Milwaukee City Hall – Morning Reflection

Taken with my iPhone about 8:15 a.m. at the corner of Broadway and State, from inside a vestigial entryway of the old Blatz Brewing Bottle House (now MSOE’s Campus Center) so I could avoid lens flare in a spot sheltered from the low-angled glare of morning sun.  The scattered white spots are snowflakes.  Kind of an odd pairing, don’t you think?  Hard, bright sunshine with random glitters of snow.

Milwaukee City Hall - Morning Reflection

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Two views of City Hall

From the front, a photo I really liked—except I cut off the bell tower’s tippy-top and the flag.

Milwaukee's City Hall

From two blocks away, several days later (and by accident, as what I really “saw” was the cool, low-angled view up at the windows).  There’s that tippy-top and its flag! 😄

Milwaukee's City Hall reflected

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Week: The Autobiography

Originally posted on The Bookshelf of Emily J.:

Last week was spring break for me, so I took the time off to visit my dad and my grandmother, who is ill with cancer, in Missouri. My grandma finished her last radiation treatment while we were there, so we are hoping that things look good and that she’ll start to get stronger and be able to care for herself again.

While there, my dad took us to the Laura Ingalls Wilder house in Mansfield. I have been wanting to visit this historic site for some time, but we were last there during Christmas, and the house is not open until March 1. I had good timing for this trip, and we took a day to visit the site.

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So this week on my blog, I’ll be posting all about that day trip and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

To see Monday’s post, click here. To see Tuesday’s post, click here

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M&I / BMO

This is the kind of thing my grandparents used to do: refer to places by their names from 50 years earlier.  Now I do it, too.  No doubt someday my kids will, too.

The building below is the Marshall & Ilsley Bank, or as Milwaukeeans have always called it, “M&I.”  Samuel Marshall and Charles Ilsley were real people who actually lived in Milwaukee, the city where they did business.  Today this bank is a subsidiary of Canadian-owned BMO Financial Group, known in Canada as the Bank of Montreal.  Or, as they like to style themselves “Be Mo.”  (Don’t you think “Bank of Montreal” should shorten to an acronym of “BOM” or “BOMO” instead of “BMO”?  Then we could call them “Bom” or “Bo Mo” instead of what sounds like a slogan encouraging us to “Be More” by availing ourselves of their services.  But I digress . . . )

When an appointment yesterday afternoon took my daughter and me past this building, she mentioned how cool the lines on this building looked running up toward the sky.  (Yep, she takes after me, I guess :) )

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Wham! Pow! Ooof!

Fun article the other day in the Wall Street Journal—or, as they like to style themselves: The Wall Street Journal. (← with a period at the end, I have no idea why)—about all the over-the-top villains in the old “Batman” television series (which is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD).

“Batman” ran in the late 1960s, and I loved it as a child. Thought it was totally serious action/thriller material!

The episodes ran back-to-back on two consecutive weeknights, always ending the first episode with a cliffhanger featuring Batman and Robin ensnared in the villain-du-jour’s trap, e.g., dangling from a rope over a vat of steaming, dangerous liquid. As the dynamic duo slowly dropped lower and lower toward their doom, the narrator voice-over said dramatically, “Is this the end for our caped crusaders?  Tune in tomorrow!  Same ‘Bat’ time!  Same ‘Bat’ channel!”

My neighbor and best friend, Karen, would discuss Batman’s perilous situation the next morning, worried that this time might actually be the end of our heroes and anxiously awaiting that evening’s episode to see how it was resolved.

Not until years later, when I saw the show in reruns, did I realize that “Batman” was totally tongue-in-cheek camp.

At which point I loved it even more :)

If you fondly remember . . .

  • Burgess Meredith’s “Penguin”
  • Cesar Romero’s “Joker”
  • Julie Newmar’s (and Eartha Kitt’s) “Catwoman”
  • and Frank Gorshin’s “Riddler”

. . . you can  follow this link to “The Rogues Gallery of Gotham” and relive the fun!

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Grohmann Museum Statues (Again)

Ever since noticing the Grohmann Museum statues’ reflection in the office building across the street last week, I’ve been sort of obsessed with them.  Maybe not literally, but I’ve definitely begun looking up at them A LOT (and whipping out my iPhone) whenever I approach the building.  The other day I even went up to the rooftop garden, which is closed for the season, so I could take pictures through the glass windows.  Here are some of my results.

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Grohmann statues

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The two guys in this last photo are the ones whose reflection inspired all this picture taking in the first place.

It seems like I’ve been posting nothing but photographs on my blog recently—sorry about that if you stop by regularly and would rather read text!  I guess I’m just in a “visual” frame of mind lately :)

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Urban Sunset, March

Taken with my iPhone  as I returned to my office last night after teaching an early evening class.  (Despite the fact that downtown Milwaukee is built on a swamp and thus wages a constant battle against sinking, this building isn’t really tilted!  It’s just a weird thing that my iPhone does with perspective :) )

Urban Sunset, March

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