Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Little Prince With A Big Impact

This is one of those times where a social media post just wasn't going to be enough.  Today we lost an all-time great, the incomparable Prince - Prince Rogers Nelson - the prolific, prodigious, popular music recording artist.

It's turning out to be a rough year for someone my age, losing many icons in the first third of the year already including David Bowie and now Prince, two artists with similar impact. Each in many similar ways, especially showing you can be a 'man' even when - or maybe because of - being effeminate, influenced me in various degrees to be the man I am today. There' a common phrase about men who are 'comfortable with their sexuality' and not needing to be a big, masculine, manly-man and I like to think I am that type of man, in part from men like Prince and Bowie.

There's one more thing about Prince that I relate to and was always inspired by: his size. As a smaller, soft-spoken guy, seeing someone like Prince with his stature and demeanor being able to be as big as he was in his chosen profession,  ad to look and dress as he did and still be attractive to women, made me think I could be whatever, whoever, I wanted to be and still fit in even if that me was unique.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In Honor Of #MKEDay Make Milwaukee Your Way

In our fine city, today - 4/14 - is celebrated as Milwaukee Day. Started recently to celebrate and promote the city since the date corresponds to the phone area code of most: 414, it is meant to be a day to "celebrate, interact and create a better city at a grassroots level." Of course all events related to the celebration encompass all things Milwaukee from locations to people and products, you can see a list of official organized events here. If you want to join in you can attend the events, or simply go out and support something local: shop at a small local store, eat at a locally owned restaurant, or simply take in the sights of the city on a (finally) sunny Spring day. But we can do that any day, and I'm a little more interested in the last part of the mission: to "create a better city at a grassroots level." Think today on what you want Milwaukee to be, how we can all make it better, and how you can be part of that movement.

You may think that it's too hard, takes too much effort, or is even impossible for anyone, let alone you, to make what you want happen, but I'm here to tell you, from personal experience, that you can. YOU can make Milwaukee Great (ugh, I'm not too happy that a phrase like that has taken on a different tone in the past year, but I'm still going to use it), if there's an amenity missing, a service people need, whatever idea you have to make the city better, you can start - and finish - the effort to make it happen.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Five O'Clock Steakhouse Benefit For WI Humane

Five O'Clock Steakhouse, Milwaukee's iconic steakhouse & supper club, recently launched a fundraiser benefiting  the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Customers who dine, Tuesday - Friday, and make a minimum $10 donation to the Wisconsin Humane Society will receive $15 off their dinner that evening at Five O'Clock.  Sharing on social media with the Humane Society tagged earns customers an additional $5 off

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Radio Radio Benefit For Vision Forward Association Friday 3/4/16

Radio Radio, "Milwaukee's Premier New Wave Band", plays he music of my teen years so I'm a big fan. They also do perhaps the largest percentage of benefit gigs to regular gigs, so I'm an even bigger (or is it Greater?) fan? This Friday, they are at it again, providing the entertainment for a bash where all proceeds from the event will benefit Vision Forward Association, it's going to be a night of great music for a worthy cause.

Doors Open @ 6:30 pm. New Wave dance hits until 11pm. $25 donation includes 2 drink tickets & appetizer station (plus a full night of lost gems from the new wave era...).

It's also the anniversary of their first gig, back in March of 2009 at the Stone Fly.

Help the band usher in year 8 of new wave dance parties and raise some funds for a great cause. Visit the Facebook Event for more details.

And as always, check out our Calendar for more man-friendly charitable events throughout the year (and if you have a suggestion for a listing let us know.)

MADACC Low Cost Pet Care Clinic 3/26

Part of being a great man, a gentleman, is being responsible. That pertains to yourself, family, and work but also to being the companion of a pet. Being a responsible companion means caring for their health and well-being (which includes the basic vaccinations), but it also includes licensing them. It happens to be the law, one that may well be one of the most-ignored ones, just as registering your vehicle or other permits - but more importantly it also helps get them back if lost. You might have them microchipped and have a personal tag, but using every means possible to make sure they are accounted for is always a good idea.

For some the  cost is prohibitive, so to help resolve any impediments to those with lower incomes caring for their pets, (MADACC) will be hosting their annual low cost vaccination and micro-chipping clinic on March 26th between 10 am and 2 pm.