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November 28th, 2008


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09:40 am
If you've never visited James Lileks' tribute to the grooviest motel in Wisconsin, you owe it to yourself to give it a look-see. The motel structure was razed in 2002, but the restaurant still remains, though it's empty as of now.

And for those who really like being scared, I humbly submit the animated commercial for the place. I dare you to watch and get the song out of your head in under three hours.

Frankly the commercial itself is frightfully disturbing on many levels, not the least of which is the fact that they manage to rhyme "before" with "before". My teeth can't take any more grinding, Cap'n. And that's not counting the audio sync issues.

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From:bkdelong
Date:November 28th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
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OMG you suck.
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From:amandaruth2001
Date:November 28th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
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"The windows make it look like you're inside Robin's head, looking out through his mask. "


I can't stop laughing because he's just so right. That's exactly what it looks like.
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From:amandaruth2001
Date:November 28th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Also: my kids have been playing the commercial over and over for the past 45 minutes. They even have a little dance to go with it.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 28th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
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That's awesome. And I hope they didn't aggravate you too much, or else I'd feel like some sort of Drum Set Uncle.
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From:skatiemom
Date:November 28th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
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The restaurant is gone too. I think there's a Culvers in that location now. Or a gas station. The area has turned into a shopping, fast food, gas'n'go strip because there's an outlet mall on the other side of the interstate. It's good to see the area bustling, but I wish the Gobbler and it's restaurant could have survived.

Driving past the Gobbler every time we wanted to go to Madison or the Dells or head Up North for Mr. Skatie's family reunion was a nice "heh, lookit that silly building" moment. I was pretty sad it got razed, though I understand why it happened. We took the time to drive up to it and do a circuit through the parking lot a couple of years before it was razed. It looked pretty darn rough when you got up close, the owner's weren't really maintaining it by that point. Sad.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 28th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
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James Lileks always manages to throw together the best pop culture references when he's snarking on things. I absolutely adore it. I wish I'd known about the Gobbler in 98 when I drove through Wisconsin, cause I'd totally have stopped there (like I did with The House On The Rock, etc.)


notice my completely and totally not saying anything about this supposed Day The Earth Stood Still remake since it doesn't exist in my happy universe where there are also unicorns and everybody gets all the cotton candy they can eat
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From:wahhappen
Date:November 28th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
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I love that website! I've driven past that empty lot dozens of times wishing I could've seen it for myself. So sad, that place would've really made a lot of money if they marketed it as the awesome 70s fuck palace that it was. :D
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From:mybadhairlife
Date:November 28th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm at work, so I had to watch the cartoon without sound for now.

I was disturbed on a profound level by the one flash of three turkeys engaged in suspicious bouncy motions on what looked like a water bed. These looked like porno turkeys, not family friendly cartoon mascot turkeys!
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From:spwebdesign
Date:November 29th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
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I dare you to watch and get the song out of your head in under three hours.

I took the dare and won, but then you had no way of knowing I was watching this an hour before seeing Carmina Burana in concert at the Barbican. I was humming tunes from that on my way to it!

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