Love and happiness
Attraction, as a rule, doesn't ask permission. We, as animals, have no control over whether or not we love crab cakes, or John Coltrane songs, or BMWs.
My dog, Playa, is up to no good lately. But it's hard to be mad at her, really. Apparently, I have a smart, tenacious pup that, at almost 9-years-old, is confronting her fears and literally taking them head on. We all should be so bold.
Are you a gym jerk?
Recently I was delving through the esoteric "Notes" feature of my Facebook page and reliving some of the more un-P.C. moments in my literary history when I found a rant I threw together on the subject of going to the gym.
The American Cancer Society and Kohl's team up for breast cancer awareness
Milwaukee-area women have a new online resource for battling breast cancer, courtesy of the American Cancer Society and Kohl's Cares' Breast Health Initiative partnership.
What will your online legacy be?
As I stare at my empty mug, I think about legacies. Recent events like the fall from grace (and eventual death of) JoePa - and the contributions that social media had during the turmoil - lead me to wonder how the participation (or lack thereof) in social networks will factor into one's legacy, either on a personal level or even from a branding perspective.
An eight-month, cross-county journey into fatherhood
Rachael Jurek walked into the room holding the long, white cylinder. She had a confused expression playing on her lovely features. She scrunched up her nose and squinted her dark eyes. "Take a look at this," she said. "I don't know what it means."
Learn to walk before you run
Not only has spring officially sprung, it's also t-minus one month or so until a new eager crop of fresh-eyed college graduates enter the workforce. I welcome you youngins'; congratulations on graduating and beginning the next chapter of your professional life. HOWEVER. This blog post is for you. Take what I'm about to say to heart.
No time for new parking meters
The other day I was in the Third Ward and pulled into an angle parking spot on Broadway. I got out of my car and looked one way, then the other. And I couldn't find the damn machine to pay for my parking spot.
This weekend, a Facebook friend posted a status update that read, "Does anyone want to make a confession? Welcome to my Facebook confessional." Twenty-one comments were posted over the course of a few hours including "I ate a half pound of pistachios last night."
Try a little confidence
A busy few weeks and a completely fried brain have me turning to my pre-OnMilwaukee days for some finger-to keyboard inspiration.
Sharing the wealth: a beer for every Milwaukeean
I decided this morning that if I win the Mega Millions lottery tonight, I am buying every Milwaukeean a Lakefront Brewery beer.
The lost concept of found money
Landmark Credit Union has a semi-new commercial talking about the joys of finding surprise sidewalk money (or parking structure money, or borrowed library book money). I've seen it probably a handful of times and something always felt kind of off about it. Then, last night, it hit me: I can't remember the last time I found money.
Where did the "t" come from?
In the most recent past, maybe the last year or so, I have noticed that more and more people are pronouncing the "t" in the word "often." I understand that English is a living language and constantly adjusts itself to the introduction of new words, like "internet" and "website," but when did it become acceptable to pronounce the "t" in "often"?
The year of Andy
Yeah, I know. Even I'll admit: a year of me is too much. But when I downloaded the iPhone App called "Everyday" at the airport in Phoenix a year ago, I made a commitment. Every day, or as close to every day as possible, I would take a self-portrait.
Scams cloud the apartment hunt
The newest OnMilwaukee.com staffer finally found a place to call home in the Brew City, but not without some difficulty. No, he didn't lose anyone's beloved pet - but the multitude of scam listings in the city made apartment hunting more difficult.
Get outta my damned Spotify
Spotify is spilling my most clandestine activities to the world. How do all my "friends" know I was jamming to Journey, belting out "Guys and Dolls" and balladeering The Carpenters? I have Spotify's "This is what your friends are listening to" toolbar that is integrated with Facebook to blame for that.
We are entering an age of abundance
The news is populated by stories about every kind of carnage you can think of. Author Peter Diamandis says the human brain has evolved to pay special attention to and learn from harmful experiences so we can best avoid them and perpetuate the species, but in today's 24-hour news cycle of "if it bleeds, it leads" information, it often becomes overwhelming to the point that our perspectives are skewed, and we fail to see the positive aspects of the human condition.
Thomas Hecht tragedy tells us what really needs to change
We tell our sons that if they are drunk, they should not drive or get into a car with anyone who has been drinking. This is good information. But in the name of Thomas Hecht, whose body was found in the Milwaukee River yesterday, we need to add more to this.
Shelve the shop talk
It's not every day that I wish I were a man. I enjoy being a female, albeit a nice, balanced blend of tough chick and feminine lady. But today, man, it would have been nice to be a dude.
11 random things that I'm liking right now
Sure I'm loving basketball and March Madness now but here's a random list of eleven things (only two of them basketball related) that I'm really enjoying right now. Take a read, and dive in as you will.
How much would it cost you to ...
I was thinking about what someone would have to pay me to do some of the more undesirable things around Milwaukee. I made a list, from least expensive to most expensive. Discuss amongst yourselves, and please don't make me an offer.
Feb. 29 birthday = forever young?
There are about 200,000 leap year babies alive in the United States and 5 million worldwide. Meet a couple of them here.
What's behind door No. 2?
This is an open letter to all businesses (restaurants, retail shops, etc.) in the Milwaukee area that provide a restroom for their patrons. Clean them. Frequently.
Win free, fake boobs
Some ladies want their cups to runneth over, and if this is you, here's your chance to win $5,000 toward breast augmentation.
Squirrels are evil
Although I love my house and have had no issues with crime, I still have one major beef: the squirrel situation.