By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Feb 02, 2014 at 5:26 PM Photography:

With the Super Bowl approaching kickoff, I was reminded of a CNN story from the other night about the increased demand for escorts and women of the night during the big weekend.

The story reminded me of Super Bowl XIII in Miami in 1979, which I covered. 

I got on a plane in Chicago and was seated next to a real good looking woman. She was about 30, with fair skin and dressed to the nines.

She was reading a book and interrupted her reading to say hello. We chatted a bit, and after a short time, I discovered that she was on her way to the Super Bowl to work and provide a service to some of the men there.

She was obviously fishing, and she wasn’t the least bit ashamed or coy about her services. I declined, but she didn’t seem all that upset about it.

She turned back to her book, which I noticed was a notorious book called "The Happy Hooker: My Own Story," written by Xaviera Hollander, a famous call girl and madam in New York.

I chuckled and asked her why she was reading that book. She looked at me with a smile on her face and told me why.

"Think of it as cramming for a final exam."

Ah, the Super Bowl.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.