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I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Why I did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week, and it went out over Facebook and Twitter, but I’m fortunate to have larger platform here at OnMilwaukee.com to explain why.

I’m in my early 30s. My life has been affected directly by the following:

Dengue Fever
ALS
Alzheimer’s
Non-smoker’s lung cancer
Brain cancer
Lung cancer
Suicide
Heart disease
Prostate cancer
Breast cancer
Driving under the influence

I first heard about the ice bucket challenge through a cousin, who did it to raise money for VH1’s "Save The Music" campaign. He’s in college now due in large part to his high school music programs. That was pretty cool. Apparently, others attached their own charities to the challenge along the way, too.

Then, in the last month or so, the challenge was attached to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

As someone whose life has been directly affected by it, this campaign has been heartwarming and reinvigorating. So many people now know of the disease, are talking about it, and donating to its research and awareness efforts.

But, we’ve also seen the inevitable backlash to raising money for charity online. I get it. What helped ALSA.org raise millions upon millions upon millions of dollars over the last few weeks are the same avenues for snark, cynicism and skepticism.

You can’t have one internet "thing" without the other.

But I wonder though – for those trolling their friends or followers for participating, or hating on celebrities they don’t like, do you do that for all campaigns of awareness?

Is one disease or global issue more important than another? Are the hundreds of thousands of new donors to ALSA.org wrong for choosing to donate now, because they participated in an ice bucket challenge fueled by social media and not before when they likely didn't know this disease existed?

Maybe.

But, if you do then I can't help but think you’re often the one standing on the edges calling out the fouls …

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The Jamaican Kitchen and Grill is a popular downtown food truck choice.
The Jamaican Kitchen and Grill is a popular downtown food truck choice.
The big smoker on the back of the Jamaican Kitchen and Grill Food Truck prepares the food just right.
The big smoker on the back of the Jamaican Kitchen and Grill Food Truck prepares the food just right.
The curry chicken is a juicy specialty.
The curry chicken is a juicy specialty.

Food Truck Week: Jamaican Kitchen and Grill

Wait up, summer's not over yet. You can tell because the streets are still lined with the ever-growing food truck culture in Milwaukee. It's Food Truck Week here at OnMilwaukee.com and all week long we're stopping at some of Brew City's best restaurants on wheels in search of the most interesting dishes on offer.

I typically don't run across many food trucks day-to-day as I'm running between Lambeau Field, Miller Park and the Bradley Center -- but on my way to Green Bay today I shot down Wells toward I-43 for a quick bite, and the Jamaican Kitchen and Grill Food Truck was a nice surprise.

I was first in line, and was quickly joined by nearly a dozen others as the truck opened up just out in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

The daily special was written on a white board -- today was jerk and curry chicken as well as ox tail. 

I decided on the curry chicken, and while I like spicy dishes, I have never found a curry to my liking. So, I'll be completely honest -- I was skeptical with this order.

The dish was served quickly, and I was more than pleasantly surprised with how tender the meat was and how well seasoned this dish was as a whole. The curry had the right amount of heat -- perfectly done, at least for my palate. Spicy, but not overwhelming.

The meat was very soft (fall of the bone soft) and juicy, and the rice, beans, orange and red peppers, onions and carrots underneath were great complement.

It was also at a great "to go" temperature in that it was hot, but not so hot that you had to wait to eat it. After all, I needed to get this and go! The small dish is only $5.99 and it comes with the veggies and rice and beans, and it's more than filling. A large is $10.99.

But, one thing to know about this dish, though -- don't eat it too quickly because the bone is soft, too, and pieces did break off into the dish.

It's Food Truck Week here at OnMilwaukee.com, so I can only encourage you to do what I did today: Jump in the car, or take a walk out of t…

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A four-pack of root beer at Lakefront Brewery is the best $5.31 investment in the city.
A four-pack of root beer at Lakefront Brewery is the best $5.31 investment in the city.

The best $5.31 drink in Milwaukee

Who isn't looking to get something for (relatively) nothing? You. Me. Everyone.

Such things are hard to find, really, but if you've got a five-spot, some crumpled singles, some change in your pocket, couch or under the car seat this is, without a doubt, the best buy in the city.

Now, I agree with you all that tour at the Lakefront Brewery is the best in the city but, since I'm not really a fan of beer in general (unlike most of you) I'll head in just for the other liquid the brewery makes: the Golden Maple Root Beer.

In a town known for its root beers, this is hands down my favorite, and you can't get it anywhere else (well, I found a single bottle at a cheese shop in Kenosha once). So, I'll drive over there, head to the bar, and order a four-pack of this golden nectar of the gods.

And it only costs $5.31.

I can't think of a better beverage investment in the city, to be honest.

The new shirt at Too Much Metal For One Hand commemorates not only Brett Favre's jersey retirement, but those of Paul Molitor and Sidney Moncrief.
The new shirt at Too Much Metal For One Hand commemorates not only Brett Favre's jersey retirement, but those of Paul Molitor and Sidney Moncrief. (Photo: Too Much Metal For One Hand)

Too Much Metal celebrates "Wisconsin's number" with Favre news

It's been a long time coming -- six years -- but the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre have made up and now the Super Bowl-winning quarterback will finally get his number retired.

But did you know that means all three of the "4's" in Wisconsin's major sports will now be hung from the rafters?

Too Much Metal commemorates the symmetry with a shirt.

The shirt is officially dubbed "#4 Official Number of Wisconsin" and it represents Paul Molitor of the Milwaukee Brewers, Sidney Moncrief of the Bucks and Favre.

It can be purchased at the Too Much Metal showcase store located at 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 318 in Milwaukee or online here.  Additional Too Much Metal merchandise also is available here