I've got another dear friend up in Milwaukee (referred to in previous posts under the un-stealthlike pseudonym of "Milwaukee-Friend"). She left Chicago for cheesier pastures some years ago and has never looked back. Milwaukee-Friend was the catalyst behind We Band of Mothers - insisting that a stay-at-home mom can actually have a voice in the world. Slurred speech and all.
|Dr. Friend with Real WI Meat|
When we drive to Milwaukee, my husband (who is not by nature a chipper person) giddily points out the Bong Recreational Area and chuckles. Bong Recreational...heh heh heh....that's funny, Marianne. heh heh heh. We know to do the exact speed limit once we cross the state line because the troopers ticket Illinois drivers 30% more. Apparently we've got a bad rep up there. They've even given us an acronym: FIBs. ( F-ing Illinois Bastards). There aren't too many places I go where I have my own acronym. I'm a little honored.
So if you can manage to not get distracted by the Bong Recreational Area or ticketed by a Wisconsin State Trooper, you will find a city brimming with warm people and a beautiful lakefront. And how can I not mention The Safe House? Our entire glass collection is comprised of Spy's Demise glasses from The Safe House bar. Milwaukee-Friend and Doctor-Friend took me there early in our friendship and never gave me the password to get in. Let's just say a little public humiliation was involved to finally gain entrance. If I ever find the photos, they will be destroyed.
Our trip down memory lane was only made better by a wonderful visit with Doctor-Friend (who made these weird cheese-olive-cherry-meat concoctions that tasted awesome despite the combination) and Milwaukee-Friend. Milwaukee-Friend has informed me that I have a loyal fan base amongst some of her co-workers. Thank you co-workers! I will so come to any of your fundraisers any time you need me.
So thank you, Milwaukee, for always showing me a good time and making me do the speed limit. Sometimes it's good to slow down and take a picture of the Bong Area. heh heh heh. Bong Area.