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How You Know Your Nieces Are From WI?

September 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Than handwriting looks like my brothers, though. And I doubt Stephanie (16) and Jessica (9) were drinking free beer. This was sent from Miller Brewing. When you take the tour, you can send a postcard to anyone from the brewery and Miller will cover the postage. Thanks, Steph & Jess!

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UPAF’s Ride for the Arts

June 12th, 2010 · 5 Comments

As I mentioned before, last weekend my brother and I did UPAF’s Ride for the Arts. The ride is considered one of the nations’s largest one-day recreational bike rides. This year was the 30th year of the event, which has raised more than $6.7 million for the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF). That’s quite an accomplishment! Thanks to everyone who sponsored us! And if you meant to, but didn’t you still can here.

Dick and I selected the 25-mile ride. There are also 5, 12, 65, and 75 mile routes. Since they all started early in the morning on Sunday, I drove up to stay over night on Saturday. It was pouring so hard on my drive up that I couldn’t see anything and at one point traffic slowed to 10-miles-per-hour. I was afraid that the weather would be bad on Sunday, but it actually turned out perfect. Not too cold, not too hot, no rain.

We got up early on Sunday and just ate something very light. I had an English muffin and Dick had a banana. The grounds of Summerfest were the starting point and there was free parking, so we loaded the bikes in my brother’s new truck and headed up. Here’s my brother making sure his bike is in good order. He’s had issues on past rides with pedals breaking off and stuff.

And here we are at the start line.

Maybe next year this photo will have my dad in it too. He and my brother have done the ride the last few years and I haven’t been able to. Wouldn’t you know that the year I’m free my mom and dad are on vacation. One year we’ll all do it together.

The start line was right at the Italian Community Center, where I think I attended a wedding once, but it was 10+ years ago and my memory isn’t what it used to be, so I’m not 100% sure this is the place.

Anyway, there were a lot of people taking turns talking on the microphone. The only one I listened to was the one that promised ice cold Miller at the finish line and told us that one of the sponsors donated 5,000 hotdogs for us to eat when we were done with the ride.

No one with a bike really cared what anyone on the podium was saying. We just wanted to go already!

The 25-mile bike route initially went through Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward and then south through the lakeshore communities down to Grant Park and back. This is roughly the route:


View UPAF 25 Mile Ride in a larger map

The 25-mile ride had 3 oasis stops where you could rest, get some water, and have something to eat like apples, bananas and granola. The first oasis was on the edge of St. Francis at about mile 5 or 6.

Some people flew by without stopping, but a lot were ready for a rest. In hindsight, I think the first 5 miles were the most difficult for me, so I definitely welcomed taking a break!

We saw all kinds of different bikes.

Some people pulled kid trailers behind them for 25 miles. I don’t think I could have done that.

This oasis had some people off to the side playacting.

At first I didn’t get why, but then I remembered… the arts. We were basically raising money to fund these guy’s programs, so they decided to entertain us.

The next oasis didn’t come until the halfway point, down in Grant Park. Here there was a guy playing all kinds of stringed instruments. When I walked by he was talking to a bike rider about guitar playing.

The last oasis was at about mile 20 or 21 and was at the Coast Guard post. By this time there wasn’t much for snacks left, but it was good to get off the bike one last time and make a pit stop. The last few miles were kind of hard, but I just kept my mind on the prize: Ice cold Miller and hotdogs!

And here we are at the finish. I wasn’t sure before the event if I could ride for 25 miles. My brother convinced me I could, so I signed up. My trainer suggested I take some spinning classes to prepare, which I never got around to doing. And I meant to ride my bike a bit to get used to it this season, but the weather and my foot injury prevented that.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that before this 25-mile ride, I’d been on my bike for all of 5-10 minutes this year. I was pretty sore the day of the race, but the next day? Not really. I thought I would be dying, but I wasn’t at all. I guess this is testament to the fact that I really am in the gym 3-4 times every week. It felt good to do the ride, like it was an accomplishment, and it felt great that I wasn’t dying afterwards.

After the ride, we put our bikes back in the truck and headed in to the Summerfest grounds to join in the Finish Line Party where there was live entertainment with performances by local Milwaukee musicians and members of the UPAF.

There were a lot of sponsors giving away snacks. This guy was handing out Kangaroo brand pita chips.

The best Miller I ever tasted.

This was a pretty pitiful hotdog, but it was free, and I was so hungry it tasted delicious.

My brother and I also split this plate of appetizers from Saz’s. Sour cream & onion fries, mozzarella sticks, and white cheddar cheese curds.

After eating, we walked around the grounds to see what was to see. This is what was to see:

Pedal Tavern? I wish I’d taken that the 25 miles!

We didn’t hang around too long. I went back to the house, took a quick shower, drove to Chicago, took a quick nap and headed to the airport. I had to fly to Utah that night for work… but that’s another story!

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Packers Preseason Game

September 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

These photos are from a Packers preseason game I went to on August 28. My cousin Kelly and her husband Jeff had a set of four tickets and Jeff’s brother had another set of four tickets. Kelly and Jeff sat by Jeff’s brother and his girlfriend. I sat with my dad, my brother and my sister-in-law. Kelly and Jeff live in De Pere and won the right to purchase the tickets in some sort of Brown County resident lottery.

This was the last preseason game before regular season started. Our first stringers only played for one series, which resulted in a touchdown. After that, it was all secondary. The Packers ended up losing after a touchdown was reviewed and taken back. It didn’t really matter for anything, though. We still had a great time.


We parked in some guy’s front lawn. Somehow he fit about 6 or 8 cars on his tiny city lot. He told us not to worry about the flowers, so I’m pretty sure we were parked right on his wife’s gardening. I think we paid $10 for the spot. It was a short walk to Lambeau Field. This is my brother, Richard, my cousin, Kelly, and my dad, Rick, walking to the game.


Some people tailgating. Tons of tailgaters out, of course.


This was the entrance closest to our seats. You can see my sister-in-law, Amanda, in the lower left-hand corner.


Just before entering Lambeau Field. My dad, my sister-in-law, my brother.


The Don Hutson Center as seen from Lambeau Field. This is where the Packers practice. Once a long time ago, my friend Jessie and I went to see them train. They all ride local kids’ bikes back to Lambeau to shower and whatnot. Brett Favre was there, of course. I got my shirt signed by a player who never even made it one season, I think.


Looking back down on the entrance.


This was the first time we could remember seeing Coors at Lambeau Field. We were betting it was because of the Miller/Coors merger.


Me and my brother. We got the pom poms for free when we walked in. Some promotion. I can’t even remember now. Here are photos of my brother and I at Lambeau Field in 1999 and 2005.


My brother, Richard, and his wife, Amanda.


Dad, Richard, Amanda.


Sums up how some people feel about the Favre situation.


Our tickets.


The field.


Amen!


If you look close you can see the wave. It went around a bunch of times.


The field again.


Me and Amanda. Yeh, I had a few beers!


Amanda & Kelly

I’ve been going through these photos all day today getting psyched for the game tonight. I have to keep it in check, though, because they are playing the Cowboys. Dallas and I have an agreement not to get to crazy…. all our friends tease that someone will be moving out before the night is over, but we’ve survived 2 Green Bay vs. Dallas games so far in our relationship, hopefully we can stand another. Cross your fingers… and GO PACKERS!

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