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Election Tuesday went really well at St. Mary's 8th District polls. We were a little overstaffed and had low turnout, but it was good practice for November. Again very satisfied with all my poll workers and the location.
Ten days to winter's end. Today's weather was a perfect 10. This post is about 10 ten things, and it's been 10 days since my last post.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Police Blotter from today's Waukesha Freeman: 10:57 a.m. - A woman in the 1900 block of Dixie Drive reported a man stealing a bag of dirty diapers from her garbage last week.
The second and last day of the first Southeast Wisconsin Festival Of Books is today. Just blocks from home at the UW Waukesha campus, I made a couple trips yesterday by bike, got only mildly wet when the storm came through.
Food was flying Wednesday night in Waukesha. I don't know if you can tell anything about the health of a city by the food it discards, but the only things missing from this menue were McNuggets and a side of fries. I get a kick out of the Freeman's Police Blotter and the oftentime strange calls our police department gets. Wednesday's Blotter contained three consecutive food-related entries:
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.
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.
It appears some saggers don't grow up as they grow old, but at least they know where to go to get a belt.
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".
A new, temporary men's shelter has been proposed for opening at St. Matthias Episcopal Church from now through April. Present shelters are overcrowded and this would free up room for families at the Hebron shelters.
Alderwoman Peggy Bull reminds us in yesterday's Freeman that with the coming spring thaw some of us with pets may be facing a mess in the yard and what a problem it could be for our health and waterways. The article went on to say that the city issued around 2000 dog licenses last year. I'll tell you right now there's far more than 2000 dogs in Waukesha and probably several times that.