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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.

FFNL and El Rey

As expected the weather and crowds were great for Friday's fun. El Rey and the Nightbeats is one of the few bands people dance to and they were taking advantage. Broadway was totally and pleasantly clogged, as it was last year, and people were climbing every tree and lamp post just to get a glimpse of them. Well, maybe not that last part, but they're popular.

They've been around 54 years; that's four years longer than the Beach Boys! A nice touch to their varied set was, when it was through, each band member said something in appreciation to the crowd. They are from the Waukesha area and are always happy to see so many people enjoying themselves.

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more FFNL

I enjoyed Darry's latest on the Downtown Waukesha situation. Freeman Friday Night Live continues to be the best thing to bring people downtown since Weekend in Waukesha a few years back. The difference, I've noticed, is FFNL attracts mostly people from the local area who would most benefit from a thriving downtown. While Harley's Weekend in Waukesha was great fun, temporarily good for the economy and a great way to get word out about our fair city, my guess is the majority of our guests may not return until another Harley event, if then.

Last Friday I was situated at the bottleneck between the Potter's Shop demonstration booth and the Steaming Cup stage where the Front Porch Boys were entertaining. There were so many strollers; couples, singles and the four-wheeled kind, that foot traffic often would have to wait their turn to pass. Figured if I stood there long enough eventually most FFNL goers would eventually walk past. The weather was great, but people watching was even better.

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in lieu of

St. Vincent, 1) sound of music, Badgerland Skiers

Haven't hopped down the bloggin' trail lately. Last couple weeks have been more notable for what I didn't do than what I've done.

Didn't go to State Fair or Air and Water Show in Milwaukee. Didn't attend latest Art Crawl or Friday Night Live. Didn't go to Bluesfest; haven't even been to one Badgerland Water Ski show this year. Didn't chase any balloons at the Hartford Hot Air Balloon Rally this last weekend or go to the Waukesha Old Car Club show at Frame Park . . .

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One For The Funny And Two To Go

Badgerland Skiers, Frame Park

Finally saw my first Badgerland Water Ski show of the season last night after admitting I hadn't been to any. What a riot! The weather and crowds were great, skiing superb as always on the crystal clear waters of the Fox River.

Two things really amazed me. First, Steve, the new announcer, is great. He's got a routine you shouldn't miss. It's hilarious! He does a little doubles act on skis that you'd never expect and have to see to believe.

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Three To Get Ready...

Badgerland Skiers, Frame Park

I stand corrected.

Last post mentioned two Badgerland ski shows left this season. In fact there are three if you include Labor Day Monday's show, which I was reminded about. In order to squeeze every last bit of sunlight out of a swiftly-dwindling summer this last show of the year will begin at 6:00 and end at 7:30.

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facebook reunion

Crabby Joe's, Barefoot 'n' Bluejeans, reunion, Waukesha North, 1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, Friday Night Live

If you've been on facebook you know how easy it is to connect. You can easily set up groups and events without expense or difficulty. Users have no problem connecting with others with a common interest or history. Finding old friends connected to facebook is as easy as typing their names, looking  through others' list of friends, or responding to friends suggested to you by facebook or other users.

The Waukesha North group I'm in makes it a lot easier to gather or share news among those who have the common interest, history and friends.

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slippery when wet

Mother Goose would never have allowed this.

Jack Spratt had a spat with his woman in the shower. A clean fight? While doing their part to conserve Waukesha's precious resource, police broke down the door and wrestled Jack to the floor. But Jack, covered in Irish Spring (or was it Dial) slipped out of their grasp wearing nothing but a smile.

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Everyone's got a little Irish Fest in 'em

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, YouTube, let us pray

What a pleasure it is to visit Milwaukee's lakefront on a beautiful August morning for the largest outdoor mass in America followed by a day enjoying America's largest Irish music and culture festival.

Every year I enjoy it more than the last. The woman signing for hearing impaired gave me food for thought while I waited for the mass to start. There are many ways to enjoy the largest music festival in America. . . even if you can't hear it. Obviously, fantastic sights are all around. The taste and aroma of Irish food and drink surrounds you, the feel of cool lake breezes on your skin. . .

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