Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Clean Up

They take away your garbage and recyclables, and plow the streets when it snows. They clean up the leaves that you rake to the gutter in the fall, and you can take them your hazardous waste for disposal. The Department of Public Works handles all these things and more, but you see them most often on garbage day every week and recycling day every few weeks.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Coming Soon

It's Summerfest week! The annual music festival at the lakefront starts on Wednesday this year for the first time ever, and the promoters are working hard to make sure that the gates will be spinning. Saturday evening, there was a free concert to show off the new Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard stage, and everyone who attended received two tickets to Wednesday. I'll be there for sure, and it will be interesting to see what the numbers will be.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pedal Tavern

What has 32 legs and rolls around town? The Pedal Tavern! This 16-passenger pedal-powered conveyance makes its way around the Third Ward and Walker's Point, stopping at the local watering holes that offer drink specials for the participants.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bloomin' Wet

The wet weather has left things damp lately, but the gardens have been resilient, even if they're a little behind schedule. This rose was the first to bloom in our yard this year, and I liked the way the petals caught and held on to the rain drops.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Left Hanging

Cafe Benelux is open! The latest offering from the Lowlands Group, the restaurant is in the Third Ward, adjacent to (and part of) the Public Market. Serving a variety of offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they offer a wide selection of Belgian beers. In addition to the palate-pleasing food and drink, the layout and decor offer a feast for the eyes as well, and there's a bunch of tables on the rooftop.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pea Soup

Intermittent rain and sun today made for a humid clime. When the cool air starts to come off the lake and combine with the moisture, it all turns to fog in a hurry, as it did this evening. The top of the US Bank building is barely visible in the low-hanging clouds.

Friday, June 17, 2011


The first show of the Summer of China at the Art Museum opened last week. Today's photo is detail of one of a pair of dragons that guarded a tomb, if I remember correctly.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rare Bird

Walking back from dinner this evening, we saw a small brown bird walking through the grass and picking at the ground. I ran to get my camera, and got a few photos before it walked into the brush. It appears to be a bobwhite quail, and it's apparently pretty rare around here. I've never seen one in person, and was surprised for sure.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Butter is Better

The Machine Shed restaurant announced its star food attraction for this year's State Fair. Following such classics as the Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, chocolate covered bacon and deep fried peanut butter and jelly (shown above), the feature treat this year will be... Fried Butter. Apparently the "butter" is more of a dough, but I'll still be interested to see (and taste) it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


A recent trip to Miller Park found this "must-have" accessory for your bags boards - a beverage holder!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Packers Running Back Ryan Grant signed autographs this evening at the Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant in New Berlin. There was a small charge for each signature, but I believe that the event was a charity fundraiser.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sax Man

If you've been to a Brewers game and parked in the lot north of the freeway, chances are you've seen and heard the saxophone player that stands in the tunnel and plays popular tunes. His name is Jasen Roby, and he's been there for years. Is there a song for being in first place? :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Temporarily displaced due to some major home renovations, we're staying at a hotel in nearby Brookfield. The trees here are full of sparrows (like this one) and chickadees, and they are all very talkative.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gold Star

The stella d'oro flowers in our backyard have finally begun to bloom. It was wet most of the day, and the water was still on the leaves and flowers late this afternoon.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Three weeks from now, Summerfest will be in full swing. Given that the temperature has dropped 40 degrees from yesterday, I'm wondering if I'll need my shorts or my winter coat.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Horse Haven

During the State Fair each August, the mounted patrols work crowd control and patrol the expansive grounds. Their headquarters are located behind the Milwaukee Mile offices in an old Quonset hut.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


This dump truck was parked on our street this morning, and I couldn't resist taking a photo of the decal on the back of the box.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Out Of The Nest

This juvenile Robin was hiding in the bucket of a Bobcat loader this morning, trying to get out of the rain. As the showers intensified, he kept backing into the corner, eventually giving up and finding somewhere else to stay dry.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Speedy Simona

The Milwaukee Mile will be hosting the IndyCar circuit in two weeks. A few of the teams were at the track yesterday, practicing for the Milwaukee 225. Simona de Silvestro's 78 car comes through Turn 2 and onto the back straight in today's photo.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June Theme Day: Under Construction

The June 2011 Theme Day is Under Construction

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It is said that there are four seasons in Wisconsin: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Road Construction. Given the proliferation of orange barrels on the roads of late, it's pretty obvious which season it is currently. Today's photo is of 76th Street just east of State Fair Park. This stretch of road has been pretty bad for quite some time, so I'm happy it's getting the attention it deserves.