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…but that didn’t stop teachers from giving me some sweet awards over the years.

First, I got this Certificate of Citizenship (whatever that means) from Principal Josie B. Gray and my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Koury of Lowell Elementary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This certificate was for “continuous effort” and “development of responsibility,” which you’ll notice are underlined. You may also notice that “good behavior” and “practice of courtesy” are crossed out. Yeah… sounds about right.

Framing that one!

I hit that milestone on June 10th, 1986 at only nine years old. BOOM, Y’ALL!

And on April 23rd, 1990, at the obnoxious age of 13, I got this Certificate of Award (pretty sure that’s not even proper English) for “Acting a Fool in Music Class” from Principal I.M. Nutty of Reform School. Or, more accurately, Mr. Ellington, my chorus teacher at Jackie Robinson Middle School.

Truth!

I’ve made a living out of acting a fool,

-Shady

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Matt Krings... 22 years later.

We had both just entered the sixth grade at Jackie Robinson Middle School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the time, Matt was eleven years old. I was ten.

We then both went on to attend Riverside University High School on the city’s east side. The last time we saw each other was at graduation in June 1994.

Two weeks ago, we got sushi together.

Matt turns 40 next week. That same fate awaits me this September.

Here’s hoping we don’t wait another 22 years before we hang out again.

Kicking it really old school,

-Shady

Holy pho-k.

…in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

Only a matter of time before someone makes them change their name,

-Shady

…for these amazing gifts that included stripper glasses (both male and female), a “Bitch, please. I’m from Chi-Town” coffee mug, a framed Wisconsin puzzle piece, some 4×5 and 120 film (more on that later), and two onesies for Grey.

Gifts from Brandon and Jamie!

In fact, she wore the “Chicago Style” one home from the hospital yesterday.

Grey's first official outfit!

I liked the film best,

-Shady

…this was happening at 1703 W. Bolivar Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…

September 1981: 1703 W. Bolivar Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

…and this was happening at ShowBiz Pizza Place.

September 1981: ShowBiz Pizza Place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I’ve officially fallen down the old-photo rabbit hole,

-Shady

It's back.

As fate would have it, last week, KB blindly picked it during a holiday party’s white elephant gift exchange.

It’s now hanging in our living room… behind our front door,

-Shady

Ice Ice Shady!

Wisconsin proud, motherfuckers!

…for all of these sweet birthday goodies!

Shirt for the skin, stickers for the suitcase,

-Shady

Is this a fucking joke?

…you can take us off your mailing list and go fuck yourself.

He should be marched into Lake Michigan,

-Shady

…including artwork, coffee, beer, booze… obviously, we have a lot of very thoughtful and generous friends.

But in yesterday’s mail we got a… mini pie! And not just any mini pie, but a Wisconsin Honeypie from Honeypie Cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s called a PieGram! Our good friends Dori and Milan sent it to us.

PieGram from Dori and Milan! (And Honeypie.)

It was gone before we went to bed.

It also came with a sweet postcard that was illustrated by a familiar artist. Although, I can’t seem to place his name for some reason.

Dwelle...? Something? Am I on the right track?

Dori and Milan, thanks for an amazing surprise… and a little slice of home.

Our friends are the best friends,

-Shady

Back when I was living in Columbus, Ohio my friends and I started a quote wall. Whenever a bit of brilliance (or otherwise) poured out of someone’s mouth, somebody would yell “Quote!” thus nominating it for Quote Board status. The quote then had to be seconded by someone (it almost always was), and then it would be written down to be forever immortalized on the Quote Board.

This is the modern day equivalent of that classic piece of my past.

QUOTE BOARD:

“I feel like I’m literally eating my grandma’s bathroom.”

– Kelsey, 8/8/14

She was talking about these, which my Grandma Shady used to give us as kids.

Still, I kinda get it,

-Shady