The Pfister Narrator

This Side

Todd Mrozinski and Nina Bednarksi unveiled the delicious paintings that make up the Infinite Landscapes show in the Pfister’s Pop Up Gallery as their contribution to Gallery Night and Day last night. This story was inspired by their artistry and the alchemy of their talented eyes and I read…

25 Jul 1:44 PM 0 Read More...

Thanks for Keeping it Classy Northwestern Mutual Life

Northwestern Mutual Life…you folks really know how to keep it classy. Well done. Very well done.

I have so many nice thoughts from visitors I encountered who were in town for your recent annual conference. You do the city proud, and your glorious presence as a part of the…

23 Jul 12:15 PM 0 Read More...

Nobody Ever Writes About the Travel Writer, so I’m Writing About the Travel Writer

One of the great joys I have as a writer is to meet other writers. Typically a writer meet up is filled with quotable quips, hair-pin turns of phrases, and good humored word-wise one-upmanship. It’s the literary equivalent of dogs sniffing one another’s behinds.

So…

22 Jul 8:30 AM 0 Read More...

A Few Words for the Milwaukee Lion from the Pfister Lion

BREAKING NEWS: The Pfister Lion has released this statement in response to recent reports of Milwaukee citizens sighting what has been dubbed The Milwaukee Lion.
Dear Sir,

How dare you! How dare you, I say!

This temerity must end, and it must end now!

Your audacious behavior, now, during Milwaukee…

21 Jul 7:09 PM 0 Read More...

All Eyes on Couple Number One

It is a crowded night at Blu. The room is full of stylish couples and solo swells who have all come to get their drink on. It’s a smart choice for cocktailing when there is such a delectable selection of boozy elixirs available 23 floors above ground level and…

20 Jul 1:35 PM 0 Read More...

Five Ways to Avoid Spending Your Wedding Anniversary Weeping When Your Spouse is Out of Town

This piece of mini literature is all about me not crying my eyes out. Straight out of the gate I must fall to my knees and thank all my friends at the Pfister Hotel from preventing that shirt dampening tragedy from taking place.

This past Monday was my 14th wedding…

15 Jul 11:30 PM 1 Read More...

The Kid Definitely Stays in the Picture

Jennifer took about half a second to consider the set up for the photographer’s shot.

The kid stays in the picture.

The kid in question is named Maggie, and she is squiggly, giggly, and adorable as she is expertly curled in her mom Jennifer’s arms. And the picture…

10 Jul 7:58 PM 0 Read More...

The Many Miles Man

Three days. Not a day less. That was my guess.

By the tight grip of his jaw, I knew the man seated alone at a table next to a window in Blu had to have been on the road for at least three days.

I was almost right.

David had…

09 Jul 11:13 AM 0 Read More...

It's the Last Word When Tom Says It's the Last Word

“How do I share this on my friend’s page?”

It was late morning in the Lobby Bar and a gruff guy named Tom was fiddling with his smart phone. There are plenty of reasons for gruff guys to be in a bar before noon—a quick one after third…

08 Jul 10:21 PM 0 Read More...

We’ll Always Have Paris so Let Me Tell You About a Loo with a View

Eloise had a lot of reasons to be entranced by a life as a denizen of the famed Plaza Hotel. Room service, battling wits with Mr. Salomone, her trippy little turtle Skipperdee, and the view from the tippy-top floor of a grand hotel were just a few of the…

06 Jul 8:10 AM 0 Read More...

A Dearth of Drips at Water Summit 2015

Today, the Pfister Hotel is swarming with guests who are excited about the opening day of Summerfest.

So, let’s talk about the most important thing about Summerfest.

Water.

One thing that you pick up on after spending some time at the Pfister is that this hotel is not just…

24 Jun 1:47 PM 0 Read More...

Wine Is on My Side, Yes it Is

You may or may not have heard that there is a group of AARP eligible musicians playing in Milwaukee tonight at the Marcus Amphitheater. And lest you think that I’m hobnobbing with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood right now, fear not. Those cats are too…

23 Jun 5:36 PM 1 Read More...

The Earl of Soggy Sandwich

“We have great meat in our sandwich, but the bread is pretty soggy.”

Now how can you fault a guy for eavesdropping on a conversation with that line?

One of the realities of being a writer who spends his time seeking out drama and intrigue and laughs and pretty bridesmaids…

22 Jun 9:38 PM 0 Read More...

Of Fathers and Sons and Hugs

Joe and Simon hugged themselves into a booth at the Café at the Pfister on a Saturday afternoon. They stopped for a quick nosh before scrubbing up for a wedding on the 7th floor. These gents looked like they had invented hugging, and I was immediately impressed.

I watched this…

21 Jun 8:48 AM 0 Read More...

Art and Stuff? I Mean, What Do I Know?

I’m not a cultural critic. I mean, what do I know?

I’m just a guy who hangs out in classy hotels with his mouth open in awe most of the time.

Case in point…at the opening of Biography of a Stitch, the first show in the Pfister…

16 Jun 11:36 AM 0 Read More...

How to Dig Yourself Into a Hole of Uncomfortable Depth in Under Sixty Seconds

The standard question to ask when you see a gathering of three young ladies in the Lobby Lounge with a few drinks backed up in front of themselves and one of those young ladies is wearing a bridal veil is, “So when are you getting married?”

I asked the standard…

12 Jun 4:14 PM 0 Read More...

Regular Regulators Regulating Regularly

There is a certain juvenile streak in me that really, really makes it hard to stop from asking one of the participants at the Mid-America Regulatory Commissioners Conference, “So what do you do to keep everyone regular?”

But, I have a sense of decorum. I wear bow ties. And…

11 Jun 10:06 AM 0 Read More...

Look Away If You Can’t Stand a Love Story

I would like to warn all you cold-hearted pragmatists out there that I’m about to tell you a love story about people taking their time to find one another. You can cease reading now if you need to iron or sort your recycling.

But if you have even…

10 Jun 8:10 AM 0 Read More...

Drawn Out from Drawing the Eye

Jerry and Mary Ann were still, focused, steely almost. Their eyes were shooting lasers at the painting on the wall. Art. It brings out the best in your eyeballs.

I found Jerry and Mary Ann as I stopped by Resident Artist Todd Mrozinski’s studio to ask him a question…

08 Jun 2:59 PM 0 Read More...

It Is Never Too Late for the Wrap Party

Leda raises a glass of white wine to her lips and smiles as the crisp, cold vino finally makes its way down her throat. It’s been a long, long wait, and she is savoring the moment as the glimmering lights of the Milwaukee skyline serve as her backdrop.

Leda…

07 Jun 4:48 PM 0 Read More...

The Brunchers, or Mooning Over Each Other and Some Eggs

As a baby, Ted screamed during his christening party some 73 years ago filling the 7th floor with bouncing baby echoes.

As a boy Ted walked to school past the entrance to the Pfister every day in awe of the obvious grandeur inside.

As a man of distinction, Ted wisely…

03 Jun 2:58 PM 0 Read More...

I Get Interviewed About Being an Interviewer

Today, no audio post that I create in my hackneyed semi-professional way (but with all the charm of some old time radio huckster, of course). No, today we leave the audio to the real professionals, the real radio men and women who elevate good discussion and tell us all…

29 May 3:05 PM 0 Read More...

Lesson Number One: Always Talk to the Mustachioed Rapscallion

I happily made the acquaintance of a mustachioed rapscallion named Farley as I was sauntering through the Pfister’s lobby.

Farley runs with a crew of real quick wits. I asked questions, they gave me the straight dope; it was all very polite. Basically, Farley and his gaggle are like…

27 May 8:10 AM 0 Read More...

The Big Ideas Make the Small Moments Soar on Memorial Day

It is Memorial Day and I would like to take a moment to tell you what that has meant during the lead up week to this holiday at the Pfister.

Everyday when you pull into the Pfister parking garage, a succulent smell of great cooking hits you as you open…

25 May 12:16 PM 0 Read More...

Let Me Help You Do Your Crossword Puzzle Through Deceit and Unfair Play

While it is true that guests come and go from the Pfister on a daily basis, there are also plenty of good souls who you can classify as Pfister regulars.

The formidable Barbara Brown Lee who has knowledge about the visual art world that could fill many volumes of thick…

22 May 11:26 AM 0 Read More...
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