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The Aero L-39C Albatros is flying choice of the Breitling Jet Plane.
The Aero L-39C Albatros is flying choice of the Breitling Jet Plane.

Riding with the Breitling Jet boys

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Every once in a while you get those opportunities. The kind that you will probably never get again and cannot pass up.

This kind of chance popped up earlier this week with an invitation to join a ride with the Breitling Jet Tour. In town for the Milwaukee Air + Water Show, the Breitling Jet Team will show off their precision, speed and audacity all weekend long at Milwaukee's lakefront. 

The world's largest civilian display team (to fly military aircraft) put on quite the show for me -- just like they will for you all weekend long. 

How was my ride "in position #4?" Well, amazing. How amazing? Just watch to see:

Only the Mil-lion can save us.
Only the Mil-lion can save us. (Photo: Jason McDowell)

"Real" Milwaukee lions

A report that a lion was roaming in a Milwaukee neighborhood has so far been found to be untrue. Though many claim today to have seen the roaming, roaring beast. Or not. 

From the desk of Pixie Wren.

Posted by Paul Kennedy on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

In honor of the lion lurking, here’s a list of the famous Milwaukee lions we love. 

Three Lions Pub

Drinkskis with the "Fab Five" @timwindler @caitlinkman @c_herdeman @bren_olena #threelionspub

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Eight Stone Lions at Lake Park

Lake Park Lions soaking up the sun! #summer #MKE #bikeride #lion

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Milwaukee County Zoo Lions

Big Cat

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All of our Lions Clubs

Red Lion Pub

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The Pfister Hotel lion

And, of course, don't miss the new Twitterfied Milwaukee Lion here.

Oh, and keep an eye out for a rock. It may just repel that lion.

A night of "in the round" provided not just lovely music and singing. It also provided hope.
A night of "in the round" provided not just lovely music and singing. It also provided hope.

Peter Mulvey gives me Milwaukee hope

Last night was one of those Milwaukee nights that made me hopeful. 

For Milwaukee, for mankind, for the world, for me. 

A few friends invited me to see Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey Tuesday night at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. in Walker's Point. The night was dubbed as a "in the round" and included Christopher Porterfield, Megan Burtt and John Statz. 

The four touring songwriters – two from Milwaukee and two from Denver – gathered "in the round" to swap songs and accompany each other through out the night. The intimate show was perfect at Anodyne – if you have not been to this venue yet for a show you are missing a new Milwaukee gem. 

There were a few highlights of the fantastic show that I felt compelled to share – mainly because they really touched my heart and gave me hope. I've written recently on few things that are beacons of the good in the world – and I will keep doing so. 

Peter Mulvey is one of those beacons – and so is his song "Take Down Your Flag." Peter saw the news of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church massacre and decided to write a song. He wrote the song shortly after in the basement dressing room of the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Mass., right before his set. Then he performed it. It isn't just any song – it is one with a message and a mission. 

While my heart still weeps for those lost in the tragedy in Charleston – my heart did leap at Peter's lyrics and the message he is sending to the world. In all the dark and hate in this world his lyrics are needed.

One verse reads:
"It will take all of the love in all of our hearts, 
and it will also take something more.
It will take all of the love in all of our hearts, 
and it will also take something more."

Another highlight of the night included Mulvey leading the crowd with "Imagine." He delicated strummed the chords of the Beatles classic but never uttered a sound. The crowd sang instead. First a few, then more, and eventually all of Anodyne was singing it f…

You could be coming down this slide in July!
You could be coming down this slide in July! (Photo: Slide the City Facebook )

Don't miss your chance to Slide the City

UPDATE: Great news, Milwaukee! Mark your calendars to buy your tickets starting July 8 (ticket sales will last just three days) for the inaugural Slide the City which is being held July 25. Get on the waiting list here. Happy sliding! 

Thanks to a collaboration between the City of Milwaukee, The Salvation Army Milwaukee County and NEWaukee you can add another "must attend" event to your great Milwaukee summer calendar. 

Slide the City is a family friendly 1,000-foot-long slip-and-slide water party event. The exact location of the slide and event in Downtown (hopefully) is still under discussion. But, we do know there will be live music, food, drinks and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit Milwaukee's asphalt.

This is one hell of a slip and slide. Will it be comfortable? They assure us via their website "Don’t worry, it's well padded and event organizers have assured us this slide has more cushion than your grandpa’s orthopedic sneakers." 

Early bird pricing is available and runs one ride for $15, $35 for three rides, or go VIP to get access early to buy an all day pass for $50.  

You can learn more on the event – as well as as sign up for email updates – here. Plus, RSVP for the event on Facebook, too! 

Make sure to gather your water buckets, floaties and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash and get all attending soaked.

I'll be sure to update you more on the specific location as soon as we find out.

Slide on, Milwaukee!