," Amy and I hit our old "stand-by" for my first meal back in Arkansas: Maria's Mexican Restaurant. Nothing beats Maria's - it's cheap, it's good, it's fast, and there's nothing like it in Wisconsin. Yummo. We both ate burritos de asada, shared a queso, and had two large diet sodas. Total cost: $15, and we were in and out within 30 minutes. Absolutely stellar (no pictures, sorry).

Friday came, and the weather was fantastic, so I headed east to Pea Ridge for a riding and running session at the Pea Ridge Military Park. I've talked briefly about this place before, but I really can't say enough great things about the place.

The 4,300 acre site played a pivotal role in the Civil War; had things gone just slightly different there, odds are that the confederate forces would've won the war. The park features a small museum with some really cool memorabilia and a superb documentary film about the history of the location. There's also a 6.65-mile paved "trail" that circles most of the park and features some nice hills, tons of scenery, and a whole slew of wildlife. I must have seen 20+ deer, including some massive bucks, a dozen fox, countless hawks, a handful of turkey vultures, and an eagle. It's breathtaking to say the least.

I took a few pictures of the trail - these don't do the place any justice; I was on my bike, riding along at about 20mph and trying to snap a photo with my phone... so, take them for what they're worth - just trust me that it's a great, great place.

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And here's a self portrait of yours truly, while riding on the bike at the trail. The weather was for the most part absolutely perfect - most days the temps were in the mid-to-high 60s, with a few days reaching into the 70s. The weather only turned "bad" around Thanksgiving, when it struggled to hit 30 (more on that in a bit). When I took this photo, it was about 8:30am and right around 55-58F. Not bad for late November, eh?

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Truth be told, I had ventured down to Arkansas with the intention of running in the Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, which was scheduled for Sunday, November 21. I wasn't sure if my legs would be feeling up to a full marathon, so I went for a light run at Pea Ridge on Friday as a final "shake down" run. My legs absolutely didn't feel up to running a full marathon - I suspected they wouldn't be - so, I decided to skip the race. I hadn't registered for it (they allowed registration on-site during packet pick-up), so I wasn't out any real money. And I figured it would be better to avoid a longer-term injury than to force things just for the sake of it. Mentally, I was ready for the race, but my legs (mostly the thigh bones) wanted nothing to do with it - they've been really achy and sore for the past 6+ weeks. I suspect it's related to over-training, but attempts to recover/relax haven't proven to be of much help, so I'm "stuck."

So, I decided to make the most of the nice weather and rode an easy 36 miles around the trail (6 laps) and jogged a single lap. Not much rest, eh? :-) I then went home and cleaned the house - some of my old pals from the bank - Karl, Mandy, and Nat were due to come over for some pizza and a movie.

They all arrived by 7:30pm or so, and we promptly ordered a Gusano's pizza, enjoyed some New Glarus brews, sampled some Monroe cheeses, and then watched Zombieland in the theater. It was excellent to see them all and I forgot how fun the home theater is. Man, I miss that thing! Karl and Mandy stayed over night as they had a trip scheduled for Springfield, MO, and our house happens to be about "mid-way" between Springfield and Fort Smith. So, they crashed at the house while I went out and ran a 10K race in Bentonville on Saturday morning.

I figured that since I wasn't going to be doing the marathon, I could sneak in a smaller race or two. :-) A local organization was hosting a "girls on the run" 10K race, with the proceeds benefiting a local women's organization. I was able to register on Friday and secured a spot at the starting line for Saturday morning. Here we are, about to take off on our 10K jaunt:

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...and some 48 minutes later, I crossed the finish line in 22nd place (out of an even 100 racers) and snapped this picture, back at the Bentonville town square. I was pretty shocked with my time - my legs had been aching all along, but for some reason they felt really strong for this event. Go figure. Maybe the aching is mental??

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The event was well organized - there was a nice finish chute area, complete with Sam Walton's original "red truck":

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And there was even a band, along with a small farmer's market and food court. I didn't really stick around for any of the festivities; I wanted to get back to the house to say farewell to Karl and Mandy before they headed north.

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After seeing them off, I loaded the bike into the car and headed back to Pea Ridge for a nice 60-mile ride (10 laps). The weather was so incredibly great that the time and miles just flew by. I could've kept riding, but Amy had a birthday party for some coworkers, and I was lucky enough to score an invite to the event, so we car-pooled to the local Irish Pub and had some dinner, drinks, birthday cake, and good times. Here's the crew from the animal shelter, all assembled for the party:

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Not much took place on Sunday - a light run around the walking trail followed by some grocery shopping and washing of the dogs (they'd been pretty stinky, so Amy and I took them down to the shelter and gave 'em a good sudsing). We wrapped-up the evening by watching the Simpsons, Cleveland Show, and Family Guy.

Monday included more riding and running, doing some "remote" work, and running some errands. Nothing too exciting. I did get to catch-up with some friends from my previous job at the bank, which was really great, but only made me miss "the good old days" even more than I already do.

Tuesday was a repeat of Monday - lunch with friends from the bank, riding, and running at Pea Ridge.

Wednesday saw some amazing weather, so, naturally I rode and ran a bunch at the military park. Why is it that my legs felt so stellar after I decided to forego the marathon??? I suppose it didn't hurt that the temperature was well into the 70s for most of Wednesday:

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We also prepped some things for Thanksgiving - I made the stuffing on Wednesday night, along with the beer bread. I also brined the turkey so that come Thursday, all we'd have to do was roast the turkey, reheat the stuffing, and make the potatoes and gravy.

I also caught wind of a 5K race on Thanksgiving morning, so I decided to brave the elements and drove down to Springdale's Arvest Ballpark for the 3rd annual Springdale Turkey Trot.

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The weather wasn't nearly as nice as it had been... in fact, it was downright nasty - 32F, raining and sleeting, with 25-35mph winds from the north. Here's a shot from inside of the car, just before the race started:

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And surprise, surprise, I had an absolutely great race. I finished the 5K in just under 23 minutes, which was good for 4th place in my age group... I missed a medal by 14 seconds. Had I known the guy in front of me was in my group, I would've kicked-it in earlier and tried to pass him rather than just trying to "survive" the elements. Oh well.

Thoroughly frozen and soaked well to the bone, I drove home (windows fogging the entire way), and promptly fired-up the thanksgiving feast. We decided to be a bit conservative with the turkey this year... :-) If you'll recall, I usually like to buy a turkey that's quite "oversized" - I believe we've had 18-20lb turkeys for previous meals... this year, we went with a modest 11-pound bird, and it turns out it was just about perfect.

It cooked in just over 2 hours and we still had enough left-overs for a few extra sandwiches. :-)

Here's the bird, after spending a few hours in the 'ole roastification machine:

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And accompanying the fowl was my infamous sage sausage apple walnut stuffing:

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And last but not least, the garlic gorgonzola mashed potatoes:

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We assembled it all together with some corn, beer bread, and a really decent merlot to make a rather tasty plate:

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Here's a close-up of my plate - I can't describe how great it was. The smaller turkey seemed to really take the brine a lot better than the larger turkeys did - it was so tender and packed with flavor. It's quite honestly one of the best turkeys I've ever had, if I do say so myself... and those potatoes - wow. Roasted garlic + gorgonzola + russet potatoes = WIN.

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For dessert, we debated about doing a pie (apple), but then figured it would just get "scarfed" down and lead to an over-full belly situation. So, we opted for something a bit unusual: gourmet cupcakes from a new local cupcakery in Bentonville. We went with a pumpkin with cream cheese cupcake and an Oreo cupcake:

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Turns out the cupcakes didn't really satisfy my insatiable sweet-tooth, so we ventured over to WalMart and grabbed a few cookies to help finish things off. I later complained about being too full and swearing that I'd never eat another sweet ever again. We'll see how long that promise lasts... :-D (I'm guessing it won't last too long)

We also went to a movie and went for a walk to help work off some of the turkey. The weather was still cold for most of Thursday - I think it barely hit 35F, as evidenced by the ice on the trees in our backyard:

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Friday came much too early, and I was back at the park, running and riding while Amy went to work. I ran a few errands that afternoon, did some more work, and called it an early evening. Saturday was more of the same (riding/running), and then we headed over to Nat's house to watch the Razorback/LSU game - which was a phenomenal game. We also got to see Nat's dog Tanner, who promptly made herself comfortable on Nat's "big red chair":

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We not only got to see Nat and Tanner, but we also got to hang out with Tonia (aka "T-bone"), another friend from the bank. I hadn't seen her in over 2-years, so it was cool to catch-up and to hear about everything that's gone on since 2008. After the game, Amy and I headed to dinner and then called it an early night. My plans for Sunday included getting up by 3:00am and hitting the road back to Wisconsin... boo.

And, so, there you have it. Here I am in the trusty Prius, watching the sunrise somewhere in northern Missouri:

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Not a bad vacation, even if I didn't really vacation much. I did a bunch of work remotely, but for some reason, I enjoy working remotely. I'm now back in Wisconsin, where it's 31F outside, windy, and apparently about ready to snow (lightly). Nice.

So, despite my best intentions to give my legs a rest, I somehow managed to run for 9-consecutive days with total mileage of 56.08, and riding totals that included 7-days of riding for a total of 216.7 miles. Not bad for a guy whose legs have otherwise failed him. I guess it was the nice weather and the awesome environment? I also noticed that I had little-to-no achiness the entire time, so now I'm really stumped.

Oh, and here's the customary t-shirt and race bib(s) photo. Enjoy - I'm off to bed - been up since 3:15am today, drove 700+ miles, picked-up Shiloh, unloaded the car, cleaned the apartment, and did some light grocery shopping. I'm beat!

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A "must see" pair of movies

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I had the opportunity to see two really excellent movies this weekend and I strongly encourage you to see them yourself. They're on polar opposite ends of the movie genre - one was a documentary, the other an animated film; but trust me - they're excellent movies.

The first movie that I saw was Megamind and I got to see it in IMAX 3D, which was pretty unreal. It was my first 3D movie and I have to admit that it was awesome. There weren't a ton of 3D "in your face" effects, but the general "depth" and "life" that 3D brings to the picture really enhanced the film. The story line was excellent as well, and unlike a lot of movies that I've seen recently, this film held my attention the entire time. It wasn't too long of a movie, and it didn't try to include any hidden meaning/agenda/lesson - it was simply an entertaining film.

If you have the opportunity, I'd strongly recommend Megamind 3D. But be warned: it's pricey! The night-time movie ticket was $10 for an adult (eek!), plus two surcharges: $4 for IMAX and $3 for 3D... so, my single ticket was a staggering $17. I remember when concerts cost less than that...

The other film I saw was a documentary about the collapse of the financial system and how it was basically facilitated by government deregulation of the financial industry and orchestrated by a few large investment banks with the sole purpose of maximizing short term profits for themselves. The film is called Inside Job and if ever there was a "must see film," this is it. It's absolutely maddening; even moreso because I, along with 300 of my friends, were directly impacted by the net result of the collapse.

Be warned: the film is fairly "technical" - it shares a lot of non-traditional information about the financial industry and there are several "tracks" that it simultaneously follows, but most folks should get the general gist of the film. I'll probably see it again to best capture all of the information, but I'll likely wait until it's available on video. The film doesn't have a large release, so it may be hard to find - just keep an eye open for it on video or rental. It's narrated by Matt Damon, if that makes any difference. :-)

Howdy, folks! Sorry for the delay in providing an update on the weekend's events - the daylight savings change appears to have wrecked havoc with my internal clock; I found myself falling asleep on Sunday night at around 8:00pm, and I was extremely busy with work yesterday, so I'm just getting a chance to update the 'ole blog now (during my lunch hour).

Not much to report other than I ran another half-marathon on Saturday and then went on an awesome bike ride with a co-worker on Sunday. No fish fry updates - I've been working with a nutritionist to help level-out my diet a bit, and as such am on a rather strict and structured plan through Thanksgiving. So far, so good - not many cravings, added a few calories, and am seeing some subtle improvements with recovery and body composition.

So, about that half-marathon. I was really nervous heading into it because my legs have been so sore, especially for the last five-to-six weeks. I had cut-down on my long runs in an effort to help recover, and while it probably helped my legs, it made me a little uneasy about the race... I'd normally like to be averaging 45-50 miles per week going into a half-marathon; I think I was closer to around 35 miles per week. But, they say it's better to be slightly "undertrained" than "overtrained," so I took my chances.

The half-marathon was held in Lake Mills, and was managed by the Tyranena Brewery. For those who are paying attention to my online diary, you'll no doubt recognize that name - they hosted an awesome bike ride a few weeks ago and have also become one of my favorite local breweries.

Truth be told, I wasn't much of a fan of Tyranena's beverages until just a few years ago. And quite honestly, I never really enjoyed beer at all until around 2007 - for some reason I hated the taste, the smell, and everything else about it. I'm not sure what changed, but I slowly grew to "tolerate" a lite beer every so often... and then I got into appreciating the more complex beers: bocks, dopplebocks, cask-conditioned ales, Scottish ales, and eventually (gasp!) imperial pale ales. Somewhere along the line, I rediscovered Tyranena's offerings and really took a shine to their Rocky's Revenge and some of their speciality/seasonal offerings (Oktoberfest, Shaggin' in the Woods, and "Spank Me Baby" (odd name, fantastic beverage)).

So it turns out that Tyranena not only crafts some fine beverages, they also know a thing or two about sponsoring and hosting athletic events. The bike race, as mentioned earlier, was absolutely stellar, and this weekend's foot race was no different - it was superbly managed in every respect. Rob, Stacey, and the rest of the Tyranena crew definitely deserve a massive round of applause for their hard work on these events!

I loaded-up the car on Saturday morning and made my way to Lake Mills, where I was shocked to find cars lined-up on the Interstate's exit ramp - all of them were waiting to exit the Interstate and make their way to the brewery. Apparently the 1700 participants (900 in the half-marathon, 800 in the one-sixth-marathon) all planned on arriving to the race about an hour early, just like me. :-)

Rather than take the prescribed route to the brewery, I snuck my way down some side streets and scored a good parking spot while dodging most of that long line of cars. I grabbed my registration packet, adorned my race bib and timing chip, and did some light stretching. The weather was cool - about 40F, but sunny, and there was just a slight breeze.

The brewery had an excellent DJ on-site; he was playing great pre-race music, and folks really seemed to be enjoying themselves. The pre-race atmosphere was calm and relaxed - there wasn't any confusion or uncertainty; another testament to Tyranena's organizational skills.

The starting horn sounded at 11:30am and I, along with about 900 other half-marathoners, took off for our 13.1-mile trek around Lake Mills. We headed down Mulberry street to the town square, then headed west toward the north side of Rock Lake. I started about mid-pack and chuckled to myself for the first 4 miles or so... I was getting passed by a bunch of folks, whom I could only assume had no idea about the hills that awaited them...

We exited North Shore park and made our way into Shorewood Hills, which is an upscale neighborhood on the northwest side of Rock Lake and features some respectable hills - 4 large rollers, to be exact. I passed about 150 people in those hills - the very same folks who raced past me just a few miles earlier. :-)

I was averaging about an 8:30 mile and was feeling good. My legs were doing well, which was a pleasant surprise.

We left Shorewood Hills by way of Korth park, then made our way to the Glacial Drumlin trail. The trail took us past the south end of Rock Lake and dumped us out on the southeast side of town, near the industrial park. We weaved around the industrial park for a bit before heading east on Highway B. From Highway B, we turned onto Tyranena Road (Highway V) for about 1.5 miles, which brought us back to the brewery.

I finished in 1 hours and 54 minutes - good for #309 out of 859 finishers. I averaged 8:43 per mile - not great, but not awful. I had really hoped to stick closer to my 8:30 target, but considering how I had been feeling for the previous few weeks, I was content with the result.

Post-race conditions are usually what define the success or failure of an event for me, and here's where Tyranena excels - they know how to take care of the participants after an event. As we crossed the finish line we were guided into a "recovery tent," which featured tons of post-race-friendly food options, mylar heat blankets, Gatorade, water, and our finisher medals. It was such a smooth operation!

Here's the inside of the tent, just as I entered it:

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Here's one of the food/snack tables:

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And the ever popular peanut butter sandwich and cookies table (of which I didn't partake!):

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I regret to report that I didn't induldge in any of the post-race offerings, other than a bottle of water and the finisher's medal. I had planned to consume a recovery drink following the race (Hammer Nutrition's Recoverite), and then I was going to meet-up with the Topels for some dinner, so I passed on the goodies. Here I am with my medal and my Recoverite:

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As I made my way out of the tent, I was tempted by the thought of walking over to the general public tent, which featured a lasagna dinner and complimentary Tyranena beers, but alas, I was determined to stick with my nutrition plan. It was especially difficult to pass up the post-race meal because the DJ was playing tunes and people were obviously having a good time. Here's a quick shot of the crowd as I made my way to the exit:

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When I got to my car, I snapped a quick customary "post race" photo of my race bib and gear. You'll note the bags of pet food beneath my stuff - the Tyranena race also served to benefit both the Jefferson County Humane Society and the Lake Mills Food Pantry. The brewery requested that in addition to paying the entry fee that participants donate a few food items for the Food Pantry - which I did - but I also decided to donate a few bags of pet food to the Humane Society, too. You've got to take care of the homeless dogs and cats!

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After leaving the brewery, I went to Dan's shop where I worked on my car (oil change, transmission fluid flush, tire rotation, and so on), and then joined Dan for dinner at the local Mexican restaurant. Dan was on wrecker duty that evening, so we called it an early night and I headed back to Madison.


For Sunday, I had vowed to follow a "proper" recovery plan after the half-marathon and do nothing but rest and maybe "enjoy" an ice bath, but with the weather being as nice as it was (65F, sunny, mild breeze), I couldn't pass up the opportunity to sneak-in a final bike ride with my co-worker Dan (not the same Dan from Lake Mills). We had planned to do a ride the previous weekend, but things didn't work out... thankfully we were able to get together this weekend!

Dan had heard about a bike trail that ran from Madison to Monroe and included a journey through a train tunnel. It sounded odd but intriguing, so we met-up at Dan's house at around 1pm and hit the trail, headed south.

After riding about 18 miles south of Madison, we arrived at the tunnel's entrance:

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It was pretty interesting - the temperature outside of the tunnel was a solid 10-degrees lower than it had been on the previous portion of the trail. Granted, it was shady in the area, but it was odd that the temperature was so drastically different.

We turned on our lights (and phones for extra light) and proceeded through the 1200-foot long tunnel, which was absolutely pitch black inside. It was cool and a little eery.

Here we are making our way to the other side of the tunnel:

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I have to admit that I wasn't sure what to expect on the ride - I wasn't sure why Dan was so excited to go see the tunnel, but after visiting it I'll be the first to admit that the tunnel was extremely neat. Dan read that the tunnel was built in the mid-1800s, which made things even more cool. I'd love to go back through there with better lighting so that we could see what the inside looked like. With our minimalist lighting, we didn't get to see much other than a small patch of gravel directly in front of our tires. The sound of pigeons cooing around us was a bit unnerving because we didn't realize they were pigeons until after the fact. They sounded a bit like ghosts... :-)

Here we are on the other side of the tunnel - you may recognize Dan from previous photos/entries - he also did the Tyranena Bike Ride with us (back in October):

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With daylight fading quickly, we decided to turn around and head back to Madison; when all was said and done, we had covered just over 35 miles - not bad for a final ride of the season, and definitely not bad for an early November! Not what I had planned for a "restful kickoff to recovery," but it was definitely worth it.

When I got home, I donned my compression recovery gear, had dinner, and went to bed extremely early. Not a bad weekend, and even though I didn't do a fish fry, I didn't really miss it too much (nor did I crave it). ;-) I'll do my best to catch-up on some fish frys over the winter, but I really want to focus on good nutrition during the off season, so the reviews might not be as frequent as they were last year.

Enjoy your week - I'll check-in again soon. I'm looking forward to a quiet week (light exercise only (swimming, lifting) - no running until Friday).

Onward and upward

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Cost of Sirius Stock in November 2008: $0.11/share
Value of Sirius Stock as of today: $1.55/share
Knowing that you outsmarted the "experts": Priceless.

Now if only I had a bunch of worthless investments that have earned a "steady" 1% return because they're old school and "feel safe." Oh wait, I do. Ugh.

The Blue Moon is one of those "local bars" that's developed an almost cult-like following by a very dedicated group of patrons, which can result in a double-edged dilemma: it's great to be popular, but it's challenging to manage "supply and demand."

Trying to score both a parking spot and a seat at the Blue Moon is a major hurdle, especially on Friday nights or on Badger game nights. The Blue Moon is located within a stone's throw of the campus, and as such the building is tiny; the parking lot even tinier. And don't even think about trying to land street parking -there are three additional restaurants within a block, all of which share the parking/space challenges that Blue Moon does.

I had made arrangements to join my friends Jed and Jamie for dinner at the Blue Moon, but I worried about the parking and seating... So when I managed to find a parking spot in Blue Moon's lot and acquire a small "high top" table in the bar area, I knew that everything was likely to be ok. And, with luck clearly on our side, Jed and Jamie arrived within a few minutes and reported that they had also landed a parking spot without drama.

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The Blue Moon was crowded - there were plenty of folks wrapping-up the work week with a beverage or six - the grille was hoppin', and the waitstaff was jumpin'. Our waitress immediately stopped by to grab our drink orders and promptly returned with three fresh brews. She asked if we had any questions about the menu and wondered if we might be ready to order. Jed and Jamie were browsing the burger options (Blue Moon is famous for its burgers); I was considering my fish options. We placed a preliminary order for some cheese curds and waffle fries.

Our friendly waitress delivered our appetizer order to the grille and we continued to consider our menu options. Within ten minutes, our appetizers arrived and looked absolutely scrumptious. The Blue Moon may be famous for its burgers, but they apparently know a thing or two about fryer operation:

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The curds, while not homemade, were stellar. They had a light golden-brown breading that delicately covered a mixture of white and yellow cheeses. They were fried to perfection and free of any excess grease; the cheese was perfectly chewy, the breading crisp, and everything finished with just a hint of salt. The ranch was also spectacular.

The waffle fries were equally excellent - crispy, piping hot, and sprinkled with a hint of season salt. I do enjoy a waffle fry - they hold the perfect amount of ketchup, and the texture is a nice change of pace from the standard fry.

Our waitress stopped by again to take our orders - Jed and Jamie went the burger route; I went with the baked cod. Other fish options included fried cod, fried walleye, or fried perch (which was on special this evening). Having pre-filled my gut with fried goodies, I figured the baked fish was the more responsible route to take.

Within ten minutes, our entrees arrived, which is no small feat considering how busy the place was and how small the grille/kitchen area is. The burgers looked phenomenal - the cod looked "interesting."

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I cut into the huge piece of baked cod and was immediately pleased by the texture, look, and feel. The fish was flaky and light, and there wasn't a hint of grease or excess water anywhere. Fearing that it might be dry, I carefully took a bite and was pleased to discover that it was still quite moist and really delicious. The only problem: it was lukewarm at best.

But, therein lies a hidden "win" - even though the baked cod was cool to the touch, it was still quite excellent, and I had no problem wolfing it down with complete pleasure and enjoyment. The seasoning was perfectly balanced and the light crisp from the flattop grille was a nice touch. Blue Moon definitely uses some quality cod.

The garlic mashed potatoes were chunky and good; they're the only option when you order the baked cod. I was happy that they didn't drench everything in butter as well.

The burgers were reported as "good" - a bit over-cooked, but still tasty. We wrapped-up our meal with a final beverage; our waitress was spot-on the entire time. The bill came, and it was more than reasonable: $10 for the baked cod plate, $6-ish for the burgers. Plastic-users take note: the Blue Moon is a cash only joint. No cards accepted.

Blue Moon = WIN

Service = 4.25 stars (really good - spot on, responsive, friendly)
Food = 3.5 stars (everything was stellar; fish was lukewarm, which "cost" 1 full point)
Value = 3.75 stars (more than reasonable)
MISC = 2.5 stars (limited parking, limited seating)

In summary: I'd definitely recommend trying the Blue Moon fish fry; I've had the burgers in the past and really enjoyed them too, so this is definitely a "safe bet" place for dinner. Be sure to order something from the fryer as well - you'll be glad you did (although your cardiologist may not be as thrilled).

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