New year, new reasons to love yoga
Oh, yoga: the pasttime of hippies and stressed-out soccer moms alike, that blissed-out exercise of Hindu philosophers. It has no demographic, and so it bears no judgement. There's just something so delightfully zen about it (and yes, I realize that I'm mixing Eastern religions here). It's, like, 30 percent breathing, after all. I can get down with any workout regimen that includes something called "heart opening exercises." And it's a great time to get into yoga here in Milwaukee.
Why is Wisconsin behind the curve?
I've been thinking a lot about some of the national hot-button issues that are dominating the news. It seems that, without exception, Wisconsin isn't interested in changing the status quo. Why is that?
Sign me up for the Milwaukee subway
A company called Carticulate has created a theoretical Milwaukee subway map and I'm ready to start building!
Go on, track me
It feels like not a week goes by without someone posting something about how Facebook's invading everyone's privacy, spying on your browser history, etc., ad nauseum. (These posts are usually made on Facebook, by the way.) I understand the generic concern over the Orwellian slippery slope, but it doesn't take me too long to re-assess and arrive back at my old conclusion: Who cares?
Now that our office is Downtown, I have a lot of walkable options, which is good, since parking in a garage really cuts down one's spontaneity for driving around for lunch. However, when it's really cold out, walking anywhere is a pain, and only now am I coming to appreciate Downtown's extensive skywalk system.
An inspirational New Year's message from Milwaukee's retail past
In the pile of morning emails, one stood out today. Mark Pasch, owner of Mark Pasch Ltd. in Bayside, shared a New Year's message from his father, who owned Polacheck's, a men's store at 227 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Perplexed by the Polar Plunge
I really don't care all that much about the annual polar bear plunge on the first day of the year at Bradford Beach. The idea of stripping down and running into a freezing lake, dunking yourself and then having your friends warm you up while they laugh like crazy just has never had much attraction for me.
What's in a name
On the long list of Things I Would Change About Myself If I Could, my last name has always been right at the top. But now that I'm about to lose it, I'm not sure that I'm ready to let it go.
Sometimes we don't see Milwaukee changing right before our eyes
Recently, I was reminded how much Milwaukee has changed in the nearly 30 years I've lived here; how the razing of some buildings and the construction of others has altered the cityscape. But I also realized, later that same day, that it happens all the time and sometimes little things we see every day and take for granted can quietly go dark and often it takes a long time to realize how much has changed.
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.