It started innocently enough on Facebook earlier today.
My friend Gary shared a link to the Tap ‘N’ Run 4K, a series of short races in the Midwest in which the runners dress in costume and stop for beer along the way.
“It’s like they developed this event just for me!” Gary said.
I saw that and said “You’ve not heard of the Beer Belly Two?”
The Beer Belly has been a Green Bay tradition for the last 23 years, offering beer, root beer or water at rest stops along the two-mile course.
Until this year, that is.
“Beer Belly doesn’t let you drink during the race anymore,” Gary’s friend wrote.
Sad but true. Even though there had never been a problem in any of the previous 23 years, the authorities nixed the beer on the Beer Belly course for this morning’s race. Oooh, it violates the open container ordinance, they fretted. Oooh, there might be underage drinking, they fretted.
Which comes as no surprise from a community that also has banned skateboarding downtown.
We now call Mr. Dave Edmunds to the stand.
I’m tired of you telling me what I ought to do
Stickin’ your nose in my business, don’t concern you
It’s my own business, it’s my own business
Seems like the ones that want to tell you
They don’t ever know as much as you
“It’s My Own Business,” Dave Edmunds, from “Tracks On Wax 4,” 1978. It’s out of print but is available digitally.
It’s a cover of a little-known Chuck Berry song off his “Fresh Berrys” LP from 1966. It covers some of the same ground as “Too Much Monkey Business,” another of my fave Chuck Berry tunes from 1956.
Please visit our other blog, The Midnight Tracker, for more vintage vinyl, one side at a time.