I do my best to celebrate the beauty of this town and to work for change in ways I believe it needs it the most. However, I certainly have my share of Brew City blind spots and am not always the uber Cheesehead I like to think I am.
So, here are five ways that I'm a disgrace to Milwaukee:
1. I am a terrible bowler. There is no excuse for this. I started taking bowling lessons when I was in grade school. Then I went to Shorewood High School where there is a bowling alley on campus and bowling was a frequently offered gym unit. Finally, I have spent many, many nights bowling at Landmark Lanes and Bay View Bowl, and still, I am lucky to break 120. I like to blame it on the fact I never got my own ball and never feel like the ball I pick is quite right for me, but let's face it. I lack the keggling gene. Wah-wah.
2. I don't really like bratwurst. I love grilling them for other people, but I'm just not a fan. It's unfortunate, because I love sauerkraut and I love mustard, and brats seem like the perfect vehicle for consuming these condiments together.
3. I am yet to catch an episode of "Made In Milwaukee." I am really excited about this DIY Network home remodeling show that premiered at the beginning of this month, and I have not had a chance to check it out. I heard the show is quite good. Nice work, Flux Design.
4. I started saying "pop" recently. After a lifetime of calling it "soda," I have slipped into this terrible, unforgivable habit of calling carbonated soft drinks "pop." I blame it on the Minnesotan I live with. I am really trying to resist his other Minneapolis-laced vocabulary like "sack" instead of "bag" and "garbage bucket" instead of "garbage can."
5. I still struggle with the spelling of multiple Milwaukee words. This might be OK for some, but as an entertainment writer, I regularly type "Kinnickinnic" and "Potawatomi" and yet I have to double check the spellings every time. Hell, I just googled both the words right now to make absolutely certain I wasn't misspelling them in a blog about misspelling. I'm hopeless, I tell ya der hey.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.