What if Minnesota’s COVID-19 deaths struck the state’s smallest towns and communities first? How many Minnesota communities which would no longer exist due to COVID-19? […]
What if Wisconsin’s COVID-19 deaths struck the state’s smallest towns and communities first? How many Wisconsin communities which would no longer exist due to COVID-19? […]
The posting of Movies 2017 was planned for this time in 2018, however, my goals were too ambitious, and I forgot my focus. The annual movies of the year list is simply a way to remember and share what I watched throughout the year. And if they were any good.
Well, better late than never.
Thankfully 2017’s movies were high on ambition that succeeded. Though I would not have been so bullish after the first movie of the year.
When you move to a new place there are things you think about because you know they will change (mailing address, insurance coverage and cost, and, if you are me, local elected officials). There are other things you don’t think about because they are part of a cultural background and as a stranger in a strange land you don’t know they change (Every one eats at a Friday fish fry, Neighborhoods set days/times for Trick-or-Treating, and, if you are not me, local elected officials). One thing I never considered when moving to Milwaukee was that my tap water might not be safe to drink.
It’s not. My tap water has lead in it.
There came a point in the five minutes with my eyeball under a steady stream of water attempting to flush out the oil that was making me familiar with what a minor level of hell feels like where my body accepted this as my new normal. I would forever be stuck with my head in a sink, my sight restricted to a big light blur, speaking to the disembodied voice of my friend behind me.
Since I am not dictating this post from a sink, let’s back up. […]
My new website – matthewcollie.com – is up! Please comment with feedback.
I hope, like this gate I saw in southern California, that this website displays well, hinders none and is a place to refresh and rest before traveling on. Let me know if I fail to live up to that.
Yet, I have lived 33 years without a personal website so that begs the question:
Why a personal website? […]
DMV. Pop culture equates D-M-V as a four-letter word, though my past and recent experiences would argue unfairly. What did I discover on my interaction with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Department of Motor Vehicles?
- I over prepared.
- A Stage 2 Culture (Character Study!)
- Unexpected Emissions Tests
I’m documenting the new things I’m seeing and doing as a conscious-life long Minnesotan who is a new resident of Wisconsin and, specifically, Milwaukee. I’ll be sharing those thoughts periodically as long as people seem to favorably respond to them.
A new Wisconsinite’s observations of his adopted state.
I’ll start with three main points.
- Wisconsin Roads suck
- Wisconsinites love to tailgate, to their own peril
- Milwaukee is full of characters – like everywhere else