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The allergic Matt Mueller was not thrilled  with "Take Your Cat To Work Day," but he was a very good sport.
The allergic Matt Mueller was not thrilled with "Take Your Cat To Work Day," but he was a very good sport. (Photo: Molly Snyder )

Video: Take Your Cat To Work Day

Welcome to OnMeowaukee Cat Week, a meowsome bunch of articles, photos, videos and an Instagram contest celebrating all aspects of Milwaukee cats. Sponsored by Bark N' Scratch Outpost, the next seven days are dedicated to those creatures with nine lives who make our lives more paw-sitive.

For most people, Tuesday was just another work day, but for employees at OnMilwaukee, ahem – OnMeowaukee – it was "Take Your Cat To Work Day." For some, this was a joyous occasion featuring heavy purring and on-the-job pet therapy. For others, it was a seemingly-endless shift littered with crumpled tissue and Claritin tablets.

At the end of the day, we could (almost) all agree that the most important goal was achieved: neither Oscar, Isa nor Princess Pom-Pom were traumatized in any way. Nor did they pee in our plants.

Most likely, "Take Your Cat To Work Day" will never happen again at OnMilwaukee, so we documented it with a video. 

The U.S. Federal Courthouse is just one of the city-full of places to check out at this weekend's Doors Open Milwaukee.
The U.S. Federal Courthouse is just one of the city-full of places to check out at this weekend's Doors Open Milwaukee. (Photo: Bobby Tanzilo)

Doors Open Milwaukee: Thanks for the feedback

The fifth annual Doors Open begins tomorrow. I truly believe that this two-day celebration of Milwaukee’s architecture and built environment was created "by the people and for the people." Doors Open is part of the larger worldwide Open House/Doors Open movement that started in London more than 20 years ago.

Longtime Historic Milwaukee, Inc. member George Wagner presented the concept to HMI’s board of directors and got the green light to proceed. Since the first Doors Open Milwaukee in 2011, attendance has climbed by 20 percent each year. We expect more than 25,000 visitors this year.

One of the best parts of Doors Open is reading the feedback shared by attendees. I encourage everyone to complete our Doors Open survey after the event. It will be available on our website, linked to our Facebook page and hard copies will be available at most sites. Here’s what you had to say last year:

  • "It was my niece’s 12th birthday, and my gift to her was spending an afternoon doing whatever she wanted to do. Movies have always been her choice, but this year I told her about Doors Open Milwaukee and her eyes lit up. She lives in Sussex, and although they occasionally make it into 'the big city' for school sponsored field trips, those excursions don't allow much time for exploration and appreciation of the city, its architecture and inhabitants. We went to MIAD, The Riverside, The Plankinton Arcade, The Apartments at The Grand Wisconsin, walked east down Wisconsin Ave. and then north on The Riverwalk to The Marcus Center, and then finally onto the US Bank Building (she's terrified of heights, but at the last minute, she conquered her fears and said, 'Let's do it!'). Seeing her eyes open to a new world, and her realization that she too can live in a vibrant community full of diversity and beauty was, and is, priceless. Thank you, EVERYONE involved, for the amazing day that I got to have with my niece because of you!"
  • "I took my 80-year-old mom. She told me a cute story …
Hillary Clinton spoke at UWM during a campaign stop Thursday.
Hillary Clinton spoke at UWM during a campaign stop Thursday.

Hillary talks issues at Thursday UWM campaign stop

UWM’s Wisconsin Room was packed for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on as she tackled hot button issues such as gun control, minimum wage and women’s rights at her campaign stop Thursday. 

She took the stage amongst chants of "Hillary! Hilary!" There was such a high turnout that the speech was also screened at the Union Cinema since a significant amount of people weren’t able to fit in the Wisconsin Room. 

She began her speech by talking about traveling to Wisconsin as a young woman and how she admired the natives of the dairy state because of their "can do," "progressive" and "pioneering" spirit. What turned into an admiration flipped when she uttered the phrase, "What happened?"

She pointed out that we are still recovering from the recession and that the minimum wage is nowhere near enough for families to get by. She went to say that we have to "roll our sleeves up" to get this state, and more importantly this nation, back on track. She has been open with the media in recent months in support of raising the minimum wage to $12 which would help to kick start the economy. "I believe that raising incomes and supporting families is the defining economic challenge of our time," she said. "I’ve made that the focus of my campaign, and I will make it the mission of my presidency."

She criticized the trickledown economics approach to the economy and proclaimed it isn’t working. She declared "the rich need to pay their fair share." She informed the crowd that individuals who are working hard and making minimum wage won’t ever be able to rid themselves of their low economic status alone.

She fired shots at Gov. Scott Walker saying he’s "rolling back women’s health and rights." She referred to Walker’s defunding of Planned Parenthood, how he repealed protections for equal work for equal pay and signed a bill that bans abortions after a 20-week period. "It looks like he just gets his marching orders from the Koch brothers and just goes down …

Moments after Day's tee shot plunked Pawlinski in the back.
Moments after Day's tee shot plunked Pawlinski in the back.
The bruises as of Monday, Aug. 17.
The bruises as of Monday, Aug. 17.

The painful way a Milwaukee guy helped Jason Day win the PGA Championship

WHAP! "What the heck was that? Did I just get stung by a bee?

We are golf nuts in my family. I've played some and I've witnessed my share of professional tournaments. Among my highlights; I've attended the Women's U.S. Open at Blackwolf Run in both 1998 and 2012 and the Men's PGA Championship at Whistling Straights in 2010 and again this past weekend.  

I also have a knack for picking the winner of the championships I attend. In 1998 I told everyone within earshot that LPGA rookie Se Ri Pak would win the U.S. Open. She did and then went onto a Hall of Fame career. Last week, two days before the PGA Championship began, posted on Facebook that Jason Day, my favorite golfer, would win and I submitted my reasons why. He was a 12-1 shot by the way.  

As a father-son bonding experience I treated my son Aaron to the Thursday and Sunday rounds of the PGA.  Aaron is a 17 year old senior-to-be and a solid varsity golfer at Greendale High School. On Thursday morning we arrived at Whistling Straights early to watch our dream threesome of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day begin their first round at 8:05 a.m. on the 10th hole.

Jason Day was playing well at -1 par after five holes.  A plethora of spectators flooded the the 15th tee box so Aaron suggested we hustle down the left fairway of #15, known as "Grand Strand" to see the group's tee shots land on the 518 yard par 4 hole.

Then it happened.

WHAP! While walking near the 310-yard mark, with my back to the golfers, I felt a sudden and sharp sting in the area of my right kidney. Immediately, I saw a golf ball drop between my feet and roll to my left down a slight embankment. "Oh My Gosh! Dad that ball has a kangaroo logo on it," said Aaron. I was stunned, but we quickly and logically assumed it was the Aussie, Jason Day's ball. We high-fived, and guarded that ball like a mother goose protecting her egg.

The Marshall arrived, I told him what happened and he asked if I was okay which I was. Several fans sugges…