The Gifts In Life Have Nothing To Do With Money
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The Gifts In Life Have Nothing To Do With Money

Jennifer is here. She just quit her job as the director of a troupe of tribal belly dancers. I learn that tribal belly dancing is more athletic than traditional. Apparently traditional belly dancing much more wiggly.   I believe it, medicine having taken belly dancing in college and finding it fairly impossible to wiggle that much. […]

The Woman Who Eats Cake Every Day
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The Woman Who Eats Cake Every Day

Debbie was working as a pastry chef when a customer came in wanting a cake like the one they saw in Martha Stewart Magazine. The customer said they’d been to every bakery in town, but no one would do it. Debbie was shocked to hear that, but the bakery where she worked was not properly […]

Too Old For Santa’s Knee
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Too Old For Santa’s Knee

The day after Thanksgiving, Santa makes an appearance at the Pfister Hotel the same evening as the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  That’s great, kids love the opportunity to tell the man direct what it is they wish for.  But what about everyone else?  Once you grow up you still want things.   And perhaps more […]

“What Are You Doing For Thanksgiving?”
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“What Are You Doing For Thanksgiving?”

  The following people shared their Thanksgiving Plans:   Name: Ariana Location: Artist studio Context: One Pfister Artist Niki’s interns, drugstore Arianna spent her day crocheting condoms into upholstery for Niki’s fainting couch. “I’m going to my fake aunt’s house. I actually met her on the bus, recipe the green line by the Pick ‘N […]

Pin the Eagle On the Mother
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Pin the Eagle On the Mother

Five moments of learning from the past week at the Pfister.   1. A kid from Chicago comes to my typewriter and gawks. I allow him to type whatever he wants: “HAa Liamisthe greatest Pat and Kerianne suck and wish they could do this hahah”   2. A girl comes up and I also explain […]

So He Traveled Around Basting Turkeys
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So He Traveled Around Basting Turkeys

Harold & Laura came into town to visit their son Michael who is graduating from the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s mechanical engineering program. The three of them took advantage of Doors Open Milwaukee to tour the tallest skyscraper in Milwaukee, then the Groehmann Museum where they met the real, living Mr. Groehmann in his office […]

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This Is His Fifth Wedding In Three Years

I’m drinking tropical hibiscus in the lounge when a woman enters the vicinity clopping her tongue like a horse along to the ambient music. I record this occurrence in my notebook, take a swig of tea, and stand to meet the clip clop woman so as to tell her how much I appreciate triumphal people […]

“We are staying here for the junk mail conference.”
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“We are staying here for the junk mail conference.”

Some days I’ll consult the hotel’s itinerary and try out other people’s conferences. Recently, I attended the Printing and Mailing Conference. They had “dimensional packaging sessions,” and forums on why LinkedIn is important. Though I have a profile on there I still don’t know why LinkedIn is important. I should have paid more attention, but […]

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‘Twas the night before Pfist-mas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, health and all through the Pfister a few creatures were stirring, some misses, some misters.     The stockings were hung without a single demand and stuffed with the sounds from the piano man’s hands.     A few guests were asleep in pillow-topped beds with visions of lions roaming […]