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Lisa Simonson's Articles
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Living - Jan. 12, 2014
A toast to Toastmasters
I wouldn't say that I have glossophobia (I'm admittedly not overly familiar with all of the "phobias" of the world, but thanks to a recent commercial for the Nexus 7, I know that one), but public speaking has never much appealed to me. When I began my current job last April, however, I was approached by two co-workers about joining a local Toastmasters club. I ended up attending a meeting, and I was hooked.
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 16, 2013
Hover Craft 2013 supplies a bounty worth braving the cold
Like many other brave souls in our winterized city, I decided some events are completely worth journeying out into the snow. Hover Craft 2013, at Turner Hall, was one of those events.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 17, 2013
What do you want to do before you die?
To some, that may sound like a morbid question, but isn't it also kind of beautiful? Maybe I'm just a sucker for overly romanticized ideas about living your life to the fullest and pursuing what brings you joy and happiness. However, it seems I'm not alone in that.
Sports - Oct. 23, 2013
26.2 miles for my 26th birthday
I'm turning 26 and wanted to do something special. I wasn't looking for an average birthday celebration. I wanted to go out of town, maybe get crazy in Las Vegas, something new and exciting. However, it proved to be a bit difficult to coordinate my group of friends and get everyone on board for a vacation. Instead, I thought why not run 26 miles for my 26th birthday?
Music - Sept. 24, 2013
Q&A with Population Control
Lisa Simonson sits down to talk making music, old people candy, alcohol and, of course, metal with local band Population Control.
Sports - Sept. 18, 2013
Losing my Lambeau virginity: A first-timer attends Packers' home opener
There are few things I'm embarrassed to admit. I'll freely tell anyone almost anything about my life; however, there's always been one thing I've had a hard time owning up to. I've never been to a Packers game. Not only was Sept. 15 the Packers' home opener, but it was also my first trip to Titletown.
Marketplace - Aug. 7, 2013
Wisco pride, tattoo style
A recent trip to Walker's Point Tattoo taught me a valuable lesson about myself: I'm not very good at getting tattoos. Although not my first, I'm sure the other patrons in the shop thought it was, given my wincing, cringing and twitching.  
Living - July 16, 2013
Learn the motorcycle basics with Ride Alive
Hoping to get my motorcycle license, I opted for a two-day Basic Rider Course at Ride Alive Motorcycle Academy.
Marketplace - July 8, 2013
Sky High skate jam
It's not every day a local business reaches a milestone like its 25th anniversary, but that's just what happened for independent skate shop Sky High this past Saturday. The all ages celebration brought out both younger and older skaters, proving that this Bay View staple is here to stay.
Travel & Visitors Guide - March 21, 2013
About a month ago a friend asked me to come down and visit her in Austin for South by Southwest. At first I thought she was crazy, but decided it was a brilliant idea. Of course, being so close to the actual event, I couldn't find tickets for less than $700.
Bars & Clubs - Feb. 14, 2013
Work sucks, who wants a drink?
I believe I've mentioned that I'm somewhat of a workaholic, but one job or 10, we can all agree on one thing, sometimes work just sucks. Yesterday was one of those days, but instead of heading home I decided to try my luck one more time and see if a few cocktails could at least bring me out of my foul mood and cloud of self-loathing. 
Bars & Clubs - Jan. 2, 2013
Don't call it "amateur night"
The older I get, the more I seem to hear people refer to New Year's Eve as "amateur night." I'm not offended by this, but I'm perplexed and concerned about the lack of a celebratory spirit.
Bars & Clubs - Dec. 3, 2012
Friday fish, fun and fantastic Southern rock
For me, a normal weekend usually consists of hustling about my part-time jobs, maybe getting a work out in, and spending some time with friends. Weekends are when those of us in service industry jobs tend to have our busiest nights, so typically I'd rather pick-up rather than lose a shift. However, last Friday I was off from work, free to roam, with plans to see Alabama Shakes at the Riverside. 
Sports - Nov. 6, 2012
Cold beer running
If you'd asked me a year ago what the first thought that popped into my head when someone mentioned "beer run," my response would definitely not be 13.1 miles. However, today that's my only thought.  Over the weekend, I accomplished a fitness goal I never dreamed imaginable or ever really had in mind as an obtainable goal.
Bars & Clubs - Sept. 15, 2012
The adultlike birthday party
I always know it's going to be a good night when I get every single thing on my to-do list done before heading out for the evening. This was the case when 7:30 p.m. rolled around and it was time to start the birthday celebrations for a friend of mine. I gave myself a big pat on the back and flew out the door just in time to make it to an 8 p.m. reservation at Odd Duck, 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 
Bars & Clubs - July 25, 2012
A Fish Day frolic
If you haven't heard of this festival, well frankly, you should educate yourself. Fish Day takes place in beautiful Port Washington. It is billed as the world's largest one day outdoor fish fry. Contrary to popular belief, the festival does last only one day (although there are many who start early and finish late). I personally have attended this fishy fest on a regular basis for as long as I can remember. Then again, I also grew up in good ol' P Dub.
Bars & Clubs - June 20, 2012
Tuesday boozeday
I'm not sure why, but Tuesday was feeling a bit too much like Friday. That or maybe I just live life like it's spring break (so I've been told). Either way, Tuesday evening worked out as my only night off this week and I was more than ready for an adult beverage. This particular Tuesday happened to be a bit special as my brother was in town for a few days before an 11-month deployment.