Madison: Devoid of characters?

What are the things that puzzle, enrage, delight and tickle you as you go about your life in Madison?
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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby HawkHead » Tue May 21, 2013 9:43 am

david cohen wrote:Ok, this cat is on the opposite end of the political spectrum from myself, and he can be kind of a douche, but there is no doubt that Rodney Kreunen is a Character with a capital C. I don't know if he is even still alive.


I knew Rodney growing up. His son and I are roughly the same age.

Rodney was alive as of February. I ran into him at the Middleton post office.

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby Marvell » Tue May 21, 2013 11:35 am

narcoleptish wrote:Bob Lynch. Longtime Madison boxing coach/enthusiast/historian. Extremely pleasant man with a great sense of humor, endless stories, and I'd still want him on my side in a fight.


I'm taking boxing classes from him. He's awesome.

As for Keith being an asshole - whatever. Given his continued selflessness in supporting the east-side community centers, I wish everyone was as much of an asshole as him.

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby rrnate » Tue May 21, 2013 11:51 am

Hey, we need some lady characters here.

Can I submit Joanne Powers?

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby narcoleptish » Tue May 21, 2013 1:45 pm

Yes, the ladies..

Tammy, the Elvira of Williamson st.

The aforementioned Alison of the Harmony. Like her or dislike (I like her) I think she qualifies as a Madison character.

The older lady who sometimes does the hula hoop outside her house on Milwaukee st just off E Wash. She's a character.

I'm not sure if they're younger than me or not but Henry Doane and Chris Berge are definitely Madison characters.

Dennis Denure?

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby ralphie w » Tue May 21, 2013 5:44 pm

Hula hoop lady is Wendy. I work with her!

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby green union terrace chair » Tue May 21, 2013 7:32 pm

rrnate wrote:However, I will not name them here, as I think it's best that we continue to paint Jason as an old curmudgeon and I don't want to give him any tips.

Nice.

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby grumpybear » Tue May 21, 2013 8:00 pm

Denise Denure definitely qualifies for the finals of Madison Characters.

I'd like to nominate this guy who lives on the 100 W Baldwin block. However, I have no idea what his name is. He does chainsaw sculptures on tree trunks. He looks like a very thick hobbit. I love it but WTH is he doing in Madison and not some random northern Wisconsin tourist town. Long may he live on Baldwin ST.

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby gargantua » Tue May 21, 2013 9:13 pm

Uncle Gene from Bennett's Meadowood Country Club. I don't know the guy, but his ads are amusing in a Flanders-y sort of way.

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby Mad Howler » Wed May 22, 2013 1:42 am

jjoyce wrote:Dammit, I'm gonna come up with a character who's younger than me if it kills me!


Sorry, I do not think this suggestion younger than you.
Still, a very iconic character of this city.

Art Paul Schlosser

By gum, he even has his very own wiki page!!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Paul_Schlosser

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby jjoyce » Wed May 22, 2013 10:28 am

Are there differences between weirdos, clowns and characters? I think there are.

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed May 22, 2013 10:50 am

jjoyce wrote:Are there differences between weirdos, clowns and characters?
Weirdo is too generic -- most everyone I know is weird in some way. But yes, I would argue that a character is someone who is actually fun to encounter and interesting to talk to you. A good character should have interesting stories to tell and make you glad when you encounter them. Clowns are people best avoided.

rrnate wrote:I think it's best that we continue to paint Jason as an old curmudgeon and I don't want to give him any tips.

Between his views about lawns posted on TDPF and his plea for people to not dress like such slobs I saw on Facebook the other day, I don't think he needs any help from anyone else when it comes to being an old curmudgeon.

Oh, and if you're gonna nominate people for character status, you ought to at least spell their names right. There may be a C in Schinker, but there ain't one in Shinky.

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby jjoyce » Wed May 22, 2013 11:23 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:his plea for people to not dress like such slobs I saw on Facebook the other day


Hey! Don't bring my FB business into here.

But speaking of sartorial characters, there's a dude around downtown I like to call Aged Hipster. He's a little slow moving and grizzled in appearance, but wears red skinny jeans. I don't know anything about him other than that. Might be a character.

If decrying the rise of flip-flop nation is curmudgeonly, then I wear the badge proudly.

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby Endo Rockstar » Wed May 22, 2013 11:43 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
Oh, and if you're gonna nominate people for character status, you ought to at least spell their names right. There may be a C in Schinker, but there ain't one in Shinky.


schit. You're right.

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed May 22, 2013 12:03 pm

jjoyce wrote:Hey! Don't bring my FB business into here.
If this is some real thing, I will most certainly respect your wishes. But how is it really any different from mentioning anything else about folks-around-town in this thread? You aren't one of those people who thinks what they post on Facebook is somehow private, are you?

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Re: Madison: Devoid of characters?

Postby Mad Howler » Thu May 23, 2013 2:13 am

jjoyce wrote:Are there differences between weirdos, clowns and characters? I think there are.


Your question advances a notion in my mind.

This notion suggests that the case I mentioned above is temporal.

I saw AP on the public access channel back in the late 80's. Being the punk kid I was I thought - "weirdo".

Over intervening years I have remembered AP and laughed at my memory of this "clown" - or shared laughter with others who remember this "clown".

In the end, we remember.

I recognized quite recently that AP still maintains a voice.
This durability should push him a bit closer to "character".
Don't ya think?


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