Thursday evening, My-Sugar-Na and I went to Potowatomi Casino to watch the Packers game in the Northern Lights theater. We made the mistake of eating at the buffet before saving our seats, and when we got to the theater an hour before game time, all of the seats were either saved or occipied. My-Sugar-Na and I waited for about thirty minutes until two seats opened up. In the row directly behind us was Frank Calieno's father. Unsolicited, he introduced himself to us as "Frank Caliendo's Dad". I don't actually know his first name. Clearly, he is proud of his son, and he was quite proud of the fact that the elder Caliendo had just gotten back from California and will be on an episode of Frank TV in the near future.
This morning, as I was at Stone Creek on Bluemound Road for my second $5 cup of coffee of the week (I've tried to cut down to one a week, but I needed the jolt to get going this morning). The line was quite long, and the guy in front of me was a large, well groomed black man. As we got closer to the register, he turned to me and said that I looked familiar. I responded the same, and we tried to figure it out. He asked me if I had worked in radio (I said that I didn't) and it occured to me... I was speaking with James T. Harris, who is a semi-regular panelist on Sunday Insight with Charlie Sykes (as well as being a fill in for Jeff Wagner's radio show, but I couldn't recognize a radio guy, could I?) Mr. Harris did tip me off that there was some excitement on Sunday Insight tomorrow. They taped the episode Friday evening, and Mr. Harris said that one particular topic had the set riled up. He also said that they had to take a couple of takes to get the "Winners and Losers" segment done.
The Wave started in 1984 as a glorified amateur team. After their fourth season, they moved to the Bradley Center, and for about fifteen seasons their attendance averaged in the 7,000 to 8,000 range. About five years ago, they moved to the US Cellular Arena and attendance has steadily declined. Along the way, the Wave won the league championship four times.
Until 2002, I was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace (aka "St. Southgate") on 27th & Euclid. (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Son, Mitten had gone to grade school there from kindergarten through sixth grade. For various reasons, when I separated from the Devil Reincarnate, I stopped going to that church. Since then, I have been looking for a new church to attend where I feel comfortable. I know this is going to drive the touchy-feeley churchgoing readers crazy, but I don't want a touchy-feeley church.
I have attended bunches of other churches for varying lengths of time over the last five years, but none have grabbed me and made me think "This is it!". The closest that I have found was Gesu Parish (aka "The Church of the Downtown Jesus"), however, going downtown is quite a trek some mornings (the offset is some of the Marquette students of the female race that attend that church!) Maybe Gesu is the church for me.
Maybe a check into some of the lists (lower right of this page, but conveniently linked in this post) would give us an idea...
Al's Ramblings - This is my favorite Brewers info blog. The updates are quick and an easy read, and usually the links contained within do the talking. I like this blog even though I am in complete disagreement about the Brewers rise and fall of last season (Al says that the 24-10 start, or the slide in August are small cross-sections of a season, and the final record is almost always what it deserves to be. I say that the 24-10 start shows how good the team can be, and the slide in August was a red flag that needed immediate attention.)
1. My-Sugar-Na and I stopped by Tommasino Italia' for dinner last night. The restaurant on 74th & Greenfield (formerly the beloved Doyle's Milwaukee Inn) is owned by Thomas Doyle. During dinner (fantastic pizza, by the way, with fresh giardinara and parmesan on the side), I spoke with Mr. Doyle. He stated two very interesting and believable things.
First, he is amazed that more of his business wasn't from West Allis residents. Both the Milwaukee Inn and Tommasino Italia' were/are by no means George Webb-priced, but they aren't Eddie Martinis-priced, either. My large, three topping pizza was about $16, and the restaurant featured checkered tablecloths, linen napkins and good silverware. Some of the entrees were in the $15ish range, but that certainly compares favorably with other sit-down restaurants. He said that business has improved since he changed the offerings to Italian, but there is certainly room for more.