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.
I was told that we are going to have a cold weekend. This will echo the return of winter. Dress warm when you go outside. Watch out when you go shopping, there are thieves out there watching for you. If you are careless, you could become a victim of them. Do your regular shopping and watch out for strange things happening around you. Many of you have not completed your Christmas shopping yet. Shop with caution, but still relax and buy only what you want or need. Money will be tight this year. You alone know your limits on spending. Have a great time and do what you want to do. Take your time and with caution, you will be fine.
We thought that we were going to a fish fry with my daughter, Mary and her husband Kevin. We were told that the place was closed that weekend and that we were going to a different restaurant and we went in one car. When we got to the old Blatz Brewery building, we were surprised by many of our friends and relatives. We never guessed that this was going to happen. I want to thank everyone who was involved with this surprise birthday party for coming and having us there as their guests. Many tears were there as some early memories were recalled. Happiness was the order of the day. It was great to have so many old friends and relatives together to greet us and to wish Penny a very happy birthday on her 70th birthday. Thank you everyone for your presence and gratitude. We had a very great time.
I can remember when we had relatives arrive at our house from Detroit, Michigan. With the Denzin and Hengy families, we had many wonderful days. With the Denzins, we had visitors on weekends, spreading much joy. We would eat breakfast together. Sometimes we would go with the Arnet family and go to Beaver Lake to a cottage used by Bill Arnet. Sometimes we would go to visit the Milwaukee County Zoo at Washington Park. With the Hengy family we also did many of the same things.
Why is it so important that people must go shopping in the early hours after Thankgiving to buy things? Are the prices that cheap that you must make your family get up up very early to go shopping? Nowadays you can shop on-line for most things. If you go to the stores you will just be one of the big crowds that are there. It is no fun being in a large crowd while shopping. Plan ahead, and order what you need on-line. There are many store that have offers for you on-line. You can save yourself the problem up pushing your way through the crowds to find out that the item that you wanted is no longer available. All of your time was wasted. Take your time while shopping and you will find many deals at many stores. If you are in a panic mood, then you will just lose out on what you are looking for. Only a limited amount of special items are on sale, and then only for a few hours before they revert to their normal price. The idea is to draw you into the store for the purpose of making a special deal on your Christmas gifts, but so few of the advertised items will be available to purchase. They will only have a few sizes of clothing on sale, mostly the sizes that nobody wants to purchase. You become the fool to search for a bargain that does not exist. Have fun shopping the weekend of Thanksgiving.
I would like to wish my wife, Penny, a very happy birthday today. It seems strange that it will fall on Thanksgiving Day this year. The big seven only comes once in life. When we go to Mary & Kevin's house to celebrate this holiday, hopefully we can also celebrate your birthday among friends and relatives. If you want to, we can always go to see a movie on this weekend, if you so desire. Most of all I want to wish Penny a very happy birthday.