I hitched a ride with my friends Ginny and Erin thursday afternoon. They were headed to Chicago and my destination was Milwaukee. The great thing about carpooling was Ginny had her mom's car with a DVD player. The ride went by quick!
I caught up for some drinks on Water Street with my little brother Adam close to midnight. Friday morning I took his new Scion to my old friend Mike Brumm's house. Mike has been renovating the East side home for a year+ now. He basically has gutted the place and now he's converting the attic to living space. I tell you one thing; Brumm likes expanding foam more than even I do.
Later in the day, Dave and I stopped at Lake Front brewery for a couple beers while we waited for Adam to get home from work
Friday evening my buddy Randy Kessler, my brothers and I went down to Marcus Amphitheater to see Elvis Costello and the Police. Before the show we walked into the Summerfest grounds for Germanfest. Kessler works with some German companies and was invited to a VIP party for the German Chamber of Commerce. We put down a few free beers and of course some bratwurst.
The concert itself was pretty great. Our seats were back in the bleachers, but perfectly center. Elvis had Sting join him for Alison and both bands pumped out the hits. The weather was perfect!
Saturday I hoped a yellow school bus at exactly 2:30 to drive down to Miller Park with Kessler and 20 of his closest friends and his soon to be brother in laws to tailgate and watch a Brewer game. The bachelor party festivities included picking up Point East wings, a bags tournament, playing some beer pong, grilling, and finally after three hours everyone took turns doing a barrel stand (above photo is Kessler, post barrel stand). Woow.
The Brewers played well in front of a sell out crowd and beat the Astros. I hadn't been to a game since the year the new ballpark opened, It was a blast to see everyone so interested in the team.
After the game we took our bus to the Southside of Milwaukee to a little bar called Koz's. In the back of the bar they had four 16' mini bowling lanes. Little pins, little balls. It was crazy (check out this video of some other group bowling). Kessler nearly killed one of the kids working the pin setup behind the alley and also managed to spill a pitcher of beer on my lap. I bowled a 254 and made it out of the place without breaking anything. It should be noted the bar was in a sketch part of town. A lady at the bar had a rottweiler walking around and as we left a guy drinking vodka out of a pickle jar decided to strike up some friendly banter with the group.
Sunday, Adam and my mom drove down to Madison so I could catch my ride home. We stopped in Johnson Creek for some shopping and ate at a Red Robbin for lunch. Besides the amount of kid noise, you can't beat bottomless steak fries and good burgers.
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