Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
Written by Pete Townshend in 1965 and recorded and released in 1968 Magic Bus has become one of The Who's most recognized songs.
Oddly-enough, this past weekend my pal Braumeister emailed me a picture taken while on vacation in the Pacific northwest.
Yes. That is the official Seattle Medical Marijuana Association set of wheels. Their Magic Bus. It seems only appropriate that a VW bus (normally associated with the 1960s counter-culture movement) be the official mode of transportation. But seriously - it's all about medical use. Right?
I was once the proud owner of 1969 Volkswagen bus - the Westfalia camper iteration. It looked exactly like this:
And I drove it all over Wisconsin, Canada and the United States. Any red-blooded college guy in the 1970s could appreciate all of the nuanced advantages of a bus that came equipped with an ice-box, sink, four-speaker Craig stereo cassette, orange shag carpeting and a bed in the back. Like I said - Magic Bus.
In any event this past weekend after several beers I found myself having a deep and sincere heart-to-heart talk with my pal Saunaman. Saunaman is a restorer of vintage autos and is in an automobile-related line of work. It matters not that he is from Canada. He is covetous of the 1968 Pontiac convertible that is in my garage resting under its protective shroud. Nor does it matter that the LeMans has become something of a hanger queen as it sports matching numbers, GTO rims, a mighty 350 V-8 and a fetching red paint job to accent the black vinyl interior. If you can wrap your head around 15 MPG when you retract the top on a sunny summer day you are home free.
He's going to keep his eye out for the VW of my youth and maybe we can arrange a trade.