My landlord (whose name I will protect in this forum), besides being a good man, is also an excellent landlord and handyman; in the case of snowfalls of any significance, he always clears the sidewalk, etc., with his snow blower when need be. So I knew he would come out eventually today. Nevertheless, since I am an able-bodied man, I decided to go out and do what I could to help. (No special virtue involved here; just call it the old Milwaukee work ethic, along with the desire to get in on some of the fun outside.) A good foot of snow greeted me right away on the other side of the door. After focusing on clearing the porch, and steps, I began to notice that there were many others out with their shovels as well. A number of us got together and formed a shovel party. We worked together to dig all of our cars out, one after the other. It proved a good opportunity to chat with my neighbors, and a great example of the friendly and neighborly nature of Milwaukee, and certainly my own neighborhood (Riverwest).
Someone drove by and told us that Alterra was open, so one good soul offered to go get us coffee. I declined the offer, since I have no cash, and he said, "Don't worry about it; I got you." Now that's what I call a neighbor. (You will notice that one of the pictures you find below features that cup of my beloved Alterra cofee.)
It was also a pleasure to see a few dogs having fun in the snow. One rather large black dog, Daisy by name, was jumping over snow banks. Kids were out with sleds. It was just a beautiful winter scene. While I was out, I also decided to walk down the block, and take a few pictures. Around the corner from my apartment is the Art Bar, and the West Bank Cafe, so I include here images of what those places look like on a snow day. Notice the bicycle in front of the West Bank Cafe. Dorian is always pining for the outdoors, so I decided to take him out for a minute. He was happy to go back inside.
And speaking of happy to be inside, that describes me right now. In fact, when I came in the house, I began to feel a bit light headed, I guess I still do. So I am just going to rest for a while.