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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Rest in peace, Kevin.
Rest in peace, Kevin.

Friends reflect on the life of Kevin Rock

I did not know Kevin, but I was aware of his passing. I read so many heartfelt, heartbroken messages on Facebook from his friends lamenting his loss of life. And I saw numerous photos of this man with a warm smile and a large personality.

Kevin was a popular stylist at a few different salons in Milwaukee: Malcolm of London, Beauty and Divine. He was also, clearly, a very valued friend.

Kevin passed away on Saturday.

Yesterday, one of his many friends contacted me and asked me to post something about Kevin. Of course, because I did not know him personally, I reached out to a few of his friends for their thoughts on this much-loved Milwaukeean.

My deepest sympathies to Kevin’s family and friends.

"Kevin was the ultimate hairdresser in that he encompassed not only the requisite skill set technically, but had a heart that was open to others and their lives and families as well.

"A good listener, he was the first one to volunteer advice to those struggling with myriad of problems both personal and professional. He had an unbridled joy in his work that you couldn't help but notice. He went around to other stylists' clients and would be complimentary and kind as well.

"I met him when I moved to Milwaukee in the early ‘80s and he remained a part of my life until now. He was known for his ribald sense of humor, and could take an off color joke and make it sound both funny and brilliant even if it wasn't. Though his own life had its share of mishaps and catastrophes, he found time to counsel others struggling with problems of their own with a smile and a generous bear hug. He is truly one of those people who is fondly remembered by every single person he ever met. That is the truth about this great man and the legacy he leaves us with. He didn't find the cure for cancer, or build the world's tallest building, but he did use his kindness and concern to cure the imperceptible ills that we all face every day – and make us feel that WE did it.

"I'm happy that he is …

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It's a Harley / Miller mash up!
It's a Harley / Miller mash up!

Harley and High Life pair up

The official kick-off of a partnership between Harley-Davidson and Miller High Life took place at MillerCoors Brewery today.

Both companies are 110 years old this year and to celebrate, Bill Davidson, the great grandson of the Harley-Davidson co-founder, helped brew masters make a batch of High Life.

Some of this "special" batch will be set aside for events this summer.

Commemorative Harley-Davidson designs will be featured on Miller High Life cans and packaging. The new cans are already available in liquor stores.

This promotion will also give away a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and apparel. Fans can go to Miller High Life’s Facebook page for more information.

The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebration will take place Labor Day Weekend on the Summerfest grounds.

The power and fury of Mother Nature.
The power and fury of Mother Nature. (Photo: shutterstock.com)

Tornadoes are terrifying

Once again, my heart is aching for strangers in another part of the world. Today it’s for the people in Oklahoma affected by yesterday’s massive tornado.

I’m horrified to the core by the though of losing a child to a storm or not knowing if my child was dead or fighting for life underneath the rubble.

I can’t imagine walking around my neighborhood only to find mountains of debris. Apparently the devastation was so incredible that Oklahoma city officials were racing to print new street signs to help guide rescuers and residents through a suddenly unidentifiable landscape.

And the photos. Oh, the photos. 

It seems like every week, sometimes more than once, we’re grieving something awful. Maybe it’s always been this way. I don’t know anymore.

But this latest tragedy / devastation / inconceivable happening hits me in a particularly strange way. Probably because I am absolutely terrified of tornadoes.

Since I have been a little kid, I’ve had a reoccurring dream of being trapped inside a house with a wicked black twister headed in my direction at full speed. (I’m no shrink or dream expert, but I know this is some lack-of-control dream.)

Growing up, I have many scary memories of sitting in the basement with my dad during to a tornado warning, listening for the all-clear message on the crackly radio. Once at Girl Scout camp during a tornado the sky turned a shade of green I will never forget.

Twice, while driving to Illinois I had to pull over and wait in fear and at the mercy of a funnel cloud that had touched down just ahead. There is nowhere to drive to. Nowhere to really "be safe." It’s an insane lesson in letting go; in accepting how little we control in this life.

And then there’s this: while reading about the Oklahoma tornado today, I learned that one of the most fatal tornadoes in United States history was the one that ripped through Joplin, Mo., two years ago on May 22, 2011. This also happens to be my birthday. And it happens to be to…

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What does a canned quail egg taste like? I am curious, but not enough to try one. (Chicken!)
What does a canned quail egg taste like? I am curious, but not enough to try one. (Chicken!)
Green-colored cake rolls and Ping Pongs.
Green-colored cake rolls and Ping Pongs.
Has that been an issue in the past?
Has that been an issue in the past?
Mud fish sauce.
Mud fish sauce.
Crickets and larvae are full of protein they say.
Crickets and larvae are full of protein they say.
Interesting expression.
Interesting expression.
Rhino Foods is located inside a former engine repair shop.
Rhino Foods is located inside a former engine repair shop.
The bowl selection is extensive and much cheaper than other Asian grocery stores.
The bowl selection is extensive and much cheaper than other Asian grocery stores.
Fake money for sale!
Fake money for sale!

Rhino Foods: more than cans of crickets

Shopping habits are changing, and as Milwaukee's retail landscape continues to evolve OnMilwaukee.com is pulling out the credit card for a full week of retail, shopping and commerce content. Stories about local stores, national retailers, online shopping and more. OnMilwaukee.com "Retail Week" will highlight shopping through a creative and diverse lens.

Rhino Food Store, 7411 W. Hampton Ave., is what I always want Pacific Produce to be: cheap, unoffensive to my sense of smell and filled with my favorite Asian foods and items.

Sure, Pacific Produce, 5455 S. 27th St., has a much larger selection (particularly for frozen foods), but the prices are a lot higher. Plus, Rhino is smaller – not small, but smaller – and less overwhelming, stocking everything I’m interested in, including straw gardening hats, Asian candy (hard-to-find black coffee candy and also ones with cute, bubble-headed panda wrappers), rice noodles, large bottles of Sriracha, coconuts and joss paper (gold paper used primarily in Chinese ceremonies but also makes for great crafting of all kinds).

It’s also always fun to look at all the items that don’t make it into my cart: cans of bananas, crickets, larvae and quail eggs along with fake money and massive woks.

I was particularly impressed with the price of wasabi-coated peas (about $3 less than the price at other grocery stores), the incredible bamboo shoot selection (at least 20 different brands to choose from) and the chopstick collection.

I also picked up a much-needed and attractive indoor / outdoor rug for my front porch for $12. I looked at something similar that cost four times that amount last summer at a box store and passed on it. 

Rhino is the largest Hmong-owned grocery store in Milwaukee. It’s owned by Pai Yang and located inside a former engine and transmission shop.

Although I live on the near South Side, Rhino Foods on Milwaukee’s Northwest Side is my new Asian market of choice.

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