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Newspaper clippings sent via snail mail are old school e-mail forwards, I guess.
Newspaper clippings sent via snail mail are old school e-mail forwards, I guess.

Minnesota mom thinks Milwaukee sucks

Whenever my friend’s mom, who lives in Minnesota, sees an article about Milwaukee in her local newspaper, she cuts it out. After she collects three or four clippings, she stuffs them into a card and sends them to my friend.

The most recent collection of Brew City clippings came in late December. One article was about Milwaukee being the fourth-poorest city in the nation and in desperate need to send more residents to college. The others were about a man being fined $500 for cursing on a city bus and the 100-year-old Walmart greeter who was pushed over by an irate customer.

I find this quite humorous, but being a quasi Milwaukee ambassador, I considered cutting out more positive articles about Milwaukee and sending them to her. Then again, that would require me to actually buy a newspaper. Nah.

Is there a secret brotherhood between bus riders? And if so, is there a secret handshake?
Is there a secret brotherhood between bus riders? And if so, is there a secret handshake?

A moving moment between bus riders

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.

Maybe I’m being overly emotional today, but I believe I witnessed a nice moment between two bus riders, and since it’s Transportation Week on OnMilwaukee.com, I thought I’d share.

I was stopped at a red light on Center Street and Martin Luther King Drive when a guy waiting for a bus on one corner noticed a guy running to catch a bus that was pulling away across the street.

The waiting guy ran towards the bus shouting and waving for the driver to stop and wait for the man who was running to catch the bus. The driver stopped. The man got on the bus. The other man went back to his corner and continued to wait.

And I felt good about people for a minute.

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?