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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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101. "Canoes for a Cause" works for a clean river
On Saturday, June 29, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and the Milwaukee Riverkeeper invite people to help clean up the Milwaukee River as part of Leinenkugel's "Canoes for a Cause" program.
102. Cramer-Krasselt employees bring their parents to work
This past Friday, in an attempt to close the generational gap, Cramer-Krasselt hosted their first-ever Bring Your Parents To Work Day.
103. Girly Skrillex
Ever the Madonna-esque fashion chameleon, Lindsay takes the plunge and goes in for the trendy half-shorn Skrillex haircut.
104. Six Flags has a confusing carding policy
Since turning 21 two years ago, I've never been refused alcohol because my driver's license is vertical. Until I went to Six Flags last week.
Tagged with: six flags drinking
105. In praise of great fathers
In honor of Father's Day, it seems right to sing the praises of the men who step up and step in for their children. Great fathers aren't just men who get the bills paid and remember to lock the doors every night. They aren't just men who show up to basketball games and band performances.
Tagged with: father's day dads
106. Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor?
The Edward Snowden case is a fascinating look at the changing political climate in America. People who base their political outlooks on the Constitution are up in arms. The outrageous invasion of privacy is nothing new but is, all the same, alarming. I cannot support any policy that allows the government to freely spy on Americans not suspected of a crime.
107. "You are the director of your life's story"
On the heels of presenting the Waukesha County Business Alliance Top 10 Businesses of the Year Awards, I want to share with our readers this week some pearls of wisdom from columnists, authors and consultants Susan Marshall and Susan Wehrley.
108. In the belly of the PETA beast
Tuesday marked my one-year anniversary as a vegetarian. I successfully went an entire year cutting out meat and fish from my diet. Since I'm not crazy, I allowed myself the luxury of dairy products. In all honesty, it was a difficult transition.
Tagged with: PETA PR vegetarians
109. Urban spelunking: Imagining a different city
Many older Brew City neighborhoods - Walker's Point, Bay View, the East Side - have traces of the kind of row house culture that defines many East Coast cities. But row upon row of townhouses never really seemed to catch on here. Still, you can see hints of the row house trying to sprout up in Milwaukee.
110. Losing trust in the government
At first, it seemed people that didn't trust the government lived in isolated rural outposts and were survivalists hell bent on avoiding taxes. There was a certain stigma attached to being a government dissenter. Alas, images of tin foil hats and mysterious black helicopters are easy to envision.
Tagged with: IRS Benghazi DOJ AP
111. An unexpected detour on the County Grounds spurs reflection
Out for a walk this weekend on the County Grounds, I came across the old Milwaukee County Asylum Cemetery. Considering how many folks were walking, jogging and biking past the little stand of trees with a mulch path, a couple benches and a historical marker, many of you have seen it, too.
112. A quick guide to Milwaukee's best beaches
Here is a quick guide to some of Milwaukee County's best beaches, so you can soak them up enough to last the whole year round.
113. Ballet Beautiful
After two weeks of teeth-gritting exercise courtesy of Mary Helen Bowers' "Ballet Beautiful" DVDs, I now see that ballet dancers are warriors on pointe.
114. State Fair unveils new food competition
Are you ready for the Wisconsin State Fair's newest food competition? Introducing ... the Sporkies!
115. Tornadoes are terrifying
It seems like every week, sometimes more than once, we're grieving something awful.
116. Kramp will rhyme for cash
When Jack and Nick Packard, the creative team behind FunnyOrDie.com's "Bowling Trick Shots" videos contacted me and wanted to film something fun I was a bit hesitant. After some convincing to get me in front of the camera we headed out and filmed some creative ideas.
117. Rediscover Milwaukee neighborhoods with GeoTour
Don't be scared away by the high-tech sounding name. Geocaching is just one big scavenger hunt, and it's easy enough for all ages to partake. Already attracting more than 5 million participants around the world, this treasure-hunt meets hide-and-go-seek pastime just got more interesting and more accessible for Milwaukeeans.
118. Rise in transit tides lifts all boats
Everyone wants to be able to get around a city easily. It's simple in stuff. Cities need bike lanes, roads, side walks, taxis, rail, trolleys, busses and other forms of transit to move people from here to there.
119. What I miss the most
I have been kind of out of commission for more than 40 days with a health difficulty and it's been a real long haul. I think I'm in the final couple of weeks before I get to go home, but lately I've been thinking a lot about what things I miss the most.
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120. Kramp for sale
My name is Brian Kramp. Here's the real story. This is first installment of The Kramp Cast. Listen each week as I bring quality broadcasting back to your ears in a weekly podcast.
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121. The era of manufactured bigotry
As I said weeks ago, I fully support gay rights. To me, there is no sensible reason to deny someone happiness, regardless of sexual preference. However, that is my personal opinion. I am entitled to it, but it isn't more or less valuable than the opinion of anyone else. I accept that people may have social views that differ from my own, and I appreciate their right to have these views.
122. More Zipcars boost Milwauk-ability
As we speak, on the tip of the triangle at North Avenue and Ivanhoe Place, in front of Hooligan's, Mayor Tom Barrett, Ald. Nik Kovac and Jim Plaisted, of the East Side Business Improvement District, are announcing a new partnership with Zipcar that will put a Zipcar station in the parking lot behind the U.S. Bank on Farwell and North.
123. I vote for AnnieCare
I am one of those people who are interested in health care issues and all the arguments about what kind of health care we should have in this country. Farmer/Physicians Blue This and Green That. Let's even forget Obamacare, although I kind of like that one. I vote for AnnieCare.
124. Rollercoaster ride of assessments upsets my stomach
Living in the City of Milwaukee has provided a rollercoaster ride of assessments since I bought my house a decade ago. You've likely experienced the same. On Saturday, we got our new assessment and found it had dropped another 8 percent and our home is now assessed at less than we paid 10 years ago. That's depressing.
125. Get naked at the Korean spa
I took part in a beauty ritual of the Korean Day Space in Oahu before a red-eye home. The experience not only beautified my outside, but did something powerful to my self-awareness and self-esteem, too. And did I mention I was completely naked the entire time?