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(Lacrosse Tribune)   Signs of Summer in Wisconsin...a little backyard grilling, hitting up some of the local hometown festivals, watching a man on a lawn tractor get arrested for OWI outside a Walgreen's - wait, what?   (lacrossetribune.com) divider line 195
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2012-05-29 10:35:38 AM  
Growing up, we had an old guy in the neighborhood who would drive his riding lawn mower ten blocks or so to the bar. We would see him driving down the sidewalk then a few hours later come back the other way, often hanging over the side of the cart. We usually laughed at the situation and figured it was better than him driving a car back and forth.
 
2012-05-29 10:49:25 AM  
Mommy I got an OWI.
 
2012-05-29 10:52:37 AM  
Classic. And not just in the Midwest. I'd find it hysterically funny, until I realized that a lawn tractor is probably more dangerous than a car in the hands of a drunk - people are less likely to take it seriously, and cars don't have sharp spinning blades underneath. (Although if they did, that would be awesome!)
 
2012-05-29 11:03:31 AM  
Dont forget the root beer and fried cheese curds.
 
2012-05-29 12:40:04 PM  
Subby's obviously not a Wisconsinite. If subby was, it wouldn't even give subby pause when hearing about these things.
 
2012-05-29 01:39:30 PM  
All right, I'm calling it now:

Any future use of the ".... wait, what?" meme in a Fark headline is officially a Cliche Foul.

/put it with the traps, mustard man and all the rest.
 
2012-05-29 01:39:43 PM  
What's he going to do? Plow into a school bus and kill 30 kids?

I don't think so.
 
2012-05-29 01:40:28 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: What's he going to do? Plow into a school bus and kill 30 kids?

I don't think so.


Of course he's not gonna plow into them. It's a lawnmower, not a plow.

Come on, keep up.
 
2012-05-29 01:41:44 PM  
"I'm like a choco-holic, but for booze."

-69 year old Jackson, WI resident

/On Wisconsin!
 
2012-05-29 01:41:50 PM  

Cyclometh: AverageAmericanGuy: What's he going to do? Plow into a school bus and kill 30 kids?

I don't think so.

Of course he's not gonna plow into them. It's a lawnmower, not a plow.

Come on, keep up.


I thought it was a Gator.
 
2012-05-29 01:43:10 PM  
Gramps was a Toroist!
 
2012-05-29 01:43:15 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: Subby's obviously not a Wisconsinite. If subby was, it wouldn't even give subby pause when hearing about these things.


^^ This ^^

Sad to say, the only articles I read on WI DUIs are about those in the double digits.
 
2012-05-29 01:43:29 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Classic. And not just in the Midwest. I'd find it hysterically funny, until I realized that a lawn tractor is probably more dangerous than a car in the hands of a drunk - people are less likely to take it seriously, and cars don't have sharp spinning blades underneath. (Although if they did, that would be awesome!)


You know you don't HAVE to turn those on. But force of habit and all...
 
2012-05-29 01:43:46 PM  
OWI?!?

wtf?...goes to google...damn midwest.
 
2012-05-29 01:46:21 PM  

bikerbob59: Sad to say, the only articles I read on WI DUIs are about those in the double digits


Unless you kill someone or do it in spectacular fashion like this guy you don't even get a write up before the fourth or fifth.
 
2012-05-29 01:47:24 PM  
 
2012-05-29 01:49:51 PM  

themanuf: OWI?!?

wtf?...goes to google...damn midwest.


Operating Without Intelligence.
 
2012-05-29 01:51:04 PM  

themanuf: OWI?!?

wtf?...goes to google...damn midwest.


In college there were rumors of kids getting OWI's riding their bikes home from the bar. Seriously, you can't win, even when you try to do the right thing.
 
2012-05-29 01:51:12 PM  
www.thesharkguys.com
 
2012-05-29 01:52:26 PM  
Yeah, I mean, outdoor grilling in May? It's still the middle of winter in Wisconsin.
 
2012-05-29 01:52:56 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: and cars don't have sharp spinning blades underneath.


Speak for yourself.
 
2012-05-29 01:53:24 PM  
That's a fairly midwestern event. You'd have to throw in fried walleye, cheese, and an unusual affinity for bratwurst to narrow it down to Wisconsin.
 
2012-05-29 01:55:14 PM  

themanuf: OWI?!?

wtf?...goes to google...damn midwest.


Indeed. It seems more like an airport code than a reference to drinking...
 
2012-05-29 01:55:51 PM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Yeah, I mean, outdoor grilling in May? It's still the middle of winter in Wisconsin.


i2.kym-cdn.com

/hot like Wisconsin in May
 
2012-05-29 01:56:09 PM  
I'm spending my summer in Wisconsin and I have to say there is little in terms of activities here that doesn't involve booze (and by booze I mean beer).
 
2012-05-29 01:58:59 PM  

SirEattonHogg: I'm spending my summer in Wisconsin and I have to say there is little in terms of activities here that doesn't involve booze (and by booze I mean beer).


Yeah... that's kind of the thing about here. Try working summers in the Dells; it will help foster an irrational hatred of all things Illinois.
 
2012-05-29 01:59:01 PM  

yadumey: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Yeah, I mean, outdoor grilling in May? It's still the middle of winter in Wisconsin.

[i2.kym-cdn.com image 363x310]

/hot like Wisconsin in May


Well, it's breezy and 74 degrees in Jackson, WI today, but highs will be in the 50s for most of the rest of the week. Not winter, but not grilling weather either. Well, maybe in WI it is.
 
2012-05-29 02:00:08 PM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: Steve?


Oh man, thanks for that!

"I think I crapped my pants!" Yeah, probably buddy.
 
2012-05-29 02:00:30 PM  
Or as we call it here in Madison, Wisconsin... Tuesday.
 
2012-05-29 02:02:43 PM  
In my hometown that was a sure sign that someone got a DUI was the lawnmower drive of shame. Even worse seeing a 60 year old man on a GoPed... Ahh the good old days!
 
2012-05-29 02:03:17 PM  

Ken VeryBigLiar: SirEattonHogg: I'm spending my summer in Wisconsin and I have to say there is little in terms of activities here that doesn't involve booze (and by booze I mean beer).

Yeah... that's kind of the thing about here. Try working summers in the Dells; it will help foster an irrational hatred of all things Illinois.


This. I hate those people, but I love their money.
 
2012-05-29 02:04:17 PM  

LeroyBourne:
In college there were rumors of kids getting OWI's riding their bikes home from the bar. Seriously, you can't win, even when you try to do the right thing.


I think calling a cab or having a DD would be considered the right thing, not weaving your 10 speed down the interstate.
 
2012-05-29 02:05:29 PM  

Ken VeryBigLiar: SirEattonHogg: I'm spending my summer in Wisconsin and I have to say there is little in terms of activities here that doesn't involve booze (and by booze I mean beer).

Yeah... that's kind of the thing about here. Try working summers in the Dells; it will help foster an irrational hatred of all things Illinois.


Try living in Illinois. It will do the same thing.

/nothing irrational about it...
 
2012-05-29 02:07:32 PM  
OWI
DWI
DUI

How many acronyms are used to describe the same thing?
 
2012-05-29 02:08:38 PM  

SirEattonHogg: I'm spending my summer in Wisconsin and I have to say there is little in terms of activities here that doesn't involve booze (and by booze I mean beer).


You trying to say there's activities to do here that DON'T involve alcohol? The hell you say! Anything can be done with beer in Wisconsin. Hunting, fishing, driving, biking, cooking, lawnwork, shoveling, plowing, all forms of farm work, any kind of get together, camp fires, sledding, etc. You name it we'll do it with beer!
 
2012-05-29 02:10:22 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: Subby's obviously not a Wisconsinite. If subby was, it wouldn't even give subby pause when hearing about these things.


Born and raised, sucka. In other parts of the U.S., it's golf carts. Up here, it's lawnmowers. Thought I'd shed a little light to others who don't understand the awesomeness of drunkenly operating your riding lawnmower.
 
2012-05-29 02:10:39 PM  
On wisconsin
/wishes it was still winter here
//it was in the high 80s low 90s all memorial day weekend
///love sitting in the air conditioning
 
2012-05-29 02:10:44 PM  
his nickname has to be possum or no show
 
2012-05-29 02:10:51 PM  

animal900: LeroyBourne:
In college there were rumors of kids getting OWI's riding their bikes home from the bar. Seriously, you can't win, even when you try to do the right thing.

I think calling a cab or having a DD would be considered the right thing, not weaving your 10 speed down the interstate.


Why does doing the right thing have to involve being in a car? In what college town is one required to take the interstate to get from the college bar back to the college housing?
 
2012-05-29 02:11:08 PM  
www.bfi.org.uk

I can't get a license because of my eyes, I don't ride the bus, I don't like ridin' in other people's cars.

But you don't need a license to drive a Slow Moving Vehicle.
 
2012-05-29 02:12:30 PM  

animal900: LeroyBourne:
In college there were rumors of kids getting OWI's riding their bikes home from the bar. Seriously, you can't win, even when you try to do the right thing.

I think calling a cab or having a DD would be considered the right thing, not weaving your 10 speed down the interstate.


If I'm blasted, yes, a cab will be fine. I also blew a .079 after 2 vodka tonics over the course of 2 hours, past all the song and dance on the side of the rode just fine, and I'm pretty sure I could operate a bike. I should have clarified better about 'the right thing.'
 
2012-05-29 02:13:33 PM  
So what? In Newcastle,Tx.(pop. 600,+/-),a John Deere riding mower is envied as
the Cadillac of beer runs.Hook on a small trailor and you got a stretch limo to haul the in-laws so they can buy. Wisconsin got nuthin on small town Texas.
 
2012-05-29 02:16:35 PM  
Seems normal to me. Walgreens had a big beer sale for Memorial day weekend. He's drinking beer and runs out. His wife thinks he's too drunk to drive and hides the car keys. So he hops on his other ride and takes off. There are cops all over the place looking for some "revenue enhancement" and a guy driving a lawnmower down the road would stand out.
 
2012-05-29 02:18:12 PM  
Squad car video shows the man on the lawn tractor motioning for police to go around him when an officer pulled up behind him Sunday evening.

Awesome.
 
2012-05-29 02:20:59 PM  

JackieRabbit: yadumey: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Yeah, I mean, outdoor grilling in May? It's still the middle of winter in Wisconsin.

[i2.kym-cdn.com image 363x310]

/hot like Wisconsin in May

Well, it's breezy and 74 degrees in Jackson, WI today, but highs will be in the 50s for most of the rest of the week. Not winter, but not grilling weather either. Well, maybe in WI it is.


We grill out in the middle of winter so mid 50s is balmy.
 
2012-05-29 02:22:00 PM  

max_pooper:
Why does doing the right thing have to involve being in a car? In what college town is one required to take the interstate to get from the college bar back to the college housing?


The bike was used because clearly it was too far to walk (otherwise they would have), and the suspect was too intoxicated to operate a vehicle. No one is required to do anything, but this person chose to put themselves, and others, at risk by using a bicycle on the road while drunk. The law is very clear about this.
 
2012-05-29 02:24:44 PM  
my property in Texas was in a dry county up until a few years ago. We got in trouble riding our four wheelers on highway seven to the next county to get beer. In our bright drunken minds, we wouldn't get DWI's on four wheelers. Luckily, the game warden who pulled us over on our return trip with the beer knew us and that we were drunk and let us go.
 
2012-05-29 02:25:34 PM  

wambu: OWI
DWI
DUI

How many acronyms are used to describe the same thing?


Drawing a blank here, what does OWI mean?
 
2012-05-29 02:25:39 PM  

varmitydog: There are cops all over the place looking for some "revenue enhancement" and a guy driving a lawnmower down the road would stand out.


Yeah, cops, State Patrol and the county cops were everywhere this weekend. Combine the end of the month (gotta make quota if they're behind) with a holiday where it's known that people will drink a hefty amount and you get roads crawling with cops trying to make a bust.
 
2012-05-29 02:26:48 PM  

rickycal78: SirEattonHogg: I'm spending my summer in Wisconsin and I have to say there is little in terms of activities here that doesn't involve booze (and by booze I mean beer).

You trying to say there's activities to do here that DON'T involve alcohol? The hell you say! Anything can be done with beer in Wisconsin. Hunting, fishing, driving, biking, cooking, lawnwork, shoveling, plowing, all forms of farm work, any kind of get together, camp fires, sledding, etc. You name it we'll do it with beer!


this is not even an exaggeration. either we're freezing our nuts off and need a malty blanket or it's too goddamn hot and we need the cooling power of beer. even the catholic church i went to as a kid always had a polka mass in the beer tent during the church festival. everyone had a beer in hand for the service, priest included. it's honestly weird to me that there are places where you really actually get in trouble the first time you get a OWI.
 
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