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Brett: Farve or against? | Page 4 INSIDE

Swine flu for the layman | Page 5


Movies — "In the Loop" | Page 7




Craigslist rant | Page 10


➤ Oktoberfest schedule | Page 11 Tweets from the streets | Page 11

Volume 9, No. 182 | October 1, 2009

What happens when 20 poets inspire 20 artists? Find out in the new Pump House exhibit ...

Photo by Teri Talpe

In their words: How this poem led to this photo THE INSPIRATION: "Here, there is a search for understanding, and a sense of being lost within solitude and reflection. She is amidst learning that discovery means to keep your senses vigilant, and wait for the world to offer itself to you." — Christopher Keller, poet THE INTERPRETATION: "Initially, I thought a bandana was absolutely indispensable. However, the photo that I chose as my response to the poem is the farthest thing from my original intentions. Much like darkroom work, the final image revealed itself at the end. I’d like to thank Chris for his words, which led me to the courage to let go of the bandana. Just as his title predicted, the answers were found in the stones." — Teri Talpe, photographer


There is your answer, where the stones are kept By Christopher Keller

A woman wearing a bandana is praying from the front pew of a church. She is thinking of the same things again, a deserted home with a fallen chimney, the chest high remains filled with cement, her father pulling railway ties from the mouth of the soil with no need for language or help even as the sky strained the moon and stars from night. She was shuffling stones in her hand beneath creek water, with the pocket on her dress still unworn. There was someone saying, sometimes the stones need to find you.

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L'Editor Eight weeks ago, Second Supper printed a Wisconsin vs. Minnesota issue that examined the rivalries these border states have with each other. It was an idea we had sat on all summer. Us Upper Midwesterners aren’t too keen on conflict, but there were rumors that our beloved Brett Favre was flirting with the Minnesota Vikings, and as Wisconsinites were deeply appalled by the prospect. The very idea was preposterous, insulting and vain — but so was Second Supper and we wanted to time our cover just right. We waited on “news reports” that bubbled up from the usual sources, and when Favre called a conference to announce he was staying retired, we went ahead and printed our paper. Boy, were we duped. Fast forward one month and Brett Favre is wearing purple. Hey, I can’t knock the guy for wanting to skip training camp (I’ve been there; it sucks), but he could learn a thing or two about rising tension. That whole “Hamlet of Hattiesburg” bit was just an effed up metaphor from the start. All Brett Favre ever wanted to do was play football, so it’s foolhardy to accuse him of personnel vendettas. But of course we do it anyway. When Favre leads his Vikings out on the Metrodome field against the Packers on Monday night, it will be football drama at its finest (and an ESPN exec’s dream). Like so many other newspapers, Second Supper got this story all wrong, but maybe that’s what makes sports feel so right. If we always knew what was going to happen, we’d have much more accurate newspapers — and I could be living in Las Vegas, a much wealthier man.

— Adam Bissen

Social Networking what book are you currently reading?: "Watchmen" tell us your guiltiest pleasure: Madden 2010 video game NAME AND AGE: Toryn Patros, 28 WHERE WERE YOU BORN?: La Crosse CURRENT JOB: Graphic designer

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Predictions for the Packers/Vikings game

1. Brett Favres blows knee in first quarter, retires at halftime, returns in the fourth. 2. Adrian Peterson outruns Forest Gump. 3. Unprecedented amount of dairy cows go unmilked. 4. Metrodome obnoxiously loud. 5. Charles Wooden intercepts a pass. 6. Packers' offensive line gives up more sacks than your drug dealer. 7. John Madden instinctively circles Favre on his home television.

Things to do in fall 1. Rake leaves. 2. Winterize your home. 3. Drink cider. 4. Break out your favorite sweatshirt. 5. Take a drive in the country. 6. Watch baseball. 7. Eat an apple pie.

Sure, you've been to three parades, downed a few too many brewskies and brats, danced like a madman to the addictive oompapa beats of Crazy George, but we're talking Oktoberfest here, man. Oktoberfest. As a matter of fact, we think you have time to squeeze in a road trip Saturday to see how Black River Falls is doing with its fledgling celebration. In only its third year, the Black River Area Oktoberfest takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Sand Creek Brewing Company, 320 Pierce St. Complete with a tapping of the Golden Keg at 1 p.m., the festival features plenty of food, including ginormous pretzels and pork sandwiches, as well as traditional German fare and a fall dessert contest. Local artisans will display their wares throughout the day, and the local high school band opens the day's musical entertainment. There also will be brewery tours, home brewing demonstrations and antique car and motorcycle show. The event is sponsored by the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce, the Black River Falls Downtown Association and Sand Creek Brewing Company. Call (800) 404-4008 or visit



We're all nosy. Admit it. We like it when people leave their drapes open and lights on so we can glimpse the decorating style as we walk or drive past. The Preservation Alliance of La Crosse's Heritage Home tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, gives you a chance to see four of the city's most interesting and beautiful old homes "up close and personal" without feeling the least bit guilty. Homes on the tour are the Smith House, 1428 Main St.; Satory House,1404 Main St.; Meyer House, 1414 Main St.; Erickson House, 210 S. 14th St. Ticket prices are $10 for PAL members and $20 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at any of the homes on the day of the tour. For info, call (608) 784-1976.

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If you had any doubt, the blustery weather earlier this week should tell you that fall is here. Or you could have checked the calendar. The changing seasons means the La Crescent Farmers Market

also is winding down. The trip across the bridge to visit the market one last time is still worth it, however. You should find a good assortment of fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, bison, naturally raised beef, egg rolls, handcrafted items such as jewelry and accessories, and more. And you always need a gourd or two for fall decorating, right? The market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 420 S. 2nd St. Mr. Blinkwill provide the entertainment. For info, call (507) 895-6569. It's never out of season to shop local, shop fresh.


It's fall. The leaves are turning. The air is crisp. There is no doubt. It's football season. That means you're worried whether the Packers will give up six sacks and rush for 0 yards, while that traitor's team runs at will on Monday Night Football. That means you're worried The Axe is in jeopardy as the University of Minnesota hosts our beloved Badgers in its new stadium. And it means you're wondering whether that UW-La Crosse football team's no-huddle spread offense is for real. Well, tickets to the Monday night game are going to cost at least $150 each on eBay, and Badgers-Gophers game is sold out, too. So the best place to get your football fix this weekend is Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex, where the Eagles open conference play against the UW-Oshkosh Titans at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Tickets are $7 for adults.


Did you think we forgot that little thing called Oktoberfest? The favorite for many is the Torchlight Parade tonight at 7. It starts at Kane and Gillette streets, moves south on Caledonia Street and ends at St. James Street. There's plenty of music left, too, including Pat McCurdy at 10:30 tonight at the Southside Festgrounds. See the schedule on Page 11.

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A Favre house divided

They share a name, but this La Crosse family isn't all about Brett

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Meet the Favres. They’re just like any other family in La Crosse — bigger than most perhaps, but divided when it comes to the NFL quarterback who shares their last name. Just three years ago, they were all Green Bay Packer fans. That was easy when Brett Favre was under center, leading the team to its best record since the Vince Lombardi era. But once he left Titletown USA and ventured first to New York and then to rival Minnesota, Brett Favre left this house divided. “It was devastating to me,” said Bill Favre, one of five sons (including Scott, CJ, Tony and Michael) in the family who still bleed green and gold. “I was a little hurt by the whole thing, but him becoming a Viking stings even more. I’d actually consider changing [my name] to Rogers now.” But Jean Favre, mother of the bunch, couldn’t drop her allegiance to Brett so quickly. Besides marveling at his prowess on the gridiron, she admires his charity work and also respects his self-deprecating personality. When Favre moved to the Jets, Jean bought a green and grey jersey. When he signed with Minnesota, she bought a purple one and became giddy with the border rivalry. “I couldn’t think of a prettier set up,” she said. “I’m not a Ted Thompson or Mike McCarthy fan at all,” Jean explained, citing the Packers’ general manager and coach. “It’s pretty much me against the family. They’re still all Packer fans. I’m not.”

Even before Brett split a fan base with his voyages around the league, the Favre surname spurred plenty of interest in Wisconsin. Bill recalled one incident where his brother Scott pretended to be the quarterback’s nephew and got the entire staff of a Madison pizzeria to shake his hand. Still, the Favre family has a set response for when people ask if they are related to the threetime NFL MVP: “Distant cousins, not close enough for tickets.” This interleague and interfamily rivalry will come to a head Monday night when the Packers travel to Minnesota for a 7:30 p.m. game that airs on ESPN. “It’s going to be a good one,” Bill said. “I’ve cheered for [Favre] for many years, but I don’t think I’m going to be cheering him on come Monday. I hope he spends more time on the turf.” But Jean is standing by her quarterback. If it was amusing during the 2008 season (she had a GO JETS sticker on her Mercedes and wore a Jets jersey for the family Christmas card), it’s come closer to home now that Favre moved to Minnesota. “Brett’s still got it. Just look at last week’s game. That was amazing; classic Favre,” said Jean, referencing Brett’s gamewinning touchdown pass with two seconds remaining. “I’m not too taken with [Aaron] Rogers anyways. So, yeah, I think the Vikings will take 'em down, and I’m looking forward to watching it.”

— Adam Bissen

If you could ask Brett Favre one question, what would you ask him?

Is it worth 12 million to get beat up so bad? — Lou Docken

Why doesn't he just retire?

Why the Vikings? Why couldn't you go to any other teams? — Jaysen Foster

I don't know? In my opinion, he's not that significant. — Carlos Maida

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By Ben Clark La Crosse has been buzzing with the return of all of its lovable college students. The students bring good intentions and a burning desire to learn with them, but there’s also something else that follows them back. Every year, we see an increase in the incidence of viral infections on campus as well as throughout the city. Of course, H1N1, or “swine flu,” the latest influenza A strain that reached pandemic levels earlier this year, needs no introduction. (Viterbo University had three confirmed cases in early September.) But with all of the media frenzy surrounding this virus, I thought it would be about time to discuss some of the basics of the virus, as well as how concerned you should be about it. In terms of how the virus operates, influenza A is one nasty little bugger, but simple. Influenza A is simply a single strand of genetic material (in this case, RNA) enclosed in a capsid made up of proteins. Surrounding this capsid is an envelope made up of proteins from the cellular membrane of the infected host cell, which the virus gains as it bursts or lyses through the cell wall and into the fluid surrounding the outside of the cell. Like all viruses, influenza A has no means of replicating its genetic material by itself and relies solely on the replication processes of the host cell to do the work for it. Once a virus enters a cell, it heads to the nucleus where it uses the host cell’s own machinery to replicate itself. Once enough of the replication has occurred and enough virus proteins are generated, the virus will assemble itself in the cell and then burst out, spreading its infection into surrounding cells. Pretty scary stuff, huh? Now, the H1N1 strain of influenza A is no different in its mechanics than that of any other strain. What makes H1N1 so … special is is that it appears to have an increased virulence. The H1N1 strain contains genetic elements not from one type of flu, but from four different types. These types include North American swine influenza, North American avian influenza, human influenza and swine influenza. So now our virus has genetic elements from all four different subtypes of H1N1 strain. But how could this have happened if the all originated from different animals?

The answer to this is something called antigenic shift. With antigenic shift, it becomes possible for viruses that are typically specific to one type of organism to infect intermediate organisms, which in turn can pass on the virus Ho to a whole new species of hosts. For example, an avian flu strain may be able to infect another animal, say a pig or a human. This can happen without any genetic changes made to the initial virus. Now, if that virus, which crossed over from a duck to a pig, starts to infect the pig’s cells, but there is another influenza virus present (i.e. swine flu) within the same cell, the viruses can mix their genetic material and create a new strain that has the ability to infect both ducks and pigs readily. In essence, this is how we ended up with our strain of H1N1. While a lot of people believe that H1N1 is some relatively new strain, the truth is that it has quite a history. The 1918 flu epidemic was caused by a subtype of the H1N1 strain. This also explains why we haven’t been seeing people over the age of 65 come down with this latest strain. It’s kind of like receiving a natural vaccine — their parents were most likely infected with some form of the 1918 flu virus, and as a result of their close contact with family members who had the disease, a type of immunity most likely formed and remains with them today. The H1N1 flu strain was also there for the 1976 flu epidemic in the U.S. Currently, vaccines are being prepared to combat this new strain of flu, with the first batch due to be out the first week of October. This batch will most likely contain only live attenuated versions of the virus, which are administered in the form of a nasal spray. There may be an injectable inactivated virus version of the vaccine available, but probably not. Typically, the first batches of vaccines are given to people who are at a high-risk for infection or work in an environment in close contact with infected patients. Keep in mind that while this virus does appear to be more virulent than other flu strains, it only has a slightly increased mortality rate. It doesn’t pay to panic over the flu, but be sure to try to keep yourself healthy, especially during the coming winter months. Remember to keep up with your hygienic practices, and hopefully you’ll have a flu-free winter season … and try not to “bug” out about it!

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You've probably seen the fliers for Mark my Words, a Pump House Regional Arts Center show featuring the work of 20 poets and the visual response to the poems by 20 artists. The fliers, however, do not convey the amount of effort that went into making this thing happen. Mark my words, it took more than a slap and tickle to make this project purr. The show opens today and continues through Nov. 14. The instigator behind the project was Lynne Valiquette, who participated in and was inspired by a similar event, the Annual Poet/Artist Collaboration at Crossings in Zumbrota, Minn. "I was moved by the interaction of image and word," she recalled. She knew the Coulee Region had the talent for a similar event, so she started asking around to see if anyone else was interested. Poet/artist Nancy Ellingson was interested, as were Fay Gora, a retired English teacher; Toni Asher, Pump House director; David Krump, Pump House administrator; Marti Schwem, then artist/gallery director; Lynn Harlan, who worked on the successful Pump House doll show; and Bobi Cripe, local artist. Voila, a committee was born. They decided to have prize money involved with this shindig, so fundraising was needed. Perhaps some of you remember a poetry reading held at Barnes and Noble featuring Valiquette, Ellingson, Krump and Bill Stobb to raise money for the prizes. It was at this point that Cindy Mischnick of the La Crosse Public Library jumped aboard. The library offered to sponsor an award for the best poem and to host the exhibition at the main library from Nov. 17 through the end of the year. The committee put out a call for artists and poets. Almost 60 of each responded. Ellingson and Krump served as jurors for the poetry. Cripe and Harlan stood in

as jurors for the art. Twenty poems were selected and then, in March, sent to the 20 selected artists. The committee tried to select different media, Schwem explained. The wide mix of paintings, quilts, dolls and other work being assembled for the show early this week at the Pump House reflected its success — as did the buzz among artists dropping off their work. "They all talked about how much fun they had," Schwem said. There was some apprehension by the artists and poets, however, who did not collaborate on the pieces. "My biggest fear was disappointing the poet," said artist Becky Herlitzke, whose acrylic painting "Through the Hitchhiker's Eyes" reflects her interpretation of Patrick Randolph's poem "March Winds." "It was important that the piece would stand on its own without the poem, too," Herlitzke added, just as the poem did without the art. She said she is looking forward to meeting Randolph at the Pump House reception for the show at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. The reception will include readings from the poets and comments from the artists about their inspirations. Awards will be presented, and $1,000 in prize money distributed. Awards to be presented are The La Crosse Public Library Award for Best Poem, The Eastbank Artists Yvonne Spreiter Award for Best Art, and the Pump House Regional Arts Center Award for Best Connection (two winners). All of the awards are People's Choice, so please take the time to head down to the Pump House, see the work and cast your vote. Final ballots will be accepted during the reception Oct. 10. "I have really enjoyed working on this process," Valiquette said. "The committee has been a joy. I am anxious to meet all the artists and poets." (Roger Bartel contributed to this story.)

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MEET THE PARTICIPANTS Poet is listed first with community and title of work, followed by artist, community and medium. Bruce Taylor (Eau Claire), “Owl” Stella Voguar (Ferryville), raku ceramics Lori Kean (Mindoro), “Painting Chairs” Leisa Luis-Grill (Rochester, Minn.), mixed media Beverly Voldseth (Goodhue, Minn.) “Reading Rexroth” Josh Wolcott (La Crosse) photographs of performative sculpture Linda Newman Woito (Madison) “Demise of the Eighth Deadly Sin” Colleen Diener (Madison), mixed media Mel Loftus (Holmen), “News Conference” Cheryl Keefe (Onalaska), dolls Peter Engen (La Crosse), “Lunar Eclipse” Patricia Farwell (La Crescent and Miami), watercolor Christian Michener (Winona), “Skin” Marianne Stanke (West Salem), prints Gary Robbins (La Crosse), “Cul de Sac” Cheri Haug (La Crosse), pastels Marcia Thompson (West Salem) “The Week the Bridge Fell Down” Francie Johnson (Onalaska), quilts Marilyn Taylor (Dubuque), “Your Pretend Binoculars” John Whelan (La Crosse), colored pencil Christopher Keller (Portland, Ore.) “There is your answer, where the stones are kept” Teri Talpe (La Crosse), black and white photographs David Blackey ( La Crosse), “Odessa” ane Faella (West Salem), oils Ed Werstein (Milwaukee) “Michigan Memories” Marcia Thompson, prints Kathleen Ernst (Middleton), “Facing Forward” Monica Jagel (Ontario, Wis.), colored pencil Kyle Constalie (La Crosse) “Eucalyptus” Carole Spelic’ (Mineral Point), paper maché Robert Treu (La Crosse) “Past Sunset in the Late Wisconsin Spring” Sara Lubinski (Brownsville, Minn.), pastels Marilyn Klinkner (Galesville), “Tower-Soudan Mine” Amanda McConnell, oils and prints Lynda Pilot (Stevens Point), “Harvesting” Mary Olson (Wisconsin Rapids), jeweler Elizabeth Oness (Houston, Minn.), “Ascendancy” Carissa Brudos (Desoto, Wis.), multimedia fabric Patrick T. Randolph (La Crosse), “March Winds” Becky Herlitzke (Coon Valley), acrylic

AT A GLANCE WHAT: Mark my Words at The Pump House Regional Arts Center WHERE: 119 King St., La Crosse WHEN: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday PHONE: (608) 785-1434 ONlINE:

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In The Loop (2009) Director: Armando Iannucci Cast: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini Writers: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Ian Martin, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci Back when Second Supper pushed fake news, it was my goal with each article to write satire so thick and intelligent with creativity and wit that the humor practically dripped off the page. Rarely did the final product achieve such heights, but the goal nevertheless remained the same each time I sat down to write an article. A similar goal must have driven the writing team behind "In The Loop," a film that champions overblown characters so zany and whirlwind dialog so funny they practically stumble over one another in a race to the punchline. Many of the film's jokes fly by at blazing speed, a welcome implement that necessitates repeat viewings. For a comedy, that's a positive thing. In The movie's calculated randomness, rapid-fire dialog and multilayered satire are too much to take in the first time. This is the kind of comedy you'll want to watch again anyway. Resembling something like a methamphetamine-loving bastard child of "The West Wing" and Ricky Gervais' "The Office," "In The Loop" depicts political maneuvering as a series of glorified shouting matches. The movie highlights an ironic contradiction in politics early on, when the Minister for International Development's

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(Tom Hollander) use of the word "unforeseeable," in reference to a pending invasion in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, incites a riot of controversy. In order to repair the damage by this one careless gaff, pro-war political figures in the UK and U.S. unleash a maelstrom of equally careless and uncalculated tirades against their anti-war counterparts. There's enough lewd humor here to fill an entire season of "South Park," though to dismiss the film as a low-brow political critique intended to be offensive would ignore the many comedic elements the movie brings to the table. Rich with non-sequiturs, absurd physical comedy and outrageous idiosyncratic characters, "In The Loop" makes up for its few shortcomings with its sheer volume of humor. The result is an utterly relentless political satire that flays its subject matter with whiplashes both broad and sharp. It makes a career in politics look simultaneously like the funnest job in the world and the most absurd and useless. Though not to be taken as a deadpan procedural of political processes, the film exposes to an extent the absurdity of the machine and eccentricities

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This is one of the funniest satires of eternal damnation available. It’s not quite Dante’s Inferno and not quite a dramatic reimagining of the netherworld, but Robert Olen Butler has whipped up a thin tome that melds heavy philosophical musings on the natures of free will and omnipresent pain with bizarre portrayals of the huddled and constantly disintegrating masses of the Pit. The heady bits emerge from the adventures of Hatcher McCord, anchorman of "The Evening News from Hell." The story kicks off when he lands what is assumed to be Satan’s one and only interview. While it is assumed that the devil is omniscient and telepathic, the interview makes McCord think that this might not be so. Within the confines of very real misery he takes steps toward true freedom. The fun in this story comes in seeing everyone in Hell (and it is assumed, though never proved, all human beings are in Hell). The celebrity cameos are wide in scope and ludicrous in execution. McCord’s girlfriend is Anne Boleyn, who gives Headless Horseman fellatio and remains obsessed with Hank VIII. The newsman is escorted to Satan’s interview by J. Edgar Hoover, two of the Bee Gees and Dick Nixon, as the devil’s chauffeur. Bill Clinton is portrayed as a succubus molester, whereas George W. believes he is in heaven. Later on, when McCord and Boleyn seek out Hank VIII, they arrive at a hotel where Abe Lincoln hits on trans-

My Reality?

Medium: Literature Stimulus: Robert Olen Butler — Hell Anno: 2009 vestite Jefferson Davis and atheist Christopher Hitchens makes out with Mother Theresa while stealing her booze. What this book could have done without are the sudden italicized asides that shoot from the minds of the souls McCord encounters. Being that one of the newsman’s calling cards is a series of segments titled “Why Do You Think You’re Here?” this occasionally makes sense, but its implementation is hit or miss. Another scuffed theme is McCord’s "Christmas Carol"-like reunions with his three ex-wives. Only the first wife’s encounter carries any weight, as it profoundly illustrates the seeming inability of Hell’s denizens to say the word “love.” The latter two are flat, in various applications of the word. Where this book succeeds wildly is in its humor and humanity. As McCord’s enlightenment creeps inward, his surroundings become a place of self-fulfilling prophecies as well as delivered torment. Hell is somewhere not devoid of compassion and grace, though these things must be stolen. In Butler’s world, Heaven is a place of escape, whereas the underworld’s potential lies in the searing chaos of existence. In "Hell," the author delivers the latter. them. DJ approved, homeschool declined.

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The No-Gossip Zone (2009) Sam Chapman with Bridget Sharkey ourcebooks, $22.99 186 pages The office gossip makes his morning rounds for his daily Pass It On. He oozes into your cubicle like an oil spill, wolf-grinning with glee over what he’s about to say. You really don’t have time for him and you don’t know where he gets this stuff, but one thing’s for sure. The only thing better than hearing office scuttlebutt is repeating it. Truth be known, gossip is fun. Until you’re the target. But did you ever think that gossip might be making your workplace toxic? So, without sounding like a grouch, how can you stop the sniping? Start by reading “The No-Gossip Zone” by Sam Chapman with Bridget Sharkey. Why get rid of gossip? Doesn’t it motivate people? According to a survey done a few years ago, more than a weekand-a-half of each work year is wasted on gossip, much of it untrue. Gossip is clearly hurtful and unproductive. Although it sounds like a daunting task, you can make a difference. Start small: Stop listening to gossip and tell people not to gossip in your presence. Now imagine a workplace where communication is open and “real.” By eliminating gossip, either through verbal agreement or written contract (making all new hires sign an agreement) and by fostering completely open communication, Chapman

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believes there would be no need for anyone to prattle. All “dirty laundry” airing is done directly and face-to-face, and questions are allowed to be asked of any employee. To further open communication, encourage everyone to understand and acknowledge their emotions and to act on them in a safe way. There is no “wrong” emotion, Chapman says, and even sexual feelings can – and should – be acknowledged. And that should be enough of an indication as to why this book needs to be taken with a whole mine's worth of grains of salt. While “The No-Gossip Zone” has lots of great ideas for fostering camaraderie and for eliminating backstabbing gossip – including several really fun, common-sense plans that will make employees clamor to work for you, I had issues with the whole “open communication” thing. Yes, it’s good to get problems aired, but authors Sam Chapman and Bridget Sharkey barely acknowledge the devastatingly hurt feelings that inevitably come with the brutal honesty they advocate. Furthermore, to encourage employees to partake in screaming sessions, fits of anger (beating a pillow with a baseball bat), personal attacks-by-group (no matter how supervised) and – in a sexual situation – “retreat(ing) to a private moment in which you feel a little zing or say a little ‘woo-hoo!’” sounded pretty unprofessional to me. If you’ve got time to assess what’s right and respectful for your workplace, you might find a few worthwhile ideas on getting rid of gossip in “The No-Gossip Zone.” Overall, though, this book about not passing it on should be passed up.

— Terri Schlichenmeyer universal enough to connect with a wide audience. Government has never been so entertaining on so many different levels. Mark my words, this is a sincere contender for funniest movie of the decade.

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October 1, 2009 // 9


entertainment directory // October 1 to 7 thursdaY,

just a roadie away

October 1

Del's Bar // 229 3rd St. Rich Wooten • 10 p.m.


The Starlite Lounge // 222 Pearl St. Kies & Kompanie • 5 p.m.

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The Decemberists // Oct. 9

The Cellar (UW-L) // 1741 State St. Sean McConnell • 7 p.m.

State Theatre • $31

GWAR // Oct. 12 First Avenue • $19

Popcorn Tavern // 308 4th St S Mitgee Evers • 10 p.m.

Metallica // Oct. 13

North side oasis // 620 Gillette St. Dead Set and Darcy's Garage • 6 p.m.

Target Center • $49.50

Hot Buttered Rum // Oct. 15 Cabooze • $12

Nighthawks Tap // 401 S. Third St. Dave Orr's Damn Jam • 10 p.m.

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Mastodon // Oct. 16 Myth Nightclub • $31.50

Popcorn Tavern // 308 4th St S Shoeless Revolution • 10 p.m.

Shoeless Revolution began with an impromptu gig in La Crosse four years ago, and they've been moving bodies and fighting conventional footwear ever since. A funky ensemble with a showman's side, Shoeless has developed a healthy following in the Upper Midwest, but its hometown gigs are some of the most high-energy around. Catch them Friday night at the Popcorn Tavern. The show begins at 10 p.m. with a $5 cover charge.

Nighthawks Tap // 401 S. Third St. The Levitating Train Committee • 10 p.m.


the Jay Street Joint //324 Jay St. Chris Aaron Band w/ Bobby Bryan • 10 p.m. Onalaska Am. Legion // 731 Sand Lake Rd. The Stoney Ridge Band • 7 p.m.

Freight House // 107 Vine St. Muddy Flats and the Hepcats • 8 p.m. JB's Speakeasy // 717 Rose St. Oblivion w/ The Quick and the Dead • 10 p.m. Piggy's blues lounge // 501 Front St S. Northwoods BBQ Boys • 8 p.m. North side oasis // 620 Gillette St. Fillet of Soul • 9:30 p.m. Viterbo Fine Arts Center // 929 Jackson St.

Suor Angelica (opera) • 7:30 p.m. tHE ROOT NOTE // 115 4th St. S. Dan Collins • 8:30 p.m.

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October 3

Cavalier Lounge // 114 5th Ave N. Bumpity Boom Boom • 10 p.m.

Popcorn Tavern // 308 4th St S Moon Boot Posse • 10 p.m.

Piggy's blues lounge // 501 Front St S. Northwoods BBQ Boys • 8 p.m.

Nighthawks Tap // 401 S. Third St. Johnny Shotglass and the Hitmen Blues Revue • 10 p.m.

North side oasis // 620 Gillette St. Fillet of Soul • 9:30 p.m.

JB's Speakeasy // 717 Rose St. Levitating Train Committee • 10 p.m.

Viterbo Fine Arts Center // 929 Jackson St.


Suor Angelica (opera) • 7:30 p.m. howie's // 1128 La Crosse St. Troubleshooter • 9 p.m. the Jay Street Joint //324 Jay St. Defcon 5 & Tendrill • 10 p.m.

October 4

Popcorn Tavern // 308 4th St S Som'n Jazz • 10 p.m.

Keller Williams // Oct. 22 Varsity Theater • $22


October 5

Popcorn Tavern // 308 4th St. S. Shawn's " Moustache Monday" Jam • 10 p.m. Houghton's //1002 Jackson St. John and Mike Caucutt • 8 p.m.


October 6

Popcorn Tavern // 308 4th St S Paulie • 10 p.m. The Jay Street Joint //324 Jay St. Open Jam • 8 p.m.

St. Rose Convent // 901 Franciscan Way

Rose Ensemble • 7 p.m. Viterbo Fine Arts Center // 929 Jackson St.

Freight House // 107 Vine St. Muddy Flats and the Hepcats • 8 p.m.

Suor Angelica (opera) • 2 p.m.

Train station bbq // 601 St. Andrew St. Dan Berger's songwriters corner • 8 p.m.

The warehouse // 328 Pearl St. Sherwood, Lights Out Dancing, New Fable February, This Building • 6 p.m.


October 7

Popcorn Tavern // 308 4th St S Dave's Open Jam • 10 p.m. Del's Bar // 229 3rd St. Mike Mcabee • 10 p.m.

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(Prairie Du Chien) Jam Fusion

Oh hi, right now I am listening to the lo-fi garage punk of Thee Oh Sees, but that's not important. Instead I'm going to talk about an anonymous post on Craigslist, under the Rants and Raves section from Sept. 10, that was titled "LaCrosse Music scene." This anonymous post was written by a person who claims to be "a long time resident and a musician" who holds the sentiments of "I can honestly say I am disgusted with what is going on in this town." This person then goes on a tangent tearing apart the various establishments around La Crosse that host live music and then starts listing off several local musicians who regularly perform around town. Rarely does this agitated writer have a nice thing to say, and in several instances what was written is downright scandalous. Take, for example, this person's critique of a local bar: "I am not even wasting my time walking in this dump, even if they had free booze. The owner has become the joke of the town and a cartoon of himself. The place smells like some gay porn set. Most of the bands that do play there suck so bad about the only thing they get in return for their gig is free booze, then they get so drunk they are even worse. On a good night you may step in puke as you try to use the toilet. What a s***hole.

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And why is everything so sticky? I just love the snap crackle and pop of the PA, and the lights? HA!" Ouch! Sounds like somebody needs a hug. This person says "this town is full of losers," many of which have "given in to the Lacrosse pastime of alcohol." Whoever wrote this diatribe is obviously bitter and has a chip on his or her shoulder, but is also brutally honest about the realities perceived in the local music scene. So here is my challenge to you, anonymous person on Craigslist who has created quite the stir among the local music scene with your post: Come write for Second Supper as our local music scene correspondent. You clearly have the insight and make the rounds. That's why we want you, grumpy pants. Wouldn't it feel good (and would certainly be less expensive than the therapy you clearly are in need of) to have a cathartic release to get all your frustrations off your chest while making a name for yourself for your critiques? Don't be scared, come join us. And this goes for anybody else who posts on the rants and raves section of Craigslist. Send those opinions to us as a letter to the editor! Okaythanksbye.

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October 1, 2009 // 11

Tweets from the streets of Oktoberfest

Posted on September 25

Oktoberfest 2009 Thursday, October 1 Special Events

9 a.m - 9 p.m. — Needlework Show, La Crosse Public Library 7 p.m. — Torchlight Parade, Parade Route

Entertainment, Southside Festgrounds 4 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. — Karl & the Country Dutchmen (Polka), Garden Stage 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. — Brat Pack Radio ('80s), Main Stage 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. — Pat McCurdy (Rock), Main Stage

Entertainment, Northside Festgrounds

8 p.m.-12 a.m. — The Pinsetters 6 p.m. — Beer Tapping Olympics 7:30 p.m. — Oktoberfest Karaoke Contest Finals

Friday, October 2 Special Events

9 a.m - 5 p.m. — Needlework Show, La Crosse Public Library

Entertainment, Southside Festgrounds

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Brian & the Mississippi Dutchmen (Polka), Garden Stage 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Redline Outlaw Band (Rock Variety), Garden Stage 5 p.m.-8p.m. — Boogie and the Yo Yoz (Variety), West Stage 8 p.m.-12 a.m. — Hairball ('80s Rock), Main Stage

Saturday, October 3 Special Events

9 a.m - 3 p.m. — Needlework Show, La Crosse Public Library

Entertainment, Southside Festgrounds

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Phat Cats (Jazz), Garden Stage 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. — Jay & the Free Buffet Band, Main Stage 5p.m.-8 p.m. — Flashback (80's Classic Rock), West Stage 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — Marshal Star (Country), Garden Stage 8 p.m.-12 a.m. — The Dweebs (Classic Rock), Main Stage

A little rain did not dampen the spirits, or slow their flow, as Oktoberfest 2009 got underway with the tapping of the golden keg Friday. The skies were clear Saturday for the thousands who turned out for the Maple Leaf P-arade and a weekend of partying.

11:05 @StephanieSchultz: Baby on sidewalk in a stroller made from golden keg. (Get them started early!) 12:20 @StephanieSchultz: What's up with the new Bud Light cans looking like 7-Up? 16:49 @AdamBissen: See first ppl saving spots for parade. Hope they brought a good book ... & brandy. 17:12 @EmilyFaeth: can smell the bratwurst & sauerkraut from across the river. mmmmm tasty 20:03 @StephanieSchultz: Guy holding a pitcher of beer on his head successfully pours into a cup! 21:05 @AdamBissen: Beer pong being played under cover of night. Now that's dedication! 22:17 @AdamBissen: Spot first car going the wrong way down 3rd St. Probably won't be the last.

Posted on September 26

00:03 @BrettEmerson:Voice mail: Bring meaty soup to festgrounds & write about “Chile con Carnie.” 1:04 @BrettEmerson: Want to see what Impulse is like. Hearing Vanilla Ice is the best I can hope for. 1:17 @BrettEmerson: Guy & girl do the robot to the Ting Tings, i.e. best thing to happen while listening to TT 6:37 @AdamBissen: Nice to see Dan's Place with a sense of joy! 07:16 @JacobBielanski: God, those YMCA volunteers that cheer on racers are annoying. 07:24 @JacobBielanski: Less helpful are obese drunks that assure you "you're almost there." 07:45 @JacobBielanski: Thank God for those YMCA volunteers cheering me on. 9:45 @EmilyFaeth: drunk phone call #1 received: guess parade's going ok? 11:37 @JacobBielanski: Westby Marching Band seems way too big. Suspect director is using ringers. 18:31@AdamBissen: Dude passes out on Pearl St twice while being interviewed by cops. Rage! 22:14 @AdamBissen:Cops come upstairs for the 2nd time. 'sall good. 22:30 @JonathanMajak: saw man dressed in a toga 22:33 @JonathanMajak: was just corrected that said toga was in fact a sarong. 23:45 @JonathanMajak: have officially heard "I Gotta Feeling" one too many times

Posted on September 27

00:48 @AdamBissen:Damn. The Smokin' Bandits are sounding gooooood! 00:10 @JonathanMajak: Person passed out in parking ramp, remains more dignified than most 02:00 @JonathanMajak: friend mistook somebody asking about Brothers the bar as racial slur against me 02:33 @JonathanMajak: way too many fedoras downtown 03:02 @JonathanMajak: just walked past a couple having relations. girl giving Oscar-winning performance.

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Oktoberfest Capital Brewery Madison, Wisconsin

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Good God, am I sick! My nose is running, my throat is sore, I roll around in bed, and my skin feels like a microwaved burrito. And I’m not alone. About one-quarter of Second Supper staffers caught the flu this weekend, and I’ve heard of plenty more La Crosseians taken down by the bug. Could it be H1N1? The onset of autumn? Perhaps, perhaps — but a weekend of properly raging Oktoberfest would have detrimental effects on even the healthiest immune system. That’s just part of the beer drinking game, and I’m not looking for anyone’s sympathy here, but I do hope you’ll forgive me for what I’m going to do next. I really, really wanted to review another Oktoberfest this week, but the thought of drinking a beer right now is practically unfathomable (yeah, it’s that bad). So as a special treat, I’ve decided to reprint the very first beer review I ever wrote for Second Supper. It ran exactly two years ago this week, and I still stand by it, despite the minor tweaks in formatting. Tune in next week for fresh copy. (Did I mention Fat Tire finally came to town?) From its initial pour, the color of a turning leaf, to its first flush of apple and pumpkin sweetness, Capital Brewery’s Oktoberfest lager is a fitting beer embodiment of autumn. The Oktoberfest, a traditional

Bavarian-style lager, is a natural pick to Tasters' rankings: sip this weekend, but the American touches #1 8 out of 10 from the generally ex#2 7 out of 10 emplary Capital Brew#3 6 out of 10 ery make this one #4 5 out of 10 stand out from the #5 7 out of 10 rest. While many Oktoberfests will deaden the mouth with heavy Total: 33 malts, Capital’s finishes with a surprising blast of hops that causes a pleasant tongue-puckering for hopheads. There is a good mouthfeel at the initial sip, but this beer actually tastes better about five seconds after the swallow. It lingers in the mouth with pleasant acidity, but the faint smoked meat taste can be naturally off-putting. Among Oktoberfests this can be a common tone, but Capital pushes the lager’s traditional heaviness with an unexpected bite. As an added bonus in this merriest of seasons, I picked up a six-pack at Festival Foods for five dollars. Prost!

— Adam Bissen

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CROSSWORD Chance Collisions A random assortment, across and down By Matt Jones Across 1 Super power all about transparency 11 Baby on a farm 15 "I'm stumped" 16 Aware of 17 Like a lot of European cathedral architecture in the 16th century 18 Abbr. after old generals' names 19 Altar exchanges 20 Ear protection? 21 Hired goon 22 Network whose first broadcast was "Gone With the Wind" 23 Average scores 24 Packaging string 25 " ___ mouse?" 26 Wearing an underskirt 28 Honor stitched to some jackets 30 Board game with SLIDE spaces 31 Fortune 33 Lewis locale 36 Pict. in a book 38 Ineffectual sort 40 They'd say "like, gag me" in the 1980s 44 Title for Italian monks 45 That is, to Cicero 46 Joel of "Cabaret" 47 Class closer? 48 Honky ___ music

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35 Military planes provide it 37 Manatee's order 39 Spring holidays 40 Blood pressure, heart rate, etc. 41 Aphrodite's beloved 42 Of a period that ends in 39-down 43 Transfer an email, perhaps 49 Speed ratio 50 "Leave in," to a proofreader 53 Pai ___ (Chinese gambling game) 54 Dr.'s org. ©2009 Jonesin' Crosswords ( For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-6556548. Reference puzzle #0434.

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Divulge By Emily Faeth Like many of my twentysomething peers, I have a somewhat negative attitude toward marriage. Despite the frequency of my mother’s attempts to convince me to “find a good man to settle down with,” that’s just not something I’m even remotely interested in ... at least not at this point in my life. Maybe it has to do with my feminist indoctrination — I’m often “that girl” who catches herself railing on about how unnecessary an institution is that essentially makes one person (the woman) the property of another. Maybe it’s because none of my relationships have worked out. Most likely, though, what I usually say is the most basic truth: I’m just too young and don’t yet possess the emotional maturity to handle everything that a marriage would mean. Whatever the reason, I still managed to hold my tongue when, a few months ago, my BFF Kelly called to tell me she was engaged.

I knew what was coming, and I’ll remember the moment forever because I was drinking a beer and reading Chuck Palahniuk in my bathtub. “Will you be my maid of honor?” she asked. I took a celebratory swig and said, “Of course.” She and Blaze, her thenfiancé, had been together for practically forever, and I had figured this day would come eventually. Despite my misgivings about marriage, I resolved to be happy for them. This was, of course, before things really hit the fan. Over the next few months, I received countless frantic phone calls and emails, each regarding some minuscule detail of The Big Day. We went to Hobby Lobby and obsessed over which paper she should buy for the invitations; we theorized on the costs and benefits of fake versus real flowers. We drove to Rochester several times to deal with the most fake-nice person I've ever met in my life to have our dresses purchased and fitted. She fretted to me over the phone about how impossible it was to organize a wedding party with six groomsmen and six bridesmaids, all of whom are of varying degrees of insanity. At least I learned one thing in the event that I actually get married someday: Try to avoid planning a wedding in three months, unless you're eloping in Vegas. We went to bed the night before the wedding but didn't really sleep. Kelly's a bit on the traditional side, so she wouldn't let Blaze stay at their house the night before the wedding — I got to sleep with the bride instead. After tossing and turning for a few

hours, we headed to her parents' house to get ready. And joy of all joys: My dress actually fit. I hadn't been able to zip it up completely a few weeks prior, so I was relieved, to say the least, to get it on. The six of us got our hair and makeup done, and by 1:30 we were back on the road to Pettibone. I knew something was wrong the minute we pulled into the park. Not with Kelly, and not with the wedding site, but with me. My head started swimming, and I couldn't seem to catch my breath. Another bridesmaid, Maggie, told me to put my head between my legs for a bit and try to regain my composure. It seemed to work for a little while, but still, I knew what I was staving off. For anyone who's never had a panic attack, it can be difficult to understand. You hyperventilate. You're dizzy, and your hands go numb. Your thoughts race, and you feel like you're going to have a heart attack. You literally feel like you're dying. This is what was happening to me, on this day of all days. Me, the girl who's flippant about the pomp and circumstance of weddings, who doesn't become overemotional at this sort of thing. I was having a severe panic attack at my best friend's wedding. We got into our places at the sides of the gazebo. Nancy, who was standing beside me, knew something was wrong. But there was no going back. The crowd was seated, and the music started, and I felt my feet begin to move — I tried to breathe and simply maintain. But as I got up to the front of the

pavilion, I knew this was going to be bad. I could feel my body go into fight or flight mode. Nancy whispered, "If you need to sit down, it's OK." But I didn't. When Kelly walked in on her father's arm to the instrumental strains of "Fields of Gold," I knew I could do it. I had to. After all, this was something she'd dreamed of forever — and those dreams she'd shared with me all through our lives together. As she reached the front, I got down and adjusted her train. The ceremony was short — just the way I like them. And she and Blaze said their words so pointedly, so forcefully to one another, and I could see the love radiating between them — it gave me enough stability to hold on until the end of the ceremony. Ah, the wonders of Xanax. An hour after the ceremony, I was amazed that just moments earlier, I had been convinced I'd have to go to the emergency room. But panic attacks are weird, and so are weddings. Both grip you so tightly when you're in the midst of them that it's impossible to be anywhere but where you are at that moment. So maybe it was a lucky coincidence that my panic attack happened then: I was caught simultaneously between two things so intense that I was actually caught in the balance. I'm still hesitant about marriage. But at least I've seen that these things are real — emotions like love and fear are tangible things, and they make us able to do things that may otherwise be impossible.

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