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Brad? Angelina? Jessica? Carmen? Justin? Taye?
Brad? Angelina? Jessica? Carmen? Justin? Taye?

Who's your celebrity "freebie?"

March may be cold, but it's hot and heavy here at OnMilwaukee.com as we celebrate our first-ever Sex Week. We're taking a mature look at local video and sex toy shops, area strip clubs, sexy Milwaukee events -- and even some connections between Brew City and Playboy magazine. It's serious, responsible, adult-themed content -- but don’t worry, parents, we’ll keep it PG-13 in case junior stumbles upon these stories as OnMilwaukee.com turns a pale shade of blue for seven days.

In an ancient episode of "Friends," Ross  makes a "freebie list" of celebrities he would like to have his girlfriend Rachel’s blessing to have sex with if the unlikely opportunity presented itself.

This semi-famous episode prompted couples over the last decade to make similar lists. For the most part, the lists are made jokingly, however, if the opportunity really did arise, it would be fascinating to see what happened.

Spouse 1: You’re not going to believe this, honey, but I ran into Natalie Portman at karaoke last night and we really hit it off and she mentioned she’d like to have sex with me.
Spouse 2: Well, dear, I’m gonna have to say "go for it" considering she’s on the top of your freebie list. Which reminds me, I just added Danny Gokey to mine.

My husband and I made a list like this over cocktails many years ago, and topping the list for both of us was punk / folk musician Ani DiFranco. If memory serves, I think I also listed Johnny Depp, James Spader (not the modern day, puffy Spader, but the "Sex, Lies and Videotape" version of Spader) and rocker Lenny Kravitz.

How about you? If you could have a celebrity "freebie," who would it be?

Today, let's be silly. There's plenty of time for seriousness in life's next chapter.
Today, let's be silly. There's plenty of time for seriousness in life's next chapter.

Dr. Seuss: A pop I can hop to

Today, as you may have gleaned already, would have been the 105th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as "Dr. Seuss."

I don’t think a single American makes it through childhood without hearing or seeing a Dr. Seuss creation. The man was a timeless genius who gave us gems like "The Cat and the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham," "The Lorax" and "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish."

In the world of children’s’ literature, Seuss was the whole enchilada, combining skilled drawings with comical verse written in a poetic meter commonly used by English writers.

But best of all, Seuss was committed to the imagination first and the moral of the story second -- if at all. "Kids can see a moral coming a mile off," he said once. Although his books were laden with his political views, they weren’t obvious to the reader and he never started a story with a moral in mind.

His stories were simple, silly and rooted in the imagination -- like most of childhood should be.

I want to remember this when I wonder if my kid is reading well enough for his age or cramping his schedule with another lesson. After all, our little people are really lucky if they aren’t forced to get serious too soon, and silly can be stimulating.

"Nonsense wakes up the brain cells," said the great Seuss.

Jameson on the rocks, Jameson in a cocktail, whatever. Bring it on.
Jameson on the rocks, Jameson in a cocktail, whatever. Bring it on.

A drink a day: Big Jamo

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and club articles -- including guides, unique features, drink recipes and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and as you might know from a previous blog, I'm a sucker for cocktails made with ginger ale, so the Big Jamo is a seasonal favorite.

Plus, "Big Jamo" is my nickname for my husband, whose name is James. Kidding. He'd like that, but still kidding.

Enjoy.

Big Jamo

Pour two parts Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Fill with ginger ale.
Pour over ice and garnish.
Repeat.

When life gives you grapes, make wine.
When life gives you grapes, make wine.

Do you make your own wine?

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and club articles -- including guides, unique features, drink recipes and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

About a year ago, during OnMilwaukee.com's 2008 Bar Month, I brewed beer for the first time. My husband and I made four batches last year, all of which turned out pretty potable.

This year, I plan to continue brewing beer at home, but I would also like to make my own wine. I visited The Purple Foot, 3167 S. 92nd St., so I know where to go when the time comes to make my own vino, but my backyard grapes have not been fruitful enough to warrant winemaking.

A friend makes wine, and she orders her grapes from California and doesn't mess around with trying to grow the right grapes here in Wisconsin, but I still have high hopes that our grapes will flourish this year.

I know there are gentler ways to squash the grapes, but there's something appealing about the thought of squishing grapes with your bare feet that sticks with a person. Ever since I was a kid, I  have wanted to try this. Maybe it's my Italian roots.