Saturday, April 4, 2015

Tangerine, Guthrie, Mayor; Reprintables; Coming - In Waukesha

Yesterday we trekked up the street to the Avalon to have a chat with Wis.
On this day there was a noon brown bag talk to residents  by Mayor Shawn Reilly.  I'd brought two tangerines.

We caught that before going to Wis's apartment.
It was a good show on important Waukesha matters and well-attended.
Touched the big bases of community interest
and then took all the questions afterwards.
Answered thoroughly.

Reilly is a non-schmoozing undramatic guy
friendly and knowledgable
(as advertised).

Reilly's mother lives at the Avalon.  She introduced him.
She's at the far right in the picture below.

(To see the mayor in action go to

I unpocketed the lunch tangerines after arriving
in Wis's apartment and we enjoyed them. Like the old days
from childhood they are good fruit, notwithstanding they now are
going by the name Cutie.

Wis turned on his computer and showed me son Gerry's
recent animation.

Intricately designed as always
this one is themed toward R. Descarte's
'I think therefore I am.'
(Have no doubt)

The Avalon is where it's at for me
as long as Wis is there
and I live a block and a half away.

Postcard from Hawk Mahoney

Remember, those Avaloners could do this:



From last Sunday's Times

Tom Hekkers reports city planning downtown roundabout.

The issue of the downtown blog
Takin It To The streets
dated April First, 2015
heralded a recently announced
 round-about for the Five Points
- in the central hub of Waukesha -
beneath our Raccoonteurian windows.

That would then be the next layer of pavement
over the Indian trails, and it reminded us
 of our aged circa 2000 poem:

In Waukesha
D. Z. Dix, circa 2000

We don’t think about it very much anymore
but the ghosts of native Americans might;
we walk, or alas, drive their ancient trading trails
paved many times over;
even our later inter-urban streetcar tracks
are now out of sight,

buried like their lightly-beaten paths
by time and poured concrete
and newcomers can’t get the gist of traveling downtown,
can’t figure these streets out because so many diagonals
cut through strangely, they say.

But it was all so simple then
for the woodland people
to follow their converging spoke-like paths
to the now downtown five points trading posts
No doubt

going through thick woods
from their outlying settlements,
intending to live forever in their homeland
upon which they trod so gently

Pioneers built great improvements
on their sacred burial grounds
and cannons stand in the library park
passing time’s additions, tentatively,

muddying the purer water of days
dim to us, unknown;

But not to the ghosts
who watched flowing streams
clear away many other silty stirrings
only for a moment hiding customary clarity

We are being watched by these patient spirits
these spector early Waukeshans who knew so much.
Their way to our downtown
is abiding.

Published in LANDMARK magazine
Waukesha Historic Society
John Schoenknecht Ed.