After Hours

with Jody Glynn Patrick

August 2011

Suck It Up: I double dog dare you to tell your story, too

08/30/11

Suck It Up: I double dog dare you to tell your story, too

At 15 years of age, I quit my job as a carhop at a Dog ‘N Suds restaurant to become a “Lindy’s Chicken” girl, delivering trays of chicken parts, French fries, and root beer to car windows – all while perched on roller skates. This wouldn’t really be worth mentioning had my mother not owned the Dog ‘N Suds and despised the man who owned “that chicken hut.” Lindy’s was a converted A&W restaurant, and two root beer enterprises in one small town meant customer and employee loyalty lines were drawn in cement. I crossed that line when I defected to work for the enemy.

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Where’s a policeman when you don’t need one? Maybe on your back porch?

08/23/11

Where’s a policeman when you don’t need one? Maybe on your back porch?

I’d like to thank the Madison police officer who did a status check at my home last night. We had the perfect storm of coincidences: My husband was traveling, and when he phoned, I casually mentioned that a man was acting very erratically just behind our house. The gentleman appeared to be completely jacked up on drugs – not in a medical sense, but in a drunk sense. The man noticed me, standing on my deck, and started to approach the house, at which time I went inside and continued my phone conversation.

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“I just wanted people to come and enjoy it. That was the purpose.”

08/16/11

“I just wanted people to come and enjoy it. That was the purpose.”

I’ve listened to the Colorado Symphony play in Boettcher Concert Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the American Academy of Music, and I’ve enjoyed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center – but I’ve never heard a more professional or endearing performance than the one recently performed by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra on an outdoor stage flanked by cornfields.

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What Patrick and Nana did on our summer vacation

08/09/11

What Patrick and Nana did on our summer vacation

I really appreciated the view of Manhattan across the harbor from our top-floor hotel room in Weehawken, N.J. Ten-year-old Patrick and I both reveled at our luck in being lodged so close to the city, with such an amazing view. Then, one night while we were standing together gazing at the breathtaking skyline, the city suddenly went dark. New York simply disappeared.

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Pre-vacation obsessions, jitters, and hopes

08/02/11

Pre-vacation obsessions, jitters, and hopes

Can you all do without me for three weeks? Can I do without you? There is a disconnect, which is rare on the Web, between the time I write this blog (pre-vacation) and when you read it (weeks later, when I’m actually on vacation). I realize, in today’s world, anything could have happened in that three-week period, so I can’t really be topical. All I can do is write what thoughts I’m having today.

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IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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