I’ve gone through another period of not listening to music on the radio. Like, a few years. It used to be that I did this simply because all music stations in the Milwaukee area were completely unlistenable. But that’s not so anymore.
There is hope. There is healing. There is 88.9 FM, WYMS, Radio Milwaukee.
So recently I’ve been listening and loving it. And I’ve been wondering why I haven’t been tuning in more over the last, oh, four years since the station launched its current format.
Whatever the reason, I’m so diggin’ it right now that if Milwaukee public radio doesn’t have something really compelling on during my commute, I go right for 88.9. Also, I’m going to send them a donation next time I get a few bucks in hand.
So I’ve been thinking about moving. Not next month or anything, but like in a year. Where to? East.
It’s not hard to figure. I live in Waukesha and I work in Milwaukee. Google says it’s a 24 minute commute. If only it were so. Depending on when I leave for work it could easily be 45 minutes. And if there’s bad weather or accidents, who knows.
I’ve been doing this commute for eleven years. I’m tired of it. To say nothing of the fuel costs and environmental impact.
But there’s more. I’m tired of living in a “bedroom community”; one in which all you do there is make your home. If you want to go out to eat, drink, shop or be entertained you’re off to some other place–in the car, of course. I’ve been pining for a walkable neighborhood. One in which I could go out of my front door and find most or all of those things within a comfortable walk.
And I’d like to be able to bike or bus to work. Walking would be even better.
All of this has obvious health benefits, too.
So why now? Because my youngest is going to be starting his last year of high school this fall. After that, he’ll likely be off to college and I no longer have to worry that my moving will cause him to disrupt his ability to get to school or hang out with his friends. At that point, I’ll have little reason to stay here and I can pursue my dream of living closer to work and in a walk-friendly neighborhood. My car will stay in the garage much of of the time, I hope.
So. Suggestions? Neighborhoods you like? Keep in mind I’ll be renting instead of buying.
I wasn’t going to blog this, but wow. Just wow.
I won’t be attending tomorrow’s PhotoCampMilwaukee event at Bucketworks. I’m going to be on an all-day shoot elsewhere. But you can still go! And you should.
It’s a day of shooting, sharing, learning and camaraderie for both novice and professional photographers. Best of all, it’s totally free!
If you like photography, you really can’t afford to miss this event. Come for the whole day, or just drop by for an hour or so.
When I go on an all-day wedding shoot I usually start by meeting the bride at the salon where she and her bridesmaids are getting their hair done. I often don’t even see the groom until I arrive at the church where I get a few shots of him puzzling over his bow tie and whatnot. But the last wedding I did was different. The groom and his men were getting shaved at Groom for Men down in Milwaukee’s third ward and I couldn’t resist.
The place has a very inviting feel to it from the complimentary shots of Jameson to the all-female “barbettes.” And sure enough, the guys were getting the full deal: hot towels, lather and a straight razor shave.
All this for like $30! I’m trying it.
We bought a family pass for the Milwaukee county zoo today. The weather was perfect. Karen and I took lots of photos. Here’s a few of mine that I liked a lot.
Wow, the photo walk was amazing. I think there were over 35 people there! It was great seeing everyone, first-timers and old-timers alike.
Here’s a couple of my shots, but what you really should do is click here to see everyone’s results.
There’s this informal group of local photographers who get together every month in a different part of town to walk around and take pictures. I met up with them once before, when they hit Waukesha. Must have been last fall or something. Anyway, their next outing is March 15 and they’re having it at Marquette University.
When I heard that, I immediately stepped in to help coordinate. Here’s the deal. We’re meeting at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union. After that, folks will walk through campus in small groups or individually. We have permission to shoot the inside of the Joan of Arc chapel and even the Haggerty Museum, in addition to a lot of other interesting things on campus. After we’ve all had enough of photography, many of us will hit a local establishment for food and drink. Next day, lots of the pictures will appear on Flickr for everyone to see.
So here’s my point. Get your ass out of your computer chair, pick up your camera and join us! You don’t need to be a pro. You don’t need to be “good.” You don’t have to have a fancy camera. You just need to like taking pictures. Seriously, put it on your calendar right now. I’ll likely post about it again a little closer to the date, but now you know enough in advance to keep the afternoon open.