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Do you know how lucky you are?!

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For those of us who reside in the metro-Milwaukee area and love to complain about the sparse parking, the overnight parking restrictions, the higher cost of living and the traffic, I have a wake up call for you! Hey, I get it, small talk usually relates to something annoying - weather, taxes, whatever you have to pay for or the unfortunate responsibilities or precautions that come with city living. But today I feel obligated and knowledgeable to provide you with some first-hand experience about how you are so much more fortunate than you might think the live in Milwaukee. The 'burbs are cozy and may feel like a safe-haven, but let's also remember that they lack the finesse, festivals, food and debauchery that made and continue to make Milwaukee the great city it is.

For instance, I journeyed to my southern hometown and surrounding cities today. Sure, it only took 1 hour of un-interrupted time with 106.9 to get there. Luckily for me, the station faded out close enough to my destination that I wasn't stuck listening to Wes Rahny and Aliey’s problems on KISS. (Side note: Did Wes get divorced and Alley is pregnant again?), those burning questions aside, I would like to be the bearer of bad news and inform you that things ain't so sunny in the suburbs after all, in fact they look downright boring and a little sad. As I cruised along Racine's "main boulevard" I noticed a lot of lease signs in vacant businesses. I also saw three signs advertising a family festival coming in July? So, nothing is fun before then? Let's compare that to the Green and Scottish Festivals that took place in 'Tosa today as well as all the Farmer's Markets that opened today - June 1st. I capitalize ‘Farmer’ because they prevent Milwaukee from becoming a fresh-food desert (yeah, that is a real thing, I promise).

 

Also the parking in the downtown area of Racine/Kenosha was barbaric. So many motorcycles, but yet I could not squeeze between one! Reminds me of Milwaukee's lakefront, but which is much riper with local food, physical activities, family-friendly playgrounds and events that take place compared to the ONE bike bar that was hogging all the space (pun intended).

 

As I write this blog, I am perched on my apartment balcony and I don't live in the ‘hood. My neighbors are questionable, but I live in a nice area smack dab in the middle of Milwaukee - close to downtown, Miller Park, and State Fair. As I cruised through my old high school stomping grounds, I noticed many signs that proclaimed 'Best Apartments in the City!". While I didn't see the inside, by the looks of the building, "best" was a word using optimistically. Also, the side of town they were located in was more or less on the wrong side of the Amtrak tracks (that is if they had public transportation as we Milwaukee folk do).

 

So take the moment on this cooling and drizzly Saturday eve to say "Thank you" for all Milwaukee has to offer. The suburbs are close, but they can never compare to our city. Long love Mil-town! 

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