Friday, December 31, 2010
Alderman Tortomasi reflects.
Detailed Police Blotter
Major real estate deal.
2010 in review -Nipple Gate made the list! John Allison not identified however.
Officer cleared version 2
Shopping center sale version 2
Odd news for Waukesha County
A message from County Exec.
Anorexic model passed away-Many years ago, around this time of year, a fellow grad student of mine passed away from an car accident because her weaken heart from a history of battling anorexia. All the sudden her art made a lot of sense to me, and it was her truth.
It's too sexy!
Concert at HK. Woo, I like her... Oh, wait...
The new trend of the world... Waukesha is so hip you just don't know it. (More links here and here.)
Thursday, December 30, 2010
NEW YEAR'SEVE...SteakAu PoivreServed withTruffle MashedPotatoes & ProvencalVegetables(after 4pm)$14.95BalsamicGlazed SalmonServed withTruffle MashedPotatoes & ProvencalVegetables(after 4pm)$14.95Cajun ShrimpCaesar Salad6 large ShrimpBlackened, withHouse-madeCroutons andShaved Parmesan$12.95(served all day)NapoleonStrawberryDessert$4.95FreeChampagneToast atMidnight!Please join us!
Here are the rest from Patch.
I've made a lot of friends this year and I am extremely thankful for that. I guess if downtown Waukesha is Cheers, where everybody knows your name, then I am here playing the role of Cliff...
Thank you all again for making 2010 so special and I am looking forward to a fun 2011; 2012 is coming, we better party like it is 1999.
POLICE BLOTTER-"What did you call my pet snake!? Oh, no, you did not..."
Yeah, that happens...
Wiggy's column and #1 for Milwaukee. (That is a stock photo, Wiggy.)
New Year options.
I will be very disappointed if Mr. Nipple Gate, John Allison does not nominate Ms. Cummings.
Here is the detail version of the police blotter.
I had my college buddy Lisa visiting and the group ended up by the fireplace in D Mo's @ Clarke. I think that is such a kool spot to hang out... Try the Cuban rum! (If I like it, does that make me a socialist?) $3 house wine on Wednesdays...
Thanks for an Anonymous tip on D Mo's:
1/2 Price Specialty Martini's
Sierra Burger & Miller Lite Tap - $9.50
Margarita's - $4.00
16" Cheese Pizza - 1/2 Price
House Wine Specials - $3.00 / Glass
Never-Ending Pasta Bowl - $14.95
All Beer Special - $3.00
All You Can Eat BBQ Ribs - $17.00
|All You Can Eat Fish Fry - $13.99|
| Selected Bottles of House Wine - $10 Off |
Mussel Bucket - $14.00
Sierra burger? Fourth entry to the burger war? We need some intel!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Darryl and I are pretty much in agreement, we are really lucky to have three great burgers in town. He might just have to do pizza next. Lynda informed me that D Mo's has 1/2 price pizza and Margarita on Tuesday nights, can anyone confirm that? They do have good thin pizza.
SOUND OFF- No Christmas gift for Mayor Scrima! ( That is some strange Sound Off and criticism of Mayor Scrima, have some more eggnog!)
...because he had to pay Freeman
Awesome job by everyone involved! Even the Scrooge!
POLICE BLOTTER- toy guns?
From Patch, do expect a nice Police Blotter after the New Year! ;) ( You can see Sarah is working really really hard there, I might just have to join Huck in retirement one day.)
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We had not eaten at Ching Hwa for a while but there is a dish with green pepper and beef in the Chef's selection, but you can not eat it that night. You need to take it home, let it sit in the fridge over night and nuke it with rice the next day. They also have a very good spring roll that is thin and crispy.
Kim's, Emperor's Kitchen and Le Gong all have very similar lunch buffet, but Thursday is the hot and sour soup day, also pepper steak. That is the day to pig out there.
New China Express is good for me to take stuff home. Sesame Chicken and General Tao's chicken are good there.
Feng's I had covered already but they do give one extra egg foo young patty than other take out places but their gravy is no good.
Peking House's lunch buffet was so disappointing I was actually angry but I would go there for the special menu. If all the other bloggers are game, we can do a Fear Factor type of dinner there....;) Pig blood cake, pig intestine, kidney, you name it.
Le Gong has a dish with pork, tofu with black bean sauce you should try sometime. I have a long list for Peony. I also had some good meals at Fortune, I saw the owners of Ching Hwa eating there once, that is a good sign. I also ate the lunch buffet at Jing's in downtown for a while when I visited Robin for acupuncture, it is quite good.
Now you all know where and when to take me out for lunch...
The best lunch buffet is decided upon what you are looking for:
The most economical would be Spring Garden.
The quality and taste of the food would be Le Gong Gourmet.
Feng's has the best lunch special at around $5 with a soup, they also have great steamed dumplings and Singapore Noodles.
Le Gong has the best hot and sour soup and it is on the Thursdays lunch buffet. The spread is very similar to Kim's.
Peking House used to have a good lunch buffet before ownership change but now I would only go there for Chinese Chinese menu.
I am not a fan of Golden Gate but it is the most traditional American Chinese place around. Ching Hwa would be my choice if that is what I want.
If I have $10 around lunch time and I am really really hungry, I will go to Le Gong. If it is past 2pm, I am going to Spring Garden. If I want some take out fast on my way home, I will call New China Express. If it is just another day at the tattoo shop, I will be calling Feng's delivery as usual.
But if I want Peking Duck, that is Peony and that is outside of the area.
I received the English version of The Historian in the mail and I just can not read it as fast as in the translated Chinese version...
Barry, Rich and I had been on a FENG'S KITCHEN diet lately, we ordered delivery from them so much that I think we are on the express list. It is getting to a point we might need to 1099 them this year.
SOUND OFF: perhaps it is time for Alderwoman Cummings to write Freeman to explain her position clearly. There is also a difference between "Socialist" and "National Socialist" if that is what that person is getting at. (Don't kill the messenger!)
On a side note, after the Nipple Gate, I was expecting more controversy but NOT from the martini glass or the wine bottle. Rest assure that evil John Allison has a nipple in this new development somewhere...
POLICE BLOTTER: Ammo run for the Wild Wild West Ave.
Free bus... but I will be at D Mo's "reporting"...
Digital copy and the real thing.
Guest Opinion: We need "Lake Michigan Water", not "Milwaukee Water".
I am not a Baby Boomer... I had to use the calculator to confirm that but no, I am not! Thank goodness...
Sunday, December 26, 2010
This should be No. 16. Note the multi-player mode of the game.
World's top 25 modern buildings.
...but I am not on FB!
For Star War fans who like to dance, or like Tuna.
The triumph of the Fast Food Nation!
This is just terrible!
So much for my 2012 bunker...
I am guilty of a few items...
Now this is pretty kool...
Editor's note: This is blog post No.1000 included some deleted posts and unpublished drafts. Thank you for all your support!
It was 1994, Wisconsin was playing UCLA in the Rose Bowl. Kodiak Kid had a party at his loft and had the game projected on the wall. It was the first time Ms. Kodiak showed up in our circle, and she later showed up in two of our show openings and gallery night outings.
We were in the men's room and we were standing side by side and I suggested him to ask her out because it is quite unusual for her to show up so consistently in all these events if she is not interested in him. He said, "Really? I did not notice. I should?" Dah!
Yes, I like to take the credit for giving Kodiak Kid that little push and all the good things after that. Huge Rose Bowl party at Mr. and Ms. Kodiak's this coming weekend!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
In a perfect world … NOW bloggers post their wishes for Waukesha
Posted: Dec. 29, 2009 |(0) Comments
With the New Year comes new hope.
As we head into 2010, we are not only entering a new year but a new decade, and another chance to shed old ways and bad habits, and make improvements in our lives and in our communities.
We've asked the Waukesha NOW bloggers (www.waukeshanow.com) for their wishes for Waukesha for the coming years ahead. These were to be idealistic, not necessarily practical. As always, their ideas were insightful, honest, sometimes humorous, and thoughtful. While these may never come to fruition, it's always best to aim high and dream big - and never lose hope.
David Brostrom: Calling all aldermen
• A big turnout for the early 2010 Grand Opening of the new Children's Department at the Waukesha Public Library
• Fewer violent crimes in the city
• A community treatment center for people with drug and/or alcohol abuse problems to help fill the void created by the closing of the 'Lawrence Center' and another transitional residential facility
• More bicycle riders and fewer cars, and the establishment of safe bicycle lanes to encourage riding
• A Waukesha community vegetable garden in or near the center of the city (called SPROUT?)
• More residents calling their alderman to discuss positive ideas, neighborhood issues and community complaints
• Widespread enthusiasm and volunteerism for our city's unique literacy and community reading initiative - 'The Big Read'
Steve Bukosky: Search for a good sausage
• Smooth, pothole-free pavement that doesn't look like a jigsaw puzzle with ragged safety islands.
• Traffic lights at Barstow and North Street that have timing based on sanity.
• Enforcement of noise ordinances.
• No parking on main streets during rush hour.
• Officials that realize there is no such thing as an upscale tattoo parlor.
• Taxes that go down and services that get better.
• Development that pays for their impact on the long-time residents in the older areas of the city.
• Well-defined city borders.
• Sentry to return to Moreland and Delafield and to downtown.
• Mack's to reopen.
• A restaurant with good sausage patties.
HAWS: A more HUMANE world
Humane Animal Welfare Society's Wish List for Waukesha
H umane actions toward all animals by all people.
U nderstanding our pets and who they are, rather than making them be more like us.
M ission fulfilled: sanctuary for all animals in need, euthanasia all but eradicated.
A ctivity throughout our community to raise awareness, and funds, for animal welfare.
N o more pet overpopulation through continued spay/neuter of all companion animals.
E ducational opportunities to reach all those who come into contact with animals
.In 2010, HAWS wishes for not just the existence of humane societies, but an overall society that is more humane. Happy New Year to our Waukesha Community/Family! Learn more about HAWS at www.hawspets.org - Adopt - Learn - Join - Volunteer - Donate.
Submitted by Jennifer Smieja, HAWS development coordinator
Senator Mary Lazich: Let's get working
• Tax cuts and reduced spending
• 100 percent employment
• Jobs for every Waukesha graduate
• The utmost safety for Waukesha residents serving in our military
• Lake Michigan water at a fair price
• Far less government intervention
• Perfect attendance at all schools
• Short waits at metered ramps
• Fish that bite on lakes and streams
• A deer for every Waukesha hunter next season
• The shortest of winters
• A sunny, long spring and summer
• Rain only while you sleep
• And above all, miles and miles of smiles and the very best of health
Brien Lee: I want it all, without new taxes
It's 2010 and I'd like to see Waukesha finally drinking out of Lake Michigan.
• I'd like to visit a finished Les Paul Experience at the Waukesha County Museum.
• I'd like to see a new post office, smoother streets, no more basement flooding.
• I'd like to see all those employed who want to work, and all stores and businesses thriving.
• I'd like to see shelters close for lack of clients. No more cuts to city services and programs.
• Oh, almost forgot, and I want it all without raising taxes!
Curt Otto: Bring springs back to life
My 2010 Wish List for Waukesha…
Twenty Ten will be the start of my sixth year in the City of Waukesha. I'll be honest, I never thought I would be here this long - but it kind of grows on you after a while.
In that time, I have seen a lot of changes in the city- particularly in the downtown.
But if I could wish for anything for the city, I would wish for the following…
• I wish Waukesha would free its natural springs - especially the one in Bethesda Park. That poor thing has been locked in a concrete tomb for years. And while the spring by the post office has a nicer looking tomb, it still never sees the light of day. Springs used to be a tourist attraction for this city and I think we should consider bringing some of them back.
• I wish someone would fix the clock tower. Clock towers are icons in cities like this - busy shoppers, tourists, and business people use them to tell time and ours only has one working face. The others are either burned out, don't keep time, or are missing hands. It reflects poorly on our city pride.
• Speaking of city pride, my last wish has been on my list since the day I first drove into this town. I REALLY wish Waukesha would replace its welcome signs. This city's first impressions are ragged, outdated, or altogether missing. At this point, I would settle for a neatly painted banner that said welcome. Or a guy standing with a cardboard sign, waving it and dancing around like the Little Caesar's Pizza guy on Sunset Avenue. Anything is better than nothing.
Don't get me wrong - I have a lot to be thankful for as well. Waukesha has been a unique place to live and a great place to own a business. The city has taken great steps to shed its once coarse reputation and has become a destination for everyone to enjoy. I truly wish it will continue to change in that positive way.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Starry NightAmerican Gothic
The Last Supper
Gold Marilyn Monroe
The Persistence of Memory
Girl with a Pearl Earring
PK, you do not need to thank me, I know I have mad research skill ( not mentioning an art degree or two ) and I like to share my gift to the world...
Today is the day of the year I need to thank my mother, she picked this day to have the C section the old school way for the second time. There is always a sense of guilt that I am so far away. I had left home for 26 years... (My mom is the one pregnant holding my sister.)
Waukesha leaders talk about Christmas.
Christmas Part 6
PK's turn to talk about Ms. Cummings.
POLICE BLOTTER- Wild Wild West Ave.
I hope the Scrooge has nothing to do with this...
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Well, Man vs. Food and I can tell you the first one went down rather easy and I am thinking about the second one... ( The donuts are AMAZING!)
Holly and Sabrina from Moxie's also dropped off some homemade (Yummy!) delights, I just had to share some donuts with them!!!
Earlier in the day, John Allison of Allison Art House, Mr. Nipple-Gate, dropped off some unexpected gifts for the shop (THANK YOU!), I think he figure we can be bribed so we won't be punishing him for his wicked ways, that matter is now under review...
I forgot to mention here that Waukesha Tattoo Company @ Galleria Edge has a special going for gift certificates in form of poker chips. For every $100, you get $110 worth. The offer is only good until tomorrow, 12.24.10.
While I was away, a lot of people already took advantage of this offer. If you need some last minute gift ideas, give us a consideration. The poker chips are good for tattoos, merchandise, art works and even acupuncture!
We are open today and tomorrow. See you soon!
Waukesha needs Ms.Cummings, she serves with passion. Her view might be different, but in an artists' community, we like different.
Waukesha Freeman needs Ms. Cummings, she sells a lot of newspapers. Her comments brought a lot of color in a rather dull winter, now the paper has something to print past New Year.
Waukesha Art Community needs Ms. Cummings, she is the Yin to our Yang. She is the contrast for the art movement and she helped by generate so much buzz, I had and will continue to urge West End Artist Association to secretly send her flowers.
Mayor Scrima needs Ms. Cummings, she takes the heat off the mayor. She gives the mayor and his supporters reason to point the arrow back to the Common Council. As you can see, they are writing in already.
Pet owners needs Ms. Cummings, she is a strong supporter of dog walks or dog park. We need a downtown dog walk area set up!
Mr. Nipple-Gate, Public Enemy #1, John Allison needs Ms. Cummings, she is his Tipper Gore if he is 2 Live Crew (adult content).
I need Ms. Cummings, she is my muse, can't you see?
Christmas Part 5
Wiggy's column: Die Hard gets my vote.
Why would anyone spent tons of money to get the job?
One of my favorite regular spots in my feeding schedule... I do not even need to say what I want anymore when I order.
Top 10 movies-I had only seen one... :(
Here is my favorite prayer for Baby Jesus, just in time for Christmas dinner:
You can thank me later.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
It was a big deal when Milwaukee Art Museum bought this (French) painting.
Remember, this is before photography and internet. In a way, this is porn for the rich folks...
Alderwomen Cummings might have a point... We sure can't have this filth in the city hall... ;) It really all started with John Allison, Mr. Nipple-Gate. ( I knew it! French painting, French name!)
I sure hope they start to clean up the "Public" library as well, book burning should be something the city fire department can handle.
Oh, gosh, that.... that is a Native American! I see bow and arrows... that can be promoting violence! From what the figure is doing, I think that is promoting DRINKING... hee hee.
Protesting crowd is now being redirected from Almont Gallery to the City Hall.
P.S. I received a very nice Christmas card from Mayor Scrima ( Thank you, sir.), it included the now ( in )famous Sunrise article. I think I will save it for Darryl just in case he is not on the Mayor's mailing list... If he is not, I know he is jealous.
Oh, boy, I love it. This is not quite like a crucifix in urine but I'll take it. (I saw the real photo once in NYC, it was actually gorgeous...) Next target: stop promoting alcohol and (symbolic) cannibalism and vampirism in public places like a church! ( If I am going out that far, I guess Jesus is the ultimate zombie too...) ;) but in real news...
Shouldn't these investigations remain private?
Christmas part 4.Brien Lee sure does not look Chinese...
Will something be done to prevent ANY and ALL flooding of downtown Waukesha?
I will let Wiggy handle this one.
Perhaps we need to promote alcohol more in artworks...
Darryl's column:Rotunda is just a beautiful setting and Chef Jack's food is awesome! I thought there were a plan to make Save and Save building into a banquet hall...
SOUND OFF: someone did call Wiggy out... Guess what, it is all too late with the food safety thing. I picked up a can of Coke in UK and it was made with real sugar. Why are we all drinking the high fructose corn syrup crap in US? Can someone take that junk out of our food? I think I will follow my customer's lead and not knowingly eat or drink anything with HFCS in it as my new year resolution.
Gosh, as a gallery owner, I just told the BID that "Magellan's has the best pizza on Main Street", did I just promote alcohol too? Because a Fat Tire beer goes really well with a slice of their BBQ chicken pizza with cilantro...
By the way, this painting from some Manet guy was submitted and rejected by the Public Art, so scandalous! Not because of the nudity but because he is French! ha ha.
P.S. The hate email are coming in fast and furious but dude, I can not read French!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Bike path and bike racks in Waukesha gets front page treatment!
Christmas part 3
Nipple-gate continues... Our mural gets a mention!
SOUND OFF-The South Street location can work if the place is fixed up, it has Rochester Deli on one side and J Lotti's on another, and parking structure near by. I can see a total retro revamp of the front and use the back building as the gift shop. It has more room than O'Brien's.
One thing I like about O'Brien's is the high ceiling in the back, that would be a great space for musicians to have guitar lessons or open jams in a cafe setting as a part of the "museum," almost like a smaller version of Hard Rock Cafe.
We would like to see "Art City Waukesha" and "Rockesha" as the next transformation of the downtown!
P.S. Thanks to my family for support and also fellow bloggers Ronsta, Sonia and Brien. Brien picked the right Chinese word ("Fu", not to be confused with FU.. hee hee ) to describe this. I was very lucky and blessed to get out of Heathrow like a perfect getaway plan when so many are still stranded.
P.S. I missed this from the Freeman:
Waukesha Business Improvement District elects board members
WAUKESHA – The Waukesha downtown Business Improvement District board has elected new officers.
Those officers, elected this month, include Shawn Reilly as president, Steve Kassens as vice president, Ron Lostetter as
treasurer and Jeff Barta as secretary. Judy Mudlitz was also selected to be recording secretary, said former board President Roger
Monday, December 20, 2010
Now I have two hours until my flight back to Milwaukee, time for an update...
We had a plane in Heathrow, the waiting area were packed with people, but.... the crew was missing! The counter guy first reported they were stuck on the highway because the road was closed due to someone not knowing how to drive in the snow. The crew finally sneaked in an hour after the departure time. As we all boarded, I looked out at the wing and there were ice everywhere...
Guess what, there were only one de-icing machine and we had to wait for our turn. When that was done, I was watching this baby plow and toy truck trying to clean the snow behind the plane. Any truck with a plow in Wisconsin would do a quicker and better job!
Then.... Oh, we need to take that one de-icing machine to de-ice the runway! I am lucky to be out of Heathrow and sitting here in O'Hare.
During the flight, I traded the legroom for a window seat and it was tough, then I dropped my wedding band on the floor... After a frantic search involving four passengers, I finally found it below this metal box where my hand barely fit in. It was a long, long flight.
Coming into US was also difficult, the lines for citizens were also 5-6 rows deep, but I was not complaining. I was able to rebook the flight and now I am watching the O'Hare crew cleaning the snow with some real plow that is 4-5 times wider than the Heathrow baby plow. The snow is coming down pretty hard now but this is home turf, I am only two hours away.
The day started from a knock on the door by my sister. Lyra was asleep next room and I quickly gathered my bags and headed to the train station. My sister had been a great host and I like to thank her again here.
The first train was quiet and lonely, I was able to connect to the underground for the second train with no problem. The train pulled in as it crossed the Thames River with the lit up London Eye and the Big Ben reflecting in it, I was actually using the Big Ben to tell time as my watch is still in Wisconsin time. I was hoping to grab something to eat at Charing Cross but nothing was open. The change to Heathrow Express was also very smooth and quick. I boarded the train with ease as it was leaving with seconds to spare.
When I walked into Heathrow, it was a mad house by the check ins. Piles of water bottles on the side as in disaster time, the lines of unhappy people waiting to find the next flight out, and few women sobbing on the side. I am glad I am traveling light and I had my boarding pass in hand. I passed through the security with no issues and I even find this boingo hotspot to blog. I will find out about my flight in about an hour, but in the mean time, I am going to enjoy this chicken, avocado and basil sandwich and a diet coke!
P.S. the sandwich tasted like %#$&, but I am not complaining...
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I just watched an UK official backtracking on TV about how they can not spend money winterizing everything because they need the money else where... I think his days on his job are numbered.
I just want to go home...
Today the airport has no arrivals and few departures. It is supposed to be foggy tomorrow. "Heavy" snow coming soon again so ideally I do hope to fly out as planned.
I am supposed to take a car service to airport but they are still having issues regarding driving in snow and ice. We will see what will happen tomorrow. I just have to be prepared for anything and everything... Wish me luck...
P.S. One person does not want me to leave is my niece, she is still crying...
Yup, I would need two seats on that flight...