Dream car, almost in reach: the 340 hp Jaguar XF 3.0
I lust after just two modern cars: the Aston Martin D89 and the Jaguar XK Coupe. However, I accept that both vehicles are well outside my budget, and even if I could afford them, I'm not sure I'd spend my money to own either one. This week, I spent some time with a third car that tugged at my heart strings, the new Jaguar XF. What's really paining me is that owning (or leasing, anyway) this car is not a completely unrealistic goal.
When OPO attacks
The effect of other people's opinions (OPO) can be extremely powerful. Input from a collective group can be helpful, valuable and quite constructive. On the flipside, there are times when unsolicited OPO makes its way into your life.
The Apple advantage
Last week, when I picked up the dirt-cheap Kindle Fire for $129 via Amazon.com's Cyber Monday sale. I figured, for that price, the tiny tablet would be a good iPad backup, and certainly more apt to withstand any drops by the clumsy fingers of a kindergartener. Plus, I was intrigued to see what this Android operating system was all about. A week later I can report that the Kindle Fire, which costs one-third of an iPad Mini and one-quarter of a full-sized iPad, is no iPad.
Five "very Milwaukee" ways to kick the bucket
I was born in Milwaukee. Chances are, I will die in Milwaukee. And in between these two events I've developed a rather dark sense of humor - which has led me to write this blog.
Event at Marquette seeks commonality in faiths
On Tuesday, Nov. 27 religious leaders from Milwaukee will gather at Marquette University to discuss the challenges facing faith groups in Milwaukee and identify ways to increase mutual cooperation. It's a bit easier than my idea and free to attend.
A twist on the traditional turkey day
I've changed the way I celebrate Thanksgiving based on what's happened over the past two years - and I'm at peace with it.
Does this T-shirt make me look fat?
Recently my work schedule caused a change in my lifestyle that included losing my "me" time for fitness and the discipline over the food I ate. I enjoyed it. A lot. But, when I pulled a favorite tee out of the drawer and struggled to pull it over my soft shoulders and padded middle, it hit me. This cannot go on any longer.
Beintween needs your help to reinvent the ARTery park project
Keith Hayes and Rob Zdanowski, founders of Beintween.org and the brains behind the ARTery, have lofty goals for their new project, Matireal, a creational trail. But now they need your help.
A more ultimate driving machine?
With apologies to BMW, I think there's a more ultimate driving machine being made in Europe right now. Many of us will never be able to afford it, and even if we could, what would we do with it? This "more ultimate driving machine" is the 2013 Range Rover, and it's no soccer mom SUV - unless you're playing soccer atop a mountain.
I'm too texty for my thumbs
It's super convenient to hold the epicenter of communication in the palm of your hand, but what happens when the fingers that attach to the fleshy cradle start communicating back to you via nerve pathways?
I love election nights. From a social media perspective, they're more fun than tweeting Packers games or the Brewers on opening day. Tuesday was a wonderful opportunity to lampoon the breathless anchors, the frenzied pundits and poke fun at a few out-of-left-field surprises that even Nate Silver could not predict.
What's at stake in this election?
The views and policies put forward by a solid core of Republican senators, representatives and candidates shed light on what is in store if Romney wins the White House and Republicans win the Senate.
Help a firefighter in need
My friend (and Milwaukee's best bartender) Paul Kennedy of Tonic Tavern shared a sad story with me, and I'd like to share it with you, too. John Pipkorn is a Mequon firefighter - a 25-year veteran who's risked his life for others - and now he needs some help. On Oct. 18, his own house caught fire, and his wife suffered serious injuries while jumping from a second story window. She's still in the hospital.
Brookfield tragedy leads to more questions
The news is sadly familiar. This from a report a few days ago: "A gunman opened fire in a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding a fourth before killing himself at a nearby home, police said. The shooting appeared to be part of a domestic dispute." Three days later, a nearly identical story played out in Brookfield and we watched. But why do we watch?
Local filmmaker plans fundraiser for gender reassignment surgery
Local filmmaker Ashley Altadonna will host a fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Down & Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) Through the fundraiser, Altadonna hopes to raise the last $2,500 needed for her gender reassignment surgery.
Survey says Milwaukee women aren't promiscuous
Based on a recent study conducted by SeekingArrangement.com, a website for mutually beneficial relationships, 66 percent of women in Milwaukee have one or fewer sexual partners each year. Considering all of the beer drinking in this town, it seems slightly surprising.
Yoga "teacher training" is big business
Yoga "teachers" do not need to be certified, credentialed or attend any special "training" to instruct yoga. This may come as a surprise even to yoga teachers, who, when looking for a job, may be faced with the stipulation of "must be an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) through the Yoga Alliance."
Why Obama will beat Romney
Let me begin this blog by explaining that I'm not a huge fan of Barack Obama. He's the most mediocre Democratic president since Jimmy Carter and maybe since Lyndon Johnson, and for all the hate directed to him by the right, he's also equally let down the left. Still, he will trounce Mitt Romney on Nov. 5. Here's why.
Farewell to man's best friend
Normally, the copy in this space is devoted to you, readers. But this week, it's all about me. That's because I am not capable at this moment of thinking about anything other than our family dog, Rosie. A few hours ago, we had to put Rosie down.
Cole gets a second swing at a Yount autograph
Chef Jason Cole had the Robin Yount story of a lifetime and the a corresponding heartbreaker. But for their third anniversary, his wife Kim stepped up to the plate with a one-of-a-kind gift.
11 tips that should improve your social media skills
Several people have asked for "social media tips" lately, so I thought I'd blog about the topic and expand upon a few recent presentations that I've done. Enjoy, share and please offer your tips via the talkbacks.
Every day, I drink my coffee at work out of the same mug. It's not fancy; just a plain white mug with teal writing that says, "COIN CASTLE - SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ" and a line-art drawing of some kids playing skee ball. The reason this is significant is because I recently realized that this mug has just turned 20 years old. I keep it as a daily reminder that there are, in fact, no shortcuts in life.
A tiny cemetery between strip malls piqued my interest
Ever notice that tiny cemetery on Port Washington Road near Pier 1? We finally got the scoop on why it's there and, possibly, why it's so small.
Human foosball, anyone?
On Sunday, before the Packers opener, hit Bradford Beach for a preview of the Y's human foosball arena and new adult recreation leagues.
Wild grape wine, anyone?
Have you ever noticed in many area parks, some wooded areas - and even some trees in not so wooded areas - are covered with grape vines?