Monday, May 19, 2008

Polka Cults

Polka is the state dance of Wisconsin and last Friday I attended my first Polka Fest in Wisconsin - it was over in Concord, between Madison and Milwaukee.

It was what I had expected - parking in the grass, lots of cute old couples in matching outfits, $6 pictures of Miller Light.

What I didn't expect was to find that Polka and Polka Boosters may be a cult.

We were sitting at the bar when we were approached by a nice old man who attempted to sell us on joining the boosters. It started out innocently - he told us about the club, the fees, the newsletter. Then he kept talking...and talking...and talking...and talking...then he tried to impress us with name dropping of random people who worked in the state...then he told us many people had asked him to run for president...then he talked about how he knew governor so-and-so and senator whats-his-name and 10,000 other people in the state...and how the residents make the laws and not the politicians...and talking...and talking...and talking...and then he tried to get $13 out of us for a CD.

It just got awkward and uncomfortable and he just talked and talked and talked.

So, do go to a polka fest. DON'T join.