I get the chills everytime someone talks about Milwaukee getting “cool.”

March 11th, 2006

For fifteen years, viagra buy sale I’ve been blessed to be able to call Milwaukee my home.

And now, doctor whenever I hear someone talk about extending Chicago’s Metra to Milwaukee or touting Milwaukee as a tourist destination of historic value or saying how Harley is going to make Milwaukee even more “happening,” I say to myself…

…please, Lord, let Milwaukee remain a forgotten little corner of the country.

Let the fools in Minneapolis and Miami keep thinking of us as the home of Laverne & Shirly.

Let the bozos in Boston and Berkley look down their noses at our beer & brats.

Don’t let Milwaukee become the new home to twenty-something morons from New York and L.A. looking for the next cool city.

I don’t want to be surrounded by trendy twits.

I don’t want the hamburgers at Kopps to start coming covered in goat cheese.

I don’t want to battle guys with british accents for the last bar stool at At Random.

I don’t want to see Paris Hilton in a trench coat (and nothing else) sneaking around at The Safe House.

Leave me in peace to enjoy my unspoiled views of a great lake.

Let me keep the feeling that the Milwaukee Art Museum spreads its wings for me alone.

Let me enjoy the electric thrill I still get when walking into The Milwaukee Rep‘s Powerhouse theater (which started life as a real power plant).

Let Seattle and Miami and Minneapolis and San Francisco enjoy the “benefits” of being the places to be.

I pray that Milwaukee will remain one of America’s last really sincere cities.

And the best place I’ve ever been lucky enough to call home.

Entry Filed under: Milwaukee,Observations,Personal

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sheldn  |  March 11th, 2006 at 10:22 am

    … and let’s pray that the “starburst” piece of art at the end of Wisconsin Avenue will never get the approval of the commissioned artist to be moved…

  • 2. Wm. Clement  |  March 11th, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    You mean that ugly orange thing that would look perfect about 1/2 mile east of it’s current location?

  • 3. sheldn  |  March 11th, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    I mean the ugly orange “starburst” object d’ arte that requires the authorization of the original artist that was commissioned and paid $250,000 to weld and paint about $2,000 of steel that blocks the fabulous view of the Milwaukee Art Museum when looking East down Wisconsin Ave…. Yes that one… And yes I agree it could be relocated about 1/2 mile East and not loose the impact or meaning.

  • 4. Administrator  |  March 11th, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    I agree with both of you.

    Like you care. ;)

  • 5. sheldn  |  March 12th, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    On the positive side… Milwaukee is cool.. Look at the Art Museum. Stop in at Pieces of Eight with ok food and a fabulous view of the lakeshore. Then stop in at the Summer Fest grounds during the fest of your choice. Stop in at many of the [newer] good restaraunts on Milwaukee street, not to mention the many great places that have been around for years.. I haven’t even left a small 2 square mile area and have found many great things (if you ignore the Starburst artwork). Oh yeah, I forgot to say that we don’t need the Metra, we have Amtrak which runs 8 times daily between Chicago and Milwaukee and only costs $20 each way.

    All in all Milwaukee is a great place.

  • 6. Administrator  |  March 12th, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    I was on a cruiseship in the Carribean with a beautiful woman.

    She turned to me and said, “isn’t this paradise?”

    I answered, “nope. Paradise is a little lannonstone house in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.”

    And I meant every word of it.

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