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Take a walk through the Park East land.
Take a walk through the Park East land.

What I'm enjoying right now, and how you can enjoy these things too

I like to ask people "what are you really enjoying these days?"  It’s a fun way to open a conversation, an easier way to encourage expression of gratitude and a fun entry into finding out about new things, events and even people.  

So, today, I ask myself the same question.  What am I enjoying right now? 

Other than, of course, my family, faith, friends and greater Milwaukee in general, the list could get long quickly so I’ll keep it to eight.  What’s on your list? As you think about it, enjoy these.  

Making a game out of saving money is fun, and while I think I do OK on the traditional side of saving and investing putting personalty and portability on it has really made saving a few extra bucks easy and fun.  Download Digit now.  It’s not bank, but savings account, that is backed by the FDIC.  It’s easy, connect to an account and every few days, the good people at Digit will transfer a few dollars — $2 to $18 seems to be the average - into a secure account. When you need some extra cash, your money back or need to just rationalize a fun purchase. you merely send a text message and Digit transfers the amount you tell it to back into your checking account.  It also sends you updates on balances and rewards you for certain levels of savings.  

Goody Gourmets, 4425 N. Oakland Ave.
I can thank my Dad for a lot of things in my life, and one of these things is my love of popcorn.  These days, and honestly for the past several years, I’m loving the triple mix at Goody Gourmets.  This place rocks. Wonderful people, amazing smells that drift onto Oakland Avenue and most importantly great popcorn.  Eat your heart out, garrett.  

Walking the Park East
I was a part of the event that helped "kick off" the tear down of the Park East Freeway,  a 0.8-mile highway spur that was part of a loop that separated Downtown from north-side neighborhoods.  That was 2002.  Today, 13 years later, when you walk the area you truly get a sense of what’s happened a…

How does Milwaukee rank in "uniform attractiveness?"
How does Milwaukee rank in "uniform attractiveness?"

Rating Milwaukee's "uniform attractiveness"

Paul Lukas’ "Uni Watch" has made a good name for itself.

It’s fun to analyze, pontificate and rank team uniforms and logos.  His latest work on ESPN ranks "uniform attractiveness."  Milwaukee falls into his group with two major pro sports teams (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL).  He also does a ranking of the 20 cities with three or more teams.

So, what city ranked No. 1 in the "two major pro sports" category?  Not Milwaukee.  Sorry Brewers. Sorry Bucks.  Hail, Kansas City as the Chiefs and Royals take his top rank. 

Where did Milwaukee fall?  Tied for sixth with Seattle.  Here’s the blurb from Lukas:

The Bucks' new set, with its innovative use of cream tones, is a major upgrade. Maybe it'll inspire the Brewers to get a makeover -- and not a moment too soon.

UNI WATCH SCORE: Brewers: 3.5, Bucks: 7.5. UNI: 5.5

Makes you wonder if a logo and uniform over haul is in the works for the Brewers.  They kinda need it, right?

Read the full rankings here, and go buy a new Bucks, Brewers, Admirals or Wave jersey today.

A new #MUBB app is now available.
A new #MUBB app is now available.

Marquette basketball launches new app

I'm already excited and anxious for the upcoming basketball season. And, today, my alma mater - Marquette - helped fuel my fan fire by releasing a new app that is available for free download, thanks to a partnership with Bluechip Athletic Solutions, Inc.

The app is available for both iPhone and Android users and can be found by searching for "Marquette Basketball Official" in the app store.  As an incentive to download it, you'll get an exclusive look at the team’s special Jordan Brand "Mascot XX9" shoes, which will be worn on the team's trip to Italy, Aug. 10-20.

The app, now fairly basic, will grow and serve as the team’s social media hub during the foreign tour and will be a one-stop shop for the latest on the travel party via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

More content will be added as the season approaches and the app will provide updated info as the year progresses, including exclusive content.

The team is also developing a basketball-specific microsite and its expected launch is scheduled for the fall.

Tell your state representative to vote yes.
Tell your state representative to vote yes.

My letter to the state legislature

Dear Wisconsin leaders and members of the state legislature,

Good morning!

First, thank you for your service and dedication to the great state of Wisconsin.  It is truly appreciated.

Today I'm writing to ask you to please vote yes tomorrow for the new Wisconsin arena and entertainment district in Downtown Milwaukee.  It’s important and vital to our state’s long term viability.  And, as a passionate entrepreneur who is always looking for great employees and team members – I know how important modern sports and entertainment are in the recruitment process.  

The performing arts, tourism, sports and music all matter to Wisconsin, and together they help us build a sense of community, a sense of pride and a greater sense of place. And while other states also have amazing groups and teams Milwaukee and Wisconsin are truly blessed with unique traditions, teams, and opportunities for us all in sports, tourism and the performing arts.

So, as a member the boards of directors of two entities that make civic arts and entertainment great - the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and the Wisconsin Center District  - I support a greater Wisconsin that will come about thanks to the entertainment district and arena proposal the Milwaukee Bucks, the Governor’s Office, Milwaukee County Executive, Milwaukee Mayor, and legislature have put together.

This is a plan that keeps the Bucks in Milwaukee, creates jobs and represents a net gain for taxpayers.  It is, though, an effort that’s about more than basketball. This is nearly a billion dollars worth of development that will create thousands of jobs, generate millions in future property tax revenues, and truly transforms the largest missing piece of the Downtown development puzzle.

As a civic steward to assets that help make Wisconsin and Milwaukee shine, I understand that with significant public investment in the Downtown and surrounding area that collaboration is king.  So, it has never been more important for …