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Kansas City - Hope for the Best in Shawnee

Having grown up in Milwaukee and lived here for 40 years, it might seem like I'd be sad to see Bluemound Road or Capitol Drive for the last time. Actually, that's not what I'll never see again and not what I'll miss. Places are pretty replaceable, but faces are not, and many of those will be memories or Facebook pals. Then again, about half of my Facebook friends actually live in MKE, and I only see a few of them ever few years, so that won't change a whole lot. I will miss Milwaukee's lakefront and our proximity to it living where we do. But there's a lake somewhere in Kansas or Missouri, just not 15,000. Anyhow, I came here to bury Milwaukee, not to praise it, so let's focus on Kansas City. The Manly City I don't know what it means, but KC rates high as a manly city. Maybe it's because there are a couple of sports teams and lots of grills. No matter, I'll be in the suburbs on the Kansas side, so I'm not sure that's as manly, anyhow. Work I will try my luck at convincing people in KC they need websites like the ones I can deliver. If they cannot be convinced, I can teach. If I can't teach, there are plenty of distribution centers to work at. Kansas City has jobs and opportunities for me. It also has Google Fiber, meaning I can build websites even faster. Church and School We've got that covered. The kids will be attending Hope Lutheran School in Shawnee. Our family will also be attending Hope Lutheran Church. I think a Lutheran education is a good idea, and now will be our chance to see it in action. I will be sure to keep others updated on Satisfamily.  If you want to know more about our decision to choose Hope Lutheran School, read this article about vouchers and schools or this article about Hope. You might also be interested in my assessment of their school and church website. What Else? I don't really know what else I need. I like where I 've lived in MKE because we can walk to some businesses, but we might not get that feeling in Shawnee or Overland Park or Lenexa. However, we also want to get decent value for our housing dollar and be near Hope Lutheran for the kids, so we'll take the suburban lifestyle for a while. Honestly, the area reminded me of living outside of Milwaukee in Brookfield or the newer Waukesha neighborhoods. You know, classier than Menomonee Falls or Butler, but not quite Delafield or Wales. There's nothing wrong with that. Read More

Looking to Rent a House Near The Medical College of Wisconsin?

If you are looking to rent a house near The Medical College of Wisconsin, check out this one, being offered very close to The Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. The owner is looking to rent rather than sell because he likes the home and area so much that the family may well return after trying out opportunities in another part of the country for a few years. However, the owner wants to make sure that only the right tenants rent the house, and he is therefore trying to find young families who are looking for housing during residency at MCW. You can find more information about the house and neighborhood by clicking on the link above to Satisfamily.com, the homeowner's family blog. We'll take a look at what you get in a house compared to the new Echelon Apartments (for around the same price). Here's a list of items you get as part of a 2 bedroom 2 bath ($1845 - $2020) apartment: Clubroom, Billiards Room, Fitness Center, Outdoor Pool, Walk-In Closets, Pet Friendly, Fantasic Views, Window Coverings, Stainless Steel Appliances, Balcony, Quartz Countertops, Available Indoor and Outdoor Parking Keep in mind that these are all less than 1200 square foot apartments. New, yes, but pricey. For around the same price, you'd get a house with 1400 main floor square feet and s full basement (mostly finished): Clubroom - rec room, Billiards Room - go to a bar, Fitness Center - separate basement exercise room, Outdoor Pool - Hoyt Park, Closets, Pet Friendly - just not a dozen cats, Fantasic Views - of your 1/4 yard (big for the city), Window Coverings, Stainless Steel Appliances in white, Balcony - patio, Quartz Countertops - yes!, Available Indoor and Outdoor Parking - 2 1/2 car garage and long driveway. Mostly, we're talking about a house versus a two-bedroom apartment. If you might be expanding your family while you live here (children, not friends), then get the house and skip the swanky apartment complex. Read More

Listen to Lutheran Radio Whenever and Wherever

Maybe you're in the military, or maybe you're stuck in an old folks home. Maybe you're on vacation in Vermont. Whatever the reason, you might not be able to get to church, let alone a Lutheran church. If you're in that situation, or if you just like listening to church services online, check out Lutheran Radio Church Service. The services are either LCMS or WELS each week. Listen to either or both. If you don't like religion, you don't really need to bother going to the website, unless you just like really good website building. Read More

Organic Living in Fond du Lac

Choosing to live organically often seems expensive or too much work. You might think it's something for hippies or the wealthy; someone from Northern California or urban centers. The fact is that organic can be a choice wherever you are, and it doesn't have to be more expensive. When you have questions about essential oils or earth-friendly products, especially if you live in or near Fond du Lac, you should check out Organichic. Teri runs the site. She is very knowledgeable when it comes to how to simplify your life with organic items in mind.  I have to admit that I don't know that much about the whole organic movement. I did run several cars on vegetable oil, and I figured that was helping the environment a bit, but I have yet to fully buy in to other aspects of organic living. Organichic is about integrating organic principles into everyday life so that you can do it a little bit or a lot. The best part about the website, yet to be fully realized, is the Q and A section. Teri will answer questions you submit about how to live a more organic life. She says she gets all kinds of questions, often over and over again, and the website gives her the opportunity to address them in one place, so please submit a question for her. Most people want to live healthier, but we're just not sure exactly how to go about it. There are all kinds of articles online promoting products and services. I remember when BPA is baby containers was a huge issue. My wife and I looked high and low for BPA-free bottles and food containers, spending all kinds of money making sure our kids ate and drank from these more expensive containers. I still don't know how important that decision was, but we did a lot of reading before we made our choices. If you're looking to work with someone who has been going organic for many years and who can help guide you, then take a look at Organichic. It's sometimes nice to deal with people locally, so if you live in Fond du Lac, Oakfield, Lomira, Byron, Brownsville, Oak Center, Marblehead, or even North Fond du Lac, Teri is the go-to person when it comes to your organic needs. She can help you learn to help yourself. Read More

Milwaukee County Zoo to Create First Ever Animal v Auto Race Track

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee County Zoo will be the first zoo in the nation to build an animal exercise track for public viewing and racing of animals . The one-of-a-kind track will be built as part of the Zoo Interchange project and at viewing levels for vehicles using the Southbound 41 to Westbound 94 ramp that passes through the south end of the zoo parking lot. According to MCZ director Charles “Chuck” Wikenhauser, the track will give animals the chance to run free and promote the zoo in the process. “Have you ever seen a cheetah pace around its tiny enclosure, just waiting for a small child to jump in while chasing a balloon?” asked Chuck. “Those animals want to run, and that’s the opportunity we want to give them.” The track will consist of a series of surface-level segments connected from the various animal enclosures that lead out to the parking lot, where it will steadily incline to the level of the interstate bridge. Then the track will turn and run alongside the freeway for a quarter-mile before it declines back to its starting point on the south side of the zoo. Lucky motorists may have a chance to race cheetahs, zebras, gazelles, and the newest addition to the zoo: greyhounds. With a planned width of 15 feet for the quarter-mile interstate section, small animals, like dogs, will actually be able to race each other, and the zoo has sought a gambling license for those events. However, the main attraction will obviously be elephants, bears, and other animals running alongside Wisconsin’s busiest interchange. A decade ago, Scott Walker proposed a water park for the same section of the zoo, but many saw it as not in keeping with the values of a family day at the zoo, learning about animals. This proposal, according to County Executive Chris Abele, fits all the criteria of an educational family adventure. “We’re not dressing monkeys up like humans or forcing elephants to get up on stools,” said Abele. “We want people to see animals at their happiest and most graceful, and all animals like to run. And as animals, humans like to watch other animals run and wager on the winners.”   Getting the animals to cooperate may be the most difficult assignment. While the track will be equipped with a moving treat box capable of speeds of nearly 60 mph, there is no guaranty wild animals will run after a giant slab of moving meat. In addition, while the  freeway-side glass will be one-way so that animals cannot see out, the noise of the freeway might frighten animals accustomed to only hearing other animals, parents yelling at kids, and children throwing screaming fits when their ice cream cones drop onto the ground. However, it’s a gamble the zoo and county are willing to take, and construction of the track is well in the works. If successful, other zoos across the country will likely follow suit, but Milwaukee’s unique location allows it to shine when it comes to animals being able to race cars at freeway speeds, which should make the county’s zoo a destination for animal lovers from all over the world for many years to come.   "Innovation in zoos is not something that happens all the time," said Wikenhauser. "It took most of the last century to convince zoos across the world to stop using steel cages. Animals need better exercise than what they get standing around and chasing popcorn once in a while. Have you ever seen a rhinoceros run? Not in a zoo, you haven't. Not until Milwaukee finishes the Zoo Interchange." Residents of Milwaukee have stated that racing animals would be more popular than even the great Samson the Gorilla. In fact, in a recent poll, EVERY SINGLE respondent wanted to see a jaguar race alongside a Jaguar or a cheetah take on a Cougar, Mustang, or Sonata. Zoo staff have said that the new added parking near Highway 100 will not even be close to meeting the "significant" increase in admissions once the racetrack opens. "It's bigger than having the last red panda in the world." Read More

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