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Start 2008 off with "A Midsummer"

Happy New Year West Allis! The weather outside may be frightful, but our Children's Series is warming things up nicely for theatergoers of all ages.
 
Our next production in our Children's Series will be an adaptation of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" presented by the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa. Directed by James Lentz, Jr. this amusing tale is scaled down for a younger audience but is a fantastic story for everyone. The show will be presented at Nathan Hale High School. Tickets are bargain-priced at $3. Plus, with a curtain time of 2 p.m. and a running time of one hour, everyone will be able to get home in time to watch the Packers play at 3:30 p.m. (All except me (Katherine)  because my husband and I have tickets to see "Wicked" on Broadway with some good friends. Hopefully they will announce the score at intermission. Ah, the things I do for theater!)
 
Keep your eyes open for our audition notice for our spring production "Fuddy Meers." Stay warm!

ADOPTED! Meet Mr. Max Gimble

UPDATE!  UPDATE!   Max was adopted by a young couple from Verona on Sunday.  They are thrilled with their new pal and Max is adjusting well to having three cat siblings! 

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The NFL's lawyers have read my blog!

Free market, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NFL, Television

In my third-ever post back in March 2007 (a brilliant post, by the way) I detailed how the NFL is vigorously defending its marks, and mentioned that the NFL had previously sent letters to Las Vegas casinos stating that the Super Bowl cannot be shown in “public on screens that, according to federal law, are larger than those 'commonly used in private homes'."

Over the past couple of years, My-Sugar-Na and I have become fond of watching Packer games (and a couple of Brewers games, too) from the Northern Lights Theater at Potowatomi.  That appears to be coming to an end with the NFL sending "cease and desist" letters to Potowatomi, the Rosebud Cinema and the Majestic Theater (of course, I am sure this didn't help).  To his credit, Don Walker (the MJS Sports Business writer) did a way better job of detailing this than I could have.  I have tried to find time for days to blog about it, but life is really got me chasing my tail. 

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A local business on my "naughty" list

Free market, Naughty businesses, West Allis

Over the past nine months or so of blogging, I have sang the praises of a few local businesses.  Although sometimes the tone of my blogs can be negative, or it sounds like I am whining, I don't like to call out specific businesses for petty stuff (slow waitress service, a product that is not on time, etc).  Experts can Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah about how customer service should be, but the reality is that some times things just don't work out right.  Does it make one happy?  Usually not, but it also isn't a reason to write about a business that basically says to stay away.

But now and again, a business might do something to blatantly turn away a customer - as if to say "we don't want or need your business" - that needs to be addressed.

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How The Milwaukee County Parks Department Ranks Nationally In Its Offerings

According to the Trust for Public Land, a national center concerned with conserving land for people, here is how the Milwaukee County Park System stacks up to other large metropolitan park systems in a number of areas.

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Bunker's is back

I'm sure that many of you readers remember Bunker's on 81st and Greenfield across the street from the old main gate of the State Fair grounds. It's been gone for about seven to eight years but now, Scotty Bunker is back in a new location. He's on Greenfield yet, but now his eatery and pub is between 74th and 75th Street, just east of the Post Office.  I had the occasion to visit there last evening. What a cozy and inviting place!

Since I've done a lot of customer service work, I tend to judge on that basis. What struck me first was that on ordering drinks the bartender, Vicky, asked our names (there were 4 in our party). She introduced herself and from then on til we left she remembered our names. Amazing to me and very good customer service.

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Good Job!

Working in property management, I spend a fair amount of my workday (November thru April) hearing how terrible the snow removal is.  On a personal level, I understand where they are coming from.  I’m not a huge fan of ice and cold.  I might even like snow if it could fall just on the grass and NOT on the pavement. 

 

But on a professional level, we live in Wisconsin.  We all know to expect this type of weather in December.  Believe me, I don’t want to be tramping through snow and ice anymore than they do, but I understand it’s the nature of the beast.

 

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ADOPTED! Playful Jake is a staff favorite

 

Jake is a treasured dog among the staff and volunteer dog walkers at the Wisconsin Humane Society.  He always greets you with a huge smile, like you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to him.  A bad day at work or school is quickly cured by his cheerful demeanor and eagerness to entertain you. Jake LOVES to go for walks and play in the snow, regardless of the temperature. He is an active, silly boy who thinks independently yet cherishes the companionship of humans.

Jake is a 2 ½ year old Labrador Retriever/Newfoundland mix. He’s been called a “goofy newfie” on more than one occasion. He enjoys the pursuit of tennis balls and proudly demonstrates his ability to catch balls mid-air.  This seventy pound dog is also very affectionate and loving; after a good bout of exercise, Jake adores getting tummy rubs and ear scratches. Jake will undoubtedly bring great joy into someone’s life.

Does he sound like a good match for you?  Check him out at www.wihumane.org or call 414-ANIMALS for adoption information.

Jake, like many dogs, barrels through snow piles with glee and is entranced by snow falling from the sky. However, all dog guardians should be aware that cold weather can be very dangerous for dogs. From frostbite and cracked paws to antifreeze and sidewalk salt, winter can pose many threats to your dog’s safety. Check out cold weather safety tips at the WHS web site.

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Little ones need homes, too

From an Abyssinian Guinea Pig named Mango to Sparkles, a Rex Rabbit, the Wisconsin Humane Society has a myriad of small animals right now!  All these petite pals are looking for new homes and make great companions. 

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ADOPTED! Riggins will warm up your heart and home

Update! Riggins was adopted by a great family.  

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The heartbreak of Golfer's Elbow

Bluemound Bowl, Bowling, Craps, Injuries, My-Sugar-Na, Reno

Last week Friday (January 11th), I had surgery on my right elbow.  The first time I had a twinge in my elbow was in Januray 2005.  At that time, I had bowled three nights a week for a few years, but I was only bowling one night a week for the beginning of that seaon.  I was asked to bowl in a new league for the second half of that season, and on the very first night on this new team I felt a twinge in my elbow.  Not that it really hurt, because that same week I bowled a career-high 847 series at Bluemound Bowl (which included two 300 games).

The elbow got a little worse in the early part of 2005, but not painful enough to get anything done about it... it was more of a nagging ache that bothered me worse on some days than other days.  As a matter of fact, in April of that year I bowled an 804 series (the only time in my career that I had bowled two 800+ series in the same season).

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Snow Removal Follow Up

Last week I posted about the snow removal in West Allis.

AngryWestAllis disagreed with my stand on the job West Allis has done with snow removal.  In response to your comments, AngryWestAllis, I honestly couldn't tell you if I lived near an alderman or not, my taxes are high, and I too, live off the main drag.  I didn't say my road was perfectly plowed down to the pavement after a snowfall.  I'm saying I know the City was doing the best job they could do with what Mother Nature (and a salt shortage in December) was dishing out. 

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UPDATE: Elize got adopted!

UPDATE: Eliza is now in a new home!

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ADOPTED! 100 lbs of Love: Meet Dakota.

UPDATE! Dakota was adopted Wednesday evening by a terrific woman from Grafton! 


Dakota is a 7-year-old Akita who couldn't be sweeter!  This gentle giant knows several commands, including "sit" and "shake."  He is a calm, patient dog who likes to spend time hanging out in the snow or cuddling with a pal.  At nearly 100 lbs, he would do best in a home without little kids he might accidentally knock over, but he'd likely enjoy the friendship of older children.  If your family is interested in giving this great guy a home, bring everyone down to meet Dakota at WHS.  If you have another dog, you can even do a dog intro here!  Click here to learn more.

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Relationships

Relationships

Hey all.....  here I am, stopping by to drop some thoughts off.  As usual, this one will be about relationships... 

Alot of women wish their men would express themselves verbally.  I always have.  I know for me it is really important to me to hear if someone likes me, thinks I am beautiful, etc..  I think it has to do with re-affirmation.  Also, hearing for most women is believing.  To me it always has been.  I think this thought process has always gotten me into the wrong relationships.  So many people are so eager to drop the "like" or "love" word to keep someone around.  I think men know if they say it, we believe it.  It must be true.  Why would someone say it if he didn't mean it?

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February 17th is fast approaching

Brewers players, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers

That's when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training!

I mean, this football thing is very nice (notwithstanding the fact that the Packers got key-rushed last weekend in the NFC Championship game).  But baseball is, well, baseball.

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Respect, find out what it means to me..

Respect

You know what?   I often wonder why when you look on the internet, there are so many girls who have their clothes off?  Why do they not have respect for themselves? 

How far have we come?  Why do women think it is ok to expose themselves?  Most women will tell you that they are proud of their bodies, men like it, etc, but my GOD, what the heck ever happened to having respect for yourself?

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Must Have Experience

 

“Must have 5 years previous experience in grant writing.”

 

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ADOPTED! Playful pup looking for a pal.

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Upcoming Primary

Democrats, elections, primary, register for voting, Republicans, voters, voting

The upcoming presidential election will be an ultimate historical occasion. On the Democratic side we will have either a woman or an African American running and on the Republican side we have four men that are still in the running. One is a Doctor, another is a governor of a southern state, one is a former POW and the fourth one is a Mormon governor. That also makes for a very interesting situation. I've been watching the debates, trying to get a handle on all of their policies and positions. Doing this has given me an idea into who the candidates are as people and how they stand on the issues that affect me and this country.

To all those citizens that say "my vote doesn't matter" or I'm not going to vote, it just doesn't matter" I tell you that you are fools. Your vote does matter. Having the freedom to vote is a privilege that so many across the globe have and are dying for and so many citizens here just blow it off. My parents never voted. When I asked why I got that "my vote doesn't matter" answer and they also thought that if they were registered they just might get called for jury duty. From what I've been told jury duty names are taken from the census rolls. I started voting as soon as I was old enough to do so. My kids vote and my grandchildren vote as soon as they are able. It's a privilege and a duty as citizens of the USA.

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