While I rather enjoy my small town, after such an exhilarating trip I figured he (and I) needed some more excitement than what Warrenville has to offer, so I took him on a short trip to Milwaukee.
Unfortunately I was only there for a day and a half, and was only out for less than that, and it was cold and rainy this weekend. We still had a good time.
A few things before I left, though:
First, I spied this on my way home from picking him up from Ponyguy. Apparently the corporate overlords are bringing back the Amoco name. Nice to see it again. Wonder if they'll bring back Standard too?
Then, I received some assistance during a dryer repair. Connection at the igniter had worked its' way loose. Cleaned it and put it back on. Total cost: $0.
The next morning, I was on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, a small college where my son takes a class on Saturday mornings. So used the opportunity for another photo op.
Then did what most parents do during this little break, got some drink and snacks at a well-known coffee chain.
It was getting a little late by the time we started heading north, so between needing gas(oline) and also being hungry, we stopped for lunch at the McDonalds "with the light up table". The color pattern is constantly changing, and it's touch sensitive so the lights change color where you touch it or put something on it.
Now for the real fun. This evening we went out to one of my favorite "haunts", Shaker's
. This former Capone-affiliated speakeasy and brothel is now a cigar bar. There are tours and a room upstairs available for rent
, but not many people stay through the night due to "unusual occurrences".
Tired to get a picture with the A-B Clock, one of the largest clocks in the world
, but it didn't come out. This looked much better in person.
Next day, it was off for some more enjoyment in the Old World Third Street area. First stop was The (original[ish]) Spice House
to pick up some things.
I had other plans so didn't stop in, but Mader's
is an institution.
Then it was on to Wisconsin Cheese Mart
, because Wisconsin. Added a keychain here.
Wanted to go into Usinger's
for some various sausage products, only to discover they are closed on Sunday. This is a classic meat shop, with white marble everywhere and vignettes surrounding the shop on the walls.
Then back across the street to Old German Beer Hall
, the Milwaukee Hofbräuhaus. Ein maß Original, bitte! I've been to the one in Munich.
A view of Third Street
Then I decided to pay a visit to a place I hadn't been in a while. First, a stop to enjoy a view of the Milwaukee river.
The austere "front" of International Exports Limited hides something.
With one utterance, a switch is flipped on this board,
I am allowed through, and welcomed into The Safe House
Mr Buzzfeed even got to hang out behind the bar!
Upon returning home, we both were pretty wore out. On Monday the metrology company was at work for quarterly equipment calibration. Figured Mr. Buzzfeed could use some re-calibration, too. They seemed confused.
That evening, Mr Buzzfeed hung out with Mymo, the My Gym mascot.
Afterwards, we called it a night with some Spotted Cow, New Glarus Brewing's
most well-known brew. New Glarus is only available in Wisconsin. It is unknown if a truckload of the stuff has ever been run across state lines, with a Trans Am being used as a diversion. The bottle cap has been added to the collection.
As a little addendum, and because I could use a little snack, I munched on these Sake Kit Kats that my sister brought back from Japan.
Where will the adventure lead next? Hit me up in a PM!