Kalahari renovates, invigorates
Recently, the Kalahari resort in the Wisconsin Dells renovated again, adding three new water slides that required workers to, literally, raise the roof.
I just landed back on the mainland after a week in Maui. There should be rehab facilities for re-entry into "normal" life after an island getaway. Leaving behind daily beach walks, yoga with a soundtrack of waves, horseback riding through tropical forests, fresh fruit and fish beyond fantastic, swimming in warm, aqua water and highly available, decadent cocktails was not an enjoyable moment. I did, however take home some precious, immaterial souvenirs that will stay with me forever. I didn't have to shove them in my sand-filled suitcase, so I thought I'd spill them out here.
The endorsement of the mini-road trip
To some, it might be hard to justify driving 400 miles in 24 hours, to take a one-day road trip to a sleepy Up North town in the dead of winter. To me, it's just what I needed, and after my quick trip to our very modest (read: cheap) cabin in the Town of Wausaukee, an hour due north of Green Bay, I'm ready to do it again tomorrow.
Indianapolis' "Superbowl Shuffle" Huh?
The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association has a new parody video of the Chicago Bears "Superbowl Shuffle." It's, well, interesting.
Marquette University Chorus to perform at the White House
The Marquette University Chorus will perform at the White House Dec. 17 during its Holiday Open House.
Member Swap Day offers four times the fun
The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Discovery World and Betty Brinn Children's Museum have teamed up yet again to offer their members free general admission to all four museums during Member Swap Day, Sunday, Dec. 4.
Writer's block and a new career path
I haven't written in a while. I have had a little writer's block. There is only so much one can write about similarities between Milwaukee and Singapore.
Getting out in a hurry
The soft whisper of my cell phone's text message alert, "Hey Hey" gently startled me out of my not so solid sleep on the couch at our Reno, Nev. home at 2:24 a.m. last night. The neighborhood was on fire.
Sue Black named 2011 Park Professional of the Year
Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black has been named this year's Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association "Park Professional of the Year."
Discover Wisconsin launches new division, hires former Fair CEO
Discover Mediaworks has launched a new division focusing on destination marketing and branding. It will be led by a former CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park Randy Prasse.
Writer's block solved by wolves
Earlier today, I complained that I've got a horrible case of writer's block. It turns out that maybe I just need a new hobby. Did someone say, "You should volunteer to be a wolf tracker?"
New York Magazine explores "the newer side of Milwaukee"
See what New York Magazine has to say about Milwaukee.
Harley-Davidson Museum gets Travel Green Wisconsin certified
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has added the Harley-Davidson Museum to its most recent list of Travel Green Wisconsin-certified businesses.
Former Wisconsinite: "New York slowly catching up to Wisconsin"
Travel writer and Wisconsin native Megan L. Wood has a great post today on her site, meganlwood.com and on The Awl, a New York-based site.
A principal's plea for support of Denis Sullivan programs
Many MPS schools have thriving partnerships with local institutions and businesses to help bolster the options available to kids. Bay View's Trowbridge School is an example. Today, Trowbridge principal Tom Matthews sent out a note to the community asking it to support Discovery World's S/V Denis Sullivan programming fundraiser in early October.
Abele cuts ribbon on Domes' new "green" entrance
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, County Supervisor Peggy Romo-West and other officials will unveil the the new "green" entrance to the Mitchell Park Domes in a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.
Wash. Post reviews Milwaukee, mostly minus "brats and beer"
Every time I read a travel piece about Milwaukee, it leads with beer and brats - and it really bugs me. An article is last week's Washington Post did it again, but this time it wasn't so bad.
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All due respect to Milwaukee brands
I've been hesitant to write this blog for the following reasons: 1. I love the brands I'm talking about and want them to succeed. 2. It goes against my mom's advice of, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." But my frustration level is at orange and I may need a little venting.
What is a sandwich?
The first time I ordered a sandwich in Singapore was soon after I arrived in 2006. I almost broke out laughing when my ham and cheese came with one thin slice of ham and one slice of American cheese. I wrote it off to being in the wrong place for a real sandwich.
Discovery World is 5 years old
On Friday, Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr., will celebrate its fifth birthday. To celebrate this milestone, Discovery World will hosts weekly drawings from Sept. 10 to Oct.11.
A tornado near-miss
A while back, I blogged the question, "Has anyone ever actually seen a tornado?" Well, had I been at our cabin in Wausaukee Friday evening as planned, I would've.
Lake Express Ferry service restarts today
The replacement of an engine has been completed early, allowing the Lake Express Ferry to get back back underway a day earlier than expected after a 10-day shutdown for the repair.
Heading home to the first world
I am leaving the far eastern tropics and headed home to the USA. A 17-hour flight separates me from Los Angeles and then, in a week, Milwaukee. I'm looking forward to a nice visit with friends and family and a dose of that hometown medicine.
Six degrees of Milwaukee-Asian separation
It used to be Kevin Bacon, then Facebook hit the scene and now LinkedIn is a big player in the "Six Degrees of Separation" game. The world we live in is even smaller thanks to technology and globalization. It is surprising how many connections I make in the most far flung places with people who share something in common with me like a connection to my home turf.
The melting pot of Far East and Midwest food, part two
In my last blog, I talked about great local food here in Singapore I eat all the time. In this follow-up, I'll let you know what a displaced Milwaukeean would be able to dig up to be reminded of home. Sadly, but sometimes happily, the world is getting smaller and when it comes to shopping and dining out, you can find the same places and things virtually any place in the world. Singapore is no exception.