Friday, May 22, 2015

Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes: The Beginning and Now


First Parade was a simple affair.  (Capital Times, June 6, 1997)

And it took place here, in 1952, on DeVolls Parkway in the Crawford Heights neighborhood on what was then the far southwest side of Madison, just south of the Beltline between present-day Seminole Highway and Verona Road.


There probably wouldn't have been any trees in the frame 63 years ago.  As one of the original residents, Harold Colter, described it in a magazine interview:
This is a new development and we won't get much protection from the elements for a long time.  The wind will howl plenty in the winter, and the sun will probably give us a beating in the summer time.
Red arrow.  DeVolls Parkway, site of the 1st official Parade of Homes
Orange arrow:  Midvale Boulevard, 2 separate sections
Yellow arrow.  Beltline
Green arrow.   Monroe Street.

Portion of Madison street map 1951   

Mr. Cotter and his family moved into this home at 4322 DeVolls Parkway.


As described in the 1997 Capital Times article:
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • den
  • living room with fireplace
  • kitchen
  • attached one-car garage
  • 'spacious' basement (unfinished)
  • 'huge' back yard

The view from across the parkway.  Looks like a great location for throwing a frisbee or playing bocce ball.


By 1997, the Parade of Home had gone upscale.
Of course, being simpler times, those first Parade homes were nowhere near the high-tech, luxury-appointed castles that dominate today's Parade.  (Capital Times)

And still dominate today, to be sure.

The Community of Bishops Bay, Middleton.  (Augusta Drive and Back Nine Drive)


The sun beats down on a treeless expanse of Back Nine Drive.

All photos by Retiring Guy

2015 Parade of Homes

The Price of Scrambled Egg Patties is Likely to Rise



And will continue to overlook.

Food Companies Fear Bird Flu May Cause Egg Shortages.  (The New York Times, 5/21/2015)
Roughly 87 percent of the birds stricken with the disease are laying hens, according to the Department of Agriculture, and many of the eggs they lay are turned into ingredients used by food businesses in things like scrambled egg patties and baked goods.
The article notes that some food processing companies are stocking up on egg substitutes.  Will they still proclaim that their products are "made with real eggs"?

Make your own egg patty at home!!!!

Monica offers this tutorial.  (She sez it's OK to use real eggs.)



Related posts:
Nearly one-third of Iowa's laying hens have now been infected with avian flu.  (5/6/2015)
Walking back the avian flu boilerplate a few steps.  (5/5/2015) 
In 2014, the ratio of slaughtered chickens to the U.S. population was 27:1.  (4/29/2015) 
Avian flu and the boilerplate that's found in every article.  (4/22/2015)
Extrapolating: More room for 5,300,000 euthanized chickens in Iowa would have meant higher egg prices.  (4/21/2015)
In the news:  What's the poop on 200,000 chicken?  (4/13/2015)

Based on the Journal Sentinel headline, I'd suggest cataloging this Rand Paul book as fiction



Book jacket credit:  Google
Quote source:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

*Who are planning to spend nearly $1 billion between now and the 2016 election to promote their agenda of "lower taxes, less government, and an end of Obamacare".  Free markets, in other words.  Their own prosperity, not ours.

I love it when they call Wisconsin a 'blue state'



FreedomWorks rating (conservative)
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin - 6%
  • Sen. Ron Johnson - 88%

Project Vote Smart (liberal)
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin - 100%
  • Sen. Ron Johnson - 0%

League of Conservation Voters lifetime score
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin - 97%
  • Sen. Ron Johnson - 7%


Related article:
The Surprising Power of Blue-State Republicans.  (The New York Times, 1/20/2015)
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who has won elections in a blue state but who also appeals to grass-roots conservatives, is one possibility.

Gotta tell ya, Nate.  It's always best to do a little digging -- in this case, to go beyond the general federal election results, to look at the colors within smaller boundaries.

2012 Presidential election results by county
37 counties in shades of red, 35 counties in shades of blue.
Source:  Wikipedia

What happens when you blend them all together?
 

No Friend to the Environment: Republican Representative Michael Burgess, Texas's 26th Congressional District


Photo sourceU.S. Congress
Text sourceThink Progress

Tea Party Caucus member Williams was re-elected to a 7th term in 2014 with 83% of the vote.

Required reading for Rep. Marchant and the constituents in his north of Dallas/Fort Worth district.

Climate Hot Map:  Dallas-Fort Worth.  (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Summers in Dallas-Fort Worth are already long and scorching, and scientists expect global warming to bring even more extreme heat to Texas.6 Unless we take steps now to reduce our heat-trapping emissions and develop adaptation strategies, air and ground transportation in this fast-growing region is likely to suffer.
4% lifetime score (3% in 2014) from the League of Conservation Voters.


No Friend to the Environment dishonor roll.

Alabama Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives.   (Their anti-environmentalism can be summed up in one world:  coal.  Which is odd, since Alabama contributes a mere 1.9% of U.S. production, good enough for an overall ranking of 13.  The state's peak year of production:  1990)  
Alaska Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
  • At-large District.  Don Young (R).   Ridiculed environmentalists as a “self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots.....not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.” 
 Arizona Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Arkansas Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
California Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Colorado Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
No House Republicans hail from Connecticut and Delaware. 
Florida Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
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 Idaho Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
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Kentucky Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Louisiana Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Maine Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Maryland Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
No House Republicans in Massachusetts delegation.
Michigan Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Minnesota Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Mississippi Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Missouri Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives 
Montana Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Nebraska Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Nevada Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
New Hampshire Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
 New Jersey Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
New Mexico Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
New York Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
 North Carolina Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
North Dakota Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
 Ohio Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
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 Oregon Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
  Pennsylvania Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
South Carolina Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
South Dakota Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Tennessee Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Texas Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives