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Tell your state representative to vote yes.
Tell your state representative to vote yes.

My letter to the state legislature

Dear Wisconsin leaders and members of the state legislature,

Good morning!

First, thank you for your service and dedication to the great state of Wisconsin.  It is truly appreciated.

Today I'm writing to ask you to please vote yes tomorrow for the new Wisconsin arena and entertainment district in Downtown Milwaukee.  It’s important and vital to our state’s long term viability.  And, as a passionate entrepreneur who is always looking for great employees and team members – I know how important modern sports and entertainment are in the recruitment process.  

The performing arts, tourism, sports and music all matter to Wisconsin, and together they help us build a sense of community, a sense of pride and a greater sense of place. And while other states also have amazing groups and teams Milwaukee and Wisconsin are truly blessed with unique traditions, teams, and opportunities for us all in sports, tourism and the performing arts.

So, as a member the boards of directors of two entities that make civic arts and entertainment great - the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and the Wisconsin Center District  - I support a greater Wisconsin that will come about thanks to the entertainment district and arena proposal the Milwaukee Bucks, the Governor’s Office, Milwaukee County Executive, Milwaukee Mayor, and legislature have put together.

This is a plan that keeps the Bucks in Milwaukee, creates jobs and represents a net gain for taxpayers.  It is, though, an effort that’s about more than basketball. This is nearly a billion dollars worth of development that will create thousands of jobs, generate millions in future property tax revenues, and truly transforms the largest missing piece of the Downtown development puzzle.

As a civic steward to assets that help make Wisconsin and Milwaukee shine, I understand that with significant public investment in the Downtown and surrounding area that collaboration is king.  So, it has never been more important for …

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Today's the day to all scream for #UberIceCream from @Uber_WI.
Today's the day to all scream for #UberIceCream from @Uber_WI. (Photo: uber.com )

We all scream for #UberIceCream

The forecast calls for perfect weather today.  So, why not scream for ice cream?  Just give Uber a shout and let them deliver it to you!

That's right, Downtown Milwaukee may not have a ton of ice cream options but you can order ice cream on demand with #UberIceCream.

Today, Friday, July 24, Uber is bringing a frozen favorite back for the fourth year in a row. It's a global promotion with local flavor, and it’s as simple as tapping a button on the Uber app.

Here's how it works:

  1. Open the Uber app on Friday, July 24, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  2. Set your location and request ICE CREAM
  3. If connected, order away and ice cream will be delivered curbside in minutes

Of course, typically the Uber app is used to connect riders and drivers but Uber has done promotions with on-demand puppies and kittens and on-demand Goodwill clothing pick-ups. This ice cream promotion is the company's largest on-demand campaign to date.

Milwaukee is one of 253 cities doing Uber Ice Cream.

"We are thrilled to deliver ice cream to Milwaukee with the push of a button. This is a major global campaign with some very local flare as we've partnered with Scratch Micro Creamery and Bublr bikes to make ice cream on-demand a reality," said Adam Dries, Uber Wisconsin's General Manager.

Deliveries will happen via UberX vehicles and Bublr bikes. The Uber brand ambassador street team also will be riding Bublr bikes throughout both Marquette and UWM campuses delivering ice cream.

Additionally, Uber partnered with Capitol One to offer comped ice cream to anyone who selects their Capitol One credit card as the payment method.

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Sunglasses, anyone?
Sunglasses, anyone?

Shopping for new shades and glasses

I have worn contacts for years.  The dailies are super comfortable and not super expensive. 

But, every now and then, I like a pair of glasses.  I have two pair with my current prescription and one (an awesome SwissFlex frame) with outdated lenses.  Yet, I seldom wear either pair other than late at night.  This isn’t probably the best course for my long-term eye health, so I’m on the hunt for a new, cool frame.  And, since Wisconsin Vision is a client, I stopped at its new Third Ward store last week.

First, I’ll admit that while I like fashion and staying current I’m not a big shopper other than online where I did buy one of current pair of glasses. I’d rather just have someone give me a cool frame or shirt or whatever, pay for it and go along my day. Yet, trying on a bunch of styles last week did help me to see my shaved head in a bit of a different light and helped me see all that’s out there in eye wear today.

I did learn that my wonderfully shaved head isn’t really the main factor when it comes to finding the best glasses. It’s the shape of my face that matters. 

Faces that are oblong generally like frames that cover a larger area of the face as much as possible. So, bold frames work well. Round faces generally do well with angular or square frames, not round. 

The above "rules" really don’t apply, because fashion is fashion and you should embrace you. But, reality is that some styles look better than others.  Honestly, I'm not sure about the above.  Kinda dorky.  But, cool Tom Ford frames. 

This go with your style philosophy also applies for sunglasses. And unlike my regular glasses I do wear my sunglasses often, and don’t usually buy cheap pairs.  But, sadly, this means that I usually end up buying a new pair every few years.  They break, I lose ‘em or I just want new ones. 

And, according to nearly everyone including the good people at Wisconsin Vision wearing shades is important. 

WebMD tells me that "UV radi…

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Jun Song loves Milwaukee.
Jun Song loves Milwaukee. (Photo: Visit Milwaukee )
Song photographs some Milwaukee iron.
Song photographs some Milwaukee iron. (Photo: Visit Milwaukee )

He likes Chicago, but loves Milwaukee

I always take a greater good approach to Milwaukee’s relationship with Chicago.  Milwaukee’s a much better place because of our proximity to Chicago, and add up everything from Milwaukee to Chicago and you get yourself one amazing mega city.

Of course, my loyalties never stray from Milwaukee and especially on the sports side you’ll never find me rooting for the Bulls or Bears.  I do, though, love trips to Chicago and really appreciate all the city has to offer. 

Niceties aside, it’s cool to see Milwaukee shine when compared to our favorite sister city. The most recent example comes today via The Chicago Tribune and Jun Song, one of the most prominent travel bloggers from China.

The Tribune story is pay walled, so if you have problems accessing cut and paste this link – http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/ct-chinese-tourist-blogger-chicago-0716-biz-20150715-story.html – into google and then access it.

Last weekend Visit Milwaukee hosted Song, along with a rep from Brand USA, a destination marketing organization.  Margaret Casey from Visit worked up the itinerary here in Milwaukee and accompanied them around town on Saturday. Casey told me that Brand USA had indicated Song would be interested in a Miller Brewery tour (as that brand is known in China) and especially the Harley-Davidson Museum.

The itinerary for his day was filled in with the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Lakefront, RiverWalk, Milwaukee Public Market, dragon boat races at Juneau Park, Wisconsin Cheese Mart for beer/cheese pairings, Mader’s (their choice), and a few other stops that Casey and Visit Milwaukee squeezed in.

Even though Song spoke no English, the results of his visit shine in the Tribune story.  Sure, it’s more focused on Chicago but check out the headline: "Chinese travel blogger likes Chicago but loves Milwaukee."

And, the second paragraph from Tribune reporter Robert Channick, "But after a whirlwind three days of ballgames, festivals, museums and tours …

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