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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.

take your drum and beat it

8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, a wee bit o Irish, YouTube

Had to wonder if I was doing the right thing, going to Irish Fest last Sunday morning just to see Different Drums late in the day. It was to be their last performance, I'd been following them for years, but weather was chilly with a cold wind off the lake. I saved myself $17.00 at the gate by bringing in groceries for Hunger Task Force around 10:00, and at least another $10.00 by throwing the bike in the car, parking on a distant street and riding in. But Different Drums of Ireland didn't perform for another eight hours and I was in shorts.

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Happy 99th

1) sound of music, A little Les talk, art, Friday Night Live, full of hot air, GuitarTown, Les is more, Waukesha, Waukesha North, YouTube

Today would have been Les Paul's 99th. In celebration, Waukesha's Friday Night Live opened the season with GuitarTown III and live music downtown on nine stages. Weather was great and the crowd really enjoyed wandering the streets. I saw at least two businesses with lines out the doors.

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Just for the Record

1) sound of music, Christmas, Guinness

I failed to mention, as reported in in February 5th's Waukesha Freeman, that carolers in Waukesha have officially broken the year old record to make it into the Guinness Book. As mentioned earlier, I was among the 1822 frozen singing souls downtown that cold November 22nd evening.

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A Christmas Carroll

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, Christmas

It wouldn't surprise me if charitable giving increases next weekend, along with greater empathy for others. Dickens' A Christmas Carol had that effect on readers 170 years ago and likely is still true today. Likewise, Christmas at Carroll, next weekend's awe-inspiring concert in Carroll's Shattuck Music Center has always had a positive transformative effect on me. I've been attending for years, and if I weren't in the spirit before the concert, then I sure was three hours later!

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Sound of Music II

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things

A Los Angeles Times op-ed cartoon reprinted in today's Journal Sentinel:

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It's Christmas Time in the City

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Christmas, YouTube

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks

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Carol and Carroll

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 6) when I'm feeling sad, Carroll, Christmas

There will be much discussion today on what everyone was doing 50 years ago when they learned President Kennedy was shot. I don't remember the day, but as I was only 2-1/2 at the time I know what I was probably doing: dirtying diapers and napping between playing with my toys and teasing my sisters.

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what's the difference?

1) sound of music

I've been blogging silently lately, i.e. not at all. The 15th Annual HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner & Auction I've been preparing for is tonight. I'll have photos to share and HOPE to put them up in a day or two.

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relaxing weekend

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, A little Les talk, bailey, full of hot air, GuitarTown, Les is more, ODW Logistics, Waukesha Civic Theater, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha North, YouTube

It's a good thing we got an extra hour this weekend. I needed it!

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I O U 1

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, Carroll, let us pray, St. William, Waukesha North

I owe you one. Let's put it this way, if U.S. military veterans weren't around to defend freedom and country my life would be a whole lot different. . . and not in a good way.

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I'm feeling a little bluegrass today

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, Friday Night Live, ODW Logistics, Spring City Grass

My company purchased ten tickets so we could see one of our co-workers duke it out in a boxing match at Potawatomi this Saturday. It should be fun. No one at work has ever seen him fight before.

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"heaven" can wait

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, Retzer

The piper is calling me to join him at Horwitz Planetarium tomorrow night, but Retzer Nature Center, where the planetarium is located, is too quiet after dark. It seems much more inviting when the forests echo with laughter. 

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lucky 7, must be heaven, Northstar Band Takes State... Again!

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, Waukesha North

Best color guard. Best percussion. Best musical presentation. Tied with Waukesha West for best visual presentation.

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summer's last blast

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, helping, nature, Retzer

This is the final week of summer and it feels like it. It was very cool, and extremely foggy in spots, early Saturday morning and a chilly rain all day today. I'll take that any day over last year's hot, dry summer though.

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Irish Fest

8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, a wee bit o Irish

Left the house a little after five Sunday morning to chase hot air balloons to an eventual soft landing in the outlots of Woodman's Market, and spent a beautiful 7-1/2 hours at Irish Fest directly after not arriving back home until after five in the afternoon.

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this lucky rabbit has flavia

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things

Couldn't help but notice yesterday's Freeman photo of Flavia and the Red in downtown Waukesha. I loved this group when I heard them live at Boucher on Moreland after their second place finish in Summerfest's Land the Big Gig contest. I've been following them ever since.

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my 1st wffnl of 2013

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, Friday Night Live, Spring City Grass

My first visit to this year's Waukesha's Freeman Friday Night Live was rather interesting. 

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Playing in the 'Grass

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, Friday Night Live, reunion, Grass Food & Lodging, , Spring City Grass

One last video of Sunday's 'Grass, Food & Lodging concert on the Main Lawn at Carroll University. Average age of audience: at least 50. Approximate crowd size: probably 200 to 250ish. Last time Grass, Food & Lodging played before this three performance reunion: 1980. Length of Sunday's concert: 3 hours. Guest performers welcomed on stage: at least four. Weather: partly to mostly cloudy and 75 with light breeze.

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'Grass is Alive and Well

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, reunion, YouTube, Grass, Food and Lodging

I was one of many hundreds enjoying a little 'Grass on the grass last night as the reunion of once popular bluegrass band 'Grass, Food and Lodging entertained us for three hours in front of beautiful and historic Main Hall of Carroll University. Storms were a comin' when I left home, but they thankfully missed Waukesha and left us with cool breezes and cloudy skies. Only two drops of rain fell.

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say it ain't so

1) sound of music, Barefoot 'n' Bluejeans, Friday Night Live, reunion

Following the longest Friday of the year, the first Saturday of summer, with storms keeping me awake in the night and alarm ringing at four to go to work in the morning, really did seem like the longest Saturday of the year. I wish it never had to end.

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impressive times II

1) sound of music, A little Les talk, 8) my favorite things, art, Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, John Schoenknecht, Les is more, Tom Noll, Waukesha County Museum, YouTube

The Walldogs have cleaned their brushes. The Gibson bus has traversed Main one last time and just kept going. Fifteen new ten-foot guitar creations are temporarily put back into storage. 

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Land of the Free

1) sound of music, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, full of hot air, Lapham Peak

All the free stuff last weekend:  fishing, state parks and trails, national trails, Carroll's Summer Arts Series...  Annual fishing license - $20.00. State parks sticker - $25.00. State trail pass - $20.00. Carroll's Arts Series - priceless. I feel I got my money's worth out of the weekend.

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Land of the Free

1) sound of music, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, full of hot air, Lapham Peak

All the free stuff last weekend:  fishing, state parks and trails, national trails, Carroll's Summer Arts Series...  Annual fishing license - $20.00. State parks sticker - $25.00. State trail pass - $20.00. Carroll's Arts Series - priceless. I feel I got my money's worth out of the weekend.

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Carroll Arts Series begins next Sunday

Carroll, 1) sound of music

In case you missed it:

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What's next?

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, Carroll, UWW, Waukesha County Museum, John Schoenknecht

A very happy Mother's Day to all!

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Did you miss this?

Carroll, 1) sound of music

I could've titled this "I don't know how they keep doing it," as Carroll never stops amazing me with their offerings, collaborations and joint concerts for enjoyment of the general public.

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A day for sharing

Carroll, Retzer, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things

The end of National Volunteer Week and Donate Life Month began early for me with a 6:30 a.m. appointment Saturday for a dual red donation at BloodCenter of Wisconsin on Springdale.  I was concerned that after four months with the appointment I may not be able to keep it. I was trying to shake a cold I'd caught the week before, and was also asked if I could work Saturday morning.

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music to my ears

Carroll, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things

Alas, Carroll University's academic year is coming to a close. This has been a great year for many wonderful concerts, and lectures, free and open to the public.  I thought we'd seen the last of the performances last weekend when the four scheduled (one Friday, two Saturday and one Sunday) hinted at a grand finale for a year I never wanted to see end.

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Finally

Les is more, GuitarTown, Waukesha County Museum, 1) sound of music

Read this week that the Les Paul exhibit at the Waukesha County Museum finally has an opening date. . . and it's not too far off. June 9th would've been Les' 98th birthday, a good day to open a long-awaited exhibit on his life. That same weekend is also the GuitarTown II and Waukesha's Freeman Friday Night Live kick off, so it should be pretty busy around here. Hopefully the events will work together to benefit the museum, as the reason for the exhibit is why GuitarTown is here in the first place. 

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you can't put a price on perfection

Carroll, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things

Music is in the ear of the beholder. There's a lot I wouldn't consider "music," not to say others wouldn't enjoy it. If I find a song I encounter or am subjected to that is too loud or distasteful I either leave, turn it down or turn the channel. If I can do neither I just cringe and try to tune it out.

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saying a prayer for artists

art, 1) sound of music

We said a prayer petition for artists during mass today. It was unexpected and out of the ordinary, but totally appropriate considering yesterday's Art Crawl and all the other beautiful things I witnessed this weekend. We thanked God for artists brightening up our world and making it a better place. Understood to mean visual artists, but as everyone knows there's more to art than meets the eye.

art·ist  

/ärtist/
Noun
  1. A person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.
  2. A person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, novelist, poet, or filmmaker.
 

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on the fence

Carroll, Christmas, Waukesha North, Waukesha North, 1) sound of music

I can't decide what I'd rather do next week.

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entertainment tonight

Friday Night Live, 1) sound of music

A fairly decent line up of performers, and cooler weather, will greet visitors to Waukesha's Freeman Friday Night Live tonight from 6:30 to 9:00 in historic downtown Waukesha. Finian McCoy will be warming up the crowd at the Steaming / People's / Almont stage and getting them in the mood for next weekend's Irish Fest. Additionally, five other stages will host the delightful sounds of Cheryl McCrary, Theiss & O'Connor, Peter Llanas, Peter D'Amore and the Andrew Gelles Band.

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Waukesha North Choir Backs Up Foreigner

Waukesha North, Waukesha County Fair, 1) sound of music

Was able to squeeze a lot into two days, and not just from getting up at 4:10 a.m..

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I want to know what multi-tasking is

1) sound of music, Waukesha County Fair

I will survive Friday through the process of elimination. Since it's impossible to be everywhere I'd like, as much as I'd like to try, have to try for the rare event / events that may never happen again.

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the Gig has landed

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, Friday Night Live, YouTube

Summerfest's 45th year is in the history books. Was waiting until today to go when everyone could get in free between noon and three. The weather was great today, finally cooled off and was quite bearable. Never did make it though. Didn't see anyone playing I had to see. There's always another year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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not Les Paul's Les Paul

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, art, Friday Night Live, Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, Les is more

Three "Racing Gibbys," or whatever you want to call them, made the rounds during Monday's Memorial Day Parade. They were handing out fliers for this weekend's GuitarTown festivities and generating interest.  I noticed the one most similar to a Les Paul Gibson is left-handed. Les was a righty.

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Les than a week away

art, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, Les is more, YouTube

GuitarTown unveiling is this week. I'm still encountering lots of Waukesha citizens who know nothing, or next to nothing, about it even though it's been in the news for months. There's probably not too much that can be done about that now, if they don't follow Waukesha news... Maybe they'll see the sculptures around Downtown in the coming months, but it does reinforce my belief that at least one of the ten foot guitars should be placed closer to one of the main roads bypassing downtown, North Street or St. Paul, to draw interest and for more visibility.

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10' from action

1) sound of music, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, Waukesha Civic Theater

Thanks to Toyota, was able to squeeze into the nearest spot to Waukesha Civic Theater's rear entrance when the rest of parking lot was filled. Thanks to front row seats was literally ten feet from the action, and with Miss Saigon there is a lot of action.

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Tom Noll says goodbye

art, 8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, Fox6, GuitarTown, Tom Noll, YouTube

I tagged along for the ride as Waukesha artist Tom Noll said goodbye to the baby he has fed and nurtured these last several months. "The Founder" has kept him awake many late nights, but it was time to turn him loose and trust you've raised him right.

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SuperCincoSaturday

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, art, Frame Park, GuitarTown, helping, Moxie, ODW Logistics, Riverwalk, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube

Not much going on to celebrate the Cinco-Sesqui, it's the 150th anniversary of the Mexican Army conquering French in the Battle of Puebla 5/5/1862, but lots going on here anyway.

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the best GuitarTown video you'll see today

GuitarTown, Tom Noll, art, 8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music

The Les Paul of Waukesha artists, Tom Noll, has condensed 200 painstaking hours of work into two minutes of sheer enjoyment. It's mysteriously coreographed to appear his pace picks up when the tempo speeds up. Perfect accompaniment for a perfect accomplishment.

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idol chatter

Waukesha North, St. William, 1) sound of music

I enjoyed my first Waukesha Idol last weekend at North. Was watching for any surprises and found plenty in the incredible talent of the students. Though the competition was open through high school age, several of the ten to twelve year olds demonstrated surprising skill for their age. All these kids have a bright future, maybe not all in music, but I admire the discipline of practice and the courage to perform in front of a full auditorium. Several students get extra points for accompanying themselves with piano or guitar.

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Nothing great really happened

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, art, GuitarTown, Hope Center, helping, let us pray, snow job, St. Vincent, St. William, Waukesha County Fair, YouTube

Suffering from a touch of blogarrhea. This could get messy.

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Rhubarb Red and the power of music to heal

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, 7) I simply remember, art, Freeman, , Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, Les is more, YouTube

There's been no shortage of controversy to stir up emotion lately... recalls, street closure, mayoral antics... Interesting Sound Off in Thursday's Freeman.  Makes me want to sound off myself.

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more guitar for les

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, GuitarTown, Les is more

A couple days after Les died two and a half years ago I posted a photo of what I felt his monument should look like. It wasn't a suggestion he be laid to rest in Meier Festival Park where the photo was taken though.

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priceless & free

Carroll, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube

It changed me.

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This will be huge!

8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, art, J-S, GuitarTown, Freeman, Les is more, Waukesha County Museum

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thanks for sharing

Carroll, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Hope Center, Moreland Family Medicine

I applaud you! The week following one of our most thankful holidays held plenty of opportunity to practice what is preached.

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a 40 Year Climb

1) sound of music

Songs that make you feel old: Stairway to Heaven turned 40 last week.  

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An Affordable Smoke

Friday Night Live, Waukesha Civic Theater, 1) sound of music

Sadly, some things are soon coming to an end. Did you have a good summer? I had a good time working and playing hard. I'm ready for yet another wet fall and long, cold, dark winter. Change is good.

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Les Talk, More Music

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Les is more, YouTube

Sue Baker's letter to the Freeman after Les' memorial dedication reminded me that there is a really great website for the Les Paul Foundation on which she serves. My first thought was "hey, the Les Paul Google Doodle is still available," and I started playing with that. In preparation for this post I took another look at the site and "hey, the entire dedication is on video!" If you have any interest at all you should take a peek.

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untitled, part II

Waukesha Civic Theater, , Spring City Grass, Friday Night Live, Freeman, 1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 8) my favorite things, John Schoenknecht

Several news items caught my eye last week. The series is over now, but I thoroughly enjoyed John Schoenknecht's Freeman columns on the County Fair. I especially enjoyed reading about ballooning at the fair and had no idea it went as far back as 1880!

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untitled, part I

7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, 1) sound of music, full of hot air, helping, Les is more, let us pray

Titles are often the hardest part. It doesn't help when the one I want to use is taken. I was going to call this one blogstipation to reflect the two weeks I haven't written but someone had already thought of it first. I've been busy with work and play and regret not blogging more frequently, mainly because now there's almost too much to write about.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Good Vibrations felt at the fair

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, Waukesha County Fair

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4th on the 4th

8) my favorite things, full of hot air, YouTube, 7) I simply remember, 2) raindrops on roses, 1) sound of music, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, art, bailey, Carroll, Christmas Clearing Council, Clinton Street Gallery, contest, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, diggin' dirt, dripping blood, festival, Frame Park, Freeman, Friday Night Live, helping, Hope Center, Janboree, John Schoenknecht, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, Moxie, National Night Out, politics, Race for the Cure, Retzer, Ride of Silence, Salvation Army, say uncle, Spring City Grass, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, UWW, water, Waukesha County Museum, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha North, Waukesha Tattoo, Workforce

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dig the "hairy" music

1) sound of music

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If You Love to Read, get rid of your TV

UWW, festival, 1) sound of music

Thrilled to see Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books return for a second year at UW-Waukesha. This free event was a huge success last year and I loved it. As before there's a huge variety of authors to meet and listen to, food, music, exhibits...

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old man's pride

8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, Waukesha North, YouTube

I had 112 decibels of pride for my son's graduation. Sorry if you temporarily lost your hearing.

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graduation day

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, YouTube, Waukesha North

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Les Google More Fun

Les is more, 1) sound of music

What a great way to celebrate Les Paul's 96th birthday! Today only you can play electric guitar with your mouse on Google's homepage. Record and play it back. It's pretty amusing. I think Les would like what I recorded for him.

they made the right call

Freeman, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Friday Night Live, Spring City Grass

It's pretty much been left to the discretion of Waukesha Police whether to close Main Street, Clinton, South, Broadway, etc. for live music in Waukesha. The weather was nice for the first Freeman Friday Night Live of the year and music lovers came. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, didn't appear to be any trouble. What I noticed most were the families with small children. I'm having a hard time picturing as many baby strollers and toddlers if they would've had to negotiate crowded sidewalks. 

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going stir crazy

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, bailey

Was invited to try a new restaurant last night for a friend's birthday. Stir Crazy is an Asian restaurant bordering Brookfield Square on the north at Bluemound. Had a bit of a wait due to the time of day and them not taking reservations, though twas a good time to meet the folks and friends. For my selection I chose the Market Bar. Market Bar is like a salad bar for the wok. You first order a protein and select rice or noodles at the table and receive two bowls. You fill one of the bowls with vegetables, legumes and fruit and the other with sauce. Hand the bowls to a wok chef and they cook it up with the protein right in front of you while you wait. I had shrimp, garlic ginger sauce and brown rice and my wok was delicious and filling without being too hot or spicy. I didn't do anything for St. Pat's day, so I washed it all down with a couple bottles of Guinness. 

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Janbrrrrree puts Win in Winter

1) sound of music, festival, Janboree

In Pulse warmed things up at Waukesha North last night to kick off Waukesha Janboree. The concert featuring the Children's Choir of Waukesha was loved by all who filled the R. G. Hein Auditorium. Even though the price was right; free thanks to many generous sponsors, I was not sure adults were a target audience. The tickets were offered only at the Childrens Library...

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Northstars in NYC

1) sound of music, YouTube

In case you missed the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Congratulations to North's Julie Mullen for being awarded the Bob Hope scholarship award and North's Marching Band for the matching $5000.00 amount. I know that money will go a long way.

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Where Art Thou Art?

helping, festival, Clinton Street Gallery, art, 1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things

I saw many familiar faces while manning the WPR booth at Waukesha Art Fest yesterday. I greeted them at the booth or spotted them from a distance. The clouds parted, the sun came out, had as much fun as last year. 

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working it off

1) sound of music, art, 8) my favorite things, contest, festival, helping, J-S, Retzer, St. Patrick

When I can save money, even if it means working it off . . .

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Craic

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, helping, St. Patrick, YouTube

There was plenty of good craic going on last Sunday in the Cultural Tent at Irish Fest. It was the 30th anniversary of Irish Fest so I thought I'd help out for once. I volunteered four hours at the Shamrock Club's table signing up new members and selling Shamrock Club 50th Anniversary pins.

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when the blog takes me for a walk

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, art, Clinton Street Gallery, YouTube

Funny thing about letting the blog do the leading; he doesn't always look both ways or use the crosswalk. Don't even talk to me about the shortest distance . . . apparently you've got to cover a lot of territory to pick up a story's scent trail.

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BroadwayBusinessBooming

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 8) my favorite things, Freeman

Never do I recall a larger Freeman Friday Night Live crowd, and never have I seen more boomers on Broadway, than two days ago for El Rey and the NightBeats at the Rockin' on Broadway stage. The closed street allowed for more seating, dancing and socializing. Thank goodness that the couple drops of rain earlier didn't send the band indoors, because I have no idea where they would have gone.

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Life, Liberty and the pursuit of big explosions

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, Carroll, Clinton Street Gallery, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, John Schoenknecht, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, Moxie, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha Tattoo, Workforce

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thewonderfulWaukeshaweekendweatherthatwas

1) sound of music, festival, Freeman, St. Vincent, YouTube

If you were bored, then I really feel sorry for you. Seems the only things not going on this last weekend were an Art Crawl and the County Fair. Even the weather was interesting.

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Friday night in Waukesha

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Freeman

 Last Friday was great, but last night was even better.

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ain't gonna study war no more

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, let us pray, YouTube

Down by the riverside the Memorial Day services were as good as ever. A good crowd turned out after a raincloud had passed through earlier in the morning. 

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sensory overload

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, 7) I simply remember, counting cranes, festival, Retzer

The 40th annual Earth Day is Thursday, a good time to spend a couple seconds thinking about the environment we share.

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"I LUV U"

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, Carroll, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, dripping blood, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, UWW, YouTube

It's not that I don't love each one of you, it's just that I wouldn't come right out and say it like this. By using quotation marks in the title I'm able to avoid any emotional connection.

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La Fheile Padraig Sona

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube, St. Patrick

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peace and percussion

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube

Once again the entertainment was spectacular at the Irish Cultural Heritage Center's Milwaukee Irish Parade Afterparty. For one thin dollar I was treated to some of the best Irish entertainment this side of the Mississippi. Have yet to see the parade though, billed as the largest parade of any kind in the state and the first Irish parade to be held outside the original 13 colonies. The parade was started in 1843, before even Milwaukee was a city and Wisconsin a state.

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art and music

1) sound of music, art

Thought I could afford $3.00 for a ticket to Waukesha North's Talent Show 2010. Bring something for Waukesha Food Pantry and knock a dollar off. I brought two cans and paid only a dollar to get in.

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L'chai-im, l'chai-im, to life!

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube

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i Had Fun

Carroll, 1) sound of music, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, YouTube

The name of one of the many great bands at JanBoree Jam said it all. I loved i Had Fun, but Colour, On My Way and Lifeline Called Comet all earned my applause. High Five Heroes earned more than a high five... I ordered one of their soon to be released CDs. Nine bands for eight bucks? What a deal! I really can't say enough about the talent and energy we experienced at North H.S. Saturday night.

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i Had Fun

Carroll, 1) sound of music, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, YouTube

The name of one of the many great bands at JanBoree Jam said it all. I loved i Had Fun, but Colour, On My Way and Lifeline Called Comet all earned my applause. High Five Heroes earned more than a high five... I ordered one of their soon to be released CDs. Nine bands for eight bucks? What a deal! I really can't say enough about the talent and energy we experienced at North H.S. Saturday night.

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hint: you won't find it at the mall

let us pray, St. Vincent, St. William, helping, Carroll, 8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember

Been searching for the true meaning of Christmas.

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it's hard not to applaud

Carroll, 1) sound of music

Enjoyed Saturday's Christmas at Carroll concert, as I knew I would. Many changes from last year. New faces and pieces, a different program. I again sat in front. Closer to the action. 

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see you at C U

1) sound of music

The Carroll University Christmas at Carroll is this coming weekend, 7:30 both nights, and tickets can be purchased in advance, or take a chance at the door. I've been to two of the concerts in the last three years and wouldn't miss it again this weekend. Every one of the great Carroll ensembles performs. I love it because it's the perfect time and place for Christmas. Christmas starts with this concert. The grade school and high school concerts are OK, but nothing comes close to Christmas at Carroll. If you don't believe me, check it out yourself. You'll be glad you did. 

CNN Heros

YouTube, 1) sound of music

Managed to catch a portion of the CNN Heros of the Year rebroadcast last night. It's an excellent way to highlight and honor ordinary people doing extraordinary things for others and for good. Carrie Underwood sang an amazing version of her song Change. It's like the song was written for the occasion. She did such a great job that I'd like to share it with you.

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my tribute to 50 years of Sound of Music

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things

The Sound of Music opened on Broadway 50 years ago this month at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. I didn't quite realize, until adulthood, the impact the story had on my parents. I guess my mom, also a mother of eight, pulled inspiration from Maria Von Trapp. Years ago, while Maria was still alive, we stayed at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The mountainous area reminded the family of the Austrian countryside they left behind. I visited a stone chappel on a hill above the resort that the kids had erected, and the gravesite of a few family members located close to the lodge. My mom wrote to Maria while we were there... and Maria responded. It was a good trip.

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a tropical staycation

1) sound of music, YouTube

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Stars shining in Friday night's rain

YouTube, 1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 8) my favorite things

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the women of Irishfest

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

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Vaya Con Dios Les Paul

Les is more, YouTube, let us pray, 1) sound of music, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things

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couple cups short of a pot

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 8) my favorite things, festival, full of hot air

Got more miles per cup of coffee this weekend, but not exactly by choice.

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no rain no pain

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 8) my favorite things

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third year's a charm

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, counting cranes, Dad, dripping blood, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. William, Tim, UWW

It's been three years since the beginning of WaukeshaNOW and this blog. There's still plenty going on to share. The enjoyment I get from writing hasn't receeded, and as long the computer is working, and I still have the time, I'd like to continue.

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teacher teacher

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things

The paper said there was a charity breakfast at the Eagles Club for $3.75, and a pancake breakfast at Linden Grove, same time, for $5.00.

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wagging the blog

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, Dad, let us pray, politics, St. William

Nothing too profound. Just a few thoughts from the last several days.

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things I would've blogged about

1) sound of music, Carroll, politics, Tim

 I don't like going this long between posts. Must be a victim of the economy - cutbacks are everywhere. More time spent working, less spent writing. Laying off half the employees doesn't necessarily mean the workload decreases by half.

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what to do Sunday at 2:00?

1) sound of music, Carroll, Freeman

The test was multiple choice and I have a feeling I passed. Often, it seems, plays in Waukesha fall on the same weekend. Today four plays in the city were ending their runs, all at 2:00, and I hadn't seen any of them. Waukesha Civic Theatre was performing Wit, North's Northstar Players presented Antigone, West's West End Players performed Little Shop of Horrors and Carroll University's Carroll Players offered "Proof".

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Saturday night, special

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, helping

My confirmation group and I helped out with a Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at AMF Lanes on Northview Rd. in Waukesha Saturday. I'd never helped with this annual event before but people in our group had. They said what a great time it is and how much fun we'd have. But I really didn't expect it to be as much fun as it was.

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my banner says "thank you"

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things

 

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Guitar Heroes

1) sound of music

One of the more interesting discoveries in Waukesha this weekend was a group set up and playing decent tunes outside Martha Merrill's. The idea of Guitars For Vets started just a year ago when Dan Van Buskirk, a Vietnam Vet with PTSD, related his relief and the healing he felt from music to Patrick, his guitar teacher. In a rather short period of time, through donations and sponsors, this incredible organization now provides six guitar lessons and a guitar to U.S. Military Vets who've suffered trauma and are receiving treatment through the VA system. They are currently working with VA centers in Milwaukee, Madison and Tomah but hope to expand to the Midwest and around the country by next year.

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I get the blues when it rains

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 7) I simply remember, festival

This weekend could be an instant replay of the same weekend a year ago: Balloon rally in Hartford, Arab World Fest in Milwaukee, last weekend for State Fair in West Allis, car show in Waukesha, Bluesfest in Delafield. Heck, it even rained on Saturday afternoon, same as last year! Guess you have to stick with what works.

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fish are not to scale

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, Les is more, let us pray

Spent several hours at Pewaukee Lake yesterday. With the no wake law still in force it's unusually quiet, and if my canoe didn't still have gaping holes in it... So we fish from shore. Very peaceful watching the regatta of around 50 sailboats. Later in the day was Taste of Lake Country and fireworks, but that's another story.

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pedalling to the beat of a different drummer

1) sound of music, helping

I blogged about a similar topic in November, but this week's event promised to benefit the earth and fellow man. I was able to catch the last half hour of a pedal-powered concert in Wales on calm Tuesday night. Because the event was affiliated with the MS150 bike tour, it raised both awareness of wasteful energy practices and funds to help battle multiple sclerosis.

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flipped off by Les Paul

1) sound of music, Les is more

Les Paul flips me off. Really flips  me  off! Have to forgive him though; I think at 93 he's entitled to be a little crotchety. After all, we deserved it. We were clapping too much and giving him standing ovations. I really don't think anyone took offense at his one-finger salute - anyone who knows Les understands his brand of humor. Besides, with badly arthritic hands, it hardly even qualified as a "bird".    

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Les Paul concert... continued

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, Les is more

The theater was packed - even the $500.00 seats appeared to be sold out. The Pabst is absolutely beautiful and, even though it's older than Les, he'd never played there before Saturday. The stage had a relaxed and comfortable feel to it. Several people sat at pub tables and chairs around the perimeter giving the setting a jazz club atmosphere. The tuxedoed gentlemen falling off his stool just added to the realism of the bar scene.

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Les for less

1) sound of music, Les is more

Just over a year ago we were given the opportunity to see Les Paul, hear him play, and have a nice dinner...all for a mere $300.00. It was a fund-raiser that sold out but was a little steep for me and everyone else I talked to.

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short and sweet

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, UWW

I had to attend UWW's String Ensemble and University Chorus Spring Concert Friday. The price was right, (free) it was easy to get to, and it's the last concert of this school year. Though the audience could have been larger for this great performance, those in attendence were appreciative and enthusiastic.

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The Wizard of Milwaukee?

1) sound of music, Les is more

Finally, after talking for at least ten years about it, a Les Paul museum exhibit will open this June 21st. The 3000 sq. foot exhibit will be a hands-on aural monument to his unbelievable, talented life. I'm so glad the 92 year old Les Paul will be able to participate in the grand opening.

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if a tree falls in the forest...

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Retzer

I was enjoying a quiet walk in the woods at Retzer Nature Center today. It felt good to slow down and notice things that were buried under snow not that long ago. So many shades of green... It would have been a lot quieter had it not been for the howling wind and squeeks of bending trees rubbing against one another. I had stopped to listen to all the sounds and moments later heard something unexpected. A dead pine tree came crashing down in the area I had just come from.

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Happy Belated Earthday

1) sound of music

It's probably no coincidence that International TV Turn-Off Week coincides with Earthweek. Even so, I wasn't going to let a little thing like that stop me from watching one of my favorite shows, American Idol. Besides live performances by the final six talented singers, Tuesday was also the 38th anniversary of the founding of Earth Day.

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Bring it on. Milw. Iron meets Spring City.

1) sound of music, festival, Les is more

I'm 100% in favor of opening downtown to bikes by closing streets to cars. Of course I'd probably feel different if I lived downtown or if I hated loud music or bikes. But while listening to last night's Common Council meeting, all my questions were answered and I actually let my mind imagine what a wonderful thing this party could be. The alderpeople asked a lot of difficult questions and I always heard good responses. I could feel the enthusiasm from here. The only person to vote against it was Ald. Payne, who incorrectly thought he wouldn't have a voice in determining street closures.

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Matzah & Messiah

1) sound of music, 3) whiskers on kittens, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, helping, let us pray, St. William, UWW

I share this machine with two teenagers and a cat, so that could explain why I haven't been doing a lot of writing lately. Fortunately, Pepi just stays put where it's warm atop the monitor, or I'd still be waiting. Now that I have the time though, thought I'd talk about what I did last weekend.

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the spacey planetarium

1) sound of music

Finding pork gravy was one of the hardest things I did yesterday. Let me come back to this.

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flying monkeys, Winkies and Toto too

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things

I thought The Wizard of Oz was required viewing for every American. Thought we all had to see it at least three times by the 8th grade. The person you'd think would have been one to have seen it most, the director and producer of Waukesha North's current production, Nathan Berish, hadn't seen it at all until he began work on this musical.

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Do you hear what I hear?

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, St. William

My parish, St. Williams, 440 N. Moreland, will be the place to be this Saturday, and I won't be there.

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I'm sad

1) sound of music, 6) when I'm feeling sad, Carroll, UWW

I'm sad because I missed Christmas at Carroll this year. It was last weekend. I'd been looking forward to it all year ever since last December's concert. It was the best concert I'd ever been to and I wanted to do it again. I know I can't do everything and there's always next year, but darn!!

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the thrill on the hill

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, full of hot air, UWW

Within the last week and a half I walked, drove, rode a bike and chased a hot air balloon to the University of Wisconsin Waukesha.

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UW Marching Band

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, J-S

Milwaukee's Holiday Parade had a lot more bands, TV and radio personalities, and "New York style" helium balloons but it didn't have the UW Marching Band.

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Milw. Holiday Parade

1) sound of music

I didn't get to crew a hot air balloon this morning so instead went to Milw. to see the huge helium balloons in this year's parade. We had great seats on a median of Kilbourn Ave. just before the route turned onto Water Street. It was fun watching Gingerbread Man tip over, then right himself, and it was fun to see the wind play havoc with the dog carrying the Journal Sentinel as it rounded the corner. J J the Jet Plane

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doing the pedal dance

1) sound of music, J-S

Curious what my neighbors were up to, I joined the large crowd at a barn on Northview last Saturday night to see if Laurel Walker was right; that there would be "power to the people."

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Sax and the City

1) sound of music, Carroll

Don't go near Shattuck Music Center / Hall / Auditorium this weekend at Carroll College / University if you don't enjoy great music. Besides the wonderful offering this Sunday at 3:00; a combination of the Waukesha Choral Union, Carroll Concert Choir and Children's Choir of Waukesha, there's world-class sax player Johan Stengard on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. 

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Stars shine Saturday night.

1) sound of music

It would be easier to mention what I didn't like about our trip to Whitewater Saturday for the State Marching Band Championships. It would take too long to mention everything I did like. I don't have that kind of time.

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gyro

1) sound of music, Carroll

Missed the last bus to my regular stop Monday evening. The alternate was to wait 20 minutes for the next coach and take it all the way to Downtown Waukesha. Without phone change, I walked to Christina's Family Restaurant on Delafield St. to see if I could call from there.

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