John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Have you ever noticed that when you leave Wisconsin, you will have a great difficulty finding a fish fry place to eat at. Our Friday fish fry is standard her in Milwaukee where we have all kinds of neighborhood bars that serve them. In other states, the neighborhood bar is rare and few of them will serve a fish fry unless it is Lent. We should be happy to have this here. We have neighborhood stores and bakeries that are unheard of elsewhere. Everyone has to go to a big store for bakery, meats, specialites and other such things. Also, if you ask for a soda, people won't know what you are talking about. You have to ask for a pop, Pepsi, Coke or other name brand for them to understand. If you ask for a bubbler or a bathroom, they will think that you are crazy.
Milwaukee has a heavy German influence on its phrases. The German makes everything. A person makes a cake, makes coffee, makes the window or door closed, and other such phrases. We are so used to this that we say it naturally as we speak. Little wonder then that some out of staters do not understand us. When we speak of a restroom, we call it a bathroom, latrine, the office, the head, the watercloset, men's room, women's room, visiting management. There is a saying: All Navy men know how to use the head. Sometimes when a person is indisposed, we say he is in his office doing personal business or using his head. It is always fun to hear which term is used when people need the restroom.
When we are out of Wisconsin, the local foods will be different from ours. It all depends on what nationality has the most influence on the restaurant. With our diversity, we can find foods from all nationalities in Wisconsin. This is why we are testing location for many new products going on the market. You can travel the world by just visiting many of our local restaurants. Enjoy what we have and take advantage of it. Take your mate out for a good meal and enjoy yourselves. Please support the Bay View community.