In a few short hours, I will be boarding a plane for Florida. Whenever I visit Wisconsin, I make it a point to visit a few locations that Florida is severely lacking. The first is Menards.
Menards is a Midwest chain of home improvement stores. "You save big money" is their slogan. They have everything you need for any home improvement project, much better than Home Depot or Lowes.
Woodman's is a gigantic grocery store. They carry such a wide and diverse variety of food, that unlike in Florida, all of your grocery shopping can be done in one place. Man, I miss this place.
...and here it is. The world famous Brat Stop, the gateway to Wisconsin. It was founded by Gerry Rasmussen, a childhood friend of my father. Nearly every Durkin that ever lived either worked or drinked at the Brat Stop at some point. The Brat Stop is located within crawling distance from my parent's house.
Since 1964 The Brat Stop has hosted live music with acts like The Charlie Daniels Band, Styx, B.T.O., Cheap Trick, Foghat, The Guess Who, Nazareth, Molly Hatchet, Joan Jett, Holland, Bad Boy, Night Ranger, Loverboy, Jackyl, Eddie Money, 38 Special, Ratt, Warrant, Saxon, Tracy Byrd, Great White, Mark Wills, Jo Dee Messina, Neal McCoy, Wade Hayes, Trace Adkins, Chris Cagle, Shinedown and Sugar Land, just to name a few...
Of course, I couldn't make it very long without drawing SOMETHING, so I drew Cody, one of my nephews.