It was good to see some old friends like Kay, John and Ryan.
I was also fortunate enough to meet some new friends, as well as finally meet and shake hands with Governor Doyle and Mayor Barrett. My wife and I were also able to get our pictures taken with these two men, which really made her day.
We were expecting only appetizers, but were pleasantly surprised to have a nice meal.
Then there were the usual speeches from Mayor Barrett, Joe Wineke (of the sinewy arms), Governor Doyle, Congressman Kagen, and of course, Congressman Obey, who was the keynote speaker and man of the hour.
The best two lines from the night were:
"...as homely as a basset hound on a bad day."and
"al Qaeda doesn't like compromise. The Taliban doesn't like compromise. Rush Limbaugh might not like compromise. Sean Hannity might not like compromise. But adults do."