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126. When does summer really end?
When the kids go back to school and we flip the calendar to September, most write off summer as being over. Not true. Here's why.
127. Make like a butterfly and change
I've always wanted to be one of those people who don't take everything so seriously; who isn't so affected by what other people do and say; who doesn't feel quite so deeply about everything. I consciously work on building a thicker skin, but alas - some personality traits die hard.
128. Five reasons I'm ready for fall
If you'd ask me any other year, I'd tell you that I don't want summer to ever end. It always feels way too short, and the prospect of six cold, dark months of winter ahead gives me the shivers before the snow even flies. But this has been a weird summer. Atypical temperature swings, a historical Brewers collapse - I've personally felt a little sluggish and a lot sweaty for a few months now. So, I might regret saying this, but I think I'm ready for fall. Here are five reasons why.
Tagged with: Breaking Bad fall Packers
129. Commitment tattoos instead of rings?
What are your thoughts on getting tattoos to symbolize your commitment to another person? Here are some people who went for it.
130. Erasing and redrawing the lines of bigotry
The media has spent the last few years doing a great job of redrawing the lines of bigotry. It used to be that action predicated bigotry. Today, simply having a religious belief that opposes gay marriage will brand you as a bigot. This subtle change is no mistake and has been effective in turning the conversation of bigotry from actions to beliefs.
Tagged with: bigotry media Obama Paul Deen
131. Five reasons Wisconsin is great for writers
Wisconsin is good for more than just beer and brats! Here are five reasons our state is great for writers, courtesy of bestselling novelist and Wisconsin native Jess Riley.
132. Weiner's sex scandal has nothing to do with mayoral race
A little harmless fun online doesn't seem quite serious enough to derail a political career. If everybody knows what's going on and nobody raises a stink except the media, then I agree with Weiner when he says he thinks New Yorkers will focus more on his message than on this other stuff.
133. Standing on the shoulders of giants
Late last year when I climbed about as high as one can climb up the City Hall tower, I lifted the metal shades that cover the windows closest to the base of the flagpole. I looked out at the panoramic view of Milwaukee and my mind immediately went to one thing. Well, to one person. I thought about my grandfather, a lifelong Milwaukeean, who passed away six years after I moved here.
134. Got Wanderlust?
I'd never been to Wanderlust, the festival that celebrates the union of yoga, music and nature until this past weekend. I journeyed to Wanderlust California for the fifth anniversary of the festival held at beautiful Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, Calif. (home of the 1960 Winter Olympics), near Lake Tahoe.
135. Here's to long hellos and goodbyes
Mike Lescarbeau, CEO of Carmichael Lynch, a branding and creative agency in Minneapolis, had a great piece last week on Huffington Post.
136. Violence shouldn't be the norm in race relations
I experienced a rather surreal moment Thursday afternoon, and I feel compelled to share it as food for thought.
137. An office away from the office
Today, over wings at the table in the Cresa Milwaukee conference room, our office broker and neighbor Steve Palec asked me, "how much has your life improved since you moved into this building?"
138. Learn the motorcycle basics with Ride Alive
Hoping to get my motorcycle license, I opted for a two-day Basic Rider Course at Ride Alive Motorcycle Academy.
139. Dave's Downtown parking woes
Everybody who lives in Milwaukee wants people to come Downtown. One way to do it is to get rid of those parking checkers in their little Jeeps with the power to have your car towed.
140. I'm done with man hugs
From now on, don't expect a man hug from me. I'm done with them. For a while, I thought that awkward "start with a hand clasp, then pull the guy in and slap his back" things was appropriate, but no more. They're dumb.
Tagged with: hugs man hugs friendship
141. Poor isn't what it used to be
A recent Journal Sentinel watchdog article highlighted one of the many problems with how residents qualify for financial assistance. This article revealed how landlords and the self employed can receive state aid based on the honor system. In essence, we're talking about receiving thousands of tax payer dollars without being verified that economic assistance is even needed.
142. Diving into to a new attempt at fitness
Well, "diving" might be a strong word, but's Bobby Tanzilo is taking a stab at swimming for exercise.
143. Herbal medicine on Milwaukee's South Side
I have a health infatuation - herbal remedies. Utilizing herbs as a natural means to treat health issues and ailments is something I've been interested in since my first allergic reaction to Western medication in my teens. I recently explored herbal shopping options in Milwaukee and was thrilled to discover The Natural Food Shop on the South Side.
144. Milwaukee holiday weather myths
Does it really rain every Memorial Day? How often do we really get snowstorms on New Year's Eve?
145. Stay clean, win concert tickets
It's hot and muggy out there, Milwaukee. And guys, that means you gotta stay clean and fresh, especially when you're sweating it out at Miller Park or any of the other great summer venues.
146. The Booth Street bubbler
Last week, Micah MacArthur, who is a licensed plumber, installed a drinking fountain on the 3100 block of Booth Street, which is where he lives. It is for both humans and pets to access.
147. Avoiding the scarlet letter
Recently, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin presented an idea that caught my attention. In a nutshell, he wants to require city contractors to disclose money contributed to political groups. The result would be that the mayor could then cherry pick which groups the city works with based upon political ideologies and not who is the best company for the job.
148. A little too much religious zeal
I believe in religion and religious freedom. But here's what I want to know. How come it is only these Christians who have this seemingly unquenchable drive to shout at me about how great their faith is and how I ought to get on board or I'm doomed.
149. Stop for pedestrians
Great cities are built for people. Thus, it's important to soften traffic and for you stop for pedestrians. Obeying the law also is important.
150. "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.