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July 23, 2010: A lovely afternoon to row down a city street through filthy water.
July 23, 2010: A lovely afternoon to row down a city street through filthy water.
Is this a scene from post-Katrina New Orleans or Milwaukee last summer?
Is this a scene from post-Katrina New Orleans or Milwaukee last summer?
Ugh. This just sucks.
Ugh. This just sucks.

The unfortunate sport of street boating

With gas prices on the rise and new policies and ideas on the table, it's time to look at how we get around. We all need to get someplace and we use many different modes of transportation to do so. As we kick off 2011 at OnMilwaukee.com, we're taking an in-depth look at how we get around with a special "Transportation Week," featuring all kinds of stories about how Milwaukee gets where it's going. So, buckle up, hop on and all aboard.

Remember last July’s massive rainstorms and subsequent flooding? Yikes. Some Milwaukeeans resorted to "street boating" which involved canoeing or kayaking to get around immediately after the downpours.

A friend took these photos from her house and they show boaters on Humboldt and Concordia Streets in Riverwest. They're blurry, but you get the drift. And hopefully, no one will have to resort to such transportation in 2011.

Hear that, Ma Nature?

You say it's your birthday ...
You say it's your birthday ...

Drink free on your birthday

If you are broke, frugal or just a sucker for gratuitous booze, head to Rosie’s Waterworks, 1111 N. Water St., on your birthday and enjoy an evening of drinking alcohol for the low, low price of absolutely free.

No, the sky is not the limit, but if you present the proper identification -- and it’s the actual date of your birthday -- the barkeep will award you with a special mug that you can have filled with as much Miller Light, Bud Light or rail mixers as your gag reflex will allow.

Your friends will get drink specials, but don’t get generous with your bottomless cup of birthday libations otherwise according to a Rosie’s bartender, "You’ll lose it."

Anywhere else in Milwaukee that lets you drink for free on your birthday, or for any other reason?

Can I really go to Madison and not eat at Himal Chuli?
Can I really go to Madison and not eat at Himal Chuli?

Where should I eat in Madison?

Although it’s not the sand-in-my-butt-crack vacation I really desire right now, I’m going to Madison for a change of scenery. In the past, a trip to Madtown automatically meant a meal at Himal Chuli, a great Nepali restaurant on State Street, but this time, I’m going to try someplace new.

Any suggestions? I am considering the Caribbean-flavored Jamerica on Williamson Street or possibly the Old Fashioned on Pickney.

Actually, I have been to the Old Fashioned once before with OnMilwaukee.com coworkers including publisher (and my amigo) Andy Tarnoff who ordered a burger topped with bacon, fried onions and a soft-cooked egg. After a week of caution-to-the-wind holiday horking, I don’t think I’m game for this much decadence on a bun, but I also remember the folks at the Old Fashioned making a hell of an old school cocktail.

Any other Madison restaurant suggestions?

This little Santa dude is 7 now. He got an iPod Nano for Christmas.
This little Santa dude is 7 now. He got an iPod Nano for Christmas.

Feeling like this yet?

Every year, I post this photo of my then-2-year-old son, Levi. I call it "Too Much Christmas" or "Christmas Sucks." (A play-on-words reference to him sucking on that pacifier.)

Sure, Christmas is a blast, but -- as this photo reminds -- there comes a time when enough is enough and it's time to pack away the holiday cheer for another year. Are you there yet?

Regardless ... Merry Christmas, Milwaukee.