Wednesday, June 30, 2010
event on Friday, July 9 from 6-8pm. This event has a Tiki theme so come
and enjoy some summer fun! This event is a great time for our 2 and 4
legged friends on a Friday night featuring an animal communicator, pet
photographer, disc jockey, games, lure coursing in a secure fenced area,
small and large dog play areas and Puptini's.
Hope to see you there!
Elmbrook Humane Society
Is the Puptini for the puppies? What if my dogs tell me I am fat!?
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The club level luxury box was very nice, and it was directly below our normal terrace box seats. The folks from Pro Health and Pepsi were there also.
We had a great time and the Brewers won with 4 homers, Prince hit 2 and Yo hit 1.
The suite is owned by Pepsi and it was next to the suites of Brewers. We were seeing GM Doug Melvin making phone calls all game. Is there a deal in the works to trade Prince? Or Hart?
But the team is turning around, and for once I sensed Bill was there with me at the ballpark. I yelled out BIG HIT as he would and Ricky Weeks hit a 2 run single with base loaded.
The new receptacles provided by Waukesha BID is now lockable. What a welcoming feature!
Check this out!
This week's contest is quite interesting, I have a few guesses but it can be a few different shops to have Tiffany lamps like this.
Is it from a store? A restaurant? Or a gallery?
The dark background is intriguing and the size of this is also a question. I might just have to investigate! (There is nothing in the photo's digital file info, I already tried that one.)
I WANT TO WIN! IF YOU AIN'T FIRST, YOU ARE LAST! :)
Check this blog out!
Yes, if you like to eat, come down to Downtown Waukesha.
Did anyone notice the free sample of Red Velvet covered cherries in Allo! Chocolat? I did. ^^ If you did not have a good chocolate covered bacon in State Fair, you really need to get the real stuff here in dark chocolate! Divino Gelato Cafe also has a new flavor: Guinness Beer! The Sea Salt Cashew is also out of this world!
Even though we are going to the Brewers game today thanks to Rich's daughter Ashley( she won the use of a luxury suite at the Riverwalk for Breast Cancer), likely we will have a business lunch at Sakura as we often do. You just can not beat the sushi combo #A or #B.
You can literally eat your way from one end of the street to the other and not be disappointed.
The days of only China City + Charlene Kay's Cafe + Paul's + Dave's are long gone! (By the way, Dave's is still there and serving my favorite: homemade corn beef hash and I tattooed the real Charlene Kay when she turned 18 a few years back, yeah, I am that old. Paul's was now Dady-Oh's is, Charlene Kay's was now the Sloppy Joe's Soda Fountain is. China City was now where Subway and Divino Gelato are)
Monday, June 28, 2010
The 100W CFLs work just fine. When LED is better and cheaper, we will be putting LED BR30s in the galleria as well.
We shaved almost $100 off our monthly energy bill after our renovation and improvement, and we will continue to save through better technology. We are cheap, what can we say?
How you doing? I made a trip to London (United Kingdom)
unannounced some days back, Unfortunately i got mugged at gun point
last night! All cash, Credit card and phone were stolen, i got messed
up in another country, stranded in London, fortunately passport was
back in our hotel room. It was a bitter experience and i was hurt on
my right hand, but would be fine. I am sending you this message cos i
don't want anyone to panic, i want you to keep it that way for now!
My return flight leaves in a few hours but I’m having troubles sorting
out the hotel bills, wondering if you could loan me some money to sort
out the hotel bills and also take a cab to the airport about ($1750).
I have been to the police and embassy here, but they aren't helping
issues, I have limited means of getting out of here, i have canceled
my credit cards already and made a police report, I won’t get a new
credit card number till I get back home! So I really need your help.
You can contact the hotel management through this telephone number
(+447024097949),you could wire whatever you can spare to my name and
hotel address via Western union:
Name: Matthew Ferrell
Location:21 Burnaby Street, Chelsea,
Get back to me with the details, would def refund it to you once i get
back you can count on that! Hopefully tomorrow, below are the details
needed for me to pick up the money with my passport.
I await your prompt response.
Maybe I will just send my private jet there for him, since I am such a charitable person (Now internationally).
P.S. The address does not come back as a hotel, I wonder if he is lost in London!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
This is worth the price of admission! Pro race is going on right now at the beautiful West End!
Amy from Crazy Train was able to help this lost little kid whom only made about 20 feet from the starting line while the mom was waiting at the finish line... all the cute kid could say was.. " I want to win! " It was a happy reunion.
You go, kid!
The cycling race is going and we are blowing train horns to encourage them!
Come down to downtown Waukesha and try some of the tasty food at Crazy Train Express, they are in our parking lot at Waukesha Tattoo just for today!
P.S. I broke down and had another nacho cheese covered Italian Beef Sandwich and it was AWESOME!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Fellow blogger Brien came in during Freeman's Friday Night Live to say hi, I informed him that I just tortured fellow gallery owner Ryan for hours and he missed it.
I then asked him about a recent incident of a hot air balloon hanging around Waukesha, actually right over the backside of West End. I was wondering if we were being spied on.
I have no proof of any Big Brother stuff going on, but a hot air balloon is a perfect disguise rather than a Predator drone plane.
Then Brien shared the photos in his blog.
I can only assume he is part of NSA and Homeland Security or working for the local property tax assessor, good thing the eye in the sky can not see the secret 2012 bunker underneath Waukesha Tattoo Company... If anything, I blame it on Curt Otto for my paranoia.
Friday, June 25, 2010
After the session, Mark S. came and joined us for some dinner at Taylor's People's Park, and the Valley Burger was great as usual. Dave really wanted to see his old hangout: Club 400, which just about all the Carroll people know by heart. What do you know, it was Thursday night, it means Triple Cripple.
For those of you not knowing what Triple Cripple is, good for you. For the ones who knows, let's just say it is my first one in about 17-18 years or so.
I was carded, and boy, I thanked the hostess and shook her hands. I would have hugged her but that would be a little weird.
Trina made plan with Dave to be married in 2.4 years and we even figured out the location. It will be on top of the hill in Greenwich at Queen's Park, right by the Prime Meridian. I was once again asked to perform the wedding ceremony. I guess I will be taking this gig internationally!
It is always good to see old friends, 16 years went by and it was just like yesterday.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Here are something about the artists:
Philip Krejcarek is a Professor of Art and the Chairman of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he teaches photography and electronic imaging. He has been a professor at Carroll since 1977.
He is the author of An Introduction to Digital Imaging and Digital Photography: A Hands-On Introduction, both published by Cengage Learning.
He is a recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant and his work is included in collections at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Haggerty Museum of Art, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, and the Denver Art Museum. His sculpture and photographs are also included in the Waukesha Public Library collection.
His work has been purchased through Wisconsin Arts Board Percent for Art Direct Purchase Program for public buildings.
During the summer, he teaches digital photography workshops in Door County at the Peninsula School of Art and Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden.
(I just call him the Art Czar of Carroll U. )
Michaela Marecek is a senior at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she majors in photography. She graduated from Madison East High School in 2007.
As a freshman Michaela received the Les Klug photography scholarship. She went on to be featured in a juried showed at Carroll University, and won the Best Photo Award in Century Magazine.
In her spare time Michaela is the assistant photographer for an up and coming photography studio, Vibrance Photography, out of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. After graduating she plans on continuing and moving up in her work with Vibrance Photography.
Last chance to see the Katie and Andy show this weekend!
Don't forget the bike race this Sunday! Crazy Train Beef and Dogs will be out in our parking lot! Nothing like a nacho cheese covered Italian beef sandwich with love. There are some coupons left on the front counter I think...
I have no political position on Clark Hotel, other than that I support my fellow downtown merchants. I do think they have a beautiful bar and some very nice bartenders and drink specials. The house wine is quite good, so is $1 Martini on Tuesdays. I do think there is room for a niche hotel devoted to art in downtown Waukesha, perhaps guest decorators from the art community would be nice? Resident artist program like the Pfister's is also a good idea.
The business community in downtown Waukesha are linked and we like to see everyone reach the best potential and raise the standard. Bad PR hurts everyone, and a lot of people had worked very hard to turn the perception of downtown Waukesha around.
We want to be do-ers and we will just continue to do what we do and turn people's head one at a time... :)
P.S. Can one apply for the New Day fund for the West End Tree Project? Better yet, the Bethesda Memorial Dog Park Project!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
You can see Cynthia LaHue's work at Clinton Street Gallery on Main! I would suggest a Mango Smoothie from Steaming Cup to go with the viewing experience but bring me one too.
No, I did not really torture Ryan...yet.
The rain was coming down in about three directions and water was flowing down Main like a Rapid. On the way home was also an adventure, I hit at least three flash flood area with my little car. Fresh with reminders from some customer about how driving through flood damaged his truck, I had no choice but kept on going. A We Energy repair truck parked on the road was a strange foreshadowing of what to come.
No power at home, but after hearing a report on the radio about a tornado in Eagle, I was just thankful to come back to a home. Rachel and I changed Georgie the whippet's bandage in the dark with a couple of flashlights, and it was a night of zero technology. No phone, no TV, no Internet, and no blogging. It was a quiet but restful night.
Our prayers go out to the people of Eagle, we are glad to hear everyone is accounted for after the tornado. Rachel knew first hand about that, her home was hit with one when she was a child. There are a lot of things to be thankful and waking up under a roof is something we do take for granted.
( Firefighters came as far a South Milwaukee/ Cudahy to help the people at Eagle because firefighters are awesome. I wish that spirit can carry to the regional political arena...)
Sunday, June 20, 2010
All were well until we are ready to leave. Georgie jumped off the picnic table and rip a nice chunk of his fur off. Emergency vet we went. It is not good when they ask you: " Weren't you just here? "
While Georgie was being attended to, we met up with Rachel's parents for Father's Day brunch. The best place in Waukesha is La Estacion, of course. Manuel E. is truly the hardest working waiter in Waukesha, we had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent.
We were then able to pick Georgie up. The folks at Emergency Vet on Hwy JJ was very nice and we are so lucky to have them around. They put a nice pressure bandage on him says Under Repair in a road sign. Once again, we are very happy he was taken cared.
Other than that, I am suffering from a bit of food coma, I think a nap is in order!
Downtown Waukesha had really become a destination and we love the diversity of stuff. Even though we are in the quieter West End, we still have access to all downtown Waukesha can offer. I think people just have to realize there is a whole different side to downtown Waukesha, and it is also a wonderful place to live as well.
I know a couple of really exquisite condos for sale, anyone interested? :)
Friday, June 18, 2010
No good wedding without wedding crashers, and we had one. A local drunk came in to ask for $100 (to be paid to him) to give him a tattoo, we informed him it is a private event but he would not leave. He declared he is an alcoholic and he has a problem with drinking. Then he was asking about a forearm tattoo and I told him no one will tattoo him if he had been drinking. He then said, "Why do you think I am an alcoholic?" I said, "because you just said so!" Of course he smell of alcohol and this was 10:45am. Rich escorted him out finally.
By the way, the wedding party was kind enough to invite me to the wedding dinner but the full tattoo schedule prevented me to do so. Jeff from Fond Du Lac came into town with a couple of his buddies for some tattoo therapy. I did say I am not quitting my day job!
I know just the artist to design and build that tree. We just need another building owner or two to do the same and it is a community art project!
(I will not mind if the BID jump in and help us out with some $... )
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Today was one of those days...
One of those days you get a reminder why you do what you do and why you love it so much.
All is well at the beautiful West End.
(If you have not noticed, I left the political stuff to the more capable bloggers. I like my neighborhood in peace and will do what I can to keep it that way, and I would love my city in peace as well. )
Live long and prosper.
(Peace and long life.)
However, we are very hopeful and patience is what we have to have. We are just thankful he is still here with us.
I was asked by my customers and friends Maia and Adam to marry them on top of a mountain in Texas, I accepted with a condition on the fee of a Round Rock donuts. (I would even fly myself there!) On the same day, I was asked by another customer and friend to perform a simple ceremony for them this Friday.
I am not quitting my day job if you are wondering. (Waukesha Tattoo Company @ Galleria Edge and Little Chapel of Dream and Eternal Love @ Beautiful West End is just too long to say.)
:) ( I do have an Elvis jumpsuit. )
P.S. Rachel and I were married in the old Gallery 218 in Milwaukee. An artist's church is the gallery, isn't it?
P.S. 2 I forgot to ask if I have to climb the mountain... That would be an issue...
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
We have one of the best architecture and interior photographer around photograph our place! Tricia is so great to work with and she does have a very good package for small business.
Check out her website and you will see how awesome she is!
(Copyright/ Tricia Shay Photography 2010)
This is what it once looked like...
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
When Rachel came home he was not moving well, and then he fell down the stairs. Rachel rushed him to the emergency vet. I did not receive the news until after one of my meetings and I soon rushed to the emergency vet as well.
The initial result is that he had a deep inner ear infection, and today was the tipping point. We will know more once he go through the surgery to clean out deep in his ear. He is staying overnight for observation right now.
Sammie is a survivor, he is fearless. He once ate a bag of coffee beans, but luckily he puked it all out. We do not know how many of his nine lives are left but we will do whatever we can to help him. If you can spare a little prayer, that would be nice.
Sammie's condition is the same overnight, likely dazed and confused. Now we wait for the surgeon to weight in on the next step.
Their show should be up by 7-10 and will continue until 8-14. The big closing reception and art crawl will be on 8-7. We should have root beer on tap and some other tasty delights that night.
Katie Musolff and Andy Fletcher's show will continue until 7-3, and a price list are available upon request. Some are artists' choice and serious inquiry only.
Come in and see the show during business hours, the whole galleria is a piece of art itself. You will know what I mean when you see it. :)
Monday, June 14, 2010
Aussie and Whitie, the Siamese twin would have been 16 today. The boys are part of the original pack and now part of the ever growing angel pack.
When we were picking out the kittens, I was going to pick this whiter kitten, but the breeder said I should pick the darker one. That was when Aussie went home with us. However, filled with guilt, I went back and picked up Whitie a week later. When they grew up, they were equally brown anyway!
Happy birthday, kids, papa misses you.
(They both had some serious health issue, typical when they are from shady home breeders, but we were young and stupid. Adopt pets from the shelter, they are waiting for you.)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Sadie was the first and it was a life lesson. All the money in the world would not save her from the evil bone cancer, but she left with dignity and still a sense of joy. She gave me a nose kiss, and she laid her head down and went to sleep.
Aussie was having medical issues and I woke up and heard his last breath as I picked him up. An animal communicator told me he was happy that he crossed at home, and I saw Sadie in my dream to come to reunite him in the pack.
Whitie was having medical issue a year later as well, when I realized something was wrong, he was having a seizure. I picked him up and gave him mouth to mouth and just about to rush him to the vet, he left his broken body in my arm. That was how he wanted to go, and I know he is not far.
The secret is that without the broken body, the spirit is everywhere. When I see a certain color butterfly or a crane, I know a certain angel is saying hi.
I hope one day soon the beautiful memories will come back as joy rather than sadness, and there will be another pair of eyes out there waiting to take the next shift. It is the love and the idea of rescue we need to remember at the time of great sadness, because it might seem we are rescuing them but likely it is the other way around... hang in there, Huck.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Here is the jersey design. The number on it will be 13 instead of 24. There will also be an official patch on the left sleeve added. Men and women's size available and extra $ on 2XL and beyond.
The pre-order price is $100, and we do ask for a $50 deposit. After the pre-order period, the regular price is $125 for regular sizes.
Tee shirts are in works, stay tuned.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I will see if I can find a picture of the final design to post!
Did I mention we will also have special "gift certificate" soon? Stay tuned.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Perhaps the next story will be on Barry and his many bands and/or Robin and her acupuncture practice.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Here is one before the Transformer.
Here is one before the Power Rangers.
Here is one about a Viking kid.
I kinda remember this one because I drew the shape of the ship before.
This one is actually my favorite as a child. Funny how the ship was named Yamato. If you know your war history, you will see how strange this is being a Trekkie. Here is an updated version. There might be a movie coming out later this year.
This one I too remember.
Wow, and I am allergic to them now.
I do not have a very distinct memories of these, but why were there a lot of stories about kids go on journeys looking for home or family but I do like the dogs. The theme songs encourage the kids to be brave and keep going forward. I guess that was the time I grew up in but I do think there was some good message in these cartoons and perhaps shaped who I am now.
I do not know if I am allowed to reveal the name but all I can say is congrat to a neighbor whom sunk a hole in one in an outing and won the huge prize!
He was so happy, and he came to share the news and the joy.
I too have the same joy when I manage to par which is as rare, the lessen of emotional pain is about equal to the prize to me...
These would be days I miss my friend Bill...
To See Ourselves as Others See Us: Contemporary Wisconsin Portraits
Go to http://www.wisconsinart.org/exhibitions/MainGallery.aspx
June 2 - August 29
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 6th, 1:30 – 4:00 PM
The Moment: Thursday, July 22, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Several featured artists will discuss their work and provide demonstrations. One From Wisconsin featured artist Kou Vang, will discuss her thought-provoking photographs.
We see ourselves in the mirror daily. We also see or look at images of others on a daily basis. How often do we really pause to examine or think about what we look like and how we present ourselves to the world? This exhibition features artists who do just that: Fred Bell, Melissa Cooke, Sarah Detweiler, Tom Jones, Gary S. Kampe, David Lenz, Demitra Copoulos, Lindsay Lochman & Barbara Ciurej, Mark Mulhern, Katie Musolff and Marc Sijan will challenge viewers to look at themselves and others to see how they/we feel or look to the wider world.
I'll be featuring the latest paintings from the Pearl Street Project.
Thanks for your time,
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Ryan moved the gallery from Clinton and South to the space next to The Steaming Cup on Main street, formerly occupied by Urban Abode. It will be a much more visible space and he does have some interesting artists in there. I am interested at the photography of course.
Next time you are in downtown Waukesha, do stop by there and say hi. It is important we keep this momentum of urban art renewal going in downtown Waukesha. For that I thank you in advance! :)
(By the way, the space was the former home of our shop mascot for years. Perhaps we should have a contest to name him...)
|On Being Asked for a War Poem|
|William Butler Yeats (1928)|
I think it better that in times like these
A poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth
We have no gift to set a statesman right;
He has had enough of meddling who can please
A young girl in the indolence of her youth,
Or an old man upon a winter’s night.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thanks to the fun ladies tattooed by Barry and Rich (Amy#1, Nicole, Amy#2, Ann and Sandy), I was able to sample a slice of pizza from Magellan's. IT IS JUST AWESOME! The melted cheese was not heavy and the flavor was just perfect.
We are now sandwiched by Rosati's and Magellan's slices of heaven. Life is good in the beautiful West End!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I was just at Moxie getting some needed Pedicure, and it was great! ( we still have some $25 gift certificate coupon from there, come and get some before they are all gone! They are busy so appointment is definitely needed!
Robin is also taking appointments for acupuncture on Fridays. Book it here before she is full again!
We are also fairly busy at the tattooing end, you would need to book an appointment soon as the summer rush is coming. I had my first peeler yesterday and that is a sure sign of summer! :)
Don't forget to come and see the new galleria as well! Andy's fish art is getting a lot of attention and I am really liking this one watercolor of a perch. A lot of fish lovers had made some really great comments already... Katie is Katie, she is big time and we are lucky to have her paintings here.
Monica from Water's carpet had made some art rugs for us and you should go and ask her to make a custom one! She will be thrilled!
Come discover the beautiful West End, it is not far from Five Point but it does feel like another world with plenty of parking and so peaceful!