Set The Wayback Machine to 1997 Sherman

Wayback Machine
Ah, 1997.

The year I was first sent to the great State of Wisconsin on a business trip. The land of cheese and bratwurst, Brewers and Packers. The place where taxi drivers point out some of their most interesting tourist sites:

Laverne and ShirleyThe sidewalk where Laverne and Shirley "schlemiel-schlamazeled" to the opening credits of their sitcom.

Mass-murderer Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment.

The world's largest four-faced clock.

And here I am again; back in Milwaukee for the fourth time on another medical computer training course at GE.

Why the heck couldn’t their headquarters be in Florida? Or California? I mean, if I have to travel and subject myself to rigorous Security scans and Customs interrogations, why can’t it at least be to somewhere exotic?

Don’t get me wrong, Milwaukee is a nice town; my hotel room is fantastic (room service, a maid, two double beds and a honking huge HD widescreen LCD TV – with a remote control all to myself) but otherwise, I’ve been here, done that. In 1997, 1999 and now twice this year. It’s actually starting to feel like a second home, especially since the weather is just a tamed-down version of Winnipeg.

Yeah, it snowed. But really, it's kind of cute the reaction it caused... an inch of snow snarled up traffic for hours, closed all the schools and had the television reporters braving the “storm” out on the street, cautioning people not to go out of the house if at all possible.

So here I am, a Canuck stuck in Milwaukee. The weather makes it feels like home, but on the positive side, at least I have total control of a big honkin' TV for five days.

Hotel TV

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Marlee said...

Lol...have a good trip...Wisconsin...thats where one of my fav tv shows is based - That 70's Show! :-D

Christine said...

And you choose Sanford & Son? I am impressed.

Maureen said...

Marlee: Yeah, that's another Wisconsin favorite!

Christine: I AM impressed you picked that up!!! LOL! There was a mini-marathon on last night I just HAD to watch; I haven't seen an episode in years. We don't get TV Land up in Canada.... how timely, eh? ;)

Bruce Johnson said...

I always wondered if women adored the remote as much as appears that they do....but only in private.

Rhea said...

I must admit I went to Wisconsin a few years ago BY CHOICE! I had never seen that part of the country. I did the Miller beer factory and had some German food and left town. Hey, boomer, can we trade links?

the frogster said...

1. 1997 was the year we moved to San Francisco (we moved back to NJ a year ago)- best 9 years of my life.

2. If you get the chance to go to Lambeau Field, say hi for my dad. I'm bummed I never got to take him there.

Yikes- what a gloomy comment. That's enough blogsurfing- I'm going to bed.

The Egel Nest said...

At least you have a nice TV :)

And Jeffrey Dahmer isn't there anymore :)

The Egel Nest

Janet said...

Well, there's a lot to be said for having the remote to yourself. And at least you can blog from the road. Ya oughta pick up one of those cheddarhead hats while you're there. :-)

Maureen said...

Lotus07 You alway want what you can't have... it's the rarity of the situation that makes it special.

Rhea: Yeah, the German food abounds here too; it goes well with all the beer and cheese. Thanks for stopping by; can't wait to visit you as well!

Hey Frogster: I have been to SF twice and LOVED it. Never got to Lambeau Field tho... they have us in a hotel in a quiet suburb, which suits me fine. Back in the 1990s we stayed downtown and it was reallly scary; a guy robbed a car right in front of us!

Hey Bradley! Yeah, thank goodness JD is long gone. And yes, the TV is great. Now all I have to do is figure out a way to stuff it into my suitcase.

JP: Do you KNOW how many of those cheeseheads I've seen this week???? So far, I have been able to control myself and passed them by ;)

Jill said...

You mean seeing the world's largest four faced clock isn't EXOTIC?!?!?!?!?!?! Hope you have a good time anyway & enjoy the big honkin' TV!!

Cupcake Blonde said...

I went to Madison once for a business thing and I thought it was really nice. But it was also the spring so there was no snow.

Maureen said...

Jill: Yes, compared to the rest of the week, I guess it was a bit exciting to actually see it IRL... ;) Glad to be home, though.

VP: I know there are beautiful areas north of the city; the Dells are supposed to be wonderful. Too bad when you go on a course, there isn't much free time.

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