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Takin' the Blog for a Walk

Join Waukesha resident Brien Lee and his blog, Sir Fido, as they explore the city and report on the interesting things they find.

Email Brien at howlinblog@yahoo.com.

GuitarTown Gala

I'll have to blog in detail later. Last night I got home from the gala after 10:00 and am starting work 2 hours early so I don't miss the Friday Night Live festivities.

Unlike most of the other GuitarTown artists Jeff Seymour had been keeping his 10 foot creation under wraps. I had no idea what to expect from him, and what I'd imagined was vastly different from what we got to finally see last night as a cold light rain fell.

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day II

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, Barefoot 'n' Bluejeans, festival, Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, Les is more, Tom Noll

Made it down for Friday's unveiling and first Friday Night Live of the year. Almost all businesses were open and most were busy, which was good to see. The crowd wasn't nearly as large as the Harley anniversary event, but then again beer wasn't allowed in the streets. Just as well. The weather turned cool and wet, was 51 degrees by the time I left, and hot drinks were the preferred beverage.

The Couri Insurance Mainstage was surrounded by a good-sized group and the music was good, though a little loud, especially after 10:00 p.m. I left at ten and Sammy Llanas was still playing, but I doubt they played much longer.

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day III

GuitarTown, art

Saturday's weather was absolutely gorgeous after two days of cold and rain. I started by travelling to Prairie Home and the Les Paul memorial to talk to and hear from Rusty Paul, but he was called back East for some unknown reason. Sue Baker was there and I collected a first day of issue Les Paul card from her for which I'm appreciative.

After that I just wanted to try the walking tour, so I parked in front of the Waukesha County Museum and headed west. Before I went far I noticed people carrying guitar pick shaped maps of the tour and picked one up for myself at Martha Merrell's. As I continued I ran into friends who were also just starting and heading in the same direction so we went together. Many more people asked where we picked up our maps so we picked up a spare at one of the galleries, giving it away shortly after.

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how I spent my weekend

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, art, Barefoot 'n' Bluejeans, Clinton Street Gallery, Freeman, Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, J-S, Les is more, Tom Noll, Waukesha Civic Theater, Waukesha County Museum, Waukesha Tattoo, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube

one for the history books

politics

Tuesday was one for the books and not just because there was a rare Transit of Venus that day. Though it'll be 2117 the next time Venus crosses the sun, some say we'd probably be dead then. Now if we weren't that would be historic.

It's not often that a worldwide radio broadcast, the BBC, reports on Wisconsin elections. A marketwatcher friend even mentioned to me that it looked like the Wisconsin election affected worldwide stock markets.

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Happy Birthday Les!

Les is more, A little Les talk

Today Les would've been 97. A while back I started a lesblog and I'm thinking today would be a good time for it's debut. You can find it by clicking here. I've covered much of what is said in this WaukeshaNOW blog, but what's nice about my lesblog is all the links added to it. Most of the GuitarTown artists are linked to as is the Chasing Sound! documentary, which I highly recommend by the way. There's a side widget for Les Paul videos... You could spend a lot of time and learn a lot about Les from all the links and videos.

Let me know what you think.

Fahrenheit 84

Ray Bradbury, Pewaukee Astronomy, Harken Observatory

"We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now."

As I type this it's 84 degrees in Waukesha. Blogging on a laptop about the passing of Ray Bradbury is something you'd never see him do... blogging and using a computer. Driving a car... or even dying, for that matter, is something else Ray would never do if he could help it.

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nick name

ODW Logistics

 Many nick names are used at ODW where I work. None of the names are derogatory, several just shortened versions of given names. I feel it's just another step in making co-workers feel more like friend or family.

Seems to me some of the nick names get started by the same one or two people. For a long time I was known at Dr. Lee until I finally said something. I felt the term should be reserved for those who've earned it. A few call me by my first name, one calls me Mr. Brien, and another occasionally refers to me as Aristotle. (Don't ask.)

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marsh mellow

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, water, YouTube, Vernon Marsh

How long has it been? Three weeks since last it's rained? Been so dry lately the Fox is very low with sandbars showing in places.

So what does it do the one time of year the Friends of Vernon Marsh, and I, take the canoes and kayaks out on the Fox to explore the marsh?

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Festival of Creativity

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, art, festival, GuitarTown, YouTube, Milw. Art Museum

Everything seemed so new and different. I don't recall ever visiting the Lakefront Festival of Arts before. I was blown away by the creativity.

I did not know how very few Wisconsin artists show at the fest. I did see Waukesha GuitarTown artists Katie Musolff and Andy Fletcher, creators of "Red Fox" kept at Rochester Deli, showing but most of the 176 artists and craftsmen call other states their home.

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summer fest

Barefoot 'n' Bluejeans, 1) sound of music, festival

Last year I blogged about a facebook-arranged, informal high school reunion: The Unofficial, Unsanctioned Waukesha North Multi-Year Reunion. It was held at Crabby Joe's in Waukesha and included a visit to Friday Night Live to see fellow classmate Tim McNulty and hear his band, Barefoot 'N Bluejeans, outside Martha Merrell's.

This year's 2nd Annual unsanctioned reunion was combined with an existing event, a summer festival in it's 19th year: Summer Solstice 2012. Though summer officially began Wednesday, the unofficial reunion / Summer Solstice was Saturday.

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