Saturday, March 04, 2006

Madison, Wisconsin anecdote

Tonight the lovely Mrs. Jib and I went to a comedy club on State Street in Madison with a couple of friends. We all had a good time. If you ever get the chance to see Willie Farrell perform, I highly recommend it because the guy was excellent. At one point he twisted the words of an entomologist into the logic that we must destroy all mosquitos because that would destroy the frog population, which would in turn make the French extinct (you had to be there, really). When we left, we wanted to have a night cap. The first bar we went to was packed, so we started to go further up State Street when we were stopped by a young woman. She handed my friend Chris a coupon and urged us to go to Pizzeria Uno for a drink because we'd be able to pay a $5 cover charge to get in and buy our drinks. How did we stand to benefit from this $5 cover? Well, the proceeds were going to go to fighting the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. We politely thanked her and headed in the opposite direction. About a half block away, my buddy said, "yeah, we are four conservatives...and Pizzeria Uno wanted our business tonight?"

Private business can take whatever stands they want, and I'm sure this one might be somewhat popular in Madison, but on a quiet night like tonight was, do you really want to turn away business that may not be interested in contributing to a cause?

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